Wednesday, 31 July 2013

August Wishlist


This month I have been lusting after: Basic
1) Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms - £2.99 each from Boots
2) Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara - £24.50 from Selfridges
3) Bare Minerals Mineral Veil - £20.00 from Debenhams
4) Benefit Hervana Blush - £23.50 from Debenhams

1) Yes I am straight on the Baby Lips bandwagon, amazing what a bit of hype can do to a girl. Getting excited about a lip balm, totally want all 6 too woops.

2) I have never used anything from Yves Saint Laurent, but this mascara looks absolutely amazing. £24.50 though, ouch.

3) My Mineral Veil has just ran out, absolutely love this and would repurchase every time. So soft and has a blurring effect for any imperfections.

4) I have only ever tried Coralista from Benefit's blusher range, and I think Hervana should be my next one. Just look how pretty it is!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Skincare Tag


The lovely Sophie from that's what sophie said has tagged me to have a go at doing the skincare tag! I used to be a huge skincare junkie and would only use expensive products - how times change!

  1. Describe your skincare routine in five words.
Basic, budget, lightweight-textures, quick, easy.
2. What is your skin type?

3. What is your favourite skincare product?
I think at the moment it has to be the La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo (review here)

4. Top blemish zapper?
The REN Clearcalm3 mask - really reduces redness and soreness.

5. Face wipes... Yay or nay?

Definitely nay - a quick sweep of Bioderma is a winner for me!
6. Toner... Yay or nay?
Yay - I find toners so refreshing before applying moisturiser.

7. High-end skincare or high-end makeup?

 Hmm neither really for me, but if I could afford to then I would say high-end makeup. High-end skincare really messed my skin up a few years ago and I'm so wary of it now.

8. You're in a French pharmacy and can only buy one item, what would it be?
You've got to top up on Bioderma while you're there haven't you!

9. Top skincare tip?

Don't pick your spots! And drink lots of water, really really helps me when my face is congested.

For this, I tag:

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Sunday, 28 July 2013

The Weekly Ramble #12


The weekly face:

This week I have just been mainly quite busy with work as usual so had a few quiet evenings in, just relaxing and watching a lot of the Big Bang Theory.

Pretty gutted that it was the last episode of Luther this week - hope they make another series but I have read somewhere that Idris Elba doesn't want to. Boo!

The main event for me this week was going to the evening reception of a wedding on Friday. I love weddings! It was such a good night and seemed like everyone was having a great time.

I am also currently struggling so much while waiting for my B12 injection, hence my sleepy face in the above photo!

I have also made the executive decision to get back into my structured training routine as I'm just being a bit lazy at the moment and can't seem to face going to the gym.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

#OOTD #5


Dress: Next(old), Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, Bag: Religion.

This is what I wore to the evening reception of a wedding yesterday. This is one of my favourite dresses and was such a bargain in the Next sale last year.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer


You may have seen my previous post on the Collection Cover Up Stick and here we have another concealer from Collection:

The reason I bought this was because my beloved illuminating concealer from Clinique was on its last legs and £17 at the moment is pushing it a bit for me really.

I didn't have great expectations for this as I got it for £2.50 (half price) in Wilkinsons. I really need to stop being such a snob because I actually prefer it! I just dot it around my under eye area and blend in with my ring finger, and it looks like I am really rested and ready to face the day.

Here we have Karl doing a massive yawn:

Will you be trying the Illuminating Touch Concealer?

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Lush Ocean Salt


Ocean Salt from Lush is one of my go to face scrubs in the Summer. The weather just makes my skin go nuts and this is one of the many things that I use to sort it out.

This is my third pot of Ocean Salt which is unusual for me as I like to try new things, but if it ain't broke..

It is described on the pot as "lashings of fine sea salt to scrub and clean, organic limes to brighten and avocado butter to soften your skin". It is really scrubby and feels like it is working, and sorts my oily skin out in no time. It sort of smells like a cocktail which I personally like but may be something to consider.

It is £12.95 for the 120g tub, but this does last a long time. I don't mind paying for a good product that I know will work, especially from Lush as they are vegetarian friendly!

Here we have Karl having a wash:

Sunday, 21 July 2013

The Weekly Ramble #11


The weekly face:

It's been a very quiet week for me this week, mainly because it has been too hot to do anything! So we have just been hanging out at home with Karl.

Yesterday I went to my friend's 30th birthday BBQ/garden party which was good, the day just really flew. The above picture is the 4 product face when I can't be bothered with a load of makeup, usually after a big night out woops.

What have you been up to this week?


Kayleigh x

Thursday, 18 July 2013

OPI - Avoplex Oil


During the Summer months I tend to paint my nails a lot more so I want them to look in the best condition possible. I use the Avoplex Oil from OPI to soften the cuticles and make the skin around the nail look generally healthier.

