Hello in 2016!
I am so happy I can wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope 2016 will be as wonderful as 2015. I  know it is two weeks late, but it has been so hectic that I had no time to post anything. The good news is that I am back! As always I have December favourites that I wanted to share with you, please let me know if you tried any of these and what you think about them!

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser
The Aurelia Cleanser is filled with probiotics and peptide technologies which help to protect the skin, revitalise it and prevent it from ageing. It is also 100% Bioorganic which is one of the reasons I fell for it. It contains Baobab which is rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9, firming Kigali Africana and antioxidant Hibiscus and of course the ingredient which are responsible for the scent so Chamomile, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Bergamot.
I took this skiing with my friends and every single person wanted to try this, I am not joking, men included. It is such a relaxing treatment after a long day. The best way to use this is to apply it to your face, rub to melt away the makeup, then put a hot cloth on your face and breathe in the divine herbal/minty smell. You can repeat the hot cloth which I always do as it really helps me relax. A December must-have. (This Miracle Cleanser is available from Space NK, £34)
Clinique High Impact Mascara 
I got this sample with the Glamour December Issue and I absolutely love it! It adds volume and length to my lashes, making them look gorgeous. The brush is soft and makes sure you lashes are not only thick and long but also separated. I loved it during December as with all the coats, hats and scarves it still made my eyes stand out. Great mascara! (This mascara is available in Boots, £17.50)

34.4 Honey Balm 
I got this lovely balm from a lovely lady called Elke when I was visiting Slow Living and Food Market at Rosewood Hotel in London. Let me explain the meaning of the name first as you are probably all wondering. 34.4 relates to the ideal temperature that the bees need to thrive in the heart of the bee hive! The honey balm is perfect for healing and soothing the skin, and it is suitable for all skin types. It is natural, containing only 3 ingredients – honey, beeswax and kernel oil, so it is ideal for allergic or sensitive skin. I liked using this balm on my lips and cuticles to nourish them during the cold days in December! (Available from 34.4 website, £5) 
Dove Pure Care Oil Nourishing Treatment

I use hair oils daily, even before or after brushing my hair. It helps with smoothing the frizz and nourishing my hair, and is especially important during the winter and summer months. I really liked this hair oil, as it made my hair silky smooth without weighing them down. It comes in a glass bottle so it feels luxurious and the price is definitely a bargain! Made with African Macadamia it is a great choice for winter. (Available from Boots, £9.99)
Revlon Lipstick (Shade, Rose) 
When it is cold and rainy outside what makes you stand out from the crowd? A good lipstick! In December I discovered the lipstick from Revlon and I can say that I finally found a lipstick which does not dry out my lips and looks great throughout the day. The shade is beautiful and I wore it both during the day and evening as it is so universal. (Available from Boots, £7.99)

The Body Shop Shea Body Butter 
I would not survive winter months without a good, moisturising body butter. During December I have been loving The Body Shop Shea Body Butter. Whenever I go to the store I spend about 10 minutes smelling all the body butters, because there is always something new and I like the traditional ranges too. The Shea Body Butter is one of their classics, and I understand why after using up the whole tub during December. It is thicker than other body butters and super moisturising, so ideal for winter when my skin tends to get especially dry. I cannot say a bad thing about this product, and I am repurchasing it as soon as I go to the store! (Available from The Body Shop, £14)
Ania’s advice
1. Remember to moisturise your skin
2. Find your perfect other-half
3. Forget 2! Find your perfect lipstick 
x
Ania

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Hello Gorgeous 
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and spent some quality time with your loved ones. I am sorry I haven’t been posting a lot but I have been very busy with the whole gift preparation, decorating house and of course spending time with my family and friends. This month I received a great subscription box called Dollibox. You can find out more information on Dollibox website. Enjoy!

