Showing posts from January, 2014

Empties // December 2013 & January 2014

With Christmas and New Years last month as well as 2013 favourites, my monthly empties post had sort of been forgotten about. I decided to pile two months worth of empties into one and I'll get back to normal for February.

When I'm writing my empties posts I always seem to say that I don't need to repurchase enter product name here as I already have a lot of others to use. I'm hoping that by the end of my spending ban I'll actually be able to say I need to go out an repurchase quite a few products as I'll have used finished a lot of products in my stash.

Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask  - Surprisingly I must have got about five uses out of this scalp mask when I thought I'd only get one use out of it. You dampen your hair and then apply the mask all over your scalp and leave on for ten minutes. This mask is designed for flaky scalps and I really notice a difference when I use this especially the eczema patches I have. Although it's called an exfo…

January Beauty

With the new year, a few changes and new found enthusiasm for my blog, I've decided to re-introduce monthly favourites. August last year I decided to stop the monthly favourite as I was struggling to put together the posts and found myself using and talking about the same products. Not wanting to force myself to write them I took a break. I really enjoyed putting together my 2013 favourite posts and looking back on all the products I loved throughout the year. I had gaps though towards the end of the year when I wasn't posting favourites which I was a bit disappointed about and don't want the same thing to happen again this year.

I'd never owned a Juicy Couture perfume before this one and wasn't even sure that I'd like the perfumes. A sample of Viva La Juicy Noirwas in a beauty box and I fell in love with it instantly.  The notes are berries, mandarin, mara strawberry, honeysuckle, gardenia petals, jasmine sambac, amber, caramel, vanilla and sandalwood. I have…

Skin Care Diary // January 2014

Dior Instant Cleansing Water // La Roche-Posay Water Spray // Trilogy Cream Cleanser // Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner // Queen Eye Restore Cream // Weleda Calendula Face Cream // Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment // Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
At the start of the month I had extremely dry patches of eczema on my cheeks so all the skin care products I used are very hydrating and moisturising but still very gentle. Luckily my skin calm down after a week or two and most of the dry patches have disappeared. I've recently written more in depth reviews of a couple of these products so I'll link to those blog posts.

What's been your most used skin care product this month?

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Mini Reviews 13 // Four Face Masks

Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask* // Hydrating face masks are my favourite type to use as dryness is one of the biggest problems when it comes to my skin. This one from Elizabeth Arden is hydrating but also helps to reduce redness and calms the skin. You apply a layer all over the face and leave it on for five or ten minutes then rinse away. It does say you can tissue off the mask but I always prefer to rinse it off. £5.32 for 100ml.

Borghese Fango Active Mud For Face And Body // This is a face and body mud mask although I've only used as a face mask. I got this for my birthday after Fleur raved about it. You only need a tiny amount so this tube will last me a long time! As I have sensitive skin I only use this on my t-zone which is the oiliest and most congested part of my face and I haven't had an issues with it reacting to my skin. After I've cleansed and open the pores of my skin I apply a thin layer and leave it on until it dries. I removed it with a damp Liz Earle spong…

Beauty Box // Glossybox January 2014*

Yu Be Moisturising Skin Care // I'm already a huge fan of this Japanese moisturiser and it's great as a night time hand cream or for dry elbows. I already have the full size so I'll be putting these mini tubes in my handbag.

balance Me Super Toning Body Wash // This is another product I've tried before and really like.

The Vintage Company Tweezers // I love the print of these tweezers and although I don't need another pair, I'm sure I'll still enjoy using them. I'll probably put these in my travel wash bag as tweezers is usually the thing I forget to pack when I'm going away.

Anatomicals Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches // I've wanted to try this type of eye mask for a long time but it says on the back of the packet not to use if you have sensitive skin, which I do. I think I'll be passing these onto my mum who I'm sure will like to try them out.

Vaseline Moisturiser // I would have preferred to see a mini bottle of the new…

Sunday Pamper 012

The other weeks Sunday Pamper was rose themed and this week it's fig. I already had the Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Honey Bath and quickly ordered the quartet from Space NK when it was in the sale a few weeks ago so I could use them all together. Although it doesn't always happen, when I can I try to use the same scented bath products so I'm not mixing a lot of completely different scents. Now I can use a bubble bath, shower gel, body cream and perfume and smell just like a fig. Perfection! If I wasn't on my spending ban I'd probably buy the fig body scrub as well.

