30 September 2015

Shopping | The I'm Hating My Hair At The Moment Haul

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I've been having a real issue with my hair recently and I don't really know why. I have naturally curly/wavy hair, but in my early teens I straightened it basically every day. Around fourteen or fifteen I started to wear it natural and loved it and have pretty much every day since. I never straighten it anymore and if I want to have it looking a bit more "neat" then I'll use a curling tong/wand. Since I was fifteen (I'm twenty-five now) I've used the same technique of adding a curling product to damp hair and them simply leaving it to dry naturally and having no problems with it. For the past, I don't know, maybe six months or so my hair just hasn't been sitting right. It gets frizzy really quickly and despite having a very dry scalp it's been getting quite greasy recently. It almost feels like product build up or I haven't washed my shampoo/conditioner out properly which I know it's not and I have been. I've had enough of it and have announced to my mum on several occasions that I am fed up of it and want to just shave it all off. I obviously won't be, but I really hate my hair at the moment. So one night I decided to just order a load of different products to try and get my hair back to how it was.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam | £6.99 // This is an interesting product and I knew I had to try it after I first heard about it. To be honest, I haven't liked any of the other Frizz Ease products I've tried in the past as I found them all to be really sticky no matter how little I applied or what type of product it was. My mum loves the range though so it really does differ from person to person. Since it wasn't too expensive I thought I'd give it a go and if I didn't get on with it I knew my mum would at least try it for herself anyway. So you apply it like you would a mousse, but it has a lightly foam like texture to it. The lightness can be deceiving though and I'm still working out how much product I need to use without it feeling sticky or crunchy. It's early days and I'll report back when I've tried it properly.

John Masters Organics Sea Mist | £16 // John Masters is a brand I'd like to try more from and since I love the Scalp Serum so much I thought I'd try another hair product. I did not really need another sea salt spray, but I bought it anyway. The bottle is huge and considering the price it's a pretty good bargain. It has a hint of lavender to it which I love and acts a bit like a hair perfume. I use this like I do with all sea sprays. I spray it all over damp hair and leave to dry naturally after creating a parting.

Bumble And Bumble Prêt-à-Powder | £22 // I like to wear my grown out side fringe in some sort of side bride on a daily basis to work as it gets the hair out of my face, but also looks pretty. I want to experiment more with braids after reading through The Beauty Departments hair section and a volume powder is a must have product. I have a couple that I want to try over time, but I thought Prêt-à-Powder was a good place to start. Prêt-à-Powder can be used as a dry shampoo, but I feel like it's a bit too much of a faff and would rather use a spray version simply for ease. Instead I bought it to add texture, volume and grit to braids so you can make them look messy and lived in. It also makes pulling braids apart to appear bigger and fuller a dream.

Sebastian Professional Potion 9 | £12.70 // I've heard so many people rave about this and I don't know why it's taken me so long to try it. I went for the smaller size first so I could properly try it out without spending the full amount. It's orange in colour and smells really nice. I tend to use one and a half pumps since I do have long hair. I smooth it onto damp hair before leaving to air dry or if I want to go to bed quickly I just put it up in a bun and once I wake up my natural curl/wave is ten times stronger. It's sort of a leave-in conditioner that is practically invisible in your hair, but leaves it feeling silky soft and frizz free.

Bumble And Bumble Surf Infusion | £21.50 // I have and love the original surf spray from Bumble & Bumble so when I heard a new version was being released I knew I had to try it. You still get all the texture and beach waves, but with the added bonus of an oil to keep hair nourished. I shake it up to mix the salt and oil then spray all over damp hair while scrunching to distribute and create curls.

Living Proof Curl Enhancing Styling Mousse | £13 // I decided to buy the mini size of this as I've never used it before and mousse can be hit or miss. I didn't want to spend £22 on the full size just in case. At least with this mini can if I do like it I can simply buy the full size once it's empty, but if I don't then I haven't spend as much and there is less product to use. I find it quite hard to find a mousse that enhances curl as the majority are used to add volume. I prefer applying mousse to my hair as I find it the easiest to apply without my hair going frizzy once dry. This is meant to enhance natural curl and wave without it leaving the hair crispy or frizzy. As with all of these products I'm sure I'll write full reviews once I've tried them all properly.

If these all fail then I think a trip to the hair dressers is in order to try and get it looking it's best again.
Any other recommendations please leave in the comments!


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29 September 2015

Favourites | September 2015

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Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Kalahari | £25 // When I wear eyeshadow nine times out of ten I'll reach for one of the Naked palettes. The other times it's this duo from Nars. I've made a bigger dent in the left shade, but both are just as nice. I tend to just wear a wash of one colour all over the lid and these two shades really enhance my blue-green eyes. Just add a bit of black or brown eyeliner and finish with mascara and it looks like it's taken forever when in fact it's really easy.

Diptyque Tam Dao Perfume | £58 // I bought this perfume in a Space NK sale for about £20 which is am absolute bargain. The only reason it was so cheap was because of a redesign of the bottles. The scent is exactly the same and I actually quite like the old style. Since I don't wear this on a daily basis to work as it's an eau de toilette, I forget just how much I love it until I pull it out to wear at the weekend. It's such a hard one to describe so I suggest going into a Space NK to smell. It also pairs beautifully with Philosykos,
Be transported to a lush tropical rainforest with Tam Dao; a heady, intoxicating fragrance from the legendary French perfume house of Diptyque, Worn and adored by both women and men, Tam Dao is warm, woody and spicy. Elegant and sophisticated, it’s your perfect escape into an exotic and exciting world.

