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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

What To Buy In The All Saints Sale - All Saints Black Friday Sale - All Saints Balfern Jacket Review

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PS. For my US readers, Nordstrom have an All Saints sale here. 

What To Buy In The Selfridges Black Friday Sale - Cyber Week Sale Guide

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Ad affiliate throughout - Let's be honest, scrolling through websites can be a faff, particularly when you have actual work to do so Em the festive fairy is here to help. It's finally dropped, pre-Black Friday... the cheeky Christmas elves at Selfridges went live early with their 20% off Black Friday sale, they're one of the best when it comes to Black Friday (alongside GymShark who always do a good one too). The Selfridges site is huge but do not fear Em is here to give you the low down on the best things to buy in the Selfridges 20% off sale. 

You can read my list of the best Black Friday sales 2021 here too, check if any others have dropped early.

PS.  BEAUTY LOVERS: Don't miss the Kiehl's 25% off sale - use promo code KOMMUNITY.

Monday, 22 November 2021

List Of The Best Cyber Week Sales - Black Friday Best Deals Guide

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We're moving closer and closer towards the all important shopping day: Black Friday, however, it seems as if almost everyone has dropped their sales early. You may have read my blog post with the Best Black Friday sales and promo codes to shop right now but I think it's only right we flip that on it's head and do a dedicated blog post with a list of the best Cyber Week sales because SO many are dropping now. I can barely keep up but I'm hoping you'll see this blog post as your ultimate guide to Black Friday, your one-stop-shop for the best sales as they drop. Bookmark this as your Black Friday and Cyber Week discount bible, all the best promo codes and discounts will be here. Personally I use Cyber Week and Black Friday as a time to save money on the things I already needed or, had down to buy people for gifts, I hope you can save some money too! Open me up for your list of the best sales this Cyber week. 

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Christmas Gift Ideas For Him - What To Buy The Men In Your Life This Christmas

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Every year when Christmas time comes around I get asked the all important question... Do you have any Christmas ideas for my brother, my boyfriend, my Dad, My Grandad or just men in general? The important answer? Yes, yes I do. Sit back, get this page bookmarked as I be adding gift ideas to my gift guide for him right up until Christmas. The great news? Black Friday sales have landed early so you can get a lot of this stuff discounted. I'd love it if you could  share this guide far and wide in the hopes that it may help someone else looking for present ideas! Okay, let's start, here's my huge guide with Christmas Gift Ideas For Him, what to buy the men in your life this Christmas! 

Don't miss from last year: The Best Things To Buy On Black Friday and the best Black Friday promo codes in one list! If you are wanting to see what got reduced last time round. 

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

The Best Dog Friendly Restaurants And Cafes In London

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Anyone who follows me will know that I love all dogs with a passion and have wanted one of my own for my entire life. I don’t actually think I’ve ever come across a dog that I don’t genuinely like. Big, small or in-between they’ve all got their own personalities to love. Matt’s just the same too - we share a huge love of dogs and we get so excited when we go to places and there are lots of dogs in fact I can imagine a time in my future when I will have a house full of dogs and Matt and I will spend all day cuddling them. I thought today was the perfect chance to talk to you about the best dog friendly restaurants and cafes in London, the places you can go to eat and actually take your dog in London. 

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

The Best Early Black Friday Sales To Shop Right Now - Best Designer Discounts + Promo Codes



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You guys know I love a bargain and every single year I write up guides to the best sales, whether it's the best post-Christmas sales or my mega list of the Best Black Friday sales, so you can sit in your warm home / office and shop from the comfort of your pyjamas {hopefully}. I've got you covered, as we are seeing every single year, the sales get bigger and better and, erm, earlier. So, if you're looking to buy Christmas gifts for you, your dog, your Mama, your best friend, your secret Santa - whatever it may be: bookmark this page now as I'm going to update it with my top early Black Friday sale buys, there are already some amazing discounts on designer goods so let's go!

