30 April 2014

Empties // April 2014

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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 forgot about it and stopped using it. I'm trying to finish everything up before buying anything new so I made an effort to finish it up. Repurchase? Not at the moment, I want to buy another tub of Lush Dream Cream which also works really well for eczema.

The bluebeards Revenge Post Shave Balm // I got this in a set with the shaving cream from Bluebeards Revenge which I love. I've never used anything like this before and although intended for men, it does work pretty well. You apply it to your skin after shaving, I used it on my legs, and it leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and helps to reduce shaving rashes which I can get with my sensitive skin no matter what I use. Repurchase? No as it's not an essential product as I usually just use a normal body moisturiser after shaving.

Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream // I just couldn't get on with this product despite it smelling amazing, just like a milk shake. I first used it on dry hair which was a huge mistake as it made my hair incredibly sticky. I then tried it on towel dried hair which is what you're meant to do and no matter how little product I used, it still made my hair sticky and didn't feel moisturising at all. Repurchase? No.

Melvita Moisturising Care // This was a complete waste of money as I knocked the bottle over on my desk while open so I lost nearly all of the product before even trying it. Luckily it didn't cost too much but still annoying! While I liked it the couple of times I was able to use it, it didn't impress me enough to rush out and buy another bottle. Repurchase? No, I found it in TKMaxx so not sure if it's still even available to buy.

Soap & Glory Hand Food // I've lost count of how many tubes of this hand cream I've gone through! It used to be the only hand cream I'd use although that's now changed since writing my blog. I still love it though and the scent! Repurchase? Yes although I'm really liking the new hand cream from S&G.

Kerastase Cristalliste Luminous Perfecting Essence // This is another hair product I just couldn't get on with although I did make the effort to finish it. I liked how this made my hair feel and look and was a nice product to use after curling my hair to add a bit of shine. I think my skin doesn't like Kerastase products though as I always seems to react when I use them and this has happened with another product I've used before. Repurchase? No.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius // I had high expectations of this foot cream as I've loved every other Soap & Glory product I've tried but it was just ok, nothing special. Repurchase? No, The Body Shop Body Butters work better.

Queen Eye Restore Cream // I really loved this eye cream as it's incredibly gentle and my skin didn't react to it which it has done with other eye creams that are too thick. Also the packaging meant I was able to control how much product I was using and finish every last little bit. Repurchase? Maybe but for now I've fallen completely in love with a Caudalie eye cream at the moment.

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29 April 2014

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. 
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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 when cleansing so it's not sitting on my skin for long. I'll happily use this bottle but I wouldn't repurchase. 

Another product I've re-introduced into my skin care routine this month is the balance Me cleansing balm. I find this slightly too heavy and oily to use on an everyday basis despite having very dry skin. Sometimes it feels like it leaves behind a bit of product if I don't wash it off properly which can build up on the skin if used everyday. Instead I've been using it once or twice a week when there's flaky patches on my face and I want a little bit more exfoliation than a muslin cloth gives thanks to the oat particles in it. 

Bioderma Micelle Solution // Garnier Express 2 In 1 Eye Make-up Remover // balance Me Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm // RMK Rose Cleansing Balm // Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet. 

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28 April 2014

NOTD // Orly You're Blushing

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You're Blushing // Prelude To A Kiss // Jealous, Much? // Faint Of Heart // Steel Your Heart // Artificial Sweetener.
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 that it was quite sunny but it kept photographing as a taupe shade, which you can see in the second photo. After a lot of photos and moving around in different light I finally took a photo which shows off the true colour. It's definitely a purple with a hint of taupe. I'm not a huge purple nail polish fan, apart from pastel tones, but I'm loving this one more than I thought I would. It's probably my favourite out of the whole collection and it applied like a dream.

What's your favourite shade of nail polish to wear?

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27 April 2014

Beauty Box // Latest In Beauty The Glamour Beauty Edit

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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 Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel // Percy & Reed Voluminising Hair Mousse.

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26 April 2014

Week In Photos 177

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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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25 April 2014

NOTD // Illamasqua Mottle

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Illamasqua Mottle// two coats

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24 April 2014

Beauty Box // Glossybox April 2014*

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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 been really dry recently.

SunSense UK Daily Face SPF 50+ // Again I'm no a huge fan of the packaging as it doesn't have a proper lid so wouldn't work well to take on holiday or in a make-up bag. I'll be saving this for the summer to test it out but I am concerned about how tinted it is as I have extremely pale skin and products like this are usually too dark for me.

