30 June 2015

Favourites | June 2015

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Korres Fig Showergel | £8 // This shower gel is summer in a bottle. It smells incredible and I always make sure I have a bottle, or two, in my bathroom cabinet.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray | £21 // After watching the two in the bathroom with Caroline Hirons videos I'd made myself a shopping list of things I wanted to try and this was one of them. It was in the sale on Feel Unique so I made a small order with a few other things. This is the hydrating toner step in my skin care routine although it's nice to spray throughout the day if it's particularly hot out. It keeps my skin hydrated and helps to calm my skin down as well.

John Masters Organics Scalp Deep Scalp Purifying Serum | £23 // I'm nearly at the end of this bottle so I'm going to have to make an order for another one soon so I'm not without it for very long. I use this when my scalp is feeling dry and itchy, which it has a lot this past month, and it works wonders. It almost acts like a dry shampoo in a way as when it sinks in, my hair feels and looks cleaner and less greasy. You can apply a small amount and go about your day, but I prefer to use it as a treatment so I apply a more generous amount and then wash out as normal after a couple of hours. My scalp always feels a lot better after I use this.

Burberry Military Red Lipstick | £25 // This tiny Burberry lipstick was part of a gift with purchases and it has to be the cutest thing in my collection. I have totally fallen in love with the colour which is rare for me as normally red lipsticks don't suit me. The red in my hair just seems to clash with every other red I've tried so far apart from this one. I've already bought the full size and can see myself using a repurchasing this for a very long time.


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29 June 2015

OPI Who The Shrek Are You?

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Who The Shrek Are You? // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Who The Shrek Are You?

Who The Shrek Are You? isn't a polish I'd wear on a daily basis, but it's a fun colour to have in my collection. It's, obviously, part of the Shrek Collection brought out in 2010 along with five other shades. I only have two of them though and as much as I would like to have them all in my collection, especially the two pastels, I don't really fancy paying more than £10 for them.

Application
As you'd expect from a nail polish of this colour, the formula isn't great. It's thin and needs at least three coats to become opaque. Luckily it isn't too streaky so the layers go on top of each other nicely. Despite being five years old, the formula of this polish hasn't changed. It does separate if left unused for a while but nothing a slight shake won't fix.

Fiercely Fiona | Funky Dunkey | Ogre-the-Top Blue | Rumple’s Wiggin’ | What’s with the Cattitude? | Who the Shrek Are You?

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28 June 2015

My Little French Riviera Box | June 2015

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My Little World Magazine // Planters Duo // Illustration // Sunglasses // Loved by Sarah Lavoine Nail Polish in 501 // My Little Beauty Sea Salt Scrub // Kerastase Ciment Thermique.

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

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24 June 2015

OPI Planks A Lot

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Planks A Lot // three coats

Planks A Lot

The Pirates Of The Caribbean collection is my favourite OPI collaboration so far. It's made up of six dreamy pastel shades that have a slight murkiness to them that I just love. I was extremely late in getting round to buying each polish and I have no idea why. It was released in 2011 and I probably bought them a year or two later. I prefer lighter pastel shades of purple nail polish as darker purple just doesn't seem to suit my skin tone. Planks A Lot is probably as dark as I'd go with the exception of OPI Merry Midnight. Like Mermaids Tears, this dries a lot darker than it appears in the bottle which is a little disappointing. I prefer the more pastel shade of the bottle.

Application

The formula of the polishes in this set are all very similar. They all require three thin coats which is a bit disappointing coming from OPI as they usually only need two coats to become opaque. I can ignore this as I love the colours but do wish they were better. Other than that though each layer applied nicely and didn't bubble or drag. OPI polishes last well on me and I didn't notice any chipping or wear until the third day. For me and my nails were polishes don't usually last more than a day or two without chipping, that's pretty good going.





