30 October 2013

Empties: October 2013

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Korres Fig Shower Gel - I love the scent of this one, it smells just like fresh figs and was a perfect scent for summer. I also love the formula of Korres shower gels and how nice they feel on the skin, not at all drying. I have a couple more of these mini bottles and a million other shower gels to use first, but I would buy this one again, probably next summer or spring.

balance Me Super Toning Body Wash - I really like the formula of balance Me shower gels as they lather up really well but aren't drying. While I liked the scent of this one I prefer the rose version which I already have so I probably wont buy this again.

Burberry Body Perfume - I am so sad to see this perfume empty! It's my favourite at the moment and the one I get the most compliments and what perfume are you wearing questions when wearing it. I want to finish at least another full size perfume before I buy this again. I don't like to have too many perfumes at one time as they do go off.

Nip + Fab Mango Smoothie Body Butter - I really liked the scent of this body butter when I first used it, it reminded me of mango sherbet. The more I used it though the more I hated the scent. Luckily it was only a small tub as I don't think I could have finished the full size. I really liked the body butter itself so I've already bought the pistachio version.

Soap & Glory Pulp Friction Body Scrub - Despite loving all the other Soap & Glory body scrubs I've tried, I really didn't like this one. I bought it because so many people raved about it but I really should have just stuck with the Breakfast Scrub or Sugar Crush. I liked the scent in the shop but the more I used it, the more I hated it. By the end of the tube, I really couldn't stand the scent. It also wasn't a very good scrub. I liked that it turned foamy on the skin but the actual scrub particles were tiny. I definitely will not be buying this one again.

Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Conditioner - I really liked this conditioner and it made a massive difference to how soft my hair felt and I noticed less frizz when I used it. I will be buying the full size once I've finished the other conditioners I have.

Moroccan Oil Dry Scalp Treatment Oil - This is another one that I'm sad to see finished as it doesn't seem to be available on Feel Unqiue anymore so I'll have to find another place to sell it. I apply this all over my scalp a few hours before I'm washing my hair, sometimes the day before so I leave it on over night, and let the oil soak in. This makes a huge difference to dry patches and I'll be buying another bottle as soon as possible.

Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner - This is another one that I bought the full size of even before finishing the product. This is another product that has made a huge difference to how my scalp feels. I've noticed a lot less dry patches and my scalp is definitely less itchy. I'm so glad I tried this! I also really like the whole process of applying it as the coldness of the toner really helps to soothe my scalp.

Barefoot Rosa Fina Intensive Eye Serum - This is called an eye serum but to me it just felt like a normal eye cream, perhaps just a little bit lighter. It's nothing like the Espa eye serum which is really runny. I did like this one and enjoyed using it but I much prefer the eye cream from balance Me.

Sally Hansen Winter Funderland Real Nail Polish Strips - What surprised me the most about these nail strips was how easy it was to remove despite the glitter. I simply used the Bourjois nail polish remover pot and only had to pick a couple of the larger pieces of glitter off with my nails. They also lasted a decent amount of time before I got bored of the pattern. I'm going to buy some more once I've used the other pattern I have.

Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque - I saw this in Boots a couple of months back and thought I'd try it as it was only a couple of pounds. This would be perfect for traveling as I got two uses out of it and it actually closes with a tiny lid. The hair mask itself is great and made my hair feel incredibly soft. I have a million and one other hair masks to get through but I'd definitely buy this again and look to see if a full size is available, which I'm sure there is.

Figs & Rouge Balm - This technically isn't an empty as it's hardly been used but I'm throwing it away. I've had it for well over a year and stupidly haven't touched it since as I really liked it the few times I tried it. The scent has disappeared which is usually a sign a product has gone off. Once I've gone through my huge lip balm collection, I might buy this one again and actually use it, it was a really nice multi use balm.

