When this gorgeous new lip and cheek palette from The Balm landed at my doorstep, I was really excited to give it a try. I've not tried many products from the brand before but I always hear people raving about how great their products are - especially their cheek products like the 'Mary Lou Manizer'.

I'm not usually a big blush wearer as I feel it doesn't really suit me but if I am going to wear blush, I'd much rather wear a cream one that will help give my skin a dewy glow as well as a pop of colour. Also, who could resist this amazing packaging? As with all The Balm products, the packaging is super quirky and I must admit it did make me laugh when I opened the palette to find six half naked men besides each of the blushes. I mean come on, who can resist that?



There's six colours in the palette all of which are named very fittingly for the apple theme of the palette. There's 'Cider' and 'Cobbler' on the top row, 'Pie' and 'Crisp' in the middle and 'Candy' and 'Caramel' at the bottom. They're all very wearable shades and they mostly fall into the peach / pink category with one slightly deeper red shade being the boldest shade of the palette. My favourite shade would have to be 'Crisp' which is a beautiful coral with gold particles running through it. It's like the shades NARS 'Orgasm' or Sleek 'Rose Gold' in cream form.


The pigmentation and formula of these blush/lip creams is incredible. As you can see from my swatches, the pigmentation is amazing but they look very natural when applied to the cheeks and blend out beautifully. However, if you want a more bold lip look, the colour can be built up. The formula is so easy to work with too as it's super creamy. I hate those cream blushes that you have to rub and rub at the get any product but these are so creamy that you only need the slightest dab with a finger or brush to pick up the colour.

L-R: Cider, Cobbler, Pie, Crisp, Candy and Caramel

To round things up, I'd say this palette is definitely one worth trying! I'd be more inclined to use it as a blush palette purely because I already have a lot of lip products but I guess it's handy that it can be used for both and because the palette is so lightweight, it's a great multi-purpose product to travel with. It costs £28.00 and is available here from Feel Unique.

Do you like the look of this palette?

You may or may not know that I recently worked with Toni & Guy on their recent Hair Meets Wardrobe campaign where I spent the day shooting with them in London. I was pretty nervous to say the least as it was my first time doing anything like it but I had a lot of fun and it was so great to work with one of my favourite hair brands. Head over to their social media @hair_wardrobe if you want to see the final images - it includes me representing Manchester and covered in Manchester landmarks. Eeep! I've also been trying out lots of Toni & Guy products recently and they've kindly given me some for you guys to win too. So, if you want to win the products in the above image... keep reading! 

The three products up for grabs are all what Toni & Guy refer to as 'Summer essentials' and I'd have to agree as there three products will help you achieve any style this Summer. First up is the Sea Salt Spray which is one of my personal favourite hair products and one I've been using for years. I love applying this to damp hair, scrunching my hair up between my fingers and leaving it to dry naturally. It's the perfect product to take away on holiday when it's too hot to use heat on your hair and it creates the most amazing beachy waves. I love it!


Next up is the 3D Volumiser and this one is for you ladies (myself definitely included) who love big glamorous hair! This will help you achieve that gorgeous bouncy blow dried look with ease which is perfect for all those Summer parties. Simply spray it on from root to tip and blow dry your hair as normal.

Finally we have the 'Cool Defining Cream' which is a great product to use all year round but especially in Summer if you hair is feeling a little dry after exposure to the sun. This lightweight cream will soften and moisturise your hair to create a smooth and polished finish. Simply apply it to towel-dried hair and style as normal.

So if you like the sounds of these three products and want to win them for yourself, here's what you need to do...

- Be following me @k_leexjx on Twitter
- Follow @hair_wardrobe
- Leave a comment below letting me know which of these products you'd most like to try.

For an extra entry, you can tweet 'I just entered @k_leexjx's giveaway with @hair_wardrobe to win 3 Summer products! Enter here: ( include link to this post)'

To help me pick a winner, please leave your entry below in this format:

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GOOD LUCK GUYS!

The perfect red lipstick is a staple in any woman's makeup bag and with the help of Marc Jacob's Beauty and their range of incredible 'Le Marc Lip Creme's'*, you can find the perfect red for you! The collection contains 20 shades of red from bold and bright to deep and dark so there's a shade to suit all skin types, hair colours and most importantly - your personal preferences. 

