30 April 2015

NOTD // Nails Inc Glamour Glitter

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
Nails Inc Glamour Glitter // one coat



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29 April 2015

SKIN CARE DIARY // APRIL 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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My Little Beauty Micellar Water | Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads | Caudalie Beauty Elixir | REN Tonic Moisture Mist | A-derma Epitheliale A.H Cream | The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil.

I am so happy to have the REN Tonic Moisture Mist back in my skin care routine but it looks like it's still out of stock on all websites despite being able to buy it from the Space NK sale at Christmas. It's one of my favourite hydrating toners and I always look forward to using it. Balance Me have a very similar toner which I'll have to buy once I finish this one. I've brought back the A-derma moisturiser into my routine as the eczema on my face flared up quite badly at the start of this month. Luckily it seems to have calmed down now but I have no idea what caused it in the first place.

Any hydrating toner recommendations?


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28 April 2015

Favourites // April 2015

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Life NK Daily Fix Muscle Relief Bath Soak // Although I still love the Mio Liquid Yoga, this version from Life NK has been a nice, cheaper, alternative until I repurchase LY. It has more of a shower gel/bubble bath consistency so it does actually create some bubbles. It smells heavenly and really does help to soothe away tension and aches. It looks like it's sold out at the moment but if they bring it back then it's a must try especially if you can get it for the bargain price of £4 like I did. I may have also bought a couple more bottles!

Bumble And Bumble Sunday Shampoo | £18.50 // Recently, I have no idea why, but whenever I wash my hair I feel like it's never really clean and it'll get greasy quicker than it used to. I'm pretty sure it's not down to product build up as I don't really use a lot but I decided to buy a deep cleaning shampoo anyway. I feel like I've talked about this shampoo from Bumble And Bumble a lot recently but I really love it and that's quite rare for me to love a shampoo as I have such a sensitive scalp. This doesn't dry out my hair or scalp and my hair doesn't feel stripped but just nicely clean when I use it. I'm about three quarters of the way through this bottle and I will definitely be buying another one when it's empty.

REN Tonic Moisture Mist // Unfortunately this looks like another product that is no longer available. I first tried this hydrating toner a few years ago, fell in love with it and then found out it had either been discontinued or just out of stock every time I looked. I saw this smaller bottle in the Space NK sale at Christmas and added it to my basket straight away. It still looks like it's out of stock everywhere but I'm happy to have it in my routine again. This is the perfect toner to use after an acid toner and it really helps to keep my skin moisturised. It also feels amazing to apply especially in the mornings as it really wakes you up. In the evenings I tend to spray it into my hands and then pat it into my skin.

Nina Ricci Nina L'Elixir Perfume | £32.99 for 30ml or £44.50 for 50ml // I bought the original Nina perfume in duty free when I went to New York in 2007 so this scent brings back so many memories from the trip. I also love that the bottle design is an apple and once I've finished it, it'll take pride of place next to my I heart NY mug and framed sky scraper print. I wanted to have the perfume in my collection again but decided to buy the eau de parfum so it would last longer. The notes are red toffee apple, sembac jasmine, red berries, lime, lemon, white cedar, cotton musk and warm amber. It's the perfect spring scent and I've fallen back in love with it.

L'Oreal False Lash Flutter Mascara | £10.99 // I really like L'Oreal mascaras, particularly the ones with plastic wands, so I thought I'd try this one. Each side of the wand is a different shape but I only tend to use the longer side as the other creates clumps. I really like the tapered shape of the wand as it fits my eye shape perfectly and helps to extend my lashes to the outer eye. It holds a curl well and also adds volume and length. The only downside is that it seems to dry out pretty quickly and I haven't had it for too long.

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27 April 2015

NOTD // Models Own Ibiza Mix

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


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26 April 2015

Details // Bedroom 001

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New York skyscrapers print | wallpaper sample // Marc Jacobs Daisy Pefume bottle // Diptyque Figuier Candle // Ikea RanarpWork Lamp // Handmade wooden bird // Ikea Strandmon WingChair // IkeaGurli Beige Throw // NextOrange Multi Weave Knit Cushion.

