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Beauty Empties: July 2013

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Sally  Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Violet Night - I bought a couple of these nail polish strips from Fragrance Direct for about £1.50 each. I tried a green gingham set and they just did not work and I even put it towards my disappointing products blog post I'm currently writing. One night though, while still sorting my room out, I decided to dig another pack out and try again. This time they actually worked so I think the other may have been a dud. Although a bit boring, Violet Night is a simple bright pink with a hint of purple. I was really impressed with how easy they were to apply, finding near perfect matches for my nails, and how they lasted. They were also pretty easy to remove using normal remover. I have a couple more with different patterns to try but I'll definitely be buying some more especially at that cheap price.

Taaj Micellar Water- Ever since I started this giant bottle of micellar water, I have been counting down the days till I finished it…

Beauty Favourites: July 2013

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Vera Wang Love Struck Perfume - This is the latest perfume addition to my collection and I've worn everyday since I got it. It was a hard choice between this one, the original, and the floral rush version. I went for this one but I might have to buy the other as well! The notes are pink guava, angelica flower, mandarin, Indian jasmine sambac, tuberose buds, blue lotus blosso, sheer musk, precious woods and vanilla. I also love the bottle design!

Anthropologie Angel Food Candle - I'm not a huge fan of candles despite loving how they make my room smell because 9 out of 10 candles irritate my skin and eczema. I decided to take a risk and add this candle to my basket when I was making an Anthroplogie order and I'm glad I did. So far, fingers crossed, this candle has been fine with my skin and the scent is heavenly. It smells like a mix between sweets and cakes. I also love the packaging and how it looks on my bedside table.

Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat - I've raved about…

NOTD: Urban Outfitters W.I.P Blueberry

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Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
Urban Outfitters W.I.P Blueberry  // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

I think I must have bought this polish last summer and have only just got round to trying it for the first time. I don't know why because it's a really nice shade of blue and has a pretty good formula. Only two coats are needed and it dries pretty quickly without any bubbles.

I bought 3 nail polishes for £15 in store but it seems to only be 2 polishes for £10 online. Otherwise these W.I.P polishes are £6 each.


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Sunday Pamper 006

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For some reason, despite sleeping in later than usual, I feel so tired today so I'm not really in the mood for a full pamper session. Instead I'm going to be focusing on three horribly painful spots that appeared over night in the hopes that they will be gone by tomorrow or at least a lot smaller.

These three masks are my hero products when it comes to spots. On their own they work really well, but together they can reduce the worst looking spot to something not even that noticeable. First up is the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque which I apply only to the spots and I leave it on until it dries which I then remove with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. This mask helps to calm down redness and draws out impurities without drying the skin out. I'll then apply the Parsley Seed mask to the same areas and leave it on till it dries as well. This one works in the same way but I find it's more effective at drying the spots out than the other one. Again this is anoth…

Project Sample Use Up 005

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Rodial 5 Minute Facial- A sachet of this clay mask featured in my last Project Sample Use Up post and my thoughts are still the same. It works really well at unclogging pores and reducing blackheads so I'll definitely be buying the full size at some point.

Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Shampoo - I liked this shampoo but there was only one use in the sachet so not enough product to see how it actually works. One good thing though is that it didn't irritate my sensitive scalp! It also felt very moisturising which I don't often find with shampoos. I might buy the full size at some point to see if it can make a difference to how my hair feels as it does get very dry.

Doctor Duve Hand Cream - This was an ok hand cream, it smelt nice but did take a while to sink in so I wouldn't buy the full size.

Dr Bronners Magic Citrus Orange Soap - I enjoyed using this little sample of the all in one soap and the pleasant orange scent. I will be buying a full size of the unscented one but n…

Mini Reviews 006 // Nivea // Redken // Healthy Sexy Hair

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Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner* - I'm always on the look out for products that mean I don't have to apply a body moisturiser, the one beauty step I absolutely hate doing. This new product from Nivea means I can do just that! It's the last step when showering or having a bath. You apply it, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse off and pat dry. It leaves your skin incredibly soft and moisturised. The only downside to this product is that it doesn't really have a scent but it also means it wont mix horribly with the shower gel I use before. It's available from Boots and Superdrug as well as most supermarkets but it's found among the nivea moisturisers and not in the shower section like you'd expect. I'm also using a similar product one Soap & Glory which despite smelling nicer, is about three times the price and not as good.

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment - This has quickly become one of my favourite products…

NOTD: Colour Club Pardon My French

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Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
Colour Club Pardon My French // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

It looks like Colour Club also sell another Pardon My French nail polish but a light pink shade. This one was from the Birchbox collaboration collection; Wanderlust. Pardon My French is one of the pastel shades from the collection, a lovely pink-purple. This is one of my favourite shades to wear and reminds me of one of my favourites, the limited edition Boots polish from Barry M but a slightly lighter and more pastel version. It's also very similar to Models Own Lilac Dream.