John Masters Organics Scalp Deep Scalp Purifying Serum | £23 // I featured this in a favourites post a few months back, but I just can't rave about it enough. As it's something I've been using a lot this month and didn't mind talking about it twice. If you have an itchy/dray/flaky scalp then you need to try this. If can be used all over as a scalp mask or on certain areas as a treatment. This is my second bottle and can see myself repurchasing this for a long time.

Lush Hot Toddy Shower Gel // I'm not sure if this is part of this years Christmas collection, but I managed to ration it last year and still have a fairly full bottle that I've just started using again. The scent just smells like Christmas to me and since the weather has gotten a little bit colder I've been enjoying longer baths and using this.

Lush Divination Reusable Bubble Bar // Despite being a massive Lush fan, I'd never heard of this bubble before it was available in the Kitchen this month. I ordered it not really knowing what it would smell like, but I liked the look of it and I find I can get so many more baths out of these reusable bubble bars than normal. I absolutely love the scent and I think it's probably one of my favourites. To me it smells like parma violets and I love parma violets. I does look almost too pretty to use which is why I bought two. The outer gold shimmer disappears after the first use and inside is a gorgeous purple.


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28 September 2015

OPI Golden Eye

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Golden Eye // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Golden Eye

I've written about a great dupe for Golden Eye which was part of the Skyfall collection. Golden Eye is an incredibly bright gold and is completely different to other gold glitters I have in my collection. This is another nail polish that is extremely hard to photograph and to do it justice. It's one to try and see in person!

Application

This isn't like your standard gold glitter nail polish, it's more like a flakie. It dries flat and you don't have those annoying rough patches that seem to catch on anything and everything no matter how many top coats you apply.

Skyfall Collection // Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bond | Morning, Moneypenny.


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27 September 2015

What's In My Bag | Mini Carvela

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No matter the size of the handbag I am one of those people that carry around everything and the kitchen sink. I am fed up of lugging a giant heavy bag around so I purchased this tiny handbag from TKMaxx at the start of summer and I think I've turned a corner! I can only carry round the essentials simply because nothing else will fit and I love it. It's incredibly light and doesn't feel like I'm actually carrying anything and my shoulders and back are loving it.

The contents are: phone, purse, keys, lip balm and mirror.

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24 September 2015

OPI Die Another Day

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Die Another Day // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Die Another Day

Die Another Day is part of the Skyfall James Bond collection which was released in 2012. It's a shimmery red with a hint of orange. The shimmer in it is bordering on being a frost which I'm not a huge fan of. It does have a good shine on it though!

Application

Application was nearly perfect. Each coat went on incredibly smooth and it dried really quickly.

Skyfall Collection // Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bond | Morning, Moneypenny.

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23 September 2015

Empties // September 2015

empties-september-2015-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Weleda Iris Moisture Balancing Hydrating Night Cream | £14.95 // I liked this night cream when I first started using it, but after a while it started clogging my skin and I had white heads appearing every time I used it. It would have suited my skin better in the winter, but as it was nearing it's expiration date I wanted to use it. Luckily it's quite a small tube so didn't take too long. I wouldn't buy this again I don't think unless my skin goes through an incredibly dry period.

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque | £27 // I really liked this mask and I'm sad to see it empty although I did enjoy using my tube ringer on it to use every last bit of it. It deep cleanses my skin without irritating my sensitive skin. I will probably buy another tube at some point.

Dr Bronner Magic Peppermint Soap | £8 // I kept this in my bathroom as my hand soap simply because I ran out of the one I was using and had this in my cupboard. I loved the peppermint scent and the formula of this as it lasted such a long time. I will be buying another one at some point I just need to decide which scent.

The Body Shop Moringa Body Scrub | £13 // Out of all The Body Shop body scrubs, this is one of the more abrasive scrubs and it actually feels like it's doing something. I also surprisingly love the strong floral scent and happily used the body scrub, shower gel and body butter just to make the scent even stronger. I have a few other body scrubs to use first, but I probably would buy this again at some point.

Lush Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb // I think this was from the Easter collection and was hiding at the bottom of my Lush stash. This is a smaller bath bomb than usual which I like. I have a smaller than average bath and it's always a pain to try and cut the normal bath bombs in half. It had quite a subtle lavender and violet scent which I liked and made a nice change.

Lush Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb // Another one I'd forgotten about! I tend to add new products to the top of my basket and the older bath bombs get lost at the bottom. I really should start keeping them on top! This had the same scent as Think Pink bath bomb which is a permanent product. It's a very sweet scent and sort of reminds me of Snow Fairy. It doesn't do too much in terms of the water, just leaves it moisturising and a nice pink colour.

Weleda Baby Calendula Body Cream | £7.95 // I liked this body cream and I would have saved it for the winter, but it really needed using up as it was coming up to it's expiration date. It has quite a thick consistency which takes a while to sink in and I found it a little to heavy for the summer when my skin isn't at it's driest.

Ghost Eclipse Perfume | £34 // I really loved this perfume and it brings back so many memories whenever I wear it. I also get a lot of people asking what I'm wearing when I have it on. I probably won't be repurchasing until next summer as we're coming into autumn when I tend to wear heavier, musky scents and this is quite fresh and summery.


Benefit Roller Lash Mascara | £19.50 // I really like this mascara and it's probably my favourite out of all the Benefit mascaras. I will buy another tube, but have a few others to use first.


