My Friend Jay, Beauty Princess

I have been friends with a girl called Jay for around 9 or 10 years now, and for as long as I can remember she has always looked stunning, both in beauty and fashion, therefore I asked her to share a bit of her wisdom with you about her beauty routine.

1) Bedtime ritual – Kiehls trio 

2) Strip off – Pro Collagen Balm by Elemis

3) Hairspray for face – Mineral Veil

4) High Definition – HD Brows

5) Ready – Foundation

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1 – Kiehls Trio 

Midnight Recovery Oil – Powerful Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream – Ultra Facial Cream

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The above 3 products are part of my bedtime ritual. Unfortunately for me my skin is hard work. I do suffer from break outs, uneven tones on my cheeks & I also have some scaring from a childhood illness. But because of the care I take and the products I use – I am happy with my complexion and always remind myself ‘nobody’s perfect’! My skin isn’t particularly dry but I would say it is sensitive! If I use products which are too heavy then I will wake up with a face full of spots – duvet day!

In this Order (after a good cleanse) :

Midnight Recovery Oil by Kiehls RRP £36.. I bought mine end of June (4months ago) and am not even a quarter of the way through the bottle!

Simply take the pipette and squeeze 2-3 drops onto your skin in different areas, then massage the oils with the tips of your fingers.

As we all get older our skin does tend to get dryer and unfortunately those lines/wrinkles start to appear.. This product is one way of ensuring hydration to the skin / replenishing moisture. Our skin is more receptive on a night to repair & the cocktail of oils within this potion (Squalane, Evening Primrose Oil, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential Oils including Lavender) are one way to achieve a younger looking, radiant & fresh faced look..

Wrinkle Wrinkle little star..

Kiehls Powerful Anti Wrinkle Cream RRP £32 and again I bought this product in January so 10 months ago! Take the tip of your finger and lightly place into the pot, then dab the cream lightly around your under eye area.

I am only 26 so wrinkles have obviously not quite kicked in yet for me (something to look forward to) but I am a very smiley person which does cause laugh lines/crows feet – this cream helps keep my eye area hydrated!

However, did you know that the age of 24 is when your skins moisture and elasticity starts to change?.. Prevention is key!..

Ultra Facial Cream RRP £24 – this face cream is super light and seals off my evening regime lovely. This is a 24hr moisturiser and can be used morning or night. Most of the time I use it only in the evening but I find that when I do use it in the morning, my makeup applies nicely unlike some other moisturisers that take ages to dry and can end up making your bronzer look uneven due to the dampness of skin.

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2 – Strip Off Daily with Liz Earle & Elemis

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I wear makeup every day without fail – what goes on, must come off! Growing up I used face wipes & then around 2 years ago I started suffering with bad spots. I decided to hunt down the trigger for this issue and found it was the wipes I was using! After giving up wipes I realised how harsh they were on my skin, leaving my face bright red and stinging.

Then a friend recommended Liz Earle ‘Cleanse & Polish’ RRP £14.75. I was adamant that nothing other than a wipe was going to remove my makeup fully.. How wrong was I?

This product comes with a pump.. One squirt on my hand and apply evenly to the face then use the Muslin cloth provided to wipe away daily dirt/makeup (some people squirt onto the cloth and wipe onto the face – personal preference). And now I alternate between 2 different cleaning products..

My all time favourite -

Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm RRP £39.50

This balm is formulated to achieve 3 things – dissolve makeup/daily grime, to cleanse the skin and restore collagen. This product also contains many anti ageing oils (padina pavonica). The balm is designed to deeply cleanse, nourish and smooth for a glowing complexion.

You can also apply this product to damp skin as a face mask, run warm water onto your muslin cloth and lay this over your face – breath in the aroma! This product is a lot more expensive than Liz Earle which is why I alternate..

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3 – Hairspray for SKIN! 

Bareminerals Mineral Veil

RRP £20

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Earlier this year I was Maid of Honour for my sisters wedding. Up at 6am for hair and makeup so I pre-planned that around 6.30pm I would return to my room to re-do/touch up my makeup before evening guests arrived – as I always think makeup starts to look greasy, sweaty and dark under the eyes as time goes on..

My friend from London came to stay with me and helped me prepare all the bridesmaids (I got the honour of doing everyone’s makeup).. She pulled out this ‘powder’ by one of my faves Bareminerals and said ‘complete your makeup then apply this – I promise your makeup will not change’.. Again I had no belief in this product – I’m clearly a glass half empty kind of girl haha.. But I did as I was told. At around 6.30pm I still returned to my room, looked in the mirror and WOW she was right! My makeup was exactly the same as when freshly applied and not only that… I had a luminous glow! This truly is hairspray for the face!

