Showing posts from January, 2016

Sunday Pamper 026 | Cinderella's Big Night 

1 Cinders Bath Bomb
1/2 Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar
Celebrate Body Lotion

Surprisingly this year was the first time I even thought about trying Celebrate Body Lotion but I am so glad I did. I really like the formulas of the body lotions and the orange, lime and cognac scent lingers on the skin for hours afterwards. This is one of the plainer bath cocktails I've tried so far and wasn't too fun to watch. This one is definitely all about the scent. I love the spicy scent of cinders and the smaller size but there isn't any surprises when it comes down to how it fizzes away in the bath.

All Lush bath cocktails can be found on Jens blog, All Things Lush. They have all been created by either Jen or her readers, I am simply testing them out and sharing on my own blog.

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The Repurchases 010

Bumble And Bumble Surf Infusion | £21.50 // I use this salt spray and oil infusion from Bumble And Bumble every time I wash my hair after using a traditional salt spray. Since the salt spray can dry the hair out, the oil helps to put the moisture back in and shine. I've got about a third of the bottle left and I didn't want to be without so I went ahead and bought a new bottle. I love how this makes my hair look and am glad I discovered it.

Lush Twilight Shower Gel // Oh how I missed this shower gel! Although I can buy the bath bomb whenever I fancy it, there's just something different about the shower gel. The scent is the same but I just can't put my finger on how it is different. Luckily this was brought out in the Kitchen the other month but a mini bottle is available in the Relax gift set. The scent is a mix of lavender and malt and might not appeal to everyone but I love it. I find the scent so relaxing and calming.

Liz Earle Eye Bright | £13.25 // This eye treatme…

Skin Care On Trial 003 | Samples

When it comes to skin care products, I prefer to try a sample first before I buy the full sizes. I tend to prefer more expensive skin care and if I don't like a product then I've wasted quite a lot of money. This is where Naturisimo comes in. The site sells a lot of natural and organic products but they also sell amazing sample sizes. You do have to buy something to be able to buy the samples which is the only downside but it's a great chance to try before you buy. The samples vary in price and although £1 might seem like a lot for a sachet you could essentially get for free, if it turns out you don't like it and have saved yourself money then I think it's worth it. Also for me who hasn't got say a Space NK counter near me, the only way to try the majority of products is to order them online.

Kiss The Moon Glow After Dark Face Oil | £3 // I love the pipette on this sample and it makes it really easy to use rather than a pump. It's the small details like thi…

Wishlist 008

This is a very luxe wishlist and although I want to try each and every product here, it'll most likely be over a very long time. Oh how I wish I could just buy them all right now in one order! Instead when I need to buy a new salt spray or hair oil then I'll be picking one from this list.

Oribe Split End Seal | £42 // Now I know nothing works as well on split ends than a good trim but still want to try this one.

R + Co Rockaway Salt Spray | £23 // I love trying new salt sprays and I love R + Co's packaging.

Bumble And Bumble City Swept | £22 // I intend to use this similar to Oribe Dry Texturising Spray after curling my hair with tongs. I find the Oribe version leaves my hair feeling a bit too sticky and have heard good things about City Swept.

Oribe Curl By Definition | £45 // This is an expensive one but I can imagine you'll only need to use a small amount and you get quite a lot for of product for the price. I struggle with finding curling products that work without le…

Empties | January 2016

Liz Earle Eye Bright | £13.25 // I've started using this as my eye make-up remover again and I can't imagine not using it. It doesn't irritate my eyes and actually feels really nice and cooling on the eyes when I use it especially if I'm feeling tired or it's been a long day at work. Using it every night does mean I go through them pretty quickly, a bottle usually lasts me a month, but I'm ok with that as I've had allergic reactions to so many other products that I now stick with what works. And this certainly works.

Lush Butterball Bath Bomb | £2.65 // This is one of my favourite bath bombs from Lush as it's so moisturising. It's packed full of cocoa butter and although one of the plainer bath bombs available, it's one I will always repurchase. It's also smaller in size which I prefer.

Lush Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb // This is another favourite and I bought way too many in the boxing day sale. It shares its scent with Honey I Washed The K…

Skin Care Diary | January 2016

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 | REN Tonic Moisture Mist | A-Derma Epthielle A.H Cream | Dior Creme De Rose. 

This months skin care products haven't really changed from last months with the exception that I have changed toners because I finished the tiny bottle from Pai. I've started using my old favourite again from REN and I still look often to see if it's back in stock. I've had quite a few allergic reactions this month that has caused the skin on my face to become extremely dry, irritated and itchy. I still have no idea what causes it but the only thing that help…

Favourites | January 2016

Lush The Comforter Shower Cream | £4.95 - £27.95 // The Comforter is one of my favourite scents from Lush and I was so excited to hear that a shower gel was being added to the collection last year. It's actually a shower cream so is more moisturising than usual and just look at the colour.