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Friday, 29 October 2021

Best Christmas Beauty Gift Sets - Clinique Christmas Gift Sets + Grooming Gift Ideas For Him This Christmas


Advertorial - Christmas is just around the corner and at the time of writing, it's only 9 weeks away. Where did the time even go? It's kinda crazy how quickly time is passing. I'm envisioning this Christmas being the most festive yet, I want to go triple speed on the glitter, sparkles, festivities, food and of course, gifts. I always say the best thing to do when it comes to gifting, is to buy in special, Christmas gift sets. It's the best way to save money on Christmas gifts. Today I'm going to be talking you through the best beauty Christmas gift ideas from Clinique, including Christmas beauty gift ideas for her and Christmas grooming gift ideas for him. Buckle in, Santa is coming! 

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Balm Review - How To Use Eight Hour Cream

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I'll never forget buying my first ever Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, I was on the plane flying home from a trip and I was looking to buy something from duty free, the in-flight magazine sold it to me and I've been hooked ever since. This must have been back in 2010 now, so yep, I've officially been using Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for over 10 years and my Mum and Grandma? We're talking decades. I thought today, continuing my holy grail beauty item blog posts, Eight Hour Cream deserved it's very own review on the blog. I wanted to give proper space to the beauty products I've used for years and the ones I'm always doing swipe ups for when they're on sale, so people can get a further insight into them and decide whether they're worth it or not (spoiler, they are). You may have already clocked a few of my holy grail beauty item reviews which you can read below, but today, it's time for a review of Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Balm and I'm giving you the top ways to use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream too! 

Holy Grail Beauty Product Reviews:

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser Review - Is Kiehl's Ultra Facial Good / Worth The Money?

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I'm so excited to keep bringing you reviews of my favourite, holy grail beauty products - you know, the ones I am constantly doing swipe ups to when they're on sale... this is for the people who would like a further insight into those products I am forever raving about! I decided a while ago that I wanted to write reviews of the best holy grail beauty products and you may have already clocked a few: La Roche Posay Invisible Spray SuncreamClinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation ReviewElemis Pro-Collagen cleansing balm review, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation - basically, my take on the products I have used and adored for years and full blown reviews so rather than just swiping up to buy, you can decide if it's up your street or not. These are all products I adore and I feel like they deserve a permanent space on the blog. A product I'm sure you've seen me rave about, A LOT is Kiehl's Ultra Cream, I first discovered this when I lived in Canada, it was SO cold and my brother actually recommended this from his ski trips too. Perfect for skin in the toughest of temperatures but somehow, something so strong and powerful, feels so lightweight on the skin. Read more for a review of Kiehl's number 1 best seller globally, the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream moisturiser. 

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne - Fluted Bottle Edition Review


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I'm not ready to say goodbye to Summer yet, I feel like we barely had a Summer, but the arrival of the new Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia, in the new fluted bottle, made September *almost* arriving a little bit sweeter. I feel like the perfect traditional Autumn scent is a balance between sweet and sexy and that's exactly what Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia is. It's a classic, easy to wear, every day scent - perfect for this time of year. It's no secret I adore Jo Malone, I would have every inch of my home covered in the brands wonderful scents if I could, but I just realised I have never reviewed the Jo Malone classic: Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne so today, in celebration of the most perfect new bottle and re-discovering one of Jo Malone's best, classic scents, I am doing exactly that. Of course, Jo Malone's new launches are always dreamy, but sometimes, classic is the way to go. 

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation Review

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It's no secret that I love Charlotte Tilbury products - probably a little bit too much, I've reviewed pretty much all of the best Charlotte Tilbury products but it's taken me quite some time to get round to reviewing the famous Airbrush Foundation by Charlotte Tilbury. Recently I decided to start writing reviews of the best holy grail beauty products (La Roche Posay Invisible Spray SuncreamClinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation Review, Elemis Pro-Collagen cleansing balm review) - the products I have used and adored for years because let's be honest, these products deserve singular reviews and I hope it will help you if you've been trying to decide what to buy. It only felt right to write a review of the famous Charlotte Tilbury foundation today, if you were wondering whether to take the plunge and if Charlotte Tilbury products are worth the money or if Charlotte Tilbury's Airbrush foundation is actually good, read this review. 

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Elemis Cleansing Balm Review - Is The Elemis Cleansing Balm Worth It?

