Showing posts from March, 2014

Wearing 001 // Turning into a jeans girl

A bit of a different post from me today but something I've wanted to do for a while. I've loved James' outfit photos for as long as I've been reading her blog, everything from what she wears to how she photographs the outfits. Although I probably wont be featuring in the posts myself for a while, I just don't have the confidence at the moment, I would like to share more what I'm wearing.

Somehow in the past couple months I have started to like wearing jeans. As a teenager I never wore jeans and have probably only owned four pairs in my lifetime, excluding what I wore as a kid as I can't remember.

At the moment ASOS is the place I find the best fitting jeans and the free returns means I can try as many different sizes and styles as I like. With the most recent jeans I bought, pictured, I actually fitted into the smaller size that I bought. It made me feel really happy and that the healthier choices I've been making lately is actually making a difference…

Week In Photos 171 & 172

Need to use up more samples! // Tray of treasures // Bringing back the nail polish display // Making Mothers day card // The aftermath // Goodbye old laptop stickers!
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Beauty Box // Glossybox March 2014*

Mitchell & Peach English Flowers Body Cream // The scent is described as if you've taken a walk in the English countryside but to me, it's a very very subtle scent and one I can't pin point what it is. I'll be keeping this in my sample travel bag as it's the perfect size to take on holiday.

Dove Intensive Repair 60 Second Treatment Shot // I've tried the Tresemme version and really liked it so I'm sure I'll love this one from dove as well.

Sleek Pout Polish in Bare Minimum // I've had one of the pout polishes before but a bright orange colour. I'm happy with the nude colour as it isn't too pigmented and perfect for those no make-up days. I also love the vanilla scent they have, reminds me of Mac lipsticks.

Bellapierre Shimmer Eyeshadow in Beige // I'm not normally a fan of loose eyeshadows as they're incredibly messy, especially the shimmer versions, and you're more likely to get fall out when using them. Saying that though, it&…

Week In Photos 169 & 170

Muji lipstick storage // Present from my mum // Actually wearing jeans! // Lazy Sundays // Living in // Finally sunglasses weather!
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NOTD // Essie Splash Of Grenadine

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Essie Splash Of Grenadine // two coats

Essie's Splash Of Grenadine is one of my favourite nail polishes to wear but for some reason I haven't blogged about it before. It's one of those polishes that everyone asks what you're wearing and compliments the colour. It's a bright pink-purple that still manages to be quite subtle. The formula is pretty much perfect as well! The diffusion line brush means you can paint your nails in one or two swipes and it only needs two coats for it to be opaque.

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Origins Plantscription SPF25 Anti-Aging CreamAlthough anti-aging isn't really a skin concern for me at the moment, I still enjoyed using this moisturiser. It sunk in easily despite the high SPF, felt nice on the skin and was moisturising but still felt light. If I wanted an anti-aging cream then I would think about buying this one for a daily moisturiser.

Cartier Goutte De Rose PerfumeI couldn't finish this sample as I really didn't like the scent. As the name suggests, it's a very floral scent which I'm not a fan of. I do like floral perfumes but they have to be mixed with other notes.

Yin Yang Rich Skin FoodI wasn't that impressed with this face moisturiser. From the name I thought it could be similar to the Weleda Skin Food but it's no where near as moisturising. I wouldn't buy the full size.

Ahava Purifying Mud MaskI really enjoyed using this mud mask and as I only use it on my t-zone this small tube lasted a really long time. I used it onc…

Beauty Box Buys

I was writing a beauty box post last month and it got me thinking of the products I've bought after trying a sample size from a box. I thought there wouldn't be that many products but I turned out to be wrong! A lot of these products have become all time favourites and I probably wouldn't have tried them if they weren't included in a beauty box.

Everyone says how much they hate getting perfume samples in beauty boxes but I'm probably one of the few that actually like it. As you can see I've bought four different perfumes after trying samples of them in boxes. My current favourite is Elie Saab which I have a post about coming up next week.