About Dollibox
Dollibox is a new subscription box for UK based beauty lovers. Each month you will receive 5 personalised beauty samples tailored to your needs, featuring well- known brands, cult classics and niche brands. In addition it includes tutorials and in-box cards featuring products you will receive. You can choose to get a single box or a subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months. (£10 + £3.25 P&P)
Anubis Barcelona Polivitaminic Cleansing Mousse – Full Size RRP £12
What I love about subscription boxes, is that I can try all the new, and niche brands like Anubis. Filled with vitamin C which has anti ageing properties; orange stem cells which have antioxidant  and anti-ageing properties as well as hyaluronic acid which provides hydration to the different skin layers.   The Cleansing Mousse can be used daily, all you need to do is to wet your skin, massage in one or two pumps and enjoy. The cleansing mousse is a perfect product, especially for the winter season as it does not dry out the skin but leaves it hydrated, smooth and healthy. Plus it smells like oranges *-* 
Osmo Intensive Deep Repair Mask – Travel Size RRP £3
If you read my blog regularly you will know that I am addicted to hair products, and that my hair is sometimes impossible to manage as it gets quite dry and tangled. I tried Osmo products before and I was very satisfied with the results so I had quite high hopes for this one. Of course I was not disappointed. This mask is designed for dry and damaged hair, and it aims to ‘restore moisture and elasticity, leaving hair feeling silky, smooth and manageable’. Filled with wonderful ingredients such as Jojoba Oil, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang, it promises to moisturise, smooth, tame frizz and control excess sebum. 
You can use this mask as a short (3-5 mins) or long treatment (7-10 mins). I always go for the longer treatment as it works better. The mask is quite thick and creamy and it smells amazing, I found the scent a bit nutty, I cannot quite describe it. The mask made my hair smooth and hydrated as promised, lovely product!

Model Co Highlighting Trio – Full Size RRP £14
Who doesn’t love to add a little bit of glow to their face with a little bit of highlighter, bronzer, or blush? This product is a 3 in 1, allowing you to change your make-up as you fancy wherever you are. You can use the bronzer for conturing, the highlighter for brightening your complexion and blush to add some colour to your make-up. I preferred using them 1 at a time but you can also experiment with the shades and combine them together. It is up to you how you use it, I am sure it will look stunning whatever you do 🙂 

Bare Naturals Pomegranate & Pink Grapefruit Soap – Full Size RRP £3.65
Another item in the box was a soap from Bare Naturals. It is 100 % natural, vegan, paraben & SLS free and it is handmade in the UK. It contains grapefruit essential oil which is known for its revitalising and cleansing properties, nourishing pomegranate and other oils such as coconut oil and olive oil. As you can imagine it smells sweet and fresh making it perfect for my everyday hand soap. 

Freeman Barefoot Lavender + Mint Foot Cream – Trial Size RRP £1.50
This foot cream could not arrive at a better time, after Christmas Eve and the busy December month my feet are in need of a treatment. It is filled with tea tree oil, lavender oil and peppermint which help in soothing and relaxing tired feet as well as reinvigorating muscles. 
What did I think?
I think this box is great as it contains products from all the beauty categories like haircare, skincare, makeup and body care so everyone can find something they will like. All the products included in the box were good quality and they worked perfectly with my skin. I would get it again!
The December box is available until 31st December so order soon if you would like to get those fantastic beauty items from Dollibox website!
Ania’s advice:
1. Subscribe to Dollibox
2. Get beauty delivered to your door 
3. Stay fabulous *-*
x
Ania

Hi there!  

Hope you are all doing great, enjoying Xmas preparation. Since it is december, I have been doing some tiding up lately and I completely forgot to post about my empties so from now on I will be posting regularly to avoid these piles of stuff! I really like empties posts as I can honestly say which products worked well and which didn’t. Let me know what you think 🙂  

Mio Skincare The Activist Firming Body Oil 
I got this in one of the Libbie Club boxes and absolutely loved it. I really liked the consistency of this oil as it is quite runny so it absorbed easily into the skin and did not leave me feeling sticky. I felt that it was effective as my skin looked firmer within weeks of using. Great product, I will buy it again. (Available here, £29.50).

