30 April 2011
29 April 2011
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 etc
So 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 summer weather recently.
Exercising has definitely been the hardest, I’m not really a sporty person . I used to be though, I did gymnastics, trampolining, rounder's, netball as well as the normal P.E lessons we had to do. Since leaving school I’ve hardly done any exercise, I think it’s not being part of a group anymore so there isn’t anyone to do it with. I have since bought a couple of exercise DVDs, a yoga mat and some weights and have been either running or walking of an evening/early morning and I’m definitely seeing an improvement.
Aussie have provided us with a little exercise video for us to use and share with our readers. Let me know if you give it a try! I’ve been doing it before work each morning as it’s really quick.
We’ve also been given a t-shirt to wear while doing these exercises!
I’m thinking next weeks post will be about the meals I’ve been eating and the new recipes I’ve been trying!
28 April 2011
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 perfume - I love this and it has to be my favourite perfume so far. I amazingly won this 50ml bottle by signing up to the Daisy website after umming and aahing for ages if I should buy it. Despite loving it so much I've used it sparingly as I never wanted it to run out. It's the perfect spring/summer scent and I'm definitely going to be buying another bottle. I really want to buy Lola too. You can see the rest of my perfume collection here which is actually a lot smaller now. I’ve finished a fair few and have given some away too.
I haven’t got a photo as there isn’t anything left but I’ve finished all the bubble bars and bath bombs from my last Lush order. I’m counting these as one as Lush items always seem a bit of a cop out for P20P’s as you use them so quickly. You can see what I bought here. I’m going to a shopping evening in the Health Place where I work and Lush is going to be there handing out goodie bags. I’ll have to try my hardest not to buy anything!
27 April 2011
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.“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.”
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, styling cream, body spray, perfume and tooth tabs.
Have you tried anything from this range?
26 April 2011
“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.”
25 April 2011
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 that they start to smell off really quickly and I haven’t had them that long. Anyone else found this?
Barry M lipstick in touch of magic – Yes it is a green lipstick, it turns bright pink once on the lips though. It’s a really nice colour but I haven’t used it much as it tends to stain the lips which I really don’t like.
Dainty Doll concealer – This concealer is from the first lot of Dainty Doll make-up and it’s the formula I don’t like. It’s really drying and tends to settle in any lines and hasn’t got very good coverage. It’s a shame because it’s a great colour and you get a lot of product.
MUA eyeshadow in 4 – I love these eyeshadows but it’s the colour I regret buying. I bought it online, the swatch looked like a grey with a hint of purple but in fact it’s lavender/lilac. I haven’t used it since I bought it because it just reminds of a kids eyeshadow, like light blue eyeshadows. Know what I mean?
Miners sweet lips lip glosses – It’s not that I don’t like these, far from it, I just regret buying three. They’re basically a clear gloss despite looking nicely pigmented in the tube.
Barry M lipgloss in pastel pink – I hate how this lipgloss looks on me, I think it’s also turned paler since I bought it, now it’s almost white. I’ve tried pairing it with all my lipsticks and it doesn’t look good with any of them.
Rimmel lash accelerator mascara – This is one of two which I really don’t like and wouldn’t recommend. I found that it made my eye lashes fall out so I had lots of gaps, not what I want in a mascara.
What products do you regret buying? Do you like any of the products I regret buying?
24 April 2011
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 already been ate. Happy Easter! Hope everyone has had a great weekend and enjoys another day off work tomorrow.
What have you been up to this week?
23 April 2011
“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 small to really make a different to my skin, it would have been better if there were bits of cocoa butter in the green part too.
It was nice to try but if Lush re-promoted this for next years valentines I wouldn’t buy it again.
Have you tried this one?
20 April 2011
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.
19 April 2011
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 reviews.
This eye liner has definitely made me more interested in different coloured eye liners and those with glitter/shimmer. Have you got any recommendations?
Disclaimer: this was sent for free as part of mypures blogging panel.
18 April 2011
I’m pleasantly surprised that all five are pretty different in colour and formula.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
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 lips but this can be solved with a strong lip balm.
