Showing posts from May, 2012

May 2012 Empties

I've managed to finish quite a few products this month and am glad to be including two nail polishes! I've been trying to wear my mini's more often as they seem to be going gloopy and thick all at the same time.

Imperial Leather Butterfly Lily & Amber Bath Cream - I picked this giant bottle up from Asda when it was only £1 as I remembered Charlotte writing a post on it the other month. I love the scent and it creates a lot of bubbles which last a really long time. I bought the pink bottle at the same time but once I finish that I'm definitely going to be buying another.

Barefoot SOS Dry Scalp Treatment Conditioner* - I liked this conditioner but didn't love it. I prefer to use a deep conditioner every time I wash my hair as it's very dry and this just wasn't thick enough. I wouldn't buy a second bottle.

Mac Brush Cleanser - This is the only brush cleanser I've used so I haven't got anything to compare it to, but I really like it. I mainly use …

May 2012 Favourites

Benefit Do Tell Lipstick - Since I depotted some of my lipsticks, I really haven't used the palette so I definitely regretting doing it. Luckily most of them are cheap one's from Natural Collection but there is a couple of Benefit one's in there. I decided to use it more often this month and the one I've used most is Do Tell which is third on the left, bottom row. It's a really nice dark purple pink that suits my pale complexion really well. Although not a particularly summery colour I've still really enjoyed using it.

Models Own Lilac Dream - For some reason I can now get away with only using one coat of this and it looks perfect! This does mean it doesn't last on me very long on it's own but with Orly Polished it'll stay on for a few more days. This now means that I can paint my nails and they'll be dry in 5 mins!

George Indigo Dazzle - This is certainly not a spring or summer colour but I've really been loving it this month. It's a blue…

Lanolips 101 Ointment

I'm a big fan of lip balms and already have way too many but I couldn't resist adding another one to my collection. This one being the 101 ointment from Lanolips. My justification was that I can use this as a multi use product!

The lanolips 101 ointment is 100% pure medical grade lanolin so is 100% natural so no nasty ingredients in this. I've mainly been using this as a lip balm which it's been working wonders as but I've also been using it on any other dry patches of skin. Especially on my cuticles as they've been horribly dry recently.

I bought mine from Boots for £11.22, not sure where else you can buy it from though and if you can get it any cheaper. It definitely seems expensive but if you're using is as a lip balm, you only need the tiniest amount so this 15g tube is going to last a long time.

I'm really tempted by the other versions of this, have you tried them?

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Essie Coat Azure - NOTD

Essie's Coat Azure is a mid tone blue which a really subtle shimmer. This only needs two coats to become opaque and is really glossy. My mini bottle has gone slightly gloopy so it does tend to bubble now which is a shame.

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Week In Photos 088

First outing for the veg plants // Birthday present arrived // Testing out the Diana lens on my DSLR //  Peony // Week spent out in the garden // Lazy hot cat // First courgette flower! // No clouds! // More peonies // Too hot // BBQ // For vegetarians // Food table // Day 21: Where you stand // Day 22: Pink // Day 23: Technology // Day 24: Something new // Day 25: Unusual // Day 27: Something sweet.
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Dr Renaud Carrot Radiance Programme

Todays post is written by my mum who's actually written a couple of reviews for my blog over the years. We did a mother & daughter review of Liz Earle's shampoo and conditioner and she also reviewed a Kosmea serum which she now uses on a daily basis and has been through a couple of bottles. 
Before going away on holiday she gave the carrot radiance programme* a go from Dr Renaud which is a 20 minute skin care treatment to do at home. I really liked the sound of this kit but since it's not recommend for sensitive skin, which I have, I let my mum try it.