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion 
I think Cocoa is quite a tricky smell. It needs to be perfectly composed, as otherwise it will start irritating me after a week of using. Palmers managed to get it right and I really loved this body lotion as it was hydrating and really nourishing so ideal for the winter time. The only downside is the packaging which makes it difficult to get all the product out, but except that it is perfect. The price is another advantage as it only costs only £3.99 for a 250 ml bottle. I already bought a new one:) (Available here, £3.99). 

AVEDA Stress-Fix Body Creme 
This was one of my favourite products from this pile of empties. You can smell notes of the divine lavender which really help to unwind and relax. It is a perfect cream for when you are stressed out and need a little bit of aromatherapy. It is quite thick so it is great for nourishing the skin. I will be buying a full size pot as this is one of the best anti-stress products I ever tried. Well done AVEDA! (Available here, £36).
L’Occitane Neroli Orchidea

DIVINE – this word describes this perfume perfectly. You just need to go to the store to smell it to understand what I mean. The Orchidea and Neroli are so perfectly mixed together to create this amazing perfume. It is great for every time of the year and the smell is quite long lasting. Love Love Love! (Available here, £52).

Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Face Wipes
When these wipes were introduced to the UK market I received them to try. What I noticed was that  they were different to the regular face wipes. These wipes are soaked in micellar water meaning that are a lot better for your skin, as they won’t have the drying effect. You are not supposed to use wipes everyday but they are a great beauty item to have in your handbag so whenever you want to clean your face on-the-go, you can. I found these wipes to be very good, as they removed the makeup effectively, and left the same feeling as micellar water. These wipes are scentless which is also better for the skin of course (Available here, £3.99). 

Bioderma Micellar Wanter 
Every blogger loves this micellar water, I think its great, and I always come back to it. It removes makeup, doesn’t dry out the skin, and it is lightly scented. One downside is that it is a bit pricey compared to the drugstore micellar waters, and it is quite hard to find. Very good product, but cheaper alternatives are available. 
Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder (Shade Vanilla 52)
This powder does everything a powder needs to. It evens out and mattiifies the skin, provides light coverage, so it is perfect for everyday use. I will buy it again as it is genuinely a good product  and  it is affordable too (Available here, £8.99).

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 
 At the moment, this is my one and only concealer. It privides great coverage, hides all the imperfections and looks great throughout the day. I use it daily and cannot imagine not using it, which is why I go through them like they are water! (Available here, £4.19)

Ania’s advice:
1. Send me your links
2. Tidy up your beauty cupboards
3. Merry Xmas!
x
Ania 

Hi Beautiful 

The December Libbie Club has once yet arrived with exciting products! This month is a little bit different as there is a product for men as well, which is just perfect for the Christmas season! For those of you who don’t know, Latest in Beauty has launched a Beauty Box for bloggers called the Libbie Club. The bloggers receive special offers especially for their readers, who can buy great quality beauty products for less. As always, the offers this month are great, perfect for stocking fillers. You can redeem all the offers at my page here


FIT Skincare Moisturising Ultra Serum

Moisturising ultra-serum intensely hydrates, repairs, protects & refreshes skin. Packed with premium performance active ingredients, vitamins and utilising OXY-FIT-10 technology it recharges & stimulates the skins natural repair mechanisms.

How To Use?
– Apply sparingly to face and neck
– Dispense 3 pumps and massage in
– Use daily after workout, sport or shower
– Use at night for overnight repair 

What I thought?

Obviously I have not tried this as it is for men, but by looking at the ingredients I can say that it sounds like a great product. It is a perfect gift for your father, brother or boyfriend, so I am glad that the Libbie Club Team decided to add this to the December box even though I cannot use this 😉




Little Ondine Nail Varnish (Lava Red)
Little Ondine’s new innovative formula cumulates the following all-in-one benefits: easy peel off, natural ingredients, odour free, dry fast. Little Ondine is different from other nail polishes.
How to use:
– Clean & dry your nails before applying
– Apply 2-3 layers
– Clean edges before they dry
– Avoid touching ANYTHING for the first hour!

What I thought?

