30 December 2014

December 2014 Favourites

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Kneipp Eucalyptus Cold & Sinus Relief Bath Salts | £8.95 // I've had a horrible cold this month and these bath salts have been a life saver. The scent is very strong so it really helps to clear blocked noses and allows you to breathe properly especially if there's a bit of steam in the air from the bath. Kneipp is a brand I haven't heard too much about but I've really loved the couple of products I've tried so far and I've got all the other variations of the bath salts on my to buy list.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara | £19.50 // I've heard a lot of people raving about this mascara but I never thought I'd get a chance to buy it, Tarte isn't that easy to get a hold of in the UK, but luckily a mini tube was included in a beauty box. I was surprised that the packaging is completely plastic as I imagined from seeing it in videos and photos that it would be made out of fabric, at least the outside. This mascara is as good as everyone says it is and has quickly become one of my favourites which is great but it's currently sold out on QVC. I'm not usually a fan of traditional mascara brushes, I normally prefer plastic wands, but I really like this one. It also lengthens, defines and adds volume to my lashes without them looking clumpy.

A-Derma Epitheliale A.H Cream | £6.25 // So I mentioned in my December skin care post that I was having a pretty tough time with my eczema especially on my face. I tried every single product in my cupboard but nothing worked and my skin was just getting even more irritated and sore. I'd booked a doctors appointment even though I didn't really want to use a steroid cream on my face but I was at a complete loss with what to do with my skin. A mention from Jenny on twitter as well as Barbara talking about it in a video, I ordered the A-Derma Epitheliale cream in the hopes that it would help. After only a couple of uses my eczema started to disappear and was pretty much gone from my face after a week. I have no idea why this cream worked when nothing else would but I'll definitely be keeping a tube of this in my bathroom cabinet at all times. It also feels really light on the skin but is still moisturising enough for my dry skin. I do have to say I really hate the smell and although it does eventually disappear, it takes a while. It reminds me of wet clay from back in my A Level art days, I hated it then and I really hate the smell now!

Neutrogena Unscented Hand Cream | £3.69 // As well as on my face, my eczema has flared up quite badly on my hands and again nothing I already had was working. If anything the hand creams I was using was only making the eczema worse and my hands would hurt and sting when I applied it. I put this down to the perfume in the ingredients list and despite having like eight tubes of hand cream, none of them are fragrance free. A quick google and I came across this one from Neutrogena which I could pick up while doing my weekly food shop in Asda. I was a bit dubious about whether a hand cream that costs less than £4 would really work but it did. It feels like more of a balm than a cream so it does take a little bit longer to sink in but when it does it sort of leaves a matte feeling to the skin which I like especially for during the day at work. This doesn't sting or irritate my skin and simply moisturisers my hands which is all I wanted. My eczema is still pretty bad but because of other factos and no longer due to the hand cream I was using. I have also bought a tube to keep in my bag so I have it with me at all times.

Deep Steep Candy Mint Foot Scrub | £12.9 // Had I not bought this online and instead was able to smell it in a shop I probably would have bought it purely for the scent. It smells incredible! It smells exactly like peppermint bark which unfortunately we didn't get any of this year although I'm still hopefully I'll be able to buy some candy canes and make my own. This is meant to be a foot scrub although there isn't any reason it can't be used all over the body, you'd just finish it up quicker. Scrubs that are made up of sugar are my favourite as I find them more abrasive and also dissolve in the water so no mess is left behind after the shower or bath. This also leaves a film of oil on your skin after you use it and makes your skin feel incredibly soft. It's one of those products that you don't need to follow up with a separate moisturiser which is always a bonus.

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29 December 2014

NOTD // Essie Cute As A Button

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat

Cute As A Button has been on my nail polish wish list for a really long time but I'm not really sure why I never ended up buying it. Luckily for me I got a mini bottle in my November My Little Box. Although this is definitely more of a summer shade, I've been wearing it a lot recently and it's added a nice bit of colour to my otherwise fully black work outfit. I haven't worn an Essie polish for a while so I'd forgotten how much I love the wide brush as it makes applying so much easier. Only a swipe or two are needed for each nail and it does make application neater and quicker. I can see myself having to buy the full size bottle in the summer if I carry on using it as much as a I have been.

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28 December 2014

Project Sample Use Up 026

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Caudalie Vine Body Butter //Like the Rituals body cream, I really liked this body butter but have others I need to finish first.

