30 January 2013

Clinique Lash Gift Set

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Mascara is the one make-up item that I will not leave the house without wearing. I have extremely pale lashes which are practically invisible without mascara.  I already look a lot younger than I am but when I don't wear mascara I think I look even younger. Mascara is a must for me.

I'm always buying and trying new mascaras so this set from Clinique is perfect. I've only tried on of the mascaras included so it's a great way of trying others.

Bottom Last Mascara - This is my favourite out of the set and the one I was most excited to try. It's full size which is normally £11 so a good way to try it out. It has a tiny brush so it makes it incredibly easy to apply to your bottom lashes. I've even used it to define my top lashes and then applying another mascara on top. It's also very black and lengthens the lashes.

High Impact Mascara - This has the largest brush and reminds me of Benefit Bad Gal mascara. This is the mascara if you want volume, definition and length. I just find this one a bit hard to apply as the wand isn't tapered. A good one to pair with the bottom lash mascara though.

High Lengths Mascara - This is the one I've already tried before and I really liked it. It has an usual plastic wand which is curved which actually makes applying mascara really easy. You're able to coat and create volume on every lash. It also gives incredible length to your lashes which is what I need in a mascara.

Lash Power Mascara - This is the one I haven't really used as it's waterproof and I found it so hard to remove. A good point if you're looking for a smudge proof and waterproof mascara as this wont budge but just isn't what I need at the moment. It has a really nice small brush though which is nice if you have smaller eyes like me.

Lash Doubling Mascara - This has been my everyday mascara for a while now. When I bought this set I probably would have said this would be my least favourite as I normally prefer plastic wands. This is your standard brush which is tapered. The smaller brushes make it easy to reach the smaller lashes.

Like the Chubby Stick gift set, this is £30 for one full size mascara and four sample size so it's pretty good value. Although not available any more, if it is this Christmas then I'd really recommend picking it up.

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29 January 2013

The OPI Tag

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How many OPI polishes do you own and why?
I have 80 OPI polishes which I've been collecting over about 4 years. I bought my first OPI when I was in JFK airport on my way back from New York when I was 17. The polish was Romeo & Joliet which I've actually completely used up but don't have the heart to throw it away! I was hooked immediately and my collection has grown from there. I love the brush, the formulas, the colour range and the names.

I have probably only paid the full price for about 5 of those 80. The rest I've bought at a very cheap price or have received as gifts. The mini sets make the perfect gift if you're not sure what to get someone! The best places to buy cheaper OPI are Fragrance Direct, Ebay, Amazon and keep an eye out on ASOS as they usually reduce the collections after they're been out for a while. I bought a couple of polishes from the Skyfall collection for about £5 each.

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Gouda Gouda Two Shoes // Los Cabos Coral // DS Reserve // I Lily Love You // Meep Meep Meep // Overexposed In South Beach
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Chop-sticking To My Story // Y'all Come Back Ya Here // Big Hair ... Big Nails // Guy Meets Gal-veston // The Spy Who Loved Me // Die Another Day.
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Alpine Snow // Skull & Glossbones // Suzi Takes The Wheel // Suzi Takes The Wheel // French Quarter For Your Thoughts.
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Brand New Skates // My Private Jet // Romeo & Joliet // San Tan-tonio // A-Taupe The Space Needle.
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Fiercely Fiona // Who The Shrek Are You? // Uh Oh Roll Down The Window // Stranger Tides.
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On Her Majesty's Secret Service // I Have A Herring Problem // I Don't Give A Rotterdam // I Vant To Be A-Lone Star.
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I Juggle Men // Planks A Lot // Tomorrow Never Dies // Merry Midnight // Houston We Have A Purple.
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Absolutely Alice // Into The night // Last Friday Night // Just Spotted The Lizard // Live And Let Die.
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Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous // DS Coronation // The World Is Not Enough // Number One Nemesis // Designer De Better. 
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Shim-Merry Chic // DS Classic // Golden Eye // Holiday Glow // Warm And Fozzie.
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Princesses Rule! // Your Web Or Mine? // Meet Me On The Star Ferry // Don't Know Beets Me // DS Extravagance // The One That Got Away // Excuse Moi.
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The Spy Who Loved Me // Colour So Hot It Berns // Comet Loves Cupid // Wocka Wocka // All A-Bordeaux The Sled // Lincoln Park After Dark.
Which polish is the newest and why?
I ordered quite a few from the Lena White January sale as they were really cheap and I also had a 20% off discount code on top of that. It was "luxe20" if it still works! A few of them have been on my wish list for months and some just took my fancy when I was browsing the site. Sparrow Me The Drama is one I've wanted ever since the collection came out. I'm only one away from finally having the whole Pirates Of The Caribbean collection after deciding I suddenly wanted them all months after the collection was released.
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Do you own any Top Coats or Base Coats?
I don't at the moment. I have used and finished Rapid Dry which I thought was ok but haven't bought another bottle since. I've also tried one of the Nail Envy polishes and really didn't get on with it. For some reason I never think to buy any base or top coats from OPI even though it's my favourite brand for coloured polishes.

