30 June 2013

Sunday Pamper 004

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Body: My eczema has gotten a lot worse this week, especially on my legs so in the bath I layered up the products. First up is the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil which I've been sort of rationing and saving as I love it so much. This works so well at moisturising the skin and leaves behind a gorgeous almond scent. The oil turns into a milk when it hits water which just feels so luxurious. I have been using it on occasion to shave my legs with but can see that becoming a bit of an expensive habit. To boost the moisture levels in my skin even more I used Lush Dreamwash as a sort of conditioner for my skin, leaving it on for a couple of minutes before rinsing away. Once out of the bath I followed up with Dream Cream which is sadly nearing the end of the tub.

Face: I got a mini sample of the Origins Clear Improvement Mask with an order the other day and it's one I've wanted to try for ages. I applied the charcoal mask to my t-zone and then applied the Drink Up Mask to the rest of my face. I may have looked a bit weird but my skin felt seriously amazing after and this will be a duo I'll be reaching for a lot. Once I washed the masks off I mixed my normal moisturiser, Liz Earle Skin Repair, with a couple of drops of the Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil. Even though the Skin Repair is very moisturising, the added oil just makes my skin glow and I can tell a difference in my skin the next morning.

Hair: My hair didn't really get much attention with todays pamper session but when I was my hair later on tonight I'll be applying a good amount of the Dove Hair Mask as it's been feeling quite dry recently.

Hands: My nail polish colour this week will be Essie All Tied Up, a gorgeous rose with gold shimmer. Not your typical summer colour but it just stood out in my collection when I went to choose one earlier today. For once I'm going to match my fingers and toes which never normally happens! Once dry I'll apply a layer of All For Eve Eve's Balm to cancel out any dry skin from the nail polish remover or polish itself.

Feet: For some reason this past week my feet have become extremely dry so I focused on them quite a lot in todays pamper session. The last step while in the bath was to give the bottoms of my feet, especially my heels, a good buff with the Tweezerman Pedro Callus Stone which was bought after Estee raved about it. Not a very glamorous tool but it works so well. I like to put my feet back into the bath water and give them a quick scrub with the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub just to get rid of any other dry patches on my feet.  Once my feet were dry I painted my toes with the same Essie polish I used on my hands and applied a layer of The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector. Just like the Hemp Hand Protector, the foot version works miracles. A small amount of this keeps my feet feeling amazing and sandal ready, if the weather decides to warm up.


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29 June 2013

Project Sample Use Up 004

project sample use up 004 rottenotter rotten otter blog 2 project sample use up 004 rottenotter rotten otter blog 1 Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet x2 - This has become one of my favourite moisturisers and I've gone through these two samples pretty quickly. It smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling hydrated, smooth and soft. It isn't heavy feeling either and has quite a unique texture to it, it just melts into the skin. It isn't a cream but it isn't a gel, kind of somewhere in between. I've already bought the full size from the Escentual French Pharmacy sale.

Escentual Micellar Blind Trial Samples B And E - I'm still not sure which brands these two are as the results haven't been given out yet. I didn't like sample B but I would buy the full size of sample E.

Mario Badescu Cream Soap - I bought the full size of this cleanser after only using this sample for about a week, that's how impressed I was with it. It's a very gentle cleanser that ticks the foaming cleanser box that I was after since becoming a bit bored with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish but it doesn't dry the skin out. This can't be used to take off make-up though so I use a micellar water before.

Espa Detoxifying Bath Oil - This is probably my least favourite scent out of the bath oil set but that's not saying it's not nice, I do like it I just prefer the more lavender scents. Once I've finished the couple of others I have left I'm going to have to buy a full size bottle of one of them, I just love how moisturising they are.

Liz Earle Foot Scrub* - I was really impressed with how well this scrub worked. Firstly, like the foot repair, it smells amazing - a mix of peppermint and rosemary. It contains pumice to scrub away at the dead skin on your feet but it's also moisturising with the added avocado oil. I will be buying the full size when I next make a Liz Earle order or am in John Lewis.

