Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Maybelline Babylips Electro | Review and Swatches


I have been desperate to get my hands on these since I learned of their existence, and as my boss regularly goes to America she kindly picked them up for me!

L-R: Pink Shock, Fierce n Tangy, Berry Bomb, Oh! Orange!, Minty Sheer, Strike a Rose

The first thing about the Electro Babylips is that the packaging is different, neon letters on the lid over a black tube. I think I prefer the look of these than the original as they are more striking.

They have the fruity scents similar to the originals, sweet but not too overpowering. They last for the same sort of time too (about 2 hours on me, even though they claim 8).

The colours are much more vivid and look gorgeous on.

L-R: Pink Shock, Fierce n Tangy, Berry Bomb

 L-R: Oh! Orange!, Minty Sheer, Strike a Rose

Now obviously the yellow and the green are colourless, but still quite striking in the tube. 

I absolutely love these and have mainly been wearing Oh! Orange and Strike a Rose. 

I hope they come to the UK soon - I don't think we should be missing out on them personally.

January Wishlist



1. Illamasqua S.O.P.H.I.E blush - Illamasqua £18
2. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse nail polish in Pink - ASOS £15
3. Tom Ford lipstick in True Coral - Selfridges £36
4. Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Peaceful - Tarte $26

1. I am yet to try any of Illamasqua's blushers, and the S.O.P.H.I.E charity is so close to my heart, so it would be rude not to right? From the picture it kinda looks like NARS Orgasm which I love.

2. How sweet is the Anna Sui collection really? I want it all! Especially the nail polishes, and I thought this looked a lovely shade for every day wear.

3. £36. For a lipstick. Just look at it though! It really is no wonder I can't pay my loan off if I am lusting after £36 lipsticks. £36.

4. Oh Tarte, hurry up and get to the UK. I have heard so many good things about the Amazonian Clay blushers I can't wait to get my grubby mitts on them.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

The Weekly Ramble #34


The weekly face:

Monday was so busy at work - I'm pretty sure it normally quietens down over Christmas but either way the day passed quickly!

On Tuesday I helped my mum in her shop, what a crazy day that was. I am so shocked at the amount of men wanting a Christmas card for their wife/girlfriend on Christmas Eve - it comes at the same time every year.

Wednesday of course was Christmas Day! I woke James up at 07:30 because I was excited to open presents! After we had opened our presents we had a spot of lunch and played with our new toys (the new Assassin's Creed for James, a Kindle Fire for me!) as is tradition. We were so spoiled, we must have been good this year. In the evening we went to visit my mum and dad for a bit of a buffet tea and some family time. It was a brill day but I was exhausted by the end of it.

On Boxing Day we go down to visit James' family so we were up at 06:00 for the 2 hour drive. James' mum always makes a full Christmas dinner on Boxing Day, it was delicious and I ate far too much (as usual.) but calories don't count at Christmas. After lunch we played some family games and then it was time to head home.

Friday I was back in work, which was so quiet it was unbelievable. I did have a productive day catching up on all those things that never get done though.

The weekend has just involved relaxing and slobbing about the house, which sometimes you just can't beat!

Hope you had a good one.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

REN - Invisible Pores Detox Mask | Review #BBBBeautyBox II


If like me you tend to go a little overboard with the eating and drinking around Christmas time, or any time really, then today's mask from REN is absolutely perfect.

When I have been overdoing it the first place that shows is my face/neck - horrible little spots start appearing and I feel that my skin in general just looks horrible.

I am oily/combination so I have actually used this mask before and I was delighted to see it in the #BBBBeautyBoxII as I am yet to replace mine.

You apply this mask like you would with any other, cover your face avoiding the eyes/lips. Once it dries you sort of rub it off, as this helps with exfoliation while you remove it. Any excess can be removed with warm water and a flannel.

REN claim that this mask:
  • Draws out impurities.
  • Helps reduce the appearance of pore size and blackheads.
I do notice the my pore size is temporarily reduced and my skin just feels generally much less congested and horrible.

The full size of 50ml is available from REN's website for £18.

What is your favourite mask for troubled skin?

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

L'Occitane - Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel | Review


I do like to carry a hand cream around with me to save them from getting dry after washing. My Mum gave me this as part of my birthday present (I think) and it is the perfect size for a handbag.

Verbena to me is a unisex fragrance that smells primarily of lemons. This hand cream also contains thyme and mint to cool and moisturise.

As this is a cross between an cream and gel it absorbs quickly with no residue left behind, just silky smooth hands.

This is the third fragrance family that I have used from L'Occitane and definitely my favourite as the scent is quite subtle and not overpowering.

The size that I have is the tiny 10ml which I can't find on their website, but the 75ml is £14 from L'Occitane's website.

Are you a fan of L'Occitane?

Sunday, 22 December 2013

The Weekly Ramble #33


The weekly face:

I feel like I have done so much this week, I am absolutely exhausted! On Monday I went to Chiquitos with my friend Rachel. I love Chiquitos but I always end up eating loads because it is so tasty!

Tuesday involved a trip to the dentist, who goes to the dentist the week before Christmas really? Luckily all was fine so that's that out of the way.

