31 March 2015

Favourites // March 2015

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Thierry Mugler Alien Perfume | £49.50 for 30ml, £62 for 40ml or £66.50 for 60ml // I ran out of the Extraordinaire version at the start of the month and since I've put myself on a spending ban of sorts and can't repurchase just yet I thought I'd start using the original version of Alien. I much prefer the Extraordinaire version but I still like the original. I bought this a while ago along with Angel but then Extraordinaire arrived in the post and I put this to the back of my cupboard. It's a rich floral and woody fragrance containing jasmine sambac, cashmeran wood and white. It's one that the majority of people know what it is without evening asking and I find it lasts a really long time on my skin, I can still smell it after I finish work which is always a bonus.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero | £15/50 // This is my usual go to black and brown eyeliner but I haven't reached for in a good three or four months. I've been preferring just a wash of eyeshadow and lots of mascara for everyday but I've enjoyed smudging a bit of eyeliner along my lash line especially if I'm going out after work and haven't got time to go home first. It's really quick and simple but takes a day look into night. Surprisingly I'm still using the one I got my the first Naked palette years ago but I'll definitely be buying the full size when I need to. It's easy to smudge out before it sets into place and is creamy enough that it doesn't drag the skin. It also doesn't irritate my eyes if I apply it to the waterline. The brown is a really nice shade, not too red toned, but it's the black I've been using this month.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly | £22 // This is another product that has served me well this month for when going out after work. I don't wear a base on a daily basis and even when going out I more often than not reach for concealer instead of foundation. I find foundation, even tinted moisturisers, irritate my eczema and I hate the heavy feeling they leave on my skin. I feel like I just want to scratch it all off. I don't get this with this concealer though and I find the shade match perfect for my skin tone which is quite rare. I can use this under my eyes as well as to conceal spots and redness so it's the only one I really need.

Original Source Shower Gels Pineapple & Coconut Oil, Watermelon & Jojoba Oil, Blackcurrent & Moringa Oil and Peach & Apricot Oil | £2.70 // I've always loved Original Source shower gels but it's these four in particular that I've fallen in love with. All the scents are amazing, my favourites are the watermelon and pineapple though. They're moisturising thanks to the added oils which is perfect for my dry skin and the scents linger on the skin. After a quick look on the OS website I've spotted some new shower gels and body scrubs that are on my list to try, the licorice bod scrub in particular.


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30 March 2015

NOTD // Orly Gumdrop

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


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29 March 2015

The Spring Edit | 2015

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Although I am definitely more of an autumn and winter person in terms of the weather, I'm all for the cold and snow, but there is just something about spring that I love. It brings in my favourite flowers, tulips, as well as mini eggs and lighter fragrances. I also love spring cleaning as it gives me a chance to look through all my beauty products and discover any that I've forgotten about. When I bought a couple of things from The Body Shops vineyard peach collection a few months ago I put them to the back of my beauty cupboard as it isn't a winter scent. Now though is the perfect time to use them and they smell good enough to eat. The body scrub isn't the most abrasive but it works good enough and it's nice to use it alongside the shower gel. These are currently in the sale so if you've been thinking of buying them, now's the time! The shower gel isn't available anymore but the body scrub and body butter are. Another spring essential for me is the Lush Comforter Bubble Bar. I can get six baths out of this so it works out cheaper than others. The incredibly sweet blackberry scent is amazing and one I always go back to.

A quick trip into Boots and over to the Barry M stand I saw some Gelly Nail Polish shades I hadn't seen before. An offer of two for £7 was all I needed to add all four to my basket. Dragon Fruit is a lovely pastel pink that's slightly brighter than normal and has silver shimmer running through it. I haven't seen shimmer in any of the Gelly polishes before so it makes a nice change. You definitely need a base coat under Pomegranate, the berry shade, and Satsuma, the bright orange, as they have a tendency to stain. They have an almost perfect formula though and are opaque in one thick coat or two thinner ones. I added Huckleberry to my basket even though I wasn't certain if I had it in my collection already. That's definitely a sign you have too many nail polishes if you can't remember if you have it or not. Luckily I didn't and I've been wearing this pastel blue a lot this past month.

