Balmain Barmy

Having been promoted by worldwide fashion elites from as early as May this year, it came as no surprise that the H&M x Balmain collaboration was going to be the most popular one to date. The collection not only put fashion lovers in a spin for months on end hoping to bag a Balmain bargain, but also those that wanted the chance to feel part of the exclusive ‘Balmain Army’ living life as “#squadgoals.” There is no doubt that many shoppers took inspiration from Kim Kardashian West, who is an avid wearer of the brand, and good friend of designer, Olivier Rousteing. Along with advertisement from the rest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, as well as a music video and various catwalk shows, the build-up contributed to it being the fastest selling HM designer collaboration, selling out online and in-store (to many people’s dismay) within a couple of hours.

The intricate women’s collection featured 69 unique pieces, consisting of an array of heavily embellished dresses, faux fur leather jackets, beaded blouses and blazers, velvet trousers, and gold costume jewellery. Using the distinguishable Balmain black and gold colour scheme, Rousteing also sleeked up the collection with monochrome, hints of red, navy and dark green. A few products also slightly mirrored colours that were used in the 2013 Versace x H&M collaboration, including the pink beaded dress and silk blouse, as well as the neon green sequin dress. Despite minor criticism over stock volumes and technical difficulties online, Olivier deserved every success with this extraordinary, incredibly detailed women’s collection, and in the opinion of many fashion writers, has exceeded former designer partnerships by miles.


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In previous years, I haven’t been totally invested in the H&M collaborations. I can appreciate the designs, and hard work that must have gone into creating such a thing, but nothing got my bones rattling unlike this batch of Balmain. So in preparation the night before the big release, I set my alarm in anticipation for 8am, giving myself plenty of time to be up, ready and raring to log on to the H&M website. My subconscious must have been working overtime as I woke up immediately at 5 in the morning, anxiously eager to get a head start, and sign on to the website early. I was able to access the page and became almost certain I’d be able to bag the black blazer and devoré scarf that I had been dreaming about for so long. But at 15 minutes to 9, the worst happened, and I was redirected to the ‘try again’ page for no reason at all, which according to various Twitter posts was happening to many customers. From there on, it started my long and extremely agonising wait to try and get back in (much to my neighbours annoyance, there was a lot of screaming). I ended up with four tabs open on my laptop, one on my home computer, and the H&M app on my phone. It is safe to say that if I had earned a penny for every click I made on ‘try again’, I could’ve purchased the whole collection. After an hour solid of refreshing, I accepted that there would be none left for me, so I decided to move on with my life, and went to watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, dreaming of the day where I could afford official Balmain.

At around 11am, I thought I would try my luck one last time, this time around checking the H&M website on my phone. Through nothing other than sheer luck, I was directed straight through to the Balmain page. I had excitement in the pit of my stomach like a child searching the Argos catalogue at Christmas, especially when I saw the products I wanted were still available! Unfortunately, by the time I got through to the checkout my blazer and scarf had sold out, which is no surprise considering their great value, but at this point I had accepted it was unlikely on getting the blazer. Nevertheless, I was lucky enough to purchase my other favourites, consisting of the black and white ribbed skirt, black velvet T-shirt, and bottle green suede clutch.



Fast-forward to this week and my products arrived, and I couldn’t have opened the box quick enough! The skirt is insanely gorgeous; any dream of getting a Kimmy K hourglass shape and booty has become a reality. It fits me like a glove, pulling in at the waist and ending at a flattering length just on the knee. The fabric is high quality, and in all, is of great value at £39.99. The clutch, priced at £24.99, is exceptionally reasonable for real leather/suede. It is a lot smaller than I anticipated, but I guess it would be the perfect size for Christmas parties, with more than enough space to fit money and makeup in. The top is also a great purchase, and again, very reasonable at £24.99. From what I could tell by the website, this product and the white T-shirt were extremely popular and sold like wildfire, especially to those that didn’t want to spend too much on the colab, but wanted a piece of the collection. It’s simple with just the brand embossed across the front in velvet, but it can easily be dressed up or down, depending on how you feel. I love love love them!