Me Me Me Cosmetics Beat The Blues in Pearl Pink // I actually got this highlighter in a Glossybox last year so not very impressed that they're repeating products. It's not even a different shade of highlighter. The brush is very stiff and is clumped together. It's a really pretty colour in the bottle, a good dupe for Benefits High Beam, but once blended onto the skin it just sort of disappears.

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23 April 2014

The Happiness List 002

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  1. having family over for Easter 
  2. and a four day weekend
  3. dreading a day at work and then it not being anywhere near as bad as I imagined
  4. finding a cat whisker and hoping it brings me luck
  5. discovering Dairy Milk Caramel Pots Of Joy. they really are pots of joy!
  6. finishing work at 8pm and it still being light out
  7. finally finding a bouquet of babies breath after looking for months. Asda why do you not sell them anymore?!
  8. a cold mars bar straight out of the fridge
  9. H&M joggers that make weekends so much comfier
  10. midi rings, still completely obsessed with them

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22 April 2014

Lifestyle Favourites 001

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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 Spread which was sold out last time we made an order. I still have no idea what you're really meant to do with it really but it tastes amazing. I've just been having a little bit of it with a sliced apple as I find it's a bit too sickly to just have on toast.

Another food item we added to our order was a couple of bags of popcorn from Joe & Seph's. They're ridiculously expensive for how much popcorn you actually get but who can resist caramel and chocolate or caramel and peanut butter?? I'm currently eating some of the peanut butter one whilst writing this post and it tastes so good!

Although technically this is sort of a beauty item, I wanted to include it anyway and it's my tube squeezer. Such a good invention and I wish I'd heard about them sooner as they really do help to use every last bit of product in a tube. I also love the pattern this makes on metal tubes and it's great for getting every last bit of toothpaste. You can get all sorts of tube squeezers but I prefer the metal version.

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21 April 2014

Beauty Box // Birchbox April 2014

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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 Milk // This is your standard body lotion but has a nice almond scent.

Propercorn Sweet Coconut & Vanilla Popcorn // This bag of popcorn didn't last long between my mum and I. I really loved the mix of vanilla and coconut and would buy it again if I saw it in the supermarket.

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20 April 2014

Sunday Pamper 016

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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. Keeping on the REN and rose theme I'll be using the shower gel and body lotion from the same range.

The final step in my pamper routine will be to paint my nails using CND Stickey Base Coat, Orly You're Blushing and CND Speedy Top Coat before tucking into my Easter eggs.

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19 April 2014

Week In Photos 176

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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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18 April 2014

Dry Scalp Fixers

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So recently my scalp has been extremely dry thanks to eczema so I made a little Feel Unique order. Originally I wanted to repurchase the Moroccan 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 the Fushi Scalp Soother Oil a 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 first bought it as I thought that might irritate my scalp. Instead, it's a cream which you apply all over your scalp with damp hair, leave for 10 or 20 minutes and wash as normal.

Any other products for dry scalps that I need to try?

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17 April 2014

NOTD // Illamasqua Fragile

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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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16 April 2014