Now let's move onto scents, both perfume and candles. I used to wear Marc Jacobs Daisy in the spring months but this time around I've switched to Daisy Dream. Daisy will always be a favourite but this version smells completely different.The notes are blackberry, grapefruit, pear, jasmine, lychee, blue wisteria, white woods, musk and coconut water. It reminds me of YSL Parisienne. Although it does seem slightly odd to have a candle burning in the spring and summer months, I still want my room to smell nice so I've gone for a much lighter scent compared to my usual spicy sandalwood scents. Life NK Tomato & Rhubarb Candle has such a unique scent. The two scents go so well together although I never would have put them together. I imagine it smells similar to Jo Malone's Green Tomato Leaf Candle but at a fraction of the price, especially as it's on sale at the moment.

Make-up wise there isn't too much I'm changing apart from a few new additions. The mascara I was using had dried out so I'm currently using L'Oreal Falsh Lash Telescopic. I loved the now discontinued Telescopic so I thought I'd love this one just as much. Despite using it for the past few weeks I'm still not 100% sold on it. There are days when I love how my lashes look when I use it but others when it just doesn't seem to work as well. On the good days it makes my lashes look longer, more defined and holds a curl well. My eyebrows have gone a bit wild recently and the only thing that seems to tame them is the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. It keeps them in place without feeling crispy and the small brush makes it easy to apply.



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26 March 2015

NOTD // OPI Metallic 4 Life

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Metallic 4 Life// two coats

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24 March 2015

Mini Reviews 036 // Living Proof | Bumble And Bumble | Macadamia

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Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream | £21 // This mini tub was a Space NK birthday gift a year ago when Living Proof was a fairly new brand, at least to me. I sort of used this as my leave-in conditioner step of my hair routine and it did help with keeping my hair looking soft. It didn't really help to reduce frizz like others do so I wouldn't rely on this product as that step. I'd say skip this and save your money.

Bumble And Bumble Surf Spray | £21.50 // I really like salt sprays as I have naturally curly/wavy hair so these enhance the curls even more. First of all I love the bottle look and design as well as the fragrance. As far as the product goes, I have to be a bit more careful of how much I spray into my hair with this one which I haven't had to do yet with other salt sprays. I guess it's good that I'm able to use less product but still get the same effect but there's been a couple of times, especially when I first got it, that my hair has felt very sticky as I've sprayed too much into it. What I tend to do is on towel dried hair, after applying a little bit of leave-in conditioner, is spray this all over, scrunch my hair a bit and then form a part and sort of shape my hair to how I want it to dry. I've had this mini bottle for a while now and it's still no where near empty which is good for the price.

Bumble And Bumble Texture Hair (un)dressing Creme | £22.50 // I feel like this product works best on shorter hair styles which is a shame as I really wanted to like it but I currently have very long hair. I find it quite hard to distribute it evenly throughout my hair which means it clumps together in parts and is a bit sticky. I feel like it's a cream version of a salt spray that looks amazing when used on curls to mess them up a bit and give a bit of texture. I'm glad I only bought the mini tube and will be keeping it in case I ever cut my hair shorter. I keep on going backwards and forwards between cutting my hair short or keeping it long at the moment!

Macadamia Healing Oil Spray | £13.40 // I really liked the idea of this oil spray but the practicality of it doesn't really work. I find that when I spray it into my hair the floor ends up a bit oily as well as not really coating my hair equally and I'm left with greasy looking hair. The easiest way to apply this is to spray it into my hands and then work it into my hair from there. I sort of feel like this defeats the whole purpose of it although the oil itself is pretty good at keeping my hair feeling soft and looking healthy. Now I've tried it, I probably wouldn't get it again and instead carry on with using the Ojon Rare Blend Oil.


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23 March 2015

NOTD // Orly High On Hope

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Orly High On Hope// two coats


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20 March 2015

Project Sample Use Up 029

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Sun Sense Daily Face SPF 50 Invisible Tint Finish // Surpsiringly the tint of this wasn't too dark for my pale skin and I was actually able to use it which isn't usually the case for a lot of tinted products. I also like that it is factor 50 but is something I'd only really use in the summer.

Noble Isle Willow Song Shower Gel // I've had a couple of these mini bottles of shower gel before from Noble Isle and I always enjoy using them. If I remember correctly, it's quite an expensive shower gel and one I probably wont ever buy but all the different scents are lovely.

Benefit They're Real! Mascara // I've been through a couple of these mini tubes of this mascara from various beauty boxes and as magazine freebies. I do really like the formula and the brush, it adds volume and length without clumping. I would buy the full size although it does seem to dry out quite quickly.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser x3  // I used three tubes of this cleanser one after the other which I think nearly equals the full size. This is one of my favourite all time cleansers and one I'd recommend everyone to try at least once. I will always have a bottle or tube of this in my skin care collection as I know I can rely on it if my skin is acting up.