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22 September 2015

Skin Care Diary | September 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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This month saw the come back of my irritating eye eczema and the only thing I can think caused it was the Garnier Micellar Water. The two mascaras that I'm using are in date and have been using for long enough to know that they didn't irritate my eyes. I'd only just started using a new bottle of the micellar water and as soon as I started using something new, Liz Earle Eye Bright, it pretty much went away on it's own. It's a shame as I've been through a whole bottle of the Garnier Micellar Water before and had no problems. I've reverted back to the eye make-up remover I was using a while ago as it's incredibly soothing. Despite it not being an eye make-up remover it works extremely well.

As for the rest of my skin care, it's pretty much what I've been using over the past few months with a few additions. I really love Pai skin care and they're top of my to-buy list when I finish what I'm currently using.


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21 September 2015

OPI Your Web Or Mine

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Your Web Or Mine // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Your Web Or Mine

When I bought the mini set that included this nail polish, I knew Your Web Or Mine would be the one polish I wouldn't use. For a start, I'm not a huge fan of pink nail polishes unless they're either pastel or bright and this is sort of between the two. I am also not a fan of polishes with a frost finish and don't own any others in my collection.

Application

Frost nail polishes are notoriously bad for being streaky and I hate that you can see the brush strokes even after being very careful when I was applying it.

Call Me Gwen-Ever | Into The Night | Just Spotted The Lizard | My Boyfriend Scales Walls | Number One Nemesis | Shatter The Scales | Your Web Or Mine?


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19 September 2015

The Repurchases 009

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Sebastian Whipped Creme | £19.45 // I got this mini can as a freebie when I made an order with Beauty Bay a while ago. I knew the brand having heard a few American bloggers talking about it, but never felt the urge to try it so it sat in the back of my cupboard. After a major sort out and keeping all my hair products in one place I sort of rediscovered it and kept it in mind to try it out. I've been having issues with my hair and it not looking how I want it to. While I was waiting for a hair product order to arrive, I decided to give it try and I fell in love with it straight away. I don't like the texture of this, but I can ignore this as it makes my hair look how I want it to. It enhances my natural curl and gives a good amount of hold without ever feeling sticky or stiff. It's not a mousse or foam, I can't really describe it. It's very wet and feels quite weird when you apply it. I apply it exactly like I do a mousse; dispense into palm and scrunch into wet hair and leave to air dry. I feel like I will always have this in my collection now and I'm so glad I got a mini can with an order otherwise I probably wouldn't have ever thought to try it.

Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask | £17 // I think this is my third or fourth repurchase of this scalp mask and it wont be my last. It keeps the eczema on my scalp at bay as well as dry patches. Just apply it to wet hair and leave it to sink in for half an hour or so then wash as normal. I notice a huge difference in my scalp when I miss a weekend of applying this which just proves how well it works for me.

John Masters Organics Scalp Deep Scalp Purifying Serum | £23 // This is another must have product for my scalp although this is only my first repurchase. I use this serum when I'm not going to wash my hair afterwards or between washes as once dry it doesn't leave any residue.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara | £13.50 // I feel like I'll always repurchase this as it just works and I can't see myself buying another brands version. It lengthens my bottom lashes and doesn't transfer or smudge throughout the day.

Aromatherapy Associates Support Lavender & Peppermint Bath And Shower Oil | £45 // Over the years I've had a mini bottle of pretty much all the different variations of the bath and shower oils from Aromatherapy Associates. Support Lavender & Peppermint is my favourite though out of them all. Lavender is one of my favourite scents as I find it so relaxing and soothing which really helps after a rough day. The mix of peppermint makes it really unique and it smells completely different to anything else I own. I was going to wait until I had finished all the mini bottles before buying a full size, but I saw this for £20 in the Beauty Bay sale and I couldn't resist the bargain price.



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18 September 2015

Skin Care | Toners

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I honestly don't know how I have accumulated so many toners! I'm working on using what I have before buying anything new, but I couldn't help myself from ordering the Clinique Moisture Surge Spray.


Spot reducers |

La Roche-Posay Serozinc | £8.50 // This is a newer addition to my skin care routine and I tend to use this on a more regular basis. It only has three ingredients: water, zinc and sodium chloride. It helps to heel breakouts and I find it really soothing to my skin.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir | £30 // This isn't a toner I reach for on a daily basis, instead it's what I use when my skin is acting up. A couple of sprays of this helps to reduce spots as well as injecting a bit of moisture into the skin. It does contain alcohol which is the main reason I don't use it every day. I also really like the spray on this one as it's light and even. It might not seem important, but how a toner sprays does make a difference. Some feel like a watering hose! I also find this helps wake me up and feels very refreshing. It's a good one to keep in the fridge during the summer and take on holiday with you, especially on a plane.

Hydrating |

REN Tonic Moisture Mist | £18 // This is an old favourite that is no longer available or at least it comes in and out of stock so often I can't keep track. This has a lovely rose scent and feels really nice on the skin. It helps to rehydrate the skin and add moisture.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray | £22 // This is fairly new to my routine, but it's made a good impression so far. If you're looking for a moisturising toner then this is it. This has been described as a liquid moisturiser.


Soothing | 

Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Calming Mist | £29 // I specifically chose this as calendula is one of the ingredients that helps soothe my skin and eczema. It helps to reduce the redness of my skin and calms it down if it's feeling irritated.
Alcohol free, it contains Calendula, Chamomile, Echinacea, Self Heal, Spilanthes and Marshmallow extracts as part of the Comfort Complex to provide skin with a natural defence, whilst Aloe and Linseed extracts give the skin beneficial polysaccharides and amino acids. You'll be left feeling refreshed, hydrated and super smooth.