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub - Oh how I hated this product! I am so glad to see this empty and that I don't have to force myself to use it anymore. I spent £6 on it so I didn't want to throw it away despite how much I hated it. As far as the product itself goes, it was ok. It was a bit on the dry side so the sugar didn't stick to the lips very well. It did make them very smooth though but it was the scent/taste I didn't like. I like popcorn, I like salted popcorn and I like sweet popcorn so I thought I'd love this but I was wrong. I wont be buying a different flavour, instead I'm going to try one from another brand.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - I had one use left in this tube and it's been sitting at the back of my cupboard unused so this was an easy one to finish. This used to by holy grail cleanser and I used it for about 5 years but for some reason I just don't like it as much anymore. I don't know if it's because they've changed the formula slightly or if it's my own skin that has changed but I'm finding it a struggle to finish up the couple of travel sized tubes I have left. Once they're all finished I don't think I'll be buying another tube again for a while.

Tresemme Platinum Strength 60 Second Treatment Shot* - I've wanted to try this hair treatment for such a long time but it was always sold out but I finally got it in a Glossybox. I got two uses out of the tube but I do have very long hair so if yours was shorter, you'd probably get three or four. I was really impressed with it, it made my hair feel and look extremely soft and you only have to leave it on for 60 seconds. I have a million other hair masks to use but I will be buying a tube in the future.

Caudalie Vinotherapie Hand & Nail Cream - I am so sad to see this hand cream empty! I used it up so quickly as I loved it so much. I kept it in my desk at work and was constantly applying it throughout the day and it's really helped the dryness and eczema on my hands. No matter how much you apply, it doesn't feel greasy and sinks in really well. I also loved the scent! I've already bought the grapefruit version but I will keep on buying them. I wish you could get it in a bigger tube although this size is perfect for your bag.

Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express mascara - I really didn't like this mascara and included it in my disappointing products post. I liked how black it was and the formula but it was the brush that I didn't like. I always prefer plastic wands to brushes so thought I'd like this one. I'm glad I tried it so now I know I don't like it.

Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Cuticle & Nail Treatment - This was another product that only had a couple of uses left, can you see a pattern forming? I buy a product and use it a lot but once I buy something newer it gets pushed to the back of my stash. This is perfect to keep in your handbag or at your desk as the packaging means no mess. It also has a lovely almond/marzipan scent! I would buy another one of these but I already have an OPI version which is very similar.

E.L.F Lash & Brow Clear Mascara - Despite how cheap this is, I think about £1.50, it works really well at holding my eyebrows in place all day without adding any colour. I used both sides on my eyebrows and they worked the same despite one being for your eye lashes. I would buy this again but I'll probably just pick a clear mascara up from Boots as I don't want to pay shipping for just one E.L.F product.

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28 October 2013

NOTD: Essie Go Ginza

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Essie Go Ginza // two coats
Nubar Diamont Top Coat

If you look at my nail polish collection you'll see a lot of these pastel pinks with a hint of purple. It's the hint of colour without being too in your face that I love. Essie does these shades of nail so well and Go Ginza is no exception.

Go Ginza was from the Spring 2013 collection which I managed to grab for £1.99 from Fragrance Direct. Although not available at the moment they have just added other polishes to the site.

Despite leaving each layer to dry for 10 minutes while I watched Bates Motel there was still some bubbling. I'm putting this down to the base coat and not the Essie polish. Application was great especially with the wide diffusion brush and the second coat evened everything out nicely.

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24 October 2013

Project Sample Use Up 010

Calvin Klein Euphoria Perfume - I actually really liked this perfume but would never have thought to try it had it not been in a magazine. I really want to try and finish a couple more full size perfumes before I buy a new one but I'll be keeping a note of this one.

Balm Balm Relax Bath & Shower Oil - I was surprised to find that you can only buy this size and a larger one isn't available. It's £6 for 5ml which is expensive when you can only get two uses out of it. I did like it though as it was a lot more moisturising than the Espa bath oils but I wont be buying another one.

Doublebase Emollient Bath Additive x2 - Although this bath additive worked well, it wasn't as moisturising as the Oilatum version so I wouldn't buy the full size.

