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February Empties 2013

February has been a bit of a boring month for me as far as beauty products go. I haven't bought anything new, I haven't liked any new or interesting products and I haven't finished that many things. I'm not actually going to be posting a favourites this month, which is a first since I started writing them, as I just can't think of anything I've liked that I haven't already posted about.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-rich Body Wash - This was a sample with an order I made on Beauty Bay I think. I enjoyed using it but I wouldn't buy a bottle. I loved the scent though!

Clinique Lash doubling Mascara - I loved this mascara and I'll definitely be buying a full size at some point. It definitely gave a lot of volume without being clumpy. It also lengthened my lashes as well.

The Body Shop Nail Buffer Block - I've had this buffer for years and it's only just stopped working as well as it should. Luckily I had another one so I don't need to buy a new one…

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Illamasqua Speckle // Mottle // Scarce // Fragile // Freckle. Butter London Two Fingered Salute // Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air // Butter London Sprog // OPI Romeo & Joliet // Dulce De Leche // I Eat Mainely Lobster. 
Since I've been on my spending ban, and have actually stuck to it so far, I've bought some nail polish since I allowed myself one exception. I'm currently counting down the days till my spending ban ends as there's so many new products I want to buy. First on my lists is the new L'Oreal stains that are meant to be similar to the YSL ones.

First up are the new polishes from the Illamasqua I'mperfection collection. When I first saw these I knew I had to have them all as they're the type of polish that I love. It's like a quick and easier version of nail art and it's not as hard to remove as normal glitter polishes. My favourite so far is Scarce, the pinky peach, but I've also been wearing Freckle a lot recently, the brown n…

Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub

Let me introduce one of my favourite scrubs of all time! To be honest, I have a few favourite scrubs of all time and they're all from Soap And Glory. They make the best scrubs and I haven't found one I don't like yet.

This is The Breakfast Scrub and it smells good enough to eat. Like maple porridge. It's an exfoliator packed with organic cupuacu bio scrubs, bananas, almonds and honey extracts. When I use this I don't really need to follow up with a moisturiser as it leaves a slight residue behind. It isn't oily though and means I skip a step which I always like. I hate applying body moisturiser and waiting around for it soak in.

I always wait till Soap And Glory products are on 3 for 2 in Boots so it makes them just a little bit cheaper and more affordable. This scrub is normally £9.50 but with the offer it can bring it down to something like £6 depending on which products you buy.
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Week In Photos 126 & 127

New bookcase // Going Nail Polish free for a while // Bookcase organisation // Cat brought a stick into the house // And stuck his tongue out // Made red velvet cupcakes. Follow me on Twitter // Tumblr // Pinterest // Hello Cotton // Bloglovin'

Minimizing: The Hair Styling Stash

For someone who very rarely styles her hair, always leaves it natural and only applies oils to it, I have no idea how I've got a basket full to the brim of hair styling products. I probably only use four of the products which are all hair oils so I've decided to have a bit of a sort out.

I've sorted them into four categories : products I use, products I want to use more to see if I want to keep them, products I haven't used yet and products I don't want. Hopefully over the next month or so my hair care stash will consist of products that I know I will use! I'd also like to finish a few of the products I'm not sure about or either give them away to someone who will use them. And finally I'd like to at least try all the products once.

Anyone else having a sort through their stashes and having a spring clean? I think I need to have a proper sort through all my skin and body care products now ...

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Nail Care: What I'm Using & Manicure Routine

On a Sunday evening while watching tv or a film, and after washing my hair, I usually give myself a full manicure and pedicure including all the steps I usually miss if I'm painting them any other night. It may seem like a lot but I find it really relaxing and time flies especially if I'm watching a film.

I start off with removing my old nail polish and then I buff my nails so they're smooth and ridge free using The Body Shop Polishing Block. I find nail polish is easier to apply after doing this step and it actually lasts longer. I only do this about once a month though as it can damage the nails if done more often. I'll then soak my hands in some soapy water to remove any dirt and dust for about 5 minutes. I follow up with a hand cream, my favourite being Liz Earle's. Once this has soaked in I take a bit more remover on a cotton pad and wipe over each nail. This dehydrates the nail ready for applying polish, similar to Orlys Primetime. I then apply my base coat,…

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Indeed Labs Hydraluron - This increases skin hydration from below the surface with an ultra-high-quality hyaluronic acid that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. I've been using this as a serum underneath my normal moisturiser and it's made an incredible difference to how soft my skin feels. You only need a tiny amount and all dry patches are banished.

This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm - I bought this to actually use on my heels as they're pretty dry but one day I thought to try it on my elbows as they were so dry, rough and actually really sore. After a few applications my elbows have never felt softer. This really is a brilliant product and even though I've only had it for a month it made it into my 2012 favourites.

This Works Perfect Skin Super Moisturiser - Unlike the heel balm, this face moisturiser is nice but didn't impress me as much as I thought it would. I'm not a huge fan of the scent which is quite important to me, espeically when a produc…

Beauty Box: Birchbox February 2013

Quite surprisingly this months Birchbox isn't Valentine's themed which I bought it would be seeing as Glossybox was. Instead it's London Fashion Week themed which makes a nice change.

Vichy Thermal Spa Water - Although this is essentially water in a spray can and I'm still not sure if I'd actually buy it myself, I still really like it. I am going to be saving this for the summer though as I can see it being a life saver when it's really hot and stuffy in work or on the bus.

Korres Guava Shower Gel - I've been wanting to try Korres shower gels but still being on a spending ban I've had to resist. I love the guava scent which has a hint of grapefruit and it works really well.

Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Plump N' Thick Leave-In Thickening Mist - I haven't tried this yet as I'd only just washed my hair when I'd received this box. You're meant to apply it to towel dried hair and style as usual to create extra volume.

Gerda Spillmann Bio Fond C…

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I'm still on the hunt for the perfect base and top coats and as I've tried quite a few new ones recently I thought I'd do another round up post.

Jessica Quick Dry - You apply Quick Dry onto wet nail polish and it's dry in 60 seconds. A drop or two on each nail is all it needs. I haven't been reaching for this as often recently because I like the high shine finish you get from applying a top coat. It works really well though and I usually use it if I'm painting my nails just before bed. This is similar to Essie Instant Dry Oil which I included in my first round up post but I find this one from Jessica less messy. The dropper makes it so easy to apply and I find I don't waste any product. This also doesn't sink into the nails but I find it less oily unlike the Essie version. Not an essential product for me but one I'm glad to have in my collection. £9.55 *****

Base Coats:
CND Stickey - This is my current favourite base coat and the one I've been mos…

Espa Bath Oil Set

I wasn't sure what to buy with my Espa gift card at first but after a quick browse of the site I knew I wanted to try their bath oils. I've heard so much about the aromatherapy associates bath oils I thought these would be a good chance to try something similar.

The gift set contains six bath oils to suit whatever mood you are in that day. Even though there isn't a scent I don't like, my two favourites are Restorative and Soothing. I think it's the lavender and almond oil in both that really appeal to me as well as the other ingredients. From the 15ml bottles I've managed to get about 5 or 6 baths out of each. Despite the £27 price tag I think it works out as quite a good offer. It would also make a lovely gift for someone as well as yourself.

Detoxifying - A beautifully uplifting bath oil thats formulated to boost the circulatory system, detoxify the body and nourish the skin. Purifying Cypress and Juniper Berry renowned to stimulate the lymphatic system help …

Dupe: OPI Pink Yet Lavender & Barry M Rose Quartz

Swatches: OPI over black, Barry M over black, OPI over white, Barry M over white, OPI alone, Barry M alone. 
It's not often I come across a dupe in my nail polish collection as I'm quite careful with the colours I buy. Especially when it comes to glitters as well. When I was organising my collection into colour families I found this dupe and thought I'd share it.

If you've been thinking of buying OPI's Pink Yet Lavender from the new Mariah Carey collection and you're from the UK then hold on. You can buy Barry M's Rose Quartz for only £2.99. Not only is it much easier to find, it's about a quarter of the price and I can't tell a difference between the two. They both contain large pink hexagonal glitter and small holographic glitter. They do look slightly different in the bottle, Rose Quartz looks less pink, but once on the nails they look identical.

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Week In Photos 124 & 125

Making candy sushi // And doughnuts // Broken nail polish bottles // Comfiest clothes // Making labels for my nail polish helmer // Todays nails.
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Glossybox February 2013

Anyone sense a bit of a colour theme with this months Glossybox*?? As it's Valentines this month we have a box filled with pink goodness and a cute heart shaped lollipop.

Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream - I haven't tried anything from Docteur Rendaud myself but it is a brand I know as my mum has tried and reviewed one of the face mask sets which she quite liked. This is a very rich feeling cream so should work really well with my dry skin. It also smells delicious!

Me Me Me Beat The Blues - From a swatch on the hand I have to say I'm not very impressed with this highlighter. The brush is very stiff and has clumped together. It's a really pretty colour in the bottle but once blended onto the skin it just sort of disappears.

Helen E Cosmetics Lipstick in Marshmallow - This lipstick is pigmented and a little bit scary. On the lips it comes out a lot brighter than in the bullet. Definitely one for the summer or patted into the lips for a more subtle colour. It's a ve…

January 2013 Favourites

I'm normally pretty good with getting my monthly posts up on time but it's taken me forever to find the time to photograph and write my favourites post. I usually have the mornings to do all things blog related, including writing my posts, by the past week or so my shifts at work have changed and I've had a lot of 8am starts instead of my usual 12pm. I'm back to my normal shift today so I've actually had time!

This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less - I've been a lot more stressed this month than usual so this roll on has been a life saver. Just apply this to your pulse points, wrists for me mainly, and let the wonderful scent of lavender relax you. For me the scent of lavender has always been a relaxing and calming one so this does actually work for me. I've been applying it before bed to help me drift off as well.

CND Stickey Base Coat - I think I can safely say I've found my favourite base coat which I never thought would happen. I've had a love-hate re…

Orly Rock The World - NOTD

Orly's Rock The World is from the Mineral FX collection in 2011. I missed out on getting OPI's It's My Year and this Orly polishes reminded me of it so I bought it.

I've recently sorted and stored all my polishes by colour but I couldn't decide which colour family this polish belonged to. It's a mix of pink-plum-red with a lot of gold shimmer. This only needed two coats to become opaque.

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Nail Polish Tag

This week it's been all about nail polish on the blog but I hadn't planned it to be this way. I was meant to be photographing, writing and posting my January favourites this morning before work but then I got my Butter London order through the post. I opened it and one of the bottles had completely smashed and covered the other two in polish. Cleaning it all up took up most of my time so thought I'd just publish one of my posts that I'd already written.

1. How many polishes are in your stash?
I have no idea! I haven't counted for a while. I do know I have more than 180 as my collection has outgrown my old storage drawers and that's how many they could hold.  Lucky for me nail polish is the only thing I collect and have a lot of! I could happily have a tiny make-up bag full of products but nail polish is a whole different story.

2. Which brand do you have the most polishes from?
Definitely OPI, it's the brand I've been collecting for the longest, around 4…