Liz Earle Foot Repair Moisturiser* - One thing, this smells good enough to eat! I'd buy the full size purely because it smells so good, of peppermint. Luckily it's also a very good moisturiser and I woke up with perfectly soft feet so I will be buying a full size once I finish a couple of other foot creams.

Andrew Barton The Frizz Tamer Mask - I didn't like this mask as it made my hair feel quite heavy like it was still full of product even though I made sure I washed it all out. I wouldn't buy it again and will stick to the S.O.S deep conditioner from Andrew Barton.

Alva Naturkosmetik Salva-Derm x2 - I've used, reviewed and finished this cream before and I'm just working my way through a couple of sample sachets before I repurchase the full size. This cream has micro silver particles in it which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and helps to calm the skin, perfect for eczema prone skin like mine. Although it's quite a thick cream, it feels very light on the skin and doesn't make me want to itch my skin in the night which other creams do. I really recommend giving this a try if you've tried everything to help your eczema and nothing is working so far.

Doctor Duve Anti-Aging & Firming Eye Cream x2 - Surprisingly there's a lot of product in these little sachets! To make using them easier I put both sachets into an old mini sample pot and it was full, I thought I'd only get a couple of uses out of it but this has lasted such a long time. I have a lot of other eye creams to use and although I liked it, it hasn't impressed me enough to buy the full size.

I Coloniali Deep Massage Body Cream With Myrrh - Surprisingly I really loved this body moisturiser although I only got one whole body application out of the sachet. You massage the cream into your skin until the granuals are completely absorbed into the skin. My skin felt amazing after I used it and it sunk in straight away. I don't know if I'd buy the full size as it costs around £35 which I think is a lot for a moisturiser especially since I don't tend to use them.

Embroyolisse Lait-Creme Concentre - Although I only got two uses out of this sachet, it was enough to know I liked it and am going to buy the full size once I've finished a couple more moisturisers. It's a simple, gentle moisturiser that is perfect for my sensitive skin.

Rodial 5 Minute Facial - This sample definitely needed to be bigger but luckily enough for me I only wanted to use it on my nose and it was just the right amount of product. You apply a layer, leave it on for a minimum of 5 minutes then rub away gently with your fingers and removing the last bit of the mask with water. As soon as I removed this I noticed a huge difference in how my pores looked, my skin looked less congested and blackheads seemed to have disappeared. I have another sachet to use but I think a full size purchase might be on the cards.

Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume - I finally got round to buying a perfume atomiser so I could wear Flowerbomb. Sadly though I only got a week and a half out of this tiny little bottle and I'm already missing the scent which quickly became one of my favourites. The notes are freesia, rose centifolia, osmanthus and jasmine sambac with a background of patchouli.

Yes! Nurse Protect Your Lovely Hands - I really liked this hand cream even though I only got one use out of the little sachet. I think I might buy the full size when I make my next Cult Beauty order as it's only £5. It smells lovely and sinks into the hands nicely leaving them soft of feeling matte and not at all greasy.

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum - Despite others raving about this eye serum, I really didn't like it. I found it sticky and it took a long time to sink in. It also felt a lot more like an oil than a serum and it was very hard to use as it's a sachet. I will not be buying the full size of this.

Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream - I haven't pictured this one as I'm currently using the pot and forgot to add it to the photo. I really didn't like this eye cream despite it having a £90 price tag.


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26 June 2013

Mini Reviews 002: Soap & Glory

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Whipped Clean Shower Butter - I'm always on the look out for shower gels that are moisturising so I skip actually moisturising my skin. I hate doing it despite owning a lot of body moisturisers. This is one of those products and it just makes your skin feel amazing and would be perfect for in winter when everyone's skin is drier. The scent is probably one of my favourites as well, pistachio, almond and vanilla. I can see myself forever buying a bottle of this and it's usually on 3 for 2 as well. £8.00 for 250ml.

