31 October 2014

NOTD // Orly R.I.P

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
Orly R.I.P// one 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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30 October 2014

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. I have a long list of other toners I want to try first but I know I can always rely on this and will buy another bottle again.

Trilogy Sensitive Skin Very Gentle Calming Fluid // I really enjoyed using this and am sad to see it finally empty. I have been using this as my serum, morning and night, and then following up with a moisturiser. I'm not sure if this is how you're meant to use it but it's been working for me. I have very sensitive skin and this has worked wonders. It contains calendula which is what I've learnt my skin likes so I tend to try and find products which contain it. If you don't have dry skin but still very sensitive this might work well as a light moisturiser especially if you have greasy skin. I seem to always say this and it's probably because I like to hoard and constantly buy new products but I have other serums I need to use first before buying anything new but I would buy this again. The name and packaging has changed but I'm pretty sure it's still the same product. The new name is Very Gentle Calming Serum but I think I prefer the pump of the old packaging instead of a pipette. 

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet // This is the first full size tube I've finished but like the cleanser I've been through a couple of larger sample tubes of this moisturiser. It has a very unique texture, it sort of feels like a gel but light and fluffy which means it is a dream to apply and sinks into your skin immediately. It feels very light on the skin so was perfect to use during the summer when I still needed a lot of moisture in my skin but didn't want to feel like I had just applied a thick cream. The scent of this is just amazing! I probably wouldn't buy this again straight away as I tend to need something a little thicker in the winter but I'd definitely get it again for next spring/summer.

Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Cream // This month is the month where I've finished nearly all the skin products I was using and even a second moisturiser. I finished the Caudalie moisturiser very early on in the month so I was using this one from Origins for the majority of October. I've got mixed feelings about it as I loved it when I tried a sample of it and when I bought it but recently I've just not been loving it. I've liked it enough to keep on using it and my skin has liked it, I just haven't been wowed by it like I did when I first tried the sample. I don't think I'd buy another tub again although moisturiser is the one product I struggle to find that I like.

Fresh Sugar Lip Balm // Luckily I have a mini tube of this otherwise I would have to go and buy another tube despite having a million and one other lip balms. This is up there in my top three along with Dior Creme De Rose and By Terry Baume De Rose and I couldn't pick a favourite. It is in a tube which makes it easier to apply so perhaps it is my favourite. I love everything about it, the scent, the packaging and how it makes my lips feel is amazing. It's not cheap but worth every penny. It's also lasted me a really long time although I have lost it several times but then always found it again a few weeks later so is probably why.

Weleda Skin Food // This is one of those products that I know I'll always have a tube of in my skin care stash and I don't know what I used before I discovered it. If you have dry skin and/or eczema and haven't used this then you need to buy it straight away. It's a really thick cream that works miracles on dry skin. This has helped patches of dry skin and eczema before when nothing else would work. A little goes a long way and I haven't had any problems with breaking out when using it on my face either. It's available in a few different sizes and I have tubes of them everywhere. I have a tiny tube in my hand bag, travel bag, by my bedside table and one with the rest of my skin care. I already bought a new tube before I'd even finished this one just so I wouldn't be without. Plus the packaging is metal and means I can use my tube squeezer! Also the scent sort of reminds me of chocolate orange.

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Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel // I have finally come to end of my Snow Fairy stash that I stocked up on the Christmas before last. And yes it took me that long to goes through all the bottles I bought! Despite using and buying this shower gel for as long as I can remember, I am still not sick of the sickly sweet scent and will be buying another bottle this Christmas. I probably wont go crazy again and buy lots in the sale but I'll be happy to have another bottle in my bathroom cabinet.

Nivea Diamond Touch Shower Cream Oil // This was one of those shower gels I picked up in Asda simply because it was on offer, smelt ok and I needed it. It's nothing special and was nice to use but I wouldn't rush out to buy it again like I would others.

