Red Nails: butter LONDON Smashing

I could not think of a better topic for a new feature than a red polish that I am currently loving. By the way, if you want to keep in touch and see regular updates, please follow me on Instagram, as I post stories a few times a week if not daily.

I do love red nail polish, there is nothing quite like it for me, beauty wise. And I have written about my numerous favourites over the years.

And today, as always, I want to proclaim my love for yet another red. This time is is from butter LONDON. This was actually one of the first premium nail polish brands I have discovered. In fact, you can read my interview with their Creative Director here.

Meet Smashing!, which is described, as a fiery siren red, and it is, indeed. It definitely packs a punch. Smashing, just like the name suggests, is the real power red. It is that confidence booster, vibrant, juicy and unapologetic. It is in-your-face kind of red. And I love it! Just look at the photo of it on my nails. Can you see what I mean? I also have a different, more classy red from the brand, Her Majesty’s Red, but it is Smashing! which stole my heart.

Besides gorgeous colours and cheeky names, you get a chic and stylish bottle and a smooth and shiny formula. I always wear all my nail polishes with a top coat so they last longer and look even shinier.

The formula is Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, Parabens free.

The price is £15/$18 from here or here, and I have always bought all my butter LONDON nail polishes myself.

Aesop Body Cleanser And Aromatique Hand Balm

First of all, I apologise for a long absence. It was mainly due to the fact that someone (we all know that “someone” is not the word I want to use here) stole my Twitter account. And, while I did contact Twitter as soon, as I saw that, it was dragging on for ages, and instead of giving it back to me, it was blocked in the end. 

Can’t believe I’ve spent 12 years of my life building and sustaining my account with such an outcome.  This was the most appalling customer support I have ever experienced.  The whole situation made me so angry that I had no desire to even update the website and had to take some time off. But let’s leave it at that. Life goes on…

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Today I want to share about the products from a brand which doesn’t need an introduction. And that is Aesop! I have two products here which I wanted to talk about.

Why these two products in one post you may ask? What unites them is their unique scent. 

AESOP Coriander Seed Body Cleanser (500ml ), £33

I love how the brand describes the fragrance as “unorthodox”, and it really is. Coriander is such a love or hate herb so it depends on your preferences.  

Aesop combined coriander with black pepper and patchouli so you get that woody and spicy scent which is truly invigorating and refreshing.  As I’ve already said, it has that truly one-of-a-kind aroma to it. The scent fills the bathroom and makes you feel great. And this is exactly what we all want. 

You can use it

Makeup4all Recommends: Aquis Hair Turban

I am absolutely in love with my Aquis Hair Turban. But I can hear you saying: “£30 for a hair towel. No, thank you” And I was just like that myself. So hear me out! I am wearing mine as I type this, in fact.


Of course, you can use a regular towel, as I did for years. Or buy a cheaper hair turban. But this one is life changing. Dramatic much?

First of all, it helps to dry the hair so much quicker compared to the regular towels. It is a fast absorbent fabric (80% polyester + 20% nylon).

The turban is made of light and soft fabric, it takes a lot less space. Mine is 25*68 cm (10*27 in).

Furthermore, it just stays on and doesn’t move around. You drape and twist it, and use a button to secure it. I even did

Independent Beauty: Norfolk Natural Living

I am happy to continue sharing about the independent beauty brands which I like. Hence, today it’s all about Norfolk Natural Living.

The company was founded by a trained aromatherapist, Bella Middleton, and is described as a “slow-luxury and wellbeing brand”. And, if you ask me, it is exactly the kind of feeling I got after browsing their website and using the products.

Such attention to detail, from the packaging and marketing to the customer service.

I have discovered the brand in February, and they had a lot less products. Only 3 scents to choose from. In addition, there were no descriptions of those scents.

However, Rose Garden, Lavender Fields and Coastal all sounded right up my street. I have decided to try Coastal first. Although I was a bit scared that it could have been one of those ozonic scents (which I personally do not like at all), I was willing to risk. As a result, I have Natural Laundry Detergent (£14.50) and a Hand Cream (£9).

And I honestly couldn’t stop smelling the products. That scent is so addictive. Instead of being a cheap and artificial scent, it was the opposite. I would describe it as musky ( I thought I could smell Cederwood/Sandalwood and Patchouli) but not over the top. And, indeed, the notes are: Bergamot, Lemon, Ylang, Jasmine, Cistus Ladaniferus absolute, Pine Needle Patchouli, Elemi, Cedarwood, Sandalwood.

Natural Laundry Detergent

Do you need to spend £14.50 on a detergent? Probably not but it was such a beautiful product that I would get the rose and lavender ones, too. By the way, Norfolk Natural Living also have an unscented version.

Hand Cream

As for the hand cream, it was really lovely, too. Long time readers will know how much I am love my hand creams. Well, this is the only one I wanted to use once I’ve got it. My hands were silky smooth and delicious – smelling! The cream was complimentary, too. Win-win.

Lastly, I have to mention that the products arrived very quickly and the shipping was free. And how cool is that box?

As you can tell, I am really impressed, and would definitely get more products from Norfolk Natural Living in the future from their website.

Shiseido Essentialist Eye Palette

Shiseido really nailed it with their re-launch a few years ago. As a result, their products look chic and perform brilliantly. And today I want to share about their Essentialist Eye Shadow Palettes.

In particular, how sleek does the compact look? Minimalistic and modern. Just black with a bit of red. It definitely sparks joy! [Hello, Mary Kondo].

Besides the outstanding packaging, the brand is known for their