Showing posts from April, 2011

Battle Of The Baby Pink Nail Polishes

I’ve been looking for the perfect baby pink nail polish for such a long time. I’ve tried the infamous OPI Mod About You but I didn’t really like it and so I sold it. These are the current 4 I have:

l-r: Nails Inc Elizabeth Street, OPI Sweetheart, Eyeko Petite Polish, George Natural Rose l-r: Nails Inc Elizabeth Street, Eyeko Petite Polish, OPI Sweetheart, George Natural Rose As you can see the Nails Inc polish isn’t a pink, it’s more of a cream but it does have a really nice shimmer. This one only took 2 coats where as the rest took 5 or 6. Definitely not something I want to be doing on a regular basis. I’d say the George one has probably won as it’s the most pink but I’m still not happy with it. I always find with baby pinks that they never apply bottle colour and are always very sheer. I’m not sure what sort of pink I’m after, I guess I’ll know when I find it but it has to become opaque with only 2 coats. What are your favourite baby pinks?

Lusciously Lighter Self 001

For the next round of Aussie activities I chose Lusciously Lighter Self as this year I’ve really tried to eat and drink healthier, de-stress and make better choices etcSo far I’ve de-cluttered my wardrobe, even though it didn’t make too much different, think my wardrobe is a bit like the Narnia one.I’ve been loving eating healthier meals, this has probably been my favourite bit so far. I’ve started to eat breakfast which is something I haven’t done for about 10 years. Shocking I know but I can’t eat as soon as I wake up, I have to wait at least 2 hours. By the time I get into work though I’m hungry so I can pop down to the cafe and buy some brown toast. I’ve been having a lot of fruit for my lunch so making sure I have at least 5 a day. I’ve been trying new recipes as well and this one is by far my favourite. I’m thinking of doing a whole blog post if you’re interested? I also make sure I have a bottle of water with me at all times and I’ve been drinking like a mad woman with all this…

Project 20 Pan: 7 Down, 13 To Go

So for today's P20P update I’ve done quite well, I’ve managed to finish 4 products. Seriously beauty, you need to do some catching up! I don't wear that much make-up, just eyes and lips so that's why I've added perfume to the mix so hopefully it won't take me years to finish P20P.

Alva bath salts - You can read my review for these that I wrote the other month. I still love them and will be buying another soon. I don't have any other bath salts so I'm allowing myself to buy another bag. Hopefully the large bag will be in stock when I make my order!
A'Kin body scrub – One of my favourite body scrubs along with Haus of Gloi. I used to love Soap and Glorys, the pink one, but I actually hate it now I've tried others. This leaves no oily residue, isn't harsh on the skin and lasts a really long time. I even cut the top of so I'd get every last bit. Definitely going to buy this once P20P is over. You can read my full review here.
Marc Jacobs Daisy perf…

Lush Dirty Springwash Shower Gel

“After a dirty night on the tiles, jolt yourself back to reality with our tingly spearmint shower gel. Springwash is like a dip in a mountain spring, just in time for the weather getting warmer; spearmint and menthol crystals will make your skin feel cool in a hot shower and give it a sweeter scent than peppermint. If you're living in a hard water area, the sodium bicarbonate helps to soften it and give a frothy lather. Your bits will feel fresher in no time.” Once again I love the scent of this shower gel, I can’t choose a favourite though. The tie has to be this, it’s raining men and olive branch. It’s perfect for a refreshing shower in the morning, this minty shower gel will certainly wake you up.
It lathers up amazingly and works great as a bubble bath. Once again I haven’t tried it as a shampoo but I can see this being great in the mornings and probably make your scalp tingle.
There are a lot of products in the Dirty Springwash range including the shower gel, shaving cream, …

Lush Retro Temple Of Truth Bubble Bar

“When was the last time you heard of someone having a really great idea in the stressful environs of the office? Your brightest thoughts often turn up when you're completely relaxed and passively contemplating nothingness. The Temple of Truth brings clarity to your mind with rosewood, guiaicwood and sandalwood essential oils. When you're searching for the answer, find the temple of truth.” Because of the shape of this bubble bar, I found it really hard to break into pieces so I didn’t have to use the whole bar. I think I got 4 or 5 baths out of it though which is pretty standard for me. This is my favourite one scent wise out of my order as I love sandalwood and one I’ll definitely be ordering again once P20P is over. It’s the perfect scent when you’ve had a stressful day at work. I like that it’s white so it doesn’t really alter the colour of the water, just turns it a milky colour. Sometimes if the bath water is bright orange or blue it isn’t so relaxing. It also made an amazi…

