Showing posts from 2013

Beauty Box: Birchbox December 2013

Noabay Moisturising Milk Cleanser // I'm not really a fan of milk cleansers, especially ones that you aren't meant to wash away, instead you just wipe it off. I think this one will be going into my giveaway box.

BeeKind Body Lotion // I really love the lemon verbena scent and the formula is really nice. If I didn't have so many body moisturisers to use then I'd buy the full size of this straight away.

Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray // This is a really interesting product and would be perfect for travel as it's tiny. Excited to see how well it works and if the crunch-free hold actually works.

Nail Rock Nail Velvet // I'm really pleased I got the velvet version as I know I wouldn't have used the glitter one. I'll be testing it out at the weekend so I'll be sure to blog how they look. I just hope removal isn't too bad!

Lipsy London Glam Fragrance // A mix of orchid, jasmine, peony and incense. Surprisingly I really like the scent of this! It reminds me…

Beauty Box: Glossybox December 2013*

Yin Yang Skincare Rich Skin Food x2 // This moisturiser nourishes and repairs fine sensitive skin which sums up my skin! The scent of this reminds me of Weleda Skin Food but it feels completely different on the skin. It's lighter and sinks in instantly with a sort of matte feeling.

Wilkinson Sword Intuition Naturals Razor // Although I'll use the razor I think it's a bit strange to include it in a beauty box.

Maybelline New York Volum' Express Colossal Smokey Eye Mascara // I'm always pleased to see a mascara in beauty boxes as I love trying them out. Surprisingly I haven't tried this one from Maybelline before.

Beautiful Movements Cosmetics Nude Lip Gloss // I'm not a huge fan of lip glosses but this feels more like a lip balm and isn't sticky. The colour is also really nice and natural, perfect for a smokey eye.

Seche Nail Polish in Blanc II // Although I wouldn't have picked this shade out myself it's the perfect colour to use for my Christmas na…

NOTD: H&M Stay Golden

Supplies used...
CND Sticky Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
H&M Stay Golden // one coat
CND Speedey Top Coat

This the nail polish combination that I wore for my works Christmas meal. I wore a black dress with a bit of gold beading/detail so thought this was manicure was perfect. Avon Licorice is the perfect black nail polish but it looks like they're not selling it anymore which is a shame. It's opaque in two coats and is extremely glossy, it's the best black I've tried.

I'm not a huge fan of glitter polish, I love the way it looks but hate the removal of it, but I couldn't not use a glitter with it being Christmas.

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Mini Reviews 011 // balance Me // Nude // Estee Lauder // Maybelline

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil - This face oil has become a staple in helping to heal spots quickly without drying my skin out. This is all thanks to Fee who blogged about it and got me to start using it. It's also great as a normal face oil, it's extremely hydrating and leaves the skin looking nicely dewy. It's 100% natural origin so there's no nasties in it. The rollerball isn't the best packaging so I'm going to get the bottle next time but it is nice for trying it out first. £15 for 10ml rollerball and £30 for 30ml.

Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil - When I bought the Nude Cleansing Oil there was an offer to get a small bottle of the ProGenius Oil for free. This was an offer I could not resist as it had been on my wish list for a long time and the full size is expensive. Unfortunately for my bank balance, I have completely fallen in love with this oil. The majority of the time I've been using a couple of drops mixed in with my moisturiser of choice as I find t…

Mini Reviews 010 : Melvita // Vichy // Origins // Clarins

Melvita Rose Floral Water - I picked this out as it came up as an offer while I was buying something else from Feel Unique and thought I'd try it out as I'd just finished the toner I was using. I have to say I'm quite disappointed by it but luckily I only paid a couple of pounds for this smaller size. This is suited for those who have sensitive skin which I have so I thought it would be perfect. It's almost too delicate and feels like I'm just spraying tab water onto my face. I haven't noticed any benefits when using it and although I'm going to use it up, I will not be buying another bottle or recommend it. £16 for 200ml.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll On - This on the other hand, I absolutely love! I hadn't read anything about it but ordered it completely on a whim as I wanted a roller ball eye cream. The roller ball is really cooling and perfect for when I wake up and my eyes are puffy. Also when my hey fever is bad in the summer this really helps to …

Christmas Gift Ideas // Beauty Selection Boxes & Perfume

Over the past couple of weeks I've loved watching and reading everyone's Christmas gift guides. A few favourites are Anna's, Lily's, Fleurs, Jenny's and Rebecca's. I don't feel like I could top theirs nor do I want to repeat products already featured. Instead I'm just going to share some of the gifts I'm giving this year.