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar | £4.95 // How can I not mention the bubble bar? This is probably the Lush product I've repurchased the most. It's one of the larger bubble bars so I can usually get five or six baths out of it which makes it pretty good value for money. It creates an abundance of bubbles which last throughout the whole bath and the scent lasts for hours.

Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb Perfume | £49.50 // This is one of my all time favourite perfumes and it's what I've worn every day this past month.

Dior Creme De Rose // My lips have been incredibly dry the past couple of weeks. It's a mix of the weather getting colder as well as my eczema. Creme De Rose is quite t…

Project Sample Use Up 040

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes | £3.25 // I didn't use these face wipes on my face and instead used them when swatching make-up. I find face wipes irritate my sensitive skin so even though I always have a pack in my dressing table drawer, they're always for clean ups and I usually just pick up the brand that is on offer.

Elie Saab Le Parfum | £58 // This mini bottle of Le Parfum came in a gift set along with the full size which I finished quite a while ago now. I was trying to make this bottle last as long as I could as I've put myself on a no buy when it comes to perfume until I've used up what I have. I spent a good couple of weeks smelling of Le Parfum again and I loved it and I can see myself buying another bottle at some point.

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser | £28 // I prefer a balm cleanser although I did enjoy using this cleanser. The travel size was a really good way to try it out before buying the full size. It was also perfect to take on holid…

Hair Routine | January 2016

My last hair routine post was back in July and there's been a few changes in the products I'm using so I thought I'd write an update. My hair routine is split into two, an every day set of products and then every now and again products as well as treatments. Also this routine contains all of my favourite hair care brands; Philip Kingsley, Bumble And Bumble, Sacha juan, John Masters and Sebastian.

Neutrogena TGel Therapeutic Shampoo | £6.99 // I was a bit wary of trying this shampoo out when I first bought it as there are some scary side effects written on the cardboard packaging and since I already have sensitive skin, especially my scalp, I wasn't sure how I would get on with it. The coal tar in this treatment shampoo is meant to help with scalp eczema and since I was at a bit of a loss with how to stop flare ups, I felt like I had nothing to loose and started using it. I mix a small amount in with my usual shampoo so it isn't as potent and after just over six wee…

Lush Samples | Part Two

I wrote about asking for samples when ordering from the Lush website in November which you can read here. A few months later and I've collected some more which I thought I'd share as I just like how these photos look! There's just something about these little black pots lined up with various colours. It reminds me of the organised food photos I've seen pop up on Pinterest. So this lot is a mix of toothy tabs, roulades, shampoo bars, hair conditioners and body conditioners.

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Eczema | Keeping A Diary

Twenty-sixteen is the year I get rid of my eczema. At least I am telling myself that as I know positive thinking will help. I haven't been free of eczema since 2008 so that's over seven years. If you've read any of my other posts about eczema then you might have heard about my seven year theory. I believe that eczema, at least my own, comes in seven year cycles. It started when I was four and cleared when I was eleven. It then flared up when I was eighteen and hasn't gone away since then. I am into the seventh year and by this time next year I hope I can say I am free from eczema. For the next seven years at least!

My eczema isn't typical. My skin isn't particularly dry like others is. I find moisturising my skin only makes it itchier and actually my eczema disappears quicker if I let my skin dry out. The eczema on my hands is different to that on the rest of my body and the eczema on my feet is completely different. Don't even get me started on my scalp! …

Lush Kitchen | December 2015 Part Two

For those who don't know, the Lush Kitchen cooks up small batches of exclusive products that are only available for a limited time until they sell out. The products available are a mix of Oxford Street exclusives, old favourites that have been discontinued or one off's. Since I've tried the majority of the Lush bath bombs and bubble bars that are in the permanent collection, I've been loving the Lush Kitchen recently and have been making quite an order pretty much every week. I'm mainly interested in the bath bombs, bubble bars, bath melts and shower gels. Although there are a few products that I have bought simply because I've never tried them before.

Instead of posting several different shopping posts, I'm going to be writing a little overview of the previous months Kitchen products. Since there is a limited amount of each made, then by the time each one arrives in the post it'll probably be sold out. Instead I'm hoping this post will high light a…

Reading | January 2016

Little Women | The New Hunger | Winter | Library Of Souls | The Marble Collector | Days Of Blood And Starlight
For the third year running, I am taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Again, I hope to read one hundred and four books this year which works out to two a week. A read a lot and while it might seem like a huge number of books, I've managed to complete both 2014 and 2015 challenges plus a few extras. I know I'll be able to complete it although I haven't got off to a very good start as I am already two books behind schedule.

