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Alva Spot Treatment

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For me, liquid spot treatments always seem to work better than creams. With the exception of sudocream and Panoxyl. My skin scars really easily so I like to get rid of spots as quickly as possible as I find this lessens the discoloration left behind.


The Alva Rhassoul Pimple Stick combats bacteria that cause spots and blemishes, and helps to dry the spots out without dehydrating the surrounding skin tissue. Compact, easy to apply and ideal for travelling. Rhassoul Pimple Stick is also suitable for treating insect bites and stings as the tea tree oil and manuka oil help prevent itching and promote wound healing.
I've only been using this on spots so I can't comment on how it treats insect bites or stings as I simply haven't had any. Although it would have been perfect for when I was volunteering in August, I was always getting nettle stings when I was gardening.

Alva spot treatment* is housed in a 5ml glass tube with a sponge ball where the product comes out of. It's tin…

Liz Earle Part 2 - Christmas Gift Ideas

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So this is the second part of the Liz Earle Christmas Gift Ideas, you can read the first one here.


Clear Skin For Her - This skin care duo will help to clear up any breakouts and keep the skin looking clear and healthy. This gift set contain 100ml Cleanse & Polish, two muslin cloths and Spot Onfor £22.25.


Daily Face Treats - This is the perfect started kit if you're new to liz Earle products or even if you use these on a daily basis but want them in travel sizes. This kit contains Cleanse & Polish, muslin cloth, Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiserto suit your skin type for £15.25.


Cleanse & Colour Duo - If you use these two products together you'll have natural looking skin every day. This kit is perfect if you want to stock up on both products or if you want to try them out for the first time. You'll also receive sample sizes of each shade available in the Skin Tint to make sure your colour choice is right. This kit includes 100ml Cleanse & P…

Boudoir Prive November Box

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I know I said in my last Boudoir Prive box that I was going to cancel my subscription, well I didn't. I going to wait till after the Christmas box comes out before canceling as I have a feeling it's going to be a good one!
I have mixed feelings about this months box, two of the products just aren't for me and I know they'll never get used.
Rahua shampoo and conditioner - Excited to give these a try as I'm always on the look out for new hair products. Not sure what they smell like as I don't want open the sachets but they're sulphate free which is perfect for my sensitive scalp.

Dead Sea Spa Magik body lotion - A really great size for a sample! (50ml) Haven't tried anything from Dead Sea before so looking forward to giving this a go. Not so keen on the scent but this wont stop me from using it.

Korres Wild Rose 24hour moisturiser - Have't tried anything from the skin care line from Korres before but always been tempted to. It doesn't smell like rose…

Week In Photos 062

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001 Bit of a late Week In Photos post as I fell asleep at 7pm (!!) for a few hours which totally messed up my sleep pattern and wanting to write this post.

002 Tried making pretzel M&M kisses after watching Bethany's video! It took a good few batches to get the temperature and timing right as my oven isn't very good. They taste great although I'd try and find unsalted pretzels next time as I'm not a huge fan of salt. I also bought the Hershey Kisses from Asda if you're wondering where I got them from.

003 Cat acting cute while sleeping but also being a pain by jumping/sitting everywhere he shouldn't!


Nail Art Kit - Christmas Gift Guide

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I'm actually thinking of getting someone a nail art kit for Christmas so thought I'd share some cheap links if you're thinking of buying some for yourself or others. These are what I currently have although the Konad set and plates are one of my Christmas presents. It arrived the other morning so thought I'd include it.



Nail Wheels - These are great to practice your nail art or for swatching your nail polishes, which is what I do. I buy mine from Ebay in packs of 10 for £1.99 with free delivery.

Dotting Tools - Dotting tools make polka dots SO easy to do and they look really good. You can also use them to create other designs such as flowers or adding details like eyes for the Eek nails. I bought mine from Ebay from the same seller as the nail wheels for only £1.68. You get 5 in a pack but they're double ended so you really get 10 dotting tools. They're all different sizes which gives different effects.

Nail Art Brushes - Apart from the long thin brushes, these ar…

Living Nature Clear Lights Tinted Moisturiser In Dawn Lign

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I've really been into trying different tinted moisturisers other the past few months. Ever since I tried the Liz Earle Sheet Skin Tint really. I have another one that I'm reviewing today and I'm thinking of doing a comparison between a couple of different ones in the next month or so.

This is the Clear Lights Tinted Moisturiser* from Living Nature and I have it in the lightest shade, Dawn Light.
As usual, when you open the cardboard lid you see "smile" which is always a nice thing to see.


I really like the packaging, that it's all black and fairly compact. I don't like how you dispense the product though which you can see in the photo below. After a few uses it just becomes messy and I always find too much product comes out. It would be much better if it had a pump or even nozzle like the Liz Earle one.

It's a great size as most foundations or tinted moisturisers are 30ml. This one is 50ml so will last longer than usual. For applying, I've been us…

Liz Earle Part 1 - Christmas Gift Ideas

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If you've been reading my blog for a while, or even since the beginning, you'll know that I'm a big fan of Liz Earle products. I've been using them for years and even though I'll try other products, I'll always end up going back to these.

The gift sets are a great way to try out their products for the first time as you can get them in either travel size or full size. I've given and received several of them over the years and they've always gone down well.

I'm splitting this post over two as I wanted to show a variety on price as well as products. I've complied these from the products I have at the moment so they're not beautifully gift wrapped like they would be if you were to buy them.

Men's Try Me Kit - This isn't in the Christmas gift range so is available all year round. In fact, I bought this gift set for my dad last Christmas to try and get him to stop washing his face with plain old hand soap. This is the perfect gift set if yo…

Week In Photos 061

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001 Been filling up my Wreck This Journal this week, it's been sitting on my bookshelf unloved for so long. I must have had it for about 1 year but just haven't really wanted to use it. Browsing Tumblr I spotted a few photos of other Wreck This Journal's and was inspired to get mine out.