Dermol 600 Bath Emollient - I quite liked this version but again, it isn't as good as Oilatum which I'll probably buy a bottle of at some point.

balance Me Rose Otto Body Wash - I love the rose scent of this shower gel and the formula of this one is great as well. I already have the full size so no need to buy another one just yet.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave In-Conditioner - I found this leave in conditioner to be ok, I wasn't a huge fan of the scent or how it applied though. It's in a spray bottle but it's more of a cream so it doesn't go on evenly. I'll be sticking to the leave in conditioner I'm using at the moment I think which is a Philip Kingsley one.

Liz Earle Energising Body Wash - This is another shower gel that I love and really need to buy a full size bottle! It feels very luxurious on the skin and lathers nicely. The scent is perfect for the mornings too.

Espa Energising Bath Oil - I'm so sad to have finished another bottle of Espa bath oil as it means I only have one left. I will be buying a full size but I just have to decide which scent to go for. Although these aren't as moisturising as the Balm Balm version, they are still very moisturising.

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23 October 2013

The Happiness List 001

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A list of 10 things that make me happy:

  1. hearing my friend has had her baby and it's a girl!
  2. and then buying the cutest little shoes
  3. unexpected parcels in the post
  4. getting shout outs on twitter from lovely bloggers, especially when I'm not feeling well!
  5. finding another cute mug to add to my growing collection
  6. autumn lipstick colours: Mac Plumful mainly
  7. passing a level on Candy Crush that I've been stuck on for ages
  8. listening to monsoon rain while tucked up in bed
  9. hearing your favourite song come on shuffle
  10. having a tidy room and no clothes on the floor

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21 October 2013

Beauty Box: Birchbox October 2013

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KMS California Curl Up Wave Foam // UltraDEX Wire Free Interdental Brushes // Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Nude // The Balm Stainiac Lip And Cheek Stain // Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips // Akane Mask Cocoon Nocturne // Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. 

This months Birchbox is a bit of a mixed one for me. There's a couple of let downs, mainly the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser which despite being the second lightest shade, it's still way too orange for me. Another disappointing product is the Dr Lipp lip balm which I've already tried and wasn't a fan of. Since I haven't opened these two I'm going to put them in my giveaway box as I know someone else would like them. Also the tooth brushes, sure I'll use them but in a beauty box? I would have preferred a perfume sample.

The lip and cheek stain from The Balm is a bit of a ok product as it's exactly the same as Benefit's Benetint which I already have. Would have been great otherwise but I do like that it's a gel formula which is a lot easier to apply on the lips.

Onto the better products and the one I was most excited to see was three sachets of the Egyptian Magic moisturiser. Thanks Birchbox for including more than one sachet so we can actually try it out properly! I'm intrigued by the face mask as it's a hydrating one you leave on over night, could it be similar to the Origins version? I'm also excited to see how the wave foam mousse from KMS works as I have curly/wavy hair.

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17 October 2013

NOTD: Models Own Grace Green

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Supplies used... 
CND Stickey Base Coat
Models Own Grace Green // two coats
Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat

Models Own Grace Green is one of my favourite polishes, I love the colour and the formula is great. Since I've had my bottle for a long time it's slightly thickened in formula which means I can actually get away with only one coat of polish if I'm careful when applying it. I still like to apply two coats though as I find it lasts better on my nails.

Grace Green is meant to be a dupe for Chanel Khaki Vert and from looking at photos online it looks like a pretty good one. If you want to save some pennies and get a better formula pick the Models Own version!

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16 October 2013

Running On Empty

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There's a downside to being on a Project Use Everything Up and not allowing myself to buy products until I've finished everything. It's when three of your favourites are nearly empty! I do have a couple of back ups of Bioderma so technically I don't have to buy any yet but it's going to be tough to not buy the other two. This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream have both become staples that I use on an every day basis.

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15 October 2013

NOTD: Sally Hansen Winter Funderland Nail Polish Strips

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Despite not getting on very well with the first Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips that I tried, I've really enjoyed trying the other patterns I got at the same time. I think that first packet must have just been a dud as I haven't had any problems since. Also please ignore the Christmas jumper I'm wearing, It's currently freezing in the house and it's one of my really comfy jumpers!

