Showing posts from December, 2013

Beauty Box: Birchbox December 2013

Noabay Moisturising Milk Cleanser // I'm not really a fan of milk cleansers, especially ones that you aren't meant to wash away, instead you just wipe it off. I think this one will be going into my giveaway box.

BeeKind Body Lotion // I really love the lemon verbena scent and the formula is really nice. If I didn't have so many body moisturisers to use then I'd buy the full size of this straight away.

Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray // This is a really interesting product and would be perfect for travel as it's tiny. Excited to see how well it works and if the crunch-free hold actually works.

Nail Rock Nail Velvet // I'm really pleased I got the velvet version as I know I wouldn't have used the glitter one. I'll be testing it out at the weekend so I'll be sure to blog how they look. I just hope removal isn't too bad!

Lipsy London Glam Fragrance // A mix of orchid, jasmine, peony and incense. Surprisingly I really like the scent of this! It reminds me…

Beauty Box: Glossybox December 2013*

Yin Yang Skincare Rich Skin Food x2 // This moisturiser nourishes and repairs fine sensitive skin which sums up my skin! The scent of this reminds me of Weleda Skin Food but it feels completely different on the skin. It's lighter and sinks in instantly with a sort of matte feeling.

Wilkinson Sword Intuition Naturals Razor // Although I'll use the razor I think it's a bit strange to include it in a beauty box.

Maybelline New York Volum' Express Colossal Smokey Eye Mascara // I'm always pleased to see a mascara in beauty boxes as I love trying them out. Surprisingly I haven't tried this one from Maybelline before.

Beautiful Movements Cosmetics Nude Lip Gloss // I'm not a huge fan of lip glosses but this feels more like a lip balm and isn't sticky. The colour is also really nice and natural, perfect for a smokey eye.

Seche Nail Polish in Blanc II // Although I wouldn't have picked this shade out myself it's the perfect colour to use for my Christmas na…

NOTD: H&M Stay Golden

Supplies used...
CND Sticky Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
H&M Stay Golden // one coat
CND Speedey Top Coat

This the nail polish combination that I wore for my works Christmas meal. I wore a black dress with a bit of gold beading/detail so thought this was manicure was perfect. Avon Licorice is the perfect black nail polish but it looks like they're not selling it anymore which is a shame. It's opaque in two coats and is extremely glossy, it's the best black I've tried.

I'm not a huge fan of glitter polish, I love the way it looks but hate the removal of it, but I couldn't not use a glitter with it being Christmas.

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Mini Reviews 011 // balance Me // Nude // Estee Lauder // Maybelline

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil - This face oil has become a staple in helping to heal spots quickly without drying my skin out. This is all thanks to Fee who blogged about it and got me to start using it. It's also great as a normal face oil, it's extremely hydrating and leaves the skin looking nicely dewy. It's 100% natural origin so there's no nasties in it. The rollerball isn't the best packaging so I'm going to get the bottle next time but it is nice for trying it out first. £15 for 10ml rollerball and £30 for 30ml.

Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil - When I bought the Nude Cleansing Oil there was an offer to get a small bottle of the ProGenius Oil for free. This was an offer I could not resist as it had been on my wish list for a long time and the full size is expensive. Unfortunately for my bank balance, I have completely fallen in love with this oil. The majority of the time I've been using a couple of drops mixed in with my moisturiser of choice as I find t…

Mini Reviews 010 : Melvita // Vichy // Origins // Clarins

Melvita Rose Floral Water - I picked this out as it came up as an offer while I was buying something else from Feel Unique and thought I'd try it out as I'd just finished the toner I was using. I have to say I'm quite disappointed by it but luckily I only paid a couple of pounds for this smaller size. This is suited for those who have sensitive skin which I have so I thought it would be perfect. It's almost too delicate and feels like I'm just spraying tab water onto my face. I haven't noticed any benefits when using it and although I'm going to use it up, I will not be buying another bottle or recommend it. £16 for 200ml.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll On - This on the other hand, I absolutely love! I hadn't read anything about it but ordered it completely on a whim as I wanted a roller ball eye cream. The roller ball is really cooling and perfect for when I wake up and my eyes are puffy. Also when my hey fever is bad in the summer this really helps to …

Christmas Gift Ideas // Beauty Selection Boxes & Perfume

Over the past couple of weeks I've loved watching and reading everyone's Christmas gift guides. A few favourites are Anna's, Lily's, Fleurs, Jenny's and Rebecca's. I don't feel like I could top theirs nor do I want to repeat products already featured. Instead I'm just going to share some of the gifts I'm giving this year.

