30 April 2013

Upcycled: Stool

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This stool has been in our dining room for as long as I can remember. Last year my mum finally decided she didn't want it anymore. Yes it's a bit battered and scratched but I still love it so I kept it thinking I could use it in my room. It's been a second bedside table, holding my bug radio while I decided what to do with it DIY wise.

As soon as I saw this post by Victoria I knew what I wanted to do. Sand the top and paint the legs. I just love the look of this and thought it suited the stool shape quite well. Plus it'll make a nice change in my room from all the white ikea furniture.

After a lot of sanding for only a tiny piece of wood and a coat of paint later it was finished! I used Annie Sloane Paris Grey and would definitely recommend it. One of the reasons I chose this particular paint is that you can paint over varnished wood which makes the job easier and quicker. It also only needed one coat which I was pleased about.

I absolutely love how it looks now and I'm so glad I decided to keep it. It fits in perfect with the little reading corner I've made in my bedroom. I've also used the same colour to paint some shelves and a mirror in my room which I'm sure I'll be posting about at some point.

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29 April 2013

NOTD: Nubar Citadel

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Supplies used... 
Nubar Citadel
Nubar Diamont Top Coat

I bought this polish from Nubar in the hopes it would be a great dupe for Models Own Misty Grey, one of my favourites but has now been discontinued.

Citadel is more of a green grey though where as Misty Grey is a straight up grey. It's pretty close though and I'm happy with it for the moment. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect dupe though. Citadel has a slightly thinner formula than I was expecting but it evened out with the second coat.

Nubar Citadel is available from Beauty Bay at £6.95.


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28 April 2013

Week In Photos 135 & 136

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27 April 2013

Beauty Bay Buys 001

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Beauty Bay is one of my favourite online shops to buy from as well as browse. It's where I buy a lot of my nail polishes from as well as skin care from Mario Badescu and other brands. They also offer next day delivery if you spend over a certain amount, which isn't that hard to do, as well as great sized samples with the premier service. I've discovered some favourite products from the samples they're included.

I thought I'd share my most recent order as it's the products I am currently testing out and loving. The two Nubar Polishes, Citadel and Palisade, are what I hoped to be good matches for Models Own Misty Grey. Misty Grey is one of my all  time favourite polishes but it's been discontinued and I've just finished the only bottle I have of it. Neither one matches but if the two mixed I think it might make the right shade. That'll be my project for this weekend!

I've never tried anything from First Aid Beauty before but I've read a lot about them. The Instant Oatmeal Mask is meant to deeply hydrating which is going to be perfect for my dry skin. Oats are also really good for eczema so I'm hoping it'll be able to help with any stubborn patches I have. It's also good for stressed and dehydrated skin. Next up is the Ultra Repair Cream which I've heard is also good for eczema. If the cream works I really want to try the concentrated version.

If you can't tell already, I've become a huge fan of face masks and love trying new ones. I'm yet to try this Healing & Soothing mask from Mario Badescu yet but this is meant to help with irritation and redness as well as balancing your skin. You're meant to leave this mask on for 20 minutes so I think it'll be one I'll use when I have a longer bath.

Finally is the Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette which I didn't think I'd want to buy when I first heard about it. I've had Mac palettes in the past which I never used and ended up selling them so didn't think I'd want the Urban Decay version. Fast forward a few months and I've hit pan on a couple of shadows from the Naked palette which I've been using everyday. I will probably buy the palette again once I use up all the other colours but in the mean time I didn't want to be without two of them. Already in the palette is Walk Of Shame as well as a brush. So to go in the palette I bought Sin and Virgin, two very neutral colours but ones I've used constantly for about two months now. I will eventually fill the other three slots but I think I'll wait and see which other colours I finish from the two Naked palettes and create my own custom version of them.

What have you bought recently?

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26 April 2013

Fragrance Direct Haul: Dainty Doll

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If the Dainty Doll range is still available on Fragrance Direct I'd suggest having a browse as they're currently at a very cheap price. I'd skip the concealers and lip sticks and focus on both the powder and cream blushes. You Are My Sunshine powder blush is a pretty good dupe for Nars Orgasm. I also love how the cream and powder blushes match so they can be paired together. They're currently £1.99 which is such a bargain!

It's a shame if this means the collection is being discontinued though as I've tried quite a lot from the range over the years as I have very pale skin. I loved the first foundation Nicola Roberts brought out and the blushes from this current collection are my favourite.

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24 April 2013

Too Many Clothes But Nothing To Wear

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I'm going through a phase at the moment where I seem to hate everything in my wardrobe and cannot find anything to wear. The weather isn't helping as it seems to be changing everyday. One day I'll be in my thickest tights with a jumper and coat and then the next I'll be digging out my sunglasses.

