25 November 2014

New Blog Design

Hey guys! Some of you may have already noticed a couple of days ago, but as you may be able to tell from the title of this post I got a new blog design! The lovely Kathryn from Venture Designs (previously Floracrest Designs, which Kathryn is currently transitioning from) designed my blog once again and gave it a complete overhaul. Gone are the days of the grey background and large amounts of pastel pink, instead with a much cleaner and nicer look (I think so anyway)! Kathryn has completely tailored my new design to suit me and I can't thank her enough for that. She is very professional and will pretty much do anything to a design that you want!

If you are on the lookout for a new design then I really could not recommend Kathryn enough! Her complete custom designs cost £50, and I really do think that it is worth it. Designs are the first impression of your blog when people visit it, so I definitely think that you should make it a good one and maybe splash out on a new lovely design!

I'd really love to know what you think of Hidden Beauty's new look, and what elements of the design are your favourite!

Make sure that you enter my giveaway to win a Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch here!
My Diamond Advertiser for November is Asia from Asia Jade!

23 November 2014

Lush Christmas

Hey guys! Christmas is my favourite time of year for beauty launches, because everything seems to smell of spices, citrus and amazing scents, especially when it comes to candles and bath/body products! There is one brand that I get most excited about though, which has got to be Lush, and I know I am not alone when I say that. Within a week or so of the new range coming out each year there seems to be an over-abundance of Lush hauls over blogs and Youtube channels, but who can really resist the pretty, glittery goodness of a Christmas Lush product?!

I went into store a couple of days before Halloween, and picked up a few bits to stock up (sadly not everything that I had planned on getting though as so much was sold out)! I thought that it would be quite fun to do a little Lush haul, and also talk about some of the products that you can get in this year's Christmas range.

The first thing that I bought was the Golden Wonder, for £3.75, which is one of my top favourites! This is a bath bomb, and is actually really big. The exterior has an extremely thick layer of golden lustre covering it, so be careful when you pick it up! My friend asked me if this leaves loads of glitter in your bath afterwards, and surprisingly no, it doesn't. You obviously get a bit, but simply pouring some water over that gets rid of it! Inside there are also little coloured sections, so you get a little rainbow of colours as it dissolves. One of the great things about Golden Wonder is the small gold stars in the centre of the bath bomb, which just add to the Christmas effect! The scent of this is very citrusy and slightly spicy, it actually smells really similar to the Costa spiced apple drink which I adore the smell of. 

Cinders, costing £2.50, is a product that Lush have realised for the last few years I believe, however I only tried it last year after hearing FleurDeForce raving about it so much! It is quite a small bath bomb and has a mixed scent of cinnamon, orange and bonfires. The best bit though is that it contains popping candy (some of which you can see on the top of the bath bomb), so it sounds amazing when you put it in the bath. 

Another of my favourites is the Melting Snowman, which cost £2.25! This was the last one in the store, and when I saw that I practically ran across the shop to pick it up before anybody else could (I think that shows you just how much I like it). This is one of Lush's bath melts, meaning that it is extremely moisturising and leaves my skin feeling amazing, plus it smells of almond but has a spicy kick to it! 

I admit that this next one I bought last year and haven't used yet, but Lush have brought it back again this year so I thought that I'd include it too! The Christmas Penguin is a bubble bar and costs £3.25, plus just look at how cute it is. The scent of this is floral mixed with citrus, without being too sweet, making it quite a good neutral scent! One of the nice things about this bubble bar too is the fact that it makes your bath water a lovely sky blue shade, which adds to the calmness of a bath.

Next is another bubble bar, this time Candy Mountain, which only costs £2.75! Again this is one of mine from last year, but it has been brought back again by Lush and I am so glad. This is swirly candy pink and white, with a slight silver lustre coating over it! The scent is almost identical to the Snow Fairy shower gel, which I'm sure you've all heard people talking about, in the sense that it's the same vanilla-candyfloss scent.

One thing that I have strangely never tried from Lush is any of their bar soaps, even though I had heard really good things about them! I was eventually convinced to try one when my friend bought a piece of the Yog Nog soap (which costs £3.40 per 100g) and told me to smell it. All that I can say is oh my freaking goodness - it honestly is probably one of the best smelling things that I've even encountered, so obviously I had to buy a piece for myself!

It has a really gorgeous smell, very spicy and nutmegy, but also quite sweet. The formulation is also lovely too since it's very moisturising without being at greasy! Also just a little note, when I took a photo of this I had already used it once, hence the slightly strange white exterior, so it does look better when you first buy it.