For a couple of friends I've created beauty selection boxes with a couple of my favourite products that I think they'd like. With this you are able to set a budget which can be as low or high as you want. This can easily be done as part of secret santa which is what I did last year for work. I also made good use of Boots 3 for 2 offer! You can see how I've decorated the front of old Birchboxes here using some washi tape. I filled the boxes with packaging from an Origins order which I saved as I knew I'd use it at some point.

Anyone else still thinking what to put on their Christmas wish lists? I know I've only j…

Finally It's Mine

Finally the time has come and I can open this little pot of goodness, the By Terry Baume De Rose. I added this lip balm to my Space NK order back in October when there was a really good discount code and free delivery offer on. I was half way through Nuxe Reve De Miel though so I told myself I had to finish it before I could open the By Terry. It took all my will power not to open it and just try it once.

I used this for the first time last night and I instantly knew why there is such a hype around this product. It is a dream to use; the packaging feels expensive and luxurious, the rose scent is divine and it makes your lips feel incredibly soft. Yes it is incredibly expensive but perfect to treat yourself to.

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Double Shampoo

I double cleanse my face on a regular basis without really thinking about it. How had I never thought about double shampoo? We cleanse our face first to get rid of make-up or dirt and then a second to cleanse our skin so why not a first shampoo to get rid of product build up, dirt and grease and then a second to cleanse the scalp? For the past month or so I've been double shampooing each time I wash my hair and it's really made a difference to how my hair and scalp feel.

First off the hair by my scalp feels lighter once dried. I always thought my hair was clean after washing before, who wouldn't?, but it's never felt this clean and fresh before. Double shampooing hasn't dried my scalp out which I thought it could have especially as I have eczema on my scalp. In fact it's been the opposite. Double shampooing seems to have made my eczema even better!

For the first shampoo I just grab any shampoo from my cupboard but I always follow up with the Philip Kingsley It…

Project Sample Use Up 012

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Skincare - From the couple of uses I got out of this mini tube the formula felt a little too thin for my dry skin so I wont be buying the full size.

Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Intensive Masque - This was a really nice mask to use and made my hair feel extremely soft. It's quite expensive though, around £25, so I don't think I'd buy the full size. There's cheaper hair masks that still give great results.

Lubin Paris Nuit De Longchamp When trying a perfume sample for the first time I always spray it on a tissue first just in case I don't like it and don't want my skin/clothes smelling of it for the rest of the day. Luckily I did this with this perfume as I really hated the scent! It's a powdery old lady scent and needless to say I will not be buying this as I couldn't even use the sample.

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta - Another perfume that I just don't like! Luckily only a tiny sample bottle so no mon…

The Repurchases 002

With the amount of products I own and have tried, I always thought I never repurchased products but looking back over my first The Repurchases post and this one, turns out I do. All of this lot are the first repurchases but I can see myself buying them all again and again.

After falling in love with a mini tub of Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm I tried to wait till I'd finished my current balm cleanser until repurchasing but I failed. With a discount code on Feel Unique I couldn't help it and took the opportunity to buy it slightly cheaper.

I never would have thought to try a mens shaving cream for my legs but this one from Bluebeard Revenge is one of the few products that doesn't irritate my skin. I just can't use the cheap shaving foams you can buy from the super market, they irritate my eczema. It's about £10 for the tub and lasts a decent amount of time, you only need a small amount and it lathers up really well. I also love the soapy scent!

Orly Polishield is the o…

Mini Reviews 009 : Embryolisse // Queen // Origins // Yu-Be

Embroylisse Lait-Crème Concentrè - This is the cream I reach for when the eczema on my face has flared up and I want something simple that doesn't aggravate it. It doesn't really do anything fancy, it just moisturises your skin which is all I want and need when my eczema is bad. It's not one I'd use on an everyday basis as it's quite thick but is perfect for when I have visible flaky dry skin. On a side note I love the metal packaging and the fact I'll be able to use a tube squeezer to get every last bit of product out. £18.50 for 75ml.

Queen Eye Restore Cream* - I haven't really been a fan of eye creams up until recently after trying a couple that I really like. My eyes are very sensitive and I find a lot of eye creams are too thick which seems to cause milia, those tiny little white bumps. This one by Queen feels very light on the skin but is still hydrating enough. It's sort of a gel-cream and sinks into the skin really well. I also haven't notice…

Skin Care Diary: November 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 the eczema on my face has been at an all time high so I've really taken my skin care routine down to basics, even less products than last month. I've also been using very gentle products like the Weleda Baby Calendula Cream and the RMK balm cleanser. Kiehl's MRC has been a star product in giving my skin the hydration that it needs. 
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 // Bioderma Micellar Solution // Weleda Calendula Face Cream // Vichy Micellar Solution // Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate // Liz Earle Eye Bright // balance Me Stellar Face Balm // Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque // RMK Rose Cleansing Balm. 
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