Showing posts from May, 2015

Favourites // May 2015

Avene Cicalfate Repair Cream | £7.50 // Meg raved about this a couple of months ago and since I usually love what she recommends, I thought I'd give it a try. Think of this as a better version of sudocrem. It's a multi-use product that can be used for pretty much anything and everything. I mainly use it on pesky spots when I want to get rid of them but don't want to use anything too harsh and irritate my sensitive skin any further. It also works really well on eczema flare ups.

COLAB London Dry Shampoo | £3.50 // I don't use a dry shampoo on a regular basis but for some reason my hair has been getting oily quicker than usual and this has been a life saver towards the end of the week. I love the dry shampoos from COLAB as they come in two sizes and are a great price. They refresh my hair without feeling like I have any product in my hair and without leaving a white cast in my hair. The scent of London is bergamot, musk and magnolia.

JorgObĂ© Peel Off Mask | £22 // This mon…

NOTD // Butter London Sprog

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Orly Bonder Base Coat Butter London Sprog // two coats CND Speedey Top Coat

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NOTD // Butter London Bossy Boots

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Orly Bonder Base Coat Butter London Bossy Boots // two coats CND Speedey Top Coat

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My Little Provence Box | May 2015

My Little Provence Doll Magnets // DIY The Sunny Cuff // L'Occitane Mer & Mistral Shower Gel // L'Occitane Verbena Body Lotion // L'Occitane Verbena Leaf Soap //  L'Occitane Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream // My Little Beauty Eye Crayon. 

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

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Empties // May 2015

My Little Beauty Micellar Water // I really liked this micellar water and although it isn't as good as Bioderma or the Garnier version, it still removed my eye makeup really well. If this was available to buy I don't think I'd get it again as the Garnier version is cheaper and works better.

First Aid Beauty Instant Repair Oatmeal Mask | £17.50 // This is one of my favourite face masks and I've already bought another tube. It's perfect for my sensitive and eczema prone skin as the oats helps to soothe and moisturise as well as a gentle exfoliation.

Roques Oneil Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts | £37 // These bath salts are one of my favourite bath products and I'm pleased with how long I was able to make them last. You only need a small scoop for each bath and although they are expensive, as a once a week treat then I think the price is ok. They smell amazing and really do help you to fall asleep which I always have problems with. I'm keeping the jar so I only h…

NOTD // Nails Inc. Sweets Way


Currently Reading 002

It's nearly a year since I posted about the books that were on my reading list. I still haven't read three of the nine books I wrote about which is quite bad, I'll have to put them at the top of my reading list. I also have a whole shelf of books I need to read (last photo) as well as a lot on my Kindle. I think I'll have to put myself on a no buy until I've read them all! I'm currently reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins and The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks, both I've just started and have only read thirty or so pages.

I really enjoyed the Goodreads Reading Challenge last year so I signed up again this year with a target of reading 104 books in 2015. I'm currently 10 books ahead of schedule so I'm doing pretty good! I really like how I can keep track of what I'm reading but also all the recommendations I've gotten from the site. There's currently about 1500 books in my to-read bookshelf which is a bit ridiculous and I have no …

Mini Reviews 042 // The Body Shop | Liz Earle | African Botanics | Costes

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector | £5 for 30ml or £11 for 100ml // This is one of my favourite hand creams and I think this is either my second or third tube. It is incredibly moisturising so you only need a tiny amount especially if you're using it during the day. I tend to save it for night just before I go to bed so I can apply a little bit more and it acts as a treatment while I sleep. The worst area for my eczema at the moment is my hands as I'm constantly washing and using hand gel in work and am then out in the cold waiting for the bus. This hand cream really helps to soothe my skin and keeps flare ups to a minimum. I also love using this as a food cream as I find it more moisturising than the Hemp Foot Protector. I've grown to really like the scent although I know some people will hate it, try smelling it in a shop if you can.