This week I'm doing another nail detox to try and strengthen my nails so I'm ditching coloured polish and instead applying OPI's Matte Nail Envy. To help hydrate my cuticles and nails in general as they're looking a bit worse for wear I'm going to follow up with a couple of drops of Jessica Phenomen Oil and the Laura Mercier Fig Hand Cream. So I can pretend it's the summer and not re…

Week In Photos 162

Sorting out the nail polishes I don't want anymore // Another bunch of tulips! // A refreshing bottle of ice cold coke // After lugging this chair downstairs // Favourite part of my room // Wardrobe clean out // Obsessed with Living Etc magazine.

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Shopping The Stash 002

It's been about a year since my last shopping the stash post and with me currently trying to finish a 100 day spending ban it seemed like the perfect post to write. Without being able to buy new beauty products I've been trying to get more use out of what I have and discovering products I may have forgotten about.

I have this Muji drawer set sitting by my mirror so it's really easy to grab all the products in the morning especially if I'm in a rush. A couple of my daily essentials which I was already using include Clinique High Impact Mascara, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. My lipstick choice at the moment is Mac Creme Cup, a lovely natural pink that I haven't been using enough recently.

A product I completely forgot I had but loved when I first got it is Benefits Eye Bright which is a pink eye liner pencil. I have very pale skin so nude eye liners can look a little bit orange and obvious so defeats the object really. This pink pencil…

Project Sample Use Up 014

L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil x2 - Apart from the hair oil from V05, this one from L'Oreal is the only drugstore version I've tried. I was really impressed with it and will be buying the full size once I've finished the others I have. I apply it to towel dried hair and it smooths down my hair which means it's less frizzy and just feels less dry and damaged.

L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate- I already have the full size of this so I used this sample up pretty quickly as it's such a nice moisturiser. It smells amazing, of almonds as the name suggests. It also has a sort of gel cream texture which I really like and find it sinks in a lot better.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - Finally I can tick this product off my to try list! I've wanted to try it for ages but the samples have always been out of stock when I've gone past the store. It feels like a dry oil on the skin and I use it instead of a serum and follow up with a moisturiser. It&…

Wardrobe Redesign

Despite only posting about this now, I actually finished this DIY back in September. Somehow this post worked it's way to the end of my drafts folder and I've only just come across it while I was deleting things.

I've had the same wardrobe since I was seven. I am now twenty-three. It's a good size for when you're seven and your clothes are tiny but I've struggled to fit all my clothes into it since I was a teenager. Not wanting to loose precious space in my bedroom by getting a bigger wardrobe I've got round it with some drawers in the bottom and using the space under my bed.

I have also hated the pine wood for several years but with the hopes of moving out of my parents I haven't wanted to buy something new if I didn't need to. An easy and cheap way to get rid of part of the pine was to cover the doors with sticky back plastic. I've done this before turning an old desk into what looked like a marble top.

A quick trip to Taskers to buy the plas…

Mini Reviews 012 // Estee Lauder // First Aid Beauty // Priti NYC

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair - This has to be the most expensive skin care product I've bought to date. I bought the 50ml bottle which had a shocking £58 price tag but I did use money I won from my works lottery so I don't feel too bad about it. Just don't get me thinking of buying another bottle once this one runs out. As the name suggests, I use this at night as I prefer something a little lighter in the mornings, for that I use Caudalie Vinosource SOS Serum. I'm not someone who worries about anti-aging products but I bought this one because of how many people rave about it. I bought it in the hopes that it would help fade scars from acne and eczema as well hydrate my skin and for it to looks less red and irritated.

I really like how this feels when I apply it and I only need to use a tiny amount. This has done everything I hoped it would and more to my skin and I'm really glad I took the plunge and bought it. It really hydrates the skin and hasn't irri…

Beauty Box // Birchbox January 2014

With the start of the year, Birchbox have made a few changes and the most noticeable is how the box comes and the products packaged. I really liked the drawstring bags that used to hold the products as it was a nice change to the shredded paper and meant I could re-use them for a variety of things.They have now started to use tissue paper without the shredded paper so the products are free to role about and aren't sitting nicely when you open the box like they are with Glossybox. Here's to hoping the cheaper packaging means that the products inside the box might be better?!