The Rifle Paper Co version of Little Women has been on my wishlist for such a long time and I finally bought it when I bought a couple of things from the Anthropology sale. The cover is gorgeous and I hope to buy the other books as well.

The New Hunger is the prequel to Warm Bodies, a favourite of mine I read in 2013. It's only 170 pages so will be a quick read and then I want to read the second book in the series, The Burning Wo…

Keeping A Journal

I find it hard to switch off and stop thinking about things. I let my mind wander and it really doesn't help my stress levels or my anxiety. To try and help this and also to have something to look back on in years to come, I have decided to keep a journal.

On and off since I was a child, I have tried to keep a diary but have always failed. I'd write in it for a week or two and then stop for no real reason. I think my problem was that I told myself I had to write in it every day and sometimes I just don't have anything to say. Instead I'm just going to write in it as and when I feel the need. This might be every day or a couple of weeks could go by with nothing written and that is ok. So far I've really enjoyed it and feel it's very therapeutic to write all my thoughts and feelings down on paper. There's also something to be said for writing with pen and paper. It beats typing when it comes to keeping a journal.

So when I decided to keep a journal, it took …

Sunday Pamper 025 | A Spoonful Of Lush Helps The Stress Go Down

1/3 Pop In The Bath Bubble Bar
1/2 Blackberry Bath Bomb
1 Butterball Bath Bomb

This Lush cocktail looks quite plain but it's actually one of my favourites I've tried so far. Pop In The Bath is one of my favourites as it shares the same scent as Olive Branch Shower Gel and I love how moisturising Butterball is. Blackberry adds a nice mix of bergemot and frankincense as well as turning the bath water purple.

All Lush bath cocktails can be found on Jens blog, All Things Lush. They have all been created by either Jen or her readers, I am simply testing them out and sharing on my own blog.

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Tools 001 | Skin Care

The Body Shop Facial Massager | £6 // This purchase was inspired by Caroline Hirons and although it's not something I use too often, it something I try to do every now and again. I find it relaxing to just sit and catch up on Youtube while giving myself a five minute facial massage. I probably don't use it enough to see much difference in my skin but I keep at it.

Yu Ling Jade Roller | £22 // This gets more use in the summer months as I find it's one of the few things that makes my eyes feel better when I'm having a particularly bad hay fever day. The jade keeps the roller cool and it helps to reduce puffiness. It may not be an essential for everyone but it is for me.

Clarisonic Mia | £120 // I've added this into the mix to remind myself I need to use it more. I have the sensitive brush head on it at the moment to make sure I don't damage my skin. When I do use it, it's only once a week as a treatment rather than to cleanse my skin. Out of the cleansers I cur…

Winter Accessories | 2016

ASOS Oversized Scarf With Tassels In Boucle Knit | £10.50 // Liquorish Clean Mini Satchel | £25 // Pink Necklace // Gold Necklace // ASOS Circle Hair Brooch | £8.00 // Accessorize Gloves | £7.50 // ASOS AIZA Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots | £35.
I am a winter person through and through and nothing makes me happier than bundling up in a thick jumper, boots, coat, hat, scarf and gloves. I thought I'd share a few of my favourites that have been making their way into my outfits on a daily basis.

I think the dalmatian boots are one of my favourite purchases and I stalked the ASOS website until they came back in stock. Kate first blogged about them and I knew I had to have them. I have become slightly obsessed with dalmatian print over the past few months would love to have a shirt of the same print. Not that I would wear them together! I just love how these boots look with a simple dress or jeans and a t-shirt.

I had a pair of gloves in this style when I was a teenager from Accessorize an…

Sale Shopping | Lush Part Two

It's Christmas Deer Gift Set | Merry Christmas Gift Set | The Rough With The Smooth Body Scrub.
I've split my Lush Boxing Day buys into two posts simply because this lot took so long to arrive! There was a problem with the Mumkin Bubble Bar from the Kitchen which delayed the whole order. It finally arrived two weeks later and I couldn't be happier to be reunited with Peeping Santa Bubble Bar. I really wish I had bought more of them!

It's Christmas Deer | £13.25 // Magic Of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar | Beautiful Shower Gel | Golden Wonder Bath Bomb | Snowcake Soap | Karma Kream Body Lotion.

