27 February 2015

Empties // February 2015

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Tesco Loves Baby Ultra Soft Wipes // I don't use these for make-up removal or on my face, instead I always keep a pack of wipes around for if I'm swatching make-up etc. I picked these up as they were on offer and I liked the packaging. I'd buy them again if I was in Tesco but I'd go for a larger pack.

Bee Good Honey & Wild Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water // I got this mini bottle from the shop part of the Latest In Beauty website for a pound or two and I thought I'd try it. It smelt nice and worked pretty well but I think I'll stick with Garniers version which is what I'm using at the moment.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum // This is one of my all time favourite skin care products and I think this was either my second or third bottle. If you have dry and/or dehydrated skin then you really need to give this a go. It feels very light on the skin and sinks in almost instantly and I find moisturiser always goes on better when I use this. It also has an amazing scent and the pump makes using it a breeze.  I'm currently trying to use what I already have and not buying anything new but I know I'll buy another bottle of this at some point. 
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Mio Liquid Yoga // This is another one of my favourite products and I can't believe it's empty. As with skin care, I'm trying not to buy any new products and although I really want to buy another bottle of Liquid Yoga, I'm trying my hardest to resist. It's quite hard to describe, the best description is probably liquid bath salts. You have to shake the bottle well before use as the epsom salts sink to the bottom and then you pour some into your bath water and relax. It's just amazing and another one you must try if you haven't already. Mio is a brand I'm loving at the moment and have quite a few of their products.

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Body Cream // Despite loving the honey bath from Laura Mercier and hearing other people rave about the body soufflĂ©’s, I wasn’t really that keen on it. I found it quite heavy on my skin and it took a while to sink in properly. I’m one of those people that hates to wait around for moisturiser to sink in and I just want to put my clothes or pjs on straight away. I wouldn’t buy another one of these and will stick to other creams that I know work for my skin. Luckily I got this in a set in the sale last year and didn't pay full price for it.

Lush Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb // I liked the scent of this one but I didn't love it. It's a mix of ginger, pepper and lemon which I think is quite unusual for Lush, especially the pepper element. This was quite a large bath bomb and one that you could easily break into two pieces to make the price better. I really liked the rainbow patterns the different layers created in the water and it made the water incredibly moisturising. Purely because I didn't love the scent I don't think I'd buy it again and instead will stick to the scents I prefer.

Lush Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar // This was the bubble bar I took with me when I was house sitting last month and finished up the last of it the other week. This had a citrus scent along with bergamot and was a nice one to use when I wanted a morning soak at the weekend.


Lush Pop In The Bath Bubble Bar // This is one of my favourite bubble bars from Lush as it has the same scent as Olive Branch shower gel. I had this tucked away from my birthday in June last year and I'd completely forgotten I had it. Despite having it for eight months it hadn't lost any of it's scent and still worked just as well at creating a mound of bubbles.

Lush Love Locket Bath Bomb // You're meant to crack open this bath bomb to reveal a smaller heart inside filled with agar hearts. I managed to get three baths out of this one which made the expensive price that little bit better although it would be one I'd buy often if it wasn't limited edition. I really liked the vanilla, jasmine, gardenia and neroli scent and the effects the bath bomb gave.

Lush Floating Flower bath bomb // This is one of the products I wish I had smelt in store before I made my online order as I wasn't a fan of the overpowering jasmine scent. I like jasmine scented products as long as it isn't the dominant scent but unfortunately this wasn't the case for this bath bomb. I still used it and the scent wasn't as strong once it had dissolved into the water but I wouldn't buy it again.

Lush butter bear bath bomb // This is the same as Butterball bath bomb but it was in the shape of a bear. This is a nice one if you want to use a subtle scented product but one that is incredibly moisturising. Once this hits the water you can see the cocoa butter melting and turning into an oil in the water.

Lush Bearded Lady Bubble Bar // This was from the Lush Kitchen around Christmas but I think it might have been part of the Christmas 2013 collection, I can't remember. The scent of this one was a little bit disappointing as it seemed to disappear once it was crumbled into the water.


Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Shampoo // I really enjoyed using this shampoo from Phyto and I noticed a difference in how dry my scalp was after using it. It didn't have the normal shampoo consistency, instead it was more like a conditioner so it didn't lather up that much but I also had to make sure I properly washed it out. Despite it only being a small bottle, it lasted a really long time. I'm currently using a couple of other Phyto shampoos which I am also liking but I would buy this one again.

Models Own Snow White Nail Polish // Similarly to black nail polish, I only own two white nail polishes so I go through them quite quickly compared to others. I liked this one from Models Own as it was opaque with only two coats, sometimes I could get away with only one, and it wasn't streaky which I've found with others. I'm currently using Alpine Snow from OPI but I would buy this one again. 


