30 Oct 2012
How can I call myself a beauty blogger & never have owned a LUSH bath product? I know its criminal right. Well last week I popped my LUSH bath bomb cherry. I picked up two & I must say it was a really difficult decision. They have so many to choose from. I was in there for so long trying to pick just two.
I went for the So White Bath Bomb £3.20. This is MASSIVE & I like the sound of the white outer shell shattering to reveal a fizzing pink heart. I’m looking forward to a relaxing pink bath. Perfect for the month of October with it being Breast Cancer Awareness month – a lovely pink fizzing bath.
I also picked up Candy Mountain Bubble Bar £2.45. This fun Pink & Green bubble bar smells really sweet. I love it. This smells the better of the two for sure. I’m interested to see how good the bubbles are with this. I love a really bubbly bubble bath. I am also excited to see what colour this makes my bath turn.
I will be using these this week & I will let you know my thoughts. I can’t believe I have never bought any before but in my defense there are so many to choose from its quite overwhelming.
I’d love to know what are you favourite LUSH bath bombs, Melts, Bubble Bars. I want to pick up some more & would love your recommendations.
27 Oct 2012
These are the things I have been lusting over this past week. The new Models Own Wonderland Box Set is so pretty. I tried to buy them in Manchester but they were all sold out. The Stila Smudge Stick Set is great value for money and I made my hubby take a photo of it on his iPhone so he can get it for my Christmas (fingers crossed).
This Smokey Eyes Quad in Tawney from Topshop would be great for travelling – the four shades are really pretty and they’re the sort of colours I’d get ao much wear out of. I live in neutral eyeshadows. The Emu Oil Eye Cream has always intrigued me. I like the sound of it & my under eyes need all the help they can get.
Origin bring out great value gift sets at Christmas and this year there are so many I like the look of. This Let it Glow set is top of my list. Lastly The Body Shop Coconut Lip gloss sounds so nice. I love anything coconut it’s one of my favourite scents.
Have you tried any of these products? Or are you lusting after any of them?
25 Oct 2012
This was in my #LiveBloggers goody bag from the event back in September. I have been using it since the day I got it. I was excited to see it in our bags and I’ve used a few things from the Weleda Brand. The first thing I noticed was the weight of the product. It was really heavy, it’s a glass bottle which Weleda say is reusable – a great idea. You do get 100ml of product and I’ve been using it for well over a month and hardly used any. It will last a good couple of months. I wanted to use this product for at least 6 weeks before reviewing it as I know that products can take a while to start working or for you to see any diference.
I was excited to really test this product out as I’d like to find a good natural deodorant I know I worry about what chemicals I’m using on my underarms. With that area being particularly sensitive. This deodorant has a really lovely Citrus scent, it’s very fresh and pleasant It is a scent that I really liked. Athough strong when you first put this on the Citrus doesn’t linger too long and it isn’t overpowering so wont interfere with your perfume.
I did notice that when I put this on after shaving it stung quite bad & I’m guessing this was due to the alcohol in it. So that was slightly unpleasant. I would say that I sweat an average amount. Nothing to crazy but I do like to feel like I can trust my deodorant and this Weleda one wasn’t great for me. I only apply it in the morning as it’s too heavy / bulky to take with you on the go to reapply. But by mid afternoon I would feel like I needed a top up and was self conscious that I didn’t have it with me to do that. I’ve been testing this in the colder months and so I tend not to get too hot and sweaty during Autumn/Winter and with this not really standing up during these months I wouldn’t feel comfortable using it in the summer for fear of being a sweaty betty.
As I work from home I will use it on the days I will be in the house as I want to use it up (hate to waste anything). I felt a little disappointed in this products as I wanted to like it & I do like the smell & think if you’re someone who doesn’t sweat very much then is for you. But I need a little more than this deodorant can give. For the price £8.50 it didn’t work well enough for me to repurchase.
*This was a PR sample given to me at an event. This review is 100% my own.
21 Oct 2012
This is a Nicole by OPI Polish I picked up in a set from TK Maxx. Love me some TK Maxx bargains. This is the first time I’ve worn it even tho’ I have had it for about 2 months. I think that’s telling me I have far to many nail polishes.
This is a really deep electric blue with a hint of silver glitter. The glitter is so finely milled thats its hard to see it unless your nails are in the bright sunshine. I am not too much a fan of these Nicole By OPI bottles but the polish itself is really nice. With the hint of glitter in it gives it a really great reflective finish. It’s a great polish if you want your nails to really stand out.
I like the finish this polish has & for an extra pop of shine I use my beloved Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat. I will always repurchase that and my polish stays put for so much longer with it on.
You can get away with applying 2 coats of this & you will get a great bold finish. But if you have the patience then 3 coats will just look really fab. I found it dries quickly and the polish was a good consistency. The brush was quite thin but it was long and really easy to use. So Loyalty to Royal-ty gets a big thumbs up from me.
Have you tried these Nicole for OPI polishes? What is your fave shade? I have 2 more to review so keep a look out for those over the next couple of weeks.