This product achieves a flawless and glowing complexion. It keeps on working constantly by absorbing oils and covering fine lines.. It’s a very light powder and does not lay heavy in anyway! It’s also has SPF 25 so provides protection for days in the sun!

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4 – High Definition! 

HD Brows Foxy Pallette RRP £25.

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As you’ll have notice from the previous image – I am a blondey! Therefore my eyelashes and eyebrows are very light..

I choose to have my eyebrows HD which is a treatment of tinting, waxing, threading, plucking and trimming. This means that my brows are perfectly shaped at all times with minimal effort and also quite a dominant feature – after all – our brows frame our face!

The HD pallette is perfect for adding colour to the brows and making them stand out!

Demo of brows : this has been done when my brows are desperate to be shaped/HD. Just shows that you really can fake the perfect brow!

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5 – Bareminerals ‘Ready’ Foundation

RRP £25.

My foundation is my most precious piece of makeup because this hides the things I dislike about my skin. I suffer from pigmentation (especially after been in the sun), scarring and the odd spot from time to time.. Bareminerals Ready foundation gives complete coverage and is long wearing. Due to the products mineral quantity this keeps your skin feeling silky and hydrated. Again this product has an SPF 20 so if you buy a shade or two darker than your skin tone – you can actually wear this alone with a tad of mascara (if you plan to wear bronzer over it then get a match to your skin tone or you will end up looking tango’d haha’!!

I have taken an image of my skin at its worst – before and after shot.. See what you think….

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So now you know my top 5, what do you think? Are you excited to rush out and try these?..

Makeup is my no1 in life and I love experimenting with different brands and techniques!

Thank you Kat for having me and I hope to be invited back in future to review the many other products I use in my life and maybe some eye shadow tutorials mmmmm.

Love Jay x

PS- pics of me and Kat 8years ago!!

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Urban Veda Purifying Exfoliating Facial Polish

Urban Veda isn’t a brand I have really come across before, but I have seen it a couple of times on other beauty blogs recently and thought I would try it out and let you know my thoughts on the brand.

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There are so many environmental factors that can affect our skin, especially in Winter, including excessive central heating (we already have ours on, it is soooo cold right now!), air conditioning, exhaust fumes, dust, dirt and stress and this all shows in our complexion. The Urban Veda range has been formulated using natural ingredients to pollution proof the skin, leaving it less vulnerable to the environment. The Urban Veda products are formulated using Ayurvedic herbs, flowers and fruits, combined with multi-vitamins and clinically proven actives.

I recently tried out the Purifying Exfoliating Skin Polish (£8.99), which I thought would be a great skincare product for these colder months. It is naturally formulated to gently enhance the complexion and stimulate circulation, to keep those cheeks naturally flushed. This gorgeously creamy scrub contains natural micro-particles which help to remove the dead skin cells, leaving the skin clean and healthy.

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The Facial Polish also contains organic botanicals to hydrate and nourish the skin, and aromatic bio-oils protect and preserve the skin’s ability to retain moisture, which again is so important when the weather is cold as it sucks the hydration out of our skin and can leave the skin dried out and dull.

To use the Facial Polish, you simple apply to your wet skin, and then massage the product in well, using gentle circular movements with an upwards and outwards motion to relax and support the skin’s suppleness and then rinse. I was super impressed with how my skin felt after using the polish, and have been using it 2-3 times a week to get rid of all of the unwanted dead skin cells. There are a few different ranges for different problems and skin types, but I think the Reviving range is especially great for this time of year to renew and refresh the skin.

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Have you tried any of the Urban Veda range? Head over to www.urbanveda.co.uk to check out the fabulous products!

Love,

Kathryn xx

Superdrug Christmas Gift Picks

I was going to start by saying ‘Sorry, I know it is ages away, but….’ And to be honest I am not sorry it is a couple of months ago, Christmas is on it’s way and I am planning my gift giving already so that I can relax and enjoy the wonderful things about the festive period rather than rushing around shopping, giving myself a headache over what to buy people. I am going to have a series of Gift Guide posts coming to The Kats Paws over the next few weeks, so that, like me, you can chill out throughout December rather than having a stress-out. I am starting my Gift Guide with Superdrug, they have some gorgeous products out this year for Women, Men, Girls and Boys and here are a few of my faves.