Naobay Calming Face Toner | £10.50 // I got this in last months Glossbox and I haven't decided if I'm going to keep it and use it. I haven't read anything about it so if you've used it let me know what you think. 

Nourish Soothing Toning Mist | £11 // This is one of the cheaper toners out of the lot, but this doesn't mean it not just as good. It's made up of 97% organic ingredients and I can understand them all so a good one if you're looking to use more natural products. Nourish is a brand I've only tried a few products from so far and I'd love to know if you've tried anything and what you think. 


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17 September 2015

OPI Number One Nemesis

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Number One Nemesis // four coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Number One Nemesis

This is such a hard nail polish to photograph. It is packed full of so many different colours that you can only just see in this photo. The base is a murky grey, but it is full of gold, pink, blue, green and silver shimmer. It almost looks like it has very small flakie glitter in it.

Application

I love this colour, but I cannot put up with the four coats it needs to be opaque every time I want to wear it. If you also apply a base and top coat then that's six coats in total!

Call Me Gwen-Ever | Into The Night | Just Spotted The Lizard | My Boyfriend Scales Walls | Number One Nemesis | Shatter The Scales | Your Web Or Mine?


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16 September 2015

Shopping | Lush

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To say I have fallen back in love with Lush is a bit of an understatement. I've loved them since they only had one or two shops and we ordered from a catalogue, that's going back probably about fifteen years or so, and I always buy the Christmas products each year. I've become a bit obsessed with it lately especially the Kitchen which release limited edition products that are either new or old favourites that have been discontinued. Things are only available for a week, or less if they sell out really quickly, so I've been making quite a few small orders so I can try everything. Lush have also started selling some of the Oxford Street products online so I've ordered a lot of them. Expect a lot of Lush talk over the upcoming months!

Sakura Bath Bomb | £3.35 // I know I've used this before, but it's definitely been a couple of years since I have. It has quite a subtle scent as far as Lush products go and is a mix of mimosa, orange flower, lemon and jasmine.

Blackberry Bath Bomb | £3.25 // Another one I've used before and love. If I remember correctly there's a surprise inside this otherwise plain looking bath bomb. It has quite a sweet scent and one I really like.

Dirty Springwash Shower Gel | £4.75 // I only bought a mini one of these as I have quite a lot of shower gels to use and this is another one that I've already tried before. The scent is spearmint and I absolutely love it!

Ocean Salt Alcohol Free Face & Body Scrub | £7.25 // I've heard a lot about this scrub and it's been on my to buy list for a while. I chose the smaller tub because I didn't really need another body scrub but I wanted to try it. I definitely won't be using this on my face, but I can imagine it's going to work really well as a body scrub. It has quite a fresh subtle lime scent with a hint of sea salt.

Volcano Foot Mask | £6.50 // My mum and I used this the other week for our little pamper evening while we caught up with a TV show we're watching. We both really like the Jessica Foot Mask so I thought we'd try this one for a change. Let me just say that the pot is tiny! I should have really looked at the size of it before I ordered it otherwise I'd have known, but I imagined it to be in the larger sized tub Lush use. Since we both used it, I'll class that as two applications and we were quite sparse with it and only applied it to the bottom of our feet. Judging from how much we used I think there's only six uses in it which isn't a lot. I've had the Jessica version for a while and used it a lot and it's still only half empty.

Ignoring that though we did enjoy using it. It's made up of clay and pumice so it gently exfoliates your feet while you use it. We followed the instructions on the tub, but next time I'm going to do it a little differently. You're meant to apply a layer and wrap plastic around your feet so it doesn't dry out, leave on for ten minutes and then rub it into your skin before rinsing off. The plastic bags didn't do much to stop it from drying out so when it came to rubbing it into your skin I wasn't really able to. Next time I'm going to rub it into my skin as I'm applying it which should exfoliate the skin more and then leave to sit and rinse after ten minutes. I really liked the scent which is a strange combination of tomato, potato and cinnamon.

Foot Soak And Fancy Free | £3.95 // This is one of the newer products from Lush and I have to say I was a little bit disappointed when it arrived. As with all products if you order online, they don't come packaged and everything is loose in the box. Normally it's not a problem as there's lots of packaging peanuts, but this foot soak didn't fair too well. It's very crumbly and although you can't see it in the photo, there is quite a bit missing from it. It was all powder in the bottom of the box so I couldn't really save it. This also has to be kept in a bag as just picking it up makes it fall a part. It doesn't say how much to use per foot soak, but I'm hoping to get at least four or five uses from it. I'll report back after I've used it. It doesn't have a very strong scent which I was surprised about.

H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment | £9.75 // I've tried a few of the shampoo bars from Lush but that's all from their hair care range so I added this hard to pronounce the name of hair mask. You apply this to dry hair before shampooing and leave on for twenty minutes before washing as usual. It has a similar scent to the Volcano foot mask and I think this is down to the cinnamon. Once again I'll probably include this in another blog post once I've tried it out.


Lush Lime Shower Smoothie | £9.50 // The shower smoothies from Lush are some of my favourite products although they have now discontinued a few of them. Lush Lime was on sale in the Kitchen and despite not knowing anything about it I ordered it and I'm glad I did. It smells incredibly and actually like a lime and strawberry smoothie. It's actually one of the cheaper shower smoothies so if it's still available then definitely give it a try. The shower smoothies are sort of like a shower gel, but they're a lot more moisturising.

