Sunday, 30 June 2013

July Wishlist


This month I have been lusting after the following:


1) Etude House nail polish in Apricot Candy £2.97 on eBay.
2) Shu Uemura eyelash curlers £20 Selfridges
3) REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask £30 REN
4) Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File £15.50 Leighton Denny

1) How cute are these nail polishes from Etude House seriously?! Perfect and summery, absolutely love the Apricot colour.

2) My eyelash curlers are looking a bit worse for wear, and when they eventually stop working I think I might treat myself to this pair from Shu Uemura. I do think that £20 is extortionate for eyelash curlers though. Decisions decisions.

3) I have used a sample of the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask from REN in the past and I absolutely loved it. I could really feel it working and the texture is amazing, sort of like slapping marmalade on your face.

4) Finally I am lusting after the Crystal File from Leighton Denny. I bought my Mum one of these a few birthdays ago and I don't think she has even opened it so I might just pinch hers! As it comes with a lifetime guarantee I think it's really good value for money for such a great nail file.

Have you used anything off my wishlist? Would you recommend them?


Kayleigh x

The Weekly Ramble #8


The weekly face:

I swear I do own more than this one dress! Just always seem to be wearing it in photos :x.

This week has been quite a quiet one again, mainly involving watching a few films in the evenings. Sometimes you can't beat getting home from work and just sticking a DVD on.

Tuesday also marked James and I being together for 7 years which is insane how fast it has gone.

Friday was easily the busiest day this week, I popped out of work on my lunch and got a dermal piercing on my back. It was quite painful but it's really cute and I will get a picture up for when it heals which apparently can be 1 to 3 months! Ouch.

After work on Friday we tootled off to the Trafford Centre with my mum and dad. I love going to the Trafford Centre as everything is in one place and you've got everything you could ever want. We had a nice meal before heading off for a round of mini golf, which I won! Yippee! A compulsory Boots visit was of course in order and I may have made a few sneaky purchases. I also bought my sister-in-law-almost's birthday present so feeling quite organised as that is only in August!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend

Kayleigh x

Saturday, 29 June 2013

#OOTD #2


Still trying not to feel self conscious in these posts!

 Dress: Primark, Tights: Marks and Spencer, Shoes: New Look, Watch: Fossil.

This is what I wore to work yesterday. I personally love a good Peter Pan collar, especially on a Friday!


Kayleigh x

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Caudalie Beauty Elixir


I know every blogger and her bunny has reviewed this at some point but I thought I would offer my opinions of Caudalie's Beauty Elixir.

When I first got this I was using it to freshen my face during the day on top of my makeup. Using it like that didn't really make any difference for me though. I was always wary that I was going to get it into my eye or miss a bit of my face, I'm sure normal people wouldn't have that issue though.

How I use it now is two or three sprays onto a cotton round and use as a toner after I have cleansed. Using as a toner my skin feels refreshed and looks a lot brighter. I also really like the smell, sort of herbal and uplifting.

I don't think that I would repurchase this though because of the high price point (£32 for 100ml) and the fact that the spending ban is still in full swing.

What are your thoughts on Caudalie?

Here we have Karl being a ferocious lion:


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Avon - Advance Techniques Dry Ends Serum


Today I will be sharing with you my absolute savior for dry ends:

After shampooing my hair, I don't always condition it as I find it goes greasy really quickly and just feels generally a bit gross, is this just me? Anyway, when I don't use a conditioner I just use this Dry Ends Serum instead. You apply it to towel dried hair, one or two pumps through the end of your hair. It makes blow-drying that much easier and feels so soft and manageable.

As said previously I find Avon products so hit and miss but this is an absolute life saver for me. It costs £5.50 for 30ml but they usually have it on offer. As you only use one or two pumps it does last a long time. Another thing to mention is that the smell is really lovely, very clean and refreshing.

I don't really have anything bad to say about this at all which is unusual for me!