The main reason I ordered this gift set is because I wanted to try Karma Kream Body Lotion without buying the full size and everything else in the set are good products. I didn't buy a slice of Snowcake Soap this year so I'll be saving this until I finish the current hand soap I'm using. The Magic Of Christmas bubble bar is another favourite and I think I have four or …

Shopping | Boxing Day Sales

ASOS Pleated Midi Skirt | £30 // ASOS Jumper with Grown On Neck in Nep Yarn | £22.50 // ASOS Jumper in Ripple Stitch with Turtle Neck | £17.50 //  Liquorish Clean Mini Satchel | £25 // Call It Spring Marguarite Snake Effect Flat Western Boots | £30 // Park Lane Suede Slipper Shoes | £32 // ASOS Oversized Scarf With Tassels In Boucle Knit | £10.50.
I feel like I haven't had a good ASOS browse in a really long time. I also told myself I wouldn't even look on the site when the boxing day sale went live but really, there was no way that was going to happen. I got sucked in when I saw that a couple of things in my saved basked were reduced. I then got sucked into the website completely and ended up with seven things in my basket after telling myself I wouldn't buy anything. Also I kept, and loved, everything that I order which never usually happens with ASOS. Usually I keep about 30% of what I order and send the rest back either because they didn't suit or fit or the qualit…

Mini Reviews 056 | Bumble And Bumble

I have wanted to buy the full sizes of the Invisible Oil products ever since I tried a sachet of the shampoo and conditioner a year ago and loved them. I had plenty of other shampoos and conditioners to use up first, and I still have, but I couldn't resist buying this set of minis although I know I'll buy the full sizes at some point. I love the packaging of all Bumble And Bumble products but I think the Invisible Oil has to be my favourite. I especially love the box it came in with the highlighter paint splotches. I almost don't want to throw it away but keeping with the KonMari method it has already served its purpose. I suppose it does bring me joy so do I keep it?!

Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo | £23 // Finally I can add another shampoo to my short list of ones that don't irritate my sensitive scalp.It's sulfate-free and gentle but still cleanses my hair. It's also nourishing and I find I don't need to use as much conditioner as normal when I …

Project Life Update | January 2016

I started a Project Life album at the start of last year but apart from a few Instagram photos, I haven't really shared anything. I've already filled one album so it was about time I started a new one. At the moment I've just been filling the albums with all my old photos that I've had printed over the years and all the mementos that I've saved. At some point I'll be up to date and can just add in as I go along the year. For now though I'm printing a year of photos each month and putting them into the album. This new album is 2007 to 2010.

I've also recently bought a new core kit as I was running low on some of the sizes and designs from the original I was using. Both core kits are designed by Liz Tamanaha for Project Life and I really like her own blog as well. I like that they're all pretty plain in design, monochrome or subtle colours and work well with each other. I'll probably write a post going into a bit more detail on the core kits if a…

Winter Edit | 2016

Life NK Float Away Milk Soak // Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum | £40 // Elemental Herbology Tree Of Life Balm | £22 // Lush Holy Golightly Bubble Bar // Weleda Skin Food | £9.95 // OPI On Pinks & Needles // OPI Alpine Snow // OPI DS Glow // OPI So Eelegant // Fushi Scalp Soother Oil | £15 // Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme | £30 // Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb Perfume | £50.
This year my skin has become a lot drier than usual so I've had to up the moisturising levels of the products I use. The Elemental Herbology balm and Weleda Skin Food have become products I use on a daily basis for my hands and elbow instead of every now and again. I've enjoyed using the Float Away Milk Soak I bought in the sales this time last year as it smells nice, is hydrating and turns the water milky. It also does a pretty good job at creating bubbles as well. I've still been using Lush though and one of my favourites from this years Christmas is the Holy Golightly Bubble Bar. It's n…

Sale Shopping | Lush Part One

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb | The Magic of Christmas Resuable Bubble Bar | Cinders Bath Bomb | Five Gold Rings Bubble Bar | Snow Angel Bath Melt | Each Peach (And Two's A Pair) Massage Bar | Dirty Massage Bar | The Rough With The Smooth Body Scrub  | Father Christmas Bath Bomb | Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub | Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb | Christingle Body Conditioner.
The other week I shared what I had wanted to buy in the Lush Boxing Day sale but I thought I'd share what I actually bought. If you're as obsessed about Lush as I am then you'll love this type of post. I'm still sad I couldn't buy any Peeping Santa Bubble Bars or Salt And Peppermint Bark Body Scrubs but I'm pretty happy with what I got. Especially that Christingle was available later on in the day when I thought it had sold out.

Along with the Christmas range, there were a few of the permanent products in the sale for half price so I picked up a couple from my to try list. It was strange to see them …