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Skin Care Diary: August 2013

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It was Annabel's blog post that inspired me to start keeping my own skin care diary so I can keep track of what products I'm using, how often and how they're effecting my skin. It was then Jessica's monthly skin posts that inspired me to share the products I've used most often that month.

At the end of each month I'll tally up all the products I've used and which are clear favourites or one's that I've used the most and post a photo. I'm not going to go into detail on each product but I'll link any reviews or mentions I've written.

Avene Micellar Lotion // La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water // REN Clear Calm Clay Cleanser // La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 // Caudalie Lip Balm // Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex // Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins // Melvita Rose Water // Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. 

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The Last Of The Monthly Favourites

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As you can probably tell from the title of this blog post, I've decided to stop writing monthly favourite posts. For the past few months I've found it harder and harder to pick out favourites to feature. It's not that I haven't been buying new products or falling in love with others, I just seem to be using old favourites that I've already mentioned a lot whether it's in favourite posts or others. I also don't want to start including products that I don't 100% love just so the posts look a bit better. Instead I'd prefer to just start writing current favourites whenever I feel like it and not be tied down to just posting at the end of every month.

I'm also putting myself on a spending ban so I'll be using older products even more so and don't want posts to start getting repetitive.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 - This month I've been looking for an alternative to Mario Badescu Control Cream to soothe the eczema on my face. I was g…

Beauty Empties: August 2013

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Cutex Nail Polish Remover - For some reason my Asda has stopped selling Cutex nail polish removers so I really did want to buy another bottle but I couldn't. For now I'm using an Asda own brand but once I finish that bottle I'll try and find Cutex else where.

Original Source Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel - I love the seasonal scents Original Source come out with but I really wish they'd make them all permanent. Especially this one and the pineapple one from summer last year. I've already bought another bottle.

Lush Dream Cream - I think this is my fourth pot of this stuff and I love it. It's light but moisturising and helps to soothe eczema patches. I will be picking up another tub when I'm next in town and by the Lush shop.

The Body Shop Chocomania Body Scrub - I featured this in my Disappointing Products post so since I'm throwing it away, practically full, I thought I'd pop it in the Empties post as well. It's not often I come across a product that…

Bedroom Alterations Part 1

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I'm the type of person who gets bored of their surroundings pretty quickly and I'm constantly changing how my bedroom looks. I usually have a furniture switch around every six months or so. I also have a lot of junk stuff which from looking at the photo above, is looking extremely cluttered and not at all how I want my room to look. Despite most things having a place, it all just looks very messy. A quick look at my home board on Pinterest and you can sort of see how I want my room to look eventually. Every thing is very minimal and everything has it's own place, a lot of pastel accents, plain walls and white furniture.

The first thing to do: paint over the lily wallpaper.

I want to try and make the two bookcases stand out more and look like decorations themselves instead of just housing all my books. Despite all the little touches like my perfume bottles, decorations and colour co-ordinated books, it all just looks lost among the wallpaper. I still like the wallpaper and …

NOTD: Bourjois Amande Défilé

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Supplies used...
Orly Primetime Primer
CND Stickey Base Coat
Bourjois Amande Défilé // three coats
Nubar Diamont Top Coat

This is the first polish I've tried from the So Laque Glossy line from Bourjois although I do own a couple of polishes with the really long handles. Those I like. This one, not so much.

First off the packaging, so much better! I can stand these properly in my Helmer unlike the others which I have to lie down. I really didn't like the brush though and found it made the already horrible formula so much harder to apply. The bristles are quite hard so they don't flatten to the shape of the nail meaning you can't really get a neat edge by the cuticle.

Even after three coats a few nails were still patchy which I was disappointed about. If a polish needs more than two coats then it's pretty rare for me to reach for it again. I'd prefer to just find a similar colour with a better formula. It took a while to dry and bubbled quite badly once I put the t…

Project Sample Use Up 008

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**This post was meant to go live September 14th but once again Blogger's scheduling option has not worked and has published this a month early. I haven't finished all these samples in a space of a day which it looks like from my last post, I always write them ahead of time. Since it's already gone live I might as well keep it up.

RMK Rose Cleansing Balm - I really enjoyed trying out this cleansing balm and I'm so glad it was included in a Birchbox. Even before finishing this little tub, I ordered the full size using some Birchbox points so I managed to get it a bit cheaper. It's not cheap, £29 for 100g, but it's definitely worth it. It has a really nice rose scent as you'd expect. It's a solid balm in the tub but once it hits your hands and face it turns into an oil and just feels amazing on the skin. It then emulsifies when it touches water so is easy to remove with or without a muslin cloth. I've only tried a handful of cleansing balms but so far …

Project Sample Use Up 007

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Elie Saab Perfume - I really like this perfume and I've been trying to save this tiny little sample. It's not a perfume I would normally go for but for some reason I love it and will be buying the full size. It's a very strong scent which lasts a really long time so a good one for night time. The notes are mandarin blossom, gardenia, orange blossom, jasmine, vetiver and rose honey.

