Showing posts from April, 2014

Empties // April 2014

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum // This bottle seemed to have lasted forever! Everytime I used it I thought it would be empty but it just kept on going. I even bought a back up about six months ago which I've only just started using! I can't recommend this serum enough if you have dry or dehydrated skin. It's a light serum that sinks in immediately and leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated. I also love the scent! Repurchase? Definitely although I won't need to if my current bottle lasts just as long as this one did.

Space NK Laughter Nuit Body Lotion // Although I love the scent of this, the body lotion itself was just ok. It wasn't bad but nothing to rave about. Repurchase? No, I got two of these in the perfume set so I still have one to finish.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP // I really liked this when I first bought it and it made a huge difference to the eczema on my body and didn't use anything else. For some reason though I…

Skin Care Diary // April 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. 

This past months skin care is pretty simple and similar to last months. I'm still using Bioderma to take off my eye make-up before cleansing and then following up with the RMK Cleansing Balm and Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet. 
Since I'm nearly out of Bioderma I wanted to buy a new micellar water, either the L'Oreal or Garnier versions, but my local Asda was out of stock of both. Not wanting to go away empty handed I thought I'd try this dual phase eye make-up remover from Garnier. It reminded me of a Lancome eye make-up remover I used when I was a teenager and loved. It states on the packaging no greasy feel and although it doesn't feel overly greasy when you apply it, it does leave a slight film/residue on your eyes. I wash the residue away w…

NOTD // Orly You're Blushing

You're Blushing // Prelude To A Kiss // Jealous, Much? // Faint Of Heart // Steel Your Heart // Artificial Sweetener.

Supplies used...
CND Stickey Base Coat Orly You're Blushing // two coats CND Speedey Top Coat
Orly quickly became one of my favourite nail polish brands when I first tried their polishes and has been for a few years now. Their base and top coats are really good and they have a great range of colours. I haven't come across a polish that has a horrible formula either. The mini's are also stocked in Boots so you can try them out without buying the full size bottle.
You're Blushing was part of the spring 2012 collection, Cool Romance. Despite being two years old, I've only just got round to talking about them on the blog! I've only just bought this colour as I wanted to complete the collection so it has the new bottle design while the others are in the old style.

This was such a hard colour to photograph. I don't know if it was the light and tha…

Beauty Box // Latest In Beauty The Glamour Beauty Edit

Latest In Beauty has to be my favourite beauty box company as you get to see what's in the boxes before you buy them. It isn't a monthly subscription service and you only buy the box if you actually want it. A lot of the boxes I've had from other companies I wouldn't have bought if I'd seen what was inside them beforehand. It does take away the surprise but the benefit of saving money definitely out weighs that.

This time I ordered the Glamour Beauty Edit box as I wanted to try the Rituals Shower Gel as it has the same scent as the bath oil I bought back in Janaury. I have also wanted to try the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara which itself is £9 and the box costs £15. I'm not so fussed over the blue eye liner or the invisible bobbles but I know I'll use and enjoy everything else.

Invisibobble Hair Ring // Burts Bees Lip Balm // Cheeky Chat Me Up Nail Polish in Tongue 'n' Cheek // Daniel Sandler Eye Liner // L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara // Rituals R…

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Blogging // With popcorn as my snack choice // Cat sitting differently on his chair // Actually writing down what skin care products I'm using instead of guessing at the end of the month // Mini cakes // Tulips. 
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NOTD // Illamasqua Mottle


Beauty Box // Glossybox April 2014*

TRESemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo // Despite the hype over this product when it was first released, I still hadn't tried it. Unlike other dry shampoos this is clear when you spray it onto your hair so you don't have to worry about going out with grey patches. The scent is also quite nice and not too overpowering, it just reminds me of other Tresemmé products.

Emite Make Up Lip Brush // This make-up brush is meant for applying lip products but I find it isn't stiff enough for a precise application. Instead I think I'll be using this to apply eyeshadow to my lash line.

Monu Spa Warming Ginger Massage & Body Oil // I've tried a couple of products from Monu now after getting them in various beauty boxes. Although the packaging isn't the best for an oil, it's a really nice product. It smells of ginger, a scent I find uplifting and relaxing at the same time. It's a body oil essentially but I've been using it as a bath oil as my skin has bee…

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A list of 10 things that have made me happy:
having family over for Easter and a four day weekenddreading a day at work and then it not being anywhere near as bad as I imaginedfinding a cat whisker and hoping it brings me luckdiscovering Dairy Milk Caramel Pots Of Joy. they really are pots of joy!finishing work at 8pm and it still being light outfinally finding a bouquet of babies breath after looking for months. Asda why do you not sell them anymore?!a cold mars bar straight out of the fridgeH&M joggers that make weekends so much comfiermidi rings, still completely obsessed with them
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Lifestyle Favourites 001

I've never done non beauty favourites before but after loving watching a couple of video versions I wanted to share some of my favourites. The first has to be babies breath flowers which I've had such a hard time finding in shops recently. My local Asda used to have them amongst all the usual flowers but have stopped selling them for some reason. After a couple of other unsuccessful shopping trips, I finally found them in Marks & Spencers. Aside from peonies and tulips, they have to be my favourite flowers and I love how they look in a nice vase in my room. I currently have them scattered about on my bedside table and dressing table. They also last a really long time compared to other flowers.