I must admit this is quite a novelty to me – a nail polish that you can peel off, without the need for nail polish remover! I think this is a miracle product, especially for me, as when I am out of the house and realise my nail polish is chipped I can quickly remove it. Another great feature of this product is that it does not really have a smell, compared to other nail polishes. It is easy to apply, and dries quickly so if you are impatient like me, you will love this 😉

 SPECIAL OFFER Free Nail varnish with your Winter Wonderland glitter polishes set worth £8.40!




Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Bronzer 
Self-Tanning Bronzing Minerals. Includes a Vita Liberata Kabuki Brush for flawless application and lasting contouring.

How To Use
– Apply over moisturiser or liquid fondation 
– Using a kabuki brush, blend the mineral powder onto the face, neck and décolleté in circular movements
– Use more around cheekbones to achieve a contouring effect
– The developed tan will last up to 5 days 

What I thought?
This is a great bronzer, it gives a natural ‘sunkissed’ finish as a bronzer should do, but you can build it up for a night out. I did not see the self-tan effect as I only used it a few times, but maybe if used regularly it works better. If you like mineral makeup this is perfect for you. I really like the Kabuki brush for this bronzer, it is very soft and distributes the products evenly on the face. The products  work perfect together, and if you want to give your skin the summer look, you should give this a try 😉 

SPECIAL OFFER Buy one get one free!

Ania’s advice
1. Start your Christmas Shopping
2. Get yourself a gift *-*
3. Decorate your house! 

x

Hello Gorgeous 
I hope you all had a good month, and are already starting to feel the Christmas atmosphere. I did not even realise when London started to look so magical once again, the lights are everywhere, the ice skating rings are filled with ice skaters and the window displays look wonderful. This month I have been focusing on skincare and body care as with the colder months, I noticed that my skin is more vulnerable to damaging effects of temperature differences. 


Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask 
When I discovered this mask in Selfridges, I was amazed by the beautiful smell of the Manuka honey. It was the main reason for my compulsive purchase (guilty as always). Having tried and tested this tube of wonder, I can honestly say that this has become one of my favourite masks. It is moisturising, cleansing and has antibacterial properties, so it is great for all skin types.


I found this mask to be very hydrating, and also purifying, clearing out any spots and blemishes. I used it 2-3 times a week, layering a thick layer over face and neck, and leaving it on for 20 minutes, then washed it off with warm water. The ‘user’ experience is great as it is not messy, smells divine and is easy to remove, leaving your skin feeling smooth and glowing. (Available here, £22) 

Melvita L’Or Bio Extraordinary Oil 
Recently, I was invited to a Melvita Press event and I received this Extraordinary Oil to try. As you all know, I am a fan of oils so this was a very exciting product for me to try. The Melvita Oil is 100% natural, made with 5 essential oils :

– Argan oil from Morocco (Skincare properties)
– Kendi oil from Indonesia & Inchi oil from Amazonia (Regenerating properties)
– Buriti oil from Brazil (Promotes healthy skin glow)
– Pracaxi oil from Amazonia (Improves hair shine & strength) 

You can use Melvita Oil for face, body and hair as it has great properties for skin as well as for hair. This month I’ve been loving this product, especially with the new, gorgeous packaging! I used it daily as it is very nourishing, so it is perfect for the winter season. After a couple of uses my skin was silky, smooth, and glowing. The oil is not heavy, so it gets absorbed quickly into the skin, meaning you can get dressed and go. It smells divine, as it is a mix of bergamot, basil, jasmine, cedar and rose. Definitely a must- have product! (Available here, £15)

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Best. Primer. Ever. This is a must-try product for every beauty fan out there. I always thought that if you don’t wear liquid foundation, there is no need for a primer, until I tried this one. I don’t use a lot of make-up and I tend to stick to powder foundation as my skin is not problematic. I noticed that before I started using a primer, half way through the day my concealer and powder seemed to disappear and I had to reapply again. 
I started using this primer last summer when I got a sample, and since then I am obsessed with it, hence why I purchased a full size bottle. It is worth noting that it is a completely different primer to what you normally get, as it is a 3 in 1 product – primer, mask and moisturiser in one. It has a texture of a moisturiser, it is light and easy to apply. You only need a pea sized amount to cover your face, then let it sink in for few seconds and your skin is full prepped for makeup. When I applied my concealer, powder and bronzer, my skin looked perfect, and it seemed like I was actually wearing foundation. I described the effect as airbrush finish, as the primer gives your skin a boost, plumps it up and smooth out any imperfections. (Available here, £30)