Weleda Skin Food // This is another product I will always have in my collection. If you suffer with very dry skin and/or eczema especially on your face then you need to try this. It smells amazing, sort of reminds me of chocolate, and is a very thick cream almost balm like in texture. You only need a small amount and it gets rid of dry patches straight away. I've already gone out and bought another tube.

Vichy Idealia Life Serum x3 // Somehow I managed to collect three of these mini tubes of serum so I was able to properly try it out and get quite a few uses out of it and I now own the full size. It you have days when you skin looks quite dull or even, like me, you have very dry skin and you want an illuminating under make-up then this is for you.

Aromatherapy Associates Bath Oil in Inner Strength and Support Equilibrium // I love these mini bath oils as they're the perfect way to test out all the different scents before buying a full size. I still haven't quite decided which scent I will buy but this is definitely my favourite bath oil I've tried so far.

Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment x2 // These  nearly add up the full size I think so although I already have the full size, they would have been a great way to try it without buying the full size. These larger sample sizes are often on offer on the Origins website if you buy certain products or spend a certain amount. If you suffer with breakouts then you need to try this as it really does make a difference to my skin. I use it in place of a serum and only as and when I need it although I would use it daily if my skin was particularly bad. I also really like the other products in the Make A Difference range.

balance Me Moisture-Rich Face Cream // This has been nice to use in the winter when I needed a thicker moisturiser. I really like balance me products and I would think about buying the full size when I finish what I'm currently using.
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Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Serum // These mini serum bottles from Caudalie are so cute! The pipette means I can control how much product I'm using and it applies like a dream. I am thinking of buying the full size once I finish my current serum.

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner // I really like Philip Kingsley conditioners, they feel light and don't weigh the hair down but they are still incredibly moisturising.

Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel // I was pleased to see this travel size come up on Latest In Beauty as it has the same scent as the bath oil that I have from Rituals and I always like to use matching scents. I love these types of shower gels that start off as a gel and then turn into a really nice lather that works great as a shaving gel. I will be buying the full size at some point as I still have quite a lot of the bath oil let.

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Bath & Shower Oil // I love these mini bath oils from Aromatherapy Associates and I'm slowly working my way through all the different scents. Once I finish them all I'm going to buy a full size but I can't make my mind up on which one. Revive is a mix of grapefruit, rosemary and juniper.

balance Me Super Toning Body Wash // I've already been through the full size of this shower gel and really like it. It smells nice and is also quite moisturising.

L'Occitane Immortal Cream // Now this mini jar of cream is tiny! I didn't get many uses out of it to properly test it out but it worked nice enough.

Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment // I already have the full size of this and it's one of my skin care staples when my skin is acting up with breakouts. It helps to even out my skin without stripping or drying my skin out. I will definitely be buying another tub once I run out.


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19 March 2015

NOTD // OPI Save Me

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
OPI Save Me// one coat

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18 March 2015

Lipsy Glam

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Lipsy Glam | £18 for 30ml

I first tried a sample of this perfume in a beauty box and it instantly reminded me of another perfume but I can't for the life of me think what it is. I don't have it in my current collection anyway. It smelt a lot more expensive than it was and I used my Birchbox points to buy the full size. Glam has evolved from the previous fragrance Love, with it's updated heart shaped black-jewelled bottle. The packaging isn't my favourite and it isn't the best quality but for some perfumes, especially cheaper ones, I can look past this. It's a good one to keep in your bag for top ups as it's fairly small and light.

I like the scent as soon as it's sprayed but it's the scent once it's dry that I really like. The notes are honey, orchid, jasmine, peony and amarylis and black incense. The jasmine and peony are the two strongest scents I can detect and they become more prominent as time goes on. Since it is quite a strong deep floral scent it's one I prefer to wear in the winter months.

What's your current go to scent?

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17 March 2015

Mini Reviews 035 // Kiehl's | Bioderma

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Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado | £20 for 14g or £33 for 28g // I have mixed feelings about this eye cream. First of all I bought the larger size as the smaller pot was out of stock and I was in desperate need of something incredibly moisturising after an allergic reaction to a different product left my skin flaking and my eczema flared up. Such a small amount of product is needed that I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this tub before it goes off as it isn't a product that I use on a daily basis. I have very sensitive skin, especially around my eyes, so this eye cream is too thick and heavy to be used on a daily basis for me as milia tend to flare up if I do. Instead for me this is more of an eye treatment and quite an expensive one at that especially if I'm not able to use up all of the product. I also don’t like how this applies and sometimes it can feel like it’s just sitting on the skin instead of sinking in, therefore I tend to use this at night. When you apply a layer of this, the cream almost turns into a liquid and feels quite watery which feels a bit odd on the skin and almost like it isn't able to absorb into the skin. It did work wonders on the allergic reaction I had but since then the skin around my eyes hasn't been dry so I haven’t needed to use this and it’s just been sitting in my cupboard. If you can, I’d recommend getting a sample of this before buying the full size so you can properly test it out yourself. I wish I had done this as I would have saved myself a few pennies and the sample size probably would have been the perfect size for the amount of time I used this.