For a couple of friends I've created beauty selection boxes with a couple of my favourite products that I think they'd like. With this you are able to set a budget which can be as low or high as you want. This can easily be done as part of secret santa which is what I did last year for work. I also made good use of Boots 3 for 2 offer! You can see how I've decorated the front of old Birchboxes here using some washi tape. I filled the boxes with packaging from an Origins order which I saved as I knew I'd use it at some point.

Anyone else still thinking what to put on their Christmas wish lists? I know I've only j…

Finally It's Mine

Finally the time has come and I can open this little pot of goodness, the By Terry Baume De Rose. I added this lip balm to my Space NK order back in October when there was a really good discount code and free delivery offer on. I was half way through Nuxe Reve De Miel though so I told myself I had to finish it before I could open the By Terry. It took all my will power not to open it and just try it once.

I used this for the first time last night and I instantly knew why there is such a hype around this product. It is a dream to use; the packaging feels expensive and luxurious, the rose scent is divine and it makes your lips feel incredibly soft. Yes it is incredibly expensive but perfect to treat yourself to.

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Double Shampoo

I double cleanse my face on a regular basis without really thinking about it. How had I never thought about double shampoo? We cleanse our face first to get rid of make-up or dirt and then a second to cleanse our skin so why not a first shampoo to get rid of product build up, dirt and grease and then a second to cleanse the scalp? For the past month or so I've been double shampooing each time I wash my hair and it's really made a difference to how my hair and scalp feel.

First off the hair by my scalp feels lighter once dried. I always thought my hair was clean after washing before, who wouldn't?, but it's never felt this clean and fresh before. Double shampooing hasn't dried my scalp out which I thought it could have especially as I have eczema on my scalp. In fact it's been the opposite. Double shampooing seems to have made my eczema even better!

For the first shampoo I just grab any shampoo from my cupboard but I always follow up with the Philip Kingsley It…

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Skincare - From the couple of uses I got out of this mini tube the formula felt a little too thin for my dry skin so I wont be buying the full size.

Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Intensive Masque - This was a really nice mask to use and made my hair feel extremely soft. It's quite expensive though, around £25, so I don't think I'd buy the full size. There's cheaper hair masks that still give great results.

Lubin Paris Nuit De Longchamp When trying a perfume sample for the first time I always spray it on a tissue first just in case I don't like it and don't want my skin/clothes smelling of it for the rest of the day. Luckily I did this with this perfume as I really hated the scent! It's a powdery old lady scent and needless to say I will not be buying this as I couldn't even use the sample.

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta - Another perfume that I just don't like! Luckily only a tiny sample bottle so no mon…

The Repurchases 002

With the amount of products I own and have tried, I always thought I never repurchased products but looking back over my first The Repurchases post and this one, turns out I do. All of this lot are the first repurchases but I can see myself buying them all again and again.

After falling in love with a mini tub of Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm I tried to wait till I'd finished my current balm cleanser until repurchasing but I failed. With a discount code on Feel Unique I couldn't help it and took the opportunity to buy it slightly cheaper.

I never would have thought to try a mens shaving cream for my legs but this one from Bluebeard Revenge is one of the few products that doesn't irritate my skin. I just can't use the cheap shaving foams you can buy from the super market, they irritate my eczema. It's about £10 for the tub and lasts a decent amount of time, you only need a small amount and it lathers up really well. I also love the soapy scent!

Orly Polishield is the o…

Mini Reviews 009 : Embryolisse // Queen // Origins // Yu-Be

Embroylisse Lait-Crème Concentrè - This is the cream I reach for when the eczema on my face has flared up and I want something simple that doesn't aggravate it. It doesn't really do anything fancy, it just moisturises your skin which is all I want and need when my eczema is bad. It's not one I'd use on an everyday basis as it's quite thick but is perfect for when I have visible flaky dry skin. On a side note I love the metal packaging and the fact I'll be able to use a tube squeezer to get every last bit of product out. £18.50 for 75ml.