Rituals Honey Touch Body Cream //  There was a surprising amount of body cream in this sachet and I was able to spread it out to two uses. It smells amazing and kept my skin hydrated. I have a million and one other body lotions to go through first so I don’t need to buy any more soon. I will keep this in mind though for when I do need to buy a new one.

Skin Pep Brightening Enzyme & Acid Peel x2 //  I have very sensitive skin so although I have started to use a very mild acid exfoliator, this was a bit too strong for my skin.

Skin Pep Dark Circle Eraser Growth Factor Eye Cream // Fortunately for me I don’t suffer with bad dark circles, nothing a good night’s sleep won’t cure anyway, so I don’t feel like I was able to use this properly and see any differences.

Giovanni 2 Chic Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Hair Mask // I'm not even sure where you can buy Giovanni products as I think I got this sample along with the shampoo and conditioner in a beauty box. I did like this mask but not sure I'd buy the full size as it doesn't beat Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.

Belnatur Regenerating Oxygenating Cream // Similarly to the other Belnatur sachets I’ve used up, this cream has quite a strong fragrance which irritates my skin too much.

Belnatur Hydro-Nourishing Comfort Cream x3 // As I had three sachets of this moisturiser it gave me enough time to really know if I liked it or not. It was an okay face moisturiser, it kept my skin hydrated but didn’t stand out as anything special. What put me off this cream though is that it is highly fragranced which irritates my skin.

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate // I feel like this product, along with a few others I’ve mentioned, have been a bit wasted on me as I’m only twenty-four and don’t feel like I need to use a product like this just yet. Instead I’m just trying to keep my skin hydrated and combat the sensitivity and eczema which in the long run should help with anti-aging.

Dior Dream Skin Global Age-Defying Skincare Perfect Skin Creator // I’ve tried a couple of different skin care sachets from Dior and all of them have been highly fragrance which irritates my sensitive skin and this one was no different. This is one of those products that is a mix between skin care and make-up.

Caudalie Nourishing Body Lotion x3 // I took these sachets away with me for a long weekend away in November as I was trying to make an effort to use up more sample sized products. I got one full body application out of each sachet which is pretty good going for something I got for free. I liked that this had a lighter formula and I found it sunk into my skin pretty quickly. The only downside for me was that it has quite a strong scent which made it clash with other products I was using which I don’t really like. I currently have a million and one other body moisturisers to use first but I don’t think I’d spend the £20 to repurchase this even if it didn’t have a scent as there are cheaper and better products out there.

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26 December 2014

Skin Care Diary // December 2014

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. I have combination skin that can change between being extremely dry, spot prone, oily and sensitive as well as having eczema flare ups. 
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Liz Earle Eye Bright // Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm // Melvita Rose Water Spray // A-Derma Epitheliale A.H Cream // JorgObe White Tea Balancing Cream*.

Carrying on from where I left off with last month, the start of December was absolutely horrible skin care wise. The eczema on my face was even worse and so irritated that nothing I had at home was able to calm it down. I had to completely stop with my skin care and all I was able to do was use a cold damp muslin cloth and another A-derma cream, not pictured. I ended up booking an appointment at my doctors to see if they could help which I am so glad I was able to cancel. For some unknown reason, I'm sort of putting it down to the A-Derma  Epitheliale cream (thank you Jenny!), practically overnight my skin was feeling smoother and less irritated about a week and a half into December.

I'm still being extremely careful with my skin but I was finally able to cleanse properly and start back up with my skin care routine. I missed not being able to do it in full as I find it a really relaxing part of my night before going to bed. There's just something about washing away the day and applying a nice serum and moisturiser before bed.

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25 December 2014

NOTD // OPI Meep Meep Meep

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Meep Meep Meep // three coats

Despite needing three coats to become opaque, I just love this shade and since it came out around Christmas time it always reminds me of the holiday season. Meep Meep Meep was part of the 2011 Muppets holiday collection. It's a bright red-fuchsia that has small flakie shimmer running through it which makes it look a brighter pink in some lights. I always put a base coat underneath colours like this as they tend to stain my nails and there's nothing worse than yellow looking nails when you don't want to wear a nail polish. Removal is easy and isn't like a normal glitter nail polish.

Animal-istic | Designer De Better | Divine Swine | Excuse Moi | Fresh Frog of Bel Air | Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It | Gone Gonzo | Meep-Meep-Meep | Pepe’s Purple Passion | Rainbow Connection | Warm & Fozzie | Wocka Wocka!