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26 February 2015

NOTD // Orly Rage

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Orly Rage// two coats


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25 February 2015

Skin Care Diary // February 2015

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. 
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Bioderma Hydrabio H2o Micelle Solution | The Body Shop Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter | Caudalie Beauty Elixir | Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream | Indeed Labs Hydraluron | Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream

This months skin care routine is a mix of old favourites, some repurchases and new-ish products. My skin has, touch wood, stayed pretty normal this month in that I haven't had any eczema flare ups and haven't had too many spots. I think I can put this down to me upping my water in take and trying to stick with products I now work well with my skin and avoiding fragrance in products. Synthetic fragrance is one of the things I know irritates my skin when it comes to skin care ingredients so I am slowly working towards a fragrance free routine. I don't want to throw away all of the products I have that contain perfume as that would be a complete waste of money but I am making an effort to check ingredients before I make future purchases.

I haven't used Hydraluron since I finished my first tube back in 2013. Why it's taken me so long to repurchase I have no idea as I have fallen back in love with it. It love how my skin looks and feels when I use it and I find my moisturiser always sinks in better after I've used it.

What's been your top skin care product of February?

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24 February 2015

Favourites // February 2015

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Diptyque Philosykos Perfume | £55 for 50ml or £72 for 100ml // I've rediscovered this perfume after not using it for a couple of months and I've fallen completely in love with it again. I love this worn alone but it also blends well with other perfumes which makes it a bit more versatile.

Method Fig + Rhubarb Hand Soap | £2.49 // Carrying on with the whole fig theme and scent, I discovered a new Method soap and it has quickly become my favourite. It is definitely more fig with a hint of rhubarb and I couldn't be more happier with it. Hand soap is probably one of the more boring beauty products but nice packaging and scent can make it a little more interesting.

OPI The Spy Who Loved Me | £7.95 // Sticking with a Valentines theme, this is the nail polish I have been wearing this month and I really love it. I'm not a huge red nail polish fan, I only have a few in my collection, but I really love the added gold glitter this one has. The gold glitter looks stunning when it catches the light and it sort of gives a hint of orange when out of the sun light.

African Botanics Marula Intense Skin Repair Body Balm | £40 // Last month I made the tough decision to stop using steroid cream altogether and although there have been times I really wanted to use it to calm my eczema, it has been a month since I last used it and I'm pretty proud of myself. What sparked this off was reading Amy-Lou's blog and her stories of going through topical steroid withdrawal. Since my eczema flared up again in 2008 I have been using topical steroid creams to treat my eczema pretty much every day give or take a few. There are weeks when I don't use it but others where I use it several times a day. Using a TSC for seven years really cannot be good for my skin and my body and I didn't want to get to the point where I relied on it and my skin become addicted to it. So far I haven't had too many new eczema flare ups, my hands are still pretty bad but they were already before I stopped using TSC. The only new flare ups I've had are on my arm and crease of my elbow and nothing has stopped the dryness like this balm from African Botanics. It is a very thick balm that takes a while to warm up and melt but it's been a life saver. I'm still not loving the strong floral scent but if the product works then it's something that I can ignore. I'm still looking for a product to soothe itching so if anyone has any recommendations then let me know!

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara | £16.50 // I really like Benefit mascaras so I was excited to try their new release, Roller Lash. I bought a copy of Elle so I could get the mini version and I've been using it ever since. I love how much length this adds to my lashes and paired with a volumising mascara for a night out would create a false lash look without all the effort.


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23 February 2015

NOTD // Orly Androgynie

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
Orly Androgynie// two coats

This is one of those polishes that, sadly, looks better in the bottle than on the nails. I bought this in a blog sale without really looking at online swatches and just went by how pretty it looked in the bottle. You can see all the bright colours and different sized glitter but once painted on it all just sort of disappears into the black base. It's also one of those that despite being in a black base, you still need a black polish underneath or you're looking at three or four coats. Finally another moan, all the glitter falls to the bottom of the bottle and a good shaking will not solve this. Instead if I know I'm going to use it, I have to stand the polish upside down for a few hours and then shake it up so the glitter falls to the top. Despite all this I've kept it in my collection for two years now as I just can't seem to get rid of it!