The lipsticks are described as 'rich, velvety and ultra hydrating' whilst delivering a 'dramatic punch of vivd pigment and endless hours of luxurious wear'. With claims they last up to 10 hours on the lips, it's safe to say I was pretty excited to try them. Each lipstick has been named after iconic women who have inspired Marc throughout his lifetime too which I thought was a cute little touch.


My first impression on receiving seven lipsticks from the range was that the packaging is beautiful. The bullets are a sleek rectangular shape with the Marc Jacobs logo on the lid and a metallic clasp which is strangely satisfactory to open and close. Each lipstick also has the shade and name on the bottom so it's easy to differentiate between them when they're together.

The formula is lovely too - they're really creamy and the pigmentation is just out of this world. I mean all you need to do is take one look at the swatches in this post to see just how vivid the colours are. I wouldn't say they're incredibly moisurising like the description of them claims but they're certainly not drying either. I'd describe the finish as a 'velvet' or 'satin' rather than glossy or matte. I really like this as it means they last a long time without drying my lips. I can't say wether they last the full 10 hours as claimed as I haven't worn any of them for that length of time but they do last well and even if they do start to fade after eating and drinking, topping up my lipstick isn't something that bothers me too much anyway. Especially not when they're this beautiful!


As well as looking great and having a great formula, they're also enriched with ingredients that are good for the lips including powerful peptides, antioxidant-rich seaberry, and natural humectants, including meranti and cocoa butter. Most of those things other than cocoa butter don't mean anything to me but I thought I'd include that anyway just in case you like to know what goes into the products you buy and use.

I'm not going to go through every single shade or this post would go on forever but as you can see from the images, there's every variation of red you could think of. My favourite shades would have to be 'Oh Miley' as it's a really fun shade with a mix of Pink and Orange undertones and I also really like the more vampy shades 'Miss Scarlett' and 'Blow' as I think they'll look great in the Winter months! It's safe to say I've now got a red for every occasion.


L-R: Je T'aime, Oh Miley, Goddess, Core Corra, Miss Scarlett, Rei of Light and Blow

I'm a big fan of these lipsticks and would highly recommend you give them a try - whether you're already a big fan of a red lip and want to expand your collection or you're still looking for that perfect shade, look no further than this collection. They're available to buy here from Sephora!

Which of these Reds is your favourite?

Hair dryers aren't usually a hair tool that I get excited about as they tend to be pretty standard and all do the same job! However, the new Babyliss Pro ItaliaBRAVA* is a different story - it has totally blown me away! I was very kindly sent this as a surprise from Feel Unique and as soon as I opened the sleek black box it came presented in, I was highly impressed with the way it looked. It's a very chic looking black hair dryer with the Babyliss logo on the side as well as the heat and speed settings on the handle.

When I removed the hair dryer from the box, I couldn't believe how light it was. Before receiving this I'd been using a hair dryer that was so heavy my arm would start to ache halfway through drying my hair so the fact that this one is so light is a big big big bonus for me! I also noticed a little card in the box that said 'Ferrari designed engine' and that had me instantly intrigued. A hair dryer designed by Ferrari - surely not right?! Well actually, that's exactly right. Babyliss have partnered up with Ferrari to create the ItaliaBrava. No wonder it's so blooming good!



The main reason I love this hair dryer so much is because it's super powerful. I've got pretty long hair so it can take what feels like a lifetime to dry it if I'm using a bog standard hair dryer (like to ones you get in hotel rooms for instance - not great) but this one is so powerful that it drastically reduces the amount of time I have to spend drying my hair. An extra 10 minutes in bed in the mornings?! Yes please. In all seriousness though, it's actually made a massive difference to my morning routine. The reason it's so powerful is because it has a 'fierce brushless motor' with a power of 2400w which lasts up to ten times longer than a normal motor. Babyliss say "the grille provides hair with a superior heat transfer whilst the ionic generator can be used to boost hair´s shine." It also has a 15% faster airflow and stronger air pressure than other Babyliss dryers as well as 12 heat/speed settings so it can be used exactly as you want it. 

My favourite setting would have to be the 'turbo' button which can be found on the back of the handle - just like a Ferrari, pressing this button really revs up the 'engine' of the dryer and gives you even more power and quicker drying time. It also has a cold shot button so you can lock your style in place and create shine as well as two nozzles which allow you to concentrate the airflow and create your preferred hair style.