Pulp Friction Body Scrub - I love S&G body scrubs, they make some of the best and this is no exception. I love that it foams up slightly when it mixes with water as it feels like a shower gel mixed with an exfoliator. Again another two in one product! My only criticism would be that it's quite runny so it doesn't stick to the skin as easily as others do. It's in-between being a gentle scrub and a harsh scrub which is nice if you want to use it more often. It has the Fruitigo scent which is a very fruity and refreshing scent, perfect for summer mornings.  £8.00 for 250ml.

Smoothie Star Body Milk - This smells just like milkshakes, a mix of almonds, oats and brown sugar. Loaded with skin-softening cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and Soap & Glory's WATERLOCK™ moisture-trapping matrix, it also conditions thanks to its delicious (but in this case, definitely not edible) oat, yoghurt & honey formula. As this has a thinner consistency than the body butters, described as a body milk, it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and I can use it as a normal body moisturiser. It also comes with a hand pump which makes applying it so much easier as well as in a giant bottle so it'll last forever. £10.00 for 500ml

The Righteous Body Butter - This is one of my favourite body butters and I've been through countless tubs of it already. It smells amazing, like all Soap & Glory products, bergamot, summer rose, peach, strawberry, gardenia blooms, jasmine, patchouli warm amber and lush musks. I don't use this as a body moisturiser though as I find it a little too thick for my eczema prone skin. Instead I use it as a foot moisturiser and it works wonders. Pop on a pair of cotton socks over a layer of this and you'll wake up with perfectly soft feet in the morning. £10.50 for the 300ml tub.


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25 June 2013

Monthly Empties: June 2013

june 2013 beauty empties products i have finished rottenotter rotten otter blog Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub - This has to be one of my favourite scrubs purely because of the scent. It smells like maple syrup pancakes or porridge. An added bonus is that it's a very good body scrub! It leaves your skin very soft and moisturised but it doesn't leave that horrible oily residue like some do. I have a couple of other body scrubs to use but I will be buying another tub at some point.

This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak - I really enjoyed using these bath salts and I'll buy another tub at some point. The scent is a mix of lavender and vetivert which I love and it definitely helps you to relax and unwind before bed.

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter - I love these body butters from The Body Shop as the scents are so strong. I'll apply it at night and I can still smell it when I wake up in the morning. They're a bit too heavy for me to use them on my body so I use them on my feet which can get very dry. I'm on a mission to use up all my products before buying new ones so wont need to buy a new one for a long time.

Elemis Tranquil Touch Creamy Body Wash - I can safely say this is one of my favourite scents in shower gels, a mix of almond oil, patchouli, cedarwood and vetivert. The body wash itself is creamy and moisturising on the skin and the lather is very luxurious. Although I wont be rushing out to spend nearly £20 on a shower gel I will buy another bottle at some point as a treat.

Liz Earle Instant Skin Boost Tonic* - This is the second bottle I've been through and I still love it. It's very soothing but refreshing on the skin and is a step in my skin care routine that I enjoy. I either spray it directly onto my face or pour some onto a cotton pad and wipe it over my face. Although I have a couple of other toners to use I will be buying another bottle at some point as there's a few Liz Earle products I've finished recently.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Rose And Lavender* - I think I've come to the conclusion that my face doesn't like lavender in skin care products. It seemed to react slightly every time I used this and a couple of other products that contained lavender. It wasn't a horrible reaction, my skin just went slightly redder than normal which died down pretty quickly but that has only recently started to happen, my skin was fine when I first tried it. I also found because of the lavender I couldn't use it to take off my eye make-up. If this C&P only contained rose then I'd buy another bottle if it wasn't limited edition.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment* - This deep treatment is one of my old favourites and I've featured it a lot in my empties post. I still have a couple of bottles left over from when I was an Aussie Angel so I don't need to buy another one anytime soon.

This Works Perfect Skin Super Moisturiser - I was quite disappointed by this moisturiser as it had a lot of hype surrounding it when I bought it. It's a good moisturiser but nothing ground breaking or that impressive. I really like the packaging but I've found better moisturisers than this so I wont be repurchasing.

