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Beauty Favourites: May 2013

Liz Earle Foot Spritzer* - With the weather getting a little warmer I've been reaching for this most days. Once sprayed onto your feet and legs you feel a nice cooling sensation but it also adds a bit of moisture. I use it almost as a primer before applying the foot repair moisturiser from Liz Earle. It helps the moisturiser to soak in quicker but it's also nice to use after a long day at work. Both the moisturiser and spray have most amazing peppermint scent that is so refreshing.

Korres Guava Little Shower Gel - This smells like summer and holidays in a bottle and I've been reaching for it every time I have a bath. I love how moisturising it feels and it lathers really nicely. Luckily I have two of these mini bottles but I can see myself finishing them very quickly.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet - This face moisturiser from Caudalie has quickly become on of my favourites and I'm already on my second little tube of it. The scent, the texture and how quickly it…

Escentual Micellar Blind Trial - My Thoughts

As part of the #MicellarBlindTrial from Escentual I was sent 7 anonymous bottles of micellar water to test out over 14 days. After the 14 days we'll fill in a survey and pick our favourite. We've been told which brands have been included but no idea which is which. I've tried two of these already and I know the scent of another one so I'm pretty sure I can guess which those are. The others though I haven't tried and have no idea which one is which, I've pretty much guessed at random.

Sample A - I love the scent of this one, sort of reminds me of parma violets. I liked the feel of the water, it didn't irritate my eyes but did leave them a little bit red which died down pretty quickly. It easily took off my mascara but failed to completely remove all my waterproof eye liner. My guess: Vichy Purete Thermale Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution because it was one of the only ones left to pick from!

Sample B - This has a lovely rose scent which I'm hoping is n…

Project Sample Use Up 002

So I first posted about my Project Sample Use Up in August 2012 and since then I have managed to finish pretty much everything that was in the basket. Fast forward a few months and my sample stash has grown by quite a lot. The majority of it is skin care, especially moisturisers which I find the hardest to use up quickly.

I think what I'm going to do is have a proper sort through it all and give away any products that I know I'm not going to use. These usually end up going to my mum who is soon to have a skin care collection to rival mine! Then what I'm left with, I'll solely use until it's finished and I'll stop using my full size products for a little bit. hat's probably the only way I'll be able to finish everything.

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Feel Unique Shopping

This months shopping has been all about buying products from my wishlist, especially the ones that have been on it the longest. I also managed to get some great samples with my Feel Unique order! I love the original Taylor Swift perfume so am excited to try the new Enchanted version. Also a product that has been on my to try list for ages is the Nude ProGenius oil which I manged to get free when buying the Cleansing Oil. I haven't properly tried anything yet so will do some mini reviews on everything when I do so.

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Weekend Shopping 001

The other week I had a really bad day at work but my day was instantly made so much better after I found out I won our work lottery. I had £49 and no idea what to spend it on. I then got thinking of which product I have wanted to buy for a long time but haven't because of the price. Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair instantly came into my head as I've tried a seven day sample in the past and really liked it. I've never spent more than £25 on a product though so to hand over £60 is a big jump. I also decided I wanted the 50ml as it works out cheaper overall and if I fall in love with it then it'll last longer.

The lovely lady at the counter also popped a little tub of the Advanced Night Repair for Eyes into my bag which I was made up about. I've also wanted to try it for a long time and had asked for a sample of it expecting a sachet or two. Instead I got a 5ml tub which works out to about £12!

On the same shopping trip I picked up a couple of nail polishes …

Week In Photos 139 & 140

Nail Polish Rainbow // Courgette progress - week 2 // Tattoo testing // Coolest business card // New bags // Mixing prints // Courgette progress - week 3 // Lavender growing slowly.
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Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Collection

Let me start off by saying this has to be my favourite scent I've come across in body products so far. I could sit there all day just smelling it. It reminds me of coca cola but with a bit of lime mixed in. Not your usual scent for body products but it just works so well.

Fresh & Foamy Body Wash - The name says it all really, this isn't a shower gel that's going to lather up into giant bubbles. Instead it'll foam up slightly which I quite like. The only downside to this shower gel is that it isn't very moisturising but that's where the body moisturiser comes in. It doesn't dry the skin out though.

