31 August 2014

August Beauty 2014

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This month was all about discovering old favourites as despite sharing quite a lot of shopping posts, I actually haven't been buying any new products. I also have no idea how I am already writing this post as it seems like just yesterday I was putting together my July favourites to photograph.

Since finishing the L'Oreal Micellar Water I decided to give the Garnier version a try. Although I am yet to find a micellar water that is better than Bioderma this one is a nice alternative if you want to save a bit of money. It's also a lot easier to buy as it's available in my local supermarket so I can pick it up when I'm doing the food shop.It's pretty much the same as the L'Oreal one but I much prefer the packaging. You also get double the amount of product for pretty much the same price.

Another skin care product I'm been loving this month is the Parsley Seed Mask by Aesop. My skin has been a bit of a pain this month as I've been getting small bumps on my forehead and I can't tell if it's a reaction or just under the skin breakouts. This mask has really been helping though and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

My perfume of choice this month has been Taylor by Taylor Swift. I ordered this online on a total whim without trying it first and luckily I love it. I really like the two Wonderstruck scents so I did think I'd like this one based on the notes but you can never really tell with perfumes. I quite like the bottle design, I prefer it to her other perfumes, but I did take off and throw away the pearls that were around the lid as they looked a bit cheap. The scent itself lasts a really long time and is similar, at least I think it is, to Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy. I have Viva La Juicy in rollerball so I keep it in my bag as a top up for when I'm wearing Taylor. The notes are peony, hydrangea, vanilla, lychee, tangerine, magnolia, sandalwood, apricot, musk and blond woods.

This month was the first time I tried applying the Red Carpet Manicure gel nail polish to my toes and surprisingly it went very well! I have now had it on for about three weeks and I've only had to remove it because of growth, they hadn't started chipping or peeling. I used Red Carpet Reddy to match my hands although I do tend to wear red polish on my toes despite what I'm wearing on my hands. It was a bit tricky put my food under the lamp, it really needs to be just that little bit bigger! It was also a lot quicker to do than I was expecting. It probably took me the same amount of time as it would have if I was using normal nail polish, maybe even quicker as I didn't need to wait for drying time.

My final favourite is the Hemp Foot Protector from The Body Shop. I think this is my second tub and it's just one of the best foot creams I've tried. I've been in sandals nearly everyday for the past two months so I've made a real effort to try and keep my feet moisturised and looking as good as feet can look. The gel nail polish has definitely helped as well! I've never paid full price for this foot cream as there's always discount codes floating around but if you have to pay £10 then it's definitely worth it. I tend to apply it before bed and put on a pair of socks and when I wake up my feet feel incredibly smooth.

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29 August 2014

Desk Beauty 002

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So it's been a good few months since I share what beauty products are on my desk so I thought I'd write an updated post. I've since finished the majority of the products in the last post which you can see here. The types of products I keep on my desk haven't changed though.

Perfume // Le Soft Perfume in Zazou is the perfect desk side perfume as it doesn't take up a lot of space and is a nice scent to layer with other perfumes. It doesn't contain any alcohol and although the scent itself is strong, it's not too overpowering and in your face as you only apply it to your wrists and pulse points. It's strong but subtle if you get what I mean!

Lip Balm // A rave from Estée means I just have to try it so I quickly ordered the Aloe Lip Balm from The Body Shop. The tube packaging means it's mess free when I'm sitting at my desk typing or taking photos, I might even have to buy another one to keep in my bag. It has a really fruity scent which I wasn't expecting from an Aloe product. The product itself is really great! It's a thick balm so perfect for me as I always have dry lips no matter the season or weather. It definitely deserves the rave it gets.

Hand Cream // This Fragonia & Sea Buckthorn Instant Hand Therapy Cream form Pai is another Estée rave. We both suffer from eczema and this cream is really great at soothing any eczema on your hands. I tend to use half a pump if I'm sitting at my desk working so the cream really sinks into the skin. If I'm applying it before bed then I'll use a whole pump. Sometimes hand cream can irritate my skin especially if I have patches of eczema but this one really does help to soothe eczema and even stops it from flaring up.