These strips are really easy to apply; you simply pick the right size for your nails, peel off the back and front and press the strip firmly onto your nail. You then use the nail file to take off the excess. Despite having very small nails I easily found matches. Unlike the last set I tried, I didn't need to apply a top coat as this particular pattern was very glossy. I had these strips on for about five days but the only reason I took them off then was because I was a bit bored with the pattern and not because of the wear or chipping. Removal was very easy as well, I just used the Bourjois remover pot and removed as usual.

Although this pattern isn't available from Fragrance Direct anymore they still have a lot of others in stock and for only £2.49.

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06 October 2013

Sunday Pamper 008

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I'm currently wearing pj's that say "Do not disturb ... having a duvet day" which is what I've been doing all of today. I've caught up on tv, napped on the sofa and ate some really good food. After I've helped take everything out of our dining room and kitchen, since it's getting painted this week, I'm going to have a good pamper session while watching even more tv.

Once again, my skin has been driving me crazy this week with a mixture of spots and horrendous dry patches. To combat the spots I'll be using a mixture of two masks which always make a huge difference to my skin. On my chin I'll use the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque and on my t-zone the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque. Both of these are very clarifying masks but they don't dry the skin out which is perfect for me at the moment. I apply a thin-ish layer and leave both on for about 10-15 minutes or until they have both dried and use a Liz Earle sponge to remove both. Then all over the face I'll be applying a generous amount of Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque which seems to be the only thing helping my dry patches at the moment. I'm tempted to try using it as an overnight mask, anyone used it in this way before?

Unlike last week, I've actually used the Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner, one of the only products to help the eczema and dry patches on my scalp. I used this yesterday so it could work it's magic overnight and then I'll wash my hair later on tonight. I haven't included a hair mask in the photo as I'm not sure which one I'm going to use.

I'm going to try out The Body Shop's Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float for the first time as I had a horrible time sleeping last night so I hope they will help tonight. If the scent is anything to go by, this should be a great product! After I've gotten out the bath I'll use the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream which I've sadly nearly finished and then The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter on my feet.

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03 October 2013

An Unintentional Colour Scheme

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Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float // Coconut Body Butter // Spa Wisdom Africa Honey & Beeswax Hand And Foot Balm // Almond Conditioning Hand Wash // Honey Bronzing Powder // Almond Hand & Nail Cream. 

I know I've just posted about putting myself on a spending ban but this order was made last week before I started it. I'm going to blame Leanne for this as she posted about a 50% off code for The Body Shop.

The whole reason for this order was to finally get my hands on the Honey Bronzing Powder which was sold out last time I made an order. With the discount, the bronzer came to £6.50 which is such a bargain although I did add a couple of other products to my basket so money wise it wasn't really such a bargain.

Another product that was sold out last time was the Coconut Body Butter which is perfect for winter skin or to keep feet hydrated. The other four products I haven't heard anything about but thought they sounded interesting.

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02 October 2013

Skin Care Diary: September 2013

Through out each month I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on an every day basis. At the end of the month I'll tally up what has been used the most and share the products with you. 
This month, skin care wise, has been exhausting. I think I completely jinxed myself at the start of the month when it came to my eczema. I said to my mum that finally, after about three years, I didn't have a patch of eczema on my scalp and that the eczema on the rest of my body was actually calming down and decreasing. The next day the eczema on my scalp, face and all over my body flared up, badly. It continued to get worse through out the month as well.

It has been driving me crazy for the whole month and despite a crazy amount of products aimed at calming eczema, nothing was helping. I had flaky dry patches all over my face which were irritated and red. It got to the point where I was using a face oil combined with a heavy duty moisturiser on an every day basis which still wasn't enough.

My hair also seemed to really annoy and irritate my skin this month. I couldn't work out if it was the products I was using or if it was simply down to my hair just touching and brushing against my skin, that is how sensitive it is at the moment. I've had to strip everything down to the basics to try and control it. This means no hair products, only an oil, no nail polish, baths without products and not a lot of perfume in the hopes that I can work out what is causing it.

Here's to hoping my skin calm downs next month! Anyway, after my much needed rant, here's a run down on the products I've used the most.