Bioderma Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution | £9.99 // I love the Sensibio Micellar water from Bioderma (pink lid) but I thought I'd try the Hydrabio version just to see how it compares. This version is designed for those with sensitive and dehydrated skin which describes my own skin although the Sensibio version works fine with my skin type as well. I don't use a micellar water as a cleanser nor do I use it to remove a full face of make-up on a daily basis because I just don't wear it. What I do use it for, without fail, on a daily basis is to remove mascara which is usually all I'm wearing. Therefore I can only really comment on how this works as an eye make-up remover. I never though I'd say this, but this actually removes eye make-up better than Sensibio. I pour some onto a cotton pad, only a little is needed, and then hold it against my eye lid for only a couple of seconds and make-up just melts away. I also don't need to rub or wipe at my eye because it's all gone. This means less product is needed and for the same price, this bottle will last longer. It also works amazingly well at removing stubborn eye liner or waterproof mascara. I have pretty sensitive eyes and this doesn't irritate them at all. Although I'm still loving the Garnier equivalent, I'll be reaching for this one in the future if I fancy a change and buying a bottle of Bioderma.


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16 March 2015

NOTD // Orly Miss Conduct

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Orly Miss Conduct// two coats


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15 March 2015

Shopping // Lush Mothers Day

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Yummy Mummy Body Conditioner | £19.95 // The body conditioners are one of my favourite products from Lush as I have very dry eczema prone skin but I hate applying body lotion. This keeps my skin moisturised but I don't have to wait around for anything to sink in before putting clothes on. You simply rub a small amount into your skin just as you're about to get out of the bath or shower and rinse away. It leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth. Some of the other body conditioners leave a slight, and I mean only slight, greasy feeling to your skin but this feels lighter somehow but just as moisturising. It's packed full of blended fresh strawberry juice, cocoa butter, geranium, almond oil, orange oil and tonka absolute. The scent is lovely, very similar to the Yummy Mummy Shower Gel but has a hint of strawberry which the shower gel doesn't. It's a very sweet scent and would work really nicely with Think Pink Bath Bomb.

Yummy Mummy Shower Gel | £4.75 for 100g, £9.50 for 250g or £15.95 for 500g // As I've already mentioned this has a very similar scent to the body conditioner, a mix of geranium, orange and tonka. Despite this one not containing strawberry, it smells more fruity to me and less musky than the body conditioner. I love the purple colour and there is silver shimmer in there although it does tend to sink to the bottom.

Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb | £3.50 // This is one of the plainer looking bath bombs that Lush offers but it's what's inside that counts. Once this hits the water, rose petals start to appear and the whole room is filled with the floral fragrance as well as the water turning pink. Instead of fizzing away, it sort of foams and creates a layer of bubbles on top of the water. This smells very similar to the Rose Bubble Bar and would work as a good bath cocktail if you wanted to mix the two.

Secret Garden Bath Bomb | £2.95 // This is one of the few products from the Mothers Day collection that I've actually already tried before. I think this was part of last years collection or even the year before. It has a very strong floral scent which you'd expect given the name and although I'm usually not a fan of these type of scents, I actually really like it. The notes are rose, marigold, gardenia, orange and rosewood. It's quite a small bath bomb compared to others so it's good to see the price slightly cheaper than normal. Once it has fizzed away your water will be filled with delicate rose petals and it'll turn a light green.

Bubblegrub Bubbleroon | £2.95 // Such a cute looking bubble bar that I almost didn't want to crumble it up! This has a pretty unique scent and doesn't smell similar to any other Lush products I've tried.It's a mix of shea butter, vetivert, tonka, sandalwood and gardenia. It isn't often Lush use sandalwood, my favourite scent, in their bath products so I think I'll have to stock up on this one.

Mother Superior Bubble Bar | £3.75 // How this bubble bar looks really does vary as the one I bought my mum looks nothing like mine! We're just going to crumble it into a bath anyway so I guess they don't have to look perfect. I really like the lemon and orange scent this has with a hint of mimosa and jasmine which isn't too overpowering. This is a decent sized bubble bar and the price is pretty normal. I think I could get maybe four baths out of this one.