L’Occitane Shea Light Comforting Cream 
It has been a long time since I reviewed L’Occitane, but as a loyal fan, I always end up in their stores, trying products and purchasing new items. I tried this product last year, and got another sample this year. I always seem to try it during the autumn and winter months, and it just fits in with the cosy evenings, candles and winter weather. 
The texture of this cream is very light, so it sinks into the skin almost immediately, hydrating your skin. Like the whole Shea range it has a comforting smell, so it is a cherry on top during my pamper evenings (Available here, £26). You can use it as a day or night cream, but for night I would recommend the more hydrating version  Shea Ultra Rich Comforting cream. (Available here, £28). 




Aveda Dry Remedy

During the colder months, my hair becomes very dry so I need to use a lot of hair oil to ensure it stays smooth and shiny. This month I chose Aveda Dry Remedy, as it is filled with the amazing BBuriti oil, which ensures that the hair stays moisturised, supple and shiny.

What I liked about this oil that it controlled frizz so my hair looked smooth throughout the day. 2-4 drops is enough and you should use it daily for best results. The oil has a herbal scent which is very relaxing  so I am sure you will want to use it in the mornings and evenings 😉 (Available here, £20.50)


Ania’s advice
1. Focus on skincare 
2. Use facemasks 1-2 a week 
3. Visit Winter Wonderland!

x
Ania 

Hi Gorgeous

Yes, it is official. Last weekend we did change our clocks to the winter time, which means that summer is officially over. This does not mean that we need to cry and look back at our summer photos and wish it did not end. This time is the perfect time to embrace the new season and the beauty of winter. If you are still regretting the end of the summer period, I found something that will keep you busy, October Favourites! 


NYX Illuminator (Shade Magnetic)
NYX has been loved in the US and now it is finally coming to the UK. It recently opened its counter in Selfridges and it is also available in Boots. This illuminator looks really good on cheeks, it has quite a lot of shimmer so it gives you this fresh, glowing look + you can use it on face and body. It blends in easily, and it is available in 5 shades so if you have a different skin colour you will find something for yourself as well 😉 (Available here, £8.50)

NYX Butter Lipstick (Shade Lollies)
The range of butter lipsticks is my favourite as they moisturise your lips, so you will not get the dry lips feeling half way through the day. This colour is quite natural, so it is ideal for everyday makeup  look. Lovely packaging, lovely product. If you are a lipstick fan, NYX Butter Lipsticks are the ones to try. (Available here, £5.50)
F.O.Y Absolute Nectar Massage Oil
Fountain of Youth is a new brand which specialises in anti ageing products. I recently tried their nourishing massage oil and I actually loved it. It comes in a great size of 200 ml so it will lasts for a long time as you only need to use a little bit. It has a delicate, quite sweet scent which add that ‘something’ to your massage. I used it as a part of my evening routine, and massaged it into my skin, to get silky skin the next day. It is filled with three oils, jojoba, avocado and olive oil, which are all great for your skin, and will keep it nourished and glowing. (Available here

Vita Coco Coconut Oil 
As you probably noticed, I am a fan of all sorts of oils and everything that is natural. Vita Coco recently introduced this coconut oil to the UK market and I was sent a sample to try out. What is important when choosing a coconut oil, is that it is organic, extra virgin and cold pressed. If it fulfils all these criteria then it there are good chances that it is a good quality oil. I liked using this oil for my body as a moisturiser, for my hair as a mask and for my legs as a shaving cream. You can also use this for cooking, so if you get bored of it in your bathroom, it will make your food taste great 🙂 For a free sample go here. (Available in Boots, £10/500ml) 