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24 December 2014

Shopping // The Last Of Lush Christmas

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At the start of the month I shared the Lush Christmas products I bought this year and I may or may not have ordered some more. Someone please stop me from going back onto the Lush website!! Seriously though, there is nothing better than getting into a fancy bath with a good book to simply relax after either a long day at work or when I'm feeling particularly stressed or panicky.

As I do every year, I just had to add So White, Cinder and Father Christmas to my order. These three scents just scream out Christmas to me and I'm excited to be able to use So White Shower Gel along side the same apple scented bath bomb.

As they're quite small, I ordered two Butterbears and used one the night I got my order. It's the same as Butterball but in a cute bear shape. I prefer these smaller sized bath bombs, like cinders as well. as I often find the larger size just too big for my quite small bath, it always feels a bit of a waste to use the whole thing and quite expensive as well if you think about it. This has quite a subtle vanilla scent and feels incredibly moisturising on the skin thanks to the cocoa butter you can see floating in the water once it starts fizzing away which turns into an oil.

The only non Christmas thing I bought was the Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb which I hadn't tried before. It's a ginger, pepper and lemon scented bath bomb that I only hope doesn't turn my bath water brown from all the different colours!

Although not pictured, I also ordered from the Lush Kitchen for the first time and added Bearded Lady Bubble Bar to my order. Despite being a huge Lush fan and have been for years, I didn't really know about the Kitchen where they bring out limited edition products that only seem to appear on the site for a couple of days. They're all freshly made and the bubble bar feels a lot creamier and more moisturising than the others that I have do, they tend to dry out the longer you have them.

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23 December 2014

Mini Reviews 027 // The Body Shop Vanilla Brulee

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For this set because I knew I would like the scent but wouldn’t love it, I went for a gift set where I got the full size shower gel and body scrub but only a mini tub of the body butter. I didn’t want the bath jelly as I did with the other two Christmas scents as I knew I wouldn’t use it. It’s a very sickly sweet vanilla scent which is nice in small doses. This set was only a couple of pounds thanks to a half price discount code.

Vanilla Brulee Body Polish | £10 // Unfortunately this is one of TBS's poorer body scrubs as it hardly feels like it's exfoliating the skin and feels more like a shower gel. It feels incredibly moisturising and starts off almost feeling like a balm before it lathers up. I can larger exfoliating particles in the tube but these did nothing once on my skin. I'm glad I only have the mini tube of this and I say it's definitely one to miss.

Vanilla Brulee Shower Gel | £4 // This shower gel reminds me of the coconut shower gel I have from TBS. It has a more moisturising formula and feels creamier on the skin. It's the perfect shower gel to use in the winter time and although I still moisturise after, my skin does feel a lot softer. The only downside is that it doesn’t work as a bubble bath as it doesn't lather, instead it's more like a cream.

Vanilla Brulee Body Butter | £13.50 // The scent of the body butter is slightly different to the other two products/ They're sweeter whereas this has more of a floral scent which I'm not really a fan of, I wish it smelt like the other two. I've been using it as a foot cream because of this as I didn't like that I could smell it on myself. Whereas if I apply it to my feet and pop on a pair of socks then I wont be able to smell it but I'll have nice soft feet. I know scent is a personal thing so I'm sure there are a lot of people who prefer the more floral scent. If this is you then I'd recommend going in store first and smelling the range. A slightly more negative review than normal but I'm glad I tried them all!

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22 December 2014

NOTD // Look Beauty Sequin Effect

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // one coat
Look Beauty Sequin Effect // one coat

So Look Beautys Sequin Effect is the first nail polish I'm sharing that is a pretty good dupe for Gosh Rainbow. Unfortunately it looks like it isn't available any more which is a shame as it was pretty cheap. The flakies in this version are more yellow and green toned even in different light where as the Gosh version is mostly orange toned which you can see in the NOTD I posted the other day. Up next is Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, my favourite and probably the closest dupe out of them all.

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21 December 2014

Beauty Box // Birchbox December 2014

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Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo | £17.50 // I haven't heard of this brand before but I'm always interested in trying new shampoos especially those that are meant to be hydrating.

Miracle Skin Transformer Hydro-Active Microderm | £25 // Winter is the only time I really use a manual exfoliator, throughout the rest of the year I find a muslin cloth or flannel along with an acid toner is all I need, so this mini tube has come in quite handy. I am usually able to get by with only using these sample sizes and haven't to buy a full size exfoliator for a while. This one from MST feels very gentle on the skin which is perfect for my sensitive skin. It feels like it's polishing the skin rather than scratching away the dead skin.