MakeUp Revolution Pro Makeup Collection £25

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I imagine this will be on a LOT of Christmas lists this year – MakeUp Revolution is such a popular cosmetics brand, with plenty of great quality and great value.

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This fabulous set contains an Exclusive Redemption Eyeshadow Palette, a Face Contour Kit, 3 Nail Polishes, 2 Sheer Lip Gloss Tubes, a Mirror, another Lip Gloss, an Eyeliner, a Glitter Eyeliner and a Kohl Eyeliner. Basically every product a girl needs to make herself look extra special.

Sweet Snuggles Hot Water Bottle £14

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Who doesn’t love a hot water bottle?! I often have a hot water bottle nearby as I suffer from really bad stomach pains and so this is not only good for keeping you warm, hot water bottles are fab for bad backs, period pains etc too.

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This snuggly hot water bottle looks like a little pyjama top wrapped around the hot water bottle itself and is a lovely gift for someone who may be poorly or for simply keeping you warm.

Bullion Inc Eau De Toilette & Shower Gel Set £10

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Fragrance can cost an absolute fortune and for those of you who are on a budget, this men’s gift set contains Bullion Inc, a rich and masculine fragrance of spicy black pepper and cedarwood layered over bold accents of sage, oakmoss and amber.

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It also contains a shower gel and so is perfect for a teenage boy who may just be starting out with fragrance or for a boyfriend or stylish Dad!

Flutter Nail Files £5

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Another girly essentials, these pretty nail files come in a little zip-up pocket and are a great stocking filler gift. I am forever losing nail files and this pack of three are handy to pop in your bag without misplacing one.

Flutter Bath Fizzer £3

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Another gorgeous gift from the Flutter range, this bath fizzer with pretty iridescent packaging is a good price point and will go down a storm in any girl’s stocking. I love bath bombs and they can so so expensive – this one is great value and pretty to boot. It is delicately fragranced too so that it won’t irritate sensitive skin either.

Flutter Compact Mirror £4.50

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My last choice from the Flutter range, and in fact the Superdrug range as a whole is this beautiful double-sided compact mirror with standard and magnifying mirrors.

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The colours are really delicate and girly pastel shades and again is a great priced product and perfect for popping into a handbag or schoolbag.

If you hurry, Superdrug currently have some great offers on these gifts and a lot more. Check them out at www.superdrug.co.uk

Love,

Kathryn xxx

The Body Shop Nail Polish Winter Collection

Sticking with the winter theme, I have picked three of my favourite nail polishes from The Body Shop nail polish collection.

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Shade Almond Kiss

This is the ultimate go-to shade for throughout the year and is one of those colours that goes with everything. It is also perfect for those of you who don’t like sparkly, bright colours or for those of you who can’t have polish on for work, as it is a really natural colour.

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Shade The Body Shop Green

I love this shade! It is the iconic colour of The Body Shop and is a gorgeous forest green. A really great green for Autumn/Winter as well as being fab for Christmas, with a sprinkling of gold glitter over the top.

Shade Minty Amour

My final colour is another green but a lighter one, and a darker shade of the gorgeous mint colours we saw a lot of this Summer. I love the way that we can carry that gorgeous shade through to Autumn/Winter as it was one of my absolute favourites.

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I have mentioned this nail polish collection before, but just as a re-cap, The Body Shop polishes give a really great shine, even without a top coat and they last around a week without chipping, which I love as I have spent £12 and more on a nail polish, for it to chip the same day.

What nail polish shades are you loving this season?

You can check out the full collection at www.thebodyshop.co.uk

Love,

Kathryn xx

Jelly Belly Lip Balm

This is just a mini review but I wanted to share with you my recent discovery of the Jelly Belly Lip Balms. I love love love Jelly Belly jelly beans and they have started branching out releasing products such as air fresheners, candles and lip balms.

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I chose the Coconut flavoured lip balm, as it is one of my favourite scents, and really does smell like the Jelly Belly bean of it’s kind. You may have read about my lip balm obsession before, and if not, I will say now, my obsession with lip balms tends to get out of hand. I always have about 3 or 4 in my handbag, a few on my bedside table, a couple in my car, and anywhere else I happen to leave them.

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As mentioned, the fragrance of this lip balm is gorgeous and so is the texture – it is really creamy and ‘balmy’ and leaves those lips lovely and soft.

You can purchase the Jelly Belly Lip Balms from Primark. What’s your favourite fragrance?

Love,

Kathryn xx

The Body Shop Christmas Gift Guide

The Body Shop never fail to amaze with their Christmas Gift Collections and I wanted to share a few of my favourites with you all….