19 Oct 2012
Botanics All Bright Cleansing Face Wipes
I’m not one to use wipes on a regular basis – being in my mid 30’s my skin needs all the TLC it can get. So I tend to cleanse properly every night. I quite like the ritual of it. I do use wipes to freshen up during the day esp if I am traveling and unable to wash my face. So I do have a pack of wipes on the go. I’ve tried a fair few brands over the years and like most beauty bloggers I like trying new products.
I picked up some of the newly re branded Botanics Cleansing Face Wipes when they were a 3rd off in Boots. They are fairly cheap and I think when things are pretty cheap you tend not to have too high expectations for them. But I’ve used a few things from this Botanics range both before the re branding and after and there’s some things I really like (their eye makeup remover not being one of them). So I thought these wipes would be quite good.
But I was so wrong. I found them to be really drying and quite scratchy on my skin. If you want them to remove makeup then you will be disappointed as they’re pretty poor at doing that. They claim to remove even waterproof makeup but I find that hard to believe. They might just remove a layer of dirt from your face but that’s about it. They’re not very moist and now I’m only using them to wipe my hands, to freshen them up when I’m on the go. I won’t use them on my face anymore
I will not be repurchasing these. I have a few packets of the No7 ones I purchased using my trusty N07 Vouchers. They always seem to work well for me. What wipes do you use & would recommend?
18 Oct 2012
Like most beauty bloggers I have more than one mascara on the go at any one time. At this moment in time I have 5 on the go. I am trying my best not to open anymore – I do have a few lined up ready for when one of these is ready for the bin. I am always looking for that mascara that does it all, but I think that is an urban myth. We often need our mascara to do different things like lengthen, give volume, define and sometimes we need a waterproof one. So that’s my excuse when the hubby asks ‘Don’t you have enough of those already?’ I reply yes but this one is different :o)
I will run through them individually letting you know how I like them and if I will repurchase.
First up is a Bobbi Brown mascara sample I received when I purchased my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealor its the Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara. It’s a great mascara for really separating your lashes and adding a good amount of length to them. It’s not the best lengthening mascara I’ve used but I have so say it is my favourite mascara at the moment. You can wear this mascara all day and there is no fall out at all. I really like the look of defined lashes and this is amazing at achieving that look. I will be purchasing the full size when this runs out. The full size is £18 for 6ml
The 17 Peep Show Mascara I first purchased when it was released a few months ago, this is a mascara that’s great for giving your lashes that really thick and full look. It isn’t a mascara that lasts all day on me, I tend to get a little flaking and fall out with is one as It’s packed full of lengthening fibres. But that said I do like it and this is my second tube and I will repurchase again as the price is great and I do like the really full effect it gives my stumpy lashes. The full size is £6.29 for 9ml
The Soap and Glory Thick & Fast Mascara was a magazine freebie a few months back I wouldn’t say this was a great mascara. The brush is huge and I tend to get the product everywhere. It does make your lashes thick but I find the formula too thick and gloopy and it tends to clump on my lashes and that’s not really a look I like. So I won’t be repurchasing this one. Full size is £10.00 for 6ml
One of my favourite Mascaras over the past 18 months has been the No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara. I have repurchased at least 4 of these. I love the brush it grabs every lash and really separates them. It also adds a good amount of volume without being too dramatic. I find it to be a really good everyday option. The formula is quite dry and doesn’t flake. This will be a mascara I repurchase for the foreseeable future. Full size for £11.00 for 7ml
I received this Covergirl Lashblast 24 hour Waterproof Mascara in a swap I did with Casey. This is the only waterproof mascara I own. I tend to only wear it on a night out. I find this formula to be a little runny but as I use it it’s drying out & that’s how I like it. There is no fall out with this and the wand although its odd-looking it really easy to use and it coats each lash really well. If I could get it in the UK I would repurchase. Just one thing, you will need a heavy-duty eye makeup remover as this mascara is tough to remove.
16 Oct 2012
October saw me turn 34 and it was a little bit crappy to be honest but I won’t go into that too much. On a good note we are finally settling in and have been in our new house exactly one month. We still have a couple of boxes to unpack but apart from that we are up and running. I love being so close to both Liverpool and Manchester – it’s really bad for the bank balance but both cities have such great shopping. Its fab
I’ve not done one of these posts in a while so I thought I’d club together October’s Instagrams into one post.
I love October as Autumn is such a pretty month with the changing of the seasons. It’s also when the beauty companies bring out their Xmas makeup & gift sets. I have my eye on a few. I will be making a wish list this week for that. Hope you all having a lovely October so far x
14 Oct 2012
I have a few moisturises that I’m really enjoying at them moment, so I though I’d show you what I am using as my Day & Night Creams. I have a few more tucked away but these are my goto ones for the colder months.