There are some great little gift sets that Lush have realised this year too, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a couple! The first being the cute Little Snow Fairy* set, costing £8.50, which comes wrapped in pretty pink and silver paper, along with silver ribbon. This contains a 100g bottle of the fairly legendary and popular Snow Fairy shower gel, along with 100g of pink Fun! These are both product that I had never tried before, so I was fairly excited to test them out.

Snow Fairy has a very sweet scent, without being too sickly - it actually reminds me of strawberry Hubba Bubba! If you don't already know what Fun is, think of Play-Doh, but you can use it as a bubble bar, shampoo, soap - basically anything soap orientated. The pink Fun again is sweet, but slightly more sour than Snow Fairy, I would guess that it contains raspberry. This would definitely make a lovely gift or stocking filler for somebody at Christmas, I know that I would be very happy myself if I got it!

The other gift set is the Joy To The World* set, which costs £8.50 aswell! This contains a 45g pot of Dream Cream hand and body lotion, and a 120g block of Snowcake soap. Dream Cream is apparently Lush's number 1 product, and is great for very sensitive skin! It is made up of a mixture of cocoa butter, oat milk, chamomile and a few other products, making it very moisturising and cooling. This smells largely of lavender, which is a scent that I really don't like, but it does mellow after a little while making it more bearable!

Snowcake's scent is one that I'm not too keen on either, and that is marzipan! I know that a lot of people love this soap so I guess that I must be one of the few odd ones out. Just from picking this up you can really feel how moisturising and buttery it is, without being greasy, meaning this set would be perfect for somebody with dry skin! Like Little Snow Fairy, this would make a great gift, just make sure that the recipient likes the scents of marzipan and lavender first!

I hope that you enjoyed this post! Christmas time at Lush is honestly my favourite, so I think I will have to make an order online to stock up until next Christmas (can you believe that it is 2015 in a little over a month?!). I'd love to know if you are planning on picking some Christmas products up from Lush, or if you have already, and if you are planning on giving anyone some as a present!

What do you think of this year's Christmas Lush range?

Make sure that you enter my giveaway to win a Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch here!
My Diamond Advertiser for November  is Asia from Asia Jade!

16 November 2014

Beauty Advent Calendars 2014

Hey guys! This is officially my first Christmas post of the season and I thought that it would be quite fun to start off with one about the beauty advent calendars of 2014. This year there are quite a lot, eleven that I know of, so I thought that I would do a little rundown of them all! Sadly I won't be buying a one of these lovely calendars this year, however if you are planning on buying one you may find this post useful. 

Also a little note, obviously I will be discussing some of the products that you will find within the advent calendars, meaning if you'd like no spoilers at all then I'd be a little careful! This is quite a lengthy post too, so be very prepared! 

First up is L'Occitane! I haven't actually ever tried anything from L'Occitane before as they aren't really a brand that I have been really drawn to, but I hear that their hand creams are really nice. 

Rather than being the traditional 24 or 25 doored advent calendar this actually only has 13, containing some of their most popular products in mini forms! They include an 8ml Divine Cream, 10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream and a few more (the full list is on their website). 

For £45, and considering that there are only 13 doors, I personally wouldn't pick this one if I were to buy a beauty advent calendar! If you'd like to test out some L'Occitane products though, for less money than buying them individually, I'd definitely recommend getting this.  

Jo Malone is one of those brands that I automatically associate with luxury, whether it is their candles or fragrances, the design of everything is just so beautiful! When I spotted that they were releasing their own advent calendar this year I was fairly excited, that was until I saw the price of £250 (yes, you read that right, £250). If only I could afford that! 

If you are one of the lucky people that could buy this piece of luxury then you will find 24 special doors, or drawers in this particular case! Within there are 23 minis, that include a 9ml Lime, Basil & Mandarin Cologne and 15ml Grapefruit Body Creme, however on the 24th day you get a deluxe 50ml sized Pomegranate Noir Body Creme. 

I think that it would have been a nice idea to possibly have a mini candle or two, but alas Jo Malone haven't done that - hopefully they do next year! 

For £59.50 you can get the lovely Elemis advent calendar, which contains 12 products! The thing that I love about this calendar is that you get a whole new skincare regime at the end of it, so it would be absolutely perfect for somebody looking to change their skincare routine about. 

The 12 products in the advent calendar include a 50ml Skin Nourishing Shower Cream (one of my favourite shower creams, especially in winter, as it is really moisturising), 20ml Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm and 14 Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules! You can see the whole list of products online, but as you can see you do get quite a lot in this one.