For our food shop the other week we made an Ocado order which inevitably means we add food that we don't really need but can't get in Asda. First up was the Lotus Caramelised Biscuit Spreadwhich was sold out last time we made an order. I still have no idea what you're re…

Beauty Box // Birchbox April 2014

The Balm Cosmetics How 'Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream in Pie // This is the second mini product I've gotten from The Balm. The tiny amount of product doesn't make it the easiest to apply but they certainly look cute!

Lord & Berry Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil // I have a couple of Lord & Berry products and really like them so happy to see another in this box. Despite being described as a kajal eye liner, it isn't as creamy as others that I've tried. It's very black though and works well in the water line.

Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes // I'm not a huge fan of face wipes but I have heard good things about these. They'll probably be going into my travel bag as they're perfect for a week away.

Colour Club Gala's Gems Nail Polish in Aquamarine Azulino // We actually got to pick which nail polish we wanted out of four so I went for the pastel blue shade. It has a pearl finish and a good colour for spring.

Campos De Ibiza Almendra Body M…

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A pretty quick and simple pamper session is on the cards for today as we've got family over for the bank holiday weekend. For hair I'm using a duo of products that work so well together to keep both my scalp and hair healthy. Firstly is the Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask which I apply all over my scalp and leave on for 20 mintues. Before this I never would have thought to try a scalp mask, it's a bit of an odd concept, but this has really made a difference to how my scalp feels and has reduced my eczema and dry skin. At the same time, since my hair is already damp from the scalp mask, I'll apply Philip Kingsley Elasticizer to the ends of my hair which works miracles on dry ends.

I've been trying to make this tiny bottle of REN Rose Otto Bath Oil last but I think today might be the last use and I'll have to decide if I want to spend £30 on the full size or not. Despite the high price, this is a really luxurious bath oil and extremely moisturising. Keepi…

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Finally found baby breath flowers! // More tulips // & using them for posts // Painting my nails whilst sitting in the garden // Perfect weather for the bank holiday weekend // Treating my self to a pair of jeans // & some new nail polishes for spring // Ballerina bun // Blogging from bed.
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Dry Scalp Fixers

So recently my scalp has been extremely dry thanks to eczema so I made a little Feel Unique order. Originally I wanted to repurchase theMoroccan Oil Dry Scalp Treatment but when I came to making the order it wasn't in stock. Not wanting to wait a couple of weeks I decided to give theFushi Scalp Soother Oila try. If it doesn't work then I'll order the Moroccan Oil version when it's back in stock. Jojoba, Evening primrose oil, Sweet almond oil, Borage oil, Vitamin E, Bergamot, Chamomile and Wild carrot are included in the list of ingredeients to hydrate and nourish the scalp. Here's to hoping after a couple of uses all dry patches will have disappeared. I'll post a full review of it in a couple of weeks.

A repurchase is Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask, another product I'm hoping will help my dry skin as it made a difference a couple of months ago. Unlike the name suggests, it doesn't contain exfoliating particles which I was a bit wary of when I f…

NOTD // Illamasqua Fragile

Supplies used...
CND Stickey Base Coat Illamasqua Fragile // two coats CND Speedey Top Coat
Another polish from last years I'mperfection collection from Illamasqua. This along with Mottle, the green version, are my two favourites. Unlike some glitters, these apply really nicely and you don't have to place the glitter. Instead you get a pretty even coat of the different sized glitter. Although I always apply a top coat, these glitters have a flat smooth finish which I really like.

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Products For Eczema

I have suffered from eczema my whole life and although the severity of it changes, I am always either trying to manage it or trying to prevent it from flaring up. I have a couple of prescription creams, the three in the bottom left corner of the photo, from my doctor which I reach for as a last resort, but I've been trying to find alternatives to these.

Especially since blogging, I've discovered a whole range of products that I reach for instead of relying on steroid creams. Unfortunately for me I get eczema flare ups from head to toe so I have different products for different areas.

Body // One of my favourite bath products is L'Occitane Almond Shower Oilas it's incredibly moisturising and I use it as a shower oil, bath oil and to shave my legs. Since my skin is incredibly sensitive, no matter how careful I am, the majority of the time my skin is irritated after shaving but using this has made a huge difference.
Although I don't currently have a tub of Lush Dream …

Cult Beauty Hauling

So my 100 day spending ban ends and what do I do? Place a Cult Beauty order of course! I have a wish list set up on my CB account for anything that takes my fancy and these four products have been at the top of my list for a long time.

