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NOTD // Orly R.I.P

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats Orly R.I.P// one coat CND Speedey Top Coat
I thought this would be the perfect nail polish for Halloween as it reminds me of tiny pumpkins! Plus it looks like you've made an effort without any real effort. With the layer of black nail polish underneath as well as a base coat, removal is extremely easy unlike usual glitters. The only downside is that the polish separates completely so you do need to give it a good shake an hour or two before you're going to use it. You can shake it up before you're about to apply it but that can lead to bubbles on your nails as it dries.

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Empties // October 2014

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RMK Rose Cleansing Balm // This is the first full size tub of this cleanser I've gone through but I have also used a decent sized sample tub as well. I first came across this cleansing balm when it was included in a beauty box and I fell in love with it straight away. Unlike some balm cleansers, this feels really light on the skin and as it emulsifies with water, it never leaves your skin with a greasy feeling. The rose scent is lovely and my skin just seems to get on really well with this cleanser. It feels very gentle on the skin and I'm sure I'll be buying another tub again at some point.

balance Me Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist // I really love this face mist and I used it as my daily  hydrating toner. The reason I bought this was because the REN Tonic Moisture Mist was sold out, and still is, and I thought it looked pretty similar and they are. It's a very hydrating toner thanks to the hyaluronic acid but the only downside is that I finished it up pretty quickly.…

Skin Care Diary // October 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 Water // RMK Rose Cleansing Balm // First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads // Melvita Organic Rose Beauty Mist // Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream // Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum // Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream // Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.
This month there's been a few changes to my skin care routine. You can see last months here but since then I've finished both my toner and serum so I've started using a rose toner from Melvia and my good old Caudalie Vinosource serum. Another new product this month, which I was actually using last month but forgot to photograph it is the First Aid Beauty pads. It's my first time trying an acid exfoliator and so far so good. My sensitive skin has…

October Beauty 2014

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L'Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Protect Styling Spray | £7.49 // I ran out of the heat protectant I was using so I decided to give this one from L'Oreal a go as it is specially made for curls. Although I can't really comment on how it's protecting my hair, only time will tell, but the spray is even, has a lock for travel and it doesn't leave my hair feel sticky. It seems to be going down quite quickly though despite only using it for about a month.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother | £21 // I've been using this on towel dry hair before blow drying my hair. It helps to protect the hair as well as helping against humidity. I also find my hair feels a lot smoother and frizz free when I use this compared to when I don't. This has also made me want to try other hair products from Aveda and I may or may not have already placed an order for a couple more products.

Enrapture Totum Styler | £59.99 // I probably bought this curler about a year ago but have only reall…

NOTD // China Glaze Smoke And Ashes

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat China Glaze Smoke And Ashes// two coats CND Speedey Top Coat
Capitol Colours Collection // Agro (District 11 – Agriculture) | Dress Me Up (District 8 – Textiles) | Electrify (District 5 – Power) | Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) | Foie Gras (District 10 – Livestock) | Harvest Moon (District 9 – Grain) | Hook and Line (District 4 – Fishing) | Luxe and Lush (District 1 – Luxury) | Mahogany Magic (District 7 – Lumber) | Riveting (District 3 – Technology) | Smoke and Ashes (District 12 – Mining) | Stone Cold (District 2 – Masonry).

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My Little Box by Diane Von Furstenburg

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Another amazing box from My Little Box! This box is quickly becoming my favourite out of the three I'm subscribed to. It's something a little different to the standard monthly beauty box which after three years I was getting a little bored of.

Inside this months box, designed by Diane Von Furstenberg, is an illustration which I've already added to my gallery wall, a magazine, scarf and a lips broach. Inside the little pouch is a L'Occitane hand cream, Kerastase hair spray and a My Little Box micellar water.


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Beauty Boxes // Glossybox October 2014*

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Nuxe 24h Soothing And Hydrating Fresh Mask | £19.50 // I've really been getting into overnight face masks recently as my skin has been playing up and become quite dry as the weather gets colder. This one you apply and leave on for ten minutes and then you massage any excess into your skin.

Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel | £12.95 // This is a bit of an odd product, it's a moisturiser slash exfoliator. It has very small, barely there, particles in it to buff away dry skin. If I'm going to buy a lip scrub then I'd prefer either Lush or Fresh but I'll happily use this one.

So Susan Cosmetics Flutter Mascara | £14.95 // I'm not really a fan of So Susan products as everything I have tried so far has looked and felt pretty cheap despite the price tag. I can't say I was thrilled to see another product from the brand in the box. I'm still hopeful with this mascara though and will try it out. It seems to have a wet formula and a traditional brush.