Ultraviolet Bubble Bar | £4.75 // This was sold out for quite a while and it wasn't in my local shop so I bought this separate from everything else when I made an Easter collection order. It's a similar size to The Comforter so I imagine I'll be able to get a good four or five baths out of it, maybe even six. I wanted to smell this before buying it as I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not but luckily I do. It was the mix of jasmine, ylang ylang and gardenia that had me a bit worried about the scent but it's actually really nice. How your water looks really depends on which part of the bubble bar you use but all of it creates really nice long lasting bubbles with a hint of silver shimmer.

Rose Bubble Bar | £2.95 // This is another one that I've had before. It's a tiny bubble bar and I do think the price is a bit too high for it. If I was you, I'd go into store and try and find the biggest one so you get a bit more for your money. I ordered mine online so I just go what I was given. As you can imagine, this is straight up rose scented with a hint of lemon, orange and cocoa butter which not only adds to the fragrance, it also makes it incredibly moisturising. This doesn't turn your water a fancy colour, is just creates a lot of bubbles. Unlike most bubble bars, I was only able to get one bath out of this which does make it one of the more expensive bubble bars. Normally I like to break them up into three or four pieces.


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14 March 2015

Week In Photos 221 - 223

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13 March 2015

My Little Superbox | March 2015

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Superstickers // My Little World magazine // I Believe I Can Fly t-shirt // Kerastase Cristalliste Luminous Perfecting Conditioner // My Little Beauty Lips & Cheeks // Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream.

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

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12 March 2015

NOTD // Mavala Orion

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
Mavala Orion// one coat



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11 March 2015

Brand Overview // First Aid Beauty

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Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay | £18 // I have to be honest and say that I did have a bit of buyer's remorse with this cleanser as it's the type that I know I shouldn't really use on my dry skin but I really wanted to try it. It's probably the fact that the colour of this cleanser is red and it's a bit different that drew me to it and most importantly, Estée raved about it. It is a gel cleanser but one that doesn't feel like it's stripping your skin of all it's moisture but it does lather. It sort of looks and feels a bit like I'm applying strawberry sauce onto my face that I used to have when I was a child. I have dry skin so it's not a cleanser I use on a daily basis, instead it's what I reach for when I just feel like my face needs a deep clean and only a gel cleanser will do this. I find this particuarly good at keeping my pores unclogged and blackheads at bay. I still apply this like I do with a balm, I massage it onto dry skin and remove with a flannel or muslin cloth to make sure I take it all off. I also like to use this with my clarisonic as you really don't want to try using a balm. If you have normal or oily skin this could work better for you but for me, I should have ignored the I need to try everything thought and stuck with what I know. Lesson learnt.

Face Cleanser | £14 // This is another cleanser that isn't particularly suited for my skin type but it was included in the FAB Faves To Go Kit. It doesn't have the traditional gel cleanser consistency like the deep cleanser does. Instead it feels creamy and whipped, you'll know what I mean if you've tried this. Again I apply this to dry skin and it sort of feels like it turns into a milk cleanser and doesn't feel foam or lather. It says it's good at removing make-up but I personally prefer to use a micellar water or balm cleanser to completely remove make-up. I feel like this doesn't break down the make-up enough and you'd have to cleanse twice. It doesn't contain synthetic fragrance and feels gentle enough for my sensitive skin. Once removed with a flannel or muslin cloth my skin is left feel clean and soft but doesn't feel tight or dry. This is another one that pairs well with a clarisonic. Plus you really can't beat the prices of FAB products, considering the quality of the products, the prices are pretty cheap.

Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask | £17.50 // Oats are good for treating eczema and I often have oat baths if I have a bad flare up. I guess I could have created my own recipe for a oat face mask but I thought I'd try this one from FAB and avoid all of the hassle. This quickly became one of my favourite face masks and I'm now onto my second tube. If you have irritated skin that goes quite red, regardless if you have eczema or not, then you really need to try this. It looks and feels like you're applying thick porridge onto your face but trust me, once you take it off, your skin will feel amazing. The oat particles also act as a mild exfoliant while you apply the mask similarly to the balance Me Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm. Not only does this help to calm my skin, it also moisturisers dry patches which helps to stop my eczema flaring up. It's fragrance free which I'm finding quite rare when it comes to face masks, at least the ones I have anyway, and it's gentle enough that I can use it several times a week if I feel like my skin needs it. It looks like quite a small tube when you get it but it really does last a long time as you only need a small amount.