Vichy Eau Thermale Water Spray - I've only recently found a proper use for these water sprays as I never remember to pop them in my bag when it's hot so they've been siting in my skin care collection unused.  I watched one of Alix's videos in which she mentioned a video from Into The Gloss on how to cleanse your face properly. Intrigued, I watched it. Facialist Isabelle Bellis uses these types of water sprays to wet her face before using her cleanser and then again after she's removed her cleanser. This has turned a quite unnecessary product into something I use every day. As far as this one from Vichy goes, it works well but I've just ordered the Avene and La Roche-Posay versions so I wont be repurchase it, at least not for a while.

Institut Estherderm Cellular Revitalising Spray - I use this in the same way that I use the Vichy version. To be honest, I can't really tell the difference between these water sprays, they all seem to do the same thing so purely on the price, I wouldn't buy the full size of this.

Korres Guava Little Shower Gel - The scent of this is gorgeous, reminds me of sun tan lotion and holidays with a hint of fruit, perfect for summer. The formula of Korres shower gels are one of my favourites, they're moisturising, feel great on the skin and create a really nice lather, more milky and frothy and bubbles. I already have another mini and the full size so no need to repurchase just yet although I will eventually.

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24 June 2013

NOTD: Urban Outfitters W.I.P Supernova

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Supplies used... 
Sally Hansen Insta-Grip Fast dry Base Coat
Urban Outfitters W.I.P Supernova  // two coats
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Top Coat

I could not have chosen a worse day to try and photograph not only a black nail polish but one with a lot of detail and glitter. There is no sun to be seen so the lighting is horrible, the sky is completely full of horrible grey clouds and it's currently raining. I've given myself a little challenge so I didn't want to not get some photos of it. I'm planning on photographing and blogging every polish I wear and then I'm not going to wear the ones I've already blogged about. I had a huge sort out of my nail polishes the other week and found so many that I haven't blogged about or even worn. Hopefully in photographing each polish I'll start using them all more and stop sticking to my favourites.

So onto the polish, I'm not even sure if this is available anymore as it's not online and I haven't been into an Urban Outfitters store for such a long time. Apologies if it isn't as it's such a beautiful colour. Topshop Gypsy Night is a pretty similar colour but it hasn't got the larger gold glitter in it.

Supernova has a black base, almost like a jelly, and is packed full of glass flecks, shimmer and different sizes and colours of glitters. With a good top coat it doesn't feel rough despite the amount of glitter it has unlike other polishes. It also has a great formula which I wasn't expecting, I only need two coats and it applied really well. 

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23 June 2013

Week In Photos 143 & 144

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22 June 2013

What's In My Skin Care Bag

whats in my skin care bag rottenotter rotten otter blog 1 whats in my skin care bag rottenotter rotten otter blog 2 whats in my skin care bag rottenotter rotten otter blog 3 I new wash bag means a mix up of products to use and I've swapped some old favourites with some new ones to try. My new wash bag is about twice the size of my other one so I can now keep some body products in there that I use on a daily basis. The trio that I'm using at the moment, and loving, is the This Works Perfect Heels Balm which works wonders for the feet and I also use it on my elbows which get very dry and sometimes a bit of eczema can flare up. For the rest of my skin I'm currently using First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream which is extremely moisturising but feels very thin on the skin so doesn't irritate my eczema. Finally Neom's Inspiration Hand Cream which was in a Latest In Beauty Box. I love the scent and although it takes a while to sink in, it leaves a nice matte sort of finish to the skin.

I always keep my nail clippers in my wash bag as I'd loose them if I didn't, if they're always in the same place then I know where they are. I'm on a mission to use up all the samples I have so I have Lush Charity Pot, smells like you should eat it, and Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips as well. My usual lip balm of choice though is Nuxe Reve De Meil.