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If you read my review of La Roche Posay Invisible Spray Suncream you may remember me saying I was going back to old school reviews and writing some blog posts about my holy grail, forever products. There are some epic products I have used for years and it's only right a light is on those products. For my next singular beauty item review, it had to be a review of Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm. I have been blogging about my love for this product since 2015 and definitely using it since at least 2012 I believe?! The Elemis Cleansing Balm is a holy grail cleanser, it is such a dreamy, multi-tasking product and that's why it deserves a full review on the blog today. If you're thinking of buying the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing balm, look no further than this review.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021

La Roche Posay Anthelios Invisible Anti-Shine Mist SPF Suncream Review

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After my review of the Clinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation blog post I thought it was time to up my game and start writing some singular reviews of my life-long, holy grail, favourite beauty products so you have them to refer back to. There are so many beauty products I go back to, again and again and they deserve their own review. Sometimes you just have to keep it simple and these singular reviews will hopefully tell you everything you need to know about products that have genuinely been in my life for years and never left. We've had some very welcome and sunny spells in England over the last few weeks *followed by rain, of course* and I found myself grabbing my favourite SPFS... I then thought it was the perfect excuse to talk about an SPF which has been in my life for years: La Roche Posay Anthelios Invisible Anti-Shine Face Mist. It makes protecting yourself SO easy. I did a whole blog post about the 11 best sun creams for your face if you wanted to read that too. 

Friday, 9 July 2021

Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas, Wedding Guest Dresses & Occasionwear - What To Wear To A Wedding

One of my most asked questions at the moment is 'what should I wear to a wedding?' I personally LOVE wedding guest outfit shopping and shopping for occasion wear but I know it can be stressful so I'm here to help. It's hard to know what to wear to a wedding or special occasion (goes without saying you save the all white outfit for the bride, or for a different occasion, eg a birthday party) so hopefully the below gives you lots of options. It fills me with so much joy to see that many weddings are back up and happening and I guess it makes me feel as if there is a sense of normality restored. 

I have popped together lots of different ideas for wedding guest or general occasion wear outfits, maybe it's a christening or a special birthday party. Simply wait for the below to load and click to shop. 
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Lots of love, Em x

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Friday, 2 July 2021

Changes I’m Making For My Health And Fitness

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Here are some small changes I have made that have been great for my health, fitness and mind too:

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

The Best Promo Codes For Online Shopping - List Of Discount Codes


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I'm in a fortunate position where a few wonderful brands offer me personal promo codes to share with my followers. I thought I would pop together a list of some very good promo codes indeed, just incase you want to see them all in one place and are looking for discount codes for gift shopping for example. Here is my list of the best promo codes and discount codes in one place, including Hotel Chocolat promo codes, Uber Eats promo codes and more! Hopefully this will save you some money or just get you some free food! I'm also including good sales here too! Bookmark this page for the best promo codes as I keep updating it with new discount. 

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Monday, 14 June 2021

Clinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation review


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If you follow me on Instagram @emshelx you'll have probably seen that there's a new foundation on the block and I am well and truly hooked.  To be honest, I never thought anything would even come close to my trusty Vichy Dermablend foundation (shade sand FYI and I've been wearing it since I was literally 18) or, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush foundation - just two of my forever favourites. For now though, I have found a new favourite foundation and have been trialling and testing it daily over the last few weeks, it's rare for a product to excite me so much that it gets a full review but here we go, introducing Clinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation review; warning, this is not your average foundation. You get a lot of bang for your buck.

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Cotswolds Travel Guide - Best Cotswolds Villages And Things To Do In The Cotswolds

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Today it's finally time for me to talk to you about some of my favourite and best places to visit in the Cotswolds, including of course, my favourite places to eat in the Cotswolds. Half of me feels that this year has dragged because of the situation with Covid and our lack of being able to live our lives in the way we are used to and then half of me thinks I can’t really believe that it’s nearly... yes dare I say it - the festive season - how has time gone so quickly while at the same time feeling like a drag? It's been a weird year. 