Models Own Velvet Goth in Absinthe | £5 // We were able to pick out our own nail polish and although my first choice was already sold out I went for my second, Absinthe, a dark green shade. Without a top coat you get a rough looking matte finish to the nail polish but add a top coat and the glitter really comes to life. I'll be sharing a NOTD of this at some point.

Benefit Christmas Cracker - High Beam | £19.50 // I already have the full size of this which I've had for about four years or more so it's probably about time I throw it away. This mini tube is the perfect replacement! This is a pink toned highlight which you can apply underneath or over foundation or even mix it into your foundation to create a dewy glow.

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Smoke | £8 // I haven't tried any Eyeko products since the big re-brand a few years ago. Smoke is a dark grey almost black with very thin blue shimmer. Unlike other products like this, you actually get a lot of product for £8 and there is no need for a sharpener either which is always a bonus. This Fat Eye Stick can be used as an eyeshadow base all over the lid and blended out or as a liner smudged into the lash line.

Sophia Webster Purse | £25 // This is a cute mini purse that looks perfect for a night out when you're using a tiny clutch or to keep emergency bobbles and clips in your handbag.

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19 December 2014

Mini Reviews 028 // The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry

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Frosted Cranberry Shower Gel | £4 // Again this has the standard TBS shower gel formula that doesn't dry my skin out and is perfect to use as a bubble bath. Using a shower lily means a little product goes a long way and the scent lasts on the skin.

Frosted Cranberry  Bath Jelly | £10 // Despite already trying the Glazed Apple version, I am still impressed with this jelly formula and I hope they use one of their original scents so I can still buy it after Christmas. A small scoop of the bath jelly creates a huge amount of bubbles which smell amazing.

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18 December 2014

NOTD // Rococo Gold Leaf (over black)

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // one coat
Rococo Gold Leaf// two coats

When I was writing my winter nail polish post I couldn't believe the price of this nail polish. I got it for Christmas two years ago and at that time it was £25. It's a lot of money for a nail polish but I really wanted it but never would have bought it myself and as a gift it didn't seem so bad. The price has gone up to £35 which is just crazy. Had it been that price back then I don't think I would have asked for it and I've only actually used it a couple of times.

It looks amazing in the bottle but I find it can look a little bit messy once on the nails. Maybe I just need more patience but when applying it I find there is too much clear polish and maybe one or two pieces of gold leaf. I sort of have to place the gold leaf onto my nail instead of simply brushing it on. It looks amazing over black but I'm next going to try over a hot pink and mint green. Any other suggestions? I might also trying to create a sort of ombre effect with it, more of a gradient of gold leaf on the tips rather than all over the nail.

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17 December 2014

Beauty Box // My Little Box By Fleur De Force

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Inside the little drawstring beauty bag is L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream, My Little Box Lipstick and Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion. The lipstick, despite looking incredibly bright in the bullet, it's actually quite a sheer moisturising lipstick and lip balm hybrid. I was hoping it would be as bright as it looks but also quite pleased that it's sheer as I'll be able to wear it more often. I haven't really tried any skin care products from L'Occitane before but my mum has and she's liked what she's tried. I'll be saving this cute little blue jar for when I run out of my current moisturiser.

You can tell this months box is all about the holidays and Christmas. There's black and white twine for wrapping presents, the cutest gift tags as well as stickers to either create your own gift tags or wrapping paper, the options are endless. Last but not least is a cosy pink and gold knitted headband tucked away inside a box that says "present for you". All of these are by Make My Lemonade whose blog and instagram I love.

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16 December 2014

NOTD // Barielle Elle's Spell

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Barielle Elle's Spell// four coats
I found this nail polish in a set of five in TKMaxx and bought the set despite not liking any of the other polishes but because I really wanted this one and I hadn't seen it before. It's a red toned flakie which is pretty unique as they tend to come in a clear-ish base. This nail polish completely changes depending on the base colour you use. The first photo is four coats of it on it's own and then the second two are layered on top of black. It also looks good on top of a red which means you can get away with using less coats.

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15 December 2014

Brand Overview // JorgObé

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JorgObé was an unheard of brand to me before these three skin care products arrived in the post. It's a Danish brand that has just recently launched in the UK. There is something quite familiar about the two face masks and I feel like I've seen them on someone's blog before but I have no idea whose and it would have been a year or two ago. I originally thought it might have been on Esteé's blog since she's a fan of all things Scandinavian but after a quick search of her blog I couldn't find anything.