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One thing that should be mentioned is how truly disgusting it is that many were able to purchase products, only to get them straight onto eBay within minutes, and selling for triple the price. Those kinds of people are awful, greedy human beings, and it is so unfair for those than genuinely wanted something from the collection. I really do not understand how some sellers managed to get an array of products, and in each and every size going – it should be against the law of fashion! For those that didn’t get their hands on any, my heart goes out to you, #firstworldproblems right? I will thoroughly enjoy my items, and can confirm I will not be wasting them by putting them up for sale on eBay. They are classic pieces that I can keep and enjoy for a long time.

It’ll be extremely interesting to see what designer will be in the line up for next year’s partnership with H&M. So far rumours are flying around that it could potentially be Moschino, Saint Laurent, Chloé or Marc Jacobs. My money would be on a Jeremy Scott takeover, but it would be amazing to see a Saint Laurent stint in stores, we will just have to wait and see once the hype of this has died down. But for now a round of applause, and huge congratulations to Olivier Rousteing for such an amazing, and beautifully designed collection. Here’s looking forward to next year’s collaboration!

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A triumph in the bra stakes!

A couple of weeks back I was emailed by the Triumph Lingerie’s Press Office inviting me to the launch of their new Magic Wire bra in Bournemouth. They offered me an opportunity that I could not possibly turn down. It consisted of a personal bra fitting with a lingerie expert, followed by sending me a free sample of the new bra.

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For a girl with a large bust, to be asked this is a dream come true. I am a 32F so it is definitely hard to find a bra that fits me well without breaking the bank. Long gone are the days where I can wonder into Primark and pick up a £5 bra – my lingerie shopping trips now consist of travelling far and wide just to spend £25 on one single bra that just doesn’t even fit that well anyway. So I am definitely grateful to Triumph for both bringing my attention to the brand and for treating me with a truly amazing bra.

About the Magic Wire Bra

Triumph describes the bra as ‘providing women with the utmost comfort and support that is designed to feel like a second skin’. They believe that after extensive research, they have finally resolved the problem of uncomfortable bras, as the Magic Wire creates the ultimate fit due to integrated silicone strips fitted into the moulded cup, which contours the bust perfectly without causing discomfort like a normal wire bra.

My experience

I had heard of Triumph lingerie prior to this, however; I never actually knew that there was a concession so close to home in Beales, Bournemouth – despite me working there for nearly a year!

So one Friday, I headed down to Beales to have my fitting. Unfortunately they did not have my size in store, and had sold out online, so I had to wait in anticipation for a few weeks awaiting my new wonder. All I can say is that the wait was 100%, most definitely worth it.

When I received the bra through the post, it was packaged nicely, came with a lovely personal handwritten note, and to my surprise, three little lingerie pillows to make my drawers smell nice! These little touches are what I love and definitely add to the whole consumer experience.

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It’s normally assumed that women with big boobs have to wear ugly bras, but Triumph sent me the Contouring Sensation bra in black and beige, and this completely diminishes my opinion on this. There are little lacy panels along the bust line, and a decorative bow at the front, and the simplicity of the design is perfect to wear under anything. It can be worn anytime, day or night, and is the perfect T-shirt bra. Also due to the plunge it is great for wearing low cut tops – there is nothing worse than seeing bras peeping through!

When I first put on the bra it felt like it had been specifically made for my boobs, unlike any other bra I’ve had before. The straps weren’t painful; the cups fitted snug and the bust line sat perfectly around my chest. The silicone strips literally made me feel that someone was just holding my boobs up, yet I could not feel a thing at the same time.

The best way I can describe it is say goodbye to the days where you come home and immediately want to take off your bra, adios to wires stabbing into your chest and ciao to just wanting to give up and never wear a bra again in your life. Some may think I’m over-exaggerating, but the bra is simply magic in every shape and form.

