31 July 2014

NOTD // Barry M Gelly Prickly Pear

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Barry M Prickly Pear // two coats


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30 July 2014

Empties // July 2014

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Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Honey Bath // I am so sad to see this jar empty! This is definitely a luxurious product and one I wont be buying often. I'm thinking of saving up my Birchbox points and using them to buy it again as it is around £30 full price. I bought this in the Space NK Christmas sale and am hoping to do the same this year. I love everything from the fig scent, the amount of bubbles it creates and the honey stick you use to swirl the product in the bath.

Elie Saab Le Parfum // Another one I'm sad to see empty. This scent lasts forever which is perfect for long days in work and I can still smell it on myself at the end of an eight hour shift. Also if I've sprayed it on clothes I can still smell it a week later. I've just ordered the fresher version of this for summer but I will be buying this again at some point.

Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Smoky Eyes Mascara // I don't usually get on well with Maybelline mascaras but I surprisingly loved this one. It's incredibly black and separates, lengthens and adds volume to the lashes, couldn't ask for more in a mascara really.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara // This is a must have in my make-up bag and I've already bought another tube.

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Regenerating Mask // I enjoyed using this mask and I did notice a difference to how soft my hair was every time I used it. When it comes to hair products, especially conditioners, deep conditioners and hair masks, I like to constantly try new products so I don't think I'll buy it again or at least for a while.

Bioderma Micellar Solution // This is a skin care must have and although I'm trying other brands at the moment I will always come back to Bioderma. It takes away every last scrap of make-up and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

Liz Earle Eye Bright // I have been through so many bottles I've lost count. If I had to guess I'd say maybe fifteen bottles over the past six or eight years I've been using it. I'm never without a bottle as it really helps to soothe hay fever eyes. It was also the only thing I could use to take off my eye make-up when I reacted to the Garnier Eye Make-up Remover below.

Garnier Express 2 In 1 Eye Make-up Remover // I only used this for about a week but I have a horrible reaction to it which made my eczema flare up badly and took more than a month to clear up. Needless to say, I will not be buying this again.
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Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask* // Apart from the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant I haven't tried anything else from Elizabeth Arden until this mask. It's a hydrating mask so adds moisture back into the skin which is what I really need with my eczema prone skin. I liked this enough to finish the tube, it lasted a really long time, but I much prefer the hydrating masks I'm using at the moment like Aveda's or Una Brennan so I wouldn't purchase it myself.

REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk // I had this sitting in my bathroom cabinet for a good few months with only one of two uses left in it. Why I waiting so long to finish it I have no idea but now I have, I've made room for other products. I enjoyed using this cleansing milk, it was gentle and a nice alternative cleanser when I didn't want to use a cleansing balm. I also really like REN's packaging as it means you are able to every last drop of product and nothing goes to waste. Since I bought it, they've now changed the name to Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk. I will buy this again in the future but at the moment I am trying to finish all the cleanser I have before buying anything new.

L'Oreal Elvive Triple Resist 60 Second Intensive Conditioner // This was a pretty standard deep conditioner but nothing stand out-ish and I wouldn't rush out and buy it again. If it was on offer or I just needed to buy something while in Asda I'd get it again but there are better deep conditioners out there.

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave In Conditioner // I bought this at least a year and a half ago and have only just now finished it. I bought it for £1 so I'm not even sure if it's still available. It was a really nice leave in conditioner and didn't weigh my hair down. I'm currently using one from Healthy Sexy Hair which I'm enjoying.

The Body Shop Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float // I was really disappointed with the scent of this product and although I finished the bottle I wouldn't say it was exactly pleasant to use. It has a citrus scent but there's another fragrance in it that I just can't put my finger on what it is but I really didn't like it. My mum actually has a bottle of this as well and loves the scent so if you've been thinking of buying this, have a sniff in store. Luckily I bought it on offer and didn't pay the full price which is really quite expensive for what is essentially a bubble bath.

Korres Fig Shower Gel // I've been though countless bottles of this shower gel from Korres. The scent of this just reminds me of summer and brings back memories. I actually bought this when it was buy one get one free so I have another bottle to use.


