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NOTD // Barry M Gelly Prickly Pear

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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 on…

NOTD // Orly Preamp

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Synchro // Decoded // Preamp // Shockwave.
Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Orly Preamp // two coats CND Speedey Top Coat

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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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 Ve…

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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Shopping // Space NK

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Diptyque Figuier Candle | £20 // Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Hand and Nail Treatment | £35 // Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base | £19.50. 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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NOTD // Essie Navigate Her

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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.…

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 basi…

NOTD // Barry M Papaya & Topshop Mercury Rising

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Barry M Papaya// two coats Topshop Mercury Rising // one coat CND Speedey Top 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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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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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 l…

Summer 2014 Nail Polishes

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Models Own Beach Party // Models Own Hedonist // Ciate The Glossip // Eyeko Coral // Barry M Blueberry // Barry M Blue Grape // Colour Club London Calling // Barry M Rose Hip // Nails Inc Topping Lane // Pixi Very Violet.
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 andHedonist, 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 ar…

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…

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…

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…

NOTD // Bourjois Tangerine Fatal

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Bourjois Tangerine Fatal // two coats CND Speedey Top 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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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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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 Ace…

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

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Orly You're Blushing // two coats
China Glaze Snow Globe // one coat 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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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…

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…

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. 

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 pal…