Liz Earle Foot Spritzer | £7.75 // This is an essential product for me during the summer or if I can on holiday especially if I'm walkin…

NOTD // Nails Inc. Sugar House Lane


At Home Pedicure Essentials

Step 1: Exfoliate your feet.
Either use a foot scrub or pumice stone, or both! I'm obsessed with this one from Deep Steep (£12.95). It smells incredible and almost good enough to eat, think peppermint bark. It's incredibly moisturising and the sugar cane creates a nicely abrasive scrub.

Step 2: Relax with a foot mask.
Grab a bowl of warm water, a towel, your foot mask of choice and put on a good film. I love the Jessica ZenSpa Pedicure Balanced Stimulating Mint Foot Masque (£14.55) which helps to break down dead skin cells and lock in moisture.They also sell a Cooling Ginger Foot Masque which I want to once this one is finished.

Step 3: Clip your nails.
You nails will have softened while you soaked the foot mask off so you'll easily be able to cut your nails down to your preferred length and/or shape.

Step 4: Moisturise.
Choose your favourite moisturiser and apply a generous layer. At this point you could persuade someone to give you a foot massage but if no one is around, yo…

NOTD // W7 Mosaic

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Orly Bonder Base Coat W7 Mosaic// two coats CND Speedey Top Coat

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The Repurchases 006

Life NK Daily Fix Muscle Relief Bath Soak | £18 £4.50 // Although technically I haven't finished this bath soak yet, I knew because it had been reduced to such a low price that when I do finally get round to it being empty and wanting to repurchase it would either be sold out or full price. Less than a fiver for a giant bottle is a pretty good bargain. If you've heard of the Mio Liquid Yoga then this is pretty similar. It has more of a shower gel or bubble bath formula but has the same smell and pretty much the same results. The ingredients might be better in the Mio formula but I can use this on a more regular basis as it isn't as expensive. After writing this post, I've just seen that this isn't on the side anymore so I'm pleased I bought another bottle or two!

Healgel Intensive | £37.50 // I got a mini tube of Healgel Intensive in a beauty box a few months ago and fell in love with it immediately, so much so that I went and bought the full size. I mainly use …

Mini Reviews 041 // The Body Shop | Origins | La Roche-Posay

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil | £10 // I have both the chamomile cleansing balm and oil and I have to say I prefer the latter. This bottle, with near enough the same amount of use, has lasted a lot longer than the balm has. You only get 10ml more but I find I need to use less product to remove make-up or cleanse my skin. The balm eventually turns into an oil when you massage it into your skin so why not choose the one that lasts longer and is therefore cheaper in the long run.  [see caroline hirons post]

Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins | £34.50 // I have a love hate relationship with face moisturisers as they’re either too heavy and break me out or aren’t moisturising enough for my dry skin. Night-a-mins is the perfect balance of the two though and I’m half way through my jar and I’m not bored of it yet. I love the orange scent but I would prefer it if it wasn’t an added perfume. It's moisturising without feeling heavy, it sort of feels a bit gel like in texture whic…

NOTD // China Glaze Light As Air


Project Sample Use Up 031

The Body Shop Chocomania Body Butter // I was quite disappointed with this body butter from The Body Shop and I normally love them. While I thought the scent was ok, a bit sickly sweet to be used all the time, it was the formula I didn’t get on with. No matter how little I used, it felt incredibly greasy on my skin and like it was just sitting on top of my skin and never actually sunk in. In the end, not wanting to throw a product away, I used it as an overnight foot cream with a pair of socks so it didn’t matter too much that it wasn’t sinking in properly. I think this was a limited edition scent, but I wouldn’t buy it again even if it was still available.

R+Co Gemstone Colour Shampoo & Conditioner | £22 //
I love the design of R+Co products, even the sample sachets look great. I don’t have coloured hair, but this was a nice shampoo and conditioner. I don’t think I’d buy the full size, but I do want to try some of the styling products from R+Co.