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28 July 2014

NOTD // Orly Preamp

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Synchro // Decoded // Preamp // Shockwave.

Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Orly Preamp // two coats


Preamp was part of Orly's Autumn 2012 collection, Electronica. The other three colours in the collection are Synchro - a duo-chrome red/pink, Decoded - a blue-grey and Shockwave - a royal blue jelly. Decoded reminds me a bit of Models Own moody Grey.

Preamp* is definitely my favourite out of the four from the collection and the most unique, I don't have any polishes like it. It's a pink with very fine gold shimmer that sort of looks like very fine flakies. The shimmer can also look bright pink depending on the light. It sort of has a jelly finish to it so I usually apply three coats but can sometimes get away with two. It also looks really great with a matte top coat. Despite needing a few coats, this polish applies like a dream. It's smooth and goes on even, it only needs a few coats to build up a colour, not to even out the look of the polish.


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27 July 2014

The Reading List 001

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At the start of the year I decided to take part in the Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge. I was already a big reader to begin with, I am able to read at quiet times in work, to relax before bed or in the bath, but I wanted a way to document the books I read and also something that's a bit of fun. I also dragged my mum into it and we both challenged ourselves to read fifty two books in 2014. It works out an average of reading one book each week and so far I've been doing that. Some weeks I've managed to finish several books while others I might start a couple and not actually finish any.

Here's just a few books I've got lined up to read this year. I'm currently reading Eden by Keary Taylor and loving it. It's a bit like the tv show The Walking Dead but instead of zombies taking over the world it's half robot/half humans and a small group of people trying to survive.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern // Bzrk Reloaded by Michael Grant // Allegiant by Veronica Roth // Demon Trappers Forsaken & Forbidden by Jana Oliver // City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare // Fractured by Dani Atkins // Eden by Keary Taylor // The Host by Stephanie Meyer // Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

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26 July 2014

Week In Photos 188, 189 & 190

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New bag after having to throw out four old bags // Yellow courgettes are growing! // New bedding // Rainbow // Garden days during my week off // First yellow courgette picked // And turned into chips // Actually like it // Mum and dad came back from a walk with a lost tortoise! They found it walking around on grass next to a very busy road. Thankfully we have found its owners! // Flowers // Dessert // New dress. 


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25 July 2014

Shopping // Space NK

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First impressions //
  • I love how you can have your purchases gift wrapped for free. It felt like I was getting even more birthday presents.
  • Figuier candle smells just as good as Philosykos perfume does.
  • Can already tell this is going to be the start of an expensive candle habit and I haven't even burnt it yet.
  • The hand and nail treatment smells a bit odd. I'm not sure I like it.
  • I do like how it makes my hands feel though.
  • My tube of Too Faced Shadow Insurance was starting to separate so I'm happy to have an eye primer that doesn't.
  • Lets see how good it is at keeping eyeshadow in place!
  • I love Nars packaging. 

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24 July 2014

NOTD // Essie Navigate Her

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Supplies used... 
Essie Ridge Filler Base Coat
Essie Navigate Her // two coats
Elegant Touch Rapid Dry For Nails*


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23 July 2014

Latest In Beauty Collections // Caudalie Polyphenol C15

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The reason I ordered this box was because Giada from Miel Café mentioned the eye cream helping her eczema. If anyone mentions products helping their eczema then I have to try them. I've suffered from eczema my whole life but it's been especially bad for the past five years. Over those five years I've tried a lot of products and although the majority of them work really well and I've got it pretty much under control at the moment I still feel like I have to try everything just in case I discover the product that works miracles.

I'm a huge fan of the brand Caudalie and am yet to come across a product that I haven't liked. My favourites include Divine Oil, Vinosource SOS Serum and Moisturiser. This trio of products from the new Polyphenol C15 range had been on LIB for a while before I actually ordered it but it never really caught my interest. I don't feel like I need to focus on anti-aging at the moment as that's just not my skin concern as of right now. Instead I focus on keeping my skin moisturised and eczema and sensitivity under control therefore I'm not testing these products for their anti-aging properties.

Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum | £35 // On a side note I always fall in love with these mini serum bottles from Caudalie as they come with a pippette, it's those little touches you don't always get with brands that make a difference.
This Polyphenol + Vitamin C anti-oxidant, anti-wrinkle concentrate blocks free radicals (the main cause of wrinkles), corrects and defends the skin against the aggressions of daily life (UV rays, pollution).
For me, the serums from Caudalie are always the products I'm most interested in trying. I absolutely love the Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum and have been through several bottles. This one from the Polyhenol range does not disappoint. Like Hydraluron, this contains hyaluronic acid which helps moisturise the skin as well as adding a layer of protection.

SPF20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid | £29 // A bonus that it contains SPF 20 and perfect for days when it doesn't look sunny in the morning but then a few hours later it has appeared. And yes I am one of those people that despite having extremely pale skin, I don't wear SPF on a daily basis.
This multi-purpose Polyphenol + Vitamin C anti-oxidant and anti-wrinkle treatment also contains sun filters to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, it also has a plumping action. As soon as it is applied, the skin is smoother, more filled out and perfectly protected all day long.
As the name suggests, it's a fluid so it feels a bit lighter on the skin than a normal moisturiser. This is quite often the case with Caudalie products, like the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, they hydrate and moisturise but disappear into the skin without much effort and you aren't left feeling greasy. This moisturiser has probably impressed me the most which is surprising as I thought it might just be ok. This might be because I've been struggling to find a good moisturiser for a while. Everything I have just seems to sit on top of my skin and making it feel greasy but this doesn't.

Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream | £26 // It's always the way that when I go to test or try out a new product my eczema is actually not flaring up. For the first time in a good few months I don't have any eczema around my eyes although I'm still not wearing eye shadow as I think that's what is causing it to flare up.
This double-action gel-cream reduces dark circles and smoothes the area around the eyes and lips. The Polyphenol + Vitamin C anti-oxidant, anti-wrinkle formula is enriched with Matrixyl 3000 and fern, horse chestnut, liquorice and witch hazel extracts. Instantly tightening, smoothing and moisturising.
It looks like a cream but it feels and applies like a gel therefore it feels extremely light under the eyes. It sinks into the skin pretty much instantly so you don't have to sit there patting your eye cream in forever. The most important thing, it's moisturising. It's completely different from something like Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment but it is still very hydrating and works well under make-up as well as in the evening. Despite this only being a 5ml sample it is going to last a really long time. A small amount is needed and unlike the majority of samples, it gives you enough product to properly test it out before deciding to buy the full size or not. This goes for the other two product as well.

I have to be honest though and I haven't tried this around/on my lips. I apply the serum and moisturiser around my mouth/lips so will still gain the benefits but this is definitely an eye cream only for me.

I would have liked a sample of the oil in the both as well as I'd like to see how it works. Unlike some other products, I wouldn't buy it unless I was able to try a sample first.

Worth over £25 you can buy this box from Latest In Beauty for £9.95.

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22 July 2014

Disappointing Products 002

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The Balm Nude'tude Eyeshadow Palette // Since I used my Birchbox points to buy this I think I only used about £5 of my own money so I don't regret buying it as much as I could have. I bought it after Essie raved about it and I don't know what I was thinking. It's almost like I wasn't even looking at the colours as there's only one or two that I've used and actually would wear. The colours don't even seem like they go together, unlike the Naked palettes, and I have to use other shadows from other palettes. It's almost like photos make the palette look better, even the one I took, but in real life it just doesn't work. I also don't like the texture of the shadows, they're incredibly pigmented and buttery but almost too buttery and soft so there's a lot of fall out.

Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette // Another palette I regret buying and one I paid full price for so regret buying it even more! First of all the Nude Beach shade is basically pressed glitter so there's a lot of fall out and glitter but no pigmentation. The three matte shades just seem to disappear when I apply them even though they look pigmented when I swatch them. I should have just stuck with the Naked palettes as the only colour here that I use is Silk Teddy.

Maybelline Colour Tattoos in Immortal Charcoal, Metallic Pomegranate and Eternal Gold // It's not all of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos that I've found disappointing, only these three. I have three others that I use a lot and would repurchase. My problem with these three is that the colours look really nice in the jar, especially the purple, but once applied and blended the colour disappears and all that's left is glitter.