Liberty is probably the first shop that I think of when it comes to old luxurious shops, so I hoped that their advent calendar would be no different - the luxurious part that is! I love the design of this calendar, as it's got a hand drawn image of the Liberty store covered in snow, then the inside has a pretty blue and green peacock feather design. Contained within the Liberty calendar is 25 cute little drawers that hold some products like a mini Diptyque Baies Candle, Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick and 50ml Decleor Aroma Confort Body Milk - so there are some lovely products! 

This calendar does come at a cost of £149 though, meaning it is definitely on the pricey side! If you'd like to really treat yourself, or somebody else, with some gorgeous high-end products then this is definitely for you.

Ciate have released an advent calendar for the past couple of years now, and they always seem to be quite popular (especially when people get them very cheap on the final day of Clothes Show Live), so I guess that Ciate must be doing something right! The design of this is actually fairly similar to Liberty's, with the snow covered building front, so I'm not sure if some copying has gone on here. This calendar contains 24 products, which are 15 mini paint pots, 1 full sized paint pot and 8 effects - I'd say that's a pretty fair amount for £49!

I've actually considered buying one of these calendars for myself, as I love the thought of having a new polish to use everyday, even if the logistics of that could end up in fairly ruined nails! I think that the only thing stopping me has been the fact that I own far, far too many polishes myself, so I'd avoid this one if you have the same problem. 

Again, YOU are one of the companies that have released an advent calendar each year for a while now (since 2012 I believe), and they seem to have got the hang of it! This has 24 products within it, which are apparently worth over £240, so if that's correct there's definitely a huge saving to be made for its £49.95 pricetag. Some of the 24 products include a 7.5ml Benefit Porefessional, 15g GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment and 30ml Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser set, meaning that there are some great products that you'd be able to test out!

When I heard that Lush were releasing their own advent calendar I think that I may have squealed with excitement a bit! I am probably one of the biggest Lush fans, especially when it comes to their Christmas range, to the point where I honestly think that I could name most of their products and describe the scent to you. This meant that this was probably the advent calendar that I considered buying most, but this sadly only has 12 products in it for £49.95, so I just couldn't really spent that!

Some of the 12 products include a Golden Wonder bath ballistic (one of my favourites), Snow Angel bath melt and Holly Golightly bubble bar. Purely out of interest too I worked out that the 12 products, when bought individually, would be worth roughly £45.19 altogether, so I guess that you are paying a few pound for the fact that they are in an advent calendar! 

Personally I wouldn't buy this for myself, as I've tried a lot of the 12 products already, however if you would like to try a selection of some great Lush products then I'd definitely suggest getting this one! 

Even though the Boots No7 calendar is the cheapest out of them all, it does look really good, and people must agree as it has now sold out! In this you will find 25 products, altogether worth a huge £135, meaning the price of £35 is definitely very good. Some of the products include a mini No7 Lash Impact Mascara, 40ml No7 Blissful Bodywash, No7 Eye Colour Brush and lots more!

Even though this isn't available online, I'd definitely have a look instore if you'd like to buy it, as Boots seems to be that store that has plenty of stock in the stores when it's sold out online! 

9. The Body Shop 24 Days Of Christmas - £50 - No longer available online
The Body Shop advent calendar holds 24 doors, with £83 worth of lovely products contained within them! Some of the products include the new Glazed Apple Shower Gel, Shea Body Butter and Vitamin E Moisture Cream (I'm sadly not sure on the size of everything though).  

The other good thing about this one is the fact that for every calendar you purchase, The Body Shop will make a donation to War Child, which help children in war-torn areas go to school! 

I think that the Benefit advent calendar is probably the one that people get the most excited over! Since they started making it last year, the two times that it has been released it has sold out extremely quickly as they only have a small stock. 

For £60 you get a calendar full of 18 of Benefit's most popular products and 6 extras, which include a mini They're Real Mascara, mini Watt's Up and heart shaped paper clips! I personally think that the 6 extra products don't sound that great, and sound quite cheap, however I guess most people buy it for the 18 Benefit products.

If you managed to get your hands on one of these then I'd love to know if you were able to get one very easily, and what you think of it once we get into December! 

11. Selfridges Enchanted Spells - £85 - No longer available online
Another luxury advent calendar this year is from Selfridges! I can definitely understand why this sold out fairly quickly, as it is jam-packed with high-end products from brands like YSL, Lancome and Kiehl's. This does seem to largely be made up of Lancome products, so I would say that it's worth quite a bit more than the price of £85! Some of the 24 products include a mini YSL Opium Eau De Parfum, Urban Decay Potion Primer and Lancome Bi-Facil (I'm unsure of the size of those last two).

