31 August 2015

OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Here

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Here // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Y'all Come Back Ya Here

I love bright orange nail polishes although I don't end up wearing them too often on my hands, I usually save them for my toes. Due to the jelly formula, it looks a lot more subtle once on the nails than it looks in the bottle which I really like.

Application

The formula of this polish, along with a lot of the others from this collection, are very thin and watery. I tend to call them jelly polishes, but OPI also call them sorbet nail polishes. No matter how many coats you apply, they're never going to look completely opaque. You can use a milky ridge filler as your base coat which does help to make them look a little more opaque. For a polish that is meant to be thin, it's not streaky and applies very nicely.


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30 August 2015

Favourites // July & August 2015

august-2015-favourites-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 1 Deep Steep Sugar Cane Foot Scrub | £12.95 // Despite it being summer, my feet are in a horrible state and I think this is due to wearing sandals every day to work. I am also very lazy when it comes to applying foot cream, I hate my feet feeling sticky, so they've become very dry and have even cracked in one place on my heel. A few weeks back I made an effort to look after them a bit more and to apply moisturiser each night. To inject even more moisture into my skin I've been using this foot scrub from Deep Steep. Lets just start with the smell - it's good enough to eat! It smells like peppermint bark. It's a sugar scrub which is my favourite type as it's abrasive and the sugar dissolves into the water so there's no mess or waste. My favourite thing about this scrub and why I reach for it over a standard body scrub is that it's incredibly moisturising. It's packed full of different oils and once you wash away the sugar you can really feel them. This would probably be enough if my feet weren't so dry but I do need to follow up with a moisturiser afterwards.

Weleda Foot Balm | £9.95 // This is the moisturiser I've been using after the foot scrub. The two scents don't really go together but they work so well so it's not too important. I wouldn't say this is a balm as it has more of a cream consistency. It reminds me slightly of Skin Food so if you've tried and liked it then you'll probably like this. Once it has sunk in it leaves your feet feeling slightly matte which is perfect for me as I hate the sticky feeling when lotion doesn't sink in properly. The only downside is that I've been going through this really quickly although this is probably down to my skin being so dry.

Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream | £34 // It's not often I find a moisturiser that I really like but from the first use I knew this one from Pai is something special. It gives my skin enough moisture without clogging my skin or feeling too heavy. It also doesn't irritate my eczema which happens sometimes with certain creams. Despite it being called a day cream I use it both day and night and have only had good results from it. Once I've finish Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Cream then I'll probably buy the full size of this.
august-2015-favourites-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 2 Ghost Eclipse Perfume | £34 // I've mentioned this perfume a couple of times on my blog recently and since it's nearly empty I thought it best to mention it in a favourites before it's part of an empties post. As I've worn this over a couple of years when I smell it I immediately think of summer. The bottle shape isn't one of my favourites but I can ignore this as it's the scent that really matters. The notes that are most prominent when I smell this are apple and bergamot with a hint of musk. There are also notes of lemon, mandarin, peach, freesia, lotus flower, rose and amber.
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Essie Neo Whimsical Nail Polish | £10.95 // NOTD post here. Neo Whimsical is one of my favourite nail polishes but I had completely forgotten about it as I was going through a phase of wearing bright polishes. When I'll Tinsel You In dropped though the letter box I knew I had to pair the two together. The black and white glitter looks amazing over this pale dirty pink-purple.

OPI I'll Tinsel You In Nail Polish | £8.95 // I don't often reach for glitters but when I do this is the type I love. Confetti glitters looks like nail art without all the effort and are best paired with lighter pastel shades.


Nubar Citadel Nail Polish // NOTD post here. Citadel is another polish that immediately popped into my head when I was choosing what to wear with I'll Tinsel You In. Why is it that all of the grey nail polishes that I love are eventually discontinued. Models Own stopped selling Misty Grey and then I found Citadel as the perfect alternative and now Nubar have discontinued it. The search for a new grey nail polish will have to start!

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29 August 2015

The Repurchases 008

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Sachajuan Volume Mousse | £20 // I bought this in the Beauty Bay sale for only £9. I couldn't believe it was so cheap after paying the full £20 for the first bottle. This isn't the perfect hair mousse for me, I'm still looking for it, but for now it's what I like to use to enhance my natural curl. It doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky, but it also doesn't quite have enough hold so my hair tends to go a bit frizzy after a couple of days. If anyone has any recommendations for curl enhancing mousses then let me know in the comments.