I like it when brands only have one or two products per category as I feel like they're able to focus solely on creating an amazing product. Liz Earle is another good example, they only sell one cleanser and it is one of my favourites. Now lets move onto the packaging, I couldn't have designed it better myself. I feel like if I was creating a skin care line this is what I'd go for as well. Simple and to the point but well made. The packaging isn't going to fall apart after the first use. Ahem, Emma Hardie cleansing balm I'm looking at you. It's the little details that are important and I love how the cardboard packaging of the two masks reflect the actual product. The peel off mask is black and so is the packaging. The packaging of the scrub mask is black polka dots and the actual scrub particles are black in a white cream, you can sort of see this in the above photo.

Scrub Mask* | £21 // This is a two in one product, not only is it a scrub but it also doubles up as a face mask if you apply a thicker layer and leave on for ten minutes. Salicylic acid and jojoba beads exfoliate the skin while the shea butter and apircot oil hydrates the skin. I tend to amp up exfoliation in winter and this is when I reach for manual exfoliators like this one. During the rest of the year, on a daily basis, I can get away with only using a muslin cloth and acid exfoliators. Unlike some facial scrubs, this doesn't feel too abrasive or harsh, and this is coming from someone who has extremely sensitive skin, but it's just enough to feel like it's working.

Peel Off Mask* | £21 // Out of the three, this is the one product I was most excited about trying. Surely I'm not the only one who has applied pva glue to my hand as a kid, left it to dry and then peeled it off?? This mask is exactly that but it's obviously benefiting your skin a lot more than glue would. You apply an even layer, I find an old foundation brush works best, to your face and then you leave it on for thirty minutes until it's completely dry. The fun then begins and you can start peeling it off! There might be some bits of mask left after you peel it off, especially around the edges, so I just take a damp flannel and buff it away. Since I do have sensitive skin, when applying this I avoid my cheeks and tend to only apply it to my t-zone which gets quite congested. By using this once a week, usually on a Sunday, I've noticed my skin especially my nose and chin look a lot clearer and I have less blackheads. . There are some interesting ingredients in this mask such as black kaolin clay to absorb excess sebum, witch hazel, echinacea which prevents infections and dragon’s blood, the sap from the Croton Lechleri tree, which has a cleansing effect and calms stressed and sensitive skin.

White Tea Balance Cream* | £18 // The other two I wanted to test out straight away but this cream, despite reading good reviews, I just wasn't as excited about. I have a love-hate relationship with facial moisturisers so this is probably why. I know I need to use one as I have very dry eczema prone skin but either they're not moisturising enough or are too thick and I break out. Luckily though, so far, this moisturiser hasn’t broken me out and feels quite light on my skin. It keeps my dry patches moisturised but is one I only use in the mornings at the moment. As my eczema has been flaring up recently I’m using a different cream to target it at night. Once my skin calms down I’ll start using it at night as well. The pump means I’m able to control how much product I’m using at a time so nothing goes to waste. My only negative about this moisturiser is that it contains perfume which I know irritates my skin and although it hasn’t so far, it does mean I probably wouldn't buy it myself once it's empty. It is a nice scent but if you know perfume irritates your skin then it might be one to skip.

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14 December 2014

NOTD // W7 Salt N Pepper

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
W7 Salt N Pepper// three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

I'd completely forgotten about this nail polish but after having a bit of a sort out of my collection I came across it and decided to wear it again. I don't know what it is about this polish but I just love it. I'm not normally a fan of glitter nail polishes but these types of ones I love. It almost looks like nail art but next to no effort. I love polka dot nail art and this is a similar look.These W7 polishes are a much cheaper version of the Nails Inc sprinkles. You do need three coats but with a good topcoat that dries quickly it isn't too much of a pain. 

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12 December 2014

Beauty Box // Glossybox December 2014*

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I love the box design but the contacts of this months Glossybox was a little disappointing. I don't see a Christmas/holiday theme at all. Where's the glittery nail polish? Or a chocolate coin? I don't know, just something that's a bit more festive than a spot treatment and a concealer.

So Susan Concealer Quad | £20 // I haven't liked any of the So Susan products that have been included in previous beauty boxes and this one isn't any different. I just feel like they're cheaply made products that are actually quite expensive. There isn't a single shade in this quad that I could use and even mixed together they just don't work very well.

SkinPep Hydra Boost Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum | £24.99 // This is probably the one product that I'm excited about. It sounds similar to Indeed Labs Hydraluron so I have high hopes for it!

TRESemme Renewal Hair & Scalp Treatment Shot | £5.50 // I've tried the shampoo and conditioner from this range and I really liked them so will be interested to see how the treatment shot works. It says you can apply it from scalp to the ends of your hair which is a bit different for a hair mask, usually I just apply it on the ends of my hair only. I will be reporting back. I also like that you get for four shots so I'll be able to test them out properly.