Unfortunately the formula doesn't match up with how nice a colour it is. It's very thick and quite hard to apply but you do only need two coats because of this.

As far as I can tell this set is still available from Birchbox for £10 and I really recommend it. The formulas aren't great but I just love the summery colours and the mini bottles are so cute.


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Boots Shopping 001

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Boots was having it's annual summer points event the other week where you got £7.50 worth of points when you spend £30 so I couldn't help myself and went into town. I made a list of what I wanted so I wouldn't risk any extra purchases and I did quite well. Only one item wasn't on my list!

Vera Wang Love Struck has been on my wishlist ever since it came out and I've finally bought it. I went for the 50ml which was over £30 so I ended up buying it separate to everything else so I got two lots of 750 points. The notes are pink guava, angelica flower, mandarin, indian jasmine sambac, tuberose buds, blue lotus blosso, sheer musk, precious woods and vanilla. It has a lot of the usual notes that I like in perfumes and I've been wearing it every day.

I had planned to buy a lot more of the Barry M Gelly nail polishes but when I actually looked at them in person I didn't really like them or had a similar colour already. There were three that I wanted but there wasn&#…

DIY 001 // Cushion Storage

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I've had these cute fox pillows for quite a while now but still living with my parents means limited space for all my junk possessions and I didn't really have a home for them. I did have them on my bed but it meant having to put them some where else while I slept and I didn't like throwing them on the floor all the time.

I've had a plain wooden Ikea storage crate hanging around my room for years since I used it to keep one of my A Level projects in while I was working on it. It's been home to many things since then but recently I was thinking about giving it to a charity shop. I put it next to my bed one day and it suddenly came to me I could use it to store a couple of cushions in while I'm not using them. It's the perfect size to fit halfway under my bed as well.

The crate sat holding my cushions for a month or two but I wasn't one hundred percent happy with it as I'm not a fan of pine wood so I added a layer of Annie Sloan Paris Grey paint to i…

NOTD: OPI A Roll In The Hague

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Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
OPI A Roll In The Hague // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

It's not often I'll reach for an orange polish, I like the colour and especially on other people but for some reason I just don't like it on myself. A randomly selected A Roll In The Hague the other day, one I hadn't tried since buying it. It's a strange colour, it looks completely different in the bottle to when it's on the nails. In the bottle it looks like a creamy orange. Once on the nails it becomes a bright sort of jelly orange. It also looks different in different lighting so was quite hard to photograph.

I bought my bottle from Fragrance Direct for only £3.99 and it's still available along with a whole bunch of other OPI polishes. I've know I've spent a fair amount of my wages on the polishes, can't resist as they're so cheap ...

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Sunday Pamper 005

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I should have posted this last Sunday and although I took the photo, it was just too hot to sit down and write the post. Instead I shut down my laptop, used all these products and just relaxed with an ice cream. Also trying to get my head round to going back to work after a week off and it probably being way too hot and stuffy in the building. which is was, for the whole week!

As you can see all the products reflect what the weather has been like for the past two weeks. Amazing. Although I have to say, I've had enough and I can't wait for Autumn and Winter. I'm probably the only one, but I love the cold weather. Mainly because my eczema is at its worst in the summer and is right this second.

Korres Guava Shower Gel added to an ice cold bath, heaven after a day of painting walls and moving furniture around. A thick layer of Charles Worthington Melting Balm all over my hair. Liz Earle Foot Spritzer on in the morning and then a layer of The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector on in…

Week In Photos 147 & 148

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Cat approves of the courgette plants // Bedroom wall finally painted // First courgettes picked for the year // And made into courgette bread // New candle // Palm sized bowl full of ice cream // Making chocolate covered frozen bananas. 

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Beauty Box: Birchbox July 2013

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I haven't tried anything from this months Birchbox yet so I'm just going to share the photos and what's inside.

Chia Seeds // Carole Franck Fluide Fraicheur Phyto-Hydrant // TheBalm Instain Long Wearing Powder Staining Blush in Swiss Dot // Nougat London Nurturing Hand Cream // Blanc Cachemire Creme De Jour Protectrice // Dead Sea Spa Magik Silky Smooth Body Lotion.

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NOTD: Essie Neo Whimsical

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Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
Essie Neo Whimsical // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat


Essie Neo Wimsical is the sort of colour that I always fall back to when I'm not sure what polish to wear. It fits into the nude but still pastel group so well. It's a light pink with a hint of purple although on my nails it looks a lot more pink. It reminds me of Models Own Utopia but a more subtle version. Only two coats are needed to create polished looking nails that still have a little bit of colour.

