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Week In Photos 182

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New pj's // Pencil patterns // To take down or not to take down? // New addition to the bookshelf // Finally nails are all the same length!
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Empties // May 2014

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Modern Apothecary Mint Soap // This was a random TKMaxx find and I bought it purely because it smells so good and would look nice sitting on the sink in the bathroom. I used it as a hand soap but it would have worked nicely as a shower gel. As you can probably guess from the name, the scent was mint and it smelt amazing. It's also a giant bottle so it last a really long time and I think I only paid about £4 for it. Repurchase? I spotted a lavender and sea salt version a few months back in TKMaxx in the clearance section which I bought straight away so no need to buy another bottle.

Ojon Volume Advance Shampoo // I've had this bottle of shampoo for such a long time! I think I got it free along with the conditioner when I bought an Ojon hair oil. This is one of the few shampoos that doesn't irritate the eczema on my scalp. As far as adding volume to my hair, I didn't notice any difference so I wouldn't recommend it for that, only if you have a sensitive scalp. Repurch…

NOTD // Illamasqua Speckle

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Skin Care Diary // May 2014

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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. 

Bioderma Micellar Water // Liz Earle Eye Bright // Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm // balance Me Skin Bright Hydrating Mist // Weleda Calendula Face Cream // Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado // Weleda Skin Food // Fresh Sugar Lip Balm.
The spotlight product from this month is actually two and they're both eye products. At the start of the month I had a really bad reaction to a product I was using on my eyes. I'm not one hundred percent sure what it was that caused it but I'm pretty sure it was Garnier Express 2 In 1 Eye Make-up Remover as this was a new product and one I hadn't used before. Everything else I was using around my eyes was products I've either been using for a while so would have had a reaction sooner or products I've u…

May Beauty 2014

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Kate Somerville Eczema Therapy Cream// I was making an order for the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream and was just browsing the rest of the products when I came across this cream designed for eczema. For someone who has suffered form eczema her whole life I don't mind spending a bit more money on products as after a lot of trial and error I've found cheaper products just do not work. This is one of those products, it's not cheap but it works! Although there are cheaper creams that work just as well, think FAB Ultra Repair Cream and Lush Dream Cream, this is just a dream to apply. It feels incredibly light on the skin and sinks in instantly but it is extremely moisturising. It also really does help to soothe and heal eczema especially on a stubborn patch on my left that just wouldn't go away. I can see me finishing this tube pretty quickly at the rate I've been using it so far.

Liz Earle Eye BrightKiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado// These two produ…

NOTD // Orly Steel Your Heart

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You're Blushing // Prelude To A Kiss // Jealous, Much? // Faint Of Heart // Steel Your Heart // Artificial Sweetener.
Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Orly Steel Your Heart // two coats CND Speedey Top Coat
Orly's Steel Your Heart* was part of the spring 2012 collection, Cool Romance, and is exactly how the name describes it, a steel colour. It has a metallic finish so you can see the brush strokes if you're not careful when applying. This doesn't bother me too much though as I think the shimmer in metallics sort of hides it.
In some lights Steel Your Heat can come across as having a green hint to it and then others it looks a lot darker. Only two coats is needed and it actually wears really well. Polish doesn't last long on me at all no matter the brand/price but I managed to get 5 days out of it.
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Wishlist Shopping 001

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Whilst I was on my spending ban there was a lot of new lip product launches which I, somehow, managed to avoid and didn't buy any. I didn't even step foot into Boots during those one hundred days so I wouldn't be tempted to part with my money.

 Once that was over though I decided to treat myself to a few of them along with a repurchase, the L'Oreal Micellar Water. A lot of these were featured in my Wish List post a couple of days ago.  I couldn't walk out of Boots without buying a couple of nail polishes and these two from the Gelly range from Barry M have been at the top of my to buy list. I chose Rose Hip and Sugar Apple, two perfect spring and summer colour.

The Revlon Colourburst Balm Stains have been out for a long time but I'm yet to try them until now. I bought a set of the Clinique Chubby Sticks a Christmas or two ago and I love them but I wanted a nude/pink shade and Honey is just that. I love the mint scent/flavour and how glossy they are. I will def…

Week In Photos 181

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Lazy days with all the windows open // Courgette Update // Now planted into buckets // Currently reading // New storage // Forever wearing // Trying to finish this cross stitch. 
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Current Hair Products 001

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I'm not very adventurous when it comes to my hair, especially how I style it and the products I use. After washing I will more often than not use a leave-in conditioner, salt spray, oil and leave it to dry naturally. Naturally I have wavy/curly hair that is prone to being frizzy so the salt spray helps to enhance the curls and the oil helps to reduce frizz as well as adding some moisture to my dry hair.

Nonetheless I thought I'd share the products I'm currently using. I tend to only change up the products I use when I actually come to the end of a bottle so it might take a while, but I'm sure I'll update when I'm using something new. The shampoo and conditioners I use are what change the most often but I'm currently using Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo as my first shampoo. Despite being a huge fan of Philip Kingsley products, I'm not so keen on this one. I don't think it makes a difference to my sensitive scalp and I'm just trying t…

Project Sample Use Up 019

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Institut Esthederm Bronzant // I finished this last summer but for some reason I kept it with all my body products instead of putting it in my empties box. This spray is meant to adapt the skin to the sun so quite a hard one to tell if it actually works or not. I have very pale skin that burns extremely easily so I wouldn't use this if I was going on holiday, instead I'd use the highest SPF available, but I'd use this on an every day basis during the summer. Buy the full size? maybe.

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Cream // I enjoyed using this mini tube of eye cream and it felt light enough for my sensitive skin but wasn't anything impressive. Buy the full size? No.