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

FitTrack Dara Smart Scale Review

Advertorial post - I've spoken about body composition many times over the last few years, for me, it's such a good way to move away from the sad step, the traditional scale and realise that a scale should be about so much more than one number: 'weight'. It's just not about that number, weight doesn't define someone. I first used a body composition scale at the gym, it was a way for my personal trainer to look into my health / body a little deeper so she could put a plan together for me. I was blown away, I didn't start using it to look at my weight, actually, quite the opposite, I found it SO useful because I realised health is about SO much more than a number on a scale and couldn't believe the different metrics. Now though, you don't need to go to a gym to get your body composition readings, you can use the FitTrack machine at home so today I thought I would review the FitTrack! 

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Monday, 12 April 2021

Best Workout Leggings 2021 - Which Workout Leggings Should I Buy?


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Hello hello, hope you are doing well! I feel like I've been living in leggings for the last year, not just for my home workouts, home spin sessions and runs but also, for my daily walks and my daily Netflix sessions. I've definitely been able to put my leggings through some durability tests. I thought it was the perfect time to do an updated best leggings blog post because every time I post about leggings on Instagram I get so many questions about sizing, durability and more. The best thing about leggings is that most of these leggings double up as athleisure or loungewear, so you might be wearing them to a spin class one day, a HIIT workout the next but you bet they'll see you through your walk too and be comfy enough for your Netflix session too. 

Friday, 2 April 2021

The Best New Spring Beauty Launches 2021

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Spring is coming, warmer days, brighter nights and magnolia and blossom on the trees. I love every season but Spring really marks the start of freshness, newness and happiness for me, I love to see things blooming. As with every season, there are new beauty products and I always love Spring beauty. Today I thought I would review my top Spring beauty launches. Here's what's new this Spring when it comes to beauty. 

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Friday, 26 March 2021

Gucci Marmont Bag Review - Things To Know Before Buying A Gucci Bag / Purse


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The Gucci Marmont bag launched years ago but it's one of the most iconic Gucci bags and one of those bags that just keeps getting better and coming back stronger. I started with my Gucci Marmont Belt, got some Gucci shoes and then the Gucci matelassé bag came and made my Gucci love affair even stronger. I remember buying my Gucci Marmont bag, I went for velvet and I fell in love, I'd wanted it for so long. Today I thought I'd do a review of the Gucci Marmont Flap bag after having it for years, as well as answering the question: is the Gucci Marmont bag is still worth it in 2021? If you're wondering whether you should buy the Gucci Marmont bag, this review should help you. 

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Friday, 12 March 2021

Easter Gift Ideas

Ad affiliate throughout - I love Easter and still feel sad about missing Easter 2020 with my family, for me it's like a second Christmas; huge Sunday roast, all my loved ones under one roof and of course, an Easter egg hunt. To be honest, I hoped we'd be able to have a normal Easter again this year but I was wrong so I'm going all out and will be ordering a lavish Sunday roast and celebrating the occasion via FaceTime in my temporary home. I thought I'd pop together some nice postal gift ideas this Easer as I love any excuse to send some goodies. Keep checking back on this as I update it with lots of Easter gift ideas. I will keep adding more too. 

Friday, 5 March 2021

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Ad affiliate throughout - I'd do anything to see my Mum this Mother's Day. Mother's Day for us is about spending the day together and doing something lovely, of course, that can't happen this year so instead, I'll be sending gifts over to my Mum. I love any excuse to send a gift so always send my Momma something yummy, something smelly and of course, some flowers. I usually write up huge gift guides but I've left it a little late so instead you can shop some of my favourite / top picks below for last minute Mother's Day gifts for your mother figure / loved ones. Let it load below and just click to shop. I will keep adding more too.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Spring Outfit Ideas 2021

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Simply click below to shop, here's to hopefully some lovely safe travels in the near future!

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Obagi Hydro-Drops Facial Serum Review


Advertorial - If you've read any of my skincare posts you'll know I am a sucker for a good serum, it was a very good day indeed then when I was introduced to the Obagi Hydro-Drops Facial Serum. I'm all for hydrating my skin all year round and love anything that will make my skin glowy, happy and hydrated. Put it this way, I was very excited to try when I read reviews saying it's the best hydration product people have used. Open up for my full review of the Obagi Hydro-Drops Facial Serum.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Best High Protein Snacks / Foods


Ad affiliate / PR throughout - If you read my best healthy snacks post you'll know I love snacking, snack queen over here. One thing I've been trying to do as a bit of a New Years resolution is eat more protein, in whatever way I can. I work out a lot and I definitely do not eat as much protein as my body apparently needs. A quick Google will tell you how important protein is in the diet and I definitely need more because I am so active. I'm not a personal trainer or nutritionist so do always speak to the health professionals first before making any drastic changes but I thought I'd pop together a list of some of my personal favourite high protein snacks, aka the things I am trying to grab to snack on at the moment. I'm a sucker for a loaf of sourdough and honestly can go through the whole thing in record time, there's nothing wrong with that (bread or life) but I've been training myself to grab some high protein snacks alongside my sourdough... 