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28 August 2014

NOTD // Barry M Almond

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

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27 August 2014

Elie Saab Le Parfum L'Eau Couture

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Since finishing a bottle of Marc Jacobs Honey at the start of the month I opened a new perfume, Elie Saab Le Parfum L'Eau Couture. Back in April I blogged about the original Le Parfum which I completely fell in love with. As soon as I read about a fresher version being released I knew I had to try it.

Fast forward a few months and I finally ordered using Feel Unique's try before you buy system. You order a product and they send you a sample size along with the full sized product giving you the chance to test it out first. If you end up not liking the sample then you can send back the unopened full size and get your money back. Having not smelt the perfume in person I wasn't loosing out if I didn't like the scent. I should have known I'd fall in love with it just as much as the original and after the first spray I opened the full size bottle.

A few years ago I was all for choosing the biggest bottle available but now I prefer to try a lot of different scents so I bought the 50ml instead. Big enough for me to really enjoy the scent and for it to last a while but not long enough for me to get sick of it, which has happened with some other scents.

Although this is an eau de toilette I still found it lasted really well on my skin and clothes. The scent isn't as strong as the original perfume but I could still smell it after an eight hour shift at work which I was pleasantly surprised about. The bottle is very similar to the original, only a slightly different shape, and I love the hint of green the perfume itself has. Overall I couldn't be happier with my new scent!
L'Eau Couture, or the unique contrast between the sophistication of a Couture look and the springtime freshness of an Eau. A sophisticated and sensual freshness, contrasting with the classic repertoire of the genre.
In the top notes, an armful of fresh citrus notes - Calabrian Bergamot and Magnolia - brings lightness and radiance. In the heart notes, Orange Blossom unveils the symbolic and sunny signature ingredient of the Elie Saab Le Parfum collection. In the base notes, delicious and crunchy Green Almond mingles with a mouth-watering Vanilla Infusion: utter addiction.
Available in 30ml | £26 // 50ml | £40 // 90ml | £56.

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26 August 2014

Empties // August 2014

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Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask // I think this is my second of third tube and I will be buying another one pretty soon. I think they might have brought out a larger size although I get about four or five uses out of this small tube. A little goes a surprisingly long way. If you have a sensitive/eczema prone/dry/itchy scalp then you need to give this a try, it works wonders!

Lush Twilight Shower Gel // So I've finally finished my last bottle of Twilight shower gel! It's a shame you can't buy it all the time but hopefully they'll bring it back again this Christmas and I'll be able to buy another bottle.

Soap & Glory Scrub 'Em And Leave 'Em Body Scrub // I love S&G body scrubs but I wasn't so impressed with this one. I got a bit sick of the scent towards the end of the tub and I didn't like that the scrub particles didn't completely dissolve in the water. At the end of my bath or shower it looked like I'd been on a pink beach and brought all the pink sand home with me in the bath. I wouldn't buy this one again and instead will be sticking with the Sugar Crush Body Scrub.

The Body Shop Fig & Rosemary Shower Gel // This shower gel is a bit different to the standard shower gel as it's extremely watery so a water lily is a must. I would never have thought of putting these two scents together but they work really well.

Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser // I've had this hiding in the back of my cupboard for at least a year if not two and have not used it properly since buying it. It was about time I threw it away! I bought this after everyone raved about it and saying how good it was for sensitive skin. I gave into the hype and was very disappointed in it. I should have read that you can tissue this off as a sign that I wouldn't like it. Any cleanser that says this I haven't liked. I didn't find this cleansed my skin at all and simply splashing water on my face would have done the same job. Needless to say I won't be buying this again.

Marc Jacobs Honey Perfume* // I'm pretty sad to see this bottle empty! I hate throwing pretty packaging away but I'm trying to get in the mind set of only keeping things that have a practical purpose an I don't need to keep everything just because it looks pretty. I'm only letting myself keep two perfume bottles, both different types of MJ Daisy, just because they bring back so many memories. No others are allowed. Onto the scent, it was the perfect summer perfume and I reviewed it in detail last month. I would think about buying it again but I wouldn't rush out tomorrow to repurchase. 

Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo // I really regretted buying the full size of this shampoo without trying a sample first as I think my scalp might have reacted to it. Saying that though I did manage to finish the bottle without having another reaction so it might just have been a coincidence. I love the itchy/flaky scalp shampoo from Philip Kingsley but I wont be buying this one again. I like that it doesn't contain fragrance or colour but it just wasn't that effective for my sensitive eczema prone scalp. 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance // I've wanted to try this for such a long time and after finishing a tube of Urban Decay Primer Potion I ordered this. The packaging is a lot better compared to the old style of UDPP although I'm pretty sure they've changed the packaging now. I thought I'd love this but every time I went to use it the oil in the product had separated. No matter how much I shook the tube it would still happen every time. There's still a bit of product left but I just got so fed up with it so I ordered the Nars eyeshadow base instead. I won't be buying this again.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara // I only used this mascara a handful of times but I just couldn't get it to work for me. The formula was quite wet which I'm not a fan of and it just made my lashes clump together and look horrible. I even left it a couple of weeks to see if the formula dried out a bit but that didn't make any difference to it.

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Bath Salts // I don't know if I'd get the almond coconut milk scent again as I found it a little bit sickly. The bath salts themselves though I really liked as they were incredibly moisturising. If these come up in the Space NK sale again this Christmas then I'd buy them without a second thought.

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25 August 2014

NOTD // L'Oreal Pearle De Jade

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
L'Oreal Pearle De Jade // three coats

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24 August 2014

Shopping // NYX

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Mega Shine Lipgloss in Beige & Tea Rose | £4.50 // Powder Blush in Dusty Rose, Taupe & Peach | £6 // Butter Gloss in  Strawberry Parfait, Creme Brulee & Vanilla Cream Pie | £5.

First Impressions //
  • I couldn't be happier with all my colour choices.
  • The beige lipgloss really isn't a beige colour.
  • Taupe blush is the perfect contour and bronzer for pale skin.
  • The formula of the butter glosses are amazing. 
  • I want more of everything. 

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23 August 2014

Week In Photos 191, 192, 193 & 194

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Home-grown courgettes // To be used in this recipe // Discovered Pots & Co // As well as giant jaffa cakes from Costco // Finally used my Red Carpet Manicure set on my toes.

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22 August 2014

Lifestyle Favourites 002

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I think I like to put together and write these lifestyle favourites better than my beauty versions at the moment. My obsession interest in beauty products hasn't changed but I'm liking adding something a little different to my blog. Similar to my reading list I put together the other month, I guess it's just sharing my other likes and passions aside from beauty.

I've had Voss water bottles before, both large and small, and like all the Pinterest images, they're perfect for adding some fruit to flavour the water. I also tend to keep one on my bedside table, the risk of knocking over a glass is too high so I use a bottle, but after a while plastic bottles just get a bit grubby and horrible no matter how many times or how often you wash it. Enter a glass Voss bottle I spotted in Tesco. Yes it was incredibly expensive for what is essentially a water bottle but it's much easier to keep clean and will last a lot longer. A slightly boring thing to start with but it has definitely been a favourite!

Recently I've been trying to watch what I'm eating and try to make more of a conscious effort to eat healthier food. One thing I have always struggled with is breakfast as I can never eat straight after waking up and usually have to wait at least an hour. A quick and healthy breakfast for me is usually a smoothie packed full or fruit and veg or something like chia seed pudding with fruit. It fills me up and keeps me going until lunch time. Plus if you add a bit of peanut butter into the chia seed pudding it's like you're eating dessert for breakfast!

Despite trying to eat healthier, I still try and treat myself every now and again as I'm never going to continue if I cut out everything bad completely. My weakness is chocolate so my treat will usually evolve around that. A discovery while making an Ocado order was Lindt Pistachio Delight with almond pieces. Probably the only good thing about it is that my local Asda where I do my weekly food shop doesn't sell it so I'm not tempted to add it to my trolley every week. This chocolate takes absolutely amazing though and is up there in my top five favourite chocolate of all time. My dad also approves as well.

