February Favourites

Not a lot of favourites this month as I just haven't been buying anything apart from the necessities. I'm trying to using the products I already have and actually finishing them. From this I'm also discovering old favourites I'd forgotten about.

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Korres Body Butter - I haven't tried too many Korres products before but this has made me want to buy some. I love the scent, really fruity although I'm not 100% sure what a quince actually smells like. It's a thinner body butter than others I have. Sometimes I prefer that on an everyday basis and just save the thicker ones for when my skin is feeling really dry.

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser - The past two weeks or so my skin has been a nightmare! It's been really dry and flaky but also really sensitive. This moisturiser is the only thing that can calm it down and reduce the flakiness.

Rimmel Glam Eyes Mascara - With the disappointment of the last mascara I bought I went with one that I've had before and knew it worked. Came to the conclusion I much prefer plastic wands like this one.

Lord & Berry Lipstick In Vintage Pink - I'm starting to really like lipsticks like this, also a fan of Topshops Coy. This one is a really pretty pink colour and is actually really moisturising and glossy.

What are your favourites this month?

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001 Completely forgot to post my Week In Photos on Sunday so it's a bit late and being posted today!

Essie Nice Is Nice & Zebra Konad - NOTD

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Decided to add some zebra stripes to my Essie manicure. I used the Konad plate with a silver polish from Rimmel which looks really subtle against the purple. It looks even better with a layer of Essie's Matte About You.

Munio Candela Soy Candle In Relaxation

I'm a big candle lover but have to be careful with what I use as some can really irritate my skin. I love Yankee Candle tarts but find they can set off the eczema on my face and just make my skin really itchy. Such a shame as they all smell amazing! This is where soy candles come into it as I've heard they're better for you.

I've heard of soy candles before but haven't tried any until this one from Munio Candela*.

Soy candles are simply better for you, your family and your environment. 
Better for the indoor and natural environment. 
Burns without toxins, carcinogens or soot.  
Burns up to 50% longer than traditional candles.  
Cruelty free, contains no animal products.  
Contains no genetically modified material.  
Biodegradable and derived from renewable sources. 
Cleans up easily with soap and hot water. 

This particular candle from Munio Candela is housed in a paint can which is just perfect and the little drawing of the elephant is really cute. Everything is hand made even down to the holes in the can!
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The only negative thing I have to say about the candle is there aren't any scent definitions on the Mypure website or even the brands website. When I think of relaxation scents I think of lavender when in fact this candle smells like orange and basil. This is the same for the other two paint can candles, inspiration and vitality. With a bit of googleing I managed to find out what the scents are mean to be so I knew what I was going to get. Vitality is lemon and lavender and inspiration is jasmine and patchouli. Really glad I didn't order inspiration before finding out what it's scent was, I really hate jasmine!

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What's really interesting about this candle is that it has a wooden wick which I've never heard about before. From what I can tell, it seems to burn through the candle slower and when distinguished, there isn't any horrible smoke that may set off your smoke alarms.

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As with all candles, the first time you light it you should leave it burning until the top is completely melted so it burns evenly throughout. When I first lit mine, I had mine burning for 5 hours and it still hadn't totally melted! The candles is meant too burn for about 50 hours. I've had mine burning a couple of times a week, for a few hours each time and it's hardly gone down. It's probably been burning for some like 18 hours in total so it's going to last a really long time.

The scent is subtle but really fills the room and even spreads to other rooms in the house. I much prefer scents to be in the background so they don't give me a headache or set my skin off.

The paint can candles cost £23 and can be bought from the Mypure website.

Essie Topless & Barefoot - NOTD

essie topless and barefoot notd nail polish nude 1 essie topless and barefoot notd nail polish nude 2 I always seem to gravitate towards nude colours when I'm not sure what to paint my nails. I got this little mini polish in a set, I'm thinking maybe a spring set? I can't really remember. It came with a pink, purple and blue.

It wasn't a very good introduction to Essie polishes as I'd heard so many good things about the brand. But the quality of this set is horrible. They're thin and streaky and take at least 3 coats to look ok. Apart from the Blue which is slightly better. Since buying this set I have bought two other Essie polishes which I love but I'm still not convinced.

The colour of Topless & Barefoot really depends on your skin tone. In the bottle it comes off as nude, on my nail wheel it looks more of a tan-nude. With my skin tone it looks more pink/purple, similar to Utopia from Models Own.

This is three coats with Models Own 3 in 1 topcoat. I really like the colour but the application always puts me off wearing it.

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001 I put up a nail polish blog sale this morning as I'm trying to get my collection down to the ones I like and know I'm go to use. There's a mix of OPI, Essie, Revlon, Rimmel, W7 and Models Own. Check it out here.

Guppy 08 Red Glitter - NOTD

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Another Guppy polish, definitely one of my favourite brands at the moment. You can buy it from Ebay for about £2 with free delivery.

This one is a bit thinner than the pink one I posted about the other day so really needs two layers. Once again, it's a matte polish than can be transformed with a good layer of topcoat.

One thing I never mentioned in my previous post is how easy they are to remove! It's what makes me wear these polishes over other glitters.

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Following on from my blog post last week about about de-cluttering my make-up collection, I'm now working on using up what I have left. I've put a selection of products that I wanted to keep but don't use that often in a glass which I'm going to use until they're finished. Some will be used up really quickly so I'll just add a new product when I've done so.

