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September 2014 Beauty

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Taylor Swift Taylor Perfume | £19.55-£34 // This has been my perfume of choice this month and I think it might be my favourite out of the three perfumes by Taylor Swift. I ordered it when it was released without smelling it first but luckily I really liked it. I like the simple bottle but I did throw away the pearl band that was around the lid as it looked a bit cheap. I'll be writing a post all about it soon so I wont talk about it too much.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment | £25 // I seem to use this constantly one month and then for some reason completely forget about it the next. Needless to say this month I've been using it a lot and I'm sad to see that there's only a tiny amount left. Luckily I have a mini tube to use after this one is finished. It's an expensive lip balm and hard to find in the UK unless you order it over the phone but it is the best lip balm I've ever tried. It smells great, the packaging is amazing and the balm itself will hydrate the lips for…

NOTD // Orly Boho Bonnet

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Orly Boho Bonnet// three coats CND Speedey Top Coat

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Autumn 2014 Nail Polishes

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China Glaze Smoke And Ashes // Orly Boho Bonnet // OPI Sparrow Me The Drama // OPI My Private Jet // China Glaze Sea Spray // H&M Looks Great On You // Zoya Neeka.
Although I'm usually all about pastel nail polishes, there's just something about Autumn that makes me wan to switch things up. I'm still sticking with some pastels like OPI's Sparrow Me The Drama, one of my favourite pink polishes, and a couple of light blues with hints of grey.

One polish that I had completely forgotten about until I was putting this post together is OPI's My Private Jet. It's a brown holographic shimmer which is really unique and although it's not as good as the original MPJ, it's still a really pretty polish and one I'll be wearing a lot over the next few months.

Seeing as the next Hunger Games film will be out soon, November I think, I thought it appropriate to include one of the polishes in my Autumn picks. My favourite out of the whole collection is Smoke And A…

Project Sample Use Up 022

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Doctor Duve Lifting & Firming Hand & Decollete Cream // This is an ok hand cream, nothing special and I'll use the other sachets I have but I wouldn't buy the full size.

Fresh Life Perfume // I absolutely fell in love with this perfume and if it was easier to get a hold of in the uk I'd buy the full size. It is quite an expensive perfume, $50 for 30ml, so may be for the best I can't buy it easily. The notes are bergamot, vanilla grass, cypress, grapefruit, lilac leaves, magnolia, amber, orange, tonka flowers, cucumber, moss and morning dew.

Elie Saab Le Parfum L'Eau Couture // I love the original Elie Saab Le Parfum so I knew I had to try this fresher version. I used Feel Uniques try before you buy system and got this mini spray to try it first before opening the full size. Needless to say I loved it immediately and opened the full bottle straight away.

English Laundrey Perfume // I really liked this perfume and would think about buying the full size. English …

Shampoo // Dry Irritated Sensitive Eczema-Prone Scalps

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Although I've written quite a lot about eczema and the products I use to try and stop the flare ups, especially the eczema on my scalp, I haven't written a proper post on all the different shampoos I use or have used. A bit of a background story: the eczema on my scalp started towards the end of 2009 and I had to switch up what I was using straight away. Despite suffering with eczema my whole life, apart from when I was little, I luckily hadn't had any patches flare up on my scalp until then. For all my teenage years I just used herbal essence and my scalp was normal, it wasn't greasy, just normal. The first time a patch flared up on my scalp and I washed my hair with HE I knew I had to change what I was using as it made it a million times worse. I started to look at the ingredients in shampoos, conditioners I'm fine with and can use pretty much anything as long as I don't apply it near my scalp, and experimenting with how often I wash my hair.

My scalp was in…

Vera Wang Lovestruck

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Vera Wang Lovestruck has been a fragrance that I have fallen in and out of love with since I bought it last summer. The advertising, bottle design, having loved other Vera Wang perfumes and the fact that Leighton Meester (love!) was the face of the perfume made me want to buy it and I hadn't even smelt it. I decided to go to an actual Boots store first instead of ordering it online blind, which I have actually done with a lot of my perfumes and luckily I've loved them all, and risking a chance that I might not like it despite liking all the notes of the perfume. I smelt it, loved it and bought the largest size. Probably not the wisest decision since it took me a year to finish it and at times I really didn't like it.

The notes are tuberose, lotus blossom, pink guava, mandarin, woods and sheer musk. The notes are what I'm usually drawn to in perfumes but saying that, it isn't similar to other perfumes I have. At first it smells quite light and fresh, not too floral,…

NOTD // Opi Sparrow Me The Drama

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Opi Sparrow Me The Drama// three coats CND Speedey Top Coat
Sparrow Me The Drama was from the 2011 Pirates Of The Caribbean collection. I don't normally gravitate towards mid tone pink nail polishes but the hint of dusty rose is why I like it. It hasn't got the best formula and did need three coats as it's quite thin and streaky. This might just be because it's three years old but I can't for the life of me remember what it was like when I bought it.


Mermaid's Tears | Stranger Tides | Skull & Glossbones | Steady As She Rose | Sparrow Me The Drama | Planks A Lot.