L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Perfume - I got this tiny little bottle of perfume from a Latest In Beauty box ages ago and I really like it. Its notes are bergamot, grapefruit, peony, magnolia, violet petals, vanilla, cedar and musk. Although I do like it and have been enjoying using it, I don't like it enough to buy the full size.

Escentual Micellar Blind Trial Sample C* - This sample was the Caudalie micellar water which I knew straight away because of the scent. I've had a couple of travel size bottles in the past and it has a very distinct scent. It works really well to take my make-up o…

NOTD: China Glaze Sweet Hook

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Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
China Glaze Sweet Hook // two coats
Nubar Diamont Top Coat

If you look through my nail polish collection, this light pink-lavender this the colour I have the most of. For some reason I just gravitate towards it. It's such an easy colour to wear, not too bright but still colorful.

This one from China Glaze is from the Spring 2012 Electropop collection and luckily is still available. Although the formula is slightly on the thicker side, it still applies nicely and only needs two coats.

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Beauty Box: Birchbox August 2013

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Molton Brown Ylang Ylan Shower Gel - I don't think I would have ever tried this if it hadn't come in the box as I'm not usually one to spend a lot on shower gels. I tend to stick with what I can buy in Asda. Saying that though I do really like the scent and will enjoy using up the sample bottle.

Montibel.lo Gold Oil Essence - I don't do a lot to my hair but I always put oil in it once it's been washed. I haven't heard of this product or brand before

Bluemandarines SkinLife Energetic Cellular Cream - This one is going to be passed onto my mum if she fancies giving it a go. It's not really a cream targeted to my skin type.

Gerda Spillmann Hydro Pearls Make-Up Primer - I don't really have that much experience when it comes to primers but this one feels a lot more like a moisturiser than a primer which is nice. Will have to report back with how it makes make-up last.

Laqa&Co Fat Lip Pencil in Wolfman - This is such a cute little lip pencil! I'm pleased …

Boots Shopping 002

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Those vouchers that Boots send out every few months offering so many extra points when you spend over £30 are a killer. I went it to use one of them and ended up spending about £45! I did get some products that I've wanted to try for a while as well as some new discoveries.

The first place I go to in Boots is the skin care isles as it's my favourite thing to spend my money on at the moment. The past few visits I've zoomed in on the Una Brennan section and have nearly added both of these products to my basket on a couple of occasions but I've always put them back. This time though there was a 1/3 off offer going on which made these already pretty cheap products even cheaper.

The Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil ended up only being £7.33 which I am hoping to review along side the Origins version which looks very similar. I've really been liking oil cleansers at the moment and am hoping this one lives up to expectations.

The Superfacialist Rose Mir…

NOTD: NYX Pastel Coral

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Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
NYX Pastel Coral  // two coats
Nubar Diamont Top Coat

NYX nail polishes have become some of my favourites and although I only have four and they're all pretty standard colours, the quality is really great for the price. You can now buy them from the NYX UK site and they only cost £4.50. They apply really nicely and smooth, dry quickly and are opaque in two coats. So far I've also swatched Pastel Mint and Pastel Pistachio.

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Disappointing Products 001

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Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser -  Before I bought this I'd read so many great reviews on it so I assumed I'd like it as well. I don't like to just wipe off a cleanser so I was this off with water which I've read other people doing as well. You can see I've used about a third so I have given it a good try but it just doesn't seem to work for me. It doesn't irritate my skin or cause breakouts and it's not a bad product, it just doesn't really do anything to my skin. It's like my skin would feel the same way if I'd just washed it with water. I wish I'd saved my money and spent it on a cleanser I know actually benefits my skin.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips - I wasn't sure if I should put these nail polish strips in this post as I've since tried a different design and they worked really well. I was disappointed with this green design as they just would not stick to the nail at all. The packaging was properly seal…

In A Skin Care Rut

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These past few weeks I seem to have gotten stuck in a skin care rut and not really sure how to get out of it. I think a mixture of constantly switching up products, not having a proper routine and not eating very healthily or drinking enough water is making my skin go crazy. I'm also not really happy with the moisturisers I have at the moment. I've got a couple that are good for the morning but nothing that's really working for evening. I was using Liz Earle Skin Repair but I think it might have been clogging up my skin so I've stopped using it for now.