L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash // I was excited to try these when they launched as they're meant to be a dupe for the YLS Glossy Stains. The light purple shade, Eve, looks gorgeous in the packaging but no matter how many layers I apply, it looks like I haven't applied anything. As for the darker purple, Milady, it has a lot better pigmentation but no matter how careful I am when applying, it always looks streaky and splotchy.

China Glaze Nail Polish in Flip Flop Fantasy // This is probably the brightest nail polish that I own, it practically glows in the dark, and before I bought it I was so excited to get it and I imagined wearing it on my toes every day throughout summer. I know neon nail polishes are known for not having the best formula but this one is so bad it's really put me off using it. It's incredibly streaky even after three coats and it doesn't glide smoothly over the nail I don't know if I just got a dud bottle but how mine looks on the nails looks nothing like other swatches even if I use a white polish underneath.

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat // I bought this without reading any reviews along with the base coat and I really wish I hadn't wasted my money. The base coat I love but this makes my nail polish flake off almost immediately. Not even twenty four hours after applying and there's chips of the polish gone or even whole pieces fall off. . I've only used it two or three times and am tempted to throw it away as I know I just wont use it.

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21 July 2014

NOTD // Barry M Papaya & Topshop Mercury Rising

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Supplies used... 
Barry M Papaya // two coats
Topshop Mercury Rising // one coat

This is such a strange nail polish and despite wanting it for a really long time, now I have it I have absolutely no idea what polish to pair it with. It contains black glitter as well as iridescent glitter in a clear base. The black glitter will go with any polish, expect black, but it's the iridescent glitter I'm struggling with. You can see in the bottle all the different colours but this doesn't seem to translate onto the nails very well, at least not with this orange shade. The clear polish itself is extremely thick and hard to apply. A few drops of nail polish thinner really makes a difference!

Anyone who owns this shade, what do you pair with it?


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20 July 2014

Minimising The Stash // Blush Etc

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So I'm back with another organising and minimising the stash post and this time it's all about blush, bronzer and highlighters. This was the easiest part of my make-up collection to sort out as it's the group of products I have the least amount of. I don't own too many highlighters or bronzers so it was a case of deciding I still wanted to keep everything apart from a Bare Minerals bronzer and just have a good tidy up. Everything is now in the right place and I have plenty of space for new additions.


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18 July 2014

Marc Jacobs Honey Perfume

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My summer perfume for this year is Marc Jacobs Honey. Usually it's Daisy, whenever I smell this it brings back memories from the past five or six summers, but after going through several bottles I felt like a change. This is a very similar scent and it's undoubtedly one of Marc Jacobs perfumes, they all have a similar scent or at least I think they do. It's a very fresh fruity summer scent with a hint of floral. I'm not a huge floral fan when it comes to perfumes and I like something with a bit of musk and woodiness to it which this has.
Sunny and enticing with a touch of the unexpected, the Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de Parfum is as whimsical as can be. The delectable floral scent is created with spontaneous and happy-go-lucky girls in mind; ones who buzz with positive energy and always see the bright side. Marc Jacobs Honey opens with the instantly catchy medley of pear and juicy mandarin. A sultry white floral heart of orange blossom and honeysuckle is brightened with luscious peach and apricot, before a melting honey, golden vanilla and smooth woods dry down mesmerises with blissful warmth.
The bottle is also a lot of fun, not one I'll be keeping once the bottle is empty, but it looks like on my bookshelf while I'm using it. Along with other MJ perfumes, this lasts a really long time on the skin and I can still smell it on myself after an eight hour shift at work. After wearing it for the last couple of months I'm nearly at the end of my bottle! I really want to see what the pink version smells like and how it differs to this one. Anyone who's tried it let me know your thoughts! 

Available in 30 ml | £33 // 50ml | £42 // 90ml | £57.


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17 July 2014

Summer 2014 Nail Polishes

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You can see my Spring nail polish picks here and it feels like I wrote that post last month. I love to wear bright neon shades on my toes but not so much on my fingers. I still like to wear pastel polishes throughout the summer. Also 99% of the time my toes and fingers are never matching. It's pretty rare for me to only wear one polish!