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil // This one the other hand, I really need to go out and buy another bottle of! I can't believe how long this huge bottle has lasted though, I think I've had it for about two years and luckily it hadn't gone off despite the twelve month expiry date. I use this as a simple shower gel when I want something a bit more moisturising, as a bath oil and to shave with. The almond scent is amazing and it emulsifies into a very luxurious feeling lather. I'm going to buy the smaller sized bottle, I don't even know if you can buy this large bottle as I got it in a gift set, and probably just buy the refill bag when I need to. The pump was really handy but as I've had this bottle for such a long time it's gone a bit horrible looking.

REN Rose Otto Shower Gel & Body Lotion // I really liked this shower gel and being able to follow up with a body lotion in the same scent. I would like to buy both of them again but they're not the cheapest. I'll probably look out for another gift set in the sale which is where I got these two from and a few other products.

The Body Shop Honeymania Body Scrub // I really wasn't a fan of this body scrub and am glad to see it empty. The body scrubs from The Body Shop really vary in how good they are and how abrasive they are. This unfortunately despite the lovely floral scent is one of the bad ones. It was a really thick paste that when you applied it, didn't really have any exfoliating particles in it so it just felt like I was using a shower gel. Needless to say I won't be buying this again and will probably stick to Soap & Glory body scrubs in the future.
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Taylor Swift Taylor Perfume // I do get attached to my perfumes and scents especially if I use them everyday and over a long period of time like I have with this one. I also got a lot of people at work asking what perfume I was wearing as they really liked it which is always a good sign. It smells like it's more expensive than it is which I like. I would buy another bottle especially if I found it on offer.

Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara // I was really disappointed with this mascara and only used it a handful of times. It was extremely dry which made it really hard to work with and apply. I also found that the brushes are too close to the handles which made it really awkward to apply. 

Soap & Glory Hand Sanitiser // I always have a bottle of hand gel floating around either in my handbag or in my dressing table drawer and this one from Soap & Glory is my favourite. It smells great and gets the job done. I'm currently using a few different scents from The Body Shop but once they're finished I'll be repurchasing this. The only downside I find is that quite a lot of gel comes out if you're not careful. 

L'Oreal Elnett Flexible Hairspray // I'm not too fussy when it comes to hairspray and as long as it doesn't leave me hair feeling too crispy and holds a curl then I'll use it. I would buy the full size of this one from L'Oreal and I also like that you can buy mini bottles as they're perfect for travel.

Philip Kingsley Flay/Itchy Scalp Shampoo // I've been through countless bottles of this shampoo that I've gone ahead and bought the one litre bottle so I can save myself a bit of money. The larger bottle is expensive, about £50, but it saves you about £30 overall which is great. Instead of having the large bottle in my bathroom, I've just been filing up this old smaller bottle to keep in my cabinet. This shampoo is perfect if you have eczema on your scalp, like I do, and tend to react to other shampoos.


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29 October 2014

Skin Care Diary // October 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. 
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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 hasn't been reacting to them luckily and they've really helped with any spots I've had.

This months mask has been the Origins overnight mask which has been a life saver and has really helped my dry skin. I've nearly finished my cleanser and moisturiser as well so by next month I'll probably have a whole new skin care routine. I'm trying to use the same products until they're finished as my skin reacts better to consistency and routine. Plus I still have a lot of products to finish before buying anything new so I'm trying to not open any new products until others are empty. So far it's working well!


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28 October 2014

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 really been using it on a regular basis the past couple of months. I saved up my points and bought it when it was offer in Boots so it was slightly cheaper. I haven't really tested out the different styles by changing the temperature of the wand. Instead I've kept it on setting two for all three parts which gives a uniform tight curl that I let drop out a bit and creates a looser curl. I can curl my hair in about twenty minutes and it's the style I've been doing recently instead of leaving my hair to dry naturally.

Taylor Swift Made Of Starlight Perfume | £12.99 for 30ml or £44.99 for 100ml // This was a limited edition of the original Taylor perfume which I can only find from The Perfume Shop. To me it smells completely different to the original but I still really like it. This one has notes of osmanthus flower, honeysuckle, orange blossom, apricot, passion fruit, mandarin, musk, peach, and woods. It's still fruity, floral and light but with a hint of musk which makes a bit more of an Autumnal scent This mini bottle is a good size to throw into my bag but also as I like to switch up my perfume quite a lot it means I don't have a lot of large bottles sitting around.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask | £23 // I got a mini tube of this overnight mask with an Origins order and I'm glad I finally got a chance to try it. Although it is essentially a moisturiser, I've still really been liking using this and it's made a massive difference to the dryness of my skin. Plus it smells like apricots! I'll be buying a full size tube at some point.