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner // If you read my blog regularly then you probably know how much of a fan I am of Philip Kingsley products so I'm always happy to see them in beauty boxes. I haven't tried this conditioner before but it sounds good!

Rodial Glamtox Night // I'm pleased to have gotten the night version as my skin is really dry at the moment. The formula is described as…

Sunday Pamper 011

I woke up this morning with extremely dry and sore hands so I knew what todays pamper session would be focused on: hands & feet. This past week I've done a nail polish detox after taking off the gel nail polish last weekend and the ends of my nails looking a little flaky. So this weekend I'll be doing a full on manicure including filing, shaping and buffing my nails into a nice shape and good condition. The Body Shop Nail Block is a must have product to keep your nails looking nice especially when you're not wearing any nail polish. After a quick buff your nails will shine as if you're wearing a top coat.

Again this weekend I'll be using the Jessica ZenSpa Pedicure Balanced Stimulating Mint Foot Masque which I really do love. It makes my feet feel extremely smooth and dry skin free and it's just a really nice experience to use. Definitely recommend!

After painting my fingers with OPI DS Reserve and Ciate Cupcake Queen on my toes I'll be applying a thic…

Week In Photos 161

On a blogging roll // The candle of choice this week // Along with the perfume of choice // Still my favourite car boot find // Latest In Beauty order after it went missing for weeks // A major tidy and declutter is happening today // Obsessed with rings at the moment // New flowers.

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Brand Over View: Trilogy

Firstly I just love the packaging of Trilogy products with the glass bottles and simple design. They look really good on a dressing table or on display in the bathroom.

Cream Cleanser - This cleanser probably gets the least use out of them all but only because I'm preferring a balm cleanser at the moment but I still really like and enjoy using it. It's pretty good at removing make-up but I like to take my eye make-up off with a micellar water, just like I would do with any cleanser. I use this cleanser when my skin is dry and feeling more sensitive than usual as it's very gentle and calming. You massage a pump or two on damp skin and then rinse off using a muslin cloth. After cleansing my skin is never left feeling tight or dry, instead it's left feeling moisturised and soft. £22.50 for 200ml

Hydrating Mist Toner - This is the toner I reach for when my skin is at it's driest but also when it's been quite sensitive and irritated. Although you don't notice ins…

NOTD: Zoya Blaze

Supplies used...
Red Carpet Manicure Prep
Red Carpet Manicure Structure Base Coat
Zoya Blaze // two coats
Red Carpet Manicure Brilliance Top Coat

For this weeks manicure I decided to try sandwiching a normal nail polish between the Red Carpet Manicure gel base and top coats .Lets just say, it didn't go to plan! Beforehand I read through Jessica's step by step guide and it seemed simple enough. Apply and cure the gel base coat, apply your chosen nail polish and wait an hour for it to dry then apply the gel top coat and cure it. I did all this, even waited a full hour while watching tv, but even after curing the top coat my nails weren't completely solid and I was able to dent the polish with my nail. I'm not sure where I went wrong or how long the polish will last but we'll see. I'm going to attempt it again next weekend with a different polish and see if that works out better.

Onto the polish itself, Zoya Blaze is from the 2012 Ornate collection. Winter isn't t…

The Repurchases 003

Recently I seem to have discovered a small collection of products that I keep on repurchasing. This time around it is the Stellar Face Balm from balance Me which has become an every day staple for me. The eczema on my face flared up badly a month or two ago, especially around my eyes, and I've had incredibly dry flaky skin which nothing really helped. Not wanting to go to the Dr's and be given yet another steroid cream I ordered a tiny tub of this face balm. It was only a couple of pounds and if it didn't work then I wasn't loosing out on too much money. Plus it's full of good ingredients!