Queen Eye Restore Cream* - I haven't really been a fan of eye creams up until recently after trying a couple that I really like. My eyes are very sensitive and I find a lot of eye creams are too thick which seems to cause milia, those tiny little white bumps. This one by Queen feels very light on the skin but is still hydrating enough. It's sort of a gel-cream and sinks into the skin really well. I also haven't notice…

Skin Care Diary: November 2013

Through out each month I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on an every day basis. At the end of the month I'll tally up what has been used the most and share the products with you. 

This month the eczema on my face has been at an all time high so I've really taken my skin care routine down to basics, even less products than last month. I've also been using very gentle products like the Weleda Baby Calendula Cream and the RMK balm cleanser. Kiehl's MRC has been a star product in giving my skin the hydration that it needs. 
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 // Bioderma Micellar Solution // Weleda Calendula Face Cream // Vichy Micellar Solution // Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate // Liz Earle Eye Bright // balance Me Stellar Face Balm // Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque // RMK Rose Cleansing Balm. 
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Beauty Box: Love Me Beauty October 2013

I decided to try out the Love Me Beauty beauty box to see what is was like.  With this box you can pick between a few options so you're more likely to receive products you will like and use. The only downside is what happens if you don't like any of the options which sort of happened with me picking the October box to start with. I wasn't that impressed with any of the options but picked this one as I didn't want to receive a surprise box.

Anatomicals Help The Paw Hand Cream - I've tried a couple of products from Anatomicals before and haven't liked them so it was a shame to see the brand in the box. This hand cream is ok - nothing special.

Lord & Berry Smudgeproof Eye Liner in Smoke - Smoke is a really nice taupe shade and it lives up to it's name, once it dries it is very hard to remove! It's a nice alternative to black if you want something a little less harsh.

Amie Eye Make-up Remover - This eye make-up remover contains perfume which really irrita…

Beauty Box: Glossybox November 2013

Elegant Touch Rapid Dry For Nails - I've tried this sort of spray before but from a different brand and it worked quite well. It's an oil in spray form which is what makes your nail polish dry quicker. Pleased to have this as I hate waiting for polish to dry especially right before going to bed.

Yves Rocher Cacao & Orange Hand Cream - As the name suggests, this smells incredible and good enough to eat. It's quite a light hand cream so it sinks in quickly, a good one to keep on my desk at work, but is still very moisturising. It sort of leaves a matte feeling which I quite like.

Agese Oils Face Glow - Recently I've become a huge fan of face oils so excited to try this one out. It's a lotus and peppermint oil so it smells really nice. You only need one or two drops and sinks in nicely into the skin.

Vichy Idealia Life Serum & Cream - I've wanted to try this serum since it came out but I've put off buying it as I already have a couple of other serums to u…

Empties: November 2013

Bioderma Micellar Solution - Another bottle of Bioderma finished! Oh how I love this stuff. It takes off make-up easily and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, I can't ask for anything else. I've tried quite a lot of Micellar waters recently and I still haven't found a better one than this. I'm fully stocked with a couple of Bioderma back ups so no need to buy a bottle at the moment.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub - I've been through so many of these I've lost count! The smell reminds me of coke with lime and is a dream to use along with the shower gel and body butter. It's a great body scrub as well and leaves your skin feeling moisturised. I already have another one to use so no need to repurchase just yet but I always do.

Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water I really did not enjoy using this micellar water as I think the rose in it irritated my skin and I got little patches of eczema around my eyes from it. I didn't really connect the eczema wi…

Update 001

For some reason I've been having a hard time blogging this past month or two. It's not that I can't think of what to post, I've got a huge list of ideas and posts in my draft folder. Instead I just can't seem to find the time. When I get home from work all I want to do is wrap up in my duvet and read a good book or catch up on tv. Not sit at my desk working on my laptop. The light has also been horrible in the mornings the past couple of weeks which is when I'm able to take photos before work. Here's to hoping I'm able to get back into blogging properly this weekend!

In better news I'm getting a new bed! I've had my, now old, bed for about eight years and the mattress has completely worn away so the past month or so it feels like I've been sleeping on bare springs. This morning was spent moving out the old frame and creating a space for a brand spanking new double bed. My old bed was a single and I cannot wait to be able to stretch out a bi…

Beauty Box: Birchbox November 2013

Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Body Butter - I would have prefered the Fresh Fig scent but I'm really happy to see this mini body butter in the box. I've wanted to try the Laura Mercier bath and body range for such a long time and so far, this product does not disappoint. It's light and sinks in straight away but feels incredibly moisturising. I can see myself buying a full size of this with my Birchbox points but as this is quite a sickly sweet scent I'd go for the fig version.