Facial Radiance Pads | £20.50 // I have wanted to try an acid toner ever since Liquid Gold became popular but knowing how sensitive my skin is I never took the risk to try one. When Caroline Hirons posted a review of these Facial Radiance Pads saying they are fairly gentle so a good choice for sensitive skins I knew I had to try them. I bought the FAB Faves To Go Kit which includes a smaller tub of the pads along with the Ultra Repair Cream and Face Cleanser, a good way to try all three without buying full sizes. The mini tub contains twenty-eight pads so enough to properly try them out and see if they work well with your skin. Since my skin is sensitive I use these once or twice a week, depending on how my skin looks and is acting. After I've cleansed I swipe a pad all over my face, turn over and repeat and then I follow up with a hydrating toner, at the moment I'm using REN Tonic Moisture Mist. They make my skin feel smoother and more even and helps to reduce spots better than some spot treatments do. I always notice a difference in my skin when I stop using these and I think that's the key to a good product. Skip the blemish pads and stick with these.

Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery | £28 // Think of this as aftershave for your skin, you pour it into your hands and pat it into your skin. It takes a while to learn how much product to use and the best way to apply it, I don't think the packaging particularly helps this and could be changed for the better. A spray bottle or pump might work better. I use this as my hydrating toner part of my skin care routine so after cleansing but before serum and on days I don't use an acid toner. It hydrates the skin as well as retains moisture, reduces redness and keeps skin feeling and looking calmer and less irritated. This is another product that contains oat extracts so it really does help to soothe the skin. It's a unique product and one I haven't really seen from any other brand.

Ultra Repair Cream | £9 // This was the first product I ever tried from FAB and it quickly became one of my favourites. If you want a no fuss cream that is going to keep your skin moisturised without fragrance or anything that is going to further irritate your skin, especially if you have eczema like me, then this is the cream for you. It comes in a variety of sizes but I find the tube the easiest and handiest as I can keep it in my bedside table drawer or take it away with me. I will eventually buy the large tub but I'll always have one of these tubes hanging around.I haven't tried this on my face, I've only used it as a body moisturiser, but I have heard it works pretty well for others. I feel like it would be slightly too heavy for my skin that is dry but can get clogged up quite easily if I use heavy products. This is another one that doesn't contain synthetic fragrance which is one ingredient in skin care I am trying to cut out as much as I can especially when it comes to product that I'm not washing away like moisturisers.

Daily Face Cream | £15 // This isn't in the photograph as I bought it after it was took and I liked the photo. Despite the weather somewhat improving, I'm still struggling with light for taking blog photos. I bought this as I wanted a fuss free moisturiser that simply moisturised my skin. I wanted something fragrance free and wouldn't irritate my eczema. Enter this: the daily face cream. It was a toss up between this and the Ultra Repair Face Moisturiser but this one had a smaller ingredients list which I thought would be better for my sensitive skin. I'll probably try the latter at some point though. Sometimes I need a heavier night moisturiser especially in the winter but this is perfect for during the day and I'm guessing for in the summer when my skin is less dry. The pump locks into place so the minimal packaging, as with all FAB products, is perfect for travel although I do usually need two pumps for my whole face and neck. It sinks into the skin without any effort and again, is fragrance free. Noticing a theme here with FAB? It's a brand I want to try all products from and can't wait for the over night mask to become available in the UK.


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10 March 2015

Mini Reviews 034 // Pai | Nivea | Korres | NSPA

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Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream | £22 // Pai is a brand I want to try more products from so I started off with the hand and body creams. Calendula is something I try and find in my skin and body care as I know it agrees with my skin. This cream really reminds me of the Weleda Calenulda Body Cream but a slightly lighter version meaning I can use it all year round as it isn't heavy feeling on the skin. I don't know if I got a faulty bottle but the pump doesn't really work very well. It works enough to be able to use the product up the end but with ease.

Nivea Soft | £4.28 // This tub brings back so many memories of being a teenager as it's one of the few products I can vividly remember using apart from Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Just the scent a lone brings back memories. The cream itself is really nice and I love the simple packaging.

Korres Fig Shower Gel | £8 // This is probably my all-time favourite shower gel and I’ve been through countless bottles. The scent alone brings back so many summer memories and it’s a nice one to use in the winter when it’s cold and dark outside. It has the typical fig scent but also it reminds me of sun tan lotion. The shower gel itself is a dream to use as it feels very moisturising on the skin and lathers nicely. These shower gels are often found buy one get one free so I tend to stock up a bit when I run out.