Ciate London Na…

NOTD // Orly Fowl Play

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Orly Bonder Base Coat Orly Fowl Play// three coats CND Speedey Top Coat

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Beauty Box // Birchbox October 2014

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This months Birchbox helps you to get ready through the winter as well as raising awareness of breast cancer and all things pink. I'm not so impressed with the products in this months box, I'll use them all and probably like them all, but nothing wowed me when I pulled it out the bag. I like that they've changed the packaging up a little with the added pink pouch. It's the perfect size to keep a few essentials in it and then keep it in your handbag.

Lollipops Nail Polish | £7 // I'm not a huge fan of red nail polish, unless I'm using a gel polish, so I would have preferred a different colour. I haven't heard of this brand before so no idea what the formula or longevity is like.

Shaveworks The Cool Fix | £11 // I've seen this product while browsing Sephora online but actually haven't heard from anyone who has used it. It's a cooling gel that treats ingrown hairs, razor pumps and redness after shaving or waxing. After shaving my legs quite often a …

Mini Reviews 021 // Emma Hardie // RMK // Caudalie

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Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | £36 // When I first bought this I wasn't sure if it would live up to the hype or not but luckily it did. I first tried a mini tub from Latest In Beauty and then when that eventually ran out I bought the full size. I tend to reach for this in the winter when my dry skin is even drier as it's a heavier balm than others. I find the scent and massaging the balm into my skin really relaxing so I always look forward to cleansing when I use this. I do have to be a bit more careful when taking this off with a muslin cloth or flannel so no residue is left behind. It's great at removing make-up but because this is so expensive I tend to use a micellar water first and then use this to cleanse my skin therefore getting all the benefits from it. Only a small amount is needed as it turns into an oil when warmed up so this tub has lasted a really long time.

RMK Rose Cleansing Balm | £29 // I first came across this cleansing balm when it was included in…

NOTD // Opi Merry Midnight

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Orly Bonder Base Coat Opi Merry Midnight// two coats CND Speedey Top Coat
If I can remember rightly, I won Merry Midnight in a giveaway and it came all the way from America. It came out with the holiday collection in 2009 and about a year ago it was going for a ridiculous price of £25 on ebay. I really loved this polish so when I saw Orly's Fowl Play in a blog sale for a great price I knew I had to pick it up as a back up. I'll be posting a NOTD of Fowl Play on Thursday so you can see just how similar the two are. 
The two polishes look exactly the same in the bottle but there are some slight differences. Although it isn't too noticeable once the colours are built up, the colour of the first layer of polish is very different. Fowl Play is much more purple where as Merry Midnight is more of a pinky purple. Both have a jelly formula but Merry Midnight only needs two coats whereas Fowl Play needs at least three.
Once opaque they look very similar and if you'…

Shopping // Lush

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Rose Jam Shower Gel // So White Shower Gel // Dreamwash Shower Smoothie // Ro's Argan Body Conditioner // Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub // Christmas Eve Bubble Bar // Snowcake Soap // Sparkler Ballistic // Northern Lights Ballistic. 
I made a Lush order for a few essentials and repurchases I was missing in my collection. My eczema has been playing up a bit lately with the change in weather so I wanted to have Dreamwash to use as a soap substitute as well as Ro's Argan Body Conditioner to keep my skin moisturised without feeling heavy and sticky. Another repurchase is the bright blue body scrub which always reminds me of Breaking Bad and the blue Meth. A floral smelling scrub that just works so well.

How could I not resist adding a couple of the Christmas products to my order as well?! Christmas Eve bubble bar is an essential every year as well as snowcake soap. So White shower gel smells just like the apple bath bomb and is a new product this year. This year they've released t…

Project Sample Use Up 023

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Therapie Joie Uplifting Bath Infusion // This mini sachet was part of a gift with purchase from Cult Beauty and I don't think I would have tried it if it wasn't. I didn't even know it existed as I hadn't seen it on the CB site before. Although it made my bath smell nice and made the water slightly moisturising, it didn't have the same relaxing effects that the detox salts do so I don't think I'd buy the full size.

Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts // Another pack of detox salts! Can't not have these in my bathroom cupboards and I got this mini pack from Latest In Beauty.

Margaret Dabbs Exfoliating Foot Mousse // Although incredibly expensive for what is essentially a body scrub, I really enjoyed trying this foot scrub from Margaret Dabbs. It was included in a travel/try set along with a few other foot products. Would I pay £18 for the full size? Probably not but I'd buy the travel set again next summer or if I was going on holiday.