Bellapierre Cheek & Lip Stain | £12.99 // This looks a nice colour that would work both in the winter and summer.

Anatomicals Zap! Zap! Zap! Gets That Chap Spot Stick | £3.79 // Anatomicals is another brand that I haven't really gotten on along well with. I don't really like the product names and some of the products I've tried haven't been that great. This looks quite good though and reminds me of a similar product from Boots I used as a teenager. For these types of spot products I tend to put some on my hand and then use a finger to apply it to keep it hygienic.

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11 December 2014

NOTD // Gosh Rainbow

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // one coat
Gosh Rainbow // one coat

When I started blogging back in 2009 this was one of the most hyped about nail polishes along with Gosh Holographic which I also own. I managed to get both on blog sales, why they were being sold for such cheap prices in the first place I have no idea but I’m so glad I have them. Over the years I have managed to find very close dupes to Rainbow but nothing beats the original. I’ll be sharing these on the blog over the next month or so if anyone is interested.

Rainbow is a layering polish and although it looks good with other colours, both light and dark, it looks amazing over black.  It’s one of those polishes that looks so much better than any photograph will show and I’ve done my best. Depending on the light, it changes between red, orange, gold and green which is down to the flakie glitter. It’s also pretty easy to remove unlike traditional glitters. I really need to start wearing this nail polish more often! The only downside, Gosh don’t sell this anymore and unless you’re lucky like me and find it in a blog sale then it’s trailing through Ebay in the hopes of finding one.

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10 December 2014

Mini Reviews 026 // The Body Shop Glazed Apple

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Glazed Apple Body Polish | £10 // If you've read my previous The Body Shop Body Scrub reviews then you'll know I have pretty mixed feelings about them. Some are amazing and work really well while others don't make a difference to your skin at all. This Glazed Apple one is sort of between the two. The scrub particles are quite small so I find I have to use a bit more product than normal. It's one of those that you could use on a daily basis and it wouldn't irritate your skin as it's a gentle scrub. I prefer ones that I only use once a week and they're quite abrasive, this isn't one of them. I'll use it and enjoy it but I wouldn't rush out and buy another bottle.

Glazed Apple Shower Gel | £4 // This has the standard The Body Shop shower gel formula but with the amazing Glazed Apple scent. It's a fresh apple scent but with a hint of sweetness to it. It cleanses the skin nicely without stripping any moisture and lathers up well especially if you use a shower lily. I always find I need to use less product when using a shower lily which is always a bonus as it means it'll last longer.

Glazed Apple Bath Jelly | £10 // This is such a unique product and isn't like anything I've tried before. When I ordered it I thought it would be a bit like the Honeymania bath soak but it's not. It feels and looks like a jelly which sort of melts when you add it to running water. It then turns into your more traditional bubble bath. The little wooden spoon is useful although it's just as easy to use your hands to get a bit of product out.

Unfortunately it looks like the body scrub and shower gel aren't available to buy anymore, they must have sold out, but here's to hoping they bring this scent back as it's one of my favourites. The Jelly is still available though if you want to try the scent.

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08 December 2014

NOTD // Look Beauty Pearl Effect

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // one coat
Look Beauty Pearl Effect // two coats

Unlike normal nail polishes, this seems to have gotten thinner the longer I have it so I needed two coats for the blue flakie to shower up. My photo doesn't really do this polish justice especially with the horrible winter light, or lack of light I should say. It really works best over a black polish but also looks nice and more subtle over a pastel blue or purple if you don't want to wear such a dark colour. I had a quick look on the Superdrug website and could only find one Look Beauty nail polish so I'm not even sure if you can buy this anymore.

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06 December 2014

Week In Photos 209

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05 December 2014

Project Sample Use Up 025

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Kerastase Homme Daily Treatment Shampoo // Despite this being a shampoo for men, who says I can't use it? It worked just as well as your standard shampoo but I wouldn't buy the full size as I'm liking what I'm using at the moment.

Laura Mercier Vanilla Amber Body Creme // This scent started to become a little bit too sickly sweet the longer I used it so I think if I was to buy this cream again I'd go for a different scent. I hoping another LM set will go into the Space Nk sale like it did last year!

OPI Nail Polish in Don't Know Beets Me // This is your standard pink creme polish that I used on my toes a lot last summer. No matter how much nail polish thinner I used I just couldn't get it to go back to how it's meant to be so it's time to throw it away. I think I've had it for like six years or something so it's about time!