Which are your three favorite polishes and why?
DS Extravagence - A holographic pink which just looks amazing and I can never stop looking at my nails when I wear it.
Stranger Tides - A dirty light green which I wear a lot.
My Private Jet - Another holographic polish but this one is a grey brown.

Is there any polish you wanna buy next?
Steady As She Rose is next on my list to buy so I can complete the collection. I also want some more polishes from the Designer Series.

Do you miss any colors or finishes in OPIs range?
No. I think OPI is one of the only brands that offer a full range of colours and finishes. Whatever colour I want I know OPI will have. I would like them to bring out some more suede polishes though.

If you do this OPI tag then leave your link below so I can have a read and add a few more polishes to my never ending list ...

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28 January 2013

Janaury 2013 Empties

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I can't believe it's already the end of January! I've actually managed to use up quite a few products this month compared to Decembers blog post. I also went through my eye make-up products the other day and had a bit of a clear out.

Nspa Passion Fruit And Grapefruit Shower Gels - I really like Nspa as a brand, their products smell amazing and work well. These two are no exceptions and are a cheaper version of The Body Shop shower gels. Once I'm off my no buy then I'm sure I'll pick up some more of these. They're usually on offer for 2 for £4 in Asda.

Original Source Orange And Cinnamon Shower Gel - Original Source is another brand that does shower gel very well. I liked the scent of this one but I wouldn't buy it again.

Nspa Jojoba And White Jasmine Shower Gel - This is my favourite scent for body products and I've tried nearly everything from this line. I think this is my second tube and I'll definitely be buying a third at some point.
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Soap And Glory Some Like It Hot Body Scrub - This is one of my favourite body scrubs and I wrote a full review of it here. I have bought a Nspa version to see how it compares but I think it wont be as good. I'll be repurchasing this again once I've used up all my other body scrubs.

Ritessens Face Exfoliant - I really wasn't a fan of this product and haven't even managed to finish it. The Liz Earle muslin cloths are more exfoliating than this and I didn't like the cleanser part of it either. I'm not a fan of the scent as well.

Espa Energising Shower Gel* - I finished a tube of this last month as well and my opinion is still the same. I love it but it's very expensive. I'll probably buy a tube at some point but only as a treat.

Liz Earle Energising Body Scrub* - I used this last night in combination with the Espa shower gel and they worked really well together, they have similar scents. The beads in this scrub are suspended in a gel which lathers up very well. I'm sure I'll buy a full sized tube at some point.

Liz Earle Hand Repair* - This is one of my favourite hand creams and I've kept this in my bag this month. I don't need to worry about finishing this tube as I already have the full size on my bed side table. I love the scent, how it makes my hands feel and how quickly it sinks into the skin.
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Macadamia Deep Repair Masque - I really liked using this hair mask and can totally see why there is such a hype around it. I got about 3 uses out of this sachet and it made my hair feel amazing. I'm itching to buy the full sized tub but since I'm on my spending ban it'll have to wait.

Lush Slammer Shower Gel - I love this fruity shower gel and luckily I already had the full size of it.

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel - Another Lush shower gel that I love! I bought a couple of bottles in the sale to last me through the year until it's on sale again.

