M&S Beauty GWP

M&S Beauty Gift With Purchase

Until recently M&S weren’t at the top of the list as a beauty retailer but since the introduction of their Beauty Halls it has become quite the destination for all your makeup and skincare needs. They have a wonderful selection of brands and products including some well known names such as REN, Living Proof, Pür Minerals and their own brand Autograph. M&S are always introducing new names in to their line up and have recently welcomed Bourjois, Pixi, Barry M and Stila to their already extensive selection.

M&S Beauty Must Haves GWP

M&S Beauty GWP

During the month of October (while stocks last) M&S have an incredible Gift With Purchase. If you spend £25 in M&S Beauty you will walk away with a cosmetics bag full of this seasons makeup must haves worth over £60. Thats a pretty exciting deal. Each bag contains carefully selected products from some of the best loved brands at M&S Beauty and each bag comes with a treat for your complexion, eyes and lips!

The products come in a beautiful luxurious creamy pink cosmetics bag which is a really good size (you can never have too many makeup bags!) so this along with all the products would make a lovely Christmas gift if you didn’t want to keep it for yourself.

M&S Beauty Gift With Purchase

M&S Beauty Products

Products in the M&S GWP

As I said the gift with purchase is worth over £60 and includes,

  • Stila Lip Glaze
  • Pixi by Petra Brow Powder Trio
  • Diego Dalla Palma Ciglione Lash Booster Mascara
  • Purminerals Correcting Primer
  • Lola Lip Pencil
  • Autograph Eyeshadow Palette
  • Eyelure Eyelashes

I think this is one of the best value gift with purchases I have seen in a long time, you only have to spend £25 which lets face it is so easy,especially with the incredible selection of products available now at M&S.

The offer will run until October 27th & if you’re unable to find it online it might be sold out but still available in store. Let me know if you manage to get your hands on one.

*PR Sample

Monu Skincare

Monu Skincare

MONU Moisture Rich Hydrating Mask* £22.50

This is one of those masks which doesn’t set which I do like because they don’t go tight on the skin which can often feel quite drying. This has a thick cream texture and it feels very cool on the skin, I apply a generous layer with a makeup brush and leave it on my skin for at least 15 minutes. I remove it using a warm damp cloth & it leaves my skin looking refreshed and bright. This is a very good mask for the colder months because it contains geranium essential oil which is great at calming the skin and I get very red skin in the colder months so this will help a lot.

MONU Instant Radiance Brightening Boost* £22.50

I have used this product before and liked it. I thought it helped brighten my complexion it is aimed at more Mature Skin or those that have Sun Damage but I think it can be used by people of all ages and It’s an ideal product for people with dull complexion as it leaves your skin instantly smooth and looking radiant. It gives your skin a good boost of Vitamin C to help keep it looking radiant and evens out your skin tone. I also think this wears well under my makeup and helps my skin look radiant all day long. Its nice and lightweight but quite hydrating too. I have enjoyed having this back in my skincare routine.

MONU Hand and Nail Cream* £11.95

This is a very rich formula and I found it a little too thick, it might be better if you like your hand cream to feel more like a treatment or if you used it overnight so you wake up with very soft smooth hands. I like to put my hand cream on throughout the day and this was a little too heavy on my hands. I wasn’t too fond of the scent either, the scent is Lemongrass and Lavender so it is relaxing but I thought it was a little too intense. I did pass this on to my Mum who said she likes it, so every cloud!

MONU Line Smoothing Skin Perfector* £22.50

Oh I really really like this product, it says it is a cream but it feels more like a serum. I like that it feels so lightweight and gives your skin an instant smooth velvety soft appearance. It promises to tackle imperfections to enhance your skins natural appearance, I think it does a great job at making your skin look healthy and glowing. It has soft focus technology and it blurs / smooths imperfections and reflects the light making your skin look wide awake and fresh. I don’t always like my skincare to have a scent but this smells like a luxury spa and that would be the Bergamot and Neroli essential oils, two of my favourite scents.