James actually bought me this from QVC as part of a set with OPI's Nail Envy which I've just checked and is currently on the site for £19.50. I do think that is expensive but I have been using weekly since I got it and there is still loads left.

Left Hand: With Avoplex, Right Hand: Without
 Have you ever used anything from OPI?

Here is a picture of Karl to brighten your day:


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The Beauty Parlour


Today I am going to share with you two products from a brand that is quite new to me - The Beauty Parlour. The two products that I have from them are the "Mentha Lip Balm" and "Soften It Up!" hand lotion.

I received these as part of my birthday present from my sister-in-law last year, she did me a "Beauty Box" type thing - it was amazing!

The lip balm caught my eye first, as I'm sure by now you will know that I love any sort of lip product. I didn't read it just popped it on my lips and then wondered why, 10 minutes later, I was tingling and felt the urge to pout. The Beauty Parlour describe this as "With 2% Peppermint. Put some zing into your lips with this luscious lip balm combining high gloss, incredible moisture and long lasting minty freshness." which I totally agree with. 

Next up we have the hand cream which smells lovely and is really softening on the skin. I like to pop this on overnight with a pair of those gloves (you know what I mean) and wake up with really nourished feeling hands. On the website it is described as "For hard working hands that need a touch of pampering... Our non greasy hydrating hand lotion is enriched with Macadamia Nut Oil and natural Apricot Kernel Oil to help condition and reveal silky soft hands. Warning - will drastically increase being kissed on the hand when being greeted by a young gentleman!"

Top: Hand Cream, Bottom: Lip Balm

I really enjoy using these two from The Beauty Parlour and can't wait to try more, they are available in Superdrug although I can't find them on the website.

Have you ever tried anything from The Beauty Parlour?

Don't do it Karl!:


Kayleigh x

Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Weekly Ramble #10


The weekly face:

This week has been super hectic at work and I have had to go to loads of meetings, which is a bit rubbish because our office is one of the only ones that has air con, just wanted to stay in there and keep cool.

On Thursday we watched Taken 2 which was good - but as everyone says - not as good as the first! Apparently they're bringing out a third which is good news!

Friday was quite hectic, after getting home at 6pm (I'm supposed to finish at 4 on a Friday boohoo), my mum and dad came round for a catch up as they have been away this week. As usual they brought me some lovely flowers which are now brightening up the conservatory.

After mum and dad had left my friend Rachel came for a bit of a girly catchup, we used to work together and don't really get to see eachother that often now so that was fun.

Yesterday I met my friend Ellen for a spot of lunch and to give her her birthday goodies! It's not her birthday til a couple of weeks so I told her she can't open them.

Today I plan to catchup on the housework (the joys of being a homeowner.) and just try to have a bit of a chill. I love Sunday because of BBloggers of course, and the fact that The Returned is on! Getting quite addicted to it even though it freaks me out quite a lot.

Another thing this week is that I reached 50 followers on Bloglovin', I'm so happy and planning a giveaway at 100 (tell your friends!)

Hope you have all had a good week!


Kayleigh x

Saturday, 13 July 2013

#OOTD #4


       Dress: Dorothy Perkins, Bag: Primark, Earrings: Gift, Shoes:Primark

This dress was an emergency purchase on Thursday - it's far too warm for the clothes in my wardrobe. I'm off out for some lunch today with my friend Ellen so need to keep cool.


Kayleigh x

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Soap and Glory - Smoothie Star


First of all apologies for the Soap and Glory overload this week. The reason that I wanted to share this with you guys is because it's perfect for the gorgeous weather we've been having.

Now, I'm not particularly loyal when it comes to moisturising my body, I tend to grab the first one out of my moisturiser basket (yes that is a thing in my house) but when it is hot and you can't be bothered waiting for a heavy butter or cream to sink in and dry then this is absolutely perfect.

Soap and Glory refer to this as a "Deep Moisture Body Milk" which describes it to a tee. It absorbs straight away and is more of a liquid than a butter. It contains almond, cocoa, yoghurt, oat and honey which I will say sounds like some sort of breakfast concoction and makes me hungry every time I get a whiff of it. The scent lasts so well throughout the day and I tend to put an extra application on my pins if I'm wearing a dress or skirt and by the end of the day they still look moisturised and smell delightful.

For 500ml it costs £10 which is standard for Soap and Glory products. Again this was a gift but would happily buy again.

Here we have Karl having a good ol' nosey at something:


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Soap and Glory - Sugar Crush


The Sugar Crush Body Scrub from Soap and Glory is quickly becoming one of my favourite exfoliators. When you first open it you are hit with the gorgeous scent, which reminds me of chocolate limes yum yum.

The ingredients include smashed brown sugar, sweet lime, almond oil and macadamia grains which results in quite chunky exfoliating bits if you know what I mean. As it is quite a big pot (300ml) you don't need to be worrying about using it up too quickly so I personally just grab a big handful and get to scrubbing. I find it to be perfect for the tops of my arms where I get weird little bumpy things, the first time I used this they had all but gone.