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23 June 2015

Mini Reviews 046 // Origins // Indeed Labs // First Aid Beauty // Clarins

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Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturiser | £34.50 // I've used and finished the Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment which I really liked so I thought I'd try the moisturiser version as I needed a new one. I'm attempting to buy and use more natural skin care products to try and calm my skin down and this probably isn't the best thing to be using. It also has a very strong scent although I don't think it does contain a synthetic fragrance, it is still something that might irritate my sensitive skin. My skin and I would have loved this moisturiser when I was a teenager but now since my skin has changed over the years thanks to eczema I just cannot seem to get on with it. It feels moisturising enough for my dry skin but it always feels a little irritated afterwards.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly | £24.99 // This moisturiser from Indeed Labs, on the other hand, has worked a treat on my sensitive skin. First of all, I love the packaging as it means I can control how much product I'm using without having to put my finger in a jar. I hope more brands start using this type of packaging. It's also in clear packaging so I can see how much I have used and roughly when it's going to run out. This is something that annoys me with the Kate Somerville Goar Milk Cream I'm currently also using, I can't tell when I'm going to finish it. Now back to Hydraluron Moisture Jelly. The name pretty much describes it - a gel which has a very similar texture to Hydraluron but basically a moisturiser version. It feels very light on the skin so I tend to use it for during the day and in the summer. I often need something heavier for nighttime and during winter. This doesn't contain any synthetic fragrance or essential oils so it's one I know won't irritate my eczema any further.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery | £28 // This looks, feels and applies like a toner but isn't really. The easiest way to apply it is to 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 tend to 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. It contains oat extracts so it really does help to soothe the skin which is perfect for when I have eczema flare ups. It's a unique product and one I haven't really seen from any other brand.


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22 June 2015

OPI Steady As She Rose

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Steady As She Rose // three coats

Steady As She Rose

The Pirates Of The Caribbean collection is my favourite OPI collaboration so far. It's made up of six dreamy pastel shades that have a slight murkiness to them that I just love. I was extremely late in getting round to buying each polish and I have no idea why. It was released in 2011 and I probably bought them a year or two later. After Sparrow Me The Drama, Steady As She Rose is my favourite. I cannot get away with white nail polish as it just doesn;t suit my skin tone. This extremely pale pink is a nice alternative and gives the same effect just a bit more subtle.

Application

The formula of the polishes in this set are all very similar. They all require three thin coats which is a bit disappointing coming from OPI as they usually only need two coats to become opaque. I can ignore this as I love the colours but do wish they were better. Other than that though each layer applied nicely and didn't bubble or drag. OPI polishes last well on me and I didn't notice any chipping or wear until the third day. For me and my nails were polishes don't usually last more than a day or two without chipping, that's pretty good going.




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19 June 2015

The Repurchases 007

the-repurchases-007-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm | £9.50 // When I finished my last tub of this I was undecided if I was going to repurchase it again or not. I love Dior's Creme De Rose and By Terry's Baume De Rose but both are expensive. Nuxe's offering is a cheaper alternative and although I don't think it's as good as the other two, it's one of the better more "affordable" lip balms. I chose the green limited edition lid and I actually prefer it to the original

REN Tonic Moisture Mist  // I was pretty lucky to find this in the Space NK sale as it looks like it's still out of stock on every website. It's such a shame as it's one of my favourite hydrating toners and I'm going to try to make this last as long as I can. It helps to soothe my sensitive skin and also add an extra bit of moisture into my skin. The closest I have come to find a dupe to this is balance Me's version.

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar | £4.75 // I've already started using this one hence why it' already crumbled up. I find the bubble bars easier to use if I break them up straight away as they dissolve quicker in the water when in smaller pieces and also the longer you keep bubble bars, the harder they get so it's not always easy to break them up after so many months. The Comforter is one of my favourite scents and one I will always repurchase as long as it's still available. It's quite a sickly sweet fruity scent but I still love it since a lot of the bath products I use are mostly herbal and relaxing scents so it makes a nice change. The Comforter is also one of the larger bubble bars available from Lush so despite the slightly higher price, I can usually get about six baths out of it.

Lush Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub | £8.75 // I think this is my third tub of Rub Rub Rub and I still love it just as much as the first time I bought it. Unlike some body scrubs I've used recently, this works amazingly well and is nicely abrasive without harming the skin. It's a salt based scrub, which I prefer along with sugar, as it dissolves in the water after you've rinsed it off and there isn't any mess left in the bath. It has quite a strong floral scent, a mix of jasmine and mimosa, so might be one to smell in store if you're not a huge fan of those two. I normally don't like strong floral scents but I really like this one. If you take back five empty full-size black pots to a Lush store then you get a free fresh face mask in return which is always a bonus.

