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November 2014 Favourites

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Thierry Mugler Alien Extraordinaire | £49.50 - £67.50 // I have the original Alien perfume from Thierry Mugler but I much prefer the Extraordinaire version. They both have similar notes but this version doesn't contain notes of jasmine and is a bit lighter smelling. Despite being an eau de toilette I find this lasts better than some eau de parfums do. I can still smell in on myself after an eight hour shit at work. I also like that you can buy a refill bottle which works out cheaper once you have a empty bottle.

The last two weeks of this month have been quite rough skin wise as my eczema flared up quite badly especially my hands and face. I have no idea what has caused it but everything seems to be irritating my face, it seems like even the air is causing my skin to react and don't get me started on whispy bits of hair. This weekend I've had to practically scrap back my hair to try and stop my skin from being so irritated. I've also had really bad flare ups around my …

Week In Photos 201 - 208

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Reeces Pieces // Ikea food shopping // Pic n mix // New cushions //

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Mini Reviews 025 // The Body Shop // Soap & Glory

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Body Butter | £13 // The Vitamin E Body Butter has one of the lighter formulas that The Body Shop have. It's one of the few that I would use all year round as it doesn't feel too heavy on the skin and sinks in a lot quicker than say the Coconut version. I tend to order all my TBS products online and for this one I wish I had smelt it first in store. I was pretty certain I'd used this before and liked the scent but when I got this in the post I was surprised I didn't like it that much. It hasn't stopped me from using it as it is quite a light scent but it would stop be from buying it again or anything else from the same range. That's just me though as I know a lot of people who love this scent. It is a shame though as this has one of my favourite formulas out of them all as it keeps my dry skin moisturised without feeling like I'm really wearing anything especially if I apply it before bed and after a bath.

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Empties // November 2014

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Super Facialist By Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil // I discovered this thanks to Caroline Hirons and it is just as good as she says it is. If you have dry skin, especially in the winter, then you really need to try this. You apply it to dry skin before cleansing and massage it in for a few minutes before removing with a flannel. It does leave your skin feeling slightly oily but as you follow up with a cleanser, I usually use a balm cleanser for an added extra bit of moisture, the greasy feeling goes away but you’re left with incredibly soft skin and all dry patches are gone. Over the winter I tend to use it a bit more often but usually it’s about once a week as a skin treat. I will be picking up another bottle and maybe trying some other Una Brennan products if they’re on offer.

Super Facialist By Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil // I’ve had this cleansing oil for what feels like years but has probably only been about six months. It seems …

NOTD // OPI Servin' Up Sparkle

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats OPI Servin' Up Sparkle// one coat CND Speedey Top Coat
Grape…Set…Match | Servin’ Up Sparkle | Your Royal Shine-ness.
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Skin Care Diary // November 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. I have combination skin that can change between being extremely dry, spot prone, oily and sensitive as well as having eczema flare ups. 

Garnier Micellar Water // Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser // Melvita Organic Rose Beauty Mist // Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum // Weleda Calendula Face Cream.
This month my skin has been acting up with breakouts and allergic reactions so I simplified my skin care routine down to only these products and nothing else. I didn't try anything new and used products I know my skin gets on well with. So far it seems to be working well and my skin has calmed down a lot. Towards the end of the month I did run out of the Liz Earle cleanser so have started to use the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. The switch hasn'…

NOTD // OPI The Living Daylights

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats OPI The Living Daylights// one coat CND Speedey Top Coat
The Living Daylights was part of the 2012 Skyfall collection so unfortunately isn't available anymore unless you find a bottle on Ebay. For me this is one of those nail polishes that looks amazing in the bottle but once it's on my nails I'm not so sure I like it. It could just be the black base but I've tried it with various other colours as well and I just haven't found the right one. It's hard to find a shade that goes with the copper, teal and silver glitter.

Any suggestions to what colour to think this would go better with?


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…

My Little Cosy Box // November 2014

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Another month and another great box from My Little Box! The theme for this months box is cosy and getting into the winter and cold weather spirit. I am still loving the illustrations that are included in each box and I've started a little gallery wall above my dressing table with them all. Next up is the cutest little espresso mug and a heat cushion that acts as a water bottle when you put it in the microwave.

Finally is the little beauty pouch which included a mini bottle of Essie Cute As A Button which has been on my wishlist for a long time. It the perfect bright coral to wear in the winter when you're dreaming of hot weather and the beach. The eyeliner reminds me of Rimmels Scandal Eyes liners and is incredibly black and long lasting. I haven't tried the mascara yet as I've only just opened a new one but I like the simple black and white packaging.



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NOTD // Orly Brush It On over black

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // one coat Orly Brush It On* // one coat CND Speedey Top Coat
So here is Brush It On over a black nail polish. If you saw my post earlier this week with the polish on its own then you can really see the difference. With the black polish it makes it look like an oil spill and is definitely the way I'd wear this polish. The black polish also sort of brings out a green hint as well as the gold and copper. It reminds me a bit of Gosh Rainbow nail polish.