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At the moment I'm trying to use up: depotted Urban Decay Primer Potion // Bourjois Eyeshadow in beige rose // Essie Topless & Barefoot // L'Occitane hand cream // Carmex lip balm // George volume mascara in brown // Barry M lipgloss in strawberry milkshake // E.L.F lip balm in mellow melon.

Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask

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This Brightening Mask* from Liz Earle is the perfect pick me up for this time of year when our skin is much drier and overall looking duller than normal. Simply apply to clean, dry skin and leave on between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Then gently wipe away with a muslin cloth soaked in warm water.

I use it once or twice a week in the morning depending how my skin is feeling and I find two pumps covers my whole face. I'm not keen on the scent but can ignore it as it's a mask and it'll be washed off.

Although it says it's not suitable for sensitive skin I haven't had any problems especially as I don't use it every day. I'd say try doing a patch test if you're not sure if you'll have a reaction which is what I did. I also sometimes mix it with my cleanse & polish so it isn't as strong.

As with most of the Liz Earle products, you can buy a mini sized tube to try it first and see if you like it which is £5 along with a muslin cloth. It's also available in a 50ml tube for £12.75, 50ml pump for £12.75 and 50ml pump with muslin cloth for £13.50.

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 Kitten Cat turned up at my door // New desktop calender for my laptop via Geninne's Art Blog // Freshly washed bedding // Drink fail! Looks amazing, tasted horrible! // Fancy envelope // Washi tape arrived // Stuck some of my photographs to the wall with said Washi tape // Ginger beer // Making a bracelet // Much nicer and healthier milkshake // Currently reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Washi Tape

I just got my first rolls of Washi tape in the post today so thought I'd blog about them. I first read about the Japanese tape through Stylizimo Blog and I've been looking at all the different designs ever since. I couldn't decide what to get, did I want colour? patterned? plain? I then spotted this trio of greys which had £1 off and thought they were perfect. A mix of everything and a really nice simple colour. The main thing I'm going to use these three for are wrapping presents and gift tags. Although I want to get some more and do other creative things with them. I bought mine from the actual Washi UK site but you can buy them on Ebay and Etsy.

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All these images are what inspired me to buy them and what I'm going to make with them.





Seven Deadly Sins - Tag

I was watching Alison's video the other night and thought it translated well into a blog post and wanted to do it myself. I'm not going to tag anyone but if you want to blog it or even make a video, leave your link in the comments!

1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive? 
seven 7 deadly sins tag 6 seven 7 deadly sins tag 9 Most inexpensive beauty item has to be anything from the £1 range from MUA. In particular their eyeshadows, even though I only have three, they all have great pigmentation and are really creamy.

Most expensive product was quite hard to think of. First of all I was thinking my Nars Orgasm Illuminator but then I got that in my glossy box so didn't pay the full price, only the price of the box. Then I was thinking of Benefits Powderazzi but I won that in a giveaway so technically I didn't buy it. So I'm going with a perfume for this one and it has to be YSL Parisienne. I bought the 30ml first but then bought the 90ml as I was going through it so fast and was about £70 or £80. I wouldn't normally spend that much but I bought it on holiday as a treat as I didn't find anything else I wanted.

2. WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?
seven 7 deadly sins tag 1 seven 7 deadly sins tag 4 I'm going with the same answer as Alison for this question. The product I have a love/hate relationship with is definitely loose anything! Whether it's eyeshadow, powder or blusher. They always seem to come in the most beautiful shades but are a nightmare to apply as I seem to get them every where.

I found it really hard to think of a product that was hardest to get as I don't go crazy over Mac's limited edition collections. Gosh Holographic nail polish was definitely a hard one to track down, it's going for like £30 on Ebay at the moment. I luckily managed to get it in Lily's blog sale last year! Couldn't believe it when I saw it and for only a few pounds as well.

3. GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?
seven 7 deadly sins tag 5 Most delicious beauty product has to be The Body Shop lip butters as they smell absolutely amazing and like you should eat them! I have grapefruit at the moment but have probably had all of them over the years.

4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness? 
seven 7 deadly sins tag 3 This was pretty easy to answer and it has to be toner! I love my Liz Earle skin tonic and even have it in a handy spray bottle but I always forget to use it or can't be bothered to add this simple step into my routine each night. I've heard or read somewhere that it takes 21 days to break a habit. So I'm thinking if I apply toner each night for 21 days then I'll just get used to applying it and it'll become automatic like cleansing and applying moisturiser. I'll report back if this actually works!

5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence? seven 7 deadly sins tag 7 Mascara is the one beauty product that gives me the most self confidence. I can happily go out the house without any other make-up on but I always have to wear mascara. My eye lashes are so blonde they're practically invisible and my face just doesn't have any definition to it without it. I also look a lot, lot younger when I'm not wearing it which I hate as I already have a baby face.

6. LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

I'd have to say eye's and hair is what I notice first! Especially green or blue eyes and dark brown hair. And yes, I did add a photo of Zac Efron. Didn't want to not add a photo!

7. ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift? seven 7 deadly sins tag 8 I'd say nail polish is a good gift to receive as you can't really go wrong with it in terms of colour! Everything else I think you have to really know what the person likes and already has. Especially things like perfume or skin care.