Lush Dreamwash Shower Smoothie | £9.95 // This is another one that I think is my third repurchase and is an essential for me. It's calming on the skin and one I like to use when my eczema is acting up. The key ingredients are calamine, aloe vera gel and chamomile oil to keep skin soft and moisturised. It is essentially a shower gel but the consistency and formula is quite different as it is more of a cream. It works perfectly with Lush's Dream Cream and it really helps to keep my eczema at bay.


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18 June 2015

OPI Skull & Glossbones

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Skull & Glossbones // three coats

Skull & Glossbones

The Pirates Of The Caribbean collection is my favourite OPI collaboration so far. It's made up of six dreamy pastel shades that have a slight murkiness to them that I just love. I was extremely late in getting round to buying each polish and I have no idea why. It was released in 2011 and I probably bought them a year or two later. If I think of skull and crossbones I imagine more of a white colour than this grey-green toned polish. I still like it though! 

Application

The formula of the polishes in this set are all very similar. They all require three thin coats which is a bit disappointing coming from OPI as they usually only need two coats to become opaque. I can ignore this as I love the colours but do wish they were better. Other than that though each layer applied nicely and didn't bubble or drag. OPI polishes last well on me and I didn't notice any chipping or wear until the third day. For me and my nails were polishes don't usually last more than a day or two without chipping, that's pretty good going.





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17 June 2015

Where I blog from // 2015

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It's been a while since I last shared the area I blog from in my room. The furniture hasn't changed much and instead I've changed what's on the walls and what I keep in the Alex set of drawers.  You can see how it's changed over the years since I started blogging - here, here and here. Looking back on those photos, I cannot beleive how much has changed since the first set back in 2009. Back then I only owned eight OPI nail polishes and now six years later I have a full Helmer unit full of them!

I'm still really happy with how my chair turned out when I updated it with some new fabric last year. Ideally I'd like some more storage drawers but for the time being until I get my own place, I'm just going to have to have a good clear out. The bottom drawer is jamed full of random stuff that I probably don't really need. Recently I've rearranged one of the drawers to have it solely for blogging. In there I keep my blog diary and notebook as well as camera accessories. Once I've finished a product but I think I'll still want to blog about it then I put it in this drawer along with some bath oils that I couldn't find another place for.

I use a lot of wall paper samples as backgrounds for my photos and this basket from Ikea has been a lifesaver. I can now roll them up and have them out of the way, but they're kept neat and tidy. I also reall like how it looks.

If you want to know where anthing is from then just ask!

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16 June 2015

Mini Reviews 045 // Philosophy

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Philosophy 3 in 1 Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath | £14 // I've wanted to try Philosophy's shower gels since I started blogging and so many people have raved about them, but the £14 price tag put me off. I saw this set of minis around Christmas time last year and thought it was a great way of trying the different scents at a cheaper price. Although it's not available anymore, two of the scents still are and I'm sure they'll offer a similar set again this year.

I love the simple packaging, especially these minis with the flip open lids. I also love how each has a recipe on the front to match the scent. By following the simple steps, I am able to make melon daiquiris, vanilla cake and raspberry sorbet.

These are described as a three in one product and can be used as a shower gel, bubble bath and shampoo. Personally, with my incredibly dry, irritated and sensitive scalp, I haven't even thought about trying them as a shampoo as I know it'll only set off my eczema. I've enjoyed using them as a shower gel more than a bubble bath, simply because you need to use a lot of it when using it as a bubble bath. They do create a huge amount of bubbles though and it's nice to be able to use a bubble bath and shower gel with the same scent.

My favourite scent out of the three is without a doubt melon daiquiri. I love watermelon scented products and this is one of the best. I like the other two scents but vanilla birthday cake is a bit too sickly sweet and raspberry sorbet smells a bit too soapy and not very fruity. Considering the price, I expect the quality of the scents to match and with these two they just don't. Melon daiquiri definitely does.

Now that I've tried them and once I finish these mini bottles, I probably wouldn't buy a full size and instead buy a gift set again.


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15 June 2015

OPI Stranger Tides

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Stranger Tides // three coats

Stranger Tides

The Pirates Of The Caribbean collection is my favourite OPI collaboration so far. It's made up of six dreamy pastel shades that have a slight murkiness to them that I just love. I was extremely late in getting round to buying each polish and I have no idea why. It was released in 2011 and I probably bought them a year or two later. Stranger Tides reminds me of Essie Navigate Her, one of my favourite polishes. It's a nice change to your usual mint green nail polish and has the hint of murkiness that I like in pastel polishes. 