Fruity Beauty Shower Gel | £10.25 // I love this fruity scented shower gel and I wish it wasn't limited edition. It's quite a sweet scent that goes really well with a lot of the bath bombs and bubble bars.

Fox In The Flowers Bath Bomb | £3.95 // I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of the scent of this and I think that's down to the chamomile. I guess that's the downside to ordering online. I'll still use it, but I won't be buying another one if it's ever sold again.


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15 September 2015

Brand Over View // Weleda

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Weleda is a brand that really deserves to be more well-known. I'm so happy to see it getting more exposure in the blogging world, especially over the past couple of months, but it's still a brand I don't hear or read too much about. It's a brand I know I can rely on for products that don't contain synthetic ingredients and one's I know won't irritate my sensitive eczema prone skin. It's one of the few brands that I am constantly repurchasing products from and couldn't be without some of them.

Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash | £8.95 // There's a couple of products that I haven't included in the photo as I just don't have them at the moment and this is one of them. The name is right, this is such a creamy moisturising shower gel that smells absolutely amazing. Nearly £9 for a shower gel is quite a lot of money but if you're like me and suffer from eczema then you'll probably be happy to pay a bit more for something that is only doing good things to your skin. This doesn't dry your skin out and also works as a shaving gel as it gives enough slip as well as keeping your skin soft. Weleda doesn't include synthetic fragrances in their products and the scents come from essential oils. 

Wild Rose Body Lotion | £19.95 // I enjoyed using this body lotion alongside the shower gel to make the rose scent last longer. I did find the glass packaging difficult to use as you had to shake the product out and more often than not too much product came out. This was a nice light moisturiser that sunk in pretty quickly but I didn't fall in love with it like I have others and I haven't repurchased it since. I'd say skip this and try a different Weleda product. 

Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk | £12.95 // The bottle in the photograph is actually my second and it's not often I repurchase bath products as I like to try something new. Again this is another very moisturising bath product, noticing a theme here? Can you tell I suffer from dry skin? For me, lavender is such a relaxing fragrance so this is one I always use just before bed. A nice relaxing soak with a good book and I know I'll always get a good nights sleep. You don't need to add much of this to your bath, a capful is enough, it emulsifies with the water and turns it milky. 

Baby Calendula Moisturising Body Cream | £7.95 // Calendula is one of the few ingredients that I know my skin and eczema reacts well to so after really liking the face cream I knew I had to try the body version. I just squeezed out the last of this last night and it'll be part of my empties post at the end of the month. I liked this moisturiser, but I wouldn't rush out and buy it again. It's one I'd get more use out of in the winter when my skin is drier, but at the moment it's a bit too thick. It takes a while to sink in so I tend to use a small amount. When I first bought it I thought I'd finish the tube in a week, but it's lasted a decent amount of time. 

Foot Balm | £9.95 // Although a newer discovery, this has quickly become one of my favourite products from Weleda. It is incredibly moisturising, but leaves a nice matte feeling to the skin. I've gone through the tube quite quickly, but I will definitely be buying another tube once it's empty. I also find the lavender scent really soothing and just a joy to use despite it being a foot cream. Apply a generous layer and put on a pair of socks before bed and you'll wake up with extremely soft skin. This is something I've tried to get into the habit of doing each night. 

Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion | £9.95 // I wanted to love this cleanser, but I'm just not a huge fan of these types of cleansing lotions. I feel like they don't really clean my skin and are also quite hard to remove even with a muslin cloth or flannel. I also wouldn't try using this as a make-up remover and stick with either a micellar water or an oil. I'll use the tube, but I wouldn't repurchase which is a shame.

Aknedoron Purifying Lotion | £9.95 // Kate has raved about this product a lot so I knew I had to try it out. This is another one that looks small, but since you only need to use a tiny amount. It's a natural spot treatment and makes a nice change to other products I have. It feels more gentle on my skin, but still effective. Since I do have sensitive skin I make sure I only apply this to the areas of my skin that need it. It has quite a strong pine scent which is nice, just a bit unusual. I gently pat it into the areas that need it and let it sink in after I've cleansed and apply serum and moisturiser as usual. It doesn't dry my skin out which I've had problems with in the past with other spot treatments. It can be used daily or just as and when it's needed. 

Weleda Iris Moisture Balancing Hydrating Masque | £13.95 // This has quite a strong scent which I'm not sure I really like. This is similar to the Origins hydrating masks and one I reach for when my skin just feels like it needs a drink. It has quite a thin consistency and turns white when you start to apply it. Apply to cleansed skin, leave it on for twenty minutes and then rinse off. The tube is tiny though and after a couple of full face uses it's pretty much empty. Although it seems cheaper than the Origins mask, it doesn't last as long.

Baby Calendula Face Cream | £7.95 // Since taking this photo, I've actually finished it and it's on my list to repurchase. This is another one from the baby range so I knew it would be good for my sensitive skin and wouldn't contain any harmful ingredients. I bought it when I was going through a bad stage of having eczema flare ups on my face constantly and no other moisturiser worked, they only irritated it further. This has quite a thick consistency, similar to Skin Food but not as thick, so I'd say this is only really good for those with dry skin and would be too heavy for those with oily skin.  