Liz Earle Super Balm - I think this is my second tub of the stuff and I love it. I use it as a hand and cuticle treatment over night and it works wonders. I already have another tub from my Liz Earle advent calender so don't need to buy a new one right away.

Origins Mega Mushroom Cream - I loved this moisturiser and I got so many uses out of this sample I could properly test it out. I want to use up a couple more moisturisers before I buy the full size of this though.

Lush Dirty Toothy Tabs - I hated this and even made my parents give it a go. You're meant to use them instead of toothpaste but I didn't like the texture.

Aveda Thickening Conditioner - I didn't rate this conditioner and felt it wasn't moisturising enough. My hair doesn't need thickening but I just wanted to use up the sample.
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Studio Make-up Felt Tip Liner - As far as felt tip eye liners go I did like this one but I just don't use it enough. I have quite small eyes so I just don't think liquid eye liner suits me so I wont buy it again.

Daniel Sandler Baby Jet Mascara - This is a very good bottom lash mascara but just isn't as good as the Clinique version.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara* - I really hated this mascara and that doesn't happen too often for me. It was extremely dry so I couldn't really coat my lashes. It's also full of little fibers which I found irritated my eyes. 

Lancome Eye Shadow Palette - I bought this palette when I was in New York which was around 4 years ago and I've only just managed to finish it. I loved the colours in it but I can probably find the same colours in other palettes I have.

Sleek Gel Eye Liner - This is the same as the Studio Make-up eyeliner, I just don't use it enough so it's actually dried up. It was a nice liner but didn't wow me. I much prefer pencil liners.

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27 January 2013

Week In Photos 121, 122 & 123

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New cross stitch // Bird decoration // Sorting out my nail polishes // Cat playing with boxes // Snow days // Icicles // Sick days in bed reading // New nail polish storage means organising by colour // Cat in a box // More snow!


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26 January 2013

Elemis Duchess Of Spa Gift Set

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The frangipani monoi body oil from Elemis has been on my to try list for a long time. I saw this gift set was on sale on ASOS for £30 reduced from £50 so I couldn't resist buying it.  The oil alone is over £30! As well as the body oil the gift set included a shower cream. a body wash and body scrub.

Franipani Monoi Body Oil - The oil solidifies in the tube then when you want to use it, you simply run it under hot water so it melts. You can either use it as a body oil, cuticle oil or even a treat for your hair. I've mainly been using it as a hair mask before washing my hair and I leave it on for 30 minutes. It leaves your hair feeling extremely soft and nourished.   Despite wanting to try this for a long time I'd never actually smelt it before. I don't hate the smell but I don't love it. It's a very strong floral scent. If it had the Tranquil scent then it would instantly become one of my favourite products. £31.50 for 100ml

Franipani Monoi Shower Cream - This has the same floral scent so I tend to use this as a body wash rather than a bubble bath which I usually do with body washes. Again I don't hate the scent but I wouldn't buy another tube of this. £22 for 200ml

Tranquil Touch Creamy Body Wash - This is probably one of my favourite scents for body products. It reminds me of a Haus Of Gloi product but I can't remember the name. It's a mix of almond oil, patchouli, cedarwood and vetivert. This body wash feels incredibly luxurious and also works well as a bubble bath. Although expensive I will be buying this again as a treat.  £19.50 for 300ml

Tranquil Touch Body Polish - This has the same amazing scent as the body wash and used together makes the perfect bath. It's a very moisturising body scrub which uses rice as the exfoiliant.  £12.50 for 150ml

This set is available from DoveSpa for £35 if you want to try it for yourself.

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25 January 2013

Clinique Lotta Colour Gift Set

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Swatches: Super Strawberry // Oversized Orange // Curvy Candy // Richer Raisin // Chunky Cherry.

I'm a huge fan of tinted lip balms and I've wanted to try the Clinique Chubby Sticks ever since they launched so I ordered this gift set as soon as it was available. I'm a bit late with getting this post published though so it isn't available anymore. If they start selling this set again at the end of the year I'd really recommend buying one.