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream x2 // I really don't get the hype surrounding this product and didn't think it was anything special. It worked well but took a long time to sink in especially if I was a little heavy handed when applying it. I have other products that work a lot better than this so I'm glad I never bought the full size.

TRESemme Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System Heat Activated Treatment x2 // You apply this treatment to towel dried hair and then straighten your hair to activate it. You'll then be left with smoothe frizz-free hair that it meant to stay straighter for longer. The directions say to apply the whole sachet but despite having very long hair, I found this too much and probably only used about half. If I was to apply anymore then my hair would have felt very sticky. Although I curled my hair after this instead of straightening it, I can't say I noticed much difference to my hair which was a shame.

TRESemme Renewal Hair & Scalp Nourish & Renew Shampoo & Conditioner x2 // I quite liked this shampoo and conditioner but I don't think I'd buy the full sizes of either.

Living Proof Full Thickening Cream // I was a bit disappointed in this thickening cream as I didn't notice a difference after applying it. 

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner // I've already finished the full size bottle of this body conditioner and went to repurchase the other day but I couldn't find it in Asda. I don't have to apply a body moisturiser after using this which is always a bonus to me so I'll pick another bottle up next time I'm in Boots.

Beautannia Brighton Bath & Shower Gel x2 // I was disappointed with the scent of this, it smelt like your traditional "old lady" scent and I really didn't like it.

Phyto Phytobaume Hydration Express Conditioner // I really want to try more Phyto products and I really liked this conditioner. It's extremely moisturising and I already have a 50ml tube to use.

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04 December 2014

NOTD // Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Mustard

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat

This nail polish has been on my wishlist ever since Lydia posted about it on her blog. It just screams autumn and winter and hasn't left my nails since I got it. I don't know if it particularly suits my pale skin tone but it's one of those polishes that I don't really mind and I'll wear it anyway. The gelly formula is one of my favourites and this one isn't any different. It's a bit on the thicker side than a normal polish but I find this makes it a bit easier to apply and get a neat edge around my cuticles. The thicker opaque formula means if you apply it carefully you can get away with only one coat but I always prefer to apply two as I find it lasts better on my nails this way. This is also one of those polishes that you can totally skip a top coat if nail polish doesn't chip easily on you as it's so glossy and shiny on its own.

I want to buy some more of the gelly polishes, any recommendations?

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03 December 2014

Winter 2014 Nail Polishes

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I can’t believe I’m already writing this post and just the other day I was going through my nail polish collection to pick out my favourite winter nail polishes. It feels like just the other day I was doing the exact same thing for my Autumn picks and I can’t believe it is Christmas in a matter of weeks.

For this years Winter nail polishes I seem to have stuck with two colour themes and despite loving and using these a lot, for some reason I haven’t blogged about them yet. Unlike my Autumn favourites, there isn’t a particular brand I’ve been loving, instead it’s more the colours. I’ll be updating with links as and when I post a NOTD so if you’re interested in how a particular polish looks then keep checking back.

How could I write about my current favourite nail polishes without talking about Avon Licorice. If you’ve been following my NOTD’s over the past month or two then you’ll notice that I’ve been using this as a base for all my glitter nail polishes. Although I do own other black polishes this one from Avon is my favourite. It’s opaque in one coat and is incredibly glossy. It’s been a while since I’ve finished a full size nail polish but I’ve had to decant the last few drops of this one into a mini bottle so I’m able to use it all.

Rainbow and Pearl Effect are pretty similar in finish but I just had to include them both as they’re completely different colours. Rainbow was hugely popular when I started blogging and I managed to grab a bottle in a blog sale after not being able to find it in a Superdrug. Since then I’ve managed to find quite a few dupes for it but it’s still my favourite out of them all. You can sort of see what the polish looks like but pair it with a black and it looks amazing. All the different colours remind me of when you see petrol on wet floor. Pearl Effect is similar but instead of all the different colours, it’s just an electric shade of blue.

Elle’s Spell is also packed full of flakies (notice a trend here?!) but instead of a clear base it’s red which is quite unusual. This can be worn on it’s own or layered over a red base but I prefer black as it seems to make the colours even brighter and more vibrant.