Top of my list was the Scalp Shampoo from Sachajuan, a brand I've only tried one product from but they've been getting a lot of hype in the blogging world recently. Thanks to eczema, my scalp is always itchy and flaky. I love the Philip Kingsley Itchy/Flaky Scalp Shampoo and it's completely changed how my scalp feels, but I don't want my hair to get too used to it and for it to stop working. My scalp also reacted badly to another shampoo I used at the start of last month so I thought I'd give this a try and hope it helps to soothe my skin. It contains anti-fungal Piroctone Olamine & Climbazole which, according to the Australasian College of Dermatologists, are less toxic than regular anti-dandruff ingredient as well as Rosmary O…

NOTD // Illamasqua Scarce

Supplies used...
CND Stickey Base Coat
Illamasqua Scarce // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

I absolutely fell in love with the Illamasqua I'mperfection nail polishes when the collection was released last year but after buying the full set, I sort of forgot about them. With spring showing it's face and Easter coming up I thought I'd make more of an effort to use them as I can't help thinking of mini eggs everytime I look at my nails.

I love these sort of nail polishes as it gives the whole nail art effect without having to go to all that effort. They're also something a bit different and I always get people asking what nail polish it is when I wear it. Unlike normal glitters, I find these really easy to remove with the Bourjois nail polish remover pot especially if you use a base coat.

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Product gathering // Lazy clothes // More post planning // New chocolate // Biscuits and Instagram.
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Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash

So I used to own one of the original Tangle Teezers and it completely changed brushing my hair. No longer was I nearly in tears trying to brush out knots and tangles, instead the Tangle Teezer just glided through my hair like a breeze. Fast forward about a year or so and after a lot of use, it was time to buy a new one. I was just going to order another original but pick a different colour, my first one was hot pink, but after looking on ASOS the Aqua Splash version caught my eye.

The only times I brush my hair, excluding if I'm using heat, is just before washing and then while conditioner is on my hair so I use it in the shower and it gets wet. Although the original works fine if it gets wet, it just took a while to dry especially if water got inside the brush.

The overall design of the Aqua Splash is so much better and I can actually hold this one and brush my hair easily. I don't know if it's just because I have small hands, but I found the original quite hard to hold …

100 Day Spending Ban // Finished

So the 100 day spending ban has finally come to an end. Technically I failed as I did spend money but aside from the Nars Narsissist Palette, everything else I bought I justified in one way or another.

Saying all that though, I have managed to put away some savings which was the whole point of the spending ban. I also haven't bought a single nail polish and instead have been enjoying using what I have and discovering some old favourites I haven't used for a while. I also haven't bought any skin care products or make-up which I'm pretty proud about. I successfully managed to ignore that Sephora has started to ship to the UK despite adding things to my basket on several occasions, mainly that Marc Jacobs eye shadow palette, but I never clicked checkout!

I ordered a couple of clothing items from ASOS but apart from a dress and cardigan for work as well as a pair of jeans, all of which I deemed essentials, I sent everything back for a refund. I went into TKMaxx a few time…

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L'Occitane Rose Hand CreamUnlike the rose cream from balance Me, this hand cream has that old lady rose scent to it which I didn't really like. Ignoring that it was a very nice hand cream but I wouldn't buy the full size.

Neom Inspiration Hand CreamI really loved this hand cream and wish it wasn't so expensive as I'd have already bought the full size by now. Once it has sunk in, it leaves your skin feeling slightly matte which is nice for during the day. It smells amazing and is incredibly moisturising.

Murad Clarifying MaskAlthough I enjoyed using this clay mask and it gave good results making my skin look cleaer, it isn't as good as the Ahava mud mask which I prefer.

Dr Jart Water Fuse BB CreamI really wanted to fall in love with this BB cream but the colour is just too dark for my pale skin and it's only available in one shade. It did feel nice on the skin but I had to make sure it was blended in very well other wise it was quite noticeable I wa…

Elie Saab Le Parfum

I recently finished a bottle of Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir so it was time to pick out a new scent. I'm one of those people who only wears one scent at a time and although I have quite a collection of perfumes, they only get switched out if I'm fed up of a scent or have finished the bottle, usually the latter.

This time around my chosen scent is Le Parfum by Elie Saab. I have to admit that when I first smelt this perfume in store I really didn't like it. I then got a mini vial of it in a beauty box, used it and for some reason fell in love with it. I don't know if my tastes have changed or if my sense of smell was a bit off that first day but it's become one of my favourites.

On the first day I wore it I was complimented on it from a delivery guy at work which is never a bad thing. I do have to say that my mum actually really hates this perfume though so not everyone likes it!

The notes are orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli, cedar and honey rose. I normally …

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Baby fern // Cat // Mothers Day // New laptop & old laptop // Blogging // Growing courgettes again!
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