Monday, 31 March 2014

April Wishlist



1. Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop - Clinique £16.50
2. Barry M Silk Nail Paint in Truffle - Superdrug £3.99
3. Clarins Lotus Facial Oil - Debenhams £32.00
4. Too Faced Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush in Something about Berry - Sephora $30.00

1. I know these have been widely promoted by the big bloggers and this is probably the reason that I desperately want one! I am such a sucker for a pretty product. I think the shade "Peach Pop" would suit every skintone too.

2. I love Barry M and these look so gorgeous. Truffle looks to be the perfect sophisticated nude.

3. I am just recently getting into facial oils and I have heard good things about Clarins' offerings. Lotus is the one designed for oily/combination skin so perfect for me.

4. Again, fancy packaging is what has done it for me here. I do think the berry tones of this blusher are unusual but still wearable.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Weekly Ramble #47


The weekly face:

These weeks are totally flying by. On Monday I had the day off work as I needed to use the rest of my holiday allowance so thought I would have a long weekend. I spent it at home completing another unit of my NVQ. 

On Tuesday we went to Ikea just for a perusal really but ended up attempting to buy a dining room set. I say attempting as it was out of stock boohoo. I also picked my Mum an orchid up for part of her Mother's Day present as she absolutely loves them. I had to give it to her on Tuesday for fear of killing it. Orchids do not like me.

Thursday involved trekking back to Ikea to purchase said dining table and picking up the rest of James' nan's birthday present. We still haven't assembled it yet though as my arms are still hurting from having my injections on Thursday morning. B12 deficiency problems.

On Friday I had a half day - officially no more hours left to spend now - which is always nice especially as I was working on Saturday.

I also met my friend for a few drinks on Saturday night, but I was still tucked up for 22:30, I am officially old.

I will be spending today with my Mum and having a bit of a chill!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator | Review


My first foray into the world of "grown up" bodycare was Clinique and I have had a tube of this on the go pretty much ever since.

I don't tend to use this every week because it is expensive (for me anyway) and I like to use this when I need to look my best. When you apply it to the skin it feels nice and gritty but also cooling. This is because it contains menthol to invigorate. Fancy.

Apparently this is also good if you are a fake tan lover, which I obviously wouldn't be knowing about! A little goes a long way so the 200ml lasts a long time. The 200ml is £18.50 and available from Debenhams.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

LUSH Wonder Woohoo Bubble Bar | Review


I'm actually convinced that my Mum is Wonder Woman...

.. so I couldn't resist picking up the Wonder Woohoo bubble bar as part of the Mother's Day collection.

As you can see it is super sparkly and makes a lot of mess when handling it. Wonder Woohoo is the same fragrance as The Sun perfume. This bubble bar contains mimosa, sandalwood oil and Brazilian orange oil which creates a lovely cheerful fragrance.

The water didn't turn any fancy colours but it did have create a beautiful golden iridescence in the water.Wonder Woohoo produces loads of bubbles - the above photo is approximately 1/3 of a bar. Each bubble bar costs £3.95 but as you can split it into 3 it is quite cost effective.

Have you tried anything from the Mother's Day range yet?

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Indeed Labs - Hydraluron Moisture Booster | Review #BBBBeautyBoxII


I'm sure everyone has heard of Hydraluron by now, basically you use it under your moisturiser so that it can give it a boost.

Indeed Labs say:

Hydraluron is a hydration serum inspired by injectable hydration treatments employed in Swiss clinics. These hydration treatments employ a fine needle that is used to administer hundreds of microinjections of hyaluronic acid into the skin. Hydraluron is a less invasive, more affordable treatment that can be incorporated into any daily regime.

The mechanism of action of Hydraluron is two-fold. Firstly, Hydraluron uses the worlds purest grade of hyaluronic acid* from the Netherlands as it's hydration active. Hyaluronic acid is a superb hydration ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times it's weight in water. It is found in abundance in young skin.

Our pure grade has a microgranule-like powder that features a low density and a polydispersity below 1.5, which simply means greater quality, exceptional safety and extraordinary consistency. Secondly, a bio-engineered strain of marine red algae causes controlled and mild stimulation of skin turnover to allow thorough penetration of Hydraluron's hyaluronic acid.

Which all sounds very technical to me, but did I notice a difference? No, not really. I did notice that my skin felt softer after using this and then my moisturiser, but this was only a very temporary effect, 2/3 hours at most. 

I do think the reason that I didn't notice a difference is because it is more for dry skin where I am of the oily/combination variety.

You can purchase this from Boots for £24.99 for 30ml.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Weekly Ramble #46


The weekly face:

Monday started by dropping Karl off at the vets for his teeth done yet again. He is fine but wasn't too happy about it. It was a generally hectic day and I couldn't wait to get home!

On Wednesday we went to the cinema to see The Lego Movie - it was amazing. I have always loved Lego so it really appealed to me, and how can a film with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman not be a must-see? Exactly.