I use and really like all the colours with my favourite being Curvy Candy, a pretty everyday pink. They're all surprisingly pigmented and look more like a lipstick than lip balm. They feel great on the lips and are quite moisturising. I do still need a lip balm underneath if my lips are very dry. I really like the packaging and you don't have to mess around with a sharpener as the lip balm just twists up. I was expecting them to have a nice scent but they just smell a bit like a crayon which is a bit disappointing.

A full size Chubby Stick is £16 for 3g. This gift set was £30 and you get 1.2g in each lip balm. If you work it all out it's actually pretty good value for money. Two mini's equal roughly one full size and you get 5 minis in the set.

I haven't tried the Revlon versions which are cheaper so I can't compare the two. I am going to picking a couple up once my spending ban is over though.


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24 January 2013

Homemade Vanilla Sugar Scrub

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I've always been interested in making my own products, I think it stems from making my own soaps as a kid. Also making potions by mixing all the products in the bathroom cabinets, anyone else did this?

I don't know where to start with making my own products though so thought a homemade body scrub would be the easiest. This particular scrub only consists of 3 ingredients and is so easy to make.
450g golden granulated sugar
200ml olive oil
1tbsp Nielson-Massey vanilla extract*
Mix it all up and pour into a cute jar and you've got an instant gift for some one. You can also switch up the scents by adding other extracts or essential oils. I'm thinking a bit of mint extract would work very well!

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23 January 2013

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

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Over the past year or so lip scrubs have become very popular but I've only just got round to trying one for the first time. I wasn't sure how much of a difference they actually made and if they were actually just a gimmick.  We do scrub our bodies and faces though so I guess why not our lips?

When I was last in Lush I picked up the Popcorn flavoured lip scrub to try out. I definitively made the wrong choice in flavours though as I cannot stand how this tastes. I love popcorn but if any of this gets onto my tongue I start to feel a bit queasy. Quite hard to avoid when you're applying this to your lips but I make sure I wash it off with plenty of water. This is purely personal preference though as my mum likes how it tastes.

As far as how effective this is, I'm actually very impressed. Even after the first time I used it my lips felt a lot smoother and all the dry patches on my lips had been buffed away. This is now part of my everyday skin care routine and I apply it after I've cleansed. I make sure I follow up with a good lip balm, Nuxe Reve De Miel is my usual choice, to make sure my lips do not dry out.

I'm going to try and work my way through this tub, making sure not to taste it, but I'll definitely be picking up a different flavour some time soon. You can buy Lush's lip scrubs in store or online for £5.25. Luckily for me, not to luckily for others, Popcorn was a limited edition Christmas scent but you can buy the bubblegum and mint julep versions all year round.

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18 January 2013

This Works And So To Bed Gift Set

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Since buying a few products from This Works and liking them I wanted to try a few of the Deep Sleep products. I have a hard time falling asleep so anything that could possibly help a tiny bit I'll give it a try. Feel Unique were selling the And So To Bed gift set for around £35 so I picked it up along with the Deep Sleep Stress Less.

Deep Sleep Bath Soak - Soothing Lavendar and Vertiver salts, add a spoonful to your bath and relax. I really like bath salts and actually haven't had some for a while. These smell amazing and although extremely strong in the tub, once in the bath the scent becomes very relaxing.

Sleep Balm - I've been enjoying using this balm on my cuticles before bed as not only does it smell good it's also moisturising. It would be easier to use though if the packaging was slightly different. Instead of a pot, a tube like lip balm would work better. I find I have to warm the product up a lot before I can get any out of the tub.

Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle - This candle is a mix of lavender and camomile and smells amazing. I haven't even lit it yet but you can already smell it in my room. I'm also already planning how to use the glass once it's finished.

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray - This is the one product I was quite disappointed with and isn't worth the £15 price tag. I'll spray it on my pillow and am able to smell the lavender scent but if I leave it to  dry before lying down I just can't smell it anymore.Also if I end up spraying too much by accident it just leaves my pillow wet. Anyone else had this problem?

Deep Sleep Stress Less - This is probably my favourite item out of them all and actually think it helps me drift off to sleep. I apply this soothing remedy to my pulse points, on my wrists and neck, before bed and it does help me to relax and get ready for bed.

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