What do you use to condition and treat your hair?

Here we have Karl getting rather excited for some tasty hay:


Kayleigh x

Sunday, 23 June 2013

The Weekly Ramble #7


The weekly face:

The eagle-eyed ones amongst you will notice that I have cheated and used the same picture from yesterday's post - my face just isn't co-operating today!

I've had quite a quiet week this week with the main excitement being that I bought my HIM tickets on Wednesday! So excited to see them even if their new album is a total let down.

On Friday we went to see my Dad as I had him some cupcakes made. I wanted them for his birthday last week but the lady that makes them was away and no ones cakes are as good as hers yum yum. He is motorbike mad so I had some lemon sponge ones with lemon cream icing and pictures of motorbikes on them - he loved them yay!

Had a very chilled day on Saturday, got most of the housework done and then read a couple of books. Yes a couple, I tend to have 2 or 3 on the go at once and finished two of them yesterday.

Next week should be a bit more exciting, I'm going visiting another Trust on Wednesday for work, and on Friday we are going to the Trafford Centre for some food, shopping and (most importantly!) mini golf!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Kayleigh x

Saturday, 22 June 2013

#OOTD #1


Well here goes my first "Outfit of the Day" post - please be kind, so unphotogenic :(

Dress: Primark (old), Shoes: Primark

This is what I wore to work on Wednesday. So hard to pick what to wear when it's cloudy and threatening rain but still 20 degrees outside.


Kayleigh x

Thursday, 20 June 2013

SBC Gels


I thought today I would share with you a few products that I use from SBC. SBC is primarily a brand that you would find in a salon, which is how I first discovered it.

I actually bought a set containing 5 SBC products when they were on QVC as their Today's Special Value. The one I bought contains a 1l Collagen gel, a 500ml Propolis gel, a 175ml Intensive Arnica warming gel, a 500ml Collagen shower creme and a 250ml Superfruits hand wash. Sadly I can't remember how much this came to but it was really good value compared to their website.

Anyway... onto the actual goodies! The one that I use most is the Propolis as I have quite problematic skin, especially in this indecisive weather. SBC say that you can use any of their gels under your normal moisturiser (face or body) to give it more of a kick. I just use this one on its own though. Propolis is made by bees in their hives and is known to be antibacterial and have soothing properties. I just pop this on of a morning after my toner and it sinks in really quickly.

If my skin is behaving itself I tend to reach for the Collagen gel instead. This is also lightweight and easily absorbed and I will use this before my normal moisturiser in a morning. Collagen is good for aging skin or skin that is a bit stressed out because of environmental changes.

My regular readers will know that I am something of a gym bunny and that I tend to lift weights at least twice a week - I'm stronger than I look ;). Nothing soothes aching muscles quite like the Intensive Arnica warming gel. Arnica is traditionally used to soothe aches and pains. It takes a bit of getting used to at first because it doesn't sink in, just sits on the surface making your skin tingle and getting warmer. I will say that I have put a bit of this on James when he has been moaning that he is aching and he doesn't find that it warms up at all for him. 

Finally we have the Collagen shower creme and the Superfuits handwash. I have actually used all of the handwash so no picture of that sorry! I found it to be very soothing on the skin and not drying like some soaps can be - the smell was delicious as well. The main flavours if you will are raspberry and cranberry. The Collagen shower creme smells lovely, and contains extracts of Passion Flower and Kukui Seed oils. This is very moisturising for a shower gel but I have just read that it is more suitable to a more mature or dry skin. I don't think that particularly matters as it is a delight to use.

Have you ever tried anything from SBC? What do you use for aching muscles?

Here we have Karl not being a fan of the gross weather either:


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Daily Makeup


I thought today I would share with you the things I use on a daily basis. I have quite a serious job so I have to look quite natural and muted.

First off I always curl my eyelashes using curlers, these aren't posh ones or anything but they do the job. As I wear glasses I find that unless I do then my eyes look tiny. 