To take my make-up off I've been using the secret #MicellarBlindTrial waters* for Escentual. For toner I'm using Liz Earle Skin Tonic which is a very calming toner and works perfectly if my skin is feeling irritated. My current serum is Indeed Labs Hydraluron to boost moisture and my moisturiser choice is Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet which I am absolutely loving. It has a unique texture, feels light on the skin but is very moisturising, can see myself buying the full size of this when I run out.

Again on the sample use up mission I'm trying out Liz Earle Daily Eye Repair* which is a rich cream that so far I'm liking. I can't be without Mario Badescu Control Cream which I use on patches of eczema on my face. I've been trying out La Roche-Posay Effaclar M for my day time moisturiser as it leaves a matte finish and makes my skin feel really nice. A couple of add on's are the Nude ProGenius Oil and La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I which I use when my skin is feeling dry or when I have spots.

What's in your skin care bag?


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21 June 2013

Rave: MoroccanOil Dry Scalp Treatment

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I have a very dry scalp due to eczema and I've tried everything to stop it. First of all using shampoos without sulphates which I'm still doing and has helped with the itchiness from eczema but it hasn't stopped the dry skin. I've used various oils which work well, especially bio oil, but you can't really use them during the week as obviously, your hair is covered in oil. I'm still looking  for something for those days in-between washes but for now this one product has made a difference.

It's the Dry Scalp Treatment from MorrocanOil which I had high hopes about as I love the original oil. You section off your hair and apply it using the dropper to the scalp and massage it in. I get my mum to apply it as I'd end up covered in oil and nothing on my scalp if I tried to do it myself. As you can probably guess, your hair is left looking incredibly greasy but smelling amazing. I save this treatment for the weekend when I know I'm not going anywhere. I then stick my hair in a high pony and let it soak in. If I can, I leave it in over night and wash my hair normally the following day.

It hasn't cured my dry scalp, I don't think anything will to be honest, but it works well at managing and maintaining it between washes. It leaves my scalp feeling nice and nourished and the dry patches disappear for longer than other oils I've tried. I bought it from Feel Unique for just under £25 but it doesn't seem to be available anymore


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20 June 2013

NOTD: Ciate Mojito & L'Oreal Confetti

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Supplies used... 
Sally Hansen Insta-Grip Fast dry Base Coat
Ciate Mojito  // two coats
L'Oreal Confetti // one coat
Seche Vite Top Coat

Despite being very excited about the Ciate Nail Polish Advent Calender when I got it, since opening them all I haven't really used the polishes that much. I've decided to try them all at least once and then I'll be able to pass on any colours I'm not really a fan of. With Ciate Mojito I knew I just had to pair it with L'Oreal Confetti as I love green polishes with the white and black glitter top coats.

I was surprised at how watery Mojito was and if I wasn't going to add a glitter top coat then it would have needed a third layer to even out the colour. Although three coats aren't a lot, when you add base and top coats as well, for an impatient person like myself I just can't stand it. I tend to not use polishes that need more than two coats.

Considering the full price of Ciate polishes are £9 I just don't think this one is worth it. Will I be keeping the mini bottle though? I haven't made up my mind yet as I have a couple of similar colours with better formulas.


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19 June 2013

The Repurchases 001

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It's not often that I repurchase products as I'm constantly testing different things and trying to find holy grail products. I tend to stick with the same bath and body products but when it comes to skin care and make-up, there's just so many different and new products to try. Recently though I seem to have fallen into quite a happy skin care routine and one that I've actually stuck with for more than a few weeks.

I finished a 500ml bottle of Bioderma H20 Micellar Solution a few months back and instead of buying another bottle I decided to try out the Taaj version. Huge mistake as I'm now trying to force myself to finish it so I can start using Bioderma again. There is nothing better, well one of the Escentual Blind Trial Micellars is coming close but I'm still waiting to find out which one it is, and I have a couple of bottles waiting to be used.

