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Empties // January 2015

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Garnier Micellar Water // This comes quite close to beating or at least extremely similar to Bioderma but the main benefit is that it's about a quarter of the price. Also it's a lot easier to get a hold of as I can buy it from Asda or Boots. I'll still buy Bioderma but for now I think I'll be sticking with Garnier. It takes all my eye make-up off without irritating my eyes or skin and with hardly any effort.

Caudalie Micellar Water // I'd forgotten how much I liked this micellar water as I hadn't used it for a while. I had a £7 voucher to spend on a Caudalie product from Essentual and as I didn't really need any other products I went for a bottle of micellar water. I only tend to use this to remove my eye make-up but it does a really good job and doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes. I also love the grape scent! I'm currently using a bottle of Bioderma but I'd buy another bottle of this at some point in the future.

Trilogy Cream Cleanser // I’ve lik…

NOTD // OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat OPI Gargantuan Green Grape // four coats CND Speedey Top Coat
This nail polish has been on my wishlist ever since it was released. I'm not even sure why I'm drawn to this polish so much but I love the unusual shade of green. It's pastel but not the standard mint green I usually go for. Unfortunately the amount of coats I needed for it to become opaque is what would put me off wearing it on a daily basis. With a base and top coat that's six coats of nail polish in total which is a bit crazy it you think of all the drying time needed in between coats. NYX Pastel Pistachio is a similar colour but with a better formula so I'd probably reach for that more over this one which is a shame.

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Skin Care Diary // January 2015

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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. 

Caudalie Micellar Water // balance Me Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm //  REN Tonic Moisture Mist // Caudalie Polyphenol [c15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum // A-derma Epitheliale A.H Cream // The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil // Dior Creme De Rose Lip Balm // Cattier Argile Rose Aloe Vera Clay Mask.
This months mix of skin care products are a bit different to what I would have used normally. For two and a half weeks this month I house sat for a family friend and looked after their crazy cat. I decided to make the most of my sample stash and tried to bring mini size versions of everything so I had less to take with me. A few of these I've used befor…

Favourites // January 2015

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The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector | £5 for 30ml or £11 for 100ml // I bought this quite a while ago and used it a lot but then I just sort of forgot about it and moved onto other hand creams. It wasn't until a work colleague mentioned she used this and it really helped the eczema of her hands, we were both complaining about it, that I remembered I had a tube of it. I made sure I applied it every night before going to bed and my hands are in better condition. My eczema has calmed down a lot and I now only have two itchy patches rather than all over my hands which is amazing. I also love using this as a foot cream which meant I only had to pack one item for two jobs when I was house sitting for the majority of this month.

Balance Me Stellar Face Balm | £18 // This is another product that does amazing things to the eczema on my face. I have a stubborn patch just above my cupids bow that is always irritated and inflamed so I try to apply a good layer of this each night, sometimes reapp…

NOTD // Andrea Fullerton Gemstone Top Coat

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // one coat Andrea Fullerton Gemstone Top Coat // one coat CND Speedey Top Coat

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Project Sample Use Up 027

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Roques Oneil Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts // I got this mini tube of bath salts in a Therapie gift set and took them away with me as well. I only used about half so I ended up just adding the rest to the full size tub I already have. They are expensive but perfect to use on a pamper night.

Crabtree & Evelyn Roswater Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy // This was an okay hand cream but nothing special. I was hoping and expecting a fresh rose scent but instead it’s a bit old lady-ish.

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion // I really liked the smell of this, it reminded me of another product that I can't for the life of me remember which one, but the lotion itself was okay and nothing special.

NUDE ProGenius Treatment Oil //  I was expecting great things from this facial oil and like the cleansing oil, I was left a little bit disappointed. It might just have been because it has been raved about so much but I just found this oil to be okay, nothing spectacular. I found it sunk in best when mi…

Beauty Box // My Little Energy Box

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I always feel like I don't really need to add any text to My Little Box posts as the photos really do all the talking. This months theme is energy which is fitting seeing as it's January, the start of the new year and getting everyone motivated as well as positive thinking.