After that's done I then use No7 Tinted Moisturiser in Fair (full review here) and then conceal under my eyes using the Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Neutral Fair. I love this concealer as it really brightens and makes me look awake. 

Next I then go onto the Bare Minerals "Mineral Veil", I bought this as it was described as a blurring formula to help with imperfections. I do really like the Mineral Veil and it also helps me look fresh throughout the day.

Once my base is done I then move onto my eyebrows, being slightly Scouse (usually when I get aggravated!) I do like a good strong brow. I use the Superfine Eyebrow Definer from Clinique in Dark Brown to fill mine in. Without this they are quite sparse and you can't really see them.

I then like to use my Urban Decay Naked Basics for my eyeshadow - the shades that I use most are Venus, Walk of Shame, Naked 2 and Faint. The shadows in this palette are so soft and buttery and last all day on me (without a primer).

I don't always wear eyeliner (time permitting!) but when I do I just add a little to my lower lash line as I find that this one - Clinique Brown Sugar really makes me look awake.

Finally I just add two coats of mascara with whatever I have on the go at that moment. At present I am using the Avon Supershock Mascara in Black. It is pretty good but I always chop and change with my mascaras so won't be buying again.

Finally when it comes to blushers I use either Benefit Coralista if I'm feeling sparkly - or Bourjois Healthy Glow if I want a more natural look.

I am a bit of a tart when it comes to lipsticks so usually just grab the first one that I see! That being said I am still really loving the Revlon Lip Butters at the moment.

Turns out I need quite a lot of makeup to look "natural" :). What are your everyday products that you automatically reach for?

Here we have Karl looking generally awesome:

As always thanks for reading :)


Kayleigh x

Sunday, 16 June 2013

The Weekly Ramble #6


The weekly face:
This week was our first ever Rounders match/lesson and was the most fun I have had in ages. I hadn't played since I was at school so was a bit nervous about remembering everything and competing against serious people. When we turned up it was just our team so didn't feel as much as a prat missing the ball and running like a pregnant duck (my bosses words, not mine). The hour and a half passed really quickly and must have been good exercise because I was still sore on Friday morning! I have been so good going to the gym and that this week too, quite proud of myself!

I have also read a really good book this week, "The Dead Sea Deception" by Adam Blake. If you are into The Da Vinci Code or any other sort of religious conspiracies then this is for you. It felt very original and fresh to read without the same predictable plot twists. Just had a quick mosey on Amazon and there is a sequel - wahey no doubt I will be tracking that down in the near future :)

Yesterday was my dad's birthday so we went to see him in the afternoon. I won't get to see him today though boohoo because he is working! Who works on Father's Day honestly. He was made up with his pressies and we had a big fat Chinese for tea, yum yum. I love going to see my mum and dad because I always walk away with some goodies or other (that's not the only reason of course!) - they got me some lovely flowers which are now brightening up my conservatory.

The main highlight of my week was that my all-time favourite band ever have announced that they will be touring the UK later this year. This will be I think the 15th time that I have seen HIM live and I honestly can't wait! Presale tickets are Wednesday so I can hopefully book straight away, thank god for O2 eh?


Kayleigh x

Thursday, 13 June 2013



I'm sure everyone has now heard/used the micelle solution from Bioderma by now but I only ever seem to see reviews on the original one with the pink lid (Sensibio H20).

After whinging on Twitter about my skin being a pest and not wanting to use a water based cleanser the lovely Sophie from A Hint of Sparkle... recommended Bioderma to me. After a persual on I decided that the "Bioderma Sebium H20" was for me as I suffer with oily skin and the occasional break out.

I mainly use this for taking my face off of an evening as it promises to remove every scrap of makeup whilst purifying and soothing.

I do find it to remove most makeup but not mascara, I don't even wear waterproof! I have tried leaving the cotton round on for 20 seconds but it doesn't quite remove it all.