Etude House Baking Powder 

The thing with Korean products is that they all have such cute packaging *-*. This baking powder is literally a white powder to which you add water and then wash your face. It has no particular scent, but thats good because you don’t need to be worry about having of artificial fragrance on your face. It deeply cleanses your skin, and after few weeks of using I could see that my complexion looked brighter and clearer. Definitely a must-have. I would recommend it for more combination or oily skin, and if you have dry skin then use it only twice a week (Available here £8.99).
Nanokeratin RE Vitalise
I am always up for trying new haircare products, but since my hair is quite dry, I am constantly on a lookout for nourishing products. Before trying out the Nanokeratin products, I heard a lot good things about the brand so finally I got the chance to test it out! I enjoyed using the shampoo as well as the conditioner. The key was to let the products work on your hair instead of washing them off immediately to get the optimal results. The shampoo and the mask combined together made my hair smooth, frizz free and revitalised it. I am definitely going to consider purchasing a full size product. The only downside is that it is quite pricey but your hair is worth the investment 😉 

Ania’s advice:
1. Change something in your beauty routine
2. Love your skin
3. Drink Pumpkin Spice Latte


Hi Gorgeous 

Hope your autumn is going well, mine definitely is 🙂 I have a few products that I would like to share with you today which I really enjoyed using during September. I have something from haircare, skincare and make-up so I hope you will like it and share with me what were your favourite beauty products x

 Shwarzkopf Essence Ultimate Omega Repair Shampoo

This new range from Shawarzkopf has stolen my heart. I haven’t used this brand as much before so I did not know what to expect but I was amazed when I tried it. My hair is quite difficult to manage as it tends to get dry and tangled so the moment I use the wrong shampoo I will spend the next two hours untangling my hair. With this shampoo my hair has been looking great, hydrated and shiny again. This shampoo is definitely worth purchasing and trying (Available here £4.99)
 Shwarzkopf Essence Ultimate Omega Repair Conditioner
The conditioner is always what defines a good hair range. The Ultimate Omega Repair Conditioner is divine, I cannot quite define the smell but it smells great! It is a very hydrating product, but it does not weight my hair down, so I can apply it on the whole surface of my hair excluding the roots (if that makes sense!). My tip is to leave it on for few minutes whilst you use your shower gel, do a face scrub or any other ritual. This will ensure that the conditioner has enough time to work through your hair and really nourish it. This range claims to repair inside damage hair cells & prevents split ends by up to 90%, and after using it I can tell you I believe it 🙂 (Available here £4.99)

The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3 in 1 Scrub Mask

This is already my second pot of this mask and I use it religiously. It is made of honey and oats so you can probably imagine how gorgeous it smells. It is a 3 in 1 product, meaning it is a scrub, a cleanser and a moisturiser in one. I apply it whenever I want a little pamper session and it really puts me in a great mood. Lovely smell, lovely results, lovely product! For a full review see my review of the mask here 🙂 (Available here £11)
The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
This is probably the best drugstore concealer on the market right now. It provides great coverage, hides away any imperfections and conceals dark circles. In short – it does it all. I use it all year round especially during automn and winter when my tan fades away (Available here £4.19) 

Burt’s Bee Honey Lip Balm 
I always like Burt’s Bees as a brand… I started liking it even more after I saw the film Burt’s Buzz which was a great documentary and every beauty blogger should watch it! This is a marvellous lip balm, it nourishes dry, chapped lips and smells soooo good. I think the magic is in the bees wax, I love bees… and the best part about this lip balm? It is 100% natural *-* (Available here £3.69)

Sunkissed Bronzer in Medium
Lately, I was looking for a large bronzer which would look good on my skin and would have a bit of shimmer in it. I fount this one from Sunkissed and I really liked it. I am loving the packaging and the two different colours that you can mix in for darker or lighter shades. The bronzer looks amazing on my cheeks and it stays on for the whole day. And come on… it is very very pretty! (Available here £4.99)


Ania’s advice
1. Stay positive even thought is autumn 
2. Send me your favourites
3. Go on an Autumn Haul 
x
Ania