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22 February 2015

Brush Bath

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We wash our make-up brushes after we've used them so why not our hair brushes? After a browse through The Beauty Department, my go to website for all things to do with hair, I came across Kristin's post about cleaning our hair brushes to prevent build up and keep our hair feeling and looking cleaner. I regularly de-hair (is there a better word or phrase?) my brushes to keep them looking better and in good condition but I never thought to actually wash them, especially with a shampoo. Now that I think about it, certain brushes of mine do come into contact with a lot of product either to brush out the dry shampoo I've just applied or I spray hairspray onto them to tame fly aways and this can only lead to build up of product, just like my own hair.

So earlier on I took on the task of giving them a bath. Now don't think of this as a daunting task  or chore like washing make-up brushes is, this literally took me five minutes. Kristin's post has a complete step by step but simply add a little bit of claryfying shampoo to warm water, I used Bumble And Bumble Sunday Shampoo, and let your brushes sit for five minutes. Once time is up give them a gentle scrub with a pan brush and rinse with cold water. Depending on how much time you have you can either leave them to dry in the sun or give them a blast with a hair dryer. I did a bit of both as it was nice and sunny but I gave them a blow dry to get rid of the majority of the water.

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21 February 2015

Week In Photos 216 - 220

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A second money plant // I really need to have a wardrobe sort out // Although I have still been buying clothes // The best weekend breakfast // Love Zara packaging // Three favourites // The only thing that makes a twelve hour shift at work better: morning skies. 


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19 February 2015

NOTD // Models Own Snowflakes

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // one coat
Models Own Snowflakes // one coat


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17 February 2015

My Little Frenchie Box // February 2015

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My Little Box monthly subscription - £11 + £3.95 P&P


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16 February 2015

NOTD // Revlon Facets Of Fuchsia

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats



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15 February 2015

Shopping // Lush Valentines 2015

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Love Locket Bath Bomb | £6.95 // Since this was a lot more expensive than the normal bath bombs I wanted to get my monies worth so out came the hammer so I could crack it in two and use the heart inside for a third bath. I really liked the scent of this one, a mix of vanilla, jasmine and neroli. I think the actual bath bomb could have been a little bit more interesting as it simply turned my bath water pink but you can't ask for everything! 

Prince Charming Shower Gel | £4.75 for 100g, £9.50 for 250g or £15.95 for 500g // With marshmallow root, Fair Trade vanilla and fresh pomegranate juice, Prince Charming will sweep you off your feet and carry you off into the sunset, leaving your skin silky soft and smelling lovely – the fragrance is made using a beautiful blend of grapefruit, sandalwood and geranium oils. This has been released before although this is the first time I've tried it. I find it a hard scent to describe so I thought the Lush description worked perfectly. It has such a more-ish scent that I just can't stop smelling! I went for the large size as whenever I bought the smaller limited edition shower gels I've always regretted it. 

Floating Flower Bath Bomb | £3.50 // This is one that I wish I had smelt first before I made my online order as I really didn't like it. The dominant scent is jasmine which I like in small doses but this was just too much. There is hints of ylang ylang and cypress but they're very subtle. The scent wasn't as strong once the bath bomb dissolved but it was still overwhelmingly jasmine. I really liked the effect this gave though once it was in the water as it really did look like a floating flower and fizzed away slowly leaving a trail of colours behind. 

Lonely Heart Bubble Bar | £3.50 // The colour red is for passion...and is said to make your heart beat a little faster! Despite being around the same price as the other bubble bars, this one is noticeably smaller than the rest. Normally I can get a good three or four baths out of each bubble bar but I only managed two with this one which was a bit disappointing. It would have been better if it was slightly cheaper or just a bit bigger. This has quite a zingy citrus scent from the lemongrass a long with bergamot, jasmine and ylang ylang. There's a slight powdery-ness to the scent which I don't really like, I think this comes from the rose absolute. Don't let the gold glitter covering this bubble bar put you off it though as you really don't notice it once you crumble it into running water, it just sort of turns into a slight shimmer in the water. I liked that this turned my bath water red but the bubbles didn't last the whole length of my bath. 

Heart Throb Bubble Bar | £3.65 // This has the same fragrance as the African Paradise body conditioner which I actually haven't tried but I do like the scent of. It has quite a subtle scent compared to the others but it's probably my favourite after Unicorn Horn. It's a mix of frangipani, shea butter, vanilla and geranium. Don't let the geranium put you off though as it isn't a strong floral scent, it's relaxing, warming and a bit spicy. 

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar | £3.25 // This is my favourite out of the whole Valentines collection and I really hope Lush make it permanent. The strongest scent is lavender with a hint of neroli which I find so relaxing. This has the same scent as the Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar from the 2014 collection which I loved so happy to sort of have a second. It isn't what I expected just from looking at this bubble bar but I much prefer it to the sickly sweet scent I imagined it would have. 