Back in January I bought the Origins Super Spot Remover and was given a couple of samples from the Mega-Mushroom range. I fell in love with the serum and moisturiser but didn't buy the full sizes as I had other products to finish up first. Fast forward to today and I finally bought them in the hopes that they'll help to clear up my skin. I also bought the Clean Energy Cleansing Oil so I can compare it to the Un…

NOTD: Orly Coachella Dweller

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Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
Orly Coachella Dweller // three coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

Although I haven't got any plans to go, if I went to Coachella this would be the polish I'd wear simply because of the name. This was part of the Spring 2013 Hope and Freedom Collection and is one of my favourites as I love them all apart from one. I'm not a huge yellow nail polish fan. Despite loving them, this is the first time I'm sharing one of them.

Although I love the shade of green, I don't have anything like it in my collection, I'm just not a fan of polishes that need more than two coats and this one needed three. Even with a fast drying top coat like Seche Vite I'm usually too impatient to apply that extra layer so these types of polishes usually go untouched in my drawers. As I use a base and top coat that means I'm putting on five layers of polish!

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Beauty Box: Glossybox August 2013*

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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir Perfume - I actually don't own any Juicy Couture perfumes although a couple of them have been on my to try list for a while. The notes are honeysuckle, gardenia petals, jasmine sambac, berries, mandarin, strawberry, amber, caramel, vanilla and sandalwood. I really like it and have finished this little sample vial so quickly. It's definitely one I'm going to buy at some point.

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow Pencil - I was a bit disappointed to see another Jelly Pong Pong product in the box as I haven't liked any of the other products before. I actually like the look of this one though as it's a dark, almost black, green with a hint of shimmer.

Oceane Make-Up Remover Pen - I have nail polish remover pens but didn't know the same sort of thing existed for make-up. This could be quite useful if you travel a lot or to keep on your desk at work. It also comes with a couple of extra nibs to switch out.

Emite Eye Lash Curlers…

NOTD: Orly Cotton Candy

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Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
Orly Cotton Candy  // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

Orly Cotton Candy is from the Spring 2010 Sweet collection. It's a gorgeous pink-peach creme pastel and is what I was hoping Barry M Papaya would be. The formula for this one is pretty thick but surprisingly, easy to work with. It will need thinning at some point though when it gets a bit old. A lot of people have said they had to apply three coats with this polish but somehow I only needed two.

This is still available from Beauty Bay which is where I bought mine from but it's just over £10 which I wouldn't pay for and didn't. If you want it I'm sure you can find it cheaper on Ebay.


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The Skin Care Tag

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Describe your skincare routine in 5 words:
Simple, gentle, hydrating, calming and rotation.

What's your skin type?
Definitely combination - my skin is sensitive and eczema prone, can be dry or oily and I easily get spots. It's a nightmare!

What's your favourite skincare product?
Mario Badescu Control Cream, I can't seem to rave about it enough. After months and months of having two horrible patches of eczema on my face this cream treated it in a couple of days. It's the one product I know I'll be repurchasing for the rest of my life or until they stop selling it. which they sort of seem like they're doing now ...

Top blemish zapper?
Liz Earle Spot On but I've just learnt it's been discontinued which I can't believe. Luckily I have a lot of it left which should last long enough for them to bring out the reformulated version. It just works so well, even better than the Origins Super Spot Remover which I was a little disappointed with.

Face wipes yay o…

Mini Reviews 008 // Super Facialist By Una Brennan // Nude // Melvita // Ren

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Super Facialist By Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask - The mask goes on a bit gritty feeling which I wasn't expecting, almost like the oils in it had hardened but it didn't irritate my skin. As the name suggests it has a lovely natural rose scent which is very strong so if you don't like roses, this one may not be for you. You apply a thick layer all over the face and leave on for 5 minutes then wash away with warm water or with a muslin cloth. It dries a bit as it's on your face and feels quite cooling which was nice to use in the hot weather we had last month. Once washed off I did notice that my skin felt a lot smoother and more plump. Any dry patches I had disappeared and it definitely added a lot of moisture back in to my skin. I bought it from Boots for £8.99 but when there was a 3 for 2 offer. A nice alternative to the Origins Drink Up Mask if you're looking for something a little cheaper.

Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil - Despite the raves about thi…

NOTD: Essie Super Bosa Nova

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Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
Essie Super Bosa Nova // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

I thought I'd found the best nail polish formula which was China Glaze Strawberry Fields but this one from Essie is even better. It almost has a gel like formula and just glides onto the nail. I didn't even need to clean up after applying it. You can almost get away with one coat but I always like to apply two as I find it lasts better. The only downside is that it does dry to a slightly matte finish so I apply a top coat. Also without a good base coat, this will stain your nails pink.