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Mini Review 018 // The Body Shop Olive

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Body Scrub | £12.50 // Lets start of with saying I absolutely hate the taste of olives but for some reason I love the scent of TBS's Olive range. It's a very fresh scent and to me doesn't smell anything like olives do. Each product has a slightly different scent and the shower gel is my favourite, it's more of a fresh-green scent while the scrub is a slightly sweeter scent.

The Body Shop's body scrubs really vary in how abrasive they are and how well they work. There's been a couple, in particular the Chocomania body scrub, that I have really hated. If possible I'd suggest trying them out in store but I tend to make online orders from TBS so can't always do this. The olive body scrub isn't the most abrasive scrub I've tried, not like Soap & Glorys Sugar Crush, it's gentle enough to use on a daily basis if you wanted to do. The formula of this is very creamy and moisturising so a good one if you have sensitive skin but not if you want to …

Beauty Box // Birchbox September 2014

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Agave Healing Oil Treatment | £16 // I've heard great things about this hair oil so am excited to try it out. If I like it I think I'll use my Birchbox points which I've saved up to buy the full size. 

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream | £22.50 // I've had this mini size of Benefits eye cream before in a trial set and I really liked it. Since you only need a tiny amount, this little tub actually lasted a long time.

Korres Citrus Body Milk | £9.50 // I'm a huge fan of Korres and have tried a lot of products over the years but I haven't come across the Citrus scent before. Unlike the lemon basil scent that reminded be of toilet cleaner, citrus smells really nice and fresh. As the name suggests, this moisturiser has a very thin consistency which I prefer as it means it sinks in a lot quicker.

ModelCo Lip Lacquer in Morocco | £15 // A cute mini lipgloss that smells really fruity. I wasn't sure on the colour at first but once on the lips it just looks like a clear…

Beauty Box // Glossybox September 2014*

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This months box was designed by Karen Millen for Fashion Week and I really like the different tones of grey that were used. Also it doesn't happen very often where the contents of the box add up to more than the price of the box but my version of Septembers box adds up to just under £70 in total!

ModelCo More Brows Fibre Gel | £14.95 // A bit disappointing that this is in the shade medium/dark as I have very light eyebrows but I am hopeful I can find some way of trying it out and seeing if perhaps the lighter shade would be better. It looks very similar to the new Benefit brow gel which I really like although it's only a little bit cheaper.

L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Masque | £15.50 // I've wanted to try the Mythic oil from L'Oreal since it was frist released but I am still slowly working my way through Ojon's rare blend oil so haven't wanted to buy anything new. This hair mask is from the same range so I'm expecting good things from it. Another nice s…

NOTD // Pixi Very Violet

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My Little Parisienne Box

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When I first heard about a new beauty box launching I knew I had to try it. For the past couple of months I've been a bit fed up of getting the same samples from the same brands each month with both Glossybox and Birchbox and have been thinking about cancelling a subscription. Then My Little Box started this month which looked different to your average beauty box so I subscribed and will see how it goes for a couple of months and then I'll cancel one of them. I really don't need three boxes each month!!

Inside this months Parisienne box was a Paris illustration, stickers, a note book, a laptop bag and a little pouch containing Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and a highlighter from their own make-up line.

This monthly box is a little bit more expensive than the others at £11 + £3.95 PP but if the September box is anything to go by then that extra little bit of money really makes a different to the quality of the contents. I'm already excited abo…

NOTD // Models Own Hedonist

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Models Own Hedonist// two coats

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NOTD // Barry M Blue Grape

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Guest Post // Skin Care Additions

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Since I haven't managed to write a post for today, I'm not feeling too good with a sore throat and cough, I thought I'd let you know I wrote a post for Leanne while she is sunning herself in Egypt. It's a post all about a couple of new skin care products I've introduced to my routine.

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Mini Reviews 017 // The Body Shop Honeymania

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Shower Gel | £4 // Although this range is called Honeymania it doesn't smell like honey from a jar, instead it's more of a floral scent. It's the perfect summer scent when you want something a bit different to the usual coconut summer holiday kind of scents. I love The Body Shop shower gels as they smell amazing, lather up really well even without a shower lily and make great bubble baths. This one is no different and I've been enjoying using it along with all the other products in the range. The shower gels also feel moisturising on the skin which is perfect for my dry skin.

Body Scrub | £12.50 // Over the years of trying different products from The Body Shop I've found that the body scrubs are really hit or miss. Some are amazing and incredibly effective while others are a bit of a let down. This one from the Honeymania range is unfortunately not very good. The texture is quite strange, it sort of feels like you're rubbing a body butter onto wet skin. I think …

NOTD // Ciate The Glossip

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NOTD // Barry M Olive

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Barry M Olive // three coats CND Speedey Top Coat


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NOTD // Orly Elation Generation

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Orly Elation Generation// two coats CND Speedey Top Coat

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Skin Care Diary // August 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. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water // RMK Rose Cleansing Balm // Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque // balance Me Skin Bight Hydrating Face Mist // Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Fluid // Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet. 
The only new product I'm using this month is the Garnier Micellar Water as I finished the L'Oreal version I was using last month. All the other products are old favourites and ones that I would repurchase if I haven't already. This month my skin has been a bit temperamental, especially around my forehead. I haven't had that many breakouts, instead it's lots of tiny under the skin spots or bumps which don't turn into anything but aren't really going away either. That's when I brought out the parsely seed mask and it'…

NOTD // Barry M Elderberry

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