MONU Active Collagen Eye Patches* £26.95

These baffled me at first I’m used to these having the product already on & they adhere to your skin but these were dry & I was like ‘what am I meant to do with these’ but I figured out that you have to dampen them and pop them under your eyes. I got there in the end. I love using eye patches / masks and find them a really effective way of reviving tired eyes and these Monu ones were very good at plumping that area & giving it an instant boost of hydration. I suffer from very dehydrated skin under my eyes and I love having using eye masks a couple of times a week to help keep the skin looking revitalised and smooth. These are individually packaged so you can through a pack in your makeup bag when you fly and they stop you getting off the plane looking like you haven’t slept for a week!

Monu Skin Types Chart & Colour Coding

I think the Skin Perfector along with the Active Collagen Eye Patches are my favourite products from the line up! I was also surprised to see just how extensive the MONU skincare range is they have so many products to suit every skin type. I also like that they have a simple colour coded system so you can see what products / ranges are most suitable for you by the colour.

Let me know if you have tried any MONU products & what you loved and would recommend.

MONU products contain no damaging chemicals, artificial perfumes or synthetic colours and they are 100% cruelty free.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

OLAY Regenerist Age Defy Skincare

Olay Regenerist Age Defy Skincare

Olay is such an iconic brand and over the years I have tried quite a few of their products and they’ve always been pretty good. I have been using 2 products from their new Regenerist Age Defy 3 Point range and they have been a welcomed addition to my skincare routine. Up first is the:-

Regenerist 3-Point Super Serum*

This serum is fast absorbing and non-greasy the formula is lovely and feels lightweight on the skin. It contains a highly concentrated amino-peptide complex which is specially designed to help give you dramatically firmer-feeling skin on your face, neck and décolletage, all the places which seem to show the first signs of ageing. I like the way this smooths my skin and instantly makes it feel hydrated and plumper, its great as my morning serum because it helps my skin look hydrated all day and stops it looking fatigued and dull.

A couple of pumps is more than enough for your face & neck, I found it very easy to massage in and it feels very comfortable on the skin. As I said this serum contains Olay’s complex amino peptide formula which will really help combat those early signs of ageing – like sagging skin and fine lines. Its gives the skin a boost of hydration which lasts all day. Both this Olay serum and the moisturiser have Niacinamide which is also known as vitamin B3,

‘Niacinamide can improve skin’s elasticity, dramatically enhance its barrier function, help erase discolorations, and revive skin’s healthy tone and texture’

So its a wonderful ingredient to have in an affordable skincare range and it has quite a few fantastic skin care benefits. I think this serum is a gem of a product, I love using a serum and this one instantly makes my skin feel and look smoother and after a couple of weeks my skin feels more supple and looks fresh and healthy. Like the moisturiser I’m excited to continue to use these and let you know how my skin looks after using them both for a couple of months.

OLAY Skincare

OLAY Regenerist 3 Point Treatment Cream*

This contains Olay’s most advanced, concentrated and powerful amino-peptide formula to date. Its designed to target those areas that are prone to premature ageing, eyes, jawline and neck. It claims to provide deep down / long lasting hydration as well as giving the skin a more lifted and firmer feel. This cream has a very lightweight texture and once you have applied it to your skin it leaves it feeling velvety soft and nourished.

So I have been smoothing this on my face as well as down my neck over the past few weeks and I really like the visual results. I think it instantly makes fatigued skin look brighter and plumper and my skin does feel firmer and more hydrated. I noticed that my concealer doesn’t sink in to the fine lines around my eyes and my skin doesn’t look as tired. I think I need to use it a little longer to see if the skin around my jaw line looks tighter but I will keep you posted on that.

New Olay Skincare

I have enjoyed revisiting OLAY skincare and I have been recommending this 3 point treatment line to my Mum & Auntie, I think they would love them too. I have to say despite it being a very affordable brand these products feels so luxurious and the results have so far surpassed my expectations which is wonderful. I think these products would be ideal if you suffer from dull, tired skin in need of a hydration boost and if you’re concerned about the first signs of ageing. Both products I have tried are gentle and not at all greasy so I will continue to use them and let you know if I see any further changes in my skins appearance.

If I had to pick one product from the two I would say my favourite it the serum, I love serums anyway but its just so lightweight and my skin feels and looks healthy after I have applied it!

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

My Favourite Fig Scented Products

Favourite Fig Products

Fig scented products have always been my favourite & I don’t think that is going to change any time soon. I thought I would share a few of my current favourite Fig products. Let me know if you have any suggestions of Figgy products for me to try. It seems so many brands are releasing fig products!