I got a mini tub of RMK's Rose Cleansing Balm in my March Birchbox and I fell in love with it immediately. Before trying this I'd only tried one other cleansing balm, the original formula Boots Botanics Cleansing Balm, so I didn't have too much to compare it to but it was an instant hit. You scoop a tiny bit out, melt it into your hands and massage onto dry skin. I don't use this to take my make-up off, I prefer to use a micellar water. You can rinse it away with water in which it turns into a milk but I prefer to use a warm muslin cloth to buff it away. This doesn't try your skin out or leave it feeling tight, instead it's much softer and hydrated. Before I even finished the mini tub I went out and bought the full size as I had £10 worth of Birchbox points to use which brought it down to about £19.

I always have a bottle of Liz Eye Bright in my stash and have probably gone through about 6 bottles already. I used to use it to take my eye make-up off but it was becoming an expensive habit as I was going through it so quickly. Fast forward a few months and I discovered micellar waters which is what I use instead. Now I reserve this for when my eyes need a good dose of TLC from either long days at work or a nasty bout of hey fever. I simply pour some onto cotton pads and leave them on  my eyes for 10 minutes while relaxing in bed and it works amazingly well. It's also a bit more friendly on my bank account as I'm not finishing the bottle in a matter of weeks.

I still don't count Caudalie Beauty Elixir as a holy grail must have product for me purely because I just can't ignore the alcohol in it but I like it enough and have bought another two bottles.

I love pairing the Vinosource S.O.S Serum with the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, both from Caudalie. They are both incredibly moisturising which is perfect for my dry skin but they also feel very light on the skin which is nice for the summer. I also love the scent! I can see myself repurchasing these two for a very long time.

What was your last repurchase?

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18 June 2013

Escentual Shopping

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With it being my Birthday today, turning the grand old age of 23, I thought I'd treat myself to some products that  I've wanted for a while. I also ticked the free gift wrap box and look how they arrived! It really did feel like opening early presents. Take note other companies: this is how I want to open all my online orders.

So onto what I ordered. First up is the Dior Crème De Rose lip balm which has been raved about by Elle and Ingrid. I love lip balms, I have way too many but I can't help to buy even more. I always tend to reach for a lip balm to wear everyday rather than a lipstick or gloss. I like the packaging but I still can't make up my mind whether the white plastic looks cheap or nice. It feels well made but white just gets dirty so easily. As for the lip balm, it reminds me of a thicker version of Korres Jasmine Lip Butter. It has a lovely rose scent and really helps to hydrate the lips. So far so good on this one!

Next up is the Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. Kate raves about the Lotus version which is for combination and oil skin which is where I first heard about these oils. I went for Blue Orchid as it's designed for dehydrated skin which is what I have. I am yet to use this so cannot give any first impressions on it but I'm excited to do so. As well as face masks, I've really gotten into using oils on my skin at the moment.

The last two products I picked up are the hyped up Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in Apricot and Petal Shimmer. Apricot is what the name describes, a lovely peachy apricot shade and Petal is a soft pink, both look very natural and feel amazing. They give you the gloss of a lip gloss without being sticky and the hydrating benefits of a lip balm. Definitely worth all the hype they get!

Escentual always seem to throw in a couple of samples and this time I got a perfume sample which I haven't smelt yet and a moisturiser by Dior. The moisturiser seems a cross between a moisturiser and a primer which looks like it would be great for under make-up.

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17 June 2013

The Birthday

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NOTD: H&M Blue My Mind

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Supplies used... 
Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat
H&M Blue My Mind // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

H&M's Blue My Mind is an almost neon blue and despite having very pale skin, it works really well. I think this is one of those shades that just looks amazing on any skin tone. This is also a great dupe for Nails Inc Baker Street for about half the price.

If I apply it carefully I can get away with only one coat as it has quite a thick and opaque formula but I used two coats as I knew I was photographing it. As it's very thick it can bubble if you're not careful. I tend to apply a coat, wait ten minutes and apply another then use a quick drying top coat like Seche Vite and I don't have any problems. I also apply it while I'm watching a film or youtube video so I don't notice the ten minute waiting time.