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Mini Reviews 024 // Aesop Tactility Box Set

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I’ve tried a couple of skin care products from Aesop over the years but this is the first time I’ve tried anything from the body range. I went with this Tactility gift set as I thought it would be the best way of trying a few different products but with all the same scent. As with the skin care, the packaging is spot on and I’m now using the tin to store bits and bobs that don’t really have a home, think spare toothbrush and toothpaste as well as cotton buds that won’t fit in the jar I keep them in. Plus it makes me incredibly happy that I am able to use a tube squeezer on two of these products. It’s the small things in life!

As far as the Geranium Leaf scent goes, I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered it and I did order it blind having never smelt any of the products before. Luckily though I really like it but find it quite hard to describe how it smells. It isn't a floral scent but also isn't particularly green smelling. Think rosemary and lavender, that sort of s…

NOTD // OPI I Juggle Men

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats OPI I Juggle Men// one coat CND Speedey Top Coat
I love how subtle this nail polish is and how you can only really see it when it catches the light. It then turns from a black crème polish to sparkles of blue and purple. I've tried it over a pastel purple polish and it looks ok but it really transforms when used over black or even a navy nail polish. If you have perfect nails that aren't stained or have ridges, I envy those who do, then you could try a layer of I Juggle Men for a more natural look and the shimmer would only stand out when it hits the light, otherwise it would look like a normal clear top coat.

What's your favourite layering nail polish?

I Juggle…Men | In the Spot-Light Pink | So Many Clowns…So Little Time | Step Right Up!
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Beauty Box // Glossybox November 2014

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Lollipops Make Up Eye Pencil in Black | €14 // I'm always happy to try out new eye liners especially if they’re black to try and see if I can find a better liner than Urban Decay 24/7. So far I haven’t though! I like that this is a twist up eye liner as it means I don’t have to sharpen it.

H20+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment | £27.50 for 50ml // This seems like quite an interesting product. It’s an oil free moisture gel that can be kept in the fridge and used as a refreshing and cooling mask. Otherwise it can be used as an overnight treatment by applying a thin layer to dry cleansed skin, leave for five minutes and then massage in any leftover product.

Burt's Bees Lip Shine in Blush | £6.99 // I would have loved this when I was a teenager but now I just don’t reach for lipglosses anymore with the exception of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors. I like that this is 100% natural and the colour is nice but one that will probably just sit in my dressing table drawer unfortunat…

Beauty Box // Birchbox November 2014

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OPI Turn On The Haute Light Nail Polish | £11.95 // Although I don't normally gravitate towards silver nail polishes, I prefer gold, this will come in handy with some Christmas stamping I want to try. Surprisingly this polish only needed two coats to become opaque and it has a really nice glossy finish.

Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask | £16 // I haven't particularly liked the other products I've received in beauty boxes from Beauty Protector but this hair mask looks good and more my type of product. I think one mini tub will be enough for one application especially since I have quite long hair. I'll also be able to reuse these tubs at a later date which is good.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil | £15.95 // Over the years Weleda has become one of my favourite brands and I'm glad it's becoming a bit more well known. These mini bottles are the perfect way to try out the oil before buying the full size. I have another one from a previous beauty box which …

NOTD // Orly Brush It On

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Orly Brush It On* // four coats CND Speedey Top Coat
If you can get over the fact that you need to apply at least four coats of this nail polish, excluding base and top coats, then it really is beautiful! Brush It On is part of the Smoky collection and is probably my favourite out of them all. Here I'm showing it worn a lone but on Saturday I'll be sharing how it looks with a black polish underneath which completely transforms it. Brush It On is a gold copper duochrome shimmer that completely changes depending on how the light hits it. The formula is actually really good for a sheer polish and I imagined you'd probably need like eight coats for it to be opaque and was surprised when it only took four.


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Mini Reviews 23 // The Body Shop

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil | £7 // I don’t know why it took me so long to discover this little gem but I’m so glad I did. When I was a teenager I used and loved the tea tree range from The Body Shop but this was the one product I never got round to trying although I imagine it would have worked really well for me, no idea why I didn’t try it. I added it to my last order and managed to get it for half price which made it even more affordable. There’s several different ways of using it but most often I reach for it as a spot treatment. I simply use a clean cotton bud to apply it and let it sit overnight although it is clear and could be used under make-up. This is one of the cheapest and fuss free spot treatments I’ve tried and I find it a lot more effective than other products that are at least three times the price. This could also be used with water as a toner or a few drops in hot water as part of a facial. I also like to add a few drops to a bath to ease my itchy skin and the scent…

NOTD // Orly Go Deeper

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats Orly Go Deeper // two coats CND Speedey Top Coat

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Skin Care Additions 002

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First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser // Vichy Idealia Eyes* // NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Comfortable Face Cream// Vichy Idealia Life Serum* // Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion. 
These past six months or so I've made an effort to use what I have instead of constantly buying new products. This was especially the case for my skin care as I had a lot of half used products that I was completely ignoring. The last month or two I've managed to finish quite a few products and have finished the cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser I was using. It was about time I introduced some new products into my routine and thought I'd share them.