I get bored of my surroundings very easily so I am constantly shuffling around furniture and swapping out accessories. I spent the whole of yesterday afternoon moving bookcases and switching the position of my bed. It's also a good way of mixing things up without actually spending a penny. I now also have a huge pile going to a charity shop which feels good as I haven't had a major clear out like this for years. Last week it was my clothes and this week it was my bookshelves. I thought I'd share a few photos of some of my favourite areas.

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Handmade paper crane | gift // Bracelets | Zara // Ship | gift // Tray | Rituals
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Taylor Swift 1989 // Books | Various // Milk jug | Asda. 
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Glass door handles | B&Q // Cardigan | Topshop. 
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Candle | Anthropologie // Vase |Asda // Magazines | Living Etc. 
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Diptyque Figuier Room Spray // Pear decoration | Asda // Camera | Carboot sale // Magazines | Oh Comely. 
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Books | Various // Plant Pot | Ikea // Plant | Ikea



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22 April 2015

NOTD // OPI Pink Yet Lavender

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
OPI Pink Yet Lavender // one coat

A Butterfly Moment | Anti-Bleak | Can’t Let Go | Get Your Number | Pink Yet Lavender | Sprung | Stay The Night | The Impossible.


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21 April 2015

Mini Reviews 039 // The Body Shop | Caudalie

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The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter | £12 // I have both the chamomile cleansing butter and oil and I prefer the latter. While the cleansing butter works just as well as the oil, it’s the oil that lasts longer and is therefore cheaper in the long run plus you get 10ml more product and £2 cheaper. I take a small amount of the cleansing butter and massage it onto dry skin until it turns into an oil. I then take a damp flannel or muslin cloth and buff it off. I do have to make sure I thoroughly remove this though as it does leave a residue behind on the skin which clogs up my pores and irritates my skin. I tend to use this when I want to double cleanse so I use this first and then I follow up with another cleanser which is a bit more skin friendly. I'm glad I've tried it and I've enjoyed using it but I don't think I'd repurchase although I would recommend it. The reason I wouldn't repurchase is because it contains synthetic fragrance which you'll see as a theme across this post. I need to get better at reading ingredient lists before making future purchases!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil | £13 // I bought this as soon as it was released and everyone started raving about it as there was a 50% off discount code for TBS. Ever since I have had buyers remorse over it though as I should have read the ingredients list and/or went to try it out in-store before buying it. Had I done this then I probably would have saved my money and not bought it. Luckily I never bought it full price but I could have spent the £6 on something else. The main thing that puts me off this serum-oil hybrid is the strong fragrance. I have used and still am using products containing synthetic fragrance, although I am slowly stopping this, and haven't had a problem with them despite my sensitive skin. This is so strong and overpowering that I was quite apprehensive about using it.Just look at the ingredients list and you'll see so fragrance ingredient in a lot of brackets.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil/Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil (Emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil/Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Benzyl Benzoate (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Anisyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster).
This isn't really a proper review as to be honest, I haven't given it a good enough trial and I'm not even sure if I will. It's more of a be warned if you have sensitive skin and know synthetic fragrance irritates your skin as you might not want to try this.

Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk | £15 // I have very sensitive skin which goes quite red and irritated very easily so I prefer to use cleansing milks as part of my morning skin care routine. They’re easier to remove, either by splashing off or with a muslin cloth, than balms and they don’t contain the foaming element of a cleansing gel which I find makes a difference to how red my skin gets. I also find this one from Caudalie in particular to be quite moisturising. The name is really true, this is a very gentle cleansing milk. Since I’m not using this to remove make-up, simply to wash away the night, I find I don’t even need a full pumps worth of product. I apply this to dry skin and massage it in before adding a splash of water to emulsify the cleansing which I then massage in for a bit longer before removing with a damp muslin cloth. Once it is removed my skin feels incredibly soft and clean but without feeling tight or that it’s been stripped of all the natural oils. Over all, it’s a wonderful cleanser that I enjoy using on a daily basis and I really like the packaging. The only downside is that it contains fragrance. Although I am washing this away and it isn't sinking into my skin I eventually want to avoid using synthetic fragrances in every product I use.

