Showing posts from September, 2013

Project Use Everything Up

Last night while on twitter I announced that I was going to go on a spending ban of sorts. I'm not going to stop myself from buying things completely as I know that just will not work. Anyone remember the 100 day spending ban I did at the start of the year? yeah, that didn't go so well.

Instead I'm doing a Project Use Everything Up in which I will only buy a product if I have completely used up all the back ups/variations. For example once I don't have any micellar water left, then I can buy a new bottle and the same with cleansers etc. This was all spurred on by finding a couple of products that have gone off and are no longer usable. I hate to think I've wasted my money by letting a product just sit in my stash not being used and eventually turning bad.

I probably wont be updating too much on this little project of mine as I already do monthly empties posts but I'm sure I'll mention it again at some point.

Anyone else on a spending ban or a use up projec…

Sunday Pamper 007

My pamper evening has just started so I thought I'd share the products I'm using while my scalp treatment is doing it's job. Despite photographing the Philip Kingsley Toner I decided to use the Mocorrcanoil Dry Scalp Treatment as my scalp was dry rather than itchy.

Skin care wise I'm sticking with my normal routine but adding a couple of masks into the mix. Firstly the Una Brennan pre-cleanse oil which I have fallen in love with to help with the horrible dry patches I have at the moment. You apply this before your cleanser and although it does leave an oily residue behind, this goes away once you cleanse. I like to follow up with a moisturising cleanser, in this case it'll be balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm as this leaves behind a residue, but in a good way. The tiny oat particles also help to get rid of dry patches without irritating my sensitive skin.

I wont be using the Origins No Puffery Mask tonight. Instead I'll be saving this for tomorrow morn…

No Sunday pamper day for me

Instead I've been cleaning like a mad woman and cooking all my meals for the week. If you turn the clock back to 11am this morning, you literally could not see the wooden floor in my room. The majority of my clothes somehow managed to escape my wardrobe and land all over the floor. I blame this crazy hot weather we've had over the weekend and not knowing what to wear. Seriously, where had this Autumn weather gone?! I was just starting to enjoy it and have pulled out all my tights and jumpers. Everything else just needed a tidy! Hopefully with everything now clean and dust free I can get on with some of the DIY projects I've been dreaming about.

For the last month or so I've spent Sundays in the kitchen cooking up meals to go in the freezer for nights when I get home from work and am not sure what to have for dinner. I finish work at 8pm so there's just no way I'm going to then spend an hour in the kitchen cooking. I just want to eat, change into my pj's an…

Week In Photos 157

Lavender plant is growing and has started to smell of lavender! // Stag head found in Asda of all places // New coat and blouse // cat is feeling sorry for himself, he's just been in a fight // Colour co-ordinated Anthropologie purchases. 
I've decided to start posting my Week In Photos on a Saturday so I can do a weekly Sunday Pamper post. I've been having a bit of bloggers block these past couple of weeks and feeling like I haven't got anything to write about. I'm hoping with these two posts planned for the weekend it means I'll at least have some content going up on the blog even if I don't manage to write anything else. The last few days in work I've been doing a bit of brainstorming when it's quiet and am hopefully going to start a couple of new series which should kick things off again.

I also want to buy a new camera, which I mentioned in my last Week In Photos, so I'm able to take my camera out with me more. It's a lot to take my DLS…

Beauty Box: Birchbox September 2013

Since I've been getting Birchbox and Glossybox each month, there's always one that's better than the other. This month it happens to be Birchbox! There was also a tiny bar of Green & Blacks white chocolate but that was eaten by my mum pretty much as soon as the box arrived.

Reverence De Bastien Nail Polish - I'm so glad I got this gorgeous navy polish as it's my favourite colour to wear in the winter. I wish it had a name though and not just a number!

Bioderma Micelle Solution - How cute is this bottle! Another one of my favourites and the bottle will be perfect for travel as you can top it up. I've just stated a new bottle of Bioderma after a few months without it and I forgot how good it was!