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12 February 2015

NOTD // Topshop Rising Star

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
Topshop Rising Star // one coat


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10 February 2015

Mini Reviews 032 // Caudalie | Kate Somerville | Reve De Miel | Kiehl's

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Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream | £49 // I got a tiny tube of this with a Feel Unique order and started using it when the eczema around my eyes was particularly bad. Only when I had already fallen in love with the product and wanted to buy the full size did I look at the price. Could I really spend nearly £50 on an eye cream?! Needless to say I did as anything that can make my eczema disappear like this cream did is worth it. Also the tiny 2ml tube I first used lasted me such a long time, only a tiny amount is needed, I knew the full size would last a long time. This is definitely not an eye cream for everyone because of the price but if you've struggled with eczema around your eyes then try and get a sample. I'm only twenty-four and have only been using this for about six months or so, so can't really say how well it works as far as the anti-aging properties go. I have very sensitive skin around my eyes and if I use an eye cream that is too thick and heavy then milia will flare up. I haven’t had any of these problems with this eye cream even using it on a daily basis. I use the tiniest amount possible from the pump so I can imagine this lasting a very long time.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Comfortable Face Cream | £23 // The thing that puts me off liking this moisturiser is the scent. It's a very strong perfumed scent that I think might irritate my skin and eczema. Ignoring that as I know fragrance in products doesn't irritate all skin types, it's a nice moisturiser. It's an ok price, not cheap but compared to others it's pretty reasonable. It's meant to be used as a day cream but I find it's perfect for night time as well as it feels slightly thicker than your average moisturiser. If you have oily skin then you might find this a bit too much but for those with dry skin then this is for you. It feels like it sort of acts as a barrier to the colder weather which certainly helps my skin.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream | $65 // Firstly I love the packaging and how I can easily control how much product I'm using and nothing goes to waste although I find one pump is the perfect amount. The packaging is a lot more hygienic, no fingers in open tubs, although the only downside is you can't easily tell when it's going to run out. Unlike the Nuxe cream, this moisturiser doesn't contain perfume therefore I'd immediately reach for this one out of the two. It feels lighter on the skin so I'd be able to use it all year round but this doesn't mean it isn't as moisturising, far from it. What drew me to this particular cream and not Nourish was because this is designed for dry and sensitive skin as well as scent free. I find it soothes my skin even if I have a couple of eczema flare ups and can be used morning and night. It's quite expensive even when converted into pounds but I prefer to spend more money on skin care than other products. Shipping was also pretty good and if I can remember rightly, my order arrived pretty quickly but it was quite pricey.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate | £36 //  This is one of those products that even though I’ve been using it on and off for about six months, I still haven’t been able to make my mind up about it. I don’t know whether it’s meant to be an oil or a serum or a sort of hybrid of the two therefore I’m never sure which step it is in my skin care routine. I also find it doesn’t sink into my skin easily no matter how little I use so it’s left a little bit greasy feeling. I've heard and read about so many people raving about this and I go back to using it but I just can't find the best way to use it. This is definitely one I've recommend trying a sample of first so you don't regret buying it like I do. I will finish up the bottle but will stick with something like Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair which I know works for my skin.


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09 February 2015

NOTD // Barry M Rose Quartz

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
Barry M Rose Quartz // one coat



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05 February 2015

Project Sample Use Up 028

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MonuSpa Warming Ginger Massage & Body Oil // This has such an amazing ginger scent but I can also smell lemon-grass in it as well which I love. I did find this oil quite hard to apply from the bottle, it really needs a pump but this is only a sample size. It's very liquidy so I tended to pour too much product out at a time, this does make it sink in quickly though which is what I want. I am currently using Caudalies Divine Oil so I don't need to think about buying a new body oil just yet.

Aromatherapy Associates Bath And Shower Oil in Relax Light // I love these mini bottles and bought a set in the sale last Christmas. Relax Light is a mix of lavender and ylang ylang and I really enjoyed using it. If you want a pamper bath and have dry skin then you really need to try these oils out. After I've finished all of the different scents I'm going to pick one and buy the full size of it, so far I'm undecided which one it will be though.

This Works Sleep Balm // I would and already have repurchased this mini pot of heavenly scented balm. I have a hard time getting to sleep and actually staying asleep so anything that helps I'll use. I tend to scoop a little bit out and use it as an overnight hand treatment and then I also get the benefit of the scent as I tend to sleep with my hands near my face. Lavender is one of my favourite scents and I only wished this was available in a bigger pot. I think managed to get this one in a Space NK sale for about £4 which I'm hoping to do again soon.

