Party season is truly over: I never want to look at another Quality Street ever again, I can’t face the thought of any more alcohol, and it’s really flipping cold. After the OTT glamour of the festive season – all gaudy golds, rich luxurious reds and cosy greens –  I feel like I need a bit of a colour palette cleanser before I get into the pretty bright pastels of spring/summer. If you’re the same then you will be as enamoured with the Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection as I am.

P.S. There’s a chance to win two of the shades at the bottom of this blog post…!

Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes

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I really enjoyed pulling together this current favourites post: it’s a mix of Christmas gifts, some old favourites and some lifestyle bits too. I would love to hear what you’d say are your current favourites at the moment – I’m so nosey I love checking out your recommendations – so don’t forget to leave a comment with your ideas for me!

Current Favourites: Crime, Curls and Chai

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So far in my ‘5 Best…’ series we’ve covered cleansers and moisturisers, so next up is one of the most exciting posts in the series: 5 best budget exfoliators. I can hear you laughing at the back, and yes I’m aware that exfoliators don’t *sound* that exciting but hear me out! If you don’t currently use one, or use it sporadically, then I can guarantee that when used regularly it can transform the skin. A good exfoliator makes you look healthier, less tired, helps with blemishes and, as a result, make up sits better on the skin. I have a lot to say about this topic so grab a cuppa and a biscuit!

5 Best Budget Exfoliators for Sensitive Skin/Rosacea

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This year has felt about 6 years long. So much has happened, both close to home and all over the world and I’ll be honest, I’ll be happy to see the back of 2016. But for every awful thing that happened this year, there are lots of happy things to commemorate and celebrate. So here is my 2016 in review!

2016 In Review - Talonted Lex

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I wrote this weeks ago and convinced myself I’d published it. I have Christmas madness, clearly. Anyway, here’s my belated Skincare Shake Up November 16! This month we have some products that have snuck into my all-time-favourites already, a few products that are good standard products but nothing to write home about, and one product that disappointed me. INTRIGUE. Let’s do this! Don’t forget to head to the comments to tell me the skincare you are relying on at the moment, you know how I love to be enabled…

Skincare Shake Up November 16

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If you’ve watched the hype about the GLAMGLOW face masks* from afar and always wondered what they were like then this review should be of interest. I was given the whole range of masks to try on my ridiculously picky and sensitive skin, so keep reading to hear my GLAMGLOW face mask review.

GLAMGLOW Face Mask Review

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I am a superficial person. I can hold my hands up and say that. If a product is pretty, there’s a high chance I’ll be clicking ‘add to basket’. If you are the same way, this collection of ‘Beauty Products Too Pretty To Use’ will hopefully resonate with you.

Beauty Products Too Pretty To Use: By Terry Sun Designer Palette, Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist, Make Up Store eyeshadow

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What I’m about to say may shock you. You may experience feelings of panic, nausea and dread. Please know that I’m with you on this… there are only 16 days until Christmas. I KNOW. If you’re like me you are woefully unprepared, this last minute gift guide is for you.

Last Minute Gift Guide: Fragrance, Nails and Make Up

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