My final favourite is Living Etc Magazine which was a year long subscription I got for Christmas. Although I don't write about it too often, interior design is another interest of mine and I could flick through these magazines all day long. I also love getting these through the post each month as they always turn up when I've completely forgotten about it and am not expecting it. Before getting this subscription I bought a couple of different interior decorating magazines to see which one I liked the most and Living Etc is definitely it. After eight issues I am yet to become bored of the contents and not one issue has disappointed. I'm definitely going to ask for another subscription at Christmas for next year. And yes I'm already thinking about what I would like for Christmas.

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21 August 2014

NOTD // Barry M Coconut

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Barry M Coconut // three coats

I really like white nail polish on other people, especially if you have a bit of a tan, and the effect it gives but I just don't think it works well on me. I can get away with it if I apple a glitter polish over the top like Nubar Black Polka Dot but just not on its own. This cream, slightly dirty off white looking, nail polish from Barry M allows me to have the white nail polish kind of look but is a colour that suits me better, at least I think it does anyway.

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20 August 2014

Shopping // Benefit & Red Carpet Manicure

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Benefit Dandelion Blusher | £23.50 // Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium | £17.50 // Red Carpet Manicure in Coral Wishes, Violetta Darling, Caramel Moments & Blushful Moments | £12.95.

First impressions //
  • I'm surprised about the colour of the brow gel. I ordered it in the hope it would be ok for my strawberry-blonde/blonde/ginger eye brows and it actually is!
  • I don't like the packaging of the blush.
  • But I really like the colour.
  • I'm really not a fan of Caramel Moments. The colour isn't what it looks like from the bottle or other peoples swatches online. I don't even know if I want to go to all the effort of applying it because I can tell I'm not going to like it. 
  • The other three on the other hand I love.
  • Even if the two corals look pretty much identical. They are slightly different so in my head I can totally justify having them both. 

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19 August 2014

Beauty Box // Glossybox August 2014*

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Comfort Zone Essentials Cleansing Milk | £20 // Recently I've been using a cleansing milk as my morning cleanser instead of a cleansing balm so this will be my back up once I've finished the Caudalie version. It's just slightly smaller than the full size so I'll actually be able to try it properly to see how my skin reacts to it rather than a tiny sample tube. I'm trying not to open/use products until I have finished what I am currently using so can't comment on the scent or how it works just yet.

Lalique L'Amour Perfume | £67 // The notes of this perfume are bergamot, rose, neroli, gardenia, jasmine, tuberose, cedar, sandalwood and musk. I don't think this is a perfume I'd buy a full bottle of but I'll enjoy the sample. It has the same notes as the perfumes I usually go for but it's pretty expensive, nearly £100 for the 100ml. I also really like the bottle as when you open it the perfume doesn't go everywhere like they normally do, instead you're able to dab it on as there's tiny little holes under the lid. If that even makes sense!

Figs & Rouge Mango Hand Cream | £6.95 // This is another one I haven't opened yet but I imagine it will smell amazing. I'm pretty sure I've had a Figs & Rouge hand cream before and really liked it.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer | £38 // I've lost count of how many tubes of elasticizer I have and how many tubes I've gone through already. It's my favourite hair treatment to use as I can always tell a huge difference in how my hair feels after I've used it. It's a pre-shampoo treatment which always feels a bit weird applying conditioner before shampoo but you apply it to wet hair and leave on for about twenty minutes. I tend to apply it at the same time as the scalp mask from Philip Kingsley as you need wet hair when using it as well.

Kryolan For Glossybox Highlighter Cashmere | £12.95 // I haven't been a massive fan of the Glossybox beauty products that have been included in previous boxes but this collaboration with Kryolan is really good. Although the packaging isn't great, the highlighter itself is really nice.

Yves Rocher Rose Nail Polish | £3.60 // I'm always a fan of nail polishes being included in beauty boxes and this one is really cute.