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27 October 2014

NOTD // China Glaze Smoke And Ashes

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base 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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26 October 2014

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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24 October 2014

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 Nail Polish in Talent Scout | £9 // A standard purple creme nail polish. I really like Ciate nail polishes but I was hoping for a more impressive shade.

Yves Rocher Quelques Notes D'Amour | £33 // How cute is this mini perfume bottle! The notes are damascus rose, guaiac wood and patchouli. This is a fresh floral scent and I really do like it.

Rimmel BB Cream Matte | £6.99 // Unfortunately this BB cream is way too dark for my pale skin so won't be able to use it.




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23 October 2014

NOTD // Orly Fowl Play

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Orly Fowl Play// three coats


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22 October 2014

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 rash will appear no matter how careful I've been or what products I've used because I have such sensitive skin. I'm hoping this will help! Plus it smells really nice!

Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm in Honey Nectar | £8 // I've wanted to try one of these tinted balms for such a long time but just never got round to ordering one so I'm pleased to see it in a Birchbox. On the lips Honey Nectar has a slight peach hint and it feels really moisturising. A good one to keep for winter if my lips become really dry and I can't really get away with wearing a lipstick.

KMS California Tame Frizz Taming Creme | £15 // I haven't tried too many products from KMS but I love their curling mousse so hoping this is just as good. My hair can get incredibly frizzy so this leave-in lotion will have to be amazing to sort out my mess of hair! I think this also works as a heat protector so means you can use one less product.

Cattier Pink Clay Face Mask | £4.25 // Pink clay is meant to be really good for sensitive skins, which is mine, and this one in particular has aloe vera in it as well to help moisturise the skin. From the looks of it and how much product is in each sample I think you could probably get four full face applications from the two sachets which is pretty good.


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21 October 2014

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 a beauty box and I fell in love with it straight away. With the full size tub you get a mini spatula which makes it a lot easier to get the balm out of the tub and you are able to use the perfect amount. I find if I just scoop some out with my fingers I'm more likely to use too much product. Unlike some balm cleansers,like Emma Hardie, 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 my sensitive skin and I enjoyed using it in the summer when I wanted something moisturising but light.

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum | £28 // This is one of the few serums I've actually repurchased as it always impresses me every time I use it. It's quite a watery serum so it smooths over the skin really easily. I often find one pump isn't enough for my dry skin so I use between one and two pumps. If you have dry and/or dehydrated skin then this serum is for you although it's light enough I think it would work for oily skin as well. It's a good all rounder. I like to use it both day and night and it works underneath make-up well.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet | £22 // This is one of the few moisturisers that I actually really like and would buy again and again. Despite having dry skin a lot of creams seem to just sit on the surface of my skin and don't actually sink in. This sinks in beautifully and although seems to disappear straight away, it's still really moisturising. It has a very unique texture, it sort of feels like a gel but light and fluffy which means it is a dream to apply and sinks into your skin immediately. It feels very light on the skin so was perfect to use during the summer when I still needed a lot of moisture in my skin but didn't want to feel like I had just applied a thick cream. The scent of this is just amazing! When I use this in conjunction with the serum my skin always feels and looks it's best.


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20 October 2014

NOTD // Opi Merry Midnight

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Opi Merry Midnight// two coats

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're not being picky you wouldn't notice a difference. Fowl Play seems to be slightly brighter and the flakies more orange toned as well as having more blue glitter in it.

All A-Bordeaux The Sled | Comet Loves Cupid | Crimson Carol | Dear Santa | Ginger Bells | Glove You So Much! | Holiday Glow | Meet & Jingle | Merry Midnight | Sapphire in the Snow | Shim-merry Chic | Smitten with Mittens.