Products For Eczema

products for eczema rottenotter rotten otter blog 3 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 Oil as 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 Cream, it's still up there as one of my favourite body moisturisers. It soothes and calms the skin and is a dream to apply, hence the name. I also love Dreamwash which is sort of like a shower cream. Again it helps to soothe and hydrate the skin and smells heavenly. It's the perfect pair before bedtime as it smells like lavender and insures I don't scratch my eczema in my sleep.
I only have a sample of Alva Salva Derm Skin Balance Cream at the moment but I've used and finished the full size and loved it. This cream has silver particles in it which is an anti-inflammatory and helps to calm the skin. I mainly applied this to my arms, especially the crease of my elbow, and it really helped to soothe my skin as I tend to itch in my sleep. I really need to repurchase this!
I'm still testing out the African Botanics Marula Intense Skin Repair Body Balm as I only bought it at the start of the year but it's working really well so far. It's expensive so I haven't been using it as an all over body moisturiser. Instead I've been concentrating it on areas where I actually have a flare up of eczema.
Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream is a new product to my eczema arsenal but one that I've fallen in love with pretty quickly. I can't use body moisturisers that are too thick and heavy as they makes my skin itchy which in turn makes my eczema even worse. This is a light cream but still packs a punch and is incredibly moisturising. Also as the name suggests, it's really calming on the skin. I'm not a huge fan of the scent but I can ignore it as the product works.
Weleda Skin Food is a product I can see myself repurchasing over and over again. It's a multi-purpose product as I use it on my face if my skin is visibly flaky, elbows and any other dry patches. Since working in a hospital, I wash my hands a lot more and use hand sanitiser regularly so I've really struggled with the eczema on my hands, especially my knuckles. This cream has really helped though and if I apply it each night before bed it really makes a difference to the condition and dryness of my skin. If the skin on my hands isn't dry, I'm also less likely to itch them in my sleep.
Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream is similar to Weleda Skin Food but I don't use this in my face. Instead I use it on my hands and elbows. It's a really thick cream that is incredibly moisturising and I love the camphor scent.  
Another product I don't currently have, but will be buying again soon, is First Aid Beauty Repair Cream. It's a very basic moisturiser, that you can use on your face as well, that just works so well. It doesn't have a fragrance, sinks in incredibly quickly and really helps to prevent eczema flaring up. 

Face // Boiron Homeoplasmine is another multi-purpose product but recently I've mainly been using it on my lips as they been incredibly dry, irritated and chapped. The texture of this reminds me of vaseline so it takes a while to sink it. If I'm going to use it on my body then I tend to use it before bed when I'm wearing my pyjamas.
I couldn't have gotten through winter without using balance Me Stellar Face Balm as the eczema on my face has been especially bad this year. There were days when I had horrible eczema patches on my eyebrows, the weirdest place to have dry skin, and this is the only product that worked. I have the full size tub at home and I carry a mini pot in my bag so I always have this with me. If you suffer from eczema on your face you really need to try this!
A couple of months ago I reacted to a micellar water that I was using to take my eye make- up off and therefore incredibly sore eczema patches flared up around my eyes. Not wanting to make it worse as the flare up was incredibly close to my eyes I randomly tried a mini tube of Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream and it worked. I wouldn't normally spend £50 on an eye cream but I closed my eyes and entered my card details. When it comes to eczema, I've learnt that if something works then ignore the price.
Two products that have really helped to soothe and calm eczema and dry patches on my face are First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask and Aveda Intensive Hydrating Mask. The oatmeal in the FAB mask is what makes it perfect for eczema as it soothes the skin. Another thing I like to do it put a cup of oats in a foot processor or blender and then fill up your bath, it's perfect if the eczema on my legs is flaring up.
I forgot to include the Weleda Calendula Face Cream in the photograph but this is the cream I reach for when I have eczema flare ups on my face and all other moisturisers just irritate my skin even more. It's incredibly gentle as it's made for babies and the calendula helps to soothe skin.
I have included Mario Badescu Control Cream in this list of products as I'm still using it occasionally but I am now treating it like a steroid cream from the doctor and only use it sparingly. If you're unaware, apparently unlisted ingredients have been found in Control Cream which is why it was nicknamed "magic cream" as it instantly made my eczema patches disappear after only a couple of uses. The two areas I used this was my eyebrows and cupids bow.
An alternative to the Mario Badescu cream is Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Fluid. It doesn't work in the same way of getting rid of the eczema patches immediately but it really helps to calm the skin, as the name suggests. It's also fragrance free which is something I've struggled to find as more often than not, it's the fragrance in products that will irritate my eczema. This is the old bottle as they've now changed the name to Very Gentle Calming Serum and changed the packaging slightly.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is the cream I reach for when the eczema on my eyebrows and cupid bow/top lip flares up. It's another good alternative to Control Cream but without the steroid cream addition.

Scalp // I've only had eczema on my scalp for about three years so it's still a pretty new thing for me and I'm still testing out products. The main problem for me is finding a shampoo that doesn't irritate my scalp even more. Pre-scalp eczema I could use any old shampoo from the supermarket, mainly Herbal Essence, but now I have to be really careful.
The main shampoo I use is Philip Kingsley flaky/Itchy Scalps which has completely changed how my scalp is. I still get eczema flare ups and dry flaky patches but compared to what my scalp was like a year or two ago, it's a huge improvement. Other brands I use/used and have worked for me are Ojon, Bedhead, Tara Smith and Barefoot. 
Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner is another product that has changed how my scalp is. When I first bought it, I used it as a once a week treatment all over my scalp which really helped to clear up the eczema patches. Now my eczema is under control I only use a little bit of it along my hair line, which is where my eczema usually flares up, after I've towel dried my hair.