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18 August 2014

Beauty Box // Birchbox August 2014

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This months Birchbox is holiday themed and although I haven't got a beach get away planned this year I'l still enjoy giving all these a go. This months box was a little disappointing. If I was to build a summer holiday beauty box I would have included a bright neon nail polish, perhaps an SPF or after sun, a cooling mist and a summery scented perfume. Instead I got a leave-in conditioner, a cream eyeshadow, face oil, exfoliator and a cc cream that is way too dark. Perhaps I'm just expecting too much? I don't know!

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect | £20 // Although not exactly an exciting product, it's a good size for taking away on holiday and something I always use after washing my hair.

Wild About Beauty Creme Eyeshadow | £13 // This is a brand I've never heard of before but the cream eyeshadow itself looks really nice. The packaging looks expensive and it's a lovely bronze shade.

NUDE Progenius Omega Treatment Oil | £58 // This is the stand out product for me as the full size is incredibly expensive to buy without trying it out first. I already have a mini bottle so I know I really like this oil but I will never turn down another sample size as it means I don't have to shell out nearly £60 for a little while longer. This oil works really well if you mix it with your normal moisturiser and it sinks in a little easier.

Vasanti Brightenup! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator | £26 // I don't use manual exfoilators as I have extremely sensitive skin and they all irritate my skin no matter how gently I use them.

Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream | £32 // Sadly this is another product I just wont be using as although it's in the shade light-medium it's still way too dark for my pale skin. Even if you blend it in incredibly well it leaves behind an unnatural orange tint to the skin. It's good that it has SPF35 in it though which is a lot higher than you normally see in beauty products.

The Proposal by Tasmina Perry | £7.99 // Not pictured as it's currently sitting in my work bag and I forgot all about it. This mini book is the first chapter of The Proposal.

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15 August 2014

NOTD // Models Own Beach Party

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Models Own Beach Party// three coats

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14 August 2014

NOTD // Nails Inc Topping Lane

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Nails Inc Topping Lane // two coats

How had I forgotten about these polishes?! I bought them when they were first released and then once they went into my Helmer drawers I completely forgot about them. If you want to look like you've made a bit of effort with your nails or want to try nail art but aren't very good then these are the polishes for you. I'm sure you can buy them a bit cheaper than the original price now since they're a year or two old. They're also not horribly difficult to remove unlike other glitter polishes which is always a bonus.

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13 August 2014

Mini Reviews 016 // Q The Fine Fragrance Body Spray

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Never would I have thought I'd be writing about body sprays on my blog. When I think of body sprays I think of myself back when I was about twelve or thirteen in the aisles of Boots or Superdrug trying to decide what Impulse body spray to buy. Now at twenty-four I have found myself back in the aisles of Boots deciding on which Q body spray to buy. I walked out with one but somehow managed to buy another one a few weeks later and getting a duplicate in a Latest In Beauty box. I feel like I need to pick up the third scent, Radiance, so I have all three.

The packaging is simple and the scents have more depth to them than you'd expect. I guess they're the more grown up version of a body spray. They remind me of the womens version of Lynx which I really like as well. I don't use them on an everyday basis as a replacement to perfume. Instead I like to use them before and after working out. I don't know if it's just me but I feel a bit odd when I leave the house without perfume on even if I'm just going for a walk or run. I always feel more put together even if I've just sprayed a bit of this body spray.

Awe | jasmine and rose
Balance | iris and mimosa
Radiance | rose and bergamot

They're a bargain price at only £2.29 and are easy to find. I bought mine from Boots but I've seen them in Sainsburys as well.

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12 August 2014

Mini Reviews 015 // The Body Shop Choco Mania

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Body Butter | £5 // This body butter was a free gift as I have The Body Shop reward card. I thought I'd order the shower gel so I could use them together. I have a thing about only using the same or similar scented bath and body products and I didn't have anything to match the moisturiser. I've tried the body scrub and although I liked the chocolate scent the product itself was horrible and I featured it in a disappointing products post. The body butter I actually really like. As with all The Body Shop body butters, it's incredibly moisturising but this version is slightly thicker than some of them. If you're careful with how much you apply then it will sink in properly and doesn't leave your skin feel sticky or greasy. This also makes a perfect foot cream and even works better than most creams that are designed for your feet. A layer of this and a pair of socks will make your feet feel extremely soft and smooth in the morning.