The first two polishes, Models Own Beach Party and Hedonist, and Eyeko Coral are the three that I always wear on my toes. I still wear brights on my toes throughout the year but I guess it's only summer that you can actually see them. The formula of Beach Party isn't great, it's thick and gloopy and doesn't apply smoothly, but the colour is just amazing. It can make my incredibly pale feet actually look like they are tanned. Pixi's Very Violet is another polish I wear on my toes a lot but it's one of the few that I'll also wear on my fingers.

The rest of the polishes I mainly wear on my hands. I couldn't not write a nail polish post without mentioning the Barry M Gelly nail polishes. I'm loving all the shades I own at the moment but the ones that I've been wearing most often are Blueberry and Rose Hip. Blue Grape is such an amazing colour and the shine on this one in particular is really glossy.

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16 July 2014

Beauty Box // Glossybox July 2014*

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Absolute New York Perfecting Eyeshadow Primer | $4.99 // If only this was included a month earlier and I could have saved myself £20 and not bought the Nars primer. I'll be saving this for when that one is empty. From a quick swatch on the back of my hand it reminds me of Urban Decay Primer Potion, it's skin toned and has the same texture/consistency.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara | £19.50 // I was incredibly excited when I saw a mini tube of this mascara was included in the box. It's been making its rounds on youtube and blogs and I've only heard good things about it. I've still got a month or two left in my current mascara so I'll have to wait till then to properly test this one out. I have to say I was surprised to see that the packaging is in fact plastic and it just looks like it's a fabric material.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Ltd Mineral Lipstick in Mandarina | £20 // I was surprised at the £20 price tag for this lipstick. Bellapierre isn't a brand I know much about but that just seems a little high. It's a nice red-orange shade though.

Colour Club Nail Polish in Glossy Seal | $8 // An unusual shade of blue! I don't think I own anything like it and am sure I'll be sharing a NOTD soon.

Carmex Lip Balm | £2.69 // An old favourite and one I haven't used in a couple of years. The scent of this along brings back so many memories of being a teenager and always having this in my bag or coat pocket.

I was really impressed with this months Glossybox and know I will use everything single product. It always seems to be the way, one month I'll love Glossybox and the next it'll be Birchbox. I really can't pick between them!

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Beauty Box // Birchbox 2014

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I have to say this months Birchbox is a little on the disappointing side. I will use everything in this box but I've already tried three of the five products and nothing particularly stands out as being impressive.

Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo | £8.95 // This is one of the samples I've already had in a box and although I enjoyed using it, I'm not overly excited to see it being included again.

balance Me Wonder Eye Cream | £20 // This is a favourite of mine but again I've already tried it. I'm nearing the end of my first two and already have a back up this is going to be my third tube. I'm glad to have another extra and it means I wont need to buy an eye cream for a while but the whole point of these beauty boxes for me is to try new things that I wouldn't necessarily have tried in the first place. I know new and different products can't  be included in every single box but it just seems lately everything is being repeated. Probably because I get both Birchbox and Glossybox!

Laqa & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour | £14.43 // I have another mini lip product from Laqa & Co but this is quite a sheer version although it looks very bright in the tube. These are the perfect size to throw in my bag so I always have a lip product with me.

Gilchrist & Soames English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath | £11.25 // I think this is just a fancy way of saying it's a bubble bath! I'm not particularly fussed on the sent although I'll use it at some point.

Whish Three Wishes Lavender Body Butter | £14.50 // Another product where the scent is a bit disappointing. I love the smell of lavender so was excited about this as I will be able to use it with my Weleda Lavender Bath Milk. To me, this does not smell like lavender. Instead it kind of has a sweet slightly old lady scent despite the description card saying "not your granny's lavender".

Ultradex Oral Spray | £3.65 // I don't know if it's just me but this is kind of an odd one to include in a beauty box. Sort of goes along the same lines as a razor being part of a box which Glossybox did the other month.

Birchbox is £10 + £2.95 P&P per month.

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15 July 2014

Hay Fever Essentials

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It's only apt that while I am writing this post I have the most horrendous hay fever I've had so far this year. I am currently on day two, have just opened a second box of tissues and it's only 10am. My nose and eyes are streaming, my head is feeling bunged up and I have to stop typing every five seconds to grab a tissue.