On Wednesday we went out for our work Christmas lunch which was again delicious, and it is totally acceptable to be eating 3 courses at lunch time. Tis the season and all. I also finally had my hair trimmed, it has been looking so ratty and just a bit unkempt so I am so pleased to be looking human again.

Thursday was James' birthday - I can't believe I'm married to an old man! Happy Birthday James! As we are trying to save a bit of money we don't really go mental on each other at birthdays and Christmas. Hopefully we will be able to spend a bit more on each other next year.

Friday evening was the works Christmas party, which was really good. It was a Moulin Rouge themed evening but I was the designated driver because I was working the day after - I can't believe people are still buying Christmas cards realistically.

As my week has been quite busy I am planning to quickly do all of the housework and have a well deserved RELAX.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask | Review #BBBBeautyBox II


If, like me, you suffer with dodgy skin at the best of times, the colder months are certainly not the best. This brings me onto another little gem from the #BBBBeautyBox II - the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask from REN.

I have used this before, as a sample that came with an order from the REN website. Honestly I had forgotten how much I enjoyed using it.

This mask is a chemical exfoliator, meaning that you get all of the dead skin removal and brightening without any harsh scrubby bits, perfect for any sensitive souls among you.

The smell is quite strange, very sweet and almost like jam in consistency. (FYI I have never smothered my face in jam). Upon application your face starts to tingle but not in an unpleasant way, more in a way where you can feel it working.

REN say that it:
  • Removes dead skin cells to renew the complexion.
  • Skin looks brighter, healthier, more radiant.
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Combats congestion, blackheads and blemishes.
The only thing that I obviously can't comment on is fine lines and wrinkles, as I have none yet!

You can purchase the full size from here and it will set you back £30 for 50ml. I know that is crazy expensive, but it really works.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Avon - Zebra Nail Wraps | Review


I don't tend to venture much into the world of nail art, mainly because I am so unartistic and it just looks like a child has done it! This is when nail wraps come in.

This set of nail wraps from Avon contains 18 stickers affixed to a clear backing sheet. The clear sheet is handy when trying to gauge what size sticker that you need for a particular nail. You simply peel off which one you want and press it on to the nail, trying to get as close as you can to your cuticle.

After you have stuck it on, trim the excess and then file down the wrap so that you haven't got anything overhanging from your nail. It says in the instructions to not add a topcoat as they simply peel back off. I only read that after I had put my topcoat on, so it doesn't do any harm.

These cost £8 for 18 wraps which is quite expensive, but I personally wouldn't have a full set of nails done with them so they should last me a long time. Avon always have offers on so I didn't pay full price for these anyway. They come in 10 designs and are available here.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Weekly Ramble #32


The weekly face:

First of all - yes I am cheating, that is an old photo. I totally forgot to take one so this will have to do, hello duckface.

On Monday James and I were off work - so we put up the Christmas tree, wrapped all of the presents and watched The Snowman. James has never seen it before, how has that happened.

Tuesday and Thursday entailed scary work occurrences causing me to feel violently ill. I do like a challenge but I am glad it's over.

On Wednesday I sat my ICT exam for my NVQ, I think it went well, I shall let you know in 4-6 weeks.

Saturday I helped my Mum out in her shop, as Christmas is coming it is getting crazy busy.

I am meeting my friend Ellen for lunch today and to exchange presents. I won't say what I got her in case she reads my blog! I doubt it, as I have only told a few real life people of its existence - oops.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies | Recipe


When I am stressed, I bake. One of the easiest things in life to make are chocolate chip cookies (also the tastiest) so I thought I would share my recipe with you!

Ingredients/what you will need:
200g plain flour
150g plain chocolate chips
150g white chocolate chips
150g sugar
140g butter (I use Stork margarine)
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
Greaseproof paper
Baking tray (I use a pizza tray)
Wire rack
2 bowls
Handsome chap to help mix (optional)

1. Preheat your oven and make sure the rack is on the middle shelf. 180 degrees C or 170 degrees C if you are using a fan assisted oven. Grease some baking sheets (I tend to use 3 or 4)

2. In one bowl (bowl A) cream the butter and sugar together until it goes pale and fluffy looking. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract.

3. In your other bowl (bowl B) sieve the flour and baking powder together.

4. Gradually add the contents of bowl B into bowl A, mixing as you go. Once that is all mixed together add the chocolate chips in.

5. Dollop your mixture (about a tablespoon each) onto your baking sheet, spacing them as far as you can as they spread out quite a lot.

6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden. Transfer onto your wire rack and allow to cool.

7. Enjoy!

You can store these for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

#BloggerSecretSanta | What I Received


I came home to a lovely parcel last week, from the #BloggerSecretSanta organised by the delightful Hayley of Tea Party Beauty - go follow her, she is a sweetheart.

First off I would like to thank Gemma of Lipsticks and Lashes for my parcel, it is honestly one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received, from somebody who doesn't even know me in "real life".

But now, on to the goodies (very picture heavy ^.^):

Thank you again Gemma!