Wednesday, 31 December 2014

The Floral Republic Most Read 2014

Happy New Year's Eve all! I can't believe 2014 is coming to a close, I know it's a cliche but it really has flown by. Unfortunately I haven't spent as much time on my blog as I'd hoped this year, but I'm hoping to be more committed to it next year! I thought now would be a good time to do a bit if reflection and look back at some of my most popular blog posts this year - it was interesting to see what everyone had been reading most!...

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My Favourite Blogs of 2014.

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As 2014 is drawing to a close I thought I would do something a bit different a share the love and talk about some of the blogs I enjoyed reading most throughout the year. I follow a lot of blogs through Bloglovin and will generally scroll through my feed regularly and click on the posts that appeal to me, but every now and then I will actually search for a specific blog and catch up on their posts. Some I have had the pleasure of meeting at blogger events, others I have just followed for a long time! So in no particular order...

Pretty, Posh, Oh My Gosh!
The Sunday Girl
British Beauty Blogger
Tattooed Tealady
Couture Girl
Kimberley's Beauty Blog
Autumn Leaves
My Pale Skin
Frock Me I'm Famous
Tales of a Pale Face
Thumbellina Lillie
Lil Miss Chickas
Carly Rowena

Plus for all things SEO/analytics related I always rely on help from XOMISSE and Makeup Pixi3

Hope you enjoy reading them too!

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box o' Blushes

So I'm guessing that pretty much every beauty blogger on the planet has got their hands on this palette by now and is well aware of what is in it, but I am a little late to the game as I was given it as a gift for Christmas so just wanted to share my excitement at finally having one!

I have been a huge fan of Benefit blushes for years and have tried out most of them so I was thrilled when I saw they were bringing out a palette with all of the blushes in for Christmas. The Cheeky Sweet Spot kit contains all six of their world famous Box O'Powders along with a mini Watt's Up highlighter and brush for an incredible £29.50.

It comes in a metal tin which is designed to look like a sweet shop. I do think the tin is a little bit clunky but that's the only negative I have about it!

Inside the set contains Dandelion (4g), Bella Bamba (5g), Sugar Bomb (6g), Hoola (5g), Coralista (5g) and Rockateur (5g) plus Watts Up (1.5g). The individual Box O'Powders on their own cost around £23.50 each and contain between 5-8g of powder so already you can see what amazing value this is, The little plastic container of Watt's Up highlighter is removable so you can pop it in your make-up bag, and the set also comes with a little applicator brush which isn't the best size as it's quite small (I prefer to use my own blusher brush) but will do if you're in a rush and don't have a brush to hand.

I love the different pinky blush shades and have been trying these out daily as well as using the Hoola bronzer as a contour powder. I don't know if the set is still available as it sold out pretty much everywhere within a few weeks but I recently saw some on Feel Unique so that might be the best place to check if you haven't got one yet! I won't need to stock up on any other blushers for a while...

Monday, 29 December 2014

Palmer's Cocoa Butter moisture spray body lotions.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter spray

I just wanted to do a quick post today to tell you about these spray-on body moisturisers which I am in love with! They are the Palmer's Rapid Moisture spray lotion and Natural Bronze gradual tanning moisturiser spray.

For anyone that has used the well-loved Palmer's Cocoa Butter, this is very similar but in a lighter spray-on formula which takes just seconds to apply and rub in! Saving you valuable getting ready time.

Vaseline brought out their Spray and Go moisturising sprays not too long ago but I much prefer the Palmer's sprays as it has a continuous spray motion rather than a spritz and the formula is so fine it's more like spraying a mist onto your skin - so you can't actually see the moisturiser and takes a lot less time to rub in.

These provide intensive moisture in an instant, which lasts all day. It isn't greasy or sticky at all and is absorbed in seconds. I love to spray them on in the morning after a shower because I'm very lazy when it comes to moisturiser and usually can't be bothered to stand around rubbing body butters into my skin - especially if I'm running late!

Palmer's have also brought out a gradual tanning moisturiser in the same spray formula so you can build up a natural glow daily. I love using this to add a little bit of colour to my skin in the winter months when I'm looking a bit pasty! The colour is very light and natural so just adds a hint of colour - perfect for people that don't want to look OTT. If I want to look more tanned I prefer to just use fake tan as gradual tanner doesn't always do the job. Plus the great thing about this spray is it doesn't have a fake tan smell, it just smells and feels exactly like the original cocoa butter lotion.

These sprays cost around £3-£3.50 and are available from Boots, Superdrug and Feel Unique. Have you tried them before? What are your favourite body moisturisers?

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Sanctuary Long Lasting Moisture Range.

I am extremely lazy when it comes to using body moisturiser, particularly in the Winter when it's freezing cold and the last thing I want to do is stand around rubbing cold lotions into my skin - after a shower I want to put my clothes on and warm up as soon as possible!! So I couldn't resist when I saw this new range of products from Sanctuary in Boots.

The Long Lasting moisture range is a collection of shower oil, body oil, body scrub and hand products that keep your skin softer for longer - meaning you don't have to worry if you forget to moisturise one day, hooray! 

I picked up the 5 Day Moisture Creamy Body Oil (£7) and 4 Day Moisture Oil Scrub (£10) along with a gift for my Mum as they were on 3 for 2. After just one use my skin is in great condition for days. Although the body lotion is labelled as a body oil it is in fact a body cream. It has a lovely nourishing texture but rubs in so easily and feels very light when you wear it. I've been using it throughout the last couple of weeks and my body looks so much healthier and glowing already.

Have you tried anything from this Sanctuary range before?

Saturday, 27 December 2014

What I Got For Christmas 2014.