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty - On the packaging this is described as a matte lipstick but it really isn't. You can see the shimmer in the bullet and it goes on very creamy. This doesn't disappoint me though as I prefer creamier lipsticks, they don'…

Week In Photos 149 - 156

Sneak peek at newly painted wall // Temporary skin care storage // Passion Fruit are growing! // Finally chose a colour for the drawers. Obvious choice // New decorations in my room // Keeping a skin care diary // Cooking food for the week // Courgette as spaghetti // Ikea plants // New art for the wall.

Eeeek I haven't done a Week In Photos post since July!! How has time gone so quickly?! I would have said it's only been a couple of weeks but really, two months! I just haven't been taking photos other than for blog posts. Since July I've had three weeks off from work and have done quite a lot of new things but I just haven't wanted to take my DSLR around with me.

I do have a small Nikon camera that's easy to put in my bag but the quality if horrible. Any recommendations for cameras?

Follow me on Twitter // Tumblr // Pinterest  // Bloglovin'

Desk Necessities

Inspired by Anna's recent blog post on her beauty essentials for her desk, I thought I'd share my own. After a day of sitting at my desk, whether it's writing blog posts or catching up on TV, I always seem to accumulate a bunch of beauty products. To help keep my desk a bit less cluttered I pulled out an old acrylic drawer set from Muji which I used to use for bits of my make-up.

For lips I have the Advanced Therapy Lip Balm from Fresh, a more hydrating version of the original with a nice citrus scent. Weleda Skin Food is a multi purpose cream that I use when my skin is extremely dry, either on my face or body. I've decanted some into a mini tub as you only need a tiny amount and the full size is sitting in my bedside table. The Balance Me Radiance Face Oil is in here because of Fee as she raved about using this as a spot treatment. I decided to give it a try and it works really well, it helps to soothe spots without drying the skin out, instead it adds moisture. Alth…

Project Sample Use Up 009

Clinqiue High Lengths Mascara - This was another one from the set and the only I'd already tried before. It has a really unusual plastic wand which you can see in my post about the set. I really loved it when it came out and I had the full size but I really didn't get on with this sample. First of all the formula was really wet and clumpy which I didn't remember the other one being like that. I left it for a bit in the hopes it would dry up slightly which did sort of help. I think the reason I didn't get on with it is because the handle is too near the wand since it's a mini version. I found this Benefit Bad Gal as well.

YSL Faux Cils Shocking Mascara - This has to be one of my favourite mascaras of all time. It just made my lashes look amazing without clumping. I've heard this dries up pretty quickly but luckily I didn't notice it with this little sample. I will be buying the full size at some point.

Noble Isle Willow Song Shower Gel - Although I liked the s…

NOTD: Essie Hip-Anema

Supplies used...
CND Stickey Base Coat
Essie Hip-Anema // two coats
Nubar Diamont Top Coat

For some unknown reason, I have become a fan of red nail polish. Orange toned reds to be exact. I've never been a fan of red nail polish and it's the colour I have the least amount of polishes of. I think it's to do with how pale my skin tone is, it just makes the red stand out too much. With this new found red nail polish love, I'm sort of wanting to buy Chanel Holiday that everyone raves about.

While looking through my polishes, the only polish that stuck out was this one from Essie. It's another Fragrance Direct bargain but unfortunately isn't available for £1.99 anymore. This polish has an amazing formula. If you're careful with application you can get away with one coat but I always prefer to apply two as I find it lasts better.

Follow me on Twitter // Tumblr // Pinterest  // Bloglovin'

Latest In Beauty 001

I finally caved and ordered the Latest In Beauty Summer Nails Box after telling myself I didn't need it. My justification was that I needed a new Bourjois nail polish remover pot and as I was browsing the site I saw a sample of Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm in the Luxury Samples section, a product I've wanted to try since everyone started raving about it. I wanted the luxury samples but didn't want to pay for delivery so I got it for free if I ordered the box.

Of course I couldn't not add the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, a gorgeous Revlon nail polish and a couple of other products to my basket.

The contents of the summer nails box include: L'Occitane Hand Cream, Butter London Nude Polish, Essie Sleek Stickers, Nails Inc Notting Hill & Kensington Caviar Top Coat, Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, The Vintage Cosmetic Company Nail File and Rituals Nail Varnish Corrector Pen.

Although the nails box is not available anymore, there's still a lot of other b…