La Roche-Posay Anthelio…

NOTD // Opi Live And Let Die

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Orly Bonder Base Coat Opi Live And Let Die // two coats CND Speedey Top Coat


Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bond | Morning, Moneypenny.

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Brand Overview // Origins

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Origins is one of those brands that I know I can rely on for good skin care. Although some of them can be quite expensive, I'm one of those people that believe you get what you pay for when it comes to skin care so tend to lean towards the more high end brands rather than drugstore. Over the years I've tried a lot of different products from Origins thanks to samples and trialling a lot of different products to find the perfect routine. Like the other few brand overviews I've done, balance Me and Trilogy, I'm sharing brief reviews of all the products I have tried so far from the company.

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom
Skin Relief Face Mask | £36 // For some reason, out of all the face masks I own, I use this one the least and I'm not really sure why. It's aimed at irritation and  redness which are two of my main skin concerns but it's just one that I don't reach for that often. It feels calming on the skin and although it's not obvious strai…

Mini Reviews 020 // The Body Shop // Origins

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The Body Shop Aloe Lip Care | £5 // Despite not needing another lip balm to add to my collection, I ordered this one from The Body Shop after Estée raved about it and I couldn't resist trying it. It has a really fruity scent which surprised me especially as it contains aloe, I expected it to just smell fresh. The tube means it's the perfect lip balm to keep in your handbag as it's more hygienic. I've actually had this sitting on my desk so I remember to reapply throughout the day as my lips have been a lot drier these past few weeks. Although it doesn't beat my top three lip balms but it comes close and probably takes spot number four. A light layer is all you need as it's incredibly moisturising. It's even helped when my lips have had visible bits of dry skin on them, gross but we've all had it! Also it;s affordable at the full price but even better if you use one of the many discount codes floating around for The Body Shop.

Origins No Puffery Cooling E…

NOTD // OPI My Private Jet

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Orly Bonder Base Coat OPI My Private Jet// two coats CND Speedey Top Coat
Give Me The Moon! | Golden Rules!| I Only Drink Champagne | Ink | Light My Sapphire | My Private Jet.

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The Repurchases 005

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer | £27.50 // I've lost count of how many tubes I've gone through of Elasticizer but I've only just got round to buying the full size tub! For some reason if you haven't heard about this hair mask, you apply it to damp hair before you shampoo, tie your hair up and leave for about twenty minutes and then shampoo and conditioner your hair as normal. This is the best hair treatment I have used so far and nothing beats how amazingly soft my hair feels afterwards. It's not the cheapest but you only need a small amount, and I have really long hair, and I use it maybe once every two or three weeks.

Weleda Skin Food | £6.95-£9.95 // My first tube of this lasted for such a long time, probably more than a year, so it makes the already cheap price even better. This is a really thick multi-purpose cream that will help with the driest of dry skin. It's perfect if you suffer with eczema and can be used on the face as well. When I went to repurchase t…

NOTD // China Glaze Sea Spray

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From Muslin Cloths To Flannels

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Ever since I can remember, I've used a muslin cloth to remove my cleanser especially since one of the first cleansers I've ever used was Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. For years they were fine and removed the cleanser perfectly but for some reason this month I just felt like a change. Maybe the muslin cloths were getting a bit old but they weren't holding the heat of the water very well and were feeling a bit rough on my skin.

I decided to try out flannels and ordered some from Merumaya as they were pretty cheap and I wasn't feeling like going into Primark on a Saturday. The days of the week on the packaging reminded me of the days of the week knickers I had growing up, anyone else have these?? I never wore the right day! These flannels aren't as soft as I would have hoped but I'm thinking they might soften up as I use and wash them. If not I'll be on the hunt for some more. They are doing a good job, if not a little better, than my old…

Mini Reviews 019 // Soap & Glory // Kate Somerville // Weleda // Dr Bronner

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Soap And Glory Hand Dream Super Cream | £7 // I was a huge fan of Soap & Glorys Hand Food until I tried Hand Dream Super Cream. The name isn't as good but the cream itself is a lot better. It's thicker and more moisturising but still has the same original Pink scent. The only downside is that I don't think it's available in a mini tube like Hand Food is so it isn't great for keeping in your bag. Instead I like to apply it before bed since it is more moisturising.

Kate Somerville Eczema Therapy Cream | $48 // Eczema Therapy Cream is formulated with Colloidal Oatmeal, similar to the Aveeno moisturisers if you've tried them, which helps to soothe and protect the skin therefore stopping eczema flare ups. I just apply this like you would a normal body moisturiser and then top up throughout the day if my eczema is particularity bad. This is not going to completely get rid of eczema like a steroid or prescription cream would but it does help relieve itchiness and I…