Skin care products is probably the category from beauty boxes that I would skip as I have such sensitive skin and I don't like to try out any old product. They're also the one category of products that you need to actually use for a few weeks to see if the product suits your skin and more often than not you don't g…

Beauty Box // Birchbox March 2014

This month Birchbox teamed up with Lulu Guinness and I'm loving the box design although it is only a cardboard sleeve. I'm also happy to see that the products are still being included in a drawstring pouch instead of tissue paper like they were in the January box.

Benefit Stay Don't Stray // I've wanted to try this eyeshadow/concealer primer since it was released but haven't wanted to pay the full price. Now I get to try a mini tube of it! I haven't given it a proper longevity testing yet but from looking at quick swatch on my hand, it's slightly too orange for my skin tone. I have very fair skin so even though this is the light/medium version, I did have a feeling it wouldn't be right for me. Saying that though it's something that you wear under eye shadow and concealer so I should still be able to use it, just pleased I didn't pay full price for it.

Dr Brant Pores No More // This is another primer but one that works to minimise the look of pore…

February Beauty

How could I write a February favourites post without talking about the Nars Narcissist Palette?! The eyeshadow palette that is probably featured in everyones favourite posts this month! My favourite shade of the moment is Ashes To Ashes, a perfect wash of colour all over the lid when needing to rush out the door, it's one of the eyeshadows I was thinking about buying before I knew this palette existed. The palette also contains one of my favourite Nars eyeshadows from the All About Eve duo, the first shadow on the top row.

I hate washing make-up brushes but this brush cleanser from Pro Hygiene Collection means I can quickly spot clean brushes and they're dry in a matter of seconds. Also the packaging of this is so much better compared to the Mac brush cleanser as it's a spray bottle.

I haven't been wearing this perfume on an every day basis, instead I've been reaching for the Fresh Fig Perfume from Laura Mercier of a weekend after I've used the bath products f…

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This Basil & Grape candle from Mor was a TKMaxx find for only a couple of pounds. I remembered Fleur raving about the brand so picked up the candle straight away along with a couple of other products. I absolutely love the scent of this and even without lighting the candle, it fills up the whole room. It's a very fruity scent but with a hint of fresh from the basil and I'll be lighting it while reading and having a bath tonight.

I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself with my Sunday Pamper product selections but there's a few products, mainly Laura Mercier Fresh Fig, that I reach for every week. You can see I'm nearly half way through the Fresh Fig Honey Bath and I know, despite the price, that I'll keep on repurchasing it! I love the packaging, the scent and the bubbles it creates. Although I don't think I'll buy the full size, the shower gel has been really nice to use along side the honey bath as it intensifies the scent. I'm not normall…

Week In Photos 167 & 168

Sleepy cat // Currently reading // Lazy weekend clothes // The aftermath of trying to pick an outfit // Finally back to blogging // A finished painted jar // New flowers // Papa Johns.
So I took a little blogging break without really thinking about it but I'm back. I now feel 100% better compared to how I was feeling last weekend and after a long week in work, I am spending the whole weekend doing absolutely nothing. I'm planning on staying in my pj's the whole time and spending tomorrow planning and writing posts for the next few weeks.

This week I've sort of failed with the whole spending ban and have made a couple of online orders. What can I say, when I'm not feeling well I like to do a bit of retail therapy to cheer myself up. I'm still pretty happy with how I'm doing with the spending ban over all, you just have to ignore the couple of things I've bought recently!

How is everyone spending their weekend?

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Todays post isn't a typical Sunday Pamper, instead it's more of the products that I've been reaching for a lot over the weekend. I woke up Friday morning with a horribly sore throat which has now turned into a full on cold. I've lost count of how many boxes of tissues I've gone through and I've caught up on a lot of tv thanks to staying in bed all day. I've just finished making a batch of chocolate chip and fudge cookies to try and make myself feel better!

Liz Earle Eye Bright has really helped to soothe my sore eyes and I've been using it as an eye treatment. Simply pour some onto cotton pads, place on your eyes and relax for ten minutes, it really does work! Another product that isn't technically for when you've got a cold is the Origins Sensory Therapy Peace Of Mind. I usually keep this in my bag and pull it out when I'm feeling stressed or panicky but this works wonders if you've got a blocked nose, your heads feeling stuffy and bung…