I don’t tend to wear darling on it’s own, I mix it with a brighter lipstick or gloss if I want it toning down for during the day. It also nudes out my lips if I want a lipstick to show up true to the colour.
Lady Gaga is my go-to choice for nights out, I love it so much. It can be worn sheer for during the day and is perfect for the lovely weather we’ve been having. When I finish P20P I think I’m going to go to Mac and splurge on a couple of lipsticks.
Finally pink pout which is the only matte lipstick I own. Despite it being matte I don’t find it drying or highlights any dry patches on my lips. It is a gorgeous rose pink with a slight purple hint to it. It’s great for day or night.
What are your favourite lipsticks of the moment? Any Mac recommendations?
17 April 2011
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 and have some more details of what’s going on. As you can see, the cat is loving the box and tissue paper. It’s currently sitting in it at the moment as well.
004 This weekend has been full of sitting out in the garden, having all the windows and doors open and eating ice lollies. Next week it’s a 4 day weekend as well! I’ve got a Ikea trip planned for Friday morning :)
What have you been up to this week?
P.S check you my blog sale and nail polish blog sale
16 April 2011
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 holiday so much. I love the scent and will definitely buy it again.
What products have you finished recently?
13 April 2011
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.
12 April 2011
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.
10 April 2011
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?
09 April 2011
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 this underneath stops that from happening.
Benefit slippin n dippin – I use this underneath my shadows when I went a bit of colour, it’s a lovely peachy gold. You can read more about it here.
Maybelline lash stiletto mascara – I use this mascara on a daily basis as it gives a really natural look which is perfect for work.
E.L.F eyeliner and shadow stick in brown/basic – I’ve been wearing the liner side to define my lashes, it’s less harsh than black so once again is perfect for work.
Benefit eyebright – I actually haven’t used this much since I got it but this month I’ve been wearing it on the waterline to brighten up my eyes.
Urban Decay primer potion – I thought I’d throw this one in, I’ve been loving it since I bought it but I use it everyday so deserves a spot.
What are your favourite products at the moment?
08 April 2011
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?
06 April 2011
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 haven't tried another dry shampoo before so I haven't had the comparison. 2:1 to UF
Any volume: UF gives no volume at all so is really only good for refreshing the hair. B is amazing at giving volume and I tend to use it before I curl my hair, it works better than any of the volume products I own. 2:2, it's a draw so far.
Price: B is roughly £2 and UF is £6.99. 3:2 to B!
Where to buy: UF is only available from Superdrug at the moment but B is available from most supermarkets, boots and probably other shops too. 3:2 to B.
Overall thoughts: The score is 3:2 so Batiste is the winner! I do really like the Urban Fudge but I can't justify spending that much on a dry shampoo when Batiste works the same and has the added bonus of volume.
Which is your favourite dry shampoo?
04 April 2011
03 April 2011
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?
Let’s start off with what my mum thinks of them:I should really have switched the conditioner and shampoo round in this photo, didn’t think at all! Oh well :)
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 on afterwards to keep the curl in.
I (Katy) think it’s really interesting how products work differently for everyone. I didn’t find they made my hair frizzy but they did make the hair at my roots flatter than usual. This for me is a bonus as I prefer how my hair looks this way on an everyday basis. The shampoo and conditioner smell different but they compliment and go together really well. As my mum said you really do only need a tiny bit of each. The conditioner washed out really well and it doesn’t make my hair feel heavy like some conditioners do. And finally I love the packaging and it goes really well with the rest of the Liz Earle products.
There is one shampoo for all hair types and three conditioners: normal, dry or damaged (the one we have) and fine or oily. Both come in either a 50ml or 200ml tube for £4.10/£7.65. The small tubes are great for travel.
01 April 2011
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 10p
a 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.
an empty chair – this chair is in my work, obviously it stays empty, those spikes would be uncomfortable to sit on!
peeling paint – our sorry for itself back gate, it really needs replacing!
something as old as you
something green – this little animal was sitting on my desk when I started at work so I’ve adopted it!
something sentimental – my memory box