Luckily I got mine for only £1.99 from Fragrance Direct so it's the new formula and great brush. It isn't available anymore so I had a quick look around online and it seems to be available in the old formula for about £10.


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Beauty Box: Glossybox July 2013

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First off how amazing is the box for the July Glossybox*?! The special design boxes are always my favourite and it makes a nice change from the pink ones. This months theme is Seaside Splash which is perfect for the lovely weather we've been having. All the products needed are perfect for this time of year and for the most part I'm pretty happy with the selection.

Anatomicals Spray Misty For Me Facial Spritz - I was looking forward to trying this facial mist but I'm really not a fan of the scent. It's meant to be lavender and peppermint which although an odd combination they usually smell nice together but not with this one. It reminds me of cleaning products and my mum wasn't a fan of this one. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be using this product.

Inecto Pure Coconut Dry Shampoo - I love dry shampoos but don't always like the scent of the Batiste one's so this coconut scented one is perfect for me. I love coconut scents so I hope this works well.

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Vs 001 // Shine Sprays

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I have been getting a lot more into hair this past month and have been changing up my normal natural curly/wavy locks. I haven't done anything drastic to my hair, just changing the style either with a side braid or twist to get my hair out of my face, using styling tools or attempting a waterfall braid.

I was recently sent the ghd shine spray which sort of spurred on this blog post as I already had the Paul Mitchel one and thought it would be a good chance to compare all different price points. I have to be honest, before writing this post and testing out the products, I wouldn't have thought about using a shine spray but I've definitely changed my mind.

So the three shine sprays I'm going to be comparing are Paul Mitchel Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray* (now going to be referred to as PM for ease), Lee Stafford Shine Head Shine Spray (LS) and ghd Style Final Shine Spray* (ghd).

Packaging // My favourite packaging out of the three is by far PM. It looks sleek and I lik…

Mini Reviews 004 // Caudalie // L'Occitane // Nip + Fab

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Caudalie Divine Oil - An oil that is multi-purpose, it can be used on the face, body, hair or nails. I've heard some people breaking out when using this on the face so I've mainly been using this as a body moisturiser and I've been loving it. It's very lightweight and sinks in pretty quickly, a lot quicker than I was expecting. Although others have raved about the scent, I was a little disappointed when it arrived and it doesn't smell as nice as I thought it would. Not horrible, just not nice and would be something that would put me off buying the full size. I want to smell nice as well as moisturising my skin. I've also been adding a couple of drops of this onto my bath when I want an added boost of moisture and it works well. As for using it on my hair, I'm not convinced, it's a bit too light and doesn't seem to do much. Over I'm glad I've tried it and I have two mini bottles to enjoy using but I wouldn't rush out and buy the full size…

Nail Polish Picks: Summer 2013

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L'Oreal Confetti // OPI Alpine Snow // OPI Who The Shrek Are You? // Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream // H&M Blue My Mind // Models Own Beach Party // Models Own Hedonist // Pixi Coral Cabana // Pixi Summer Pink // Pixi Very Violet.
At the moment I've put the pastel shades away, although you'll probably still see my wearing them, and have brought out the brighter more neon shades of nail polish.  You can see my Spring 2013 choices here if you still want a pastel fix. The first five I usually wear on my hands and the second set of five I normally wear on my toes. I don't mind if my nail polishes don't match, it's very rare for me to wear the same polish on both my hands and toes. Surprisingly I did it the other day though with OPI's Romeo & Joliet. 

After finally tracking down the infamous L'Oreal Confetti top coat it's become one of my go to polishes and works so well with any coloured polish. It also gives a nice glossy finish to the matte neons…

The Cleanser Wardrobe 001

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I think it was Caroline Hirons who first talked about and used the term skin care wardrobe and it's caught on. It's a great way to describe a skin care collection as just like the weather, our skin is constantly changing so we can pick out products for that particular problem. Although I do have several toners, serums and moisturisers on the go at the same time it's more the cleansers that I switch between on a daily basis.

Cream Cleanser // I reach for Mario Badescu Cream Soap when my eczema flares up and I want something that I know will not irritate my skin or dry it out even more. I know foaming cleansers are meant to be bad for the skin and although this one does foam up, as the name suggests is feels very creamy and not at all drying. The only down side to this one is that it doesn't remove make-up but I always use a micellar water before cleansing anyway so this doesn't bother me. It has a slight coconut scent to it which I really like. This is also the chea…

Week In Photos 145 & 146

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Favourites // Endless photographs of these flowers // Picking paint colours // A week off work equals lazy garden days with the monster cat // Courgettes are growing! // First coat of the base paint done.
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