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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 shampo…

OPI Who The Shrek Are You?

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Supplies used...
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…

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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OPI Planks A Lot

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Orly Bonder Base Coat OPI Planks A Lot // three coats CND Speedey Top Coat
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 opaqu…

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 packagin…

OPI Steady As She Rose

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Orly Bonder Base Coat OPI Steady As She Rose // three coats CND Speedey Top Coat
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 lay…

The Repurchases 007

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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 on…

OPI Skull & Glossbones

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Orly Bonder Base Coat OPI Skull & Glossbones // three coats CND Speedey Top Coat
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…

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 ca…

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 m…

OPI Stranger Tides

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Orly Bonder Base Coat OPI Stranger Tides // three coats CND Speedey Top Coat
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…

Sunday Pamper 018

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Lush Bunch Of Carrots Bubble Bar | John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Purifying Serum | OPI Stranger Tides | Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask
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 twe…

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&#…

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 wor…

OPI Mermaid's Tears

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Orly Bonder Base Coat OPI Mermaid's Tears // three coats CND Speedey Top Coat
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 bubbl…

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 s…

Deborah Lippmann I'm A Flirt

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Orly Bonder Base Coat Deborah Lippmann I'm A Flirt // three coats CND Speedey Top Coat
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 te…

Barry M Chai

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

Skin Care Diary // May 2015

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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. 

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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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 mean…

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 i…