Another bonus of the ItaliaBrava is its 'Nano Titanium heat technology' which is said to be an excellent heat conductor and instead of drying the hair out, it helps to lock in its natural moisture. This is great news if you need to blow dry your hair a lot as we all know how damaging heat can be for the hair. I've actually noticed a big difference in the condition of my hair since I started using this hair dryer - it's a lot softer than it was a few months ago and it always looks healthy and shiny after blow drying instead of dry and frizzy like it once did.

You can get the Babyliss ItaliaBrava here for £120.00 and although it is quite expensive, I'd say it's an investment worth making as it's a truly high class hair dryer and will be sure to blow the one you're currently using right out of the water. Plus, who doesn't want quicker drying time, less heat damage and a lightweight hair dryer that won't leave your arm achey after 5 minutes? Feel Unique often off site wide discount codes too so keep your eye out for one of those!

Do you like the sound of this hair dryer?!

As I'm sure you all know by now, I'm a makeup junkie. My collection of products is big enough to rival a small Boots store and I can't get enough of trying new products! As much as I love my high end goodies from the likes of NARS, MARC or Charlotte Tilbury, I also love finding a bargain from my favourite drugstore brands. With this being said, I've decided to start a little 'top 10 under £10' series which will showcase 10 of my fave products you can pick up for £10 or less. I'm going to start with makeup and will probably do skin care, hair care and nails too!


First up are the bases and two of my all time favourites are from Bourjois, my top drugstore beauty brand. I love both their Healthy Mix foundaion (£9.99 and 123 Perfect CC Cream (£9.99) for a flawless look. I find both of these products have great coverage without feeling too heavy and they make my skin look radiant. Another Bourjois face product I love is their Bronzing Powder & Highlighter Duo* (£7.99). This one of their newer products but it's basically the same as their original 'chocolate' bronzer with the addition of a highlighter. I love this because it gives a natural bronzed look, smells like chocolate (always a bonus!) and combined with the highlight it gives my skin a lovely candlelit glow. 

I'm a little bit obsessed with highlighters and glowy skin so another of my high street favourites are the Topshop powder highlighters. I love the cute black and white packaging despite the fact I've got two of them now and my fave is called 'Sunbeam', a lovely gold tone. It's a very finely milled powder and haves a lovely metallic finish without looking glittery. 


When it comes to eye shadow I do find high end is better and stick with my palettes from Too Faced, Urban Decay or MAC. However, one eye shadow I do like from the high street is the Maybelline Color Tattoo in the shade 'And On Bronze' - it can be used as a base for other shades or on its own if you just want a quick sweep of colour across the lid. I love the taupe shade and the metallic finish is really pretty! I must pick up a few more of these!

Two items I always buy from the drugstore are liquid liner and mascara. I personally think the cheaper ones are just as good, if not better, than high end versions and they're just two of those products I don't see the point in spending a lot of money on. My favourite liquid liner is the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner (£2.99) as it's SO easy to use, really pigmented and long lasting. It also costs less than a fiver - who can complain at that?! My favourite mascara is the Bourjois One Seconde Volume mascara (£9.99) and I've gone through a couple of these now as I just love it so much. It gives my lashes length, curl and thickness - everything I want from my mascara. Another lash product I'd highly recommend are the Vintage Cosmetic Company's eyelash curlers. I've got the rose gold ones (of course) and I love them - they make my lashes look 10x longer than they do before using them.


Finally, my favourite makeup item - the lip products! My all time favourite high street lip product would have to be the Revlon Lip Butters (£7.99) as they come in a great range of bold colours, they're pigmented and really hydrating on the lips. I must have 6 or 7 of them now and I'd still buy more - that's how much I love them. Another lip product I love from the drugstore are the Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons* (£7.99). Similar to the Lip Butters, they're really hydrating on the lips and have a lovely glossy finish. They aren't quite as pigmented as the Lip Butters but that means they're perfect for every day wear when I don't want something too bold.

So there we have it, my top 10 makeup items that all cost less than £10! Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on Bourjois products so now might be a good time to grab some of these things if you fancy giving them a try. 

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know your favourites!