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Independent Beauty: Notes Of Northumberland

Here is, as promised, a new post about a small independent brand. This time let’s talk about the Notes of Northumberland.

Back in Autumn our friends very kindly sent these gorgeous wax melts, and I have spent most of the Winter days burning them.

About the Brand

Northumberland is one of my favourite places to visit in Britain so it was really lovely to have a reminder of those memories at home.

NON make luxury candles, diffusers, home scents and wax melts. Moreover, they have a bath and body collection. You can shop by products or by

Want It: Bite Beauty Yaysayer Plumping Lip Gloss

Please the excuse the lack of updates recently, I could give you all of the reasons for that. But, truth be told, I was not inspired to write here for some time. And I can’t think of anything worse than a half-arsed forced feature on beauty.  However, I did post Insta stories almost daily.

But the other day I saw that makeup products which made me go all: “Oh, I want that”. And that does not happen that often so it deserves a mention.

Meet the new Bite Beauty  Yaysayer Plumping Lip Gloss.

Shown are the shades: Rose Meringue, shimmering warm rose and Guava Puff, shimmering nude pink

While I am

Welsh Beauty Brands: My Top 6. (Part 1).

During the lock down, I’ve decided to research some smaller/independent British brands, and get some things from them. So today I want to share the results with you, and I will start with the Welsh brands. I have chosen 6 to feature.  And there will be 2 parts, as, otherwise,  the posts would be too long.

So get yourself a cup of Glengettie, stick on Tom Jones (sex bomb, sex bomb, you’re my seeeex boooom ) and have a read.

Catherine Zeta-Jones would approve!

All the photos of the beauty that is Wales are by me, promo photos of the products are from the  brands.

The  Good Wash Company website

This is quite a new brand founded just in 2018 in Barry by Mandy Powell, an ex Welsh International Hockey and Touch Rugby Player and Kelly Davies, a former Wales and Professional Footballer.

Shown: Soap £6.50; Good Bath Oil, £9.50; Glân Hand Sanitiser, £5;  Luxury Soy Wax Candle, £17

Not only it looks super chic and high end,  and  ‘totally lysh’ (lush in English), as the ladies describe it but the brand also supports some good causes. You can read more about them here.  The aim of the brand, according to the founders was to create a  “luxury Welsh brand with a humble social conscience”.

This brand feels like a child of Aesop/Grown Alchemist and Le Labo (packaging wise) but for like half of the  price.

I showed this

Peony Scented Beauty: L’Occitane Soap

While I am the biggest fan of rose-fragranced beauty products, my favourite flowers, scent-wise, are actually peonies.  And only recently I’ve realised that I should pay a better attention to the peony-scented products out there.

Especially considering that peony season, hello Instagram, is not that long.

This is why today I wanted  to share the peony themed beauty product that I am currently using and loving.

When it comes to peonies and beauty, the first range that comes to mind is

Want It: Jordan Samuel Skim Body Oil and Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Lip Gloss

I did not write any “Want It” features in a while because, quite frankly, I see new beauty launches all the time and it takes a lot for me to actually want that product.

But today I want to share about two items which I would get this very minute: one beauty, one makeup.

Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Baume a Levres Liquide, €35 from Sephora and Nordstrom

I am a big fan of baby pink pink glosses, and 1 Pink Irresistible looks exactly like the type of product I would like. Especially now that my favourote pink glosses from Chanel and Rouge Bunny Rouge were discontinued, I am looking for a replacement. And this could be it.

Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm is promised to nourish (shea butter and cranberry oil), smooth, plump and hydrate (extract of pink pepper)  the lips.

And let’s not forget the