Dove 60 Second Treatment Shot // I've had one of these before and really liked it. The only downside is that really you can only get one use out of it so it's not exactly cheap. I like to use a deep conditioner or treatment with every wash as I have very dry hair so for me it works out cheaper to buy a proper tub from another brand than to keep on buying these treatment shots for £1.50 each. I would buy it again though as it does make my hair feel very soft.

Montibel-lo The Amber & Argan Oil // This hair oil is a little thicker than the ones I usually use so I found it a bit harder to distribute evenly into my hair. It did help to keep my hair looking and feeling soft as well as keeping fly aways at bay but I'm still working my way through a bottle of Ojons Rare Blend Hair Oil.

Rituals Qi Gong Anti-perspirant Spray // I'm interested in how the stick deodrants work from Rituals but I'm not a huge fan of sprays as more often than not they don't really work. This was ok on an everyday basis but wouldn't work so well if you're exercising or in the summer. The scent was nice but I prefer something more subtle that wont interfere with the perfume I'm wearing.

Havana Shower Gel // I can't even remember where I got this mini shower gel from, probably either a beauty box or a hotel. It has quite a masculine spicy scent which I really like. If it was from a hotel then it's probably not available to buy even if I wanted to.


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04 February 2015

NOTD // NYC Lights Camera Glitter

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
NYC Lights Camera Glitter// one coat


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03 February 2015

Mini Reviews 031 // The Body Shop Coconut

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The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub | £12.50 // | I am a massive fan of coconut scents and this one is amazing. The Body Shop's body scrubs really vary in how abrasive they are and how well they work. There's been a couple, in particular the Chocomania body scrub, that I have really hated. If possible I'd suggest trying them out in store but I tend to make online orders from TBS so can't always do this. The coconut body scrub is one of the good ones though and is abrasive enough to get rid of dry skin without scraping the skin. The formula of this is very creamy and moisturising so a good one if you have dry skin.

The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream | £4 // As this is a shower cream, rather than a gel, it feels a lot more moisturising on the skin and one I tend to reach for during winter. It almost feels like your using a body lotion instead of a shower gel. The only downfall to these shower creams is that they don’t work so well as bubble baths like I use the other TBS shower gels. These also don't lather even with a shower lily but as you rinse it off your skin is left feeling incredibly soft.

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter | £13 // The coconut body butter has a slightly thicker formula than some of the other body butters so it's one I usually save for winter when my skin is at its driest. I will still use it during the summer but I just have to be careful with how much I use so my skin doesn't end up feeling sticky. It almost feels like you've applied a body oil to your skin as it's that moisturising. This also makes a great foot cream or an overnight hand treatment.


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02 February 2015

NOTD // WIP Festival

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // one coat
WIP Festival// one coat


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01 February 2015

Diptyque Figuier Candle

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Diptyque Figuier Candle | £20 or £40

I like candles and love how the scent can fill a room and change the atmosphere but I wouldn't call myself candle obsessed, not yet anyway. This is why I have only just bought my first Diptyque candle after years of seeing them on blogs and instagram. I just couldn't get my head around the idea of spending £40 on a candle. I would happily pay £40 for a perfume or a skin care product but for some reason that figure stops me from wanting to spend it on a candle. June came around last year and I was asked what I wanted for my Birthday by family. Unsure of what I really wanted I asked for a Space NK voucher and because it technically wasn't my money, I decided to try one of the candles along with a couple of other things I didn't really want to spend my own money on.

I already owned Diptyque Philosykos perfume so I knew pretty much how this was going to smell and that I would like it. I love fig scented products, I have various perfumes and bath and body products with the scent, and the Diptyque offerings are some of my favourites. To me, Figuier is more of a spring and summer scent and I still find it a bit odd to light a candle during these seasons even though I do, it doesn't have the musky deep notes I prefer in the winter.
"The warmth of fig wood, the freshness of fig leaves and light milky sap all blend to create a scented candle that is a glorious ode to the fig tree."
There is a hint of darkness in the background of the scent but when burning the candle it is the fig that is the dominant scent. Even when it's unlit, I can smell it when I walk into my room and once it's lit the scent flows into the rest of the house. It isn't headache inducing strong though like some other candles I've tried have been. As this is such an expensive candle I wanted it to burn cleanly and properly so I kept it lit for a couple of hours the first time. Each time I lit it after that I made sure the wick wasn't too long and so far so good, it's pretty much clean where it's burned away.

Now don't get me started on the pretty much perfect packaging. I cannot wait to finish the candle, although I am dragging it on and only lighting it occasionally, so I can re-use the jar and have it sitting on my dressing table looking pretty. This is definitely not the reason I bought it but it is a nice bonus!



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