Bioderma Micellar Solution // balance Me Wonder Eye Cream // La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water // Caudalie Lip Conditioner // Nude Pro Genius Oil // balance Me Hydrating Face Mist // Mario Badescu Control Cream // Origins Mega Mushroom Cream // RMK Rose Cleansing Balm // Origins Mega Mushroom Serum // Weleda Calendula Cream. 

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01 October 2013

Empties: September 2013

Avene Micellar Lotion - After taking part in the Esecntual Micellar Blind Trial I bought a couple of the micellar waters so I could try them out a bit more. I was only able to try them once or twice in the trial because of the sample size. I enjoyed using this one from Avene and it worked well at taking off my day to day eye make-up but it struggled to take off eye liner. I won't be buying another bottle as it doesn't beat Bioderma.

L'Oreal Micelar Water - This micellar water takes second place for me out of all the different ones I've tried. It's the best match I've found so far to Bioderma and for a fraction of the price. It doesn't have a scent, takes off every scrap of make-up and doesn't irritate my eyes. I will be buying another bottle at some point but I have others I need to finish first. A must try if you haven't already done so.

Pommade Divine Hand Cream - I featured this in my disappointing products post and I'm so glad I've finally finished it. It's a nice hand cream but didn't wow me. I also really hate the smell. I took it to work with me and just left it in my drawer and made myself use it. I don't like throwing away half empty products so I'm glad I was able to use it up. I definitely will not be buying another tube.

Weleda Wild Rose Body Wash* - I've been putting of using this shower gel as it's just so lovely! I hate applying moisturiser to my body so I tend to use moisturising bath products and this one is just that. It doesn't leave a greasy film on the skin, it actually washes away really nicely, it just leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. It also has an amazing natural rose scent which I find really relaxing. I really need to buy another bottle!

REN Tonic Moisture Mist - I can't really make up my mind if I want to buy another bottle of this toner. I really loved using it and raved about it in my review but since finishing it, I haven't really missed it. I think I'm sort of going off toners at the moment, not really liking any that I'm currently using. Perhaps I just need to buy another bottle of this? It doesn't contain alcohol and has the Caroline Hirons stamp of approval.

Lush Dream Wash - This is a must have if you suffer with eczema. It goes perfectly with Dream Cream and really helps to soothe irritated skin. It's a really thick cream which you use just like a shower gel or soap. If my eczema has flared up really bad I apply some of this onto dry skin, sort of like a mud mask and then just let it rinse off on it's own when I get in the bath. I'll be picking up another tub when I'm next in town as I can't be without it.

The Body Shop Grapefruit Lip Butter - This is an old favourite! Smells amazing and is a great lip balm. I'd buy another one if I didn't already have a million others to use first.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir - I thought I loved this and bought the 100ml bottle but I just can't ignore the alcohol in it which isn't good for my dry and sensitive skin. The 100ml bottle also seems to be a lot stronger which I'm not really sure how or why. It's nice to use when my skin is acting up with spots but I don't think I'll be buying another bottle.

YSL Parisienne Perfume - This is my second bottle of this perfume and I can't believe it's empty. I really love the scent of it and I'm sure I'll be buying another bottle at some point. It also lasts really especially if you spray a bit onto your clothes.

Essie So Haute! Nail Stickers - I wouldn't have chosen this pattern or colour myself but once I applied it, I really like it. Application was easy, despite having small nails I easily found perfect matches and removal was simple. I'd definitely look into other patterns but I'm not too sure on the price.

L'Occitane Cocoa Flower Hand Cream - Although I really like the formula of L'Occitane hand creams, I haven't found a scent I like yet. I especially didn't like this one. I have a couple more tubes from various magazines to use but I wouldn't buy the full size.

L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara - I think I bought this when it was on offer and I'm not really sure why. Instead of a wand it's a ball with spikes which sort of makes it impossible to apply. I ended up using it on my bottom lashes which worked but by the end of the day I'd have panda eyes which doesn't normally happen. I won't be buying another!

Rimmel Lash Maxx Mascara - I quite liked this mascara, from what I can remember it gave quite natural looking lashes but still gave volume and length. It's usually on offer in Asda so I'm sure I'll buy another tube at some point.

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