002 My favourite page so far is the Stain Log page. Although there is another page in the book which tells you to rip out your favourite page and give it to someone. Think I'm going to have to pick another favourite page as I don't want to get rid of this one.

003 Think when I complete this one I'm going to get another of Keri Smiths books. Now I've got started with this one properly I'm really enjoying it.

004 Some of the pages are a bit boring so I'm going to have to get thinking on how to make them more interesting. Although I was printing with peppers and paint in it yesterday, that was quite fun.

005 I'm not going to be documenting every page like I said I…

Perfume - Christmas Gift Ideas

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Christmas is when I usually get a new perfume to try or get an old favourite, although I'm not getting one this year. Thought I'd talk about some of my favourites and what I currently have at the moment. I love the way perfumes bring back so many memories which you'll see when I talk about them below.

Maybe you'll add one to your wish list? I know I always do when I read posts about perfume.



Nina Ricci Nina - This scent will forever remind me of my holiday to New York with my Best Friend as this is when I bought it. This has notes of apple, vanilla, cotton musk and cedar. This lasts a really long time on my skin and I just love the bottle.

Paco Rabanne Lady Million - This is my newest addition and I've already finished it! This has notes of neroli, orange flower, jasmine, raspberry and honey. Whenever I wear this, I always get people asking me what it is which I don't often get with my other perfumes. Definitely need to buy a new bottle of this.

Marc Jacobs Daisy 

What's In My Bag - Updated

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I haven't done a What's In My Bag post for over 2 years! I'm using a different bag from then so thought I'd post an updated one.

The bag I'm currently using is by Kathy Van Zeeland which I bought last year from Tkmaxx for about £40. I'm not sure of the name of the bag or what style, I've had a look on google but couldn't find anything about it. It's coming up a lot darker in the photos due to the horrible lighting at the moment.
I love all the details on it, that it has two different handles and lots of pockets inside.

Clinique apple pouch - contents below // YLS Parisienne - current perfume // compact mirror // Mac tinted lip conditioner in Petting Pink // Blistex MediPlus // depotted Elizabeht Arden 8 hour cream  various pens // passport // mini Moleskin notebook // tissues // Ipod touch & headphones // phone Kindle - currently reading Girl With A Dragon Tatoo // purse // sunglasses

depotted Lush Dream Cream // Alva spot treatment // Liz Earle…

Minnie Mouse NOTD

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One of my favourite manicures I've done for a long time! This was inspired by Lauren Conrads twitpic of her Halloween nails. I'm not a usual fan of red nails, I just don't think it really suits me, but with white polka dots I love it.

I used one coat of Orly Bonder, two coats of OPI's Colour So Hot It Berns, one coat of polka dots using Models Own Snow White & dotting tool. Finally finishing off with a thick coat of Orly Polished.

Ahava The Gift Of Small Pleasures - Christmas Gift Ideas

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I'm starting a little mini series just in time for Christmas shopping. I'll be posting one a week up until Christmas and if you have any suggestions for gifts let me know!

Today I have a gift set from Ahava*, an internationally renowned skincare collection developed by the Dead Sea Laboratories.
This kit includes 5 different products, all great sizes, inside a cosmetic bag and retails for £25. There are two body products and three for the face.  Essential Day Moisturiser for normal to dry skin
Mineral Hand Cream Mineral Body Lotion All In One Toning Cleanser Purifying Mud Mask




Mineral Hand Cream - This is the perfect hand bag size! It sinks in really quickly and leaves your skin noticeably softer and moisturised. This doesn't mean it leaves behind an oily residue or greasy feeling though. Once applied my hands are left feeling really silky and smooth.

Mineral Body Lotion - This is the only product out of the five I've already tried before. I got a sample of this in my Augus…

Week In Photos 060

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001 It's been a crafty week with learning how to crochet and knit! I found learning to crochet so much easier though which I wasn't expecting, much quicker to get the hand of it and for it to look neater. Wish it was the other way round though as I want to knit a big chunky scarf. I'm going to carry on with knitting though and hope it gets neater the more I do it.

002 Also a bit of a foody week with making mint chocolate cupcakes. I made salsa for the first time too after seeing the Shaytards make it so many times in their vlogs. It was SO good with nachos, cheese and sour cream. To accompany the nachos I tried out the Kopparberg elderflower & lime cider. Have to say, not a fan! I much prefer the mixed fruit or pear versions.

003 Tidied my bedroom finally and can now see my floor! It's been messy for so long with going to London and Darwin. My clothes have just been spread across the floor and my wardrobe practically empty. I'm having a move around of the furn…

Tiffany Blue Poka Dot - NOTD

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Today I have a NOTD for you and using my dotting tools for the first time!


I'm sticking with the Tiffany box colours and using China Glaze For Audrey and Models Own Snow White. I used Models Own 3 in 1 as the top coat.

I love For Audrey but I just wish the formula was better, it's really streaky and thin. I haven't come across a better Tiffany dupe though. White Snow is great for nail art, it's opaque with only one coat. This is the first time I used the top coat, it hasn't made my nails chip yet (which a lot of topcoats do on me) but it did bubble when drying.


I love these dotting tools, they're double ended so in total you get 10 tools. I bought mine from Ebay for £1.68! That includes delivery too. They're all different sizes, a couple are different shapes, so there are endless designs you could create. I've gone for simple dots though since it is the first time I'm using them.


I painted two coats of For Audrey and waited for them to dry. I then p…