Body Scrub - I thought nothing could beat the original Flake Away Scrub but this totally has. The scent mixed with how effective the scrub is means I'll be constantly buying this. The scrub is made up of smashed brown sugar and macadamia grains. It's also very moisturising due to the almond oil which also adds a nice subtle scent. Although I usually do …

Mini Reviews 001: La Roche-Posay // FAB // REN // Taaj

La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I - I bought this because I've heard everyone raving about it so thought I'd try it for myself. First thing is I hate the packaging! So much product comes out at once I just seem to be wasting the majority of it.  It's a spot treatment and despite everyone raving about it, it just doesn't seem to do anything for my skin. I'll put it on spots at night and when I wake up they'll still look the same whereas is I used something like the Origins spot treatment I'll be able to notice a difference.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream- This has probably become my favourite body moisturiser of all time. I don't like to apply moisturiser as it usually feels too heavy on the skin and irritates my eczema. I usually end up scratching in my sleep and wake up with bad flare ups. This feels incredibly light on the skin and sinks in immediately so I've never had a problem with it. I also only need to apply a small amount and my skin will st…

Nars Eyeshadow Duos

So I've just added my first proper Nars purchases to my collection. I say proper because I do own the Nars Orgasm Illuminator but I got it in the first Glossybox and I honestly never use it. I've wanted to try an eyeshadow duo from Nars for such a long time but they are expensive for just two shades. An email from ASOS saying Nars was discounted for one day only was all it took for these two to be added to my basket and paid for. It only took a couple of quid off each but that was all the justification I needed.

I have a long list of the duos I want to try so I went with the two at the top of my list, Kalahari and All About Eve. Both very neutral toned so I knew I'd get a lot of use out of them. The second colour in the Kalahari duo reminds me of Mac Cork but a more wearable shade for people who have a fair skin tone like me. It gives the same effect but is more subtle and has a nice shimmer to it. Add a bit of brown eye liner and you've got a simple smokey eye perfec…

Upcycled: Shelves

While I was painting the stool I blogged about the other month, I decided to paint some shelves at the same time. After I'd took them down and painted the first coat I realised I hadn't taken a before shot of how they looked. I thought it would be fine as I was positive I had a photo of them. A good search through my computer and blog shows that I in fact don't! These two are the best I could find but you get the idea, they were pine and silver and horrible. I've had them for about 10 years and they definitely aren't my taste anymore.

I used the same Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey and I think they look a million times better! The horrible and tacky silver things which hold the shelves onto the wall blend in a lot better now. Like the stool, they only need one coat to get a nice even finish and the paint dried incredibly quickly.

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Ted Baker Make-up & Wash Bags

This time last year I fell in love with the pink Ted Baker make-up bag after reading Amy's blog and seeing her feature one. I then bought one when I was in London for my cousins Birthday as I don't think we had a Ted Baker store then. Since then it's been perfect for storing my skin care and everyday make-up bits and bobs. Recently though I haven't been able to close it because I've added more products to my routine and have been trying some new things so it was about time I bought the next size up.

The light green bag now houses all my skin care and the pink one is solely for my make-up. I absolutely love them and although they are expensive, £25-£29 depending on size, they're the only make-up bags I've found myself using on an everyday basis. All the other ones I've had I've only used for traveling and haven't really liked them. These now sit proudly on either my bedside table or my make shift dressing table.

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NOTD: NYX Pastel Pistachio

Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
NYX Pastel Pistachio // two coats
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Top Coat

I don't know why I haven't blogged about this polish sooner as it's one of my favourites. It's a lovely green creme that is opaque in two coats. I think these NYX polishes are quite hit or miss but I'm pleased that the one's I have are all hits. They aren't streaky or hard to apply like I know some of the colours are. I also really like the brush, it's quite wide but I find it fits my small nails perfectly.

This is also my favourite combination of base and top coat at the moment. The Nail Tek applies like a dream and dries matte which makes applying the colour polish so much easier.

I bought this polish from Cherry Culture but you can now order NYX from the UK website and don't have to worry about customs. They're about £4.50 which I think is pretty good.

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Sunday Pamper 001

I don't often have pamper days but with a few recent additions to my stash, mainly face masks, I thought it was about time I started actually using, and enjoying, the products I have. Each Sunday I will take out an hour or so of my day to pamper myself from head to toe. Including everything from a long hot bath, washing my hair, looking after my feet and painting my nails for the following work day.