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19 October 2014

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 two bath bombs for bonfire night which I don't think they've done before. I used half of the yellow one last night and it turned my bath yellow, bit odd I must say, but smelled amazing and inside was copper glitter.


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17 October 2014

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 Anthelios AC SPF 30 x2
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 x2 // Technically these La Roche-Posay sun tan lotion samples aren't empty but I've had them for nearly two years now and I don't really like to use SPF that I've had longer than a year as it stops working. I did buy a new LRP SPF 50 this summer which I like.

Thierry Muglar Alien Eau Extraordinaire Perfume // Although I do like and own the original Alien perfume from Thierry Muglar, I think I actually prefer the Eau Extraordinaire version. So much so that I went out and bought the full size simply from smelling this sample in a magazine. The notes are neroli, bergamot, tiare flower, cashmeran and white amber.

balance Me Wonder Eye Cream // Out of all of the eye creams I've tried this one from balance Me has to be one of my favourites. These mini tubes also last a really long time as well so I can only imagine how long the full size would last. It feels quite light on the skin but still very moisturising and I don't wake up in the morning with puffy eyes when I use it. I have another mini tube to use so no need to buy the full size just yet but I probably will.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream //
Despite really liking Estee Lauders ANR I'm not a fan of the eye cream. I was given this mini tub when I bought ANR and was really excited to try it before I bought it and have even considered buying the full size at the same time. I'm so glad I didn't though! It smells like straight up vodka and I didn't find it did anything when I applied it. The only positive thing I can say is that I liked the gel/serum formula but that's it.

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16 October 2014

NOTD // Opi Live And Let Die

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base 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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15 October 2014

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 straight away, over time it really does help to reduce redness. I'm going to put this one to the front of my skin care shelf and make an effort to use it more often. I do think it's slightly over priced though considering the other face masks from Origins are £23.

Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum | £49-£60 // I got a decent sized sample of this from an Origins counter which lasted me about a month so I was able to really test it out before buying the full size as it's not cheap. If you can, I'd always recommend trying to get a sample first and in my experience, the staff on the counters are always really helpful and happy to give samples, especially if you're already buying a product or show an interest and say you'll come back if you want to buy it.

As with all the Mega Mushroom products I have, I reach for this serum when my skin is showing signs that I'm feeling stressed and my skin is irritated. The serum especially is really calming to the skin and the consistency reminds me of the Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum. It's a thin serum, only a tiny amount is needed and it sinks in straight away without leaving the skin feeling sticky.

Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream | £50 // This moisturiser has recently been reformulated and although I assume it hasn't changed too much, I can only comment on the old formula. This is one that I really recommend you trying to get a sample of before buying. Similar to the serum, my sample lasted about a month so enough time to truly test it out. I loved the cream and how it felt on my skin so I bought the full size. Fast forward a few months and for some reason my skin just isn't agreeing to this cream anymore. It feels like the cream is just sitting on my skin and not sinking in and leaving it feeling greasy no matter how little I apply. It might just be because my skin has changed a bit since I first bought it but I can't say I'll be sad when this tub is empty. It's going to be different for everyone hence why I recommend getting a sample.

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Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion | £20 // This is another new addition to my skin care routine after Suzie raved about it in one of her recent videos a long with the rejuvenating moisturiser. I use this as my hydrating toner step in my skin care routine and apply a bit onto a cotton pad and then swipe it all over my face. I've only been using it a couple of times a week for a few weeks but so far I'm really liking it. I am going through it quite quickly though so it could be quit an expensive product if used everyday. It hydrates my skin, which is much needed now my skin is getting drier with the weather changing, but it also helps to calm my skin down especially if it goes a bit red after cleansing. I use this morning or evening when I feel like I need an extra boost. Another product on my to try list is the serum from the Make A Difference range.

Rejuvenating Treatment | £34.50 // This was one of the first Origins products I tried after Kate raved about it and it deserves all the hype it has gotten. I don't use this on a daily basis, unless my skin is particularly acting up, but every now and again I'll use it after I've applied my serum and in place of a moisturiser. It's oil free so is perfect for any skin type and even with dry skin I don't find it less moisturising because it's oil free. I tend to use this when my skin breaks out but is still dry and it really does make a difference as the name suggests. My skin doesn't get on with heavy moisturisers that tend to just sit on the skin and this is the complete opposite. It has a sort of gel texture that feels weightless on the skin, it also has an amazing scent. I can see myself always having a pot of this in my collection.