Iris Hydrating Night Cream | £13.95 // I haven't quite come to a conclusion on how I feel about this moisturiser yet. It's very moisturising and thick which I don't always mind when it comes to a night cream. The problem I have with it is that when I wake up in the morning I have quite a few white-heads and the only new product I introduced to my routine was this. It might be a little on the heavy side for my skin at the moment and might be better suited to use in the winter.

Skin Food | £9.95 // I've been using Skin Food for about four years now and I still love it just as much. I've been through countless tubes over the years and always have it with me either on my bedside table, on my desk or in my handbag. They come in a range of sizes so I keep the full size on my bedside table but am able to carry a mini tube in my handbag. 

Oat Replenishing Shampoo | £8.95 // I liked this shampoo enough to use a couple of sachets I received with previous orders, but it didn't impress me enough to buy a full size straight away. I'd buy a bottle in the future to try it out properly, but it hasn't wowed me like other shampoos have. 

Millet Nourishing Shampoo  | £8.95 // The same goes for this shampoo! 

Sea Buckthorn Body Oil | £15.95 // I only had a small bottle of this, but I really liked it. It sunk in quickly and didn't leave my skin feeling greasy. I haven't yet, but I will buy a full size bottle at some point I just haven't decided which one. 

Birch Cellulite Oil  | £19.95 // I don't believe products actually work on cellulite, but I still used and liked this oil. It did nothing to my skin a part from keep it moisturised and the dry patches at bay which is what I expected. 


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14 September 2015

OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Just Spotted The Lizard // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Just Spotted The Lizard

Just Spotted The Lizard is a gold/green duochrome which you can see in the photo. It's a good dupe of Chanel Peridot although both are pretty hard to find these days.

Application

After the first coat, I thought I'd be able to get away with just the one. There were some thinner patches though that weren't one hundred percent opaque. If I wasn't taking a photo of it, I'd probably just leave it. Since I've had this polish for a few years, it needs a few drops of nail polish thinner so even it out as it tends to drag slightly at the tips when you apply it.

Call Me Gwen-Ever | Into The Night | Just Spotted The Lizard | My Boyfriend Scales Walls | Number One Nemesis | Shatter The Scales | Your Web Or Mine?


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13 September 2015

Sunday Pamper 020

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Lush H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment (£9.75) | Rose Jam Shower Gel | Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (£16.50) | Rose Jam Bubbleroon (£3.75). 

This weeks pamper session definitely has a theme; rose! I've become quite addicted to browsing Lush cocktails and all the different mixes of products and scents. This is probably the most basic Lush cocktail ever since all three have pretty similar scents, but I was in the mood and wanted a rose scented bath.

I haven't made up my mind completely on whether I like H'Suan Wen Hua. I don't like applying hair treatments to dry hair as I find it very hard to evenly distribute since I have long hair. I am thinking of testing this on wet hair before shampoo, but the instructions do say to apply on dry. It has quite a strong scent that I'm not sure if I like or not. It has a hint of cinnamon, but there's something else there that I can't pin point. It does make my hair feel soft though the next day.



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12 September 2015

Lifebox Mini | The Birthday Edition

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Rebel Kitchen Choco Mylk | Louola's Superfood Quinola | Dynabites Coco Boom Bar | Kam Alive Raw Chocolate Mulberries | Pip N Nut Almond Butter Sachet | Pukka Blackcurrent Beauty Tea Sachet | Lifebox Buckwheat Recipe Bag | Chia & Co Seeds Sachet | Coco Caravan Raw Chocolate Bar | Sweet Virtues Raw Chocolate Truffles | Designed2eat Fudge Brownie.

So my three month subscription to Lifebox ended last month and I had to make the decision to extend it or not. I waited until the contents of all the September boxes were released and since there were a few things inside that I wasn't so keen to try I decided to wait till next month. As soon as I saw the one off birthday edition box I knew I had to order it. I am a huge chocolate fan and sweet treats in general and I knew I'd eat everything included. I also liked the fact that the box was a little bit cheaper to the standard boxes at £14.95.

As with the other boxes, I try to make them last the month so I tend to try a couple of things each week. So far after having the box for the week I've tried the Sweet Virtues Raw Chocolate Truffles which I loved and want to try and recreate. The Coco Caravan Raw Chocolate Bar on the other hand wasn't great. It was nice enough to eat, but I wouldn't buy it if I saw it in the shops. I liked the caramel part, but couldn't taste the orange and the chocolate itself wasn't the best. I've tried the Pip N Nut Almond Butter before and loved it. Finally I'm about to go and grew myself a mug full of the Pukka tea. It smells incredible and if it tastes just as good then I'll be hunting down a box when I next go food shopping.

Out of what's left that I haven't tried so far, I'm most excited about the puffed quinoa mix from Louola as it's been on my to try list for a while. I'm also excited to try the chocolate covered mulberries as well as the raw brownie.

Click the months to see past boxes: June 2015, July 2015 and August 2015.

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11 September 2015

Lush Favourites 001

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I've been a huge Lush fan for as long as I can remember and I always used to ask for the bath bombs and bubble bars for birthdays and Christmas. I've tried nearly every single product on offer other the years so I thought I'd compile a few posts with all of my favourites. I've tried to only include products that are still available, but this might not always be the case.

Dream Cream | £5.95 - £19.95 // It's not often I love a body lotion enough that I repurchase it several times and actually miss it when I don't have it. Dream cream is one of the few and I hope Lush always stock it. It has a really soothing and relaxing scent and sinks into my skin really quickly. I never feel sticky or tacky after I've applied it and I find it's moisturising enough all year round.