Inside this months box is an illustration, magazine, a decent sized gym bag, a calender, a red nail polish, facial mist and a moisturiser. My favourite out of the box is the calender and I'm having a hard time deciding where about in my room I want to put it. The design and layout is pretty simple but it's the illustrations that I love a long with a few extras like a sudoku puzzle and a notes section at the end.

My little box is £11 per month plus postage and packaging. It's definitely my favourite monthly subscription service as the mix of lifestyle and beauty is a nice change and just what I wanted.

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NOTD // Barry M Jewel Britania

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats Barry M Jewel Britania// two coats CND Speedey Top Coat


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Beauty Box // Glossybox January 2015*

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Kueshi Natural & Pleasant Cosmetics Revitalizing Face Toner | £8.36 // This looks like a pretty nice toner, the ingredients list is quite small with words that I can actually read. The packaging isn't the best as the bottle was leaking slightly when I was taking the photo so I guess one not to travel with. For me though this is a product I wont be trying purely for the fact that it contains perfume. This is one ingredient I know irritates my skin so this year I'm trying to stay away from it when it comes to skin care.
MeMeMe Eye Line Pencil in Clay | £4 // I already have quite a few brown eye liners but I'll happily test this out and see how it wears and lasts.
Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow | £10 // This is a gel highlighter that you can apply to your cheekbones, cupids bow and brow bone or mix a bit in with your foundation for an all over glow. It's a nice champagne colour but I think this will go into my giving away box.
Nicka K New York Colorluxe Powder Blush | £6.…

Beauty Bag // January 2015

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in // Real Techniques Brush // Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Porcelain // Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base // Urban Decay Eyeshadow // Real Techniques Brush // Brush // Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeline // Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara // Tarte Lights Camera, Lashes Mascara // Dior Creme De Rose Lip Balm // Jour Lipgloss in Tender.
Over the past couple of months I’ve come to the realisation that I really do not need a million and one beauty products. There is no need to have six body moisturisers or cleansers open at the same time nor do I need a whole filing cabinet full of nail polish when I’ve pretty much spent the past year nail polish free. 2015 is the year I’d like to reduce my stash to only the essentials and I will only have one product open per category at a time. Sure, I’ll probably have back up products for when I’m nearing the end of a product but there is no need to have four.

This is where the beauty bag comes into it. It’s a sort of shopping …

NOTD // Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure

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Sale shopping & Christmas

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I hate sale shopping. I always have and I always probably will. I just haven’t got the patience to be scouring through all the racks only to find things that I like that aren’t in my size. If I ever go sale shopping, I’ll always find a million and one things full price and nothing actually in the sales. What I like is online beauty sale shopping, specifically the Space NK sale. Now it was nowhere near as good as last year but it was still pretty good and I got a few bargains.

At the top of my list to buy if it went into the sale was the Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath Jewels set. This was originally £50 and as I hoped it would it was added to the sale and went down to only £25. I quickly added it to my basket along with a few other things before checking out to avoid disappointment if it sold out quickly. Luckily though it arrived a couple of days later and I’ve been enjoying them ever since. My favourites are support breathe lavender and peppermint as well as support breathe e…

Week In Photos 215

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Krispy Creme // Bedside essentials // I need more plants in my life // New slippers arrived // Marvin, the cat I'm looking after // And living out of a suitcase for two and a half weeks // Getting the Project Life essentials. 

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Thierry Mugler Alien Extraordinaire

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Over the past year or so I have gotten into the habit of only using one perfume at a time, with the odd exception for special occasions, until it is empty and then I buy a new one. Or as I'm trying to do now, continuously finish all of my perfumes until I don't have any left and then I'm allowing myself to buy a new bottle. So after finishing Taylor Swift Made Of Starlight I moved onto Alien Extraordinaire by Thierry Mugler.