Modern Gent’s Shaving Kit £25

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Brothers, Dads, Boyfriends and Grandads are all so so so hard to buy for in my opinion and this fabulous tinned gift includes expert shaving care products including shave cream and razor relief cream and a beautiful shaving brush.

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This one will definitely be going into my Dad’s stocking.

Polar Bear Sponge £4

I fell in love with this little guy as soon as I saw him – everyone needs a sponge, and a festive polar bear sponge is certainly the best kind!

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This is a fab item as a stocking filler or purely for yourself – this one will be making an appearance in my bathroom for sure!

Lip and Cheek Doll £10

I am loving all of the character products that have made an appearance this Christmas and this cute little doll cosmetic gift is perfect for girls of all ages.

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It is a little like a nail polish bottle and contains The Body Shop’s iconic lip and cheek stain in a festive red shade, which gives a natural-looking, rosy winter glow. Perfect for those Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties.

Strawberry Festive Picks £17

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I think the Strawberry scent is one of The Body Shop’s most iconic fragrances and I have never smelt another strawberry product that ever smells as real as The Body Shop’s.

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This gorgeous gift set includes shower gel, body butter, soap and body polish, all in that unique amazing strawberry scent. Give this sweet-smelling gift to a friend and get them in tip-top shape for the New Year.

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Candy Kisses £15

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Another cutely-packaged gift, this candy cane contains five yummy-scented lip butters. I love The Body Shop’s lip butters, they keep my lips incredibly soft as well as smelling divine and this gift will be perfect for all of your girlfriends, or you could split it up and give each lip butter as a stocking filler.

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What is your favourite Christmas Gift from The Body Shop’s festive range? Check the collection out at www.thebodyshop.co.uk

Love,

Kathryn xxx

Graze Box and A Happy One Year Anniversary To Us!

I am not sure whether we marked our one year anniversary on the blog, but we did announce it on Twitter and so I thought I would do a more recent review on the product that we first ever reviewed here at The Kats Paws – The Graze Box.

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I am sure by now so many of you will have heard of the Graze boxes, but for those of you who don’t, Graze box is a weekly, fortnightly or however often you would like them box of really healthy and nutritious, but still sooooo tasty treats that gets delivered to you through your letterbox. They have such a huge amount of different kinds of healthy treats, and for those of you who are fussy (Me, Me, Me!!!!) you can pick and choose, and opt to ‘try’ foods you might want to give a go.

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So, here was what was sent to me in my Graze box last week;

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Honeycomb Flapjack – This has been one of my favourite Graze box treats since they first brought the flapjack range out. I absolutely adore flapjack, the scent reminds me of being a little girl, when my Nanna used to make batches and batches of it and I used to nibble it before it even had a chance to cool down. The sprinkle of chocolate on this flapjack makes it feel like even more of a treat and I would definitely tick this one as a ‘Send Soon’ item! Delicious!

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Herby Bread Basket – This is such a cute savoury snack pack! You get mini basil breadsticks (which totally look like mini baguettes – super adorable), garlic crostini and oregano rice crackers. The garlic crostini was really good as you could taste the garlic, but not overpoweringly so that you stunk the workplace out everytime you spoke. I had never tried oregano rice crackers before, and as I am not too adventurous I wasn’t sure if I would like them, but I so did, the flavour was spot on and the texture was light yet crispy. I would definitely tick ‘Love’ for this box.

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Peanut Butter Pretzel – This was a really good example of sweet and savoury combined – you get some naturally good peanut butter and some scrumptious pretzel sticks to dunk in, and not the skinny sticks that break easily, nope these ones are chunky and perfect for dipping. I really liked the peanut butter and it tasted sweet without being artificially sweet. This was the first time I had tried this packet and again I would totally get this again.

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Nature’s Immunity Nuts – This box probably looked the least exciting, but after all those treats, I suppose I do need a bit of extra goodness and this packet had some of my favourite nuts in. It includes roasted unsalted cashews, brazil nuts and raw pistachio kernels. I love nuts but it is only healthy for you if you eat them in moderation, and they are super expensive for really good quality nuts, but Graze allows you to have a little bit of what you fancy and what does you good for just £3.99 delivered. Most companies these days charge around £4 just for delivery and so I really think Graze have done a fab job, both quality and price wise.

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Fancy trying Graze out? You can check out the range at www.graze.com and you can also get your 1st, 5th and 10th box free if you use the code 452WY4LTB

Have you tried Graze before? If so, what are your favourite treats and recommendations?

Love,

Kathryn xxx