Dream Wash | £5 - £12.50 // I wasn't sure if I should include this or not as it's the old style Dream Wash that I fell in love with and I haven't tried the roulade replacement yet. This along with dream cream work wonders to soothe my eczema and stop flare ups. I'm trying to make this last tub last as long as possible and I'm still kicking myself for not buying a few back ups when it was announced it was being discontinued.

Honey Bee Bath Bomb | £3.35 // I just love the design of this bath bomb and that it actually contains mud/clay. It leaves your water a yellow colour which isn't the most pleasant experience but I buy this purely for the amazing honey scent with a hint of orange.

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner | £16.50 - £27.95 // If you have applying body lotion but have dry skin then you need to try this body conditioner. You apply it and rub it in like you would a normal body moisturiser but it's the last step while your in the bath or shower. Once you've washed, scrubbed etc then apply a thin layer of this all over and rinse away. Your skin is left feeling incredibly hydrated and there is a slight oily layer left behind but it doesn't feel greasy. This also has a wonderful rose scent.

Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub | £8.75 - £14.95 // I've bought several tubs of these body scrubs over the years as it's one of my favourite all time body scrubs, not just from Lush. It is made of up of sea salt so it's nicely abrasive but it also eventually dissolves into the water so there is nothing left over in the bath and nothing goes to waste. I also love the scent although it isn't what I first expected it to be. Since it as a salt scrub I imagined it to smell like a beach and sea side. Instead it is a strong floral scent which I really do like.

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10 September 2015

OPI Into The Night

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Into The Night // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Into The Night

Into The Night is from the 2012 The Amazing Spiderman collection. All I can say is that I can't believe this collection came out three years ago. It feels like last month! When I bought the mini set I imagined that I'd like and use all of the colours and to be honest, I haven't really used any of them. They look amazing on other people, but they're just not my type of colours.

Application

This is a three coater and I usually am only patient enough to apply two coats. It really does need that extra coat though for the deep blue shade to really show through.

Call Me Gwen-Ever | Into The Night | Just Spotted The Lizard | My Boyfriend Scales Walls | Number One Nemesis | Shatter The Scales | Your Web Or Mine?

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09 September 2015

Project Sample Use Up 035

project-sample-use-up-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 3 Roques O'Neil Therapie Equilibrium Bath & Shower Essence | £40 // I really liked this bath oil and if I wasn't already planning to buy a full size of an Aromatherapy Associates bath oil then this would be on the list to repurchase. The scent is a mix of rose, lavender and sandalwood with a hint of jasmine and is incredibly moisturising, only a few drops are needed. 

Roques O'Neil Therapie Cherish Skin Repair Serum | £44  // I've never tried a body serum before so I was a bit unsure what to expect. Do I apply a moisturiser over the top of it like I do with a facial serum? Unlike the name suggests, it’s more of an oil than a serum and is enough on its own. Although I have quite dry skin thanks to eczema I prefer to use something that sinks in a lot quicker than an oil on a daily basis so I wouldn't buy the full size.

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream | £63.50 // This is one of the first Bobbi Brown skincare products I’ve tried and I actually really liked it. The tiny pot actually lasted a lot longer than I expected. The formula feels like a mix between a cream and a gel which I quite liked, it felt like it sunk into my skin quicker while still feeling moisturising enough. I would think about buying the full size but I'm happy with my current moisturiser. 

Caudalie Divine Oil | £27 // I already have the full size of this multi-use dry oil so no need to buy another bottle just yet. I prefer to use this as a bath and body oil although it does make a nice hair oil. What I like most is the scent, quite hard to describe and unique.

OPI Absolutely Alice Nail Polish // I loved this nail polish when it was first released and I wish I had bought the full-size bottle as it's not available anymore. I was having a sort through my nail polishes and saw that this had dried up so it's time for it to be thrown away.


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08 September 2015

Dry Scalp Fixers

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Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask | £8 // A part from the scalp toner, this mask is my most used and most repurchased. I apply this to wet hair all over my scalp and leave to sink in, usually thirty minutes to an hour, and then I wash it out as usual. Now as far as the exfoliating properties go, I have no idea if this actually exfoliates my scalp. It's a cream and doesn't contain any manual beads like standard scrubs, all I know is my scalp reacts really well to it. I use this when my scalp is irritated and itchy. I also like to double up and apply elasticizer to the ends and my hair always feels amazing afterwards.

Aveda Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution | £22 // This isn't a review or even a first impressions as I haven't tried this yet. I have heard great things about it though and I'm hoping it'll be another product I can rely on when my scalp is irritated. It's a daily leave in treatment to reduce flakiness. Although I know the dry skin on my scalp is eczema and not dandruff, I've read reviews from people who say this still works for them. It helps to prevent itchiness as well as purifying the scalp with salicylic acid to gently exfoliate.

Fushi Scalp Soother Oil | £20.50 // I use this on weekends when I know I'm not leaving the house as your hair will be left incredibly greasy, as you'd expect, after application. Although greasy, my hair and scalp always feels moisturised and happy the next day. This is packed full of different oils: Jojoba, Evening primrose oil, Sweet almond oil, Borage oil, Vitamin E, Bergamot, Chamomile and Wild carrot. Cheekweed is the anti-itch ingredient although I tend to use this when my scalp is dry rather than itchy and irritated. I can manage applying the others to my own scalp, but this one I definitely need a helping hand. I tend to get my mum to do it and we'll spend the time catching up with a TV show. At the moment it's The Tomorrow People. I love the product, but hate the packaging. It would be a lot better and easier to use if it had a pump, pipette or nozzle like some of the others do. I apply this all over my dry scalp and leave to sit for as long as I can then wash as normal.