I like the original Alien perfume but personally I think this latest version is a million times better. Alien is one of those perfumes that you know what it is as soon as you smell it on someone else. While I don't mind this and don't see it as such a bad thing, having someone ask "ooh what perfume are you wearing? It smells gorgeous" always makes me feel good. This is one of those perfumes that gets people asking this question.

Not only do I love and prefer the bottle design, this scent just makes me feel happy. I can forget I'm…

NOTD // Barry M Yellow Topaz

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats Barry M Yellow Topaz// one coat CND Speedey Top Coat
It took me a while to actually get round to trying this nail polish and now I've worn it, I can't beleive I hadn't sooner! In the bottle this polish just looks like your standard gold glitter nail polish but once on the nails, especially over a black polish, you can see that it's packed full of holographic glitter as well. Although this is the smallest size glitter in the bottle, when the light hits it you can see all the different colours. I really like that there are different sized glitters as well as it makes it just a bit more interesting.



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Beauty Box // Birchbox January 2015

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Stila Lip Glaze in Glitter | £15 // I'm not a huge fan of lipglosses so I think I'll pass this onto someone else. It's a nice pink colour though with a bit of shimmer.

Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo | £21 // This is my all time favourite shampoo and I've already been through countless bottles. I've even gone out and bought the one litre sized bottle as it worked out cheaper than constantly buying the smaller size. If you suffer from an itchy scalp and/or eczema then you really need to try this. This has, without a doubt, changed how my scalp feels and although I still get eczema flare ups, they're no where near as bad as they used to or as often. Plus I love the apple scent! This mini tube will come in handy for when I next go on holiday or for a long weekend away.

Agave Healing Oil Treatment | £16 // I got a sample of this in my September Birchbox so it's a repeat product for me which is a bit disappointing. A different product from the brand coul…

Mini Reviews 030 // balance Me // Aesop // Weleda // Laura Mercier

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balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream | £14.50 // Balance Me aren’t joking by calling this super moisturising as it’s one of the thickest hand creams I’ve tried. It’s almost more of a balm than a cream. It’s perfect for the winter when the eczema on my hands is acting up. I wouldn’t recommend this unless you have very dry hands though as it can feel very greasy. I also only use this at night so I’m able to do nothing and just let it soak in. That way even if my hands are feeling a little bit greasy, it doesn’t really matter. In the morning I always wake up with smooth soft skin. It's also a great one if you wear nail polish a lot or after removing gel nail polish and your cuticles are looking a bit dry.

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash | £7 // I was a little bit disappointed in how dry this makes my hands feel as it’s not cheap. It smells really nice as you’d expect from Aesop but I always feel like I need to apply a hand cream straight after which I don’t feel the need t…

NOTD // OPI Pirouette My Whistle

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats OPI Pirouette My Whistle // one coat CND Speedey Top Coat
Pirouette My Whistle was part of the New York City ballet collection way back in 2012. I wasn't really a fan of the other polishes in this collection, I didn't think they really worked, but this glitter stood out to me. I managed to get this at a bargain price from Fragrance Direct but since then they've upped the price to £3.99 which is still good but not as good as the £2 I bough it for.

This glitter nail polish reminds me of snow fall and I decided to wear it when it started snowing boxing day although I've only now just got round to sharing it. Seriously, as much as I love the winter, it's my favourite season, I always forget throughout the rest of the year just how poor the light is to take photos for my blog. Taking photos of nail polish, especially glitters, are probably the worst to take as well!

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Week In Photos 210 - 214

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Making Christmas sugar cookies // Taking advantage of good light, lots of blog photos taken // With a little monster getting in the way // Christmas Tree // New blanket // New tree ornament // Treats // & presents // New edition of Monopoly // Favourites // Having a switch up in my room.

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