Enter the products I am keeping close to hand throughout the day to try and make me feel better. Aside from constantly moaning all day about how many times I've managed to sneeze in a row, the only thing that makes me feel better when I am having a hay fever day is ice cold products and ice cold water, I make sure I drink at least two litres of water to keep me hydrated. Dehydration can actually make your hay fever symptoms worse!

If you have only just started to get hay fever or don't currently take hay fever tablets for it then do so. I wouldn't normally encourage or recommend taking tablets but for me, taking hay fever tablets is essential as I get it bad. If I didn't take them I'd have hay fever everyday even throughout the winter. I am allergic to pollen, grass, dust and animals and by taking these tablets, for the majority of the time, it completely cancels out my allergies. I will still have a few hay fever days throughout the year but it is only a few. It's trial and error but you will find ones that work for you and stick with them. Also making sure you take them each day is essential as they need to get into your system for them to work. When I skip a day as I've forgotten to take a tablet I know I'll have a hay fever day in a few days time.

It may be an obvious one but if you know you'll have a hay fever day then keep a couple of boxes of nice tissues in the cupboard. I always go for Kleenex Balsam as although I'll still have a sore and red nose at the end of the day, it's a million times better than if I'd used a cheaper box.

During summer months it's nice to keep a couple of products in the fridge so they'll be extra soothing on your eyes. The three products I use are Liz Earle Eye Bright, simply pour some onto cotton pads and sit back and relax while they're sitting on your eyes for ten minutes. In the mornings I'll reach for Origins No Puffery Eye Mask before applying the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On. The Vichy eye cream is a gel formula and not only does the metal tip feel amazing on the skin, it's incredibly light feeling and helps to reduce puffiness.

If my eyes are feeling puffy and I'm just sitting at home then I'll use the Ying Yu Jade Facial Roller and gently roll it under my eyes on on my temples which helps to relieve that hay fever headache I tend to get. Since it's made out of jade it keeps itself cold and there is no need to keep it in the fridge. It may seem like an expensive and unnecessary purchase but it really does work and you will not regret buying it, at least I haven't. Another one if you're just relaxing at home is a gel filled eye mask, I think this little one was free with  a beauty box but you can find them in Boots. I keep mine in the freezer so I know it'll be ready to use if I have a hay fever day. Just put on some relaxing music or a film and sit back and relax with the eye mask on.

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14 July 2014

NOTD // Bourjois Tangerine Fatal

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Orly Bonder Base Coat

I don't know what made me pick out this nail polish whilst browsing the Aisles of Boots as it's not normally the sort of shade I gravitate towards. It might have been because it reminded me a bit of Essie Cute As A Button but more of an orange version. I have been enjoying wearing it although the formula isn't the best. It has a really glossy finish but definitely needs a top coat as it chips quite quickly without one. I really like the brush of this line of polishes. It sort of reminds me of the Essie diffusion line as it's quite short and wide.


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13 July 2014

Project Sample Use Up

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How is it that despite making an effort to use and finish samples as and when I get them, I have accumulated enough to cover my desk space?!

I definitely need to jump back on the bandwagon and try and use all of these up.


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11 July 2014

Wearing 002 // New Arm Candy

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After wearing to death and repurchasing the same Asda watch for the past five years I thought it was about time I upgraded to one that will hopefully wear better and last longer. Enter the Nixon Kensington Black Leather Watch. A birthday present from my parents and I couldn't be happier with it. It's plain and simple but goes with any outfit you could imagine, just what I wanted.

While I love the rose gold Michael Kors watches, if I'm going to spend that much money or get it as a present I want to know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it and it isn't going to out of style in a few years time.

A great discount code also knocked a bit off the price so if you're thinking of buying a Nixon watch, keep an eye out on ASOS which is what we did. As I knew what I wanted for my birthday a few months before it we were able to wait until a 20% code was floating around which brought the price down.

Also on my watch wish list is the Nixon Watercolour & Molasses Acetate, Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol and Olivia Burton Big Dial Tan.