NSPA Vanilla Shower Gel | £4 // I’m a huge fan of these shower gels from NSPA and have probably tried all of the different scents available over the years. They’re cheap and usually on offer in Asda so I can just pick them up while doing my weekly food shop. There’s also a lot of different scents to choose from so you’re bound to find one, or five, that you like. I’m not a huge fan of vanilla scented products unless it’s combined with another fragrance but I like this one. It’s vanilla but not too sickly sweet. These shower gels also make great bubble baths and it doesn’t feel like you’re wasting a lot of product as they’re so cheap.


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09 March 2015

NOTD // Orly Rock It

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Orly Rock It// two coats


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08 March 2015

Lifestyle Favourites 003

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It's that time again to share a few of my non beauty favourites. I have lost count of the number of times I've watched The Vow so I knew it was time to actually buy a physical copy. Even though I could probably re-enact the film scene by scene, I never tire of watching it and if I'm in the mood for a light hearted feel good film despite the sad parts, this is the one I go for. I really like Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum isn't so bad to look at!

My bedroom is pretty plain as far as colour goes, my walls are white with one grey feature wall so I like to add bits of colour with accessories and textiles. This is where I go a bit crazy with blankets and throws. Despite not needing any more, I couldn't help myself buying another one when I saw this striped blanket from Soho Living in TKMaxx. It's still pretty muted colours but pulls in the peach and blue of my mirror and grey of the wall and arm chair nicely. It's currently at the end of my bed and goes nicely with my H&M grey knit throw.

On the same trip to TKMaxx I picked up another mug to add to my collection along with a few flavoured coffees. This is probably the plainest mug I've bought to date but there's just something about drinking out of a tin mug that reminds me of camping when I was a teenager. Since Christmas I think I have become a coffee addict. I've been making a cup a day and really enjoy taking the time out in the mornings to sit and drink it while catching up on my bloglovin list. It's my little bit of me time before I head off for work. My current flavour of choice is amaretto almond from Beanies which tastes just as amazing as you think it does. I also bought candy cane flavoured coffee which doesn't taste of anything but coffee, disappointing, and hazelnut which I am yet to open.

What's your non-beauty favourite?


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06 March 2015

The Random Purchase To Avoid Paying Postage

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If you read my The Back Up // Toner post then you'll know I recently made an Space NK order. I had £5 worth of NDuldge points that were expiring and I had to use them by a certain date. I may have also ordered another cleanser that I didn't really need, I still have a couple more to finish off, but that's for another post. The two items I wanted meant I was only £3 away from free delivery since they upped the total to £60. There was no way I wanted to pay £5 for postage but neither did I want to spend a further £20 on something else. After a quick browse of the sale I spotted this from Life Nk, a brand I don't really know much about, but is by the founder of SpaceNK, Nicky Kinnaird.

I wasn't expecting much from it but I was happy to pay the £4.50 for it and get free delivery. After the first use though I knew I found an alternative to Mio Liquid Yoga which I have just ran out of and since I am trying to finish all the products I currently have, I have not repurchased it. At the full price, there isn't really much difference between this and Liquid Yoga but for the sale price, it really is a bargain.

The consistency of this looks more like a shower gel whereas liquid yoga is more like a runny oil. This is packed full of Dead Sea salts along with eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, rosemary and armoise. You simply need a cap-full poured into running water to completely unwind and relax. This is the perfect pick me up mid-week or for a long soak with a good book at the weekend. The two are extremely similar. The Mio bath soak may be made up of better ingredients but at the rate I use it. it does work out quite expensive.

Despite being on a spending ban of sorts, I might need to stock up on a couple of bottles while it's still on sale. It's going to save me some money in the long run by not spending £26 on Liquid Yoga. At least that's what I'm trying to tell myself!


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05 March 2015

NOTD // Orly Peaceful Opposition

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat


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04 March 2015

The Back Up // Toner

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I'm currently working my way through and using up all the products in my beauty cupboard before buying anything new. At some point I will run out of a certain category and therefore will be able to either repurchase or try a new product.The time has come and I am currently using up my last bottle of toner which is Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Not wanting to finish the bottle and have to wait a week or so for another to arrive in the post I decided to take advantage of having £5 worth of Space NK points and make an order early.