Burberry Lip Velvet Lipstick in Military Red | £23 // I can't seem to be able to find this lipstick anywhere online at the moment so I'm glad I bought it when I did. I got a mini version as part of a gift with purchase and I fell in love with it as soon as I tried it. I've struggled with finding a red lipstick that I like and that I think suits me and finally I have found it. I have very pale skin and red hair so I find that the majority of red lipsticks either clash with my hair colour or just do not suit me. Military Red has the tiniest hint of orange to it which is why I think it works for me. Not only do I love the packaging of the full size and the magnetic click is so satisfying, but the formula is great too. It's matte enough to last a really long time, but it doesn't cling to dry patches or dry my lips out even more. I have applied it straight from the bullet with no problem, but if I've got time then I like to use a lip brush first.

First Aid Beauty Instant Repair Oatmeal Mask | £17.50 // This is an essential in my skincare routine as it really helps to keep my eczema in check thanks to the oats. As soon as I was close to finishing my first tube I made an order so I wouldn't be without. It's also a pretty good price for how well it works. FAB have quickly become one of my favourite and go to brands.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads | £22 // I was wary of using acid toners on my sensitive skin, but I haven't had any reaction to these after finishing the whole of the mini tub. I tend to use them twice a week, usually Sundays and Wednesdays, and I always notice a difference in my skin the next day. The cotton pads are easy to use and great for travel. I'm probably going to keep the empty tub so I can decant them when I need to.

Nourish Argan Skin Rescue | £21 // I first heard about this brand and this particular product on Kate's blog and Nouvelle Daily. Just the words skin rescue had me intrigued. I got the mini bottle when it was on offer on Feel Unique so I was able to try it out first before buying the full size. I personally use this almost like an oil. It's the last step in my routine although on particularly bad winter nights I might need to apply a moisturiser on top. At the moment though it's enough for my skin. It's also really effective when my eczema flares up as it keeps my skin hydrated and also soothes my irritated skin. I do find it takes a while to sink in so I make sure I wash my face early enough in the night that it has time to sink in before I go to bed. I liked it so much I bought the full size!


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28 August 2015

Skin Care Diary | August 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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27 August 2015

OPI Too Hot Pink To Hold Em

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Too Hot Pink To Hold Em // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Too Hot Pink To Hold Em

Too Hot Pink To Hold Em is a red/pink and although it looks quite similar to others from the collection, it's a really nice shade.

Application

The formula of this polish, along with a lot of the others from this collection, are very thin and watery. I tend to call them jelly polishes, but OPI also call them sorbet nail polishes. No matter how many coats you apply, they're never going to look completely opaque. You can use a milky ridge filler as your base coat which does help to make them look a little more opaque. For a polish that is meant to be thin, it's not streaky and applies very nicely.


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26 August 2015

Empties // August 2015

empties-august-2015-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water | £15 // This micellar water will always be one of my favourites and although I tend to buy the Garnier equivalent, I like to buy a bottle every now and again. This removes my eye make-up completely and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask | £22.99 // I feel like I've had this face mask for years so I made more of an effort to try and finish it over the past couple of months. I really liked this one, but haven't decided if I'm going to repurchase it or not as I have others that I really need to finish first and are quite similar. I used this mask when my skin was feeling either dry or irritated, but needed a deep cleanse.

Lush So White Shower Gel // I love the So White bath bomb Lush releases at Christmas so as soon as a I saw they had created a shower gel version I made an order. Unfortunately it was a limited edition product and I have no idea if they'll be bringing it back again this year. It has the same crisp apple scent and I'm surprised I made it last as long as I did.

Zoella Tutti Fruitti Fresh Fizz Bath Fizzer | £5 // I loved the original scent Zoe released and was excited to smell the tutti fruitti scent. It was part of the Latest In Beauty awards box so I added it to my selected. It seems to have the same formula as the original, maybe slightly less moisturising, but I have to say I'm not a huge fan of the scent. It doesn't smell like tutti fruitti to me, instead it reminds me of a Lush bath bomb that I can't pin point. I probably won't buy this version again and instead will repurchase Fizz Bar.

Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream | £25 // This is one of my holy grail products and I need to order a new pot straight away. I tend to use this on my elbows and hands as they get incredibly dry and it's were I most often have eczema flare ups. It has a really strong camphor scent which does fade and disappear once it has sunk in, but I actually love it.

REN Rose Otto Body Oil | £34 // Despite having dry skin, I hate applying body lotion so I like to use a body oil instead especially in winter. After getting out of the bath I'll apply it straight away as I find the oil sinks in a lot better this way. I loved the rose scent and would buy another bottle in the future.