I’ve had the Rococo Gold Leaf polish for a couple of years now and I hate to say it given the price tag but I’ve only used it once or twice since I got it for Christmas. Also since I bought it it’s increased in price by £10 which is just crazy. I thought £25 was a lot but I don’t think I would have bought or asked for it had it originally been £35, it’s just not worth it. I think the main reason I haven’t used it is that it’s quite hard to apply it evenly and for it to look good and not a mess. I’m going to make an effort this winter and Christmas to actually use it and try a few different colour ways. I’m thinking black first and then robin egg blue.

With it being Christmas and all I couldn’t not add in a red but I prefer this slightly pink-red from OPI, Meep Meep Meep. It’s also packed full of tiny gold flakie shimmer which makes it a bit more interesting. Finally is Barry M Mustard*. Although this is really an autumnal shade, it’s one I’d wear all year round.

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02 December 2014

Shopping // Lush Christmas 2014

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Lord Of Misrule // Dashing Santa // Wizard // The Christmas Penguin // Drummers Drumming // The Christmas Hedgehog // Star Light, Star Bright // Snow Angel // Sparkly Pumpkin // Luxury Lush Pud // Christmas Eve // Shoot For The Stars // Golden Wonder.

I thought I probably wouldn't buy anything from Lush's Christmas collection this year as I still had a couple of products from Easter and other limited edition collection. Then I watched Zoe's video and saw that the majority of the products are new or I hadn't tried before and I couldn't resist making an order or two.

The only product I bought that I'd already tried was Christmas Eve bubble bar as I just love the floral scent and it's become a bit of a tradition to use each year on Christmas Eve. Glitter is a definite theme of this years products and if you don't like it then skip out on Star Light, Star Bright, a bath melt which is covered in silver glitter. Snow Angel, Sparkly Pumpkin, Golden Wonder and Wizard also have glitter or shimmer in them.

My favourites so far are The Christmas Hedgehog bubble bar as it's surprisingly moisturising and the Wizard bubble bar because of the scent. I'm hoping I'll be able to pick up a couple more in the sale after Christmas.

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01 December 2014

NOTD // China Glaze CG In The City

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
China Glaze CG In The City // one coat

Although the name of this nail polish is obviously a spin on Sex In The City but for some reason when I see this I always think of Gossip Girl, no idea why. This is a bit of an odd polish and I'm not sure I like it. It was one that I bought online as it was on sale without even looking a google images to see what it would be like on the nails. It's one of those polishes that is too sheer and takes too many coats to become opaque but it's not really a glitter to layer over another polish. It's very similar to China Glaze Skyscraper which I also have the same problem with, both actually from the same Metro collection. CG In The City is packed full of small silver, lavender, copper and black square shaped glitter suspended in a clear base although you have to look at it very closely to see the different colours. I like how it looks over black but I just don't love it and it's one of those that I don't think it would look good over any other colour.

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30 November 2014

November 2014 Favourites

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Thierry Mugler Alien Extraordinaire | £49.50 - £67.50 // I have the original Alien perfume from Thierry Mugler but I much prefer the Extraordinaire version. They both have similar notes but this version doesn't contain notes of jasmine and is a bit lighter smelling. Despite being an eau de toilette I find this lasts better than some eau de parfums do. I can still smell in on myself after an eight hour shit at work. I also like that you can buy a refill bottle which works out cheaper once you have a empty bottle.

The last two weeks of this month have been quite rough skin wise as my eczema flared up quite badly especially my hands and face. I have no idea what has caused it but everything seems to be irritating my face, it seems like even the air is causing my skin to react and don't get me started on whispy bits of hair. This weekend I've had to practically scrap back my hair to try and stop my skin from being so irritated. I've also had really bad flare ups around my eyes which have been very painful and the only thing I've used to remove my mascara has been Liz Earle Eye Bright (£10.75). I know I can rely on this if my skin is being sensitive and already sore as this will not make it any worse.

As my skin has been so sensitive this last week I haven't even been able to cleanse properly and anything I have applied, despite usually being fine with the products in my skin care routine, it has felt like I needed to scratch it all off and my skin would become red and irritated. The only thing I have been able to do is gently wipe my skin with a cool damp muslin cloth and then apply a thick layer of A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream (£10.50). I first discovered this cream on Giada's blog and have been using it as my body moisturiser for the past month to try keep my skin moisturised and therefore avoiding eczema flare ups. So far, after getting into a routine of applying it each night after using Lush Dreamwash (£9.95) in the bath, it's been working well. On the tube it says it can be used on the face and body but I would have thought to try it on my face until now. It does take a while to sink in but once it does it's helped to make my skin, on my face and body, feel and look a million times better. It reminds me of a cheaper version of Kate Somerville Eczema cream and one I'm really glad I have discovered.

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