I would like to completely start again with my wardrobe. I would buy clothes that all work together instead of random pieces here and there. When clothes shopping, I've never been good at thinking what else I have in my wardrobe. Instead, if I like a piece I just buy it even though I might not have anything to go with it. I think a good spring clean is in order. Don't get me started on the clothes that are under my bed which I haven't worn for years ...


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23 April 2013

Beauty Box: Birchbox April 2013

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The past few Birchboxes have been a bit mixed but I really like this months with the theme "Birchbox In Bloom"

La Societe Parisienne De Savons Soap - The scent of this is a bit too old lady but I do like the hint of lavender it has. I love the packaging but I think it'll end up being a hand soap.

Weleda Skin Food - I already have the full size version of this and love it, it's one of my holy grail products. I have actually been depotting some into a little travel pot to keep in my bag but now I don't need to as I have this little tube. I wish you could buy this 10ml size as I know I'd buy it again. I mainly use this on my elbows and hands but I have used it on any dry patches on my face and it works wonders. If you have dry skin, you need to try this.

Natio Renew Radiance Foam Cleanser - I would have preferred to try the Gentle Foaming version but I'll still be giving this a go. It looks and feels like the Mario Badescu Cream Soap so I'm excited to see how it compares. It also smells delicious!

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in Perfect Kiss - I've really been liking these pen style lip products recently and have been reaching for them a lot more than my normal lipsticks. I love the packaging of this one but I wish you didn't have to sharpen it. Luckily I do have a sharpener big enough but I still feel like you waste a lot of product. In the bullet Perfect Kiss reminds me of Nars Orgasm blush but in lipstick form but once on the lips it looks a lot more pink. It does have the same gold shimmer to it though.

Gerda Spillman Renaissance Age Serum - I might give this one to my mum to try as I'm pretty happy with the serum I'm using at the moment.

Finally a cute compact mirror! I love the design and the colour they've used, a perfect spring shade.


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20 April 2013

Current Skin Care 001

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I've recently created a skin care routine that I've been loving and have noticed some good results since starting it. I have to admit, over the past few months I've been lazy when it comes to skin care. I haven't been looking after it, I've been eating a lot chocolate, Easter and family birthdays don't help, and my skin has looked horrible. Fast forward to today and my skin is starting to get back on track. I'm even drinking a smoothie as I type this in the hope it will also help my skin. It's cherry and banana if you wanted to know.

So onto the products that have made a huge difference. I only use these at night because my skin is very sensitive and thanks to years of eczema it doesn't do so well with cleansing. With using enough moisturising products I find I can get around with only applying products once. I'm hoping at some point my skin will get a lot better and I can start introducing a morning routine. I'm not there yet though.

So I start off with taking my eye make-up off with micellar solution. While I took these photos I was using Bioderma Crealine H20 but that has since ran out. I'm currently trying out a Caudalie version and will then start on the giant bottle of Taaj micellar solution I have. This is the only step I don't mind changing up once products run out but I will probably go back to Bioderma.

I then wash my face with Mario Badescu Cream soap which I got a sample of in a Beauty Bay order. I would never have tried this cleanser otherwise but I'm so glad I did. I was starting to not like the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and wanted something that felt more like a cleanser and this ticks all the boxes. It's very gentle, foams up slightly and washes away easily. I remove it with a muslin cloth for a bit of exfoliation. It also  smells slightly of coconut which I love and is a funny silver colour, not what I was expecting at all.

For toner I use the Caudalie Beauty Elixir which I have just bought a second bottle of. I could of sprays of this all other my face really helps to relax me before bed. The smell and how it makes my skin feel is just really nice. I think it makes a difference to my skin but then it could just be a combination of all the products.

Before my moisturiser I use Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S First Quenching Serum which I've loved ever since I tried it in a beauty box. It smells amazing and it really helps to moisturise and hydrate my skin. Even though I have very dry skin I don't use a thick moisturiser as my skin is also prone to break outs so this helps to even things out. I notice a huge difference if I miss this step out.

For my moisturiser I use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo which is the newest addition to my routine. I've had a sample of this ever since I bought the La Roche-Posay try before you buy set from Esecntual but never though it would work for my skin. After reading countless reviews of it I decided to just give it a try and my skin was in a horrible state at that point. I loved it from the first try and have since finished the two sample tubes and bought the full size. It moisturisers my skin but in a light way so it doesn't cause spots and helps to unclog problem areas.

I have finally found an eye cream that I love, Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex. This this is another sample from Beauty Bay and I'll definitely be buying the full size once it runs out. It's a gel eye cream which is what I prefer as I can get though horrible white bumps if I use something too thick. It makes my eye area look brighter and more awake.

To get rid of any stubborn dry eczema patches I'm still using my holy grail product, Mario Badescu Control Cream. You can read more about it in my full review.

Finally the last product I apply if the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm which is perfect as the balm lasts all night and you can still feel it when you wake up. The smell is also amazing!

Apologies for the extra long blog post! What products are included in your everyday routine?