Shower Gel | £2 // This has the same chocolate scent and although not a very attractive colour, especially when used in the bath, it is a great shower gel. I tend to use a shower lily with these shower gels which makes them lather up like crazy. They also make great bubbles bath and feel quite moisturising for the skin.

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11 August 2014

NOTD // Eyeko Coral

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Eyeko Coral // two coats

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10 August 2014

Shopping // Feel Unique

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First Impressions//
  • Nothing better in a bath than a lavender scented product.
  • Loved the calendula face cream so much I bought the body cream version. Made for babies so perfect for those with sensitive skin i.e me.
  • A repurchase: skin food. Had to buy two small tubes as they didn't have the bigger size.
  • A free mini bottle of body oil for buying a couple of Weleda products. 
  • A cooling shower gel, nothing better in the summer.
  • Also it smells of mint. Amazing.
  • Lets hope this shampoo agrees with my sensitive scalp.
  • Amelia recommended the hair no more spray.. Lets see if it works!

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08 August 2014

Beauty Box // Latest In Beauty Mio Body Beautiful Discovery Box

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The Chia Co Black Chia Seeds // Clean & Lean Bodyism Body Brilliance //Mio Quickstart Exhilarating Shower Gel // Mio The A Cream Firming Active Body Cream // Mio Gym Bag // £10 Mio voucher // Mio Exfoliating Glove // Mio Fit Band. 

Mio Body Discovery Box | £16.95

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07 August 2014

Shopping // The Body Shop

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First impressions //

  • I hope the cleansing oil is as good as everyone says it is.
  • I'm going to have to use up my current cleansing oil before trying it out though.
  • The two shower gels smell good enough to eat. I wouldn't recommend trying them though!
  • The body scrub also looks like jam. Sensing a theme here?!
  • I don't know why I waited so long to buy tea tree oil.
  • The lip balm surprisingly smells really fruity.
  • The cooling foot spray has been a life saver after a long day in work.
  • I also really like all the colours in the photo.

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06 August 2014

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05 August 2014

DIY // New Chair Cushion

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Ever since I brought this chair home, which I got for free after working in an art gallery, I knew I wanted to changed the fabric of the cushion to something a bit more modern so it would fit in better in my room. Fast forward nearly six years and I've only just got round to doing it. I think I took so long to pick a fabric and get started on it as back then I wasn't really sure how I wanted my room to look. I also wasn't happy with the furniture I used to own but now I've pretty much replaced it all I have a better idea of how I want my bedroom to look.

Despite it being a dining chair as it was from a set of six, it's been my dressing table chair as well as my desk chair over the years. It's also been dragged out into the dining room when we have a lot of guests round and need extra seating. Since changing my dressing table, buying a stool for it and being happy with how it looks, it felt the right time to change the fabric and have it solely as my desk chair.

The fabric I pictured in my head was completely different to the one I chose. I imagined having a very light pink or baby blue fabric similar to one I'd seen in Laura Ashley. Having a very pale nearly white fabric wouldn't have worked in the end though as you'd be able to see the red stripes of the old fabric through it since I wasn't taking it off.

While walking around the fabric shop I fell in love with this grey checked fabric which was incredibly expensive considering I only really wanted to pay something like £7 for the fabric. I tried to find something else I liked but everything was either too thin or just not what I was looking for. In the end I payed for the fabric and have on purpose forgotten the price as I really don't want to think about it!

A lot of tugging, folding and staples later my mum and I had covered the cushion and I couldn't be happier with it. I liked the chair before but now I really love it and it goes perfectly with my room. Such a simple thing has changed how this chair looks completely! The dark wood goes so well with the grey which I'm really pleased about.