John Masters Purifying Scalp Serum | £23 // This is another one of my favourites. I feel like I'm running out of them all at the same time. I get horrible eczema flare ups on my scalp and this really helps to soothe my scalp. I apply it the day I'm going to wash my hair and when I don't need to go out. I massage it in and let it sit for about thirty minutes before washing it out as normal. It has a mint scent which reminds me of the dentist, but doesn't put me off using it. This is another one I need to repurchase straight away.

Sachuajuan Volume Mousse | £20 // I already bought a back up of this hair mousse before I'd even finished this bottle as I knew I couldn't be without it. It was in the Beauty Bay sale for only £9 so I couldn't resist the bargain price. Although this isn't the perfect curling mousse, I am yet to find one, it does work really well and doesn't leave my hair feeling crispy or sticky.

CND Stickey Base Coat | £8.95 // Again another favourite! It's also a really good price and works amazingly well. It prevents staining and helps to smooth out the nail before coloured polish is applied. It's a green coloured base coat, but you don't notice the colour once you apply it. I feel like I have a million and one other base coats to use before I buy another bottle, but I'll be buying another bottle of Stickey as soon as possible.


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25 August 2015

Mini Reviews 050 // The Body Shop Virgin Mojito

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I asked for some of the Virgin Mojito range from The Body Shop for my birthday in June and I happily received three of them. I would have liked some sort of bath product to be included in the range along with the usual scrub, shower gel and moisturiser. I feel like a bath bomb or bath jelly would have worked really well with the mojito scent. I love the lime and mint scent as it's so refreshing and just smells like summer in a bottle. I also like that each product has a slightly different scent and the scrub smells slightly more like cucumber.

Virgin Mojito Body Scrub | £15 // I really like the gel texture this body scrub has and it feels very cooling on the skin.  If you've read any of my other reviews on TBS body scrubs then you'll know my opinion on them varies a lot. This is definitely not the most abrasive scrub I've tried, but does actually feel like it's doing something to my skin. You do have to rinse the bath out afterwards as the tiny beads in it do not dissolve in the water which I don't think is necessary as sugar or salt scrubs work even better than beads.

Virgin Mojito Shower Gel // This doesn't seem to be on their site at the moment so may just mean it is temporarily unavailable and I assume they'll be bringing it back at some point. I really like TBS shower gels as they're pretty cheap if you use a discount code. They smell amazing, this one is no exception, and they also don't dry my skin out or irritate it.

Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet | £ // This is actually the first body sorbet I've tried from TBS although other scents were released last year, I just never got round to buying one. It has a really different texture to the standard body lotion. It definitely feels more like a gel than a cream, but I wouldn't say it's a gel if that makes any sense! It sinks into the skin incredibly quickly. I imagine this sort of moisturiser would work really well on on sunburnt skin once it as settled down a little bit. Luckily so far this year I haven't burnt my skin so I can only guess. This probably wouldn't be heavy enough for my skin during the winter, but it's perfect for me during the summer. I hate applying a moisturiser and then having to put clothes on when it hasn't really sunk in probably. I haven't had this problem so far when using this and it almost gives my skin a matte sort of feeling once it's rubbed in.


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24 August 2015

OPI Houston We Have A Purple

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Houston We Have A Purple // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Houston We Have A Purple

I love the name of this nail polish from the 2011 Texas collection! Houston We Have A Purple is a purple as you'd guess, but it has a hint of pink to it especially with the thinner formula. It reminds me of sweets for some reason when it's on my nails.

Application

The formula of this polish, along with a lot of the others from this collection, are very thin and watery. I tend to call them jelly polishes, but OPI also call them sorbet nail polishes. No matter how many coats you apply, they're never going to look completely opaque. You can use a milky ridge filler as your base coat which does help to make them look a little more opaque. For a polish that is meant to be thin, it's not streaky and applies very nicely.

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22 August 2015

Face Masks | What I'm using 001

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Oskia Renaissance Mask | £48.50 // This is a mini jar that I got with a gift with purchase a while ago but it's actually quite big so I've managed to properly test it out and have gotten a good few uses from it. It starts off as a peach gel-balm and then once you start rubbing it into your skin it turns into a white cream. You then leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing off. The fruit acids loosen the top layers of the skin while the lactic acid stimulates cell regeneration. Since I do have very sensitive skin I only use this as and when I need it although it does say it can be used once or twice a week but no more than twice. After I've used this my skin always feels smoother and dry patches disappear. I love the Renaissance Gel Cleanser so I had a pretty good feeling like I'd like the mask version as well. Nearly £50 is quite a lot for a face mask and I get very similar results from using the First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads so I don't think I'd buy the full size, at least not at the moment.