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19 April 2013

Balance Me Radiance Face Mask

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Product: A triple-action mask that deeply cleanses, exfoliates and brightens thanks to the bespoke blend of purifying kaolin clay, skin-brightening fruit acid complex, ground walnut shells and a blend of calming essential oils including rosemary and palma rosa.

Directions: Smooth over cleansed face and neck, using circular massage movements to allow the ground walnut shell particles to gently exfoliate the skin. Avoid the delicate eye area. Leave for up to five minutes and then remove with damp cotton wool or a wash cloth. Splash face and neck with water and pat dry

Results: I loved the scrub part of this face mask as it was very gentle but still really effective. It exfoliates your skin when you apply the mask as well as when you wash it off. My skin  was left looking a lot brighter and felt a lot smoother. I also found it helps with my dry patches, first to exfoliate them away and secondly to hydrate as well. Unlike some radiance face masks, this didn't irritate my sensitive skin. As an added bonus I love the smell and I think I will buy the full size once I've used this up.

Price: £18 for 75ml, available at BalanceMe.co.uk or John Lewis and Waitrose.

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18 April 2013

Closed // Giveaway: Nail Polish

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I haven't done a giveaway in a while so thought it was about time I did one. Over the past few months I seem to have built a little collection of nail polish duplicates. Recently when ordering from Fragrance Direct I've added two polishes to my basket instead of one by accident. Instead of returning them I decided to keep them for a little giveaway. I've been loving the China Glaze and M&S polishes at the moment so decided to buy one of each to include as well.

One person will win:
China Glaze Skyscraper
OPI Suzi Takes The Wheel
NYC Lights-Camera-Glitter
M&S Autograph Purple Rain

All you have to do is comment below with your favourite nail polish, I'm always looking for new ones to buy, and leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. Uk only. The giveaway will last for two weeks and will end May 2nd.


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17 April 2013

Caudalie Treats

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Caudalie is one of my favourite skin care brands so I took advantage of the Escentual offer to try some new products. Throughout March French brands were discounted on Escentual so I bought some pretty good bargains. I'm still waiting for one gift set to arrive which was out of stock but still available to reserve.

I use the Vinosource serum from Caudalie each night and I'm going through my bottle pretty quickly at the moment. The serum costs around £26 on its own so I bought a back up for the same price but the set included two other products. Both the Grape Water and Moisturising Sorbet have been on my to try list so I'm excited to see how they work.

The second gift includes the Make-up Remover Cleansing Water which smells amazing. I'm going to try and wait till I finish my Bioderma before starting this but I don't think I'll be able to wait. This set also includes another sample of the sorbet which I will either keep for myself if I like it or pass it onto my mum to try.

Next up is the Divine Oil which I've wanted for such a long time. I've seen a couple of different gift sets which included it, I've added them to my online baskets but never actually bought them. This is only a mini bottle so it doesn't come with the spray lid making it a bit more messy to use. I'm not so keen on the scent but it sinks into the skin so quickly for an oil I was really impressed with it.

Finally in the set is the Fleaur De Cigne shower gel which again, smells amazing. I do like my shower gels so I'll be trying this out tonight.


What's your favourite skin care brand?

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16 April 2013

Beauty Box: GlossyBox April 2013

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This months Glossybox* has been designed by Pearl Lowe. Apart from the Maggie Li box, this is my favourite and will sit on display either on my bookshelf or desk.

Richard Ward Couture Hair Optimiser Style Reviver - Although this sounds like a good product I know I just wont use it. I'm very boring with my hair, I leave it natural and only put hair oils in it so this will be going in my to give away pile.

Nip + Fab Mango Smoothie Body Butter - This smells good enough to eat, like mango sherbet! I've only used it once so far but it's a great body butter.

Balance Me Radiance Face Mask - I've really gotten into face masks recently and I'm excited to give this a try. It's a scrub and face mask in one which I haven't tried before.

Yves Rocher Nutrive Vegetal 24h Comfort Nourishing Cream - I'm happy with the face moisturiser I'm using at the moment so I'll be passing this onto my mum for her to try.  It smells nice and feels like it would be good for dry skin in the winter.

Essie Sugar Daddy Nail Polish - This polish has been on my wish list for such a long time. It's a pink which is still sheer enough to look natural but doesn't need a million coats. I find two or three is perfect.

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15 April 2013

NOTD: Butter London Two Fingered Salute

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I aboslutely love this colour and it's one of my favourites from Butter London. Saying that though, I love all of the BL polishes I have. Anyway, this blue polish with red shimmer reminds me of Barielle June Bug which I've wanted ever since it came out but missed getting it.

I applied two coats but I did like how only one coat looked, a less intense colour. Both coats applied very nicely and dried pretty quickly. Sadly though this polish started to chip at the end of the day. To be fair, I did do a whole load of tidying and cleaning but it's still bad to cheap on the same day as painting. That's with a base and top coat as well that normally last days with other polishes.
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14 April 2013

Week In Photos 133 & 134

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