Since I'm not really allowing myself to buy anything new, I've been making lists upon lists of products I would like to try at some point especially after reading through Caroline Hirons blog from start to finish. I've got a list of cleansers and moisturisers I want to try that will keep me going for the next couple of years. I'm also trying to avoid buying skin care products that contain synthetic fragrance as this irritates my skin. Not all brands list their full ingredients on their websites so I went with a toner from the list that I knew didn't contain perfume. The toner is from Jurlique, a brand I haven't tried any products from so far, and is the Calendula Redness Rescue Calming Mist | £29. Calendula is one of the few ingredients I know works really well with my sensitive eczema prone skin so I tend to gravitate towards it. I also chose this one over the Rose Mist as it doesn't contain alcohol.
Helps to comfort skin and restore skin's natural defences. It also helps to restore moisture and skin clarity, while the aroma of fresh cucumber and chamomile uplifts the senses. Skin feels hydrated, refreshed and comforted.
It comes in a glass bottle which I nearly smashed when taking it out of the cardboard packaging. It does mean it isn't great for travel but I usually decant my skin care products when going on holiday anyway so this isn't too much of a problem. I'm sure I'll report back with a full review once I've tried it properly.


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03 March 2015

Mini Reviews 033 // Ojon | Phyto | Oribe

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Ojon Damage Reverse Conditioner | £23 // I was expecting a lot more from this conditioner and was a bit disappointed in it. If I remember correctly I got this for free along with the shampoo as I took an empty shampoo bottle back in to Boots. I’d probably be even more disappointed if I had have paid the full price. For me conditioner is the one hair product that I don’t tend to spend a lot of money on so to even think of spending £23 on a conditioner, not a treatment or deep conditioner, then it would have to be amazing. Think Philip Kingsley Elasticizer amazing. This is not. It is a good conditioner, it left my hair feeling soft and I didn’t have to use a lot of product but I can get that from a conditioner that costs £5.

Phyto Phytoprogenium Shampoo | £12.50 // I've always loved the look of Pyhto shampoos and the metal bottle but in reality they just don't really work. I've had a couple of the lids break on me after only opening once or twice and I find it hard to control how much product I'm using thanks to the useless opening. Ignoring that though and onto the product which is the most important thing. This is an intelligent frequent use shampoo so the more you use it, the more your scalp is protect leading to your hair being in a better condition. Does this actually work? After using the majority of the shampoo I have to say no more than standard shampoo does. My hair always feels clean after using it as well as feeling pretty soft but nothing that stands out or can pin point to this shampoo a lone.

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray | £19 // I bought this thinking it would combat frizz and fly aways caused by the weather, I didn't know it was actually more of a hair spray. If I had known this I don't think I would have paid £19 for it as my cheaper hair spray does pretty much the same thing. It does work at keeping my hair put and in the summer months or if it's raining my hair doesn't frizz up as much but is it really worth £19? I have to say probably not and I don't think I'd pay £37 for the full size.

Oribe Dry Texturising Spray | £19 // This is one of those products that, sadly, isn’t worth the hype in my opinion. I can imagine this being amazing for those with shoulder length or shorter hair but for me with very long hair it just didn’t work. I applied it as directed and as seen by others after I curled my hair and I was left with volume that didn’t last very long and what felt like a whole can of dry shampoo on my scalp. No matter how little I applied, even just one spray, all I could feel was powder and my hair didn’t look any better either. I’m not planning on cutting my hair short any time soon so I feel like I wasted the £19 this mini can cost.


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02 March 2015

NOTD // Orly Rococo A Go Go

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Orly Rococo A Go Go// two coats


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01 March 2015

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

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Ever since this was released last summer I knew it was a perfume I needed to add to my collection. I am a huge fan of the original Daisy perfume and have been through several bottles of it over the years. I love all of the different bottle designs but I think this one has to be my favourite. It still has the iconic daisies scattered over the lid and top of the bottle but I feel like it's a more grown up version. The blue toned liquid and mixed metal pulls it all together so well.

When I first sprayed this perfume I was surprised at how different it is to the original. It has a lighter fruity floral scent with a hint of musk in the background. The notes are blackberry, grapefruit, pear, jasmine, lychee, blue wisteria, white woods, musk and coconut water. I prefer to wear Daisy in the spring and summer months but the musk notes in Daisy Dream mean it's a scent I'll wear all year round.

This perfume reminds me of YSL Parisienne which is an old favourite of mine and another one I've been through several bottles of. Although the notes of both perfumes are quite different, I think it's the blackberry and musk which make it similar.

While this is an eau de toilette, the scent lasts a really long time. It's one that I can still smell after an eight hour shift at work. I'm still hopeful it'll be released as an eau de parfum but for now I'm happy with the longevity.

Have you tried this perfume?


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