Application

The formula of the polishes in this set are all very similar. They all require three thin coats which is a bit disappointing coming from OPI as they usually only need two coats to become opaque. I can ignore this as I love the colours but do wish they were better. Other than that though each layer applied nicely and didn't bubble or drag. OPI polishes last well on me and I didn't notice any chipping or wear until the third day. For me and my nails were polishes don't usually last more than a day or two without chipping, that's pretty good going.





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14 June 2015

Sunday Pamper 018

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In the summer months I don't tend to do many pamper sessions as I'd rather just have a quick bath rather than a long hot soak. This is why today's pamper session only includes four products.

The eczema on my scalp has been playing up this past month caused by one of the styling products I was using, although I'm still trying to work out which one. I have a couple of different products that I rotate depending on how my scalp is feeling and today I feel like using this scalp serum. It's a bit hard to apply to my scalp so I tend to get my mum to apply it while we catch up with Netflix for twenty minutes or so. It's the perfect opportunity for a little head massage to which is the perfect way to start a relaxing pamper session. You apply this serum-gel to dry scalp and massage in then leave it to sink in for twenty minutes or so and wash out as normal. I love the mint scent and it really does work to soothe my scalp.

To prep for the week ahead I'll be painting on a couple coats of OPI's Stranger Tides, a lovely dirty green shade which has a hint of grey to it. I'll probably change it in time for my birthday on Thursday but for the start of the week its a nice subtle shade for work.

As usual, my skin is feeling dry and irritated so I'll be using the Hydraluron sheet mask to try and bring back the moisture in my skin. Although these are quite expensive working out about £5 per use, they truly do work and are nice to use every now and again. I like that they're individually wrapped and I can easily take a mask away with me if I want to. It would be nice to see a tube version of this at some point.

While the scalp serum and mask are doing their thing, I'll be reading Girl On The Train. Despite other people raving about it, I just haven't gotten into it. I said I was going to carry on reading it in my last Sunday Pamper post which was back in April and since then I've only read thirty more pages! I'm sure it'll get better but at the moment I'm just not feeling it.

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13 June 2015

Life Box June 2015

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I don't know if it's just me, but I'm a bit bored of beauty boxes. I cancelled my Birchbox subscription at the start of the year and instead decided to give My Little Box ago as it's a mix of lifestyle and beauty. I've never tried a food based box though, before now of course, and never really tried to find out if they were available. I was sorting out my favourites folders the other week, mainly the folder titled "shopping" as it felt like I'd saved millions of websites over the years and either I'd already bought half of it or I didn't want to buy them anymore. It was then that I came across Life Box, a website I think I saved after seeing another blogger write about it, who I cannot remember. After a quick browse of their website and instagram I thought I'd test it out.

You have a couple of options in terms of subscription. You can pick between a three-month subscription, which is what I chose, or a year long subscription. If you don't want to commit to a subscription then you can try a trial box which is a one off box. Once you've decided on which subscription you want, then it's time to decide on which box. I went for the Everyday box but also available is Women's Health, Cleanse, Men's Health and Junior. Prices vary but are around about £20 per month/box. This is about double that of the traditional beauty boxes but you do get more things to try and with the subscriptions you only have to pay postage once.

I chose the Everday box as it seemed a nice mix, but also because the Cleanse box was sold out at the time I made my order. Had the Cleanse box been available, I probably would have chosen it as it's all vegan and since I'm vegetarian I know I wont get anything containing meat. Even though I'm sure there won't be any or very few products not suitable for vegetarians in the Everyday box over the three months, I did take that risk so it's something to think about. **Edit: all products from all three boxes have been suitable for vegetarian.**

You can see what's in each months box on the website before they arrive at your door and for someone like myself who hates surprises, I know this sort of defeats the object of subscription boxes, this makes me happy. I was also sure I'd like the contents of the box before I ordered but I guess this can only really happen with the first box as I'm already subscriped for the July and August boxes.

