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August Beauty 2014

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Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque | £27 // Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | £3.99 // Taylor Swift Taylor Perfume | £25.10 // Red Carpet Manicure in Red Carpet Reddy | £12.95 // The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector | £10. 
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 amo…

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 Zazouis 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 …

NOTD // Barry M Almond

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


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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 b…

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 …

NOTD // L'Oreal Pearle De Jade

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


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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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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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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 h…

NOTD // Barry M Coconut

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Barry M Coconut // three coats CND Speedey Top Coat
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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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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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, inste…

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 produ…

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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NOTD // Nails Inc Topping Lane

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Nails Inc Topping Lane // two coats CND Speedey Top Coat
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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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 with…

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 sa…

NOTD // Eyeko Coral

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

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Shopping // Feel Unique

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Weleda Lavender Bath Milk | £12.95 // Weleda Calendula Body Cream | £7.95 // Weleda Skin Food x2 | £9.95 // Rituals Ice Shower Gel | £8 // Phyto Phytoprogenium Shampoo | £12.50 // Skin Doctors Hair No More | £9.15.
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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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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Shopping // The Body Shop

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Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil // Aloe Lip Care // Tea Tree Oil // Blueberry Body Scrub Gelee // Vineyard Peach Shower Gel // Raspberry Shower Gel // Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray.
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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Blogger Love 001

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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…

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 si…

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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Wishlist Shopping 002

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light // Bumble And Bumble Brilliantine // Nars Radient Creamy Concealer in Chantilly // Bobbi Brown Extra Tinted Moisturising Balm in Alabaster // Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque // Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Porcelain // Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream // Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara // Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss in Bellini //Louise Young Super Foundation Brush // Louise Young Mini Super Foundation Brush // Louise Young Ultra Fine Liner Brush.
First impressions:
the hourglass packaging is amazingI now want all of the other ambient lighting powders and blushersI don't like the powder in the creamy concealer kit but I do like the concealerI'm still testing out brilliantinethe samples you get to pick from when ordering from Bobbi Brown are amazing. How cute is the tiny lipgloss, mascara and moisturiser?!the Louise Young super foundation brush is …

Skin Care Diary // July 2014

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Through out each month I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on an every day basis. At the end of the month I'll tally up what has been used the most and share the products with you. 
L'Oreal Micellar Water // balance Me Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm // balance Me Skin Bright Hydrating Mist // balance Me Wonder Eye Cream // Trilogy Calming Fluid // Caudalie SOS Moisturising Sorbet // By Terry Baume De Rose
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…