JorgObĂ© Peel Off Mask* | £22 // I've raved about this face mask several times on the blog so I'll try and keep it brief. It has quite a thick tar like consistency which does it quite hard to apply. Apply an even layer, I find an old foundation brush works best, to your face and then you leave it on for thirty minutes until it's completely dry. The fun then begins and you can start peeling it off! There might be some bits of mask left after you peel it off, especially around the edges, so I just take a damp flannel and buff it away. Since I do have sensitive skin, when applying this I avoid my cheeks and tend to only apply it to my t-zone which gets quite congested. By using this once a week, usually on a Sunday, I've noticed my skin especially my nose and chin look a lot clearer and I have less blackheads. There are some interesting ingredients in this mask such as black kaolin clay to absorb excess sebum, witch hazel, echinacea which prevents infections and dragon’s blood, the sap from the Croton Lechleri tree, which has a cleansing effect and calms stressed and sensitive skin.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask | £17.50 // This is probably my most used and repurchased face mask so far. I just love how soothing it is and the difference it makes to my skin. It's perfect for when my sensitive skin flares up and is feeling irritated. The oat particles also act as a mild exfoliant while you apply the mask similarly to the balance Me Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm. Not only does this help to calm my skin, it also moisturisers dry patches which helps to stop my eczema flaring up. It's fragrance free which I'm finding quite rare when it comes to face masks, at least the ones I have anyway, and it's gentle enough that I can use it several times a week if I feel like my skin needs it. It looks like quite a small tube when you get it but it really does last a long time as you only need a small amount.




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21 August 2015

Shopping // Lush Old & New

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Dream Cream | £11.95 // I haven't had a tub of Dream Cream for a while so I added one to my basket. I like to pair it together with Dream Wash which has sadly now been discontinued but also brought back as a slightly different product. I find the rose and chamomile scent really relaxing and it really helps to soothe and prevent my eczema from flaring up. This tub also lasts me a really long time as only a small amount is needed.

Rose Jam Bubbleroon | £3.75 // I've tried this before it was reformulated so I'm intrigued to see how it has changed. The most obvious way is how it looks and I have to say I definitely prefer it this way. It just looks a bit more put together and less home-made. I looks slightly less like a macaroon now though. As you can probably guess by the name that the main scent of this bubble bar is rose but there is also lemon and geranium mixed into it.

Honey Bee Bath Bomb | £3.35 // I love this bath bomb although I haven't used it for a good year or two. As you'd imagine it has a honey scent along with a hint of honey. The scent reminds me of Honey I Washed The Kids Soap which is another Lush favourite of mine.

Karma Bubble Bar | £4.25 // Despite liking the Karma scent and it being made into several different products, I don't think I've ever actually bought any of them before. As soon as I saw this purple pyramid in the shop window though I knew I just had to buy it. As with most of the bubble bars, they can be broken down into several baths. I usually stretch them out as far as I can as I do have quite a small bath tub and can usually get four or five baths out of one. The scent of karma is a mix of lemon grass, patchouli, orange, pine and mango along with lavandin which is closely related to lavender and has a similar scent.


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20 August 2015

My Little Gypset Box | August 2015

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Illustration | My Little World Newspaper | Hair Ties/Bracelets | Bag | My Little Beauty Bronzer | Korres Santorini Vine Body Milk | So Susan Colour Hybrid.

Gypset - (adj) Someone with a passionate soul, an adventurous mind and a bohemian nature.

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

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OPI Big Hair ... Big Nails

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Big Hair ... Big Nails // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Big Hair ... Big Nails

Big Hair ... Big Nails was the first nail polish I tried from the 2011 Texas collection and the first of the sorbet polishes. This is another nail polish that is described completely different so how I see it. OPI describe it as rosy pageant peach, but to me it's definitely a bright coral. It just screams summer to me.

Application

The formula of this polish, along with a lot of the others from this collection, are very thin and watery. I tend to call them jelly polishes, but OPI also call them sorbet nail polishes. No matter how many coats you apply, they're never going to look completely opaque. You can use a milky ridge filler as your base coat which does help to make them look a little more opaque. For a polish that is meant to be thin, it's not streaky and applies very nicely.


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18 August 2015

Brighton & Bexhill 2015

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More photos on my Instagram. Food recommendations (especially for vegetarians): Food for friends, Terre A Terre, Iydea, Pizzaface, Bagelman, Gelato Gusto (Brighton) and Di Paolo Cafe for gelato (Bexhill).

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