It does feel very nice and refreshing on the skin while controlling oil production.

All in all I would recommend this - it is also currently on offer for £6.66 for 250ml at present.

Have you tried anything from Bioderma? Or can you recommend any water free cleansers?

Here we have Karl showing James who is boss:

As always thanks for reading :)


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Liebster Award


On Saturday the lovely Lauren at which literally made my day as I really never thought that anyone would ever read my witterings.

If you are unfamiliar with the Liebster Award the rules are:

  • Each nominee should answer 11 questions from the person who nominated them
  • Choose 11 bloggers with under 200 followers to pass the award to and link them in your post
  • Tell them about their nomination 
  • No tag backs
My questions from Lauren:

  • What was your last splurge on? My last big splurge was buying my car, but on a slightly smaller scale my new Fiorelli handbag (I have an addiction.)
  • What beauty product do you regret buying, and why? I think my Clarisonic as it really just doesn't agree with my face :(

  • What are your favourite blogs to read? I like to read absolutely anything, as long as the person writing it clearly has a passion for what they are talking about.

  • What posts do you prefer, fashion, beauty or lifestyle? A close call between beauty or lifestyle, but I would say beauty (by a whisker)

  • Who is your style inspiration? Not technically a real person, but Jessica Day from New Girl (half school child, half grandmother)

  • Made in Chelsea or TOWIE? I don't watch either, I'm one of those oddballs that don't watch "reality" TV or soaps :O
  • What is your summer must have? I know it says one but I'm choosing a few - huge sunglasses, a good book, a pretty tea dress and a good book.
  • What would you do if you won the lottery? I would open an animal sanctuary, or maybe just a rabbit sanctuary and make sure that they are all looked after!

  • If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I would live in Paris, I tend to go there a lot on my holidays and I just love it.

  • What is your favourite season? Autumn always does it for me, not too warm or cold and I like seeing the trees turning amber and losing their leaves.
  • Do you have any guilty pleasures? If so what is it? My main one is just slobbing about in my PJs playing MMORPGs - not very cool and not very girly ;)

The lovely blogs that I am nominating:

My questions to you:

  • What is your desert island skincare/beauty product?
  • If money were no object, what would you buy?
  • Do you have any tattoos? If so what of?
  • What is your dream job?
  • What is the biggest letdown product you have ever used?
  • What motivated you to start your own blog?
  • If there was one person (past or present) that you could hang out for a day, who would it be and why?
  • What sort of music are you in to? Or favourite band/singer?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What is your favourite TV show?
  • Would you rather watch a film or read a book?

Once you have done your posts either leave me the link in the comments box or put the link on Twitter so I can have a nosey!

Kayleigh x  

Sunday, 9 June 2013

The Weekly Ramble #5


The weekly face:

This week I found out that I passed my NVQ/QCF from last year wahey! I got about 15 (no exaggeration) certificates through the post. Such a happy bunny ^.^ even happier that work paid for me to do it. The one I have just passed was a Level 2 in Business and Administration QCF, it was a bit long winded and boring but these things open doors.

This week my workmates and I decided to form a rounders team, the first meet up is on Monday and I am quite nervous! Haven't played rounders in about 7 years so should be a laugh. I used to be quite good but the only sort of games I play these days are of the pixelated variety.

On Wednesday we went to Little Fifteen's for my friend's birthday, the food was actually amazing and the diet well and truly went out of the window. If you ever get the chance to go to a Little Fifteen or a Fifteen then definitely do, they do look kind of ropey and a bit dodgy but the food is a taste sensation.

Today I am off to Liverpool with my Mum for a spot of shopping! She is desperate for some new clothes and I obviously had to accompany her (nothing to do with the Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar I swear.) I love going to Liverpool for shopping and a spot of lunch as there is such a good variety of shops. The main things I need want to buy are some summery sandals which I have seen in Primark and some cute little frilly ankle socks.