There are three steps to this treatment:
Step 1 : Regenerate with a superficial peeling containing soft fruit AHA - apply on a cotton ball all over the face and neck and leave on for 5 minutes then rinse off.
Step 2 : Energize with a real concentrate of Vitamin C (10%) - twist cap, push down and shake, then apply all over the face and neck, do not wash off.
Step 3 : Intensely illuminate with a radiance mask containing Carro…

Essie Mint Candy Apple - NOTD

I bought Mint Candy Apple as I was hoping it would be a better version of Revlon's Minted which has a really thin and watery formula. I'm also loving mint at the moment and can't get enough of it.

This is from the new Essie diffusion line that is now available in Boots and Superdrug. The bottles are slightly smaller, have a new wide flat brush and a better formula. They also cost £7.99 which I think is a pretty good price.

Now onto the polish its self. In the bottle it looks like a really nice mint colour but once on the nails it looks a lot more blue. I think this is probably just my skin tone but I wish it wouldn't as I really like the formula. It only needed two coats, the first was a bit streaky but then the second evened everything out. It also dried very quickly which really impressed me. From what I've heard this has a much better formula than the original MCA.

Sadly it doesn't compare colour wise to Revlond's Minted. You can see in the comparison p…

Gwdihw Cherry Lip Balm

Another great product from Gwdihw which has such cute packaging. This cherry lip balm* smells AH-mazing! It literally smells like a cherry bakewell and like you should eat it. Although I wouldn't recommend doing so.

Like the nail balm I reviewed the other month, this lip balm is full of great ingredients that moisturise the skin as well as leaving it looking nice and glossy. My lips have been feeling really chapped for the past few weeks for some reason and this has been working really well to keep them feeling smooth and soft. It's also a great base for lipsticks.

This tin of goodness is such a bargain as well. It costs £4.49 for 25g whereas normal lip balms are half the size but the same price. A little bit goes a long way so it'll last a long time too.

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Glossybox: May 2012 Edition - One Year Anniversary

This months Glossybox* is pretty special as it's their one year anniversary! I can't believe how quickly it's gone and I can remember how excited I was when my first box came in the post. A year later and I still really like the idea of beauty boxes and am not sick of them yet!

Before I get onto the samples I received in this months box, how cute is the packaging?! This is my favourite so far and just love the illustrations of beauty products and birthday cake. I can just see this working so well as the background for a blog!

Noble Isle Summer Rising Bath & Shower Gel - This has quite a masculine scent which I really like. It has extracts of toning elderflower and antioxidant-charged gooseberry with clean notes of orange blossom, moss and cut grass. Think I'm going to give this a try tonight, it's a nice size too. The full size, 250ml is £20.

Lolita Lempicka L'ea en Blanc & Lolita Lempicka Perfumes - I just love Lolita Lempicka perfume bottles and have b…

Kindle Case

Despite having my kindle for well over a year, I've only just bought a case for it! When I take it out with me I always just put it in my bag without any protection and I have no idea how it isn't scratched already.

I thought it was about time I got a case for it and after a bit of Ebay searching I found this light pink case for £3.99 with free shipping. It came really quickly, I ordered late on Friday and it came the following Wednesday. That was with the bank holiday Monday as well, it probably would have arrived the day before.

They have different cases for difference Kindle versions and a lot of different colours to choose from. I went with the pink as I thought it would go well with the grey Kindle. I have the 3 3G version which has the keyboard and it fits perfectly.

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Current Wishlist 001

I haven't done a wish list post for what feels like ages but these are some of the things that I've been lemming over. I'm going to London next month so I'm hoping to buy a couple of these and may have to put in a little feel unique order for the rest.
I've wanted Topshop's beguiled lipstick since Christmas but whenever I go into my local Topshop it's always sold out. I've really started to like these dark vampy colours as they really suit my pale complexion and hair colour. Recently I've been wearing Benefits Do Tell a lot while I'm waiting to get this one.

The one product I'm most excited to try out of Liz Earle's make-up range is theircream blushes! In particular Camellia and nude. I really want to swatch them first before buying so think I'm going to visit their store in London as I've never been to one before.

There was a sample of Caudalie's Vinosource S.O.S Serum in last months Glossybox which I've absolutely fall…