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Contouring Sensation Magic Wire Bra £36

I do have big boobs. Sometimes I really do not like how large they are, I feel uncomfortable getting them out as some may know. But my goodness, never in any other bra has my boobs looked so amazing. And many people would pay a lot of money for boobs my size, so I have been blessed and should be grateful (cheers Nanna).

I would love to get the Contouring Sensation Highwaist pants to match the bra, so hopefully I can save up some money and get them soon.

For girls with big boobies: this bra makes them look better, girls with small boobs: it will give you boobs, and for girls that are fed up with having crappy old bras, just join in on the fun and grab yourselves one of these bad boys.

They are totally worth every penny – just think of it as a long term investment, none of us want tata’s down at our knees by the time were 30, so look after your lady lumps and get yourself a good bra!

Check out the whole Magic Wire collection here.

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Time to Prime

Some of you may have read my first ever, (and very excitable) review of the Smashbox cosmetics a couple of months back, and I said I would be testing a few more products over the course of the year. A couple of months on, I have found myself buying another one their kits which they release frequently, containing some of their best products. This time I purchased the ‘IT’S YOUR PRIME‘ primer kit which contains 3 different amazing products; the Photo Finish Foundation Primer, the Photo Finish Lid Primer and the Photo Finish Hydrating Under-Eye Primer.

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Smashbox: IT’S YOUR PRIME

Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

With my initial Smashbox purchase – Studio Pop for Lips, I received a small tester of the Photo Finish Foundation Primer, which I have used a LOT, yet still have to finish. I absolutely love this product as it really prepares my skin for foundation; giving my face a velvety smooth finish. It contains Vitamin A & E, grape seed extract and green tea, which reduces colour pigmentation on the face , soothes the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores. I only tend to use it before nights out so that my foundation lasts long hours and the elements of a night out – drunkenness, alcohol, tears, tiredness, you know the deal! It really does help make the foundation stay put for, I would say, a good 8 hours. You only need a small pea size amount to cover the whole face – too much and it can make the skin look greasy, despite being oil-free. Overall, a great product that can be worn by most, although I wouldn’t suggest it to people that suffer from dry skin as it could make it worse.

This product has won numerous of awards including being one of Marie Claire’s ’25 Products that will change your life’,  Best of Sephora award for Best Primer, InStyle’s Best Beauty Buy and many more!

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Smashbox: Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Photo Finish Hydrating Under-Eye Primer:

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts I suffer from really bad dark circles under the eye, so I love any product that can help reduce puffiness and dark pigmentation. Whenever I have been at the Smashbox counter I’ve always tried the Under-Eye Primer as it makes the sensitive skin under your eyes feel so soft and nourished, however; I just place it over the top of my make up meaning I can’t see the full difference it makes. I could never justify spending £21.00 on it, so when I saw that it was part of this kit – I was so happy and knew I had to get it! The product consists of anti-aging ingredients including caffeine, peptides and optical diffusers – all of which contribute to what Smashbox call the ’10 under-eye-benefits’: hydration, dark circles, puffiness, radiance, fine lines and wrinkles, texture, skin tone, age spots, clarity and soothing.

Using it for the first time properly and not in-store before concealer or foundation makes a huge difference. It feels as if the skin is being extremely hydrated, circles appear lighter in colour, and skin feels firmer. This product helps stop concealer from creasing, and ultimately helps eliminate the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles. It is a mini version of the product in the kit, but it still contains 5ml compared to the normal 10ml size.

What I like the most about this product is that it is multipurpose and can be worn alone to brighten the eyes instantly, worn under concealer to prevent makeup from creasing and setting into fine lines and finally used as a moisturizer to prevent wrinkles.

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Smashbox: Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Photo Finish Lid Primer:

Honestly, I haven’t used this product as much as I’ve used the other two, mainly because I don’t wear eye shadow often. However, when I have used this product, my eye shadow colours seem a lot more brighter and pigmented, and this product can be used separately as a highlighter on the brow bone. I do hope to use this more throughout summer as it is a lovely product.