Phyto Phytoapaisant Instant Soothing Spray | £15 // This is one I reach for mid-week when my scalp is irritated but I can't use anything on my hair that's going to make it look oily or greasy. A couple sprays of this and my scalp is soothed. The packaging for this is perfect and the long nozzle makes it incredibly easy to use. This can has lasted a really long time and each time I go to use it I think it's going to run out but it hasn't yet. It looks like it's sold out everywhere at the moment so I hope it's back in stock when I need to repurchase.

John Masters Organics Scalp Deep Scalp Purifying Serum | £ // I've just repurchased my second bottle of this and although I was only without it for a week, a week was definitely too long. This is another one I tend to get my mum to apply just because it's easier. I apply this all other my scalp on dry hair and left it sink in. Depending on the day I apply this, I either let it sink in and leave it or I wash it out after an hour or two. Once it's sunk in it does disappear and almost acts like a dry shampoo making your hair look less greasy. It has the most amazing mint scent which reminds me of the dentist. The pipette makes applying the gel really easy although once you get to the end of the bottle then a bit of shaking is needed to get the last of it out. I use this when my scalp is itchy and feeling irritated. The directions say to apply 2-4 drops to the scalp, but this is definitely not enough if you're applying it all over. I just tend to apply enough to cover my whole scalp. It does mean I go through the bottle quite quickly, but it's what works for me and I'm going to keep doing it as it's made a huge difference to how my scalp is.

Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner | £20 // This was one of the first scalp products I tried a few years ago when the eczema started flaring up. It has similar instant results to the Phyto spray, but I find with a few regular uses it really helps to stop my eczema flaring up. I always make sure I have this to hand in case my scalp flares up. I apply this to dry hair and either apply it to certain areas or all over the scalp as more of a treatment. If my scalp is really irritated then I'll apply it to towel dried hair after I've washed it and before I apply any other products. Once this dries then it's pretty much invisible in your hair and can be used in between washes when needed.

I really love the MorrocanOil Dry Scalp Treatment which I wrote about here, but I haven't been able to find it anywhere since. I'm not sure if they've discontinued it, but I definitely miss using it and it's one of the products that made a huge difference to my scalp.

You can read my mini review post on the two Philip Kingsley products here.

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07 September 2015

OPI Over The Taupe

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Over The Taupe // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Over The Taupe

OPI's shade description "An outrageously appealing shade of “lush”-room. Supplies used...". The colour in the bottle looks a lot different in the photograph than it actually is. The colour on my nails is the correct shade. It's a nice colour, but nothing special or unique.

Application

The formula of this nail polish is pretty good. It's not perfect, but only needs two coats to become opaque.

Bright Pair Collection // A Grape Fit! | In My Back Pocket | No Room for The Blues | On the Same Page | Over the Taupe | Shorts Story.

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06 September 2015

New scents for summer | 2015

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I've always loved perfume and wear it on a daily basis. I don't have a signature scent though and tend to buy a new perfume every time I finish one. I  don't always stick to this and this is why I have managed to add three new scents to my perfume collection.

Balenciaga Florabotanica | £42 for 30ml, £56 for 50ml or £79 for 100ml // Notes of rose, caladium leaves, mint, carnation, amber and vetiver.

Chloe L'eau De Chloe £36 for 30ml or £50 for 50ml // Notes of grapefruit, cedrat, peach, violet, rose, cedarwood, patchouli and amber.
Layers of chiffon in bright sunlight. bare feet brushing long grass. The glow of dawn on the skin. Chloé's signature scent opens a new chapter in its story. An aura delicate as a breath of air. Like the original fragrance, this unique eau suggests rare elegance and surprising modernity. Free, spontaneous, radiant femininity. Meet l'eau de chloé.
L'eau de Chloé contains an exceptional concentration of distilled rose water, which lends it a rare refreshing feeling. Light as dew, this chypre rose seems suffused with pure oxygen. a delicate citrus harmony recalls summer's luscious ice-cool lemonades. At once spirited and elegant, airy and ethereal, the rose leaves a subtle presence on the skin. Little by little, patchouli appears in sophisticated touches, evoking the luxury and perfection of wearing a flawlessly finished garment.
Chloe See By Chloe // This looks like it was a limited edition version of Chloé so I'm glad I bought it when I did as I don't know if they'll be bringing it back.
See By Chloé, an addictive fragrance that awakens the senses. The See By Chloé fragrance captures the irresistible and playful personality of a young woman fully embracing life. It is Chloé's little sister.
The fragrance reveals an addictive floral scent. Like a sweet smile, the first sparkling notes of bergamot stir the senses. In an accord of apple blossom, the grace of jasmine caresses this natural seductress. An olfactory game of hide and seek uncovers sensual notes of sandalwood and vanilla.

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05 September 2015

Week In Photos 244 - 248

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Tidying and sorting my room after reading Marie Kondo's book // Before // Finally found eucalyptus // Exciting breakfast // Reading material // Writing lists // Tidy desks // Frothy coffee // New nail polishes // Bathtime // & Reading //Flowers // Baking // Tidying // New books // Bedroom // Making cashew butter. 


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