Products I Regret Buying

I always find products I regret buying posts or videos really interesting so thought I do one of my own. I actually found it quite hard, one: I usually read a lot of reviews before buying any products and two: if the product doesn’t suit me/I don’t like it then I usually sell it. Most of these I regret buying because I don’t really use them that much, not that I don’t like them.Sleek Idivine palette in original – I love these palettes, the pigmentation for the price is amazing but I don’t use this one. I’m not one for bright colours so I have no idea why I bought this one in the first place. In fact I’ve only used the yellow/gold, the rest have only been swatched once. I also don’t use this because a few of the more neutral colours in this palette are similar to the storm palette which I use a lot.Eyeko fat balms – It’s the packaging I don’t like, it’s too chubby to use directly on the lips and when you twist them up to use parts of the product from the edges fall off. I’ve also found…

Week In Photos 032

001 Amazing yellow fields whilst driving along the motorway. This reminds me of France, I must go back sometime.002 How I spent Good Friday: Ikea. Seriously, this is my favourite shop. Ever. I can’t wait to have my own car so I don’t have to depend on others driving me to Ikea.  003 This amazing car was pulling out of the car park just as we were driving in, had to get a photo. We’ve actually seen it in the Ikea car park before, how strange.004 Stopped for breakfast as we’d gotten there just as it was opening. I went for the lovely unhealthy option of rocky road cheesecake. I have just given up chocolate for lent after all.005 They’ve brought back the wooden drawer sets, they’re slightly different and smaller but still great. Another excuse for my make-up collection to grow. 006 I also finally got my hands on the cath kidston-esque duvet set along with this amazing cushion for my chair at work and some other bits and bobs, A great trip to Ikea.007 And finally my Easter egg which has a…

Lush Frog Prince Ballistic

“Another magical creation by Michelle, Frog Prince is an extremely handsome and regal frog with a pair of vibrantly red and kissable lips. Give him a quick peck, drop him in the tub and wait for your prince to come. Simon’s new fragrance is an aphrodisiac blend with sweet undertones; he used jasmine, neroli and rosewood to create a sensual fragrance for those longing for their prince – or princess – to come. It’s not all about the fragrance with this one, it’s also brimming with cocoa butter and almond oil for a luxuriously moisturising soak.”I wasn’t too impressed with this one which is unusual for me, there aren’t many Lush products I don’t like. I didn’t like the smell which is probably down to the Jasmine as it really sets my hayfever off. I also wasn’t so sure about relaxing in green water, wasn’t so appealing to me. Once the ballistic has dissolved it reveals your very own prince charming which is a really nice touch.The red lips are a made out of cocoa butter but they were to s…

Alva Organic Lip Balm In Soft Peach

I'm always on the look out for new lip balms, I always have dry lips even in the summer. This one is from Alva and it's really great. It comes in two shades, soft rose and soft peach is the one I have. I can't say what soft rose is like but this one is basically clear despite it being a gorgeous colour in the tube.

The texture reminds me of Liz Earles super balm and Botanics super balm, it melts onto the lips when applied so only a tiny amount is needed.The packaging is great and has a doe foot applicator. It's extremely glossy which some may not like but it's perfect if your lipstick is drying.

The only thing I don't like is the scent, it's very floral and I can see a lot of people not liking it. It doesn't linger once applied though.
Finally, as a lip balm itself it's great for the summer but for winter I feel I'd need something thicker. I don't know if that's just me though and thinking a thicker lip balm will always be better for, know…

Living Nature Eye Liner In Smoulder

I don’t have too many eye liners that aren’t black, I don’t find that I wear them but when I saw this eye liner from Living Nature I knew I had to have it. The packaging is simple and reminds me of Mac’s eye liners.

Smoulder is a dark brown with a hint of green and lots of gold glitter. Unlike many other brown eye liners this isn’t too red toned so will suit more skin tones. The glitter doesn’t show up on the waterline but looks amazing on the lash line and it isn’t chunky glitter either which you can see in the swatch below. The staying power is great and doesn’t budge due to the formula.

For me eye-liners last a long time so £9.99 doesn't seem too much, you can get "drugstore" eyeliners for the same price. Looking from the swatches of the other colours: flax seed, midnight, riverstone, they don't look too interesting compared to smoulder so these might not be worth £10. I'd have to see them in person though.

You can buy them from Mypure and read some more revi…

Favourite Five: Lipsticks

I’m making Favourite Five as a little series, I’ll probably post one every two weeks so they’re spaced out and the series lasts a little longer.

l-r: E.L.F mineral lipstick in nicely nude, 17 lipstick in beehive, Gosh lipstick in darling, Mac lipstick in lady gaga, Revlon lipstick in pink pout I’m pleasantly surprised that all five are pretty different in colour and formula. 