Rejuvenating Moisturiser | £34.50 // As I mentioned this is a new product I've been trying out so I haven't been using it for too long, just under a month. Like the treatment cream, this feels very light on the skin but has the usual Origins moisturiser texture, moisturising but sinks in quickly and doesn't feel too heavy. So far I'm loving this one but I'm sure I'll be writing a proper review after I've used it for a bit longer.

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Refreshing Eye Cream | £23 // Despite this being a holy grail product for a lot of people and has so much hype around it, I wasn't a fan of it. I just didn't notice a difference to my eye area when I used it and didn't find it very moisturising or brightening. I kind of felt like my eye area would look exactly the same when I didn't apply this compared to when I would. Luckily I never bought the full size instead I had a couple of sachets from other orders.

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Anti-aging Power Serum | £48-£62 // This is the newest product that I've tried as it was only released last month and I got a generous sized sample in my September Glossybox. As I've said before on my blog at the moment I'm not too concerned with anti-aging products, instead I'm simply trying to combat sensitivity, dryness and redness with a few spots here and there. I do use some anti-aging products in my skin care routine as they're often quite moisturising. This serum helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It leaves your skin feeling plump and silky smooth sort of like after applying a silicone primer. Although you can't really tell how anti-aging products work in the long run, only time will tell, but after applying this you can see a difference to fine lines and they just look a little bit blurred.

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright 
Skin Tone Correcting Serum | £49-£62 // If I finished all of the serums I currently own this would be the one I'd go out to buy next. I've gone through about five or so sachets of this serum and am always impressed by it each time I use it. Like the other serums by Origins this one feels very light on the skin and doesn't feel sticky. As I have dry skin my skin can look quite dull sometimes so this serum helps to make it look brighter and just more awake. It also helps to even out my skin tone. This is the only product from the Mega Bright range that I've tried but I'm intrigued by the others.

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Super Spot Remover | £15 // When I first bought this spot treatment I was pretty disappointed with it as no matter how little I applied, it just seemed to irritate my skin and not do anything to the spot itself. Now though for whatever reason it has started to work really well for my skin. I put a small amount on a cotton bud and apply the gel to only the spot and just leave it to sink in. I tend to do this at night and then when I wake up there's a noticeable difference. It wont make spots disappear immediately but they look smaller and less red. The bottle is tiny and the price seems a lot but only a small amount is needed at a time so it'll last a really long time.

Sensory Therapy Peace Of Mind On-The-Spot Relief | £13 // This is a must if you suffer with anxiety or panic attacks and I either keep this by my bedside table or in my bag. Apply a pump or two to your hands and inhale the scent with three deep breaths and then massage the leftover cream onto the back of your neck, temples or earlobes. The scent a lone really helps me to calm down if I'm feeling panicky and I think it's down to simply concentrating on breathing and the deep breaths rather than what is making you panic. It may just be a placebo but it works for me and I'm going to stick with it.

Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil | £22.50 // I haven't tried too many cleansing oils before as I prefer a balm cleanser but they're perfect to use to remove make-up before cleansing. Apply a pump or two onto dry skin and massage it in to dissolve make-up. This also works really well on eye make-up as well and doesn't irritate my eyes. Add a bit of water to the skin to emulsify the oil and then remove with either water or a muslin cloth/flannel. The only disappointing thing about this is the packaging as you have to buy the pump separately. It does make a massive difference though buying the pump as it means you can control how much product you need and you don't waste any. I will say that if you're looking for a cheaper alternative then the Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C Renew Cleansing Oil is very similar and about half the price although it's often on offer and cheaper.

Modern Friction Face Scrub | £33 // I'm not a huge fan of manual face scrubs in general as they are either too harsh for my sensitive skin and irritate it or aren't abrasive enough and feel like it isn't doing anything to my skin. This is one of the ones that doesn't really feel like it's doing anything and for £33 you'd expect it to do a great job. It feels more like a cleanser with tiny exfoliating particles in it instead of an exfoliator. I'd give this one a miss if I was you!