I've added a Clarisonic to my Christmas wishlist so in the hopes that my mum takes the hint I'll be using the First Aid Beauty cleanser with it. Although this is a cleanser that does foam and lather when you add water, it doesn't dry out or irritate my sensitive skin at all. It's definitely not your standard foam…

Wishlist 006

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NOTD // Orly Watch It Glitter

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats Orly Watch It Glitter// one coat CND Speedey Top Coat

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Project Sample Use Up 024

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Lea Journo Hydra-Riche Hydrating Conditioner // This was an ok conditioner but not really worth the £21 price tag. I also found the packaging a bit difficult to use one handed.

Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Hand Cream //  I've kept this little hand cream in my bag as it was the perfect size. I love the fresh fig scent but there was something about this scent that was just a bit too strong and overwhelming especially when I was using it in work. I think I prefer the scent as bath products where they don't linger for hours after and interfere with the perfume I'm wearing. I liked the formula so I'd probably look into a different more subtle scent if I was to repurchase.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting // I already have a mini bottle of this serum so no need to think about buying the full size. Although I haven't used this for long enough to really tell if it's made a difference to my complexion it has made my skin feel nice and keeps it hydrated…

NOTD // Orly It's A Meteor

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats Orly It's A Meteor // one coat CND Speedey Top Coat

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Whats In My Wash Bag // Long Weekend Away Edition

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balance Me Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm // Roques Oneil Therapie Restore Aura Spray // Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream // Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting // Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream // Weleda Skin Food // Figs & Rouge Mango Hand Cream // Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo // Phyto Phytobaume Hydration Conditioner // Beauty Protector Protect & Oil // Janira Thia Lime & Ginger Hand Wash // Roques Oniel Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts // Roques Oniel Therapie Equilbrium Bath & Shower Essence // Roques Oniel Therapie Boost Hair & Body Wash // Roques Oniel Therapie Cherish Skin Repair Serum.
There's nothing better than miniature products! I have a whole drawer full of them so a long weekend away is the perfect opportunity to take them with me. I usually just take all my full size products as I'm a terrible over packer but this year I'm trying to be a bit more sensible. I don't need a full size cleanser if I'm only goi…

Mini Reviews 022 // Therapie

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Boost Hair & Body Wash | £17 // Now a shower gel that costs £17 is not one to be used on a daily basis and I've been saving this and using is sparingly. I expected this to smell heavenly, as I really like the scent of the detox salts, it smells nice but nothing outstanding which is a bit disappointing. It's quite a watery shower gel so I tend to use it with a shower lily so it's easier to use and lathers up well. It's been nice to use but I wouldn't rush out and buy the full size. I'm glad I was able to try this mini first!

Equilibrium Bath & Shower Essence | £40 // This bath essence is a fancy name for a bath oil and it certainly is luxurious, like all the other products from Therapie. It smells absolutely amazing of rose, lavender, sandalwood, jasmine, orange and the newly discovered fragonia. It's the lavender and sandalwood in it that I find most relaxing and are two of my all time favourite notes in perfumes and bath products. This can be poured…

NOTD // Orly Blend

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Orly Blend* // two coats CND Speedey Top Coat
I don't normally go for purple nail polishes but this one from Orly has a hint of taupe to it which makes it more me. What I've found with these types of colours from Orly is that they dry a little darker than what you'd expect when looking at the bottle. Application was good with the formula being slightly thicker than normal which meant I was able to get away with only two coats. As with all Orly crème nail polishes, the finish is so glossy that I only apply a top coat to make it dry quicker and last longer. If you don't have a problem with chipping like I do then you can totally skip a top coat. Blend is a part of the Smoky Autumn/Fall 2014 collection and I'm thinking Highlight, a light grey crème, is next on my list!


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Shopping // Essentials

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The Konjac Sponge for Tired or Devitalized Skin // The Konjac Sponge for Oily + Spot Prone Skin // Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray // Deep Steep Honeydew And Spearmint Bubble Bath // Thierry Mugler Alien Extraordinaire Perfume // Original Source Orange And Ginger Shower Gel // Original Source Pineapple And Coconut Oil Shower Gel. 
First Impressions:
two sponges, I couldn't decide which one to get so I got bothanother bottle of daily defence, my favourite leave-in conditionerI prefer Alien Extraordinaire to the original needed a new bubble bath and went for this unusual scenttwo new scents from original source, they both smell amazing

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