Super Bosa Nova is a bright hot pink with a hint of raspberry. It's also packed with magenta/blue shimmer which isn't that obvious on the nail, only when in direct sunlight. In other lights it just sort of adds a blue hint to the pink.

The best thing about it was the price, I bought it from Fragrance Direct for only £1.99 but it doesn't seem to be available anymore. Keep an eye out t…

Trilogy Sensitive Skin Very Gentle Calming Fluid

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A few months back I bought the Mario Badescu Control Cream for the stubborn patches of eczema on my face and it worked miracles. Fast forward to today and this holy grail cream is out of stock everywhere. There are rumours it's been discontinued and others that it's being reformulated. Beauty Bay said they'd get it back in stock in a couple of weeks but that was two months ago. After being used pretty much everyday my little tub is nearing being empty so I began a search to find a replacement until control cream is back in stock.

I haven't found a product that comes anywhere near to how good control cream is but this one by Trilogy is helping my eczema. It's the Sensitive Skin Very Gentle Calming Fluid. I haven't tried anything from Trilogy before and hadn't even heard of this product. I discovered it while adding the Trilogy Rosehip Oil to my Escentual basket and thought it sounded like a good cream for my sensitive eczema prone skin and perhaps an alter…

NOTD: Essie Maximillian Strasse Her

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Supplies used...
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
Essie Maximillian Strasse Her // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

Essie Maximillian Strasse Her, not a summer shade at all but one I was drawn to out of my collection. These murky dirty type of colours are my favourite! Maximillian Strasse Her is from the Madison Ave-Hue Spring 2013 collection and is currently available for only £1.99 from FragranceDirect. As soon as I saw this, I bought all the collection! How can you say no to cheap Essie polishes?!

It's a grey-green creme which sort of reminds me of two Models Own polishes. If you mixed Grace Green with Concrete Mixer, this is the colour you'd get. Two coats are needed and they apply nicely especially with the diffusion line wide brush.

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Project Sample Use Up 006

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Escentual Micellar Water Samples A, D & F* - Sample A was the Dior Instant Cleansing Water, the most expensive out of the seven we tried. 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.

Sample D was the Avene Micellar Lotion. This only has a hint of a scent but it's a very natural scent, so subtle I can't really tell what it is. This one took ages to take my mascara off and it wasn't even waterproof. I seem to have to use a lot of product which I don't with other waters.

Sample F was Bioderma, my all time favourite micellar water and the one that was the best in the trial. It removes make-up without any effort and doesn't irritate my skin. I already have a couple of bottles to use and I will always repurchase.

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Mini Reviews 007 // Aesop // Antipodes // This Works

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Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing MaskThe purified clay draws out impurities; the Aloe Vera ensures this doesn't leave your skin feeling tight, while the Rosehip & Parsley Seed extracts deliver a big dose of anti-oxidants to perk up your skin. - Cult Beauty. I use this mask when my skin is feeling congested and like it needs a deep clean. Think your clarifying shampoo but for your face. It's also suited to dry and sensitive skin which not all clay masks are so this is perfect for me. It's thinner than most clay masks which makes applying it easier. I leave it on for 15 minutes after cleansing and then wash it away with a muslin cloth or a Liz Earle Sponge. The scent is a mix of lavender and herbs which makes it relaxing and perfect to use before bed. Once washed off I'm left with fresh feeling and looking skin. It's expensive though at £27 but I've had my tube for a few months and it looks like I've barely used any.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Mini Reviews 005 // Philip Kingsley Hair Care

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Just by looking at the photo you can probably see a theme here. A month or two ago I had a horrible itchy and flaky scalp because of pesky eczema. I've tried everything and I thought I'd found a good shampoo, Barefoot SOS dry scalp which worked amazingly well when I first tried it. I know the shampoo isn't the cause but I thought I'd mix up my hair care completely in case my scalp had become sort of immune to it.

Exfoliating Scalp Mask - I've never tried anything like this before and I wasn't sure how my sensitive scalp would get on with it but I just had to get it. You can only get this in a 20ml tube for £4.70 so it could get expensive as it's recommended to be used weekly until your itchy scalp disappears. I've managed to get three uses out of it. You dampen your hair and apply it to your scalp in partings 3cm apart, massage into the scalp and then leave on for 10-20 minutes and rinse away. You then follow up with your shampoo and conditioner as usua…