I hope that you all liked this post, as it definitely took me a while to plan and write! There are some amazing looking beauty advent calendars this year, so I really can't wait to see next year's. Let me know if you are planning on buying a beauty advent calendar, or if you've got one already, and which one you bought! 

Which company do you think should make a beauty advent calendar next?

Make sure that you enter my giveaway to win a Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch here!
My Diamond Advertiser for November  is Asia from Asia Jade!

Monthly Advertisers - November

Hey guys! I really don't know how it is already the 16th of November, I swear that this year has gone so fast. I'm back today with my Monthly Advertisers post, which will hopefully introduce you all to some lovely blogs! I've got a couple of advertisers this month, so I'll let them introduce themselves!

Diamond Advertiser

Hey guys, my name is Asia and I write a blog called Asia Jade, which is a lifestyle, beauty and fashion blog. I’ve been blogging for around a year now, which has flown by, and I love every minute of it. I mostly write about lifestyle topics as they’re most interesting to me. In addition to this I also make Youtube videos, which have made me more confident in myself, which has really opened up many doors for me. I try to post around three to four times a week as I have a pretty busy life. I would love it if you checked my blog out and maybe even come along with me on this whole internet journey. Asia xo

Sapphire Advertiser

Hi, I'm Leaha from www.whatleahalikes.blogspot.co.uk! My blog is just as the name suggests, a mixture of everything that makes me happy, from beauty to fashion with a few lifestyle bits and bobs in between! My blog is a year old this month so I'm relatively new to this blogging community but I am loving every moment of learning on the go. Feel free to pop by and check out my little space of the internet!

Make sure that you have a little look at Asia and Leaha's blogs as I'm sure that you will love them! Also if you would like more information about the advertising pages that I offer please have a peek here 

What do you think of Asia and Leaha's blogs?

Make sure that you enter my giveaway to win a Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch here!
My Diamond Advertiser for November  is Asia from Asia Jade!

9 November 2014

Daniel Wellington Classy Sheffield Watch + GIVEAWAY

Hey guys! You may have seen dotted around Instagram and various blogs the gorgeous Daniel Wellington watches - they look really elegant and just have a level of sophistication about them. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Classy Sheffield Watch*, but I was also given a Classic Sheffield Watch aswell to give away to one of you lucky people!

I spent a little while debating which watch I should pick for myself, and after much deliberation I eventually chose the Classy Sheffield Watch with rose gold hardware! It looked like one of those lovely, yet understated watches that you could pair with pretty much anything - it was has quite a small clockface too which is a bonus for my small wrists. The strap of the watch is made of leather, and there are little Swarovski stones instead of numbers, which makes it look a little more pretty and feminine!

I also love the fact that you can buy different straps for the watch, meaning if I ever wanted to switch things around a bit I could simply just buy a new strap without having to buy a whole new watch. Since I got my watch I've pretty much worn it non-stop, although I'm still getting used to actually checking the time on it rather than on my phone!

Now as I mentioned, I was kindly given one of the Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watches to giveaway too, so if you'd like to have a chance at winning that then keep reading below!

The ladies Classic Sheffield Watch also comes with the rose gold hardwear, although it's slightly bigger than the Classy Sheffield version, making it possibly better for those of you who like bigger watches! Just to add too, in the first photo the strange red line on the clockface is part of the protective film so don't worry, the watch is completely as it should be. If you'd like to have a chance of winning this beautiful watch for yourself (or as a stunning Christmas gift for somebody) then make sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form before the competition ends on the 8th of December at 12am GMT! Firstly the boring bit though, the terms and conditions. 

• The prize is for one Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch in the rose gold shade.
• You must follow my blog on Bloglovin'.
• Sadly this is only for UK residents.
• You must be 16 or over to enter, otherwise you must get permission from your parent or guardian because I will require your address.
• Entries from competition accounts and multiple entries will not be accepted.
• The giveaway closes on the 8th of December at 12am GMT and I will contact the winner via Twitter and/or email.
• The winner must reply within 4 days of me emailing/tweeting them, otherwise I will pick a new winner.
• I am not responsible if the prize gets lost or damaged in the post.
• The prize is sent by me rather than Daniel Wellington.

If you aren't the lucky person who wins and would still like to try a Daniel Wellington watch, then you can use the code "hiddenbeauty" on their site here and get 15% off the cost of any watch of your choosing. Good luck to everybody entering and congratulations to the future winner! 

What do you think of Daniel Wellington watches?

My Diamond Advertiser for November  is Asia from Asia Jade!