The Body Shop Facial Massager | £6 // It was Caroline Hirons who made me want to try this facial massager. It's surprising how relaxing it can be to use and I've enjoyed adding this into my nightly routine. A quick facial massage before bed and I feel like I'm able to switch off better before bed and get a good nights sleep. This helps to get rid of those horrible cystic spots that never seem to come to a head and are incredibly painful, especially around the jaw line. It also helps to increase circulation and will help with keeping skin tight in the long run. I have very sensitive skin and this doesn't irritate it or feel like it's dragging or pulling my skin. Of course you have to be somewhat gentle when using it anyway, but don't worry if you have skin like mine.

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20 April 2015

NOTD // Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Avon Licorice // two coats
Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond // one coat



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19 April 2015

My Little Dream Box | April 2015

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Stamped With Love stamp & ink // Loved By Lou Lesage Tinted Lip Balm // Copacabana Soft Perfume // My Little Beauty Repairing Mask For Dry Ends // Bonne √Čtoile Locket. 

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

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18 April 2015

Week In Photos 224 - 228

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16 April 2015

NOTD // NYX Pastel Lavender

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
NYX Pastel Lavender// two coats



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14 April 2015

Mini Reviews 038 // Ojon | Sachajuan | Percy & Reed

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Ojon Revitalizing Mist | £20.50 // I got this for Christmas the year before last and it just sat in my cupboard until I finished the bottle I was using. If I had known just how good it is, I would have started using it immediately. It's a bi-phase leave in conditioner so you have to shake it up before you use it. It has quite a strong slightly masculine scent which I really like and it acts as sort of hair perfume. Just a couple of sprays of this throughout towel dried hair and once my hair has dried naturally it's left feeling softer, less frizzy and a lot more manageable. I don't brush my hair until I am just about to wash it again so I always have to use a leave in conditioner to avoid the dreaded knots that seem to form in my hair out of no where. The only downside to this is that I seem to being using the bottle up very quickly which makes the price even more expensive than it already is.

Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner | £22 // This leave in conditioner on the other hand is a pretty similar price but you get a larger bottle and I find I need less product to get the same results. This doesn't have a strong scent like the Ojon version does so if you prefer something that won't interfere with your perfume then this might be a better choice. This feels very light and weightless, it has a thinner consistency, so a good one for those with fine hair. This isn't going to weigh down your hair so if it's volume you're after this works really well. It isn't as good at fighting frizz like others are but combined with a good curling mousse I don't notice too much of a difference. Since this is so light, you can also spray it into your roots and onto your scalp which really helps with the dryness I get and helps to keep my scalp eczema at bay. It also keeps my hair looking glossy and shiny which is always a bonus.

Sachajuan Ocean Mist | £18 // If you're looking for a salt spray that gives texture and beach curls without feeling crispy or sticky then you need to try this. Not only does the bottle and blue tinted liquid look perfect on display on my dressing table, it works wonders on my hair as well. I have naturally curly and wavy hair but sometimes I just want to use something that will enhance the curls and this is it. I spray it all over towel dried hair and then leave it to dry naturally. If I'm in a rush though this works really well if you use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer. Keep the heat high but the power low and you'll look like you've just stepped off the beach but without all the unwanted frizz. Unlike some salt sprays, this never seems to dry out my hair especially the ends.