I'm trying to spread out trying out all the different things as I know I won't get my next box till the first week of July. As much as I want to try and eat them all at the same time, it'll feel like I'm getting more for my money if this all lasts me a month. So far I've tried the Vivid Matcha Green Tea which I really didn't like, I'm not a tea drinking person apart from fruit and mint tea, Sassy's Red Velvet which I loved and am going to try to recreate it and finally the almond butter which was nice but a bit too salty for my taste and I prefer Meridian.

Have you tried a subscription service like this before?


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12 June 2015

Project Sample Use Up 032

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil | £28 // I love the idea of body oils but I hate the greasy feeling some leave behind if they don't sink in properly. This one from Nuxe is a dry oil so I never have this problem and it sinks in almost immediately. I wasn't a huge fan of the scent though so I wouldn't buy the full size.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara  | £21.50 // I loved this mascara and it's actually the first product I've tried from Tarte. I really want to buy the full size at some point.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Perfume | £34.50 - £64.50 // I keep these rollerball perfumes in my handbag so I don't have to carry a full-size bottle of perfume around with me. I like the Juicy Couture scents as they seem to mix well with the other perfumes I have and layer nicely. I've already bought a new one.

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil | £19.95 // I really liked this body oil although I wouldn't buy it because I think it's going to be a miracle worker and get rid of cellulite. Instead, it just keeps my skin feeling incredibly soft and moisturised and therefore avoiding new eczema flare ups.

Weleda Skin Food | £9.95 // This is a staple in my collection and I will always have at least one tube floating around. It's incredibly moisturising and really helps to soothe my eczema when nothing else will. I also like to use it as my hand cream in the winter when they're really dry and chapped. These mini tubes are perfect for keeping at work or in my handbag and I really need to order some more.

L'Occitane Vanilla Bouquet Hand Cream | £8 // I really love the formula of L’Occitane hand creams, I’ve been through so many different tubes, but I am yet to find a scent that I actually like. They’re either too floral or a bit old lady-ish for my taste and unfortunately I’m not a huge fan of this vanilla bouquet version. Again the formula was great as it made my hands feel incredibly soft and hydrated without a greasy feeling.

Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo | £9.95 // I've had quite a few of these mini tubes of shampoo from Weleda and I really liked it. It didn't impress me as much as others have, but it didn't irritate my scalp which is the main thing.

Janjira Thai Lime & Ginger Hand Wash | £16 // This isn't pictured as I took the empty tube away with me and didn't want to bring it back with me. I thought I’d love this hand soap but the scent was actually quite subtle which was a bit disappointing. I also found it quite difficult to actually wash off the soap, it didn't lather very well and instead stayed as a gel stuck to my hand.

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11 June 2015

OPI Mermaid's Tears

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Mermaid's Tears // three coats

Mermaid's Tears

The Pirates Of The Caribbean collection is my favourite OPI collaboration so far. It's made up of six dreamy pastel shades that have a slight murkiness to them that I just love. I was extremely late in getting round to buying each polish and I have no idea why. It was released in 2011 and I probably bought them a year or two later. I don't really know what colour mermaid's tears would be but this light green is a nice change from my usual mint option. It dries slightly darker than the bottle, less pastel and more bright.

Application

The formula of the polishes in this set are all very similar. They all require three thin coats which is a bit disappointing coming from OPI as they usually only need two coats to become opaque. I can ignore this as I love the colours but do wish they were better. Other than that though each layer applied nicely and didn't bubble or drag. OPI polishes last well on me and I didn't notice any chipping or wear until the third day. For me and my nails were polishes don't usually last more than a day or two without chipping, that's pretty good going.




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09 June 2015

Mini Reviews 044 // Bumble And Bumble | Mio | Healgel | Sarah Chapman

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Bumble And Bumble Brilliantine | £19 // I tend to use Brilliantine when I curl my hair as I find it works better than when my hair is naturally wavy/curly. Unlike some other B&B products I have, this works fine with my long hair and I find it easy to apply and use. It has a cream consistency so I simply run a small amount through my hair, concentrating mainly on the mid-length and ends and avoiding the roots. It helps to separate curls so they look more natural while still looking polished, smooth and shiny. It adds a slight grip to the hair so curls stay longer as well. My curls always look good the next day when I use this as well, but it's also the perfect thing to use on second-day curls to revive them and give that slept in look. Finally, a B&B styling product that I love!