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil*

This Roger & Gallet Body Oil is incredibly nourishing and leaves your skin with a healthy glow & so hydrated but most importantly the Fig scent in this is beautiful. Its so long lasting and smells divine. It has that signature fresh Mediterranean Fig scent that I love but it has a slight sweetness to it too & I can smell it on my skin for hours. I have loved using this over the warmer months because the oil really hydrated my skin and helped it feel smooth and soft.

& Other Stories Fig Fiction

I like everything about this Fig Fiction Body Lotion, but I have to say the packaging ticks all the boxes for me. Never dismiss the importance of a pump on your body lotion – it makes applying it so much easier, less messy & hygienic. Now on to the product itself, this has a rich Summery fig scent & isn’t too overpowering. The formula is lightweight and absorbs into the skin without leaving it feeling tacky or greasy. This is my second bottle & its safe to say they last a very long time. I can’t recommend the body products from & Other Stories enough, they’re such great quality.

Malmaison Fig & Olive Shampoo & Conditioner

I love the Malmaison hotel toiletries & always take home what I don’t use, well they smell of Fig so they’re too good to leave behind. These are made for Malmaison by a brand called Anatomicals, they’re a brand who always have really fun tongue in cheek sayings on their products. I have used up a couple of these Shampoo & Conditioners, they’re not amazing but they leave my hair feeling quite hydrated and soft considering its a 2in1 product. As far as the scent goes, its a nice fresh sweet scent and I do like that it doesn’t linger on your hair. The Malmaison body oil is amazing & so refreshingly figgy!

The Body Shop Italian Summer Fig Fragrance Mist

I have tried a few of these fragrance mists and they are fantastic value for money. If you don’t like Fig then they have quite a wide variety of other scents. This Italian Summer Fig Fragrance Mist is just beautiful & I really like the bottle too it smells and looks much more expensive that it is. The Body Shop describe this range as

‘This fragrance mist subtly scents your entire body with the green freshness of grape leaf, juicy-milky fig notes and comforting woody facets.’

Its Summer in a bottle & although I will be wearing this well into Autumn it just evokes memories of warm summer holidays. I like that this is quite a feminine scent which smells deliciously sweet at first then settles down to be more woody, the beautiful juicy fig notes are always there. I found this fragrance mist lasts quite a few hours but it does need applying I have put some in my travelo so I can reapply throughout the day. I want to try more from this Italian Summer Fig Range, I bet the candle is incredible.

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier EDP* 

Fleur de Figuier has been my go to perfume over the past couple of months, its such a refreshing crisp scent and people always compliment me when I am wearing it! It has notes of

  • Top notes: precious essences of mandarin and pink peppers
  • Heart notes: fig tree leaves, juicy fig and violet wood
  • Base notes: white musk, candied fig and precious essence of patchouli

Some days I spray it & It smells really musky whilst other days It smells more woody. I love that its such a layered and sophisticated perfume and it lasts for hours without need to be reapplied. I’m hoping we get an Indian Summer so I can continue to wear this throughout October. Roger & Gallet products are always beautifully packaged too & this perfume looks and smells luxurious, packaged in in a glass bottle with touches of gold and purple.

Timothy Dunn Arabian Fig Candle*

I will go as far as saying this Arabian Fig candle from Timothy Dunn is the most beautifully scented Fig product I have ever owned. Its so rich and intense and even when it isn’t lit it still fills my home with the scent of Arabian Figs. It is described as:-

Presenting a complex blend of green fig leaf, basil and clove, tenderly enhanced with frankincense; this deliciously aromatic candle has a hint of wild fig and cassis, rose and jasmine, and the rich base notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and musk.

I’ve sadly burnt the last of this candle but it lasted for months (you get at least 40 hours of burn time), burning it for just an hour or two a day because the scent is that strong it will still fill your room for hours after its stopped burning. This burnt down evenly and wasn’t sooty at all, the Fig scent was luxurious and very rich. I will be treating myself to another one of these because its just such a beautiful scent. I also had to recycle the gorgeous black jar after the candle had finished because its too pretty, I’m currently using it to sore my eyeliners & mascaras!

So thats a few of my favourite Fig scented products, what scent do you love?

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.