Percy & Reed Volumising Mousse | £12 // I don't often use a mousse for volume, instead I tend to use ones to enhance a curl, so I do think £12 is quite expensive. Percy & Reed recommend working a small amount into your palm and then use a wide tooth comb to distribute the mousse from root to tip. When I use a mousse for volume I use a hair dryer and then follow up with which ever styling tool I fancy. The heat really helps to activate the mousse and I find it a lot more effective this way than if I were to leave my hair to dry naturally. Although I've enjoyed using it, I probably wouldn't buy the full size after I finish this sample.


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13 April 2015

NOTD // Orly Snowcone

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


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12 April 2015

Sunday Pamper 017

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Bumble And Bumble Sunday Shampoo | £18.50 // Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque | £52 // Mio Body Brush | £14.50// OPI Dulce De Leche Nail Polish | £7.57 // LifeNK Tomato & Rhubarb Candle | £8.50 // Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Scrub | £37 & Honey Bath | £33 // First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask | £17.50 // The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins | £5.99. 

I haven't written a Sunday Pamper post for a while. In fact, looking back now, it was almost a year ago! I've still been having pamper evenings during that year but for some reason I just hadn't blogged about the products I was using. Maybe I felt like I was just using the same products over and over again so there wasn't much point in showing them, I've no idea. I'm back though and I'm going to try and make this at least a monthly feature although I would like to do this fortnightly.

Recently my hair hasn't been feeling very clean even just after I've washed it so I took the plunge and bought the Bumble And Bumble Sunday Shampoo a month or two ago. I try not to use it every time I wash my hair as I don't want to dry my hair out even more than it already is so I save it for these pamper nights. It really does help to take away product build up but it doesn't irritate my sensitive scalp which I was slightly scared about. I have to be so careful with what shampoos I use but luckily so far, this is working a treat. To add in any moisture that has been lost I'll follow up with this hair mask from Oribe. The full size is incredibly expensive but I picked a sample of it with one of my Space NK orders which I was really pleased about. I'm hoping to get two uses out of this sachet so I'm sure I'll report back on how it works in a PSUP post.

While my bath is running and after I've added in some Fresh Fig Honey Bath I'll use the Mio Body Brush as a first step of exfoliation. Not only does it get rid of dead skin, it also helps to increase circulation, remove toxins and improve cellulite. You brush in small strokes towards your heart, starting at your feet, and it really helps to wake you up if you do it in the morning. While in the bath I'm going to carry on reading The Girl On The Train. No spoilers please, I'm only on page thirty-six!

My skin has been quite irritated recently which I think is down to too much chocolate and stress, which means more chocolate! To soothe my skin I'll be using the oatmeal mask from FAB which really helps with my eczema.To relax me before bed I'll be following my At Home Manicure routine which I posted about the other day.


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10 April 2015

At Home Manicure

at-home-manicure-essentials-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Prep | Before I start painting, I always make sure my nails are in the best condition they can be so the colour lasts longer. I don't need to do every step each time I want to do a manicure, this is more of a Sunday pamper every couple of weeks. Other times I apply nail polish, I just use cuticle oil afterwards.
Step 1: Clean your nails.
If you have any old chipped nail polish on, remove it. You want to start your manicure with completely clean nails so it lasts longer.

Step 2: Clip your nails.
My nails grow extremely quickly but I prefer to have them quite short as I prefer how short nails look with nail polish. Use a nail clipper and trim your nails down to your desired length. I prefer small nail clippers (£2) for my hands but use what you like. This is also the stage you'd apply cuticle gel and trim your cuticles. I have naturally thin cuticles so I rarely have to do this stage.

Step 3: File them into shape.
Using a nail file, shape your nails and even out any jagged edges. I like to use a crystal nail file (£9.77) as I find them just as effective but less harsh on your nails. They also last a life time. I've had mine for at least ten years and it works just as well as the day I got it. I like to cut and file my nails into a cross between a squoval and round shape as it's easy to maintain and it's how my nails naturally go.