So I have 5 winter staples this year 3 day creams and 2 night creams. The No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream is so hydrating and moisturising. I’ve been through a few pots of this and my skin really likes it. Its great under makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft all day. It has SPF 15 and a 5* for UVA which I like. This pot lasts me at least 4 months so you get great value for money – £22 for 50ml
My Avene Redness Relief Moisturizing Protecting Cream is amazing. I do suffer from redness on my cheeks and it gets worse in the colder months. This Avene Cream really helps. It’s quite thick and green toned but that fades on the skin. I find it takes a while to sink in, but once it has it really helps keep my redness in check. Obviously it doesn’t make it go away completely. This cream is anti irritating and is perfect for those of you who like me have sensitive skin. It also has SPF 20 in. £13.05 for 40ml
The Origins Starting Over Age Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa this is a lovely creamy face cream with a strong botanical scent. That might be to everyone’s taste but I quite like the smell of this cream. I have been using this for about 4 weeks and so far my skin has reacted will to it. It’s really hydrating and glides on my skin. It’s meant to have great anti ageing qualities in & at 34 I could use some of those. I can’t comment too much on that but I am hoping its doing is job. I will continue with this and see if I can see any significant improvement. £38 50ml This pot came as part of the Starting Over set and so is only 30ml
Now on to Night Creams – The Avon Anew Genics Treatment Cream has been such a great night cream for me. I have noticed some discolouration on my cheeks lessening. I have some acne scaring and it’s really helping with that. This is thick but not greasy at all. By morning my skin is smooth and bright. After 2 months of using I really like the results I’m seeing. I can’t find where to buy this online. Only on Ebay for between £15 – £20 for 30ml
Now I have saved the best for last. My beloved Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cream. There is no denying I simply love this night cream. This was also part of a kit & I used the Mega Mushroom Toner and Face Wash & loved them too. The face cream is very highly scented and it smells strong on your face. So I think that might put a lot of people off this. This is not specifically a night cream but it’s really thick and strongly scented so I like to use it as a night cream so I can apply a thick layer of it. This cream is aimed at reducing redness – something that I suffer with and also I have found it helps stop be getting breakouts. I have a 30ml pot but you can buy the 50ml pot for £46
What face creams have you been using and what couldn’t you live without?
12 Oct 2012
I’m a fan of Barry M Nail Polishes and am getting quite the collection. So when I saw a few reviews of their new Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints I knew I had to pick up a couple of colours. My local Boots didn’t have great stock but I eventually decided on these two colours. I really wanted the lilac colour in Prickly Pear but it was sold out. Just my luck
Barry M have released 9 colours in these Gelly Nail Paints and they all look fab. I am sure I will be popping back in to pick up a few more colours.
I picked up Watermelon a deep emerald-green colour and Pomegranate a red toned pink. They say to use a base coat with these. I’m guessing because they may stain your nails but I’m not 100% sure. Either way I used a base coat and the polish applies quite thickly on your nails I used one coat and that was perfect for both colours. The drying time was about 10 mins for fully dry as it is a think consistency.
The brush is quite thin and I found it easy to use and the polish goes on well. The finish is really shiny and with a top coat on looks even better. I have been impressed with them and the colour range available. I’m hoping my Boots gets more stock in soon so I can grab a few more colours. Like I need anymore nail polish!!
Out of the two I picked up I think the Pomegranate is my favourite. Only because I’m a sucker for a pink polish. Have you picked any of these Barry M Gelly Nail Paints yet? Are you impressed with them? You can pick them up from Superdrug, Boots or direct from BarryM Website they are £3.99 for
11 Oct 2012
Whilst in Amsterdam this August I popped into the Yves Rocher Store because I’d forgotten my makeup remover so needed to pickup another one. I decided on this Micellar Cleansing Water. I’ve previously used the ETAT PUR Micellar Water and used that all up and really enjoyed it. So was excited to try another Cleansing Water.
This is my first purchase from Yves Rocher and I have to say their stores are really nice. Very well laid out and a pleasure to browse in. For some reason I didn’t realise they sold makeup too. I swatched a few things and they were really nice. I will be picking up a few things next time I’m in.
This cleanser is really effective in taking off my makeup. I never wear what I would call heavy makeup but I do wear id say an average amount and this had no trouble in taking it off. I wouldn’t say it has a strong scent to it I thought it smelt refreshing and clean. I only use this for my face as I use the Simple eye makeup remover as that always works well for me.
This Yves Rocher Cleansing Water is really gentle on the skin and you only need to lightly sweep it across your face. It claims to reveal younger looking skin. I don’t know about that. My skin has been looking a little off these past few months due to stress and lack of sleep so I can’t say this has made much difference to that. What I can say is that It leaves my skin feeling soft and makeup free before I wash with my cream cleanser. So it does the job for me.
I like products that I use on my face to be really gentle as I have really sensitive cheeks and this Micellar Water is gentle and removes every last trace of makeup. It is also uses botanical based ingredients so its great for your skin and has 3 teas as its main base – Green Tea extract, White Tea extract and Madagascar Tea extract. It also has Organic Chamomile Water and Musk Rose Oil in it, so these are all really nice calming ingredients. I really recommend if you like Micellar Waters to try this one
You can order it from Yves Rocher online for £10.50 – 200ml
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