Mio Workout Wonder Invigorating Muscle Motivating Gel | £21 // This is one of my favourite product discoveries and I think I got this mini bottle as part of a Cult Beauty gift with purchase. It’s a spearmint and peppermint cream that almost feels like a gel when you apply it. The mint gives an amazing cooling effect on the skin and it’s perfect to use either before or after a workout and on any aches and pains. I've used it when I've had a sore back and it works really well to soothe and relieve it. It's not an essential everyday product but nice to have it when you need it.

Healgel Intensive | £37.50 // I bought this to use on areas of my skin that are slightly scared thanks to years of scratching my eczema in my sleep as it was designed to be used post-surgery. I've also been using it as a sort of spot treatment for those pesky scars left behind from under the skin spots. It acts as an intensive moisturiser so it works really well to heal spots and prevents scars from forming. I've been using it for a month or two on my eczema scars, mainly on my knuckles and elbows as well as where I got a mole removed. I can tell a difference in the texture of my skin as it looks smoother although it might be a bit too soon to tell. It's a handy multi-purpose product to keep around for accidental curling tong burns (I can't be the only one!) and even to use on sunburn as an intensive treatment. The packaging means you can really control how much product you're using and you can also see how much is left which is always a bonus. It has a gel texture and feels quite cooling when you apply it which makes me think it would be amazing on sunburn.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Hand And Nail Treatment | £35 // This hand treatment was raved about my various bloggers and YouTubers so I bought it with some birthday Space NK vouchers last year. The first thing that hit me was the scent and not in a good way. I was expecting a spa-like scent that was relaxing but instead it reminds me of mouldy flowers. A horrible visual but you know when flowers start to get a bit old and you can smell them in the room when you really should have thrown them away days before? Needless to say, I really hate it. While scent isn't the most important thing in products, unless they’re perfume, if they smell so bad that it puts me off using it then it’s not very good especially when a product costs £35. I know scent is personal and everyone whose reviews I've read have all liked the scent, but I was very disappointed. There isn't a Space NK in Liverpool so I wasn't able to smell it first before ordering online otherwise I wouldn't have bought it in the first place. I'm not going to take a trip to Manchester just to smell the products every time I want to buy anything from Space NK. Here’s hoping they open a store soon! The scent of this has also put me off wanting to try other Sarah Chapman products as I feel like they might have similar scents.

Now onto the product. I have the say I wasn't blown away by this oil like others have been. It works well but in my opinion it doesn't deserve the hype and praises it gets. I find the cheaper Neutrogena hand cream, which is more like a balm, that I'm using at the moment is just as good if not better. It’s one of those oils that feels like it’s just sitting on top of my skin and not actually sinking in properly. Even though I apply this before bed, I still don’t want greasy hands and it getting on my bedding. Don’t repeat what I did, if you’re interested in this go and see it in person!


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08 June 2015

Deborah Lippmann I'm A Flirt

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Deborah Lippmann I'm A Flirt // three coats

I'm A Flirt

This shade just screams summer to me. It's a lovely bright raspberry pink that reminds me quite a bit of Barry M Pomegranate. I'm A Flirt is more pink toned though. I can't find this nail polish online so I'm not sure if it's a limited edition shade since I got it as part of a gift with purchase.

Application

For such an expensive nail polish, I'm disappointed that I had to use three coats and even then it wasn't completely opaque. This may be because it has more of a jelly finish than a normal crème finish, but for the price I felt it was a bit of a letdown. Saying that though, if you're going to have to apply at least three coats then you want each one to apply and dry nicely and this nail polish did. I also really liked the high shine finish and although I applied a top coat to make it last longer, it really didn't need it in terms of how glossy it looked already.

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04 June 2015

Barry M Chai

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Barry M Chai // two coats

Chai

Ever since Models Own discontinued Misty Grey and I came to the end of my bottle, I've been looking for a replacement. I thought I found it in Nubar Citadel but separates after every use so you have to shake it which creates bubbles when you do eventually go to apply it. Chai is a lot darker than what I'm after, it even dries darker than it looks in the bottle, but it's still a really nice grey. It reminds me of more of an elephant grey whereas I'm eventually hoping to find a much lighter more pastel grey.

