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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…

NOTD // Orly Rage

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat Orly Rage// two coats CND Speedey Top Coat

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Skin Care Diary // February 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. 

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 thin…

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 ca…

NOTD // Orly Androgynie

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats Orly Androgynie// two coats CND Speedey Top Coat
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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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 …

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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NOTD // Models Own Snowflakes

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

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My Little Frenchie Box // February 2015

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


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NOTD // Revlon Facets Of Fuchsia

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats Revlon Facets Of Fuchsia// one coat CND Speedey Top Coat


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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 …

NOTD // Topshop Rising Star

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

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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 w…

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 CND Speedey Top Coat


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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 …

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 CND Speedey Top Coat

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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 sho…

NOTD // WIP Festival

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // one coat WIP Festival// one coat CND Speedey Top Coat

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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…