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10 July 2014

NOTD // Orly You're Blushing & China Glaze Snow Globe

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CND Speedey Top Coat

Given the name I should really have posted this NOTD during the winter and not smack bang in the middle of summer. I saw it in my drawer the other day and thought it would go nicely with the colour I was already wearing, Orly's You're Blushing. Despite the many glitter nail polishes that I own, I'm not a huge fan of them. It's only every now and again that I'll actually wear one, I usually stick with crème finishes, but I just felt like wearing this one. Since I had applied three layers of polish before the glitter, removal wasn't as bad as it could have been. That's the main thing that puts me off wearing glitter, it looks nice but is a pain to take off.

What's your favourite glitter nail polish?

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09 July 2014

New GHD's

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So after about ten years of having the same pair of straighteners, it's about time I upgraded and bought the latest version. When I've been using them recently they just don't straighten my hair as well as they used to. I must have been about thirteen when I bought them and remember saving all my pocket money to get them and going down to my local hair dressers to pick them up. Back then saving £100 of pocket money was a huge deal and seemed to take forever. When I finally bought them it was all about taming my frizzy mess and having poker straight hair instead. Fast forward a couple of years and I went back to leaving my hair to dry naturally but still straightened my side fringe.

As most people have said, after about five years I noticed a difference in the temperature increasing and they're a lot hotter than when I first bought them. You can't touch the outside of the straighteners any more they're that hot. It also can't be good for my hair! The plates are scratched from my teenage self not looking after them too well and travelling all over the place with me. I chose the V Gold Classic Styler as despite it being a bit more expensive than the IV Styler, I liked that it came with protective plate guard which I hoped would make the plates last longer when travelling or in storage between uses.

Overall I couldn't be happier with them as I can now curl my hair with the help of the curved edges, I couldn't really curl properly with the old design. With my hair being very long at the moment, curling it with a wand takes forever but with straighteners, I can curl it in about half the time. I can also experiment with different techniques of curling my hair with them and adding waves.

I did think about getting the Cloud Nine Straighteners which are meant to be the same quality as ghd but decided to stick with what I know. If these new straighteners last another ten years then I'm happy.

Which straighteners do you have?

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08 July 2014

Mini Reviews 014 // The Body Shop Moringa

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I tried a couple of products from the Moringa range a few years back and fell in love with the scent straight away. Being a complete beauty obsessive I don't often repurchase products, especially when it comes to bath and body products, so I've only just got round to buying them again. It's the perfect floral scent for the summer and that's coming from someone who isn't normally a fan of floral scents. For some reason though I just love this one.

Shower Gel | £4 - £12 // I didn't even know you could buy shower gels from The Body Shop in this size before, I don't think I've ever seen them in the shops. I think I only paid about £4 for this 750ml bottle thanks to a discount code. It's been a long time since I've bought anything from TBS full price so if you're thinking of making an order then google a discount code. Also it comes with a pump which is amazing as it means the shower gel will last longer. Using a shower lily I only need about two pumps for my whole body. The shower gels also make great bubbles baths and the bubbles last a really long time. Although I have dry and eczema prone skin I don't find it drying at all and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

Body Scrub | £12.50 // This is one of my favourite scrubs from TBS as it's quite abrasive due to the large particles. It's fine for everyday use although I tend to use it once a week. I also really like the look of this scrub as it has blue beads in it, not that this makes it work any better. You do have to rinse your bath out after using it though as the scrub part of it does not dissolve like sugar scrubs do.

Body Butter | £13 // Depending on the scent, the body butters all have different formulas. Some are lighter and others thicker. The moringa version is sort of in-between the formulas. It's definitely more of a body butter, some I'd describe as more of a body cream, but it feels a lot lighter on the skin. This means it also sinks in a lot quicker and you're not left feeling greasy if you put your clothes on straight away. It's one of my favourites and paired with the other two moringa products, it makes a nice pamper evening in the summer.