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Friday, 5 February 2021

The Best Restaurant And Food Home Deliveries in London And Nationwide


Some Ad affiliate / Ad Pr - It's no secret I love eating out and if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I've switched that up during lockdown to eating-out, but in my home. Food is my passion and I know so many people feel the same. I've been ordering from lovely companies and restaurants during my weekends to add a bit of spice to lockdown life... whether it's via delivery services or, restaurants own websites. I daren't add up the amount of orders I've placed since March, oops. 

Valentine's Day may be over now but this list still stands. I thought I'd pop together a list of some of the best lockdown food delivery services I've found, some are in London and many are nationwide too so I hope you'll find this useful if you're looking for the best lockdown food deliveries and where to order food from during lockdown. It means you can support lovely restaurants and businesses during the time when they have had to close and have some lovely food delivered too - also great if you're looking for a foodie gift idea ...boom! Here we go, the best lockdown food deliveries in London and nationwide. 

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Wednesday, 3 February 2021

The Best New In Beauty Launches Of 2021 - 2021 New Beauty Launches



Ad affiliate / PR throughout - When a new year lands, new beauty products land too. Personally, I’ve been trying to have more ‘self care’ and ‘wellbeing’ days and let’s be honest, we have to take happiness from whatever we can and for me, that’s a bit of me time. I talked about my favourite lockdown beauty/wellbeing products back in May, and here I am, still self-caring months later but that's another blog post entirely. It can be overwhelming seeing so many new launches and trying to see what’s worth a shot (you’ll probably know I have my old favourites, check out my best beauty products of 2020 for that) but there’s always room for some newbies in my life. On todays blog post, see my round up of the best new beauty launches of 2021 that I think are genuinely worth trying... get ready for the new in beauty you should try this year. 

Thursday, 21 January 2021

100+ Valentine's Gift Ideas And Things To Do In Lockdown For Valentines Day

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If you’re lucky enough to be locked down with your partner, you may be wondering what you should do to celebrate Valentines Day together and mix things up a little from date night in the lounge (or, you may be missing them lots and wondering what you can do to celebrate with them from afar)... or you may not be thinking about it at all... however, this post is for my Valentine’s Day lovers… that’s me. So many things have been cancelled in the last year, really important things for many people so I am trying to embrace the little things and make them as wonderful as possible, even just from home and after celebrating many different loved ones birthdays virtually in lockdown, I feel like I am armed with fun things to do for special occasions during lockdown as well as gifts you can send near and far! 

PS. I know Valentines day is a commercialised holiday and we should tell people we love them everyday - that goes without saying, but I also enjoy using the day to celebrate, so as well as my boyfriend, I send the people I love gifts too - see it as GALentines day, why not send someone something lovely to brighten a tough year? If you’re reading this I assume you love Valentines Day too, below you’ll find lots of gift ideas including some different gift ideas for Valentines Day ad some things to do, I hope it will help you if you’re looking for Valentines lockdown inspiration. 

Bookmark this as I will keep adding to it asI see more Valentine's Gift Ideas hit the online stores! 

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Sunday, 3 January 2021

The Best Beauty Products Of 2020

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Every year I do a huge round up of the best beauty products of the year (read my top beauty products of 2019 if you missed it), today, I want to challenge myself and I am only choosing 10-12 of the top, creme de la creme: I-have-used-these-most-days products! I mix and match my beauty products a lot, depending on my mood and my skin/body needs but here I am, plucking out the ones that have been used and loved the most. I promise you, these items have been daily saviours, they're my 2020 holy grail beauty items and I am so excited to talk you through them! 

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