As soon as I used it for the first time I knew it was a winner and it really helped to get rid of the dry patches. My eczema was still there but at least my skin wasn't dry anymore which will eventually help the eczema to go away. With my eczema comes sensitive easily irritated skin and this balm really helps to soothe my skin and reduces any redness. I've been carrying …

The Sale Purchases

I absolutely hate clothes sale shopping whether it's in person or online but I'm a sucker for beauty sales. You can probably tell from these products and others I've mentioned over the past few weeks. The three main sites I ordered from where Cult Beauty, Feel Unique and Space Nk. Everything that I bought had been on my wish list and I would have bought for the full price. Even better was that everything was at least half price!

It looks like Cult Beauty have now stopped selling Fig + Yarrow products which is a shame. I'm not sure if it's a temporary thing or if it's permanent though. Anyway I managed to pick up the Floral Milk Bath and the Meadow Bath & Body Oil before they disappeared and at a bargain price. I think the two of these equaled the full price of just one. I love the packaging of all the F+Y products and how they look in the bathroom. Both smell really nice and are perfect for the winter as they're very moisturising.

Another bath oil, sen…

NOTD: Red Carpet Manicure in Parisian Chic

Supplies used...
Red Carpet Manicure Prep
Red Carpet Manicure Structure Base Coat
Red Carpet Manicure Parisian Chic // two coats
Red Carpet Manicure Brilliance Top Coat

In the Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit was Red Carpet Reddy, a red creme. I wanted another colour from RCM that is a staple colour I knew I'd get a lot of use out of, a mint green.

This one wasn't as easy to apply as Red Carpet Reddy, it wasn't as opaque and quite watery. I really should have done three very thin layers to build up the colour but instead tried to do two thicker coats. I only wore Parisian Chic for a week as I wanted to change to the red for Christmas but my manicure was still in perfect condition when I took it off.

I'm so glad I bought the RMC set as it's been great to not have to worry about my nails chipping and having to paint them every other night. It's expensive but if you can find it on offer like I did then I'd really recommend it. Next up is trying to sandwich a…

Sunday Pamper 010

I'm keeping todays Sunday Pamper simple and with only one scent and brand, rose and Ren. I bought this gift set in the Space Nk sale as it was half price and the bath and body oils have both been on my to-try list for a long time. I love these sort of sets that allow you to try a variety of products you might not have thought to try other wise. They also allow you to test out the products first before buying the full sizes.

My plan for tonight is to run a hot bath and use the bath oil then read and soak for a long time. I'm not sure if I'm going to use the body lotion or the body oil yet. I think I'm going to see how moisturising the bath oil is and then either follow up with something lighter or heavier. Needless to say, these all smell amazing. A true fresh rose scent, not old lady or perfume scented.

I'll also be painting my fingers and toes tonight but I haven't decided which colour or if it should be gel or normal nail polish. Any suggestions on colours a…

Week In Photos 159 & 160

New Years treats // New perfume // Hate throwing away empty perfume bottles // Finally took the plunge and ordered this balm in the hope it helps my eczema // Actually blogging at my desk, this never normally happens. 

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Project Sample Use Up 013

Weleda Oat Replenishing & Millet Nourishing Shampoos - I never would have thought to try a shampoo from Weleda but these two are actually really nice. I only got two uses out of each but they didn't seem to irritate my sensitive scalp so I might have found another brand of shampoo that I can use. I prefered the Millet version as it was slightly more hydrating but they are very similar.

Bioderma Micellar Solution This mini bottle of Bioderma was taken away with me on a long weekend away back in November and it came in very handy. I should have worked out how long this bottle actually lasted but I'd say at least a week if not more of using it to take my eye make-up off.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluide x2 - As the name suggests, it's like a lotion and for that reason, I wouldn't buy the full size as it isn't moisturising enough. If you have oily skin, perhaps this could be a good day cream as it's very light?

Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss - This tiny tube of lip …

Skin Care Diary // December 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. 
La Roche-Posay Micellar Soltuion // La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water // By Terry Baume De Rose // balance Me Stellar Face Balm // Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Cream // Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm // Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Serum // Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream. 
Again, this month the eczema one my face has been driving me crazy and I've had dry flaky skin for the majority of the month. Because of my skin issues I minimized the amount of skin care products I used and stuck with what you see here each day. My skin was very sensitive and irritated so it just needed hydrating and simple products. The spotlight product this month is the Caudalie eye cream which I've completely fallen in love with and managed to grab at a barga…