Never A Dull Moment Skin-brightening Face Polisher With Fruit Extracts | £25 // This face scrub on the other hand I really quite like and it's cheaper as well. This exfoliator contains fruit acids as well as crushed papaya to get rid of dead skin. Since I have sensitive skin I tend to avoid my cheeks which is the most sensitive part and apply it everywhere else. It has a very thick texture so I mix it with a little bit of water to make it easier to apply and so it doesn't drag my skin. I'd only use it once a week as well because of my skin. I am yet to buy the full size, I've only had a sample pot before, as it's out of stock every time I go to buy it.

High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-enriched Renewal Cream | £34.50 // I'm about half way through my jar and I'm still loving this moisturiser. Although it's called Night-A-Mins I still use it in the morning if I feel like it although I do have dry skin so those with oily skin might want to stick to it at night. I love the orange scent and it's moisturising without that heavy feeling that other thick night creams have. This is another one that really helps to brighten dull skin and makes your skin look renewed when you wake up in the morning.

No Puffery Cooling Mask For Puffy Eyes | £24 // This is a must if you suffer from either puffy eyes when you wake up or hayfever in the summer months. It's definitely an essential for me! Apply a small amount around your eyes and leave on for a bit and you'll notice an instant cooling effect and a difference to puffiness.

Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask | £23 // This is another new product to me but one I've heard so much about. I really like the Drink Up 10 Minute Mask but this overnight version is amazing. I apply a thin layer after cleansing and that's it, no need for a serum or moisturiser as this mask is incredibly moisturising. It doesn't take long to sink in so isn't like your traditional face mask in that there is no need to wash it off even in the morning. Sometimes I'll apply this in the morning as well especially if my skin is drier than usual. Once I finish the mini tube I have I'll be buying the full size. It also has an amazing apricot scent and would be the perfect mask to take with you on a plane.

Drink Up 10 Minute Mask | £23 // This is very similar to the Intensive Mask but you only apply it for ten minutes then wash it off. It has the same apricot scent and is still very moisturising but not as impressive. I say skip this one and stick with the overnight version as you certainly don't need both.

Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask | £23 // Like other mud masks, I only apply this a long my t-zone as this is my problem area and the least sensitive part. As you can see with a lot of the Origins products I have, I first tried them all through sample sizes and this is one of them. I currently have two generous sized sample tubes and the first one is still going strong despite using it a lot. Although I do get a greasy t-zone every now and again, my main problem is clogged pores and this charcoal mask is ideal for this. The charcoal helps to draw out the impurities and you can tell a difference straight away after using this. Another bonus is that this mask is available to buy in pods which is perfect for travel. Another one I will eventually buy in full size!

Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm in Berry Splash | £16 // I got this mini tube as a gift with purchase when I made my last order. I wouldn't buy this myself as it's not something I use on an everyday basis and is quite expensive but it's a nice lip balm/gloss hybrid. Although it looks quite dark and pigmented in the tube it's actually a very sheer gloss on the lips.


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14 October 2014

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 Eye Mask | £24 // Although slightly out of season now, this is a must if you suffer from hayfever or puffy eyes when you wake up. It's definitely an essential for me! Apply a small amount around your eyes, leave it on for about ten minutes and you'll notice an instant cooling effect and a difference to puffiness. The only thing that would make this eye mask better if it had a metal ball on the end like the cooling eye roll has. I can get the same effect though by using a jade roller after I've applied the mask and it really helps to decrease puffiness and drains the fluid away. Plus keep this in the fridge and it will feel and be a lot more effective.

Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream | £50 // This moisturiser has recently been reformulated and although I assume it hasn't changed too much, I can only comment on the old formula. This is one that I really recommend you trying to get a sample of before buying. The girl on the counter gave me a very generous sized sample, you really couldn't fit any more product into the jar, and the sample lasted me about a month using it daily. This was, at least I thought so, enough time to truly test it out. I loved the cream and how it felt on my skin so I bought the full size.