I really wish H&M would change their bottle design! They look nice but the flat wide lids makes it so hard to apply neatly and is awkward to hold.


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16 June 2013

Sunday Pamper 003

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This weeks pamper session is all about the hair, body and face as I already painted my nails yesterday. Ciate Mojito and L'Oreal Confetti if you were wondering.

Before jumping into a bath I'll use The Body Shop Body Brush which has pretty much sat unused in my cupboard for years. Instead of being used, it's been a great place to put my bobbles so I don't loose them. Since this pamper post is for me to actually use all my products I thought I'd include this as well. You can use it on dry skin before a bath or shower, during when your skin is wet or in combination with a body scrub or shower gel. I think today I'll be using it with my Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Shower Gel. It's meant to help exfoliate your skin as well increasing circulation.

To increase the amazing Sugar Crush scent I'm going to be using the body scrub and moisturiser from the same range. The Body Buttercream has a different consistency to the Soap & Glory body butters, it's more of a gel which I prefer. I find it sinks into the skin easily and I don't have to wait long before putting on my pj's

For my face I'm going to be using two different masks as my skin has been a bit crazy recently. There's dry patches, oily patches, red patches and congestion. All over my face, after cleansing, I'm going to try the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask which you leave on for about 15 minutes. It smells amazing, reminds me of Lush, and is meant to leave your skin smooth and intensely hydrated, just what I need. For the congestion on my nose I'm going to use the Rodial 5 Minute Facial. This works really well and I think I'm going to have to buy the full size.

My hey fever has been driving me wild today and I've gone through nearly a whole box of tissues already and it's only 1pm. By the end of the day my eyes will be in need of a treat so I'll pour some Liz Earle Eye Bright onto a cotton pad and leave on my eyes for 10 minutes. Hopefully this will stop the itching and watering! Finally to treat my skin I'll apply a layer of Balance Me Face Oil, another product I'm going to be using for the first time.

For my hair I'll be trying out the Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask which is completely new to me, I've never tried a scalp mask before and then I'll apply my trusty Elasticizer.


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15 June 2013

Beauty Box: Birchbox June 2013

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Birchbox - £10 per month (+ £2.95 P&P)
I saw a couple of blog posts a week or so before I got my box and I was disappointed with the contents. Now I have my own box I'm actually really pleased with it but have no idea why the sudden change of opinion as the products are the same. I also like the redesign, although not a massive change I do prefer how everything looks now.

Noble Isle Bath & Shower Gel - I've had this shower gel in another box but I can't for the life of me remember if it was Birchbox or Glossybox. I think this is a different scent though, and although I wont by the full size as it's too expensive, I am happy to have it in the box.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave-in Conditioner - This is an exclusive to Birchbox which I think I'll be trying when I was my hair tomorrow. The scent of this reminds me of the 90's cupcake dolls that I used to have when I was little!

Coola Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber - I'm trying to get better at using a SPF on an everyday basis as I have very pale skin than burns easily so this will come in handy. It also smells like cucumbers which is nice and refreshing.

Colour Club Wonderlust Nail Polishes in Reign In Spain & Mod In Manhattan - You get two polishes so you can pass one onto a friend but with such nice colours I think I'll have to keep them both for myself! Alone they look great but these two also work really well together. I also really like the formulas.

Model Co Black Eye Liner - I have enough black eye liners so would have preferred a different colour to try but it'll still be used.

Also as a little extra, some postcards!
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14 June 2013

A Trio Of Masks

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If you've been reading my blog over the past month or so you may have seen an increase in face mask blog posts. It's safe to say I've become obsessed with them! My skin has been so sensitive and eczema prone over the last couple of years that I haven't been able to use them. This past year though my skin has definitely changed and I've gradually introduced face masks to my skin care routine. I'm still quite hesitant about using them though and haven't quite got the courage to try the mini sample of the Ren Radiance Renewal Mask which I have in case my skin reacts badly to it. Some day though I plan to use it, even if it's just on my forehead which seems to be the most normal part of my face.