Nicely nude is probably my least used out of these 5 but definitely a favourite. In the bullet it looks like it’s a pink with gold shimmer but the shimmer isn’t noticeably when on the lips. I really need to get some more of E.L.F’s mineral lipsticks, they’re really pigmented and cheap too.

Beehive has appeared on my blog quite a lot recently. It’s the glossiest lipstick out of these 5 and definitely doesn’t need a lip gloss over the top. This isn’t always a good thing though, it means it wears away quickly and is used up quicker than most lipsticks. As I’ve said previously it will show up any dry patches on the lip…

Week In Photos 031

001 My gorgeous floppy hat arrived this week from ASOS  for when I go to Venice in June. Their delivery always amazes me! I bought the premier delivery sometime in November for £15 which gives you unlimited next day delivery, first look at sales and the magazine each month. I ordered the hat last Sunday and it arrived Monday morning before I’d even left for work.
002 After reading Lauren Conrad’s style book I used one of her tips of putting the clothes you haven’t worn for ages, but haven’t thrown/given away into a suitcase and put it under my bed. If I haven’t touched them for 6 months then they can be thrown/given away. It’s been 6 months and I’ve got a satisfying amount of clothes to go to charity and only one thing to throw away. I also keep my summer shorts in the suitcase for over the winter but I’ve finally brought them out for this lovely weather! Anyone else do this trick?
003 Received a lovely surprise from Aussie, a lusciously light t-shirt. I’ll be posting a photo soon a…

Project 20 Pan: 3 Down, 17 To Go

I’ve decided to just combine the two P10P’s for the purpose of these update posts so they don’t get too confusing. I’m still doing 10 for bath & body products and 10 for beauty products but will just call it P20P. This week I’ve finished two products so I’m getting closer, just very slowly!The first product I’ve finished is a peppermint foot scrub from Waterfall Spa. I bought about 8 products from Waterfall spa using the vouchers I won from the Aussie bonfire night event. To be honest, I haven’t really liked any of the products so far. They’re expensive, this foot scrub was £14, and they’re what they use in the spa so I expected a lot more from them. I found this didn’t exfoliate my feet at all, they felt the same as before I used it. I did like the peppermint scent but I can get this from a much cheaper product. I wouldn’t buy this again.I was really sad when I finished this, I bought it just before I went to Barcelona last year along with the green one and it reminds me of that …

Mini Giveaway

Just a couple of products up for grabs! I’m thinking who ever wins could do a guest blogger post once they’ve been used? First person to comment wins but you have to have an active blog. Uk only sorry.

This Weeks Lipstick

This weeks Lipstick is 17's Beehive, a popular one in the blogging world. This featured in my Novembers Favourites post and I'm still loving it now. I do find that it highlights any dry areas on my lips but looks perfect with a lip balm underneath it. Mine's a bit messed up as it melted a little bit in my bag.

Week In Photos 030

001 Hasn’t the weather been amazing this week?! We’ve had all the windows open at work and it was lovely to have a meeting outside in the sun. This weather has gotten me excited for Venice in June!002 I planted a shallot the other week as it already had roots and it’s finally grown out of the ground! Don’t think I’ll be getting any shallots out of it but it’s worth a try. We have a passion flower tree in the garden which hasn’t produced any passion fruit yet :(003 I’ve added a few things to my blog sale this week, have a look and see if anything interests you :)004 The cat just chillin in the tree enjoying the sun! He’s not the best at climbing trees though.005 My bedroom is on the bottom floor so I’ve got a door to the garden which I’ve had open the whole weekend and it’s been great! A pigeon nearly flew in yesterday though. What have you been up to this week?

March Favourites

No new products for this months favourites post, I’ve been shopping my stash as well as being on project 10 pan for the end of March. Nina Ricci perfume – This has been my perfume of choice for the past month. I love it as it reminds me of going to New York with my best friend. It’s nearly gone though so I’ll definitely be buying another bottle soon.Dream cream from Lush – I use this every day and I’m amazed to say I don’t have any eczema flare ups at the moment. This hasn’t been the case for about 2 years now. Definitely a holy grail product for me. Mac eye shadows – I’ve been using either bisque or dazzlelight (two on the left side) as lid colours and I’ve been loving them. Any other recommendations for when P10P finishes? 17 lipstick in beehive – I’ve been wearing this pretty much everyday this month. It’s perfect for this time of year and is so creamy. Really don’t like the packaging though.Blistex lip massage – I find beehive can enhance any dry patches on my lips so a layer of t…

P20P Update – 1 Down, 19 To go

I finished my first product from the bath & body part of my project 10 pan! This was the easiest as I only had a tiny bit of Lush’s Honey I Washed The Kids soap left and it was easily used up the other night. I love the scent, so glad I bought the shower gel version. I’ve still got a couple of slices left but I’m definitely going to be repurchasing this soap sometime.
What’s your favourite Lush soap?

