Wednesday, 18 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 7 Cult Products I Still Haven't Tried

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about seven cult products I still haven't tried.

YSL Touche Eclat // Nars Orgasm Blusher // Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner // Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick
Lancome Hynpose Mascara // Benefit Hoola Bronzer // Tweezerman Tweezers

Have you tried any of these products? What cult products would you put on your wishlist?

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 8 Favourite Beauty Youtube Channels of 2013

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about my top 8 beauty-related Youtube channels of 2013.

Youtube is something I'd really like to get into in 2014 and I've spent a lot of time this year watching videos for make up inspiration and to get to know some of the people behind the blogs I love reading. These are my eight favourite beauty channels:









Which would you put on your list of favourite beautiful Youtube channels?

Monday, 16 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 9 Favourite Blogs of 2013

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about 9 blogs I've discovered in 2013.

I'm a huge fan of reading blogs, obviously, and my Bloglovin feed is always overflowing with wonderful new things to read. I've spent a lot of time in 2013 seeking out excellent new blogs to read, so here are a few of my favourite 2013 discoveries:










There are sooo many other blogs I wish I could have included on this list, as there are hundreds of fantastic blogs out there! However, there are my nine favourites that were new to me this year. What are your favourite beauty blogs you think should be on the list?

Sunday, 15 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 10 Products on my Wishlist for 2014

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about ten products I have on my wishlist for 2014.

Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation // Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever // Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
Sleek Palette in Vintage Romance // Illamasqua Complement Palette // Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers // Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask

YSL Route Volupte Lipstick // Ren Glycolactic Mask // Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
I do have a fairly length wishlist for 2014, naturally, but I'm trying to focus on buying fewer products but those that are high quality rather than just a bargain. What products are on your 2014 wishlist?

Saturday, 14 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 11 Products I Bought in 2013 But Haven't Tried Yet

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about 11 products I've bought this year but haven't tried yet.

Tarte Blush in Glisten // Bumble and Bumble Texture Creme // Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment // Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush // Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser // Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk (yes...this features twice in the pictures, apologies!)
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer // Bumble and Bumble Shine On Spray // Origins Super Spot Remover // Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Hot Stone // Nars Orgasm and Laguna Duo
I can't believe I have all these lovely products in my make up drawers and haven't used them yet - I'll definitely rectify that in 2014, for sure! Have you tried any of these?

Friday, 13 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 12 Favourite Products of 2013

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about my top 12 products of 2013.

Too Faced La Creme Lip Sticks // Elf Lip Exfoliator // Benefit Gimme Brow // Seche Vite // Josie Maran Argan Oil

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara // Seventeen CC Cream // Benefit The Porefessional
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray // May Lipstick in Plumful // Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Virgin // Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue

Did you try any of these products this year? What would you put on your list of the top products of the year?

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas!

So every year on my blog book I run a 12 Days of Christmas feature to recap the year and look forward to the year ahead. I've decided to run my 12 Days of Christmas feature at Life from the Tub this year and I'm really excited to share it with you all!

In case anybody wanted to join in I'm going to post the schedule up here - I don't run this as a meme but if anyone does fancy it do feel free to join in with a few days, or all of them, whatever suits. If you could pop a little link back to this post if you do decide to take part I'd really appreciate it.

Without further ado, the schedule for Life from the Tub's 12 Days of Christmas is as follows:

Friday 13th: 12 favourite products of 2013

Saturday 14th: 11 products I bought in 2013 but haven't tried yet

Sunday 15th: 10 products on my wishlist for 2014

Monday 16th: 9 favourite new (to me) blogs I discovered in 2013

Tuesday 17th: 8 favourite beauty Youtube channels I discovered in 2013

Wednesday 18th: 7 cult products I still haven't tried

Thursday 19th: 6 brands I tried for the first time in 2013

Friday 20th: 5 disappointing products I tried in 2013

Saturday 21st: 4 blogging resolutions for 2014

Sunday 22nd: 3 things I learned about blogging in 2013

Monday 23rd: 2 events I went to in 2013

Tuesday 24th: Product of the year, 2013!

Keep an eye out for these posts starting this Friday, the 13th!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

What Would You Do with £100?

In a mad dash to de-clutter my house before the Christmas period I've spent the last couple of days listing auctions on eBay for clothes, shoes and bags that have been languishing at the back of my wardrobe (if anyone wants to check them out there are some bits from Monsoon, John Rocha, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors and Steve Madden and you can have a look here).

A couple of things I put up with Buy It Now prices were snapped up almost as soon as I listed them (damn my underpricing!) and as soon as the money left my PayPal account and hit my bank account I found myself daydreaming about what I could spend the money on. It's not a big chunk of money but it could buy a few more Christmas pressies, a treat for myself or, sensibly, go towards bills etc.

So my question to you is what would you do if you were suddenly given £100? Put it towards paying off a credit card, stick it in the bank to be randomly spent on groceries and the like, bargain hunt to buy as many bits and pieces as possible or put it towards one luxury item?

I'm a classic one for quantity over quality but it's something I'm really trying to get out of. While the thought of paying £30 for a pressed powder makes my eyes water I am really starting to notice a difference in my skin now I've started to use better quality skincare and make up, so I'm now starting to lean more towards the luxury item choice. But the bargain hunter in me can't resist screaming that I could have a spree in Boots and come out with two loaded shopping bags, as opposed to a couple of YSL lippies and a Chanel foundation.


But what I've really got my eye on is candles. Yup, candles. Diptyque, to be precise. I've been lusting about these babies for a long, long time now but haven't quite been able to justify spending £40 on a candle, however incredible it may smell. But then Space NK released that set of 10 votives for £95 and I felt myself getting tempted. More than tempted. I've set aside some money to spend in the January sales and I'm determined to buy a few good quality things I'll really really love, rather than come away with bags and bags of bargains that I'll never actually use and only got tempted into because of a hefty price cut.

I think I'm about the spend £95 on candles. Oh my. All I can say is that the blighters better smell like sunshine dust and unicorns.