Weleda Replenishing Oat Shampoo - I never would have thought to try a shampoo from Weleda but I do love their skin care products as well as bath and body. This version of their shampoo is for dry and damaged hair which reduces breakage. I've gotten two uses from this mini tube but haven't been able to try it for long enough to see if it irritates the eczema on my scalp. It did make my hair feel clean and soft when I did use it though.

Chella Highlighter Pencil - I really like the idea of the…

NOTD: Sally Hansen Zip It! Nail Polish Strips

Today I'm sharing the last set of Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips that I have. I've been waiting for Fragrance Direct to start selling nice designs and they finally have so I'll be making an order soon but for now here is Zip It!

I tried to make it look like the zip lines up but it was quite hard to do as I was mixing up the sizes. It looks pretty good on this hand but my right hand, not so much. Application was easy just like the last set but it seemed to take longer to dry as I had a bit of lifting at the edges after pulling my tights up. Removal was easy again, I just used the Bourjois nail polish remover pot.

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Bioderma Micellar Solution - Do I really have to say how much I love this? That's a given isn't it. I got this tiny bottle in the September Birchbox and I was so happy to see it there. I only use this to take off my eye make-up so I can get three uses out of it which is perfect. You can also top it up easily once it's empty which is what I'll be doing. I have a couple of back ups waiting to be used so no need to repurchase just yet!

Alpha-H Absolute Eye Complex - I really loved this eye cream when I first started using it but I've since started using the Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream which I like even more. This is a gel which I really liked as it never felt heavy even if I applied a little bit too much product and it sunk in pretty quickly. I do really like this eye cream but as I've said, I prefer the Caudalie one which I'm going to buy once I've used up the other eye creams I have.

REN Gycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask - I've wanted to try this …

Current Favourites 001

I stopped posting montlhy favourites in August so I thought it was about time I shared my current favourites. There's been a couple of products that I've reached for a lot more than others lately.

Firstly is a mask that has quickly become one of my favourites. With the weather continuously getting colder my skin gets drier so this hydrating mask from Aveda is an essential. I simply apply a thick layer after cleansing and leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse away any excess. My skin is left feeling and looking a lot less dry and I find serum and moisturiser sinks in a lot better after using this.

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara is an unexpected favourite as I only bought it because I had a discount voucher from Boots and only ended up paying a couple of pounds for it. I really like the curved plastic wand and it holds a curl really well. It works really well on my bottom lashes as well and doesn't smudge or flake off.

The Super Facialist By Una Brennan Miracle Makeove…

Brand Over View: balance Me

It's not often I try a lot of products from the same brand at the same time but recently I've bought a couple of balance Me products so thought I'd share my thoughts.

Rose Otto Body Cream - This was a nice little freebie with an order and a good sized one as well. I love rose scented body products and this one doesn't disappoint. It isn't an artificial rose scent which I was really pleased about. It's a lightweight cream that sinks into the skin immediately but is still very moisturising. I'm a big fan of this and can see myself finishing it pretty quickly! The full size is £18 for 200ml or you can buy this 30ml tube for £6.

Rose Otta Body Wash - I've gone through so many bottles of this shower gel as it has a proper rose scent, nothing artificial or old lady. It also lathers really nicely and makes a great bubble bath. It's not the cheapest to use on an everyday basis but nice for a treat every now and again. £4.50 for 55ml, £10 for 100ml and £12.25…

Skin Care Diary: October 2013

Through out each month I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on an every day basis. At the end of the month I'll tally up what has been used the most and share the products with you. 