Step 4: Buff your nails.
This four step buffing block from The Body Shop (£4) is probably one of my favourite discoveries. I don't tend to use the nail file part but the other three have made a huge difference to how my nails look and feel. Side two removes ridges, three smooths the nail and four creates shine. If I don't feel like applying nail polish, keeping my nails smooth and glossy looking makes them look polished and cared for without much effort. If you can't wear nail polish because of school or work, then this is perfect for you. Try not to do this stage too often though as you don't want to damage your nails.

Step 5: Gently exfoliate your hands.
You could use your body scrub for this but I spotted this hand scrub from Deep Steep (£9.85) and thought I'd try it. The dead sea salt particles are quite big so it really works to get rid of dead skin and dry patches but it still feels gentle on your skin. It also feels incredibly moisturising and contains shea butter and coconut oil among others. This stage also helps to get rid of any dust from smoothing and buffing your nails.

Step 6: Moisturise.
I like to use a rich hand cream, particularly The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Honey & Beeswax Hand And Foot Butter (£10). Not only do I love the jar packaging, the actual hand and foot cream is amazing. You only need a small amount and it leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated without feeling greasy. I also love the honey scent. Another favourite from TBS is the Hemp Hand Protector.
at-home-manicure-essentials-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 2 Colour | I hate waiting for each layer of nail polish to dry so I usually take this time to catch up on a tv show as it distracts me and by the time it's over, I've applied each layer and it's all dried so I can go to bed. I also prefer to paint my nails before bed so it gives them even longer to dry before I need to use my hands. Just make sure you go to the toilet first!
Step 7: Prep your nails.
Since we've just applied hand cream we'll need to clean the nails again and remove any oils and residue that will make the colour chip off. I just take a small amount of nail polish on a cotton pad and wipe over each nail. I also follow up with Primetime (£8.95) from Orly which helps to dehydrate the nail so the base coat will adhere better and therefore last longer. I got this mini bottle in a set and it has lasted such a long time. I've had it for a couple of years now and use it pretty much every time I paint my nails and it looks like I've hardly used it. This dries instantly so there is no waiting around.

Step 8: Apply a base coat.
Evenly apply a thin layer of your favourite base coat to each nail and leave to dry for ten minutes. I'm currently using China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat (£5.60).

Step 9: Choose a color.
This is probably the hardest step, picking a colour! One of my favourite colours at the moment is OPI Dulce De Leche (£7.57) which is a lovely nude that has a hint of rose to it. The majority of nail polishes need two coats to become opaque. It's better to apply two thin coats and make sure you leave plenty of drying time between them. The thinner the coat, the quicker it dries. If you apply thick coats and/or don't leave enough time in between those annoying bubbles will appear and your manicure will most likely chip.

Step 10: Add a top coat.
Once your final layer of colour has dried then you can apply your topcoat. I'm using China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat (£5.95) which dries really quickly, which you'd expect given the name, but it also makes your nails look incredibly glossy.
at-home-manicure-essentials-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 3 Step 11: Clean up.
This is the step that will make your manicure look more professional and less DIY. If you're not the neatest at applying nail polish, don't worry. Simply pour a bit of nail polish remover into the lid and use a thin brush to wipe away and neaten up the edges of your nail polish. If you've gone a bit too close to your cuticles then this is the perfect time to even it all out.

Step 12 : Apply a cuticle oil. 
Step eleven can be a bit drying so apply a good amount of cuticle oil (£8.99) and massage it in. Go gently though just in case your manicure isn't fully dry. Now sit back and admire how good your nails look!


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09 April 2015

NOTD // Zoya Storm

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Zoya Storm // two coats



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08 April 2015

Thierry Mugler Alien

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Thierry Mugler Alien | £49.50 for 30ml, £66.50 for 60ml or £77.50 for 90ml.