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04 August 2014

July Beauty 2014

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I've discovered a new, to me at least, brand this month which is Mio. I got a small tube of Workout Wonder in a Cult Beauty gift with purchase and have become obsessed with it. It's a invigorating muscle motivating gel which you apply pre and post exercise. I tend to use it after working out mostly as it feels a bit strange to apply it before if you're just going to sweat it off anyway. The thing I like the most is the peppermint scent, it smells amazing! It's really strong and when I apply it the scent alone just wakes me up and I feel like I've got loads of energy especially if I've just finished exercising. It helps to increase circulation and soothe your muscles which helps to ease aches the following day. With the Mio box from Latest In Beauty you get a £10 gift voucher so I went ahead and bought the full size along with Liquid Yoga.

Liquid Yoga, why haven't I tried this before? Seriously this stuff is amazing! You pour a bit into your bath and then sink in and relax. It's like nothing I've ever tried before! It's an oil so it's extremely moisturising, I do shower gel it off so it's a bit less intense once I get out, and the lavender scent is amazing. Not only is it an incredibly relaxing scent but the arnica and epsom salts also help to relieve stiff and achy muscles. Despite being in a warm bath you sort of get this cold feeling from it as well which is really weird but cool at the same time.

To wash off the oily residue from the Liquid Yoga I've been using the Rituals Ice Shower Gel. When you smell this in the tube it smells straight up of mens cologne but when you actually use it this scent disappears and you can really smell the mint. You wouldn't think it but it works really well with the Liquid Yoga scent. As this is so refreshing and really helps to wake you up it was perfect when we had the week of really hot weather in the middle of the month.

Another product that was perfect in the hot weather was balance Me Hydrating Face Mist. This is my everyday toner of choice recently but during that week I was constantly spraying this on my face to cool down. It's very refreshing but is also helping to keep my skin hydrated and soothe my skin if it was a bit irritated.

My final favourite from this month is the Red Carpet Manicure nail polish in Violetta Darling. I've found it quite hard to find colours that I normally wear from the RCM range but this one is spot on. It's a light purple and works well for summer or winter and all the other months in between. The gel formula means I can get weeks out of my manicure unlike the one or two days I get from normal nail polishes. The kit and nail polishes are expensive but if you add up how much a salon visit would cost then it's quite a bargain.

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03 August 2014

Beauty Box // Latest In Beauty Glamour Summer 2014

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Hawaiian Tropics Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 // DHC Deep Cleansing Oil // Velvotan Tanning Mitt // Bourjois Cream Blush in 01 Nude Velvet // Rimmel Instant Tan BB in Light // Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip // Crabtree & Evenlyn Nail Polish in Petal Pink // Magnifibres Brush-On False Lashes // Illamasqua Lipstick in Cherub. 

The Glamour Beauty Edit | Summer 2014 // £16.95

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02 August 2014

Wishlist Shopping 002

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First impressions:
  1. the hourglass packaging is amazing
  2. I now want all of the other ambient lighting powders and blushers
  3. I don't like the powder in the creamy concealer kit but I do like the concealer
  4. I'm still testing out brilliantine
  5. the samples you get to pick from when ordering from Bobbi Brown are amazing. How cute is the tiny lipgloss, mascara and moisturiser?!
  6. the Louise Young super foundation brush is just as good as Anna says it as and I had to buy the mini as well
  7. the Bobbi Brown tinted balm is incredibly moisturising and doesn't irritate or highlight eczema patches
  8. the super fine liner brush means I can finally use my gel eye liners
  9. surprisingly the Nars concealer is a good colour match
  10. despite this lot being bought over a couple of months, I think I need to go on a no buy for a while!

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01 August 2014

Skin Care Diary // July 2014

Through out each month I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on an every day basis. At the end of the month I'll tally up what has been used the most and share the products with you. 

This months skin care is pretty boring as it's basically all the products I was using last month. I'm really trying to stick with the same products until they're empty as I find with my skin consistency really is key. I'm still using the same tube of balance Me Cleanse & Smooth which I'm shocked about as I really thought It would run out at the start of the month after only one or two uses. The same goes for Caudalie Moisturising Sorbet, after using it everyday this month I'm surprised it has ran out already. Balance Me's Hydrating Mist has been a life saver when we had the week of really hot weather as it helped to keep me cool as well as soothing my skin if it was a bit irritated.

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