Recently I've been using this trio of masks which seems to have made a huge difference in how my skin looks. Each one is designed for a different task and covers all areas of concern on my face.

First up is the Silver Powder from Mario Badescu which I use on my nose and chin to remove clogged up pores and blackheads. You run a cotton ball or cotton bud under water and roll it in the powder. Once you apply it to the skin it has turned into a cream and it easy to apply. You leave it on for 10 minutes and remove with either water or a toner. I like to use the Liz Earle Skin Tonic as it's very gentle, perfect as the Silver Powder can leave the skin feeling a little bit dry. It's very effective mask though but best used only once a week. It's available in two sizes but I bought the smaller on as it was only £8 and will last forever, you only use a tiny bit at a time.

Next up for any red irritated areas of skin as well as on spots I use the Healing & Soothing mask also from Mario Badescu. This is a great mask to combine with masks aimed at acne as it is very soothing and hydrating. I can apply it to a very angry looking spot, leave it on for 20 minutes, and when I take it off with toner the spot looks a lot better. I also use this all over the face to soothe the skin and it works a treat. If I'm using it this way then I remove it with a Liz Earle sponge or muslin cloth and warm water.

To combat dry skin I apply Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment mask all over my face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Once washed away my skin just feels a lot more plump, smoother and any dry patches have disappeared.

What are your go to masks?

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13 June 2013

NOTD: Eyeko Tea Rose

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Supplies used... 
Nubar Foundation Base Coat
Eyeko Tea Rose  // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

This lovely dirty rose shade from Eyeko is one of my go to polishes for when I'm sure what colour I want to paint my nails. It applies like a dream, only takes two coats and dries pretty quickly especially with the help of Seche Vite and it doesn't bubble.

The only downside, it's been discontinued which means I can't get a new one once I finish this bottle. I managed to get a couple of back ups of some other shades but sadly not this one. I always say this when I talk about Eyeko polishes, but I have no idea why they discontinued them when I think they were the only good product they sold.

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12 June 2013

Tag: Colours Of The Rainbow

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Red - Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter
Orange - Topshop Infared Lip Stick
Yellow - Liz Earle Facial Sponge
Green - Caudalie Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel
Blue - Origins Super Spot Remover
Indigo - Barry M Indigo Nail Polish
Violet - Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara
Pink - Dainty Doll My Girl Blush

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11 June 2013

Beauty Box: Glossybox June 2013

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I don't know what to think of June's Glossybox*, there's a good range of products, nothing really targeted to specific skin types/tones which is great but it's just not for me.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Serum - I'm pretty sure I've tried this before and hated it. It made my hair sticky and greasy no matter how much or how I applied it. It also did nothing to control the frizz. My mum likes other products from this range so I might pass it onto her to try and see if she gets on better with it than I did.

Figs & Rouge Coco-Rose Lip Balm - I was excited to see a Figs & Rouge lip balm in this box as I love the mint version I have. I was disappointed when I opened it though as it's glittery and quite sticky, not in a good way either, more like a lip gloss.

Helen E Cosmetics Waterproof Protective Lip Liner - This is the one product I know I'm going to use and enjoy. It's a lovely pink with a hint of coral and is actually very creamy for a liner. I'll be trying this all over the lips as well as underneath lip balm.

Monu Professional Skincare Hydrating Moisturiser SPF 15 - I have enough face moisturisers to last me a life time so I'll be passing this onto my mum to try. Also I feel like with spf 15, there isn't really any point in having it in there as I only use spf 50 on my face. I know my mum wont mind this as her skin isn't as fair as mine and she tans quite easily.

Mememe Cosmetics Eye Inspire Mono Eye Shadow - I would have liked a more interesting colour than a matte dark brown as I know I wont really use this. I hardly every use matte shades and much prefer shimmer in an eye shadow. There's also a lot of fall out when you apply it although it does blend out quite nicely.

Lets hope next months Glossybox and this months Birchbox are better!

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10 June 2013

Week In Photos 141 & 142

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