I started todays pamper session with a bath using the This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak which is it's fancy name for lavender bath salts. These have such a strong lavender scent that they really do help you to completely unwind. While in the bath I started to read the second book in the Bzrk series by Michael Grant. To add to the whole lavender bath I used Lush Dreamwash which is incredibly moisturising and helps to soothe and calm my eczema. I was in the bath for about 20 minutes which is the perfect amount of time to try the Mario Badescu Soothing & Healing Mask for the first …

Beauty Box: Birchbox May 2013

OPI Nail Polish - I'm currently waiting to find out the actual name of this polish as it doesn't say it on the minis. It's a lovely dark purple with bright pink shimmer. With it being May I would have expected more of a summer colour but I do like the one I got. EDIT: I think it's Russian Navy.

Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Moisturiser - Elemental Herbology is a brand I've wanted to try since everyone started blogging about it. I probably wouldn't have picked this particular product out for myself as it's aimed at anti-aging and it also says not to apply directly to spots or areas of conjestion. With how my skin is looking at the moment there's probably more areas I can't apply it than I can! Unfortuantly I think this might be going to my mum.

B/Attitude Body Souffle - A great sized sample to try and it smells like vanilla. It actually does have a souffle sort of texture, it's more runny than usual and takes longer to sink into the skin.

Kusmi …

Face Mask: Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask

Product: Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask with advanced antioxidants is a hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. The innovative formula’s velvety whipped texture has an immediate cooling effect to refresh the skin and the senses.

Directions: Cleanse and towel-dry skin. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5-8 minutes and rinse. For ideal results, leave on overnight. Use 2-3 times per week.

Results: I didn't notice a cooling effect when I applied it and my face was quite hot as I'd just had a bath so I thought it would have been quite noticeable. It applied nicely and sunk into the skin almost immediately. I got about two uses out of the little sample tub I have. It left my skin feeling extra clean but not dry and tight. My skin was smoother and my moisturiser sunk in better. Since I only used it twice I didn't notice a lasting effect on my skin.

Price: When I saw that this mask is $88, not sure on how much it wo…

Fragrance Direct OPI's

Don't Mess With OPI // Roll In The Hague // Ladies & Magenta-men // Diva Of Geneva // Did You Ear About Van Gogh? // I Brake For Manicures. 
On Fragrance Direct, OPI's have now gone down to £3.99 which is an absolute bargain! They're even cheaper than Models Own now and only a little bit more than Barry M. These six are the latest nail polishes I've added to my collection.

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Beauty Box: Latest In Beauty Editors Faves

I've ordered quite a few Latest In Beauty boxes over the past few years and they've been some of my favourites. I love that you can see which products are going to be in the box before you buy so you can kind of get an idea if you'll like them or not. For me the current Editors Faves box is a winner by including just two products I've wanted to try for ages. Everything else is just a bonus!

Yardley Polaire Perfume - "The Polaire fragrance journey opens with fresh, fruity green top note of pear and freesia with a spicy floral heart of blooming rose and ginger and pink pepper heart, enhanced with a very sensual, powdery base note of patchouli and amber." Although it sounds like it would be nice, I'm not a fan.

Dr lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips - This is one of the products that made me buy this box. I've wanted to try it for such a long time after hearing everyone rave about it but I have so many lip balms as it is. This mini tube is so cute and ever…

Project Perfume Sample Use Up 001

Somehow I have accumulated quite a collection of perfume samples from beauty boxes, online orders and in store but haven't been using them. Over the next few months I'm going to be putting aside my usual perfumes and reaching for a new perfume sample instead. There's a mix of brands in here from Liz Earle, Accorelle, Taylor Swift, YSL and Burberry.

Anyone else on a product use up mission? I did quite well with my other sample use up project and I actually finished the majority of what I photographed but that was about 9 months ago and quite a collection has built up recently. An update post might be in order ...

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NOTD: China Glaze Life Is Rosy & Pink-ie Promise

Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II
China Glaze Life Is Rosy
China Glaze Pink-ie Promise
Orly Polishield

This manicure was inspired by those done by Eva at MissRenaissance whose blog I have fallen in love with recently. I've also started photographing my NOTD's in a similar way as she does but mine aren't nearly as nice as hers. My chubby hands and pale skin don't help either!

For this manicure I've used two pinks from China Glaze's Avant Garden collection. Life Is Rosy is a mid tone pink with a hint of red to it and has a great formula. Pink-ie Promise on the other hand has a horrible formula! It's extremely thick and hard to work with. It's a shame though as I love the colour so much, a light dirty pink with a magenta shimmer.

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Week In Photos 138

New clothes // Pile of books to read // Currently reading // New home for the foxes.
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