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo Vs. Urban Fudge Dry Shampoo

So today I have a comparison of two dry shampoos, Batiste original and Urban Fudge. Lets see who the winner will be!

Design: I don't normally like orange but I actually prefer the Urban Fudge design. To me, the Batiste looks a bit dated. I also prefer how the spray works on UF than B, it's easier to control how much product you use. 1:0 to UF.

How much product: Despite UF being slightly heavier they both contain the same amount of product. 0:0 for this one.

Scent: I really don't like the scent of B, it basically smells like dry shampoo, I don't people knowing I've used dry shampoo because of how my hair smells. B does sell other scents but for this comparison I'm ignoring this factor. UF has an impulse body spray sort of scent which is really nice. 2:0 to UF.

How does it refresh the hair: I find that B actually takes away the grease better than UF which is really surprising. I tend to use more of UF because of this so it'll be used up quicker. Then again I have…

Project 10 Pan

I am officially going on project 10 pan and I'm guessing it's going to take a long time to complete. I am going to do a separate one for bath and body products and then one for cosmetics. Wish me good luck, I'm going to need it!
I really need to decrease the amount of bath and body products I have, I want the space in my wardrobe back! Since starting this blog I've always said my make-up collection won't be bigger than what can fit in my ikea drawers and it's nearly full! Some serious shopping my stash needs to happen. I'm not going to even go into my nail polishes ...

With the cosmetics I haven't decided if it's going to be actually finishing a product or just reaching pan, what do you think? 

I am having two exceptions though, the first is Lush's dream cream, it has done my eczema wonders and if I finish it while still on P10P then I will allow myself to buy a new tub. I'm also going to buy 3 things from the Lush Easter collection and that is…

Week In Photos 029

001 This weeks Week In Photos post is mostly about food for some reason. Love krispy creme donuts but only realised after I’d eaten this that it had chocolate sprinkles on. I was too busy not picking one which had brown chocolate on that I completely forgot about white chocolate. I’m letting my self off though :)002 So much lovely fruit in the supermarkets, always makes me excited for summer. We’ve got a watermelon in the fridge which I’m going to start tomorrow. 003 Me and mum went to Leaf, a tea shop and bar, for their mothers day afternoon tea. There was unlimited tea, sandwiches and cakes. It was lovely but to say I’m full is an understatement. We went with whole rosebud, Moroccan mint and lemon verbena tea and they were all lovely. I even bought some loose whole rose bud tea along with blood orange which I had when we went last. I’d really recommend visiting Leaf  which is on Bold Street if you’re a fan of tea.What have you been up to this week?

Liz Earle Shampoo & Conditioner: A Mother And Daughter Post

The lovely Liz Earle PR team sent my mother and I a set of the shampoo and conditioner to try each and since it’s mothers day what better day to post it.

I should really have switched the conditioner and shampoo round in this photo, didn’t think at all! Oh well :) Let’s start off with what my mum thinks of them:
Both of them smell lovely, particularly the shampoo which has a fabulous fresh orange smell. So that was a bonus when hair washing.
The shampoo lathered up very well and I only needed a small amount to wash my hair clean. The conditioner is very thick and creamy, again only a little was needed and it washed out easily and quickly.
I had no skin or scalp irritation from the products and they left my hair lovely and soft to the touch.
The only draw back I found was that they didn’t give as good curl definition to my hair, which is naturally curly, it went a bit frizzy. If I was to use the Liz Earle products regularly then I would have to look at getting a stronger mousse/spray to put…

March Scavenger Hunt

a collection – couldn’t have picked a different collection could I? I do write a blog mostly about beauty products.a fancy gate – this is the gate to a park about 10 minutes away from my house. I used it as a background for a photo shoot for one of my uni interviews. a lamb – this one was fairly easy, Liverpool is known for it’s lambanana’s and this one is right outside my work so I see it every day. a lion – this one was really hard! I didn’t want to take a photo of a lion statue as I thought everyone would do that, I didn’t want to take a photo of a lion bar as I’ve given up chocolate for lent so I went with the lion on a 10pa rainbow – I couldn’t decide so I’ve gone for two rainbow photos. It’s a shame I couldn’t take a photo of a real rainbow but I haven’t seen any this month. The little rainbow but thing is on the desk of one of my colleagues. a ring – I’ve taken a similar photo to this before but decided to do it again as this is my favourite ring. a shadowan empty chair – this …