Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Cien Tropical Summer Beauty Range by Lidl

When Lidl announced they'd be venturing into the beauty world with extraordinarily budget friendly price points I was hesitant but intrigued. It's been a while since we've seen a beauty range arrive onto the scene with lipsticks etc priced at just £1.99, we've become accustomed to paying almost extortionate prices for the most basic of beauty products so it was with great excitement that I delved into the latest releases from Cien at Lidl, especially considering the fact it was a range dedicated to all things Tropical. Perfect timing for Summer!

Whilst some of us will be lucky enough to be jetting off this Summer, a lot of us will be making do with Staycations or no vacations at all but that doesn't mean we have to miss out on the scent and feel of Summer. The new Limited Edition Cien Tropical Summer Beauty Range is perfect for both ends of the spectrum and everything in between. It's budget friendly (to a ridiculous degree) and the products I've tried are impressive.

I've been a fan of the Cien lipsticks for a while and their BB Cream blows higher end ones I own out of the water but how does the Summer range stack up?

You heard it here first. THIS product, the Honeymelon Body Butter from Cien has to be this Summer's must have body cream. It is scented beautifully and smells exactly how it is described, like honeymelon. It is soft and buttery and dries wonderfully on the skin, I've been using it in the evenings after a shower. The only way this product could be more perfect is if you were using it ON holidays whilst leisurely sipping on a sangria. This generously sized tub is a steal at just £2.99 and I've used it liberally since it arrived. Without a doubt a must-have from the collection.

Second into your basket should be the Tropical Summer Dead Sea Salt Oil Exfoliating Scrub. Oh my! This is a BEAUT! Because it's an oil based exfoliating scrub it turned out to be a lot more gentle on my skin than the regular exfoliating scrubs I've used, and the scent!! It's billed as Mango and Hibiscus fragranced and you really do get the mango coming through, as well as a hint of peach. Again, it smells of unadulterated holidays in the sun and it really works beautifully on the skin leaving it super soft (especially if you follow this with the Honeymelon Body Butter). Priced at just £2.99, it's a budget beauty bargain and I'd stock up on this and the body butter because I would imagine they'll not be around for long. They're that good.

Other top picks for me would have to be the gorgeous Cien Lip Balm. I've been using the Wild Hibiscus recently and have found I've been using it more than I'd use my regular lip balms. Considering this product comes in at 79p - SERIOUSLY! - I've already picked up a couple of back ups. The After Sun Hair Protection Spray has also been in fast rotation here. I'd never before heard of a product that claims to protect your hair from the suns rays and I don't have scientific facts to back that claim up, but what I will say is that it can't hurt to use it and it doesn't have any adverse effects on the hair. It's not sticky or crusty and it manages to make my hair seem a little more shiny plus, like the rest of the collection, it smells wonderful! If nothing else it's nice to spritz onto your locks and at £1.49 it's not going to break the bank.

These were my top picks of the new Limited Edition Cien Tropical Summer Beauty Range but there are plenty more products to explore such as Cold Wax Strips (£1.69 and very handy for waxing on holidays), Self Tanning Cream priced at just £1.49 and a gorgeous Gel Face Mask priced at just 99p. This range is in Lidl stores NOW and is perfect for Summer so I'd thoroughly recommend popping by on your lunch to treat yourself to a couple of bits. With the lowest priced product coming in at just 59p (Facial Wipes) and the most expensive items priced at £2.99, you can afford to primp and preen yourself perfectly for the arrival of Summer.

Bring on the sun!

*This post contains reviews of some products sent for consideration.  I am not under any obligation (paid or otherwise)  to give glowing reviews and will always ensure I give you my full and frank opinion in these cases.*

Monday, 17 April 2017

Local Focus: CFC Interiors and a Giveaway!

I've been focusing my efforts recently on sprucing up our living space, hunting out bargains in order to finally make our house a home. Imagine my excitement when news came through of the massive relocation sale due to take place with CFC Interiors! Considering their stock includes sumptuous beds, Kylie Minogue bedding, Yankee Candles and Emma Bridgewater, this is not an opportunity one can afford to miss.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Local Focus: Monsoon and Accessorize at Moores of Coleraine

I was very kindly invited in to visit the girls at Monsoon and Accessorize in Moores of Coleraine recently and it resulted in a serious food for thought moment in regards to online shopping versus the in-store experience. You all know I'm a huge fan of shopping from the comfort of my own home, nothing beats browsing pretty dresses, feet up, with a cuppa in hand... or so I thought. Perhaps I've been visiting the wrong stores because I came away from my visit to Monsoon thoroughly inspired by the in-store experience. This isn't because I was treated differently, in fact, after a lovely chat with the wonderfully brand focused Amanda and a quick hello to the gorgeous Tierna, I went about my business snapping, photographing and noting down information on what was available. The clothes themselves inspired me. Thinking on it I really do believe this has a lot to do with how the team have worked within their space in Moores of Coleraine. The Monsoon and Accessorize area is tucked neatly at the back of the first floor but it feels anything but cramped. It is well lit and spacious feeling and though it's not a huge space and they have a lot of different stock, you feel as though you're in something of a larger store whilst perusing the wares on the rails.

From the most dream worthy little girls dresses that look as though they've stepped straight out of a Disney movie (perfect for flower girls!) to affordable Communion dresses and tiny shoes any adult woman would desire, I fell in love with Monsoon at the first kids stand.

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Prices ranged from £20 upwards with the Artisan Communion / Flowergirl dresses coming in at affordable prices (£48 and up). I am hoping someone makes that blue dress in adult size, and maybe the butterfly shoes too!

I was already rediscovering why I loved Monsoon before I headed to their ladies department. Monsoon has been a staple in my life since my early teens, thanks to a wonderfully boho fashion focused Mum who adores anything remotely folky in appearance. The amount of luscious velvet and colourful boho skirts of hers that have made their way into my own wardrobe over the years is a true testament of my Mum's patience!

Staying true to their luxurious yet slightly folk-inspired roots, Monsoon have everything you could possibly need whether you're looking for casual luxe wear for the Summer or you happen to have an occasion coming up. I've narrowed down some of my favourite pieces (there were 296 photos after this visit and it really did pain me to omit any!)

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