Just had a quick peep on the Boots website and this is £8 for 300ml which I think is okay. I got mine in a gift for Christmas but I would definitely purchase it for myself.

All in all if you like Soap and Glory products I'm sure you will like this, it doesn't have the classic scent but I think I may actually prefer this.

Here is Karl having a lie down after a long hard day of being a legend:

What are your favourite Soap and Glory products?


Kayleigh x

Sunday, 7 July 2013

The Weekly Ramble #9


The weekly face:
I can't believe how fast this week has gone - it has literally whizzed by. I have been so good going to the gym and exercising this week so feeling rather proud of myself. I'm still a bit wary of doing weights on a bar because of my Dermal but think I will try to get back into the swing of that next week. My Dermal is healing very nicely and isn't sore at all now, had so many compliments on it too which makes me a happy bunny.

I mentioned last week that I got a few cheeky things from Boots including a new foundation. I'm always dubious trying new bases because my skin is such a pain for reacting to things and going a funny colour, but so far I can say nothing but good things about it. Hopefully there will be a full review in the next week or so, but was definitely love at first application. Yes that is easily the cheesiest sentence I have ever typed.

On Friday my friend from work and I took a stroll out on our lunch break to a little cafe near the hospital for some homemade ice-cream which was absolutely delicious. You have to take advantage of these opportunities especially living in the North West where is can be Summer for a grand total of 1 day. They've said there's going to be a heatwave for the next two weeks though so fingers crossed!

Also this week I have finished my latest book, When the Wind Blows by James Patterson, which I struggled to get in to but enjoyed it once it kicked in properly. Luther has also started back this week which is good as it's one of my favourite TV shows - if you haven't seen it then I think it's on BBC iPlayer to catch up.

We went to the gym this morning and I'm off to La Tasca in the Trafford Centre for lunch but other than that I'm hoping for a quiet day in the sunshine.


Kayleigh x

Saturday, 6 July 2013

#OOTD #3


Top: Primark, Shorts: Topshop, Jelly Sandals: Primark, Earrings: Ku-ki Shop

Hooray for a bit of sunshine finally! Today's outfit is quite a relaxed one for me, but all I plan to do today is amble down to the shops for some French stick and some cheese and just chill in the garden :X


Kayleigh x

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Collection - Cover Up Stick


As you probably know by now I am trying to stop buying as many high end products and look for cheaper alternatives instead. I don't necessarily think that you get what you pay for with all makeup but I always feel more compelled to buy the more expensive stuff. Marketing clearly works on me eh ;)

I bought the Collection Cover Up Stick for  grand total of £1.99 from Boots. Well that's a bit of a fib really, I bought it with points as I was really struggling cash wise in May.

I don't ever really use concealer on spots or discolouration because I just find them to highlight the problem even more. My one use for a concealer is the dreaded panda eyes, which sounds quite cute but definitely not a good look.

I find this concealer to be very cakey, hard to blend and just a bit naff in general. In its defense I think I bought the wrong one anyway, the one I needed was the "Illuminating Touch Concealer". Anyway, I digress, but I do think that this one is more for covering spots? Who knows, total minefield.

Top: Swatched, Bottom: Blended
Excuse my massive man hand in that picture, it actually blends into my hand really well, just not my face.

Now this is also quite a scary picture, hope I don't frighten you all off with my no makeup. The eye on the left (my right eye) has got the concealer on, the other one hasn't got anything on at all.

Do you use anything from Collection? More specifically have you used the Illuminating Touch Concealer?

Here we have Karl laughing at me for buying the wrong thing:


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Clarins Crystal Balm - Crystal Rose


I did it. I caved.

The shade that I went for was Crystal Rose, which is the one that first caught my interest.

I was so excited to receive this in the post, feels like I've had my eye on it for months now. This is my first purchase from Clarins as I tend to stick to low end products. Once I opened it I thought it was so beautiful and sleek with its gold packaging. Anyway, enough gushing. Onto the actual product:

The lipstick/balm feels really comfortable on the lips and very moisturising. I did find it hard to apply well because the colour is only down the middle of the bullet which is a bit strange to use unless you use a lip brush.

I would say the wear time is about 2 to 3 hours which is okay for a balmy product. It also smells delicious - like raspberry ripple.

All in all I'm glad I got this Crystal Balm from Clarins, my only gripe being the application traumas. Not ideal to be reapplying throughout the day really.

This is currently £18 at John Lewis which I know is a lot for essentially a coloured lip balm but it is good to treat yourself occasionally. The shade that is currently appealing to me is Crystal Berry.

Here we have Karl looking like a proper tubster, just deciding to have a chill on the landing:


Kayleigh x