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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 …

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 …

OPI Golden Eye

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Supplies used...
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……

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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OPI Die Another Day

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Supplies used...
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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Empties // September 2015

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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…

Skin Care Diary | September 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.
Liz Earle Eye Bright // Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel // First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads // Pai Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Tonic // Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream // Weleda Aknedoron Purifying Lotion.
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 a…

OPI Your Web Or Mine

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Supplies used...
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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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 hai…

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…

OPI Number One Nemesis

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Supplies used...
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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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.

Bl…

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 go…

OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

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Supplies used...
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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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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Lifebox Mini | The Birthday Edition

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Menu 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 coupl…

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.…

OPI Into The Night

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Supplies used...
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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Project Sample Use Up 035

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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. T…

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…

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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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 len…

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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