I would just like to add, these products work for me and although I hope they could work for you, everyone's skin is different especially when it comes to a skin conditioner like eczema.

Are there any products you think I'm missing? What's your favourite product to help with eczema?

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15 April 2014

Cult Beauty Hauling

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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 Oil, Menthol, Salicyclic acid & Ginger extract. I haven't read any reviews about it so will be writing my own once I've tested it out for long enough.

I've only got a tiny amount left of my current leave in conditioner so I thought I'd try Sachajuan's offering. I don't brush through my hair after I've washed it, it would turn into a complete frizzy mess if I did, so I always need to apply leave in conditioner so I can sort of de-tangle it with my fingers before I apply hair oil or other styling products. It claims to be lightweight so wont weigh hair down and it also smells really nice.

On a side note, I just love the packaging of Sachajuan products. I almost don't want to put them away in a cupboard and instead keep them out on display. I especially like how the Ocean Mist looks with the white and clear packaging and blue salt spray. Again I'm coming towards the end of my current salt spray so I wanted to try something new. This is the one product I've seen on a lot of blogs recently so have high expectations. Let's so hope it meets them!

Finally I ordered a box of Costes Bath Flakes. This is the bubble bath that you get in your bathroom if you stay in Hotel Costes in Paris. So while I'm sitting in my bath in Liverpool, I can dream that I am actually in a fancy hotel in Paris! You get 10 individual sachets so I haven't actually smelt them yet but they are described as woody mix of coriander seeds, white pepper, laurel, oriental woods, incense, musk and a touch of rose.

What's your favourite product from Cult Beauty?

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14 April 2014

NOTD // Illamasqua Scarce

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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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13 April 2014

Week In Photos 175

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Product gathering // Lazy clothes // More post planning // New chocolate // Biscuits and Instagram.

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11 April 2014

Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash

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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 and use. The middle of the brush is hollow so there's no chance of water getting inside and it dries incredibly quickly. It can also stand up on it's own, the other can't, so it doesn't end up sitting in a puddle of water in the shower. I don't know if it's the change in shape to the original, but the Aqua Splash has longer bristles so I find it a lot easier and takes less time to de-tangle my hair which I didn't think was possible. I couldn't be happier with my choice!

Do you use a Tangle Teezer? Tried the Aqua version?

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10 April 2014

100 Day Spending Ban // Finished

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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 times over the last three months and apart from a hand soap for the bathroom, I left empty handed despite falling in love with a million things in the home section and finding out they now sell Nest candles. I also managed to avoid the bag section which is always my downfall.

I also haven't bought any new books, instead I've been working my way through what I haven't read and getting new books out of the library. I'm also on track to complete my Goodreads 2014 book challenge to read 52 books this year.

Another reason I wanted to do this spending ban was to use up the products I already have before buying anything new. In the past three months I have finished; 8 hair products, 9 skin care products, 12 bath & body products, 3 make-up products, 4 nail products and 2 perfumes. 

If you were taking part in the 100 day spending ban, how did you get on?

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09 April 2014

Project Sample Use Up 017

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 was wearing something.

balance Me Rose Otto Body CreamI paired this with the rose shower gel from balance Me and they were a dream to use. Both have a proper rose scent, not that horrible old lady smell, and the body cream is incredibly moisturising. It feels very light on the skin though which I really like and it sinks in straight away. I got this tube as a freebie with an order but I'd definitely buy the full size especially if I bought the shower gel as well.

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08 April 2014

Elie Saab Le Parfum

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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 don't like perfumes that are heavily jasmine or patchouli scented but again, for some reason I love this one. It's a strong perfume so might be one that not everyone would wear on a daily basis and instead save it for night time. I like to wear it during the day as I know that although it might be a bit too much as soon as a spray it, the scent will last throughout my whole day at work. The scent really lingers on clothes as well which I really like as I can pick up a jumper a few days later and still be able to smell the perfume.

Elia Saab has just brought out a L'eau Couture version which I'm eager to try and see what the difference is.

Do you like this perfume? Or tried the new version?

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05 April 2014

Week In Photos 173 & 174

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