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Smashbox: Photo Finish Hydrating Lid Primer

Overall, I am really happy with this purchase and I really do feel as I’ve got my money’s worth, as I always do with Smashbox products. I love the fact they are always bringing out new kits that are full of amazing products which are great value for money. I hope to see more make up brands doing this, as I know Benefit is another brand that bring out amazing kits for consumers.

I bought this kit for £14.00 in Boots which is such a bargain. If I were to buy these products separately, it would have cost me a whopping £61.00, so I can’t but feel pleased after getting these products, which are going to last me a long time – for practically a quarter of the price.

This product is  limited edition so if you want to buy one I suggest you do so soon so you don’t miss out on this fantastic deal. Head to your nearest Smashbox counter ASAP!

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House of Halos

This Tuesday brought the Bloggers Love event for the upcoming, innovative accessory brand, House of Halos. Located eight floors up at the Penthouse London in the centre of Leicester Square, it was the perfect opportunity to display various – and very stunning – jewellery and accessory designs, created by couture hair accessory art designer, and owner of House of Halos, Arlene Barclay.

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View from The Penthouse London

Having 24 years expertise within this market, it was clearly an overwhelming situation for Arlene seeing so many beauty and fashion bloggers and people from the fashion industry supporting the event and the products. “I was unbelievably nervous and at the end when everyone was taking all the photos I was shaking like mad with fear and trying to hold back the tears, very, very grateful to everyone. What an emotional and special moment”.

At the young age of fourteen, Arlene’s love of accessories emerged and she started crafting her own jewellery, however; her passion was heightened at 23, when she initiated her first company, “Angel’s Halos”, after being disappointed by the lack of formal hairpieces on the market whilst trying to find her own bridal accessories. With great success and numerous bridal designs being featured in all major Scottish Wedding Publications and various Northern England exhibitions & catwalks, Arlene decided in 2012 to end Angel’s Halos on a high, and start a new chapter in her life – House of Halo’s, which brings us to the current day.

The latest designs from House of Halo’s sees a variation between couture; such as the eccentric feather head piece seen in picture four, and classic; including the chic pearl necklace worn in picture two. Despite the quirky designs, there are definitely some vintage inspired pieces that could be worn on a day to day basis, or on special occasions, including the pearl and crystal encrusted headband and bracelet seen in the Ocean collection (see below).

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Photos taken by me @ Bloggers Love event

Past the intricate designs, however; Arlene wants to use these designs as a platform to help make a difference in the world – you could say she wears a halo of her own. “Why should the younger youth inherit such a mess? It’s time for a change“, which is an extremely refreshing mindset from a designer.

What is incredible and highly unique is that the majority of the lines in the brand have their own name in regards to what the proceeds will go towards; for example, the ‘Peace’ design, which is going to help support charities like War Child, the ‘Ice’ designs – which will help with the results of global warming in the Arctic and Antarctica, and also the ‘Ocean’ line which will support marine life issues.

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Peace Designs – Picture from Twitter @HouseofHalos

These three jewellery pieces have a definite goth/Victorian inspired twist on an otherwise, fashionable look; especially the choker necklace, which has been seen exclusively on number one selling artist – Emili Sandé.

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The Ice Designs – photo’s taken by me @ Bloggers Love event.

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Ocean Design – Picture from Twitter @HouseofHalos

Arlene maintain’s the slogan “a genuine desire to exceed client expectations“, which she has always been determined to exceed. This could definitely be achieved, as the first design she wants to release is the Peace collection. These pieces could definitely be added to any outfit to add an edge.“I think this will be a good initial design because it is on trend and a timeless fashion design, but also the fact of personal satisfaction in knowing by making their purchase they could be helping children less fortunate in this world. Things have to change and I’d be honoured if I could start a change just by a little necklace or bracelet.”