Fresh Black Tea Face Mask // This face mask is very similar to the Origins Drink Up Mask. It's very hydrating and really helped my dry skin. Buy the full size? Yes if it wasn't so expensive.

Origins Drink Up Mask // This is a cheaper alternative to the Fresh face mask. It smells amazing and work…

Minimising The Stash // Lips

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The other week I posted about spring cleaning my bathroom and wardrobe and I mentioned that I was about to work on my make-up collection. Well I finally did it and it feels good! I sorted through everything and got rid of products I just don't use or had expired and only kept products I know I'll use. Plus it means I now have room to buy some new products! I may or may not have already placed a NYX order for a couple of lip products that everyone raves about.

Before the sort out all my lip products were just throw into one compartment and I only really used the products on top as those are the one's I could see. There was a mix of lipsticks, tinted lip balms, lip glosses, lip liners and crayons. Now though everything has it's own place! My lipsticks are stored in a muji drawer on the top of my dressing table which I'll be blogging about soon. Lipglosses are kept together and the same for lip balms.

On a side note, who needs this many lip balms! My next mission is …

Wish List 002

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Another wish list from me of all the things I'm lusting over. I've really been enjoying putting these together as it creates a visual shopping list but also means I won't forget about anything.

Some of these things were limited edition products I probably wont ever be able to buy but am still hoping they'll be brought back. The two products that are limited edition are the Chanel Blush and Mac Blush/contour shade that Lisa Eldridge has mentioned in her videos and are great products for people with pale skin, which I have. Another product that I can't seem to find anywhere online in the UK is the Giorgio Armani brow pencil. My eyebrows are extremely light, although I do want them to stand out more if I fill them in, I don't want to stray too far away from my natural hair colour so I've struggled to find the right shade. The shade beige 3 was used in another Lisa Eldridge video and the model has similar hair colouring to me.

I've just gone out an bought …

NOTD // Orly Faint Of Heart

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Growing Courgettes 2014

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Although a lot later than planned, last weekend I planted courgette seeds for the third year in a row. If I could I'd have a whole garden, or allotment, filed with fruit and veg but for now I'm happy with growing courgettes. I'm not a natural gardener and don't particularly have a green thumb. I have managed to kill the majority of plants I've tried to grow but for some reason, probably because you don't really have to do too much, I can grow courgettes. Last years plants managed to produce about thirty-ish courgettes so I'm hoping for the same amount this year. I've mixed things up a bit though and bought seeds that hopefully will grow both yellow and green courgettes.

Although this is the third time growing courgettes, it still surprises me just how quickly these plants grow. I planted the seeds last Sunday, using old yogurt pots to create mini greenhouses, and nothing happened all week. I kept checking them each day to see if I could spot any shoots…

Week In Photos 180

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Sorting through my eyeliners = having to swatch them all. // It's just me and the cat this week, let's hope we don't kill each other // Favourite elephant plant pot // Current perfume choice // Naughty dominos pizza and desserts // New lavender plant // Burning a candle despite it being like summer outside. The scent is heavenly // Wearing shorts for the first time this year.
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Beauty Box // Birchbox May 2014

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Soigné Nail Polish in Crème Au Beurre // This is a brand I've never heard of before but it's a really nice colour and I'm looking forward to trying it. I'm sure I'll share a NOTD of it soon.

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil // This box is full of some of my favourites, especially this bath oil. It's one of the scents I'm thinking of buying the full size of so another mini bottle is more than welcome. These bath oils are incredibly moisturising and a little goes a long way.

Benefit They're Real! Mascara // I've been through several of these mini versions so still haven't actually bought the full size, I think this might be my fourth?! I really like the wand and how this makes my lashes look.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser // Cleanse & Polish is one of my favourite cleanser and one I've used for about ten years now and have been through countless bottles. I always have these mini tubes floating a…

NOTD // Barry M Gelly Papaya

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Barry M Papaya// two coats CND Speedey Top Coat
This was one of the polishes I featured in my Spring Nail Polish Picks. For me orange shades can be a bit tricky and they don't always suit my skin tone but I really like this one. I think it's the hint of pastel that makes it work well. As with all the gelly nail polishes, it's incredibly glossy and I only applied a top coat so it would last longer. This polish was a little on the thick side but still really easy to apply.

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Bath Essentials 001

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Taking a bath is one of my favourite ways to relax and unwind before bed either after a long day at work or a busy weekend. A quick two minute shower is sometimes necessary in the mornings but if I can make the time to take a bath, I will. I thought I'd start sharing the products I'm loving at the moment and will update as and when I'm using new or different products.

Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts // This is a luxury bath product and one I don't use on an everyday basis. Instead I save it for Sunday pampers or nights when I've had trouble sleeping and need to completely relax. A scoop full of the salts in your bath water really does help you sleep better that night. When using them  you're meant to not touch anything electric afterwards and just go straight to bed. I don't always do this but more often than not I do try to read a book before bed instead of watching tv. These also smell amazing and manage to fill up the whole room with the scent which I'…

A Spring Clean

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So for the past two weekends I've been spending my days spring cleaning so thought I'd share what I've been up to. This post is all inspired by Anna and her bathroom tidy up and Lily's wardrobe sort out.

Since we bought new bathroom cupboards last year I don't think I've actually given them a proper deep clean. I've cleaned the glass shelves a couple of times but not done the whole hog. It was about time to take everything out, have a good sort through, clean and then put everything back in nice and neatly. Let's see how long it takes before everything becomes one big mess again!

I went through all my skin care products and sorted them into two categories: products I'm using everyday and products I either haven't used yet or don't use very often. With a bit more space on this shelf meant I was able to add in my toners, eye cream, serums and moisturisers instead of storing them in my bedroom. Everything else has now been stored away in my bed…