Champneys Spa Indulgence Distant Sh…

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Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Hand And Nail Treatment | £36 // I’ve got a full review of this coming up next month so I’ll only talk about it briefly here but let me just say I wish I had saved my money for something else. It is the scent that I just cannot stand and although this isn’t the most important thing about a product, when you’re spending over £35 on a product and the scent makes you do not want to use it, it’s not very good. The actual product itself is ok but nothing amazing and definitely not worth the price in my opinion. It’s one of those oils that feels like it’s just sitting on the top of your skin and never really sinks in. It’s an overnight treatment and I’m ok about going to bed with slightly tacky hands but completely greasy is a step too far. I just wish I had smelt and tried it in person before I bought it!

Kiehl's creamy avocado eye treatment | £33 // This is another one I wish I had tried in a store first before I bought it. I was at my wits end with the…

NOTD // China Glaze Something Sweet


Details // Adding Greenery

I am terrible at keeping plants alive. I don't know what it is but no matter how little or often I water them, if they're in sunlight or shade, for whatever reason, they always die. I've even managed to kill a cactus before. One day when I was doing my weekly food shop in Asda I added a money plant to my basket and four years later it's still alive and looking pretty good. I've recently replanted it into a bigger pot, the orange and blue one in the photo, so it'll have even more room to grow.

Since then I've added even more house plants into my room but have kept along the same lines as the money plant. I've gone for plants that don't need much attention or water. I have a mix of money plants, succulents, cacti and peace lilies as well as a Swiss cheese plant. I'm also hoping to make another terrarium once I can find a place to buy mini succulents, so far all I'm finding is larger ones.

I just love how much of a difference a couple of plant…

Mini Reviews 040 // The Body Shop | Pai

The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream | £5 for 30ml or £11 for 100ml //  I love almond scented products but I was a bit disappointed in the scent of this one which is unusual for TBS products. I imagined and hoped it would be a marzipan type of scent but it’s more of a nutty almond scent, if you see what I mean. As far as the cream itself goes it’s nice for an everyday while in the office type of hand cream but it isn’t thick enough to be used at night. As it has a lighter formula, it does sink in quickly and my hands aren’t left feeling sticky or greasy. I wish I had tried this in store before I bought it online as I probably wouldn’t have bought it. I do love the metal packaging but I say skip this and try the Hemp Hand Protector instead, one of my all time favourites.

The Body Shop Africa Honey & Beeswax Hands & Foot Butter | £10 // Let me start with the packaging, apart from the metal tubes TBS offer, this has to be one of my favourites. It has a very thick almost butt…

NOTD // China Glaze Keep Calm Paint On


Lifestyle Favourites 004

My family and I watched Guardians of the galaxy at Christmas and I instantly fell in love with the soundtrack so I ordered the CD straight away. It's been years since I've bought a CD but I love being able to listen to this while I'm cooking. If you haven't listened to it then I really urge you to do so!

I am completely obsessed with Reese's Pieces at the moment and it doesn't help that they sell them in my local Tesco at the bottom of my road. I love anything peanut butter but these are just amazing. They're simply peanut butter in a candy shell but they're so addictive. Also mixing these with a pack of chocolate M&M's makes them even better.

Plants in general have been a favourite of mine these past couple of months but I'm trying my hand at growing succulents from leaves and the small baby plants. I tried cutting a leaf off my money plant and had it sitting on top of soil for a while but nothing happened and no roots appeared. I'm hop…

Empites // April 2015

Liz Earle Eye Bright | £13.25 // This is one of my staples in my skin care routine and I will always have a bottle or two in my cupbaords. I used to use this solely as my eye make-up remover but now micellar waters have become more popular and easier to get a hold of, I've been saving it as a treatment. Often when I'm tired or haven't had enough sleep my eyes get sore and irritated so I pour some onto a cotton pad, place them onto my eyes and sit back and relax for ten minutes or so. It works amazingly well and my eyes always feel soothed after I use it. It's also perfect for hey fever days. I've already put in an order for another bottle.

Oilatum Junior Bath Additive | £9.19 // This is what I use in my bath during the week to soothe my eczema. I tend to save the majority of my bath products for the weekend when I take longer baths and stick to using eczema friendly products in quick baths throughout the week. The only reason I'm using the Junior version is beca…