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07 July 2014

Project Sample Use Up 021

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Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts // I got this sachet of bath salts when I made a Cult Beauty order a few months as part of a gift with purchase. I already have the full size so was happy to add this sachet to the jar. These are probably my favourite bath salts that I've tried so far. They smell amazing, dissolve quickly, moisturise the water and they also help me to sleep at night. They're expensive but I don't use them often and only save them for pamper nights.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil // I've wanted to try this bath oil for such a long time and I finally ordered a gift set which included a mini bottle of it in the Christmas sales. It didn't disappoint either and was just as luxurious and amazing as I hoped it would be. A small amount turns your bath water slightly milky but incredibly moisturising and heavenly scented. Again it's not cheap but I will be buying the full size once I've finished the mini Aromatherapy Associates bath oils that I have. 

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir // I bought this roller ball when I bought the full size version so I was able to keep it in my handbag and not carry the bottle around with me. I absolutely love this perfume and have already finished the full size and want to buy it again at some point. It also came with the original Viva La Juicy rollerball which I'm still using. 

balance Me Radiance Face Mask // You can read my full review here. I really enjoyed using this face mask and I got a lot more uses out of this small tube than I was expecting to. I have other face masks I want to finish first but this will go onto my repurchase list. 

Yu-Be Moisturising Cream x2 // This is another product I already have the full size of so I kept these mini tubes in my handbag. I only get about five uses out of each tube but I guess that's enough to know if you like the product or not. It's an incredibly moisturising cream that I use on my hands, elbows and other dry patches of skin. I also really like the camphor scent but it does fade after a while. 

Espa Lift & Firm Intensive Eye Serum // I think this is the second tube of this I've used and I'm not really a fan. It's an eye serum which I've never tried before but it's incredibly watery and quite hard to apply. It tends to just run down my face or hands! I wouldn't buy the full size and instead stick with my normal serums and eye creams. 

Espa 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser // I really like the Espa bath and body products that I've tried but I haven't gotten on so well with the skin care products. For me this was just an ok eye cream and I wouldn't buy the full size.

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask // I'm a huge fan of this mud mask and a little goes a long way, especially as I only use it on my t-zone, so this mini tube has lasted such a long time. I will be repurchasing it, probably the travel size again, but I want to finish the mud mask I'm using at the moment first.

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask // I really enjoyed using this face mask and it was one of the first hydrating masks that I tried. Since then though I've discovered the Aveda version which is a lot more moisturising and the one I'll be sticking with.

Eve Lom Rescue Mask // This is another product which has a camphor scent which I liked. As far as the mask itself goes, I didn't notice any changes to my skin when I used it so I wouldn't buy the full size. 

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06 July 2014

Wish List 003

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If there's one product that's been on my wishlist for the longest time, it's Kate Somervile Goat Milk Cream ever since Caroline Hirons raved about it. Back then you couldn't buy Kate Somervile products in the UK which I think made me want it even more. Now you can order from the KS website and once I finish a tube or two of my current moisturisers I'll be adding this one to my skin care routine. 

Keeping on the skin care product theme, I think its's about time I buy the full size of the Omorcicza Thermal Cleansing Balm. I tried a mini pot of it about six months ago and instantly fell in love with it but it's pricey and I'd just ordered the Emma Hardie cleansing balm. To go a long with this, I really want to try the Queen Of Hungary Mist which everyone raves about. 

Another company that has recently started to ship to the UK is Sephora and my first purchase is going to be the Marc Jacobs The Lolita Eyeshadow Palette. Do I need another nude eyeshadow palette? probably not but who can resist that packaging? Here's to hoping the Maybelline Colour Elixirs come out in the UK sometime soon as Estee's post from the start of the year has made me want to try them.

I'm probably one of the few bloggers that hasn't owned a Diptique candle and only just tried their perfumes at the start of the year. This is probably because nowhere near me sold the brand up until a year or two. I think the Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar sells them so I'll have to pop in sometime and smell them all. Please can a Space NK open in Liverpool? It would make everything so much easier and I can finally swatch the Hour Glass blushes and pick one to buy. 

Kate Somervile Goat Milk Cream // Diptique Candles // Louise Young Super Foundation Brush // Therapie Joie Bath Infusion // Maybelline Colour Elixir // Sarah Chapman Ovenight Hand And Nail Treatment // Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm // Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist // Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Blush // Marc Jacobs The Lolita Eyeshadow Palette // Deborah Lippmann Ray Of Light Nail Polish // Deborah Lippmann Rockin Robin //Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil // Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial.


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