Alien by Thierry Mugler. One of those perfumes that people know what you're wearing without even having to ask. It's a distinctive scent and I think this is why it's taken me so long to actually purchase it myself. I have found you either love it or hate it though.
A rich floral woody amber fragrance containing jasmine sambac, cashmeran wood and white amber it is a fragrance whose magic trails awakens your emotions.
It's quite a rich sexy scent but the jasmine notes aren't too strong. Jasmine is a scent that crops up in a lot of the perfumes I love but it's either hit or miss for me. If it's too strong, I don't like it. This is probably a perfume a lot of people would wear solely in the evening but I like to wear it throughout the day as well. A couple of sprays of this and I know it'll last throughout my long shifts at work without any top ups. I also find it lasts a really long time on my clothes as well.

I love the packaging and that you can refill the bottle at a cheaper price once you've finished it. I chose the smaller size because I'm trying to use up all my perfumes before buying anything new. It also means it's the perfect size to throw in my bag or to take away with me.

If you like Alien, try Alien Extraordinaire, I prefer it!


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07 April 2015

Mini Reviews 037 // Fig + Yarrow | Rituals

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Fig + Yarrow Floral Milk Bath | £20.97 // What I like best about this milk bath is the ingredients list, it's pretty small and doesn't contain anything that will irritate my skin. Add in a scoop of this to your bath which softens the water and you skin. I prefer to use these types of bath products when my eczema is flaring up as it's really soothing. This also makes your bath smell amazing. It's a light floral and a mix of rosewood, ylang ylang, geranium and jasmine. The buttermilk also helps to gently exfoliate the skin keeping skin soft, perfect for in the winter.

Fig + Yarrow Bath + Body Oil Meadow | £25 // I'm not a huge body oil fan although I do prefer to use them in the winter but I bought this with the intention of mainly using it as a bath oil and by doing this, it's lasted a really long time, nearly a year in fact. It is packed full of sweet almond, olive, pumpkin and grape oils to absorb into your skin quickly and provide deep nourishment.You only need a pump or two for a full bath and your left with incredibly moisturising water so there is no need to follow up with a body lotion afterwards. If I can use a product that essentially means I can skip the monotonous task of applying and waiting for a body lotion to sink in then I will, always. The scent is really nice as well, floral without being too over the top and this is coming from someone who isn't a huge floral fan. I love the packaging and how it looks sitting on the shelf in my bathroom. The pump makes it really easy to use especially if you're using it as a body oil. You're not going to drop the glass bottle if you have a bit of oil on your hands as there is no need to pick it up.

Rituals Hanami Heaven Milky Bath Oil | £13.50 // This is another bath milk but it differs slightly to the Fig + Yarrow Floral Milk Bath. This version from Rituals is a oil before it hits the water, it then emulsifies and turns the bath water milky. It has a very sweet scent which I love as it's a bit different the floral or spa-like fragrances bath products usually have. The packaging itself isn't the best although I do like how it looks. It's the process of actually getting the product out of the bottle that doesn't work. I feel like I spend five minutes shaking the bottle upside down and only a small amount comes out. It's also quite hard to gauge how much you've used in one bath and how much is left. It would be better if it had a pump and then you could just use one or two.


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06 April 2015

NOTD // Essie Cascade Cool

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat


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05 April 2015

Project Sample Use Up 030

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Neals Yard Power Berry Daily Moisturiser // I think this came with a magazine subscription although I had wanted to try more Neals Yards products for a while. It's a brand I don't hear too much about but I really liked this moisturiser and it was a really good size as well. I'm happy with the moisturiser I'm using at the moment, Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream, but I'd keep this in mind for a future purchase.

Anatomy Body Oil // I liked that this was in a spray bottle as it made it easier to apply. I only tend to use body oils during the winter though when my skin is at it's driest. This didn't have much of a smell so I think I'll stick with Caudalies Divine Oil which is what I'm currently using.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate x2 // I'm still not sure if I like this serum/oil despite also having the full size bottle as well. I find it doesn't sink into my skin very well and I hate the feeling of product sitting on top of my skin. Like I've said in my review of it the other month, it's one I'm still trying to find the best way to use it.

