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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 eyeshado…

NOTD // Orly Gumdrop

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

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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 Lu…

NOTD // OPI Metallic 4 Life

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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 ver…

NOTD // Orly High On Hope

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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 cleanse…

NOTD // OPI Save Me

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats OPI Save Me// one coat CND Speedey Top Coat
Did It On Em | Fly | Metalic 4 Life | Pink Friday | Save Me.

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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…

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…

NOTD // Orly Miss Conduct

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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 1…

Week In Photos 221 - 223

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New Lush products have arrived // + something from the Lush Kitchen // Spring = new pj's // Loving clothes with collars // Trying to grow a money tree // Asos order but most of it's going back // Trying out the HelloFresh veggie box // Ingredients // + risotto // Massaman Rice ingredients  // Fancy new light bulb // Primark blanket // Lush storage // Cat socks!

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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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NOTD // Mavala Orion

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


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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…

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…

NOTD // Orly Rock It

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

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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 nice…

The Random Purchase To Avoid Paying Postage

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Life NK Daily Muscle Relief Bath Soak | £18 £4.50
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 t…

NOTD // Orly Peaceful Opposition

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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 bra…

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 contro…

NOTD // Orly Rococo A Go Go

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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 o…