After 15 years at a professional level, Arlene has set herself high ambitions of making House of Halos a global success and the current aspiration is to see her products stocked in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. However; in order for this to happen, Arlene needs an investor who will help, along with her passion and fortitude, to create a brand that is world-wide established. Therefore, it is highly important that everyone passes the word around about this company!

So with certain motives of not only creating stunning pieces that would fill a huge gap in the market, but wanting to help make positive changes within the world, it’s only fair that this kind, and incredibly creative lady gets an investor on board so we could see these products in our stores as soon as possible.

Please do take a look at her website to check out the portfolios and photo galleries, and make sure you show your support by following her on twitter!

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Models in these photographs are seen wearing dresses designed by Kevin Freeman of Renaissance Couture, and Isabelle Randall.

Kardashian Kollection part 3

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Photo taken from Dorothy Perkins

I’ve got to admit I am a huge kardash-aholic – from the show to the clothes, I am always keen to keep up with them (excuse the pun). So when the first Kardashian Kollection line came out last August, I was down my local Dot Perkins as k-wick as possible. And here were are now, three trends down, and I’m still doing the same.

I have to say that yes, I was initially drawn to the clothes at first because of the name, but after trying on the clothes and feeling the fit, I feel that this is more than just a line of clothing made by some celebrities. This is because I find it extremely difficult to shop for my size. I’m 5ft 10ins tall, with a prominent hourglass shape. I have a large bust and booty (proud of it!) but a very tiny waist, which makes it really difficult to find clothes that fit me properly. Both dresses and skirts are too short, and tops will be too tight around the bust but then way too baggy around my waist.

However, the Kardashian brand is famous because of the Kim Kardashian kurves (yes I am going to use a ‘K’ wherever necessary!!), so they are designed to accentuate an hourglass figure. And since, I haven’t yet found clothes that fit me so well, whilst looking so fashionable like theirs do. They are also made really well and the fabrics used are extremely comfortable.

This Spring/Summer 2013 collection includes some fabulous pieces which you can see have all been designed specifically by the girls to match their tastes, such as the cream metallic high-waisted shorts and matching jacket that are advertised by Kourtney.

The seasons colour palette sees summery whites, marble-printed effect greys, essential black pieces and subtle pinks; including the gorgeous pink and grey ombre blazer.

So far (I say this lightly as I’m pretty sure in an hours’ time I’d have persuaded myself to buy the white bodycon dress) I have ordered the metallic high-waisted shorts mentioned above, the black PU panel leggings, and the pink blush sleeveless blouse. I think these pieces are essential for summer, and better yet I can match the blouse with both the shorts and leggings. What’s great as well is that I received a few Arcadia gift vouchers for my birthday so I used one to help pay for my order, but also you receive 15% for student discount on the Dorothy Perkins website.

I am able to pick up these lovely pieces tomorrow from my local store, and I can’t wait to try them on and see how they look – I’m hoping good! I will add another blog tomorrow to show you what I think.

In the meantime, if you’re interested at looking at some of the other beautiful pieces from their collection, and some amazing accessories, then head over to the Dorothy Perkins website now.

Enjoy!

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The only way is…lashes

Last Thursday I delved into a beauty treatment that I actually laughed at when I first heard of it – Eyelash Lifting – a new treatment inspired by Eyelash perming.

My initial presumptions of the perming was that one would have a set of very fuzzy and crimped lashes, which is unattractive to say the least! However, when I went in to my usual salon to get my HD brows, (which is literally my religion) I asked my beautician what this treatment was. It is a long lasting semi-permanent method of making your eyelashes appear longer and fuller due to the lift, and the tint. The lift lasts up to 2-3 months and the tint has to be repeated twice in that three month period.

My salon doesn’t actually do eyelash perming as it creates more of a curl on the lash, and is better suited for people with short lashes, so instead I received the eyelash lift treatment  The process of the two is the exact same, however just done with a different eye ‘sticker’ – one is rounded, and one is flat with a little bump. I’m going to tell you the process of it, and show you the results!