I tend to dress half like a schoolchild and half like a Grandmother so I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested in seeing #OOTD posts? I think I might give them a whirl but I am so horrendously un-photogenic so may need to build up a bit more confidence.

As always thanks for reading, and let me know about the outfit of the day posts! ^.^


Kayleigh x

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Liz Earle


I would like to start off by saying that my skin is an absolute pain and never happy with anything that I put on it.

Now that we've got that out of the way I thought I would share with you something that leaves my skin feeling lovely and clean without making it angry. Rar angry skin is never a good thing.

First of all you start with the Cleanse and Polish cleanser and just sort of massage it all over your face (yes even your eyes - it's very gentle) and it promises to remove all traces of makeup including mascara! It smells lovely and feels very soothing on the skin. After you have massaged it in then you get a damp muslin cloth and remove the cleanser. The muslins that they provide with C&P are designed as a gentle exfoliator. This is the only cleanser that I can use that requires water as it is so calming and nourishing, I prefer ones that you can just sort of use a cotton pad and cleanse that way.

Next up you have the Instant Boost Skin Tonic which is the toner. This again smells lovely and does the job of removing any cleanser you may have missed as well as brightening the skin. Toners are a step that some people miss for some obscure reason but I really like them.

After toning you want to moisturise. The one that I have is for combination/oily skin and is called "Light". There are two more - dry/sensitive and normal/combination. I do find that this does give me a greasy forehead (lovely.) so not great for in the day but perfect for in the evening.

All in all Liz Earle is a skincare brand that I would highly recommend for soft and clean skin. However for me it does not tackle the occasional spots that come to terrorise me.

Here we have Karl attempting to do "the People's Eyebrow" (yes I am a wrestling geek!)


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Rimmel Apocolips


Another lip post! I would apologise but it makes me happy. Today I am going to be showing you Rimmel Apocolips in 501 Stellar:

Stellar is a lovely bright pink shade that really stood out for me. The Apocolips range comes in 8 shades and is described as having "the intense colour of lipstick with a lacquer like shine". The application is easy as it has a doefoot wand and even a total noob such as myself can get a really defined look. On the picture below is just one swipe of the product so you can get a feel for the colour density.

They retail at £4.99 each which I don't think is too expensive. My one qualm with this is the smell. It is sort of synthetic smelling but I can't put my finger on what exactly. That's still not enough to put me off and I happily reach for this for a night out.

Here is a picture of Karl looking sorry for himself after his operation:

Have you tried of the any shades of Apocolips? What did you think of them?


Kayleigh x

Sunday, 2 June 2013

The Weekly Ramble #4


The weekly face: 

This week has been rather traumatic for me, Karl had to go to the vets on Tuesday to have his back molars filed down. This is about the 5th or 6th time that he has had it done and it really stresses me out because anaesthetic is so dangerous for tiny bunnies. Thankfully he is fine now and back to his happy little self running about trying to trip me up! Just need to get him chewing on both sides now but no idea how to enforce that one!

It also feels like it has been a really long week at work even with the Bank Holiday, which I don't understand at all. I always feel drained after having my injection and this week has been no exception, been in bed for 8pm most evenings zzz.

The spending ban is going rather well, I'm making myself write everything down which is a pain in the backside but hey ho! It seems to be working so far, for example I bought the Collection 2000 concealer (£1.99) instead of my usual Clinique one (£17.00!!!) as it is on it's last legs. Haven't tried the Collection one yet but I will keep you updated!

On Saturday we went to visit James' parents as we haven't seen them in a while. The morning was eventful as we had to take six bags of books down with us, bet the neighbors were wondering what on earth we were doing! As the drive takes about 2 hours I had a bit of a kip and left James to the chauffeuring!

When we actually got there the weather was glorious! I now have one sunburnt shoulder, sigh! We also went to the Avoncroft museum and finished off the day with a couple of games of Cranium which I had never played before but it was actually really good.

Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend!

Kayleigh x