Silk + Honey Shea Butter Hair Mask // This hair mask from Silk + Honey is one that you actually mix together yourself although I got it ready made as it was in a beauty box. They're expensive but would make a fun gift for someone beauty obsessed. It was a nice hair mask but I don't think I'd but it myself.

Mitchell And Peach English Flowers Shower Wash & Body Cream // I think I got these in two separate beauty boxes but it was nice to be able to use the two together. When using bath and body products I always like to match the scents if I can or use scents that are similar. These reminded me of the sort of products you'd find in your hotel bathroom but I wouldn't buy the full sizes.

Maddi Alexander Evocative Bath Oil // This is a mix of lime, ginger, cinnamon and mandarin oils and was a nice bath oil. I'm currently using one from Aromatherapy Associates so I don't need to buy another one any time soon.
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Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue x3 // I find it really hard to find an eye cream that I really like as the skin around my eyes is very sensitive. If my skin doesn't like an eye cream then milia appears which is almost impossible to get rid of. Luckily this eye cream didn't cause me any skin irritations as it has a very light cream, almost gel like, texture.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum x2 // This is one of my favourite serums and I've already been through two full size bottles as well as several of these mini tubes. It works perfectly at keeping my dry skin hydrated without feeling like I'm even wearing anything. It's also a great layering product and works well with any of the moisturisers I've used along side it. I love the scent, which all of the Vinosource products have, and I'm sure I'll be buying another bottle at some point.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet x2 // There aren't many facial moisturisers that I love and would repurchase but this is one of them. As soon as a I tried a sample of it I knew I just had to buy the full size which I quickly finished. Luckily I was able to carry on with these two mini tubes before I needed to buy a new one. I'm currently trying to finish what I'm using before buying anything new but this is on my to buy list. It's light but moisturising and one I like to use mainly in the summer months.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Mattifying Fluid x2 // I have pretty dry skin so anything that has mattifying in the name I tend to stay away from. I find they aren't moisturising enough but this could be a good one for those with oily skin.

Caudalie Vinosource Intense Moisture Rescue Cream x2 // I actually used these during the winter even though I'm only talking about them now. Think of the moisturising sorbet but a thicker version that is perfect for dry skin. I'll be buying a full size tube just in time for when the weather starts to get colder.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisture Recovery Cream x3 // I used this when my eczema was flaring up on my face and it helped to soothe my dry chapped skin. This is another one I'll keep on my to buy list especially if my eczema flares up this winter like it did these past few months..

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04 April 2015

Shopping // Lush Easter

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Bunch Of Carrots Bubble Bars | £5.95 //  This is one of the reusable bubble bars that you swish about in the water to create the bubbles and then leave it to dry for the next bath. These came out last year as well and they lasted a really long time especially as you get three of them. The scent is a lovely mix of lemon and bergamot.

Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb | £2.50 // This is another bath bomb that fizzes away quickly but has popping candy inside to make it a bit more interesting. It starts off white but as it dissolves it turns pink and you can really hear the popping candy. This is a lot smaller than the usual bath bombs so it's good that the price reflects this. I prefer the smaller size as I often feel like I'm wasting the larger bath bombs when I use it all in one bath. I really like the scent of this one and it's a bit different to the usual Lush scents as it combines lime, violet and lavender.

Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb | £2.95 // If you like the Think Pink bath bomb and Snow Fairy shower gel then you'll love this one as it has the same scent but in a Easter egg shape. It's quite a sickly sweet candy floss scent which I really like but every now and again. This fizzes away really quickly as soon as you add it to your bath and there isn't anything particularly special about this one compared to others. It turns your bath water pink and smells nice but that's about it. It's moisturising but I wouldn't rush out to buy back ups as you can buy the similar one in the normal range.

Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt | £3.75 // This smells like the now discontinued Ma-Ba Bubble Bar that was one of my favourite Lush products. I'm still hopeful they'll bring it back, at least for a limited time in the Lush Kitchen, but for now I'll have to buy a couple more of these to keep me going.  It has a honey and toffee scent a bit like Honey I Washed The Kids Soap as well. This is a bit of a strange one as it combines a bath bomb and a bath melt. The outside is more like the traditional Lush bath melts so it dissolves slowly releasing cocoa butter and olive oil. The inside is the bath bomb and fizzes away quicker. The glitter is very fine and only on the outside so this is easily rinsed away if you don't want any in your bath but honestly once it's in the water, you don't really notice it and it doesn't stick to your skin. The only negative about this is the colour it turns your water, not the most relaxing or pleasant but something I can ignore purely because of the scent. You could easily cut this in half as well and get two baths out of it.

Immaculate Eggception Pink Bath Bomb | £6.95 // Although it does seem expensive for a bath bomb, you can actually get at least three baths out of it when you break it in two as there's a small chick inside. I really love the vanilla, grapefruit and lemon scent although the bath bomb itself is more on the plain side.


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03 April 2015

Empites // March 2015

march-2015-beauty-empties-products-i-have-used-up-finished-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Jorgobe White Tea Balancing Cream* | £20 // I really enjoyed using this moisturiser but the only thing that would make me not repurchase is that it contains perfume which is one of the ingredients that irritates my sensitive skin. I have used up every last bit but from now on I'm trying to use products that don't irritate my eczema. If you aren't sensitive to certain ingredients like me, then this is a good one to try if you want a no fuss moisturiser that does the job and is fairly cheap. You can read my full review here.

Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Solution | £10.20 // I prefer this version to the Sensibio Micellar Solution from Bioderma. It removes my eye make-up without any effort, even stubborn mascara and eyeliner, and it doesn't irritate my eyes. Again this is another product that contains synthetic fragrance so I'm unsure if I would repurchase. I do cleanse afterwards so it doesn't stay on my skin like a moisturiser does but I am trying to avoid it in my skin care products. At the moment I am working my way through a bottle of Garnier's micellar water which doesn't contain perfume and is a cheaper alternative.

Soap And Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter | £10.50 // I’m happy I’m making some sort of progress with using up my body moisturiser collection. Out of all the S&G body butters, Sugar Crush is my favourite. I love the lime and coke scent as well as the almost gel like texture that means it applies and sinks in nicely. You’re not left with sticky feeling skin although I am careful not to apply too much. I’m currently trying to use moisturisers without fragrance and ones that are a bit more eczema friendly so I won’t be repurchasing right now but would in the future.

Zoella Fizz Bar | £5 // I always like to support other bloggers so I knew I wanted to try some of Zoe's products when they were launched. The fizz bar was top of my list as I'm a huge bath person. I really like that you can easily add as many or as few squares of the bath bomb as you like. I have quite a small bath so even one square was enough to scent and moisturise the water. The scent was really nice and fresh with a hint of sweetness. It isn't overpowering like some of Lush's can be, just nice enough that you can still smell it throughout the bath. I'll definitely be buying another pack of these.

Lush Candy Mountain Bubble Bar // This is such an old bubble bar that I had stuffed at the bottom of my Lush stash. I think it's about two years old but it still smelt the same and worked just as well as it did when I first bought it. Candy Mountain is one of my favourite Christmas products and it's one I always buy when it's available. I have another one left to use still and then I'll be able to hopefully buy some more at the end of the year.

Lush Mumkin Bubble Bar // This is another old one from last years Mothers Day collection that I had stashed at the back of my cupboard. It has a lemon and bergamot scent which I really liked and if it was still available, I'd buy it again.

Thierry Mugler Alien Extraordinaire Perfume | £49.50 for 60ml // I like the original Alien perfume from Thierry Mugler but I love this version. It's not an instantly recognisable scent like Alien is but I still had a lot of people asking what perfume I was wearing. I love how well and long this lasts on my skin and clothes and I can still smell it on myself at the end of the day. I'm still working my way through my perfume collection but I will buy another bottle of this at some point.




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02 April 2015

NOTD // Nubar Palisade

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Nubar Palisade// two coats



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