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This is a picture of my lashes before hand, with no makeup.

Firstly, the eye is cleansed of any oils and makeup residue that may conflict with the perm and tints. The bottom lashes are taped down to your bottom lid to help stop them being permed upwards with the rest. I’m not sure of the correct terminology but then a sticker – which my beautician described as a ‘speed bump’ – is placed over the lid as close to your lash line as possible.

Then using a small stick, your lashes are pushed back on to the sticky edge upwards, which is where they stay for the whole of the treatment. The first perm solution is then coated onto your lashes and left for ten minutes. This bit isn’t that enjoyable as the perm smells and even with your eyes shut, little bits of the solution can seep through your lash line and into your eyes – and it hurts like HELL.

After the ten minutes is up the perm solution is wiped off with a wet pad and then the setting solution is fixed onto the lash line again. The smell of that solution is even worse, a bit like rotten eggs, but luckily once again it is only placed on your eyes for ten minutes, and you get used to it quite quickly.

Once time is up that solution is wiped off and the lash tint is set onto the lash line. This part of the process is optional – but I would say that it is necessary. If you don’t have naturally dark lashes then you won’t notice that the eyelashes have been lifted unless they are of a dark colour. I had the darkest colour – blue/black – put onto my top and bottom lash line as it saves me spending five minutes on my mascara on a daily basis. This time the tint stays on the lashes for only five minutes which whizzes by – and at this point I was extremely excited to see my new lashes!

The tint and the sticker is then slid off and you have to wipe the eyes with a cloth as hard as you would when taking makeup and mascara off to ensure that all residue was gone. Then after a quick brush I was able to see the bad boys!

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This picture is taken after the process without any makeup on – yet! Unfortunately the photo I took was quite bad quality as it was taken in a bright room so I changed it into black and white so you can really see the lash line. 

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I was extremely happy with this whole experience and I definitely think it’s worth doing. A week in, the lashes are just as pert as they were when they were first done. To be honest for the first day they may look a little odd such as some higher than others, however, it takes a day or so for them to settle.

What I love about this treatment is that it is inexpensive compared to getting lash extensions. It’s quicker, there is not as much maintenance that comes along unlike extensions and ultimately, they last longer than them too. When mascara is placed over the top of the lashes, they look exactly like you’re wearing false eyelashes anyway!

I paid £32 for both the lift and the tint which is around the average price for this treatment.

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Lashes with mascara.

If you fancy getting this done for summer then ask around at your local salons to see whether they do this treatment or not. Please be careful and don’t always go for the cheapest option. Make sure the salon do the patch test on you first to make sure you are not allergic to either the tint or perm solutions – and make sure they know what they’re doing. Do your research! It’s better than having an allergic reaction and puffy eyes for a while!

Let me know your thoughts whether you think it looks good or not, or if you decide to get it done!

The Body Shop ’til you drop

Unfortunately, as an extremely poor student it’s not often that I am able to have a good splurge up of beauty products. Recently though, there have been some amazing shopping deals on the iPhone app, Vouchercloud, that simply cannot be turned down. Beauty Store – The Body Shop were advertising the deal that if you spend £50 or over, you will receive a £25 off your purchase. To make this deal even better, a friend and I – both being great lovers of The Body Shop – decided to do the deal together and half the price once again. Therefore, for an amazing £12.50 – we both bought a bundle of products worth over £50. Now, to translate that into student terms – for the price of a bottle of Strongbow and a hangover McDonalds, I bought 5 different and amazing products that I could no longer live without. Let me introduce to you to the incredible Chocomania range…

ImageProducts from left to right: Chocomania Body Scrub, Chocomania Lip Butter, Chocomania Body Butter and Chocomania soap

To start with is the Chocomania Lip Butter at £4. I’ve used so many different butters and balms in the past such as the Vaseline Lip Therapy and Cherry Carmex Lip Balm. But over the past couple of winter months my lips have been so dry. Although this is natural when it is cold – balms and lip gloss’ have only made my lips look sticky with obvious dry dead cells, which is not an attractive look. However, since using the Choco Lip Butter, I’ve had the smoothest, fullest, and hydrated lips I think I’ve ever had. My natural lip colour is a lot pinker, I’ve had no awkward sticky dry lips and once again it smells great. If you’re not keen on having chocolate lips – The Body Shop does many different other flavour lip butters with various coloured pigments such as Pink Grapefruit, Mango and Sweet Lemon.