Before I tallied up which products I'd used the most this past month, I thought it would be very similar to Septembers pickings but actually only two are the same. This month my skin has been a lot drier thanks to the change in weather and it's also been a lot more sensitive. Quite a lot of days this month I haven't even cleansed, only applied moisturiser, as my skin was that sensitive. Despite my skin being so dry I had a couple of horrible break outs and pulled in the big guns, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum // Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet // Bioderma Micellar Solution // Balance Me Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm // Caudalie Beauty Elixir // Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque // Aesop Parsley…

Empties: October 2013

Korres Fig Shower Gel - I love the scent of this one, it smells just like fresh figs and was a perfect scent for summer. I also love the formula of Korres shower gels and how nice they feel on the skin, not at all drying. I have a couple more of these mini bottles and a million other shower gels to use first, but I would buy this one again, probably next summer or spring.

balance Me Super Toning Body Wash - I really like the formula of balance Me shower gels as they lather up really well but aren't drying. While I liked the scent of this one I prefer the rose version which I already have so I probably wont buy this again.

Burberry Body Perfume - I am so sad to see this perfume empty! It's my favourite at the moment and the one I get the most compliments and what perfume are you wearing questions when wearing it. I want to finish at least another full size perfume before I buy this again. I don't like to have too many perfumes at one time as they do go off.

Nip + Fab Mango Smo…

NOTD: Essie Go Ginza

Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Essie Go Ginza // two coats
Nubar Diamont Top Coat

If you look at my nail polish collection you'll see a lot of these pastel pinks with a hint of purple. It's the hint of colour without being too in your face that I love. Essie does these shades of nail so well and Go Ginza is no exception.

Go Ginza was from the Spring 2013 collection which I managed to grab for £1.99 from Fragrance Direct. Although not available at the moment they have just added other polishes to the site.

Despite leaving each layer to dry for 10 minutes while I watched Bates Motel there was still some bubbling. I'm putting this down to the base coat and not the Essie polish. Application was great especially with the wide diffusion brush and the second coat evened everything out nicely.

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Calvin Klein Euphoria Perfume - I actually really liked this perfume but would never have thought to try it had it not been in a magazine. I really want to try and finish a couple more full size perfumes before I buy a new one but I'll be keeping a note of this one.
Balm Balm Relax Bath & Shower Oil - I was surprised to find that you can only buy this size and a larger one isn't available. It's £6 for 5ml which is expensive when you can only get two uses out of it. I did like it though as it was a lot more moisturising than the Espa bath oils but I wont be buying another one.

Doublebase Emollient Bath Additive x2 - Although this bath additive worked well, it wasn't as moisturising as the Oilatum version so I wouldn't buy the full size.

Dermol 600 Bath Emollient - I quite liked this version but again, it isn't as good as Oilatum which I'll probably buy a bottle of at some point.

balance Me Rose Otto Body Wash - I love the rose scent of this shower gel and th…

The Happiness List 001

A list of 10 things that make me happy:

hearing my friend has had her baby and it's a girl!and then buying the cutest little shoesunexpected parcels in the postgetting shout outs on twitter from lovely bloggers, especially when I'm not feeling well!finding another cute mug to add to my growing collectionautumn lipstick colours: Mac Plumful mainlypassing a level on Candy Crush that I've been stuck on for ageslistening to monsoon rain while tucked up in bedhearing your favourite song come on shufflehaving a tidy room and no clothes on the floor
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Beauty Box: Birchbox October 2013

KMS California Curl Up Wave Foam // UltraDEX Wire Free Interdental Brushes // Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Nude // The Balm Stainiac Lip And Cheek Stain // Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips // Akane Mask Cocoon Nocturne // Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. 
This months Birchbox is a bit of a mixed one for me. There's a couple of let downs, mainly the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser which despite being the second lightest shade, it's still way too orange for me. Another disappointing product is the Dr Lipp lip balm which I've already tried and wasn't a fan of. Since I haven't opened these two I'm going to put them in my giveaway box as I know someone else would like them. Also the tooth brushes, sure I'll use them but in a beauty box? I would have preferred a perfume sample.

The lip and cheek stain from The Balm is a bit of a ok product as it's exactly the same as Benefit's Benetint which I already have. Would have been great otherw…

NOTD: Models Own Grace Green

Supplies used...
CND Stickey Base Coat
Models Own Grace Green // two coats
Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat

Models Own Grace Green is one of my favourite polishes, I love the colour and the formula is great. Since I've had my bottle for a long time it's slightly thickened in formula which means I can actually get away with only one coat of polish if I'm careful when applying it. I still like to apply two coats though as I find it lasts better on my nails.

Grace Green is meant to be a dupe for Chanel Khaki Vert and from looking at photos online it looks like a pretty good one. If you want to save some pennies and get a better formula pick the Models Own version!

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