Merry Christmas all! Christmas for me was split in between my house and my boyfriend's and I had a lovely time. I was too busy to take any pictures so I don't have many photos to share but I love being nosy and seeing what gifts everyone got so I thought I'd share with you some of the lovely presents I have received. If you've done a similar blog post please leave the link below so I can have a read....

Hurrah! I got the much-loved Benefit Cheeky Sweet spot palette. This has been on my wish list since it was released and I was tempted to buy it for myself but put it on my Christmas list instead. I started to panic when it sold out online but luckily my boyfriend was on the case and had already sneakily bought it for me but wouldn't let on!

I also got this lovely Pandora stacking ring to wear with the birthstone ring I already have.

My sister got me this lovely bag and leather gloves from Accessorize.

This Soap & Glory gift set has two mini shower gels, a body butter and hand cream so it will be perfect for travelling. I love the Models Own set as it has gel polishes in and I can't wait to try them out. I pretty much always get fake tan for Christmas or birthday presents as my family always make jokes about me wearing it (not entirely sure why...) so it wouldn't be Christmas without a fake tan gift set! I am a fan of St Moriz so it will come in useful.

I am not a huge fan of the original White Musk scent at The Body Shop but this new Smoky Rose collection smells wonderful! It's very similar to Calvin Klein Euphoria but a lot lighter (and cheaper!)

I also got these lovely heeled Chelsea Boots from River Island. I have been wearing the same pair of black ankle boots religiously for the last two years and the heels are starting to wear away so I'm glad I can finally hang them up and wear a new pair!

My boyfriend's parents bought me this top for running in (I used to do a weekly 5k but I haven't been to the gym in nearly two months so need to get back on it so I can put it to use!) and this scarf from Accessorize.

Finally my beloved Bare Minerals foundation had run out so I asked for another, which caused my Mum some confusion but she managed to get one in the end! If you've never tried Bare Minerals before I'd recommend giving it a go. I usually use it when my skin is playing up as it is really light on the skin and the minerals in it are good for your skin too!

I was really pleased with everything I got this year and enjoyed seeing my family open all the gifts I bought for them too. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a great New Year!!

Here we all are enjoying our Christmas Day!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Clinique Nutcracker Collection

Clinique's latest festive collection is inspired by the Christmas ballet, Nutcracker, focusing on its snowflake and sugar plum tones.

The collection - The Nutcracker Suite - consists of two palettes; The Nutcracker Act I and The Nutcracker Act II (both £35). Each contain an eyeshadow quad with a coordinating blush.  The palette featured here is The Nutcracker Act I, which is based of soft pink and sultry tones. The other palette is very similar but with more plum shades.

One of the other products in the collection is this blended face powder in the shade Snowflake Dreams. It is a sheer, shimmery pink loose powder that has been created to dust on shoulders, neck or chest. It can also be used as a highlighter and applied to temples, inner corners of eyes, cupid's bow and collar bone to add a pop of soft shimmer.

As you can see it is very sheer and perfect for the festive season. The powder costs £23 and is by far my favourite product from the collection.

As I have very fair skin and light hair I always go for pink tones so this collection is perfect for me! Plus I love a bit of sparkle at Christmas.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Trouble sleeping? These might help...

I'll start of by saying that this sums me up pretty much perfectly:

So you know you should have an idea of what it is like when I am trying to get to sleep sometimes....

It probably sounds very obvious but I have recently found that exercise is the best thing for helping me sleep. A full day of work followed by an hour at the gym is enough to knock anyone out and if I go to a gym class around three times a week I get a regular sleep routine.

But for when I am very busy (or lazy) and don't have as much time to go to the gym (which has probably been all Winter..) I turn to a few products and home remedies.

A nice warm bath is the perfect way to relax before bed and I also like to spend some time reading in bed to help me drift off. I add a few drops of Botanics Lavender Oil to my bath to help me relax and soothe my muscles. Before I get into bed I also spray Lavender Spray in my bedroom and onto my pillows. Boots do a cheap one and you can also get it from Holland & Barrett.

Finally I love Anatomicals Cruisin' for a Snoozin' Sleep Balm. It is a soothing balm enriched with beeswax, lavender oil and lemon oils. You massage a little into your forehead and temples and the fragrance helps to calm thoughts. As it's a balm there's no mess and all the ingredients are completely natural.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Soap & Glory The Next Big Thing set amazing offer at Boots!

This Friday (December 12), this amazing gift set from Soap & Glory will be better than half price! The Next Big Thing by Hattie Stewart will drop from £60 to £29 for one week only.

The set is packed with then full-sized Soap & Glory products and is available in two limited edition cases designed by Hattie Stewart.

The set contains:

How amazing is this offer?! It will make the perfect Christmas present for someone but I think I will have to snap one up for myself too!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Kiehl's Winter Essentials Giveaway!

In celebration of my blog's 2nd birthday I am running this super exciting giveaway to win some of Kiehl's best-selling skincare essentials, along with an added gift from the new limited edition Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura collection.

One lucky winner will receive:
  • Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (worth £36)
  • Kiehl's Creme de Corps body lotion (worth £27)
  • Shupette Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura eyelash curlers (worth £20)
  • Kiehl's Powerful Strength line-reducing concentrate (worth £49)
I have used all of these products before and love all of them! The Midnight Recovery Concentrate has been in my night-time skincare routine for years and the Creme de Corps is loved by bloggers and celebs everywhere. The Line-reducing concentrate is a powerful day serum and the Shupette curlers are absolutely gorgeous! All in all these products total up to £132 so these are some very exciting goodies!

The giveaway will run from 23rd November to 20th December and entry is via rafflecopter below.

You must be following The Floral Republic on Bloglovin and Twitter to enter (I will be checking all entries). Additional entries can be gained by following me on GFC, Pinterest and Instagram, by tweeting about the giveaway and by commenting on any of my blog posts! Good luck!
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