Top tip: After brushing your teeth, brush your lips in slow circular motions to remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation. Then rub in the butter all around the lip, focusing on your cupids bow and bottom lip. This will create fuller lips with a natural tint from the blood flow.

Secondly, is the Chocomania Body Butter 50ml, at £5. I love so many different moisturisers and this is just another great one to add to the list. It’s nourishing, absorbed into the skin quickly and has the most amazing scent that you’ll probably get people trying to bite your arm off! Well, I hope not… Anyway, I have extremely dry elbows and knees and this moisturiser has seemed to stop this completely. It supposedly provides 48 hour hydration – I would probably disagree with this statement is I wanted to shower and moisturize the next day, but definitely think it could last up to 24 hours until the following day. I have tried using this on my face in very small amounts. Too much will make skin look greasy and extremely oily due to the buttery texture, however; it’s great in moderation on a dry T-Zone. This product is nice to have because of the smell, but I wouldn’t buy the big pot of it. The small one is the perfect size for dry spots such as hands, elbows, knees, (and toes?)

Top tip: Blend a small amount of the moisturiser with your foundation/fake tan to add a dewy and healthy glow to your face.

Next is the Chocomania Soap at £2. Honestly, I haven’t used as much of this as I have the others – mainly because I want to use up my old soap before using a new one (I’m weird like that). What I do know of it so far, is that it’s extremely hydrating just like the other products, and smells amazing. It has an extremely rich lather which is perfect for a morning wash before/after work. Definitely cannot wait to get the best use out of it – especially as I have 2 to use!!

Last but not least – and my personal favourite – is the Chocomania 200ml Body Scrub at £12.50. This is literally the best body scrub I have ever used. I cannot lie, as soon as I bought this I went home and showered with it straight away I was that excited. I did have a slight concern that as I have quite sensitive skin, I would end up in a rash because of the strong fragrance – but this wasn’t the case at all. My skin was left feeling so smooth and so nourished due to the real cocoa butter and organic sugar cane which stimulates the circulation in the skin and removes dead cells. This also made my skin feel as if I had already moisturised and definitely stepped up to the guarantee of 48 hour hydration. Now, yes I know – this is what a body scrub should do. But, this isn’t just any ordinary scrub. This scrub smells and looks like Betty Crockers double chocolate fudge icing. Once you open this baby, I can assure you, you will be holding yourself back from grabbing a spoon and eating it all up, no second thought (please don’t try this, I tried a bit and it most definitely doesn’t taste how it smells). So not only did my skin feel great, I actually smelt like Ms Crocker herself – and I loved it. If there is just one thing you buy from this review, please, please, please, buy this one, nothing but good can happen from smelling like a big chocolate cake (unless you’re diabetic, then I’m sorry).

Top tip: a great idea for using this as a salon style treatment without paying the price, then just scrub yourself down top to toe with this before having a shower (please do this in the bath or shower – I’m taking no blame for chocolate stained carpets!) Leave it on for around 5-10 minutes then shower as normal – it is the best!

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The Chocomania Body Scrub – looks and smells fantastic!!

Just to remind readers that The Body Shop do have great work ethics and no products are tested on animals and all products are 100% vegetarian.

So if I’ve persuaded you that smelling like a chocolate fudge cake can do nothing but good for the world (!!) check out The Body Shop‘s website, for product’s, deals, and competitions!

If you want to check out some great deals in your local area, visit Vouchercloud by clicking here.

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