Fast forward a few months and for some reason my skin just isn't agreeing to this cream anymore. It felt like the cream was just sitting on my skin and not sinking in and leaving it feeling greasy no matter how little I applied. I thought it might just be because my skin could have changed a bit since I first bought it but I think it might be down to the serum I was applying before it. I was using the Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Fluid and the two just didn't seem to work well together. Towards the end of the tub, as I've now finished it, I was using Caudalies SOS Vinosource Thirst Quenching Serum and the two worked a lot better together and I found the cream sunk into my skin nicely. Definitely mixed feelings on this cream and I'm not sure if I'd buy it again.


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13 October 2014

NOTD // OPI My Private Jet

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
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Give Me The Moon! | Golden Rules!| I Only Drink Champagne | Ink | Light My Sapphire | My Private Jet.


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10 October 2014

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 the larger size was sold out so I bought two of the smaller tubes which works out at roughly the same price. Now I can keep one by my bedside table and the other in my handbag. This has been a life saver for dry elbows and pesky patches of eczema in my eyebrows of all places. Also the smell is amazing!

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream | £49 // Apart from balance Me Wonder Eye Cream I've never found an eye cream that I've liked let along loved but this is one of them. I got a tiny tube of it free with an order and fell in love with it instantly as it saved me from a horrible allergic reaction around my eyes which nothing would clear. I never would have said I'd spend nearly £50 on an eye cream before this one but now I have. You only need a tiny dot for each eye as it has quite a thick formula for an eye cream. So far after a few months of use I haven't had any milia appear around my eyes which I've gotten with a lot of other eye creams. This eye cream isn't going to be for everyone because of the price but it's worked wonders for me.

Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask | £5.50-£16 // This is another one that I've lost count of how many times I've repurchased and luckily it's now available in a bigger size. I can get about five or six uses out of the smaller tube so will probably get about twenty out of the larger one when I repurchase it next time. If you get eczema or dry skin on your scalp then you need to give this ago as it's really changed how my scalp is. You dampen your hair and then apply this in sections to your scalp, massage it in and leave on for twenty minutes and wash as normal. It's possible to apply this yourself but I usually get my mum to do it for me and she'll give me a head massage at the same time.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara | £13 // Another one I've repurchased a lot! A bottom lash mascara might seem a bit of a gimmick and why couldn't you use a normal mascara? Some mascaras smudge on me throughout the day, especially on my bottom lashes, but I've never had a problem with this one even in the summer. My only gripe about it is that it seems to dry up quite quickly although I do use it every day without fail. I've tried other bottom lash mascaras but always come back to this one.



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09 October 2014

NOTD // China Glaze Sea Spray

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat


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08 October 2014

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 muslin cloths did. I also bought two laundry bags to keep the clean and used flannels in as they wouldn't fit in my old storage.


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07 October 2014

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 do notice my eczema flares up less when I use it. Despite having very dry skin, I cannot stand to apply heavy creams but this sinks in very quickly and you can't feel it on the skin. It also doesn't have a scent so doesn't contain fragrance which can irritate eczema. This cream really reminds me of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream which is a lot cheaper, easier to find in the UK and works in pretty much the same way.

Weleda Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk | £12.95 // There is nothing better than a lavender scented bath product when you just want to relax and read a book in the bath. You pour a bit of the bath milk into running water and it emulsifies leaving the water smelling amazing but also incredibly moisturising. Weleda products are some of my favourites and this is definitely one of them. Everything from the simple packaging to the quality of the products, I haven't been disappointed with a single product yet.

Dr Bronners Peppermint Liquid Soap | £5.49 // This is what I've been using to wash my make-up brushes with but I've also used it as a shower gel, you could probably use it to wash your hair as well. When using it as a shower gel I make sure I use a shower lily as it's very watery so it makes it easier to lather up. The peppermint scent is really refreshing and although unusual to use as a brush cleaner, it just works so well. A little goes a long way which makes the great price even better. It's available in a lot of other scents so if you don't like peppermint they'll definitely be at least one scent you'll like. Personally I like them all!


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