Application

As with all the gelly formula nail polishes from Barry M , at least the ones I've tried, this applied beautifully and you can easily control the shape of the polish with the brush. I do find these polishes thicken over time, but a drop or two of nail polish thinner brings it back to how it's meant to be. You could easily get away with one coat of this especially if you apply a thicker than normal layer, but I always apply two as it just lasts better on my nails this way.

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03 June 2015

Skin Care Diary // May 2015

Throughout each month, I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on a daily 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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Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution| First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser| JorgObé Peel Off Mask| La Roche-Posay Serozinc | REN Tonic Moisture Mist| Weleda Iris Hydrating Night Cream | Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. 

This month I have introduced some new products to my routine as I was getting a little bit fed up of my skin. I'm loving the night cream from Weleda as it keeps my skin hydrating and helps to soothe my eczema. The combination of Serozinc and the Drying Lotion are helping to keep spots at bay.



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02 June 2015

Mini Reviews 043 // Mario Badescu | Weleda | Una Brennan

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion | £14.50 // This is one of the few spot treatments that I find actually works on my skin and it doesn’t get spoken about enough. It’s made up of a liquid and a powder that settles to the bottom of the bottle. You take a clean cotton bud and dip it into the powder and then apply it to the areas that need it. It is one you can only really use at night or if you’re staying at home as it does leave pink dots where you apply it. I then remove the leftover pink dots after I’ve woken up during the morning cleanse. It really does reduce the size of the blemish without drying the skin out which is the problem I’ve had with other spot treatments. Although I have dry skin, I also suffer from quite regular breakouts so I can’t really use anything that will dry my skin out further. This is also a really great price for what it does and it’s easy enough to buy online in the UK, I got mine from Beauty Bay.

Weleda Calendula Face Cream | £7.95 // Although this cream is meant to be used on babies I thought it would be perfect for my sensitive skin especially when my eczema flares up. Also calendula is one of the few ingredients I know that my skin likes so I always try and find products which contain it. I like that this moisturiser comes in quite a small tube, I get bored of moisturisers very quickly, and it’s also a pretty cheap price for a moisturiser. The bonus is that I can use a tube squeezer on it to make sure I am able to use every last drop of it. I would only really recommend this for people who have dry skin as it can leave your skin feeling a little bit greasy especially if you are generous with the amount you apply. I’m fine with this as I either apply less if I’m going out or going straight to sleep or I let it sink in for a while after applying. I feel like this is one of those fuss free moisturisers that isn’t going to create miracles but is simply going to keep your skin moisturised which is what I want especially if my skin is playing up. I also like that this doesn’t contain perfume and the scent comes from essential oils as I know perfume irritates my skin and eczema. I can see myself repurchasing this cream for a long time and I’ve also bought the body version to try.

Una Brennan Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil | £14.99 // I discovered this thanks to Caroline Hirons and it is just as good as she says it is. If you have dry skin, especially in the winter, then you really need to try this. You apply it to dry skin before cleansing and massage it in for a few minutes before removing with a flannel or muslin cloth. It does leave your skin feeling slightly oily but as you follow up with a cleanser, I usually use a balm cleanser for an added extra bit of moisture, the greasy feeling goes away but you’re left with incredibly soft skin and all dry patches are gone. Over the winter I tend to use it a bit more often but usually it’s about once a week as a skin treat. It’s also quite often on offer in Boots which makes the already cheap price even better, either 3 for 2 or at a discounted price. It definitely feels a lot more expensive and luxurious than it is and the packaging makes it easy to apply.


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01 June 2015

Barry M Cardamon

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
Barry M Cardamon // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Cardamon 

Despite loving mint green and dirty green shades of nail polishes, I'm not often drawn to other shades of green. What made me pick out Cardamon, I have no idea, but I surprisingly really like it. It's quite a bright green but has a slight murkiness to it that I guess might be why I added it to my basket. I haven't got another polish like this in my collection which is quite rare these days. It's a nice polish for when you don't particularly want to wear a bright spring or summer shade, but you also don't want to wear a darker shade, it's a nice in between colour.

Application

As with all the gelly formula nail polishes from Barry M , at least the ones I've tried, this applied beautifully and you can easily control the shape of the polish with the brush. I do find these polishes thicken over time, but a drop or two of nail polish thinner brings it back to how it's meant to be. You could easily get away with one coat of this especially if you apply a thicker than normal layer, but I always apply two as it just lasts better on my nails this way.

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