On Saturday I popped out with my friends for some lunch which was nice, haven't had a proper catch up in ages.

Today will hopefully spent taking blog pictures so I can get some posts written up.

Friday, 21 March 2014

LUSH Rose Bubble Bar | Review


I recently picked up the Rose bubble bar from Lush and couldn't wait to try it.

The Rose bubble bar is limited edition for Mother's day and is shaped like a rose with a shimmer running through it. 

The scent was very subtle rose and a bit citrus I would say. I'm not the best at describing scents but it was lovely and relaxing.

Rose is only a tiny bubble bar (think half the size of Comforter) so you would struggle to get two baths out of this.

Once crumbled it turned my bath a pinky lilac colour with a subtle shimmer to the water. It produced a good amount of bubbles and the water was soothing.

Rose is £2.95 so not great value for money due to the size, but still a lovely bubble bar if you fancy a change!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Roger and Gallet Perfumed Dry Oil in Bois d'Orange | Review #BBBBeautyBoxII


When I saw this little bottle lurking in the box I had no idea what it was for, but I was certainly intrigued.

Roger and Gallet was founded in 1862 by Armand Roger and Charles Gallet in Paris. The brand is still going strong today.

Roger and Gallet say: With Huile Sublime Bois d'Orange, rediscover the olfactive magic of the summery, intoxicating scents of wood and orange at the heart of a delicious dry perfumed oil. Fluid,quickly absorbed, Huile Sublime Bois d'Orange  can be used on the body, the hair or the face. It contains a cocktail of 6 active plant oils with beauty secrets and natural qualities. Huile Sublime Bois d'Orange contains orange essential oil for toning and vitamin E known for its anti-oxidant properties. Nourished, moisturised and toned, the skin is sublime, glossy, soft, satin smooth and deliciously fragrant. Dermatologically tested, it is suitable for dry, sensitive skin. Silicone free, non comedogenic. Avoid the eye area.

I have only been using this on my face as part of my evening routine. I simply pat 2 drops over my moisturiser and wake up with lovely soft skin. I was worried about the scent being overpowering, but I find it to be subtle and relaxing. The scent is citrus and a bit floral but definitely not overbearing.

I haven't used it on my hair or body simply for the fact I want to savour it!

You can find your nearest stockist here.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Soap and Glory Hand Food and Heel Genius | Review and Swatches


I have been using the Soap and Glory Hand Food and Heel Genius creams for about 2 years now so thought I would share my thoughts on them.

First up, Hand Food. I have a tube of this in my bathroom and one in my desk at work so it is definitely a firm favourite. I do find the smell quite strong so perhaps not great for first thing in the morning. Hand Food has the traditional Soap and Glory scent and it is quite thick and moisturising without being too heavy. I also like to pop this on before I go to sleep with a pair of those gloves on so that I can wake up with super soft hands.

Hand Food contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow to give you soft pampered hands. The 125ml tube (pictured) costs just £5.

Now, onto my favourite of the two, Heel Genius. Heel Genius is always on my bedside unit as I can't be without it. The scent is gorgeous, kind of minty but still girly. On a Sunday evening I slather a thick layer of this over my feet and pop a pair of socks on to sleep in. When Monday morning comes around I have baby soft feet (I have never felt a baby's foot, I'm just guessing) and another bonus for me, it makes my tattoo look super vibrant. The consistency of this is gel-like so it feels cooling when you are applying it.

Heel Genius contains allantoin, glycerin, macadamia oil, menthol, biberry, and orange and lemon fruit acid soothers. Sounds more like a cocktail than a foot cream to me. Granted this is the first foot cream I have tried as I didn't really get the point and I don't have horrendous feet, but this is a delight to use. The 125ml tube (pictured) costs £5.50.

Both of these are always on 3 for 2 so why not eh? That is the attitude that has led me to having a mountain of beauty products - oops!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Weekly Ramble #45


The weekly face:

I'm so English, so I'm going to mention the weather. It finally feels like it is getting warmer and that Spring is on its way. I can't believe how quickly this week has passed at all. Work has been crazy busy so I'm sure that's why!

On Tuesday we went to the Trafford Centre for a bit of shopping and some food! Other than that it has been quite a quiet week.

We started and finished watching the series "Hostages" on Thursday. It is so addicting, I would highly recommend if you haven't seen before.

Yesterday we woke up to a poorly bunny so had to go to the vets. I'm taking him in tomorrow for his teeth done (again). He looks so sad and in pain I feel so sorry for him.

Friday, 14 March 2014

LUSH - Secret Garden Bath Ballistic | Review


I have been loving a nice relaxing bath even more than usual this week and thought I would try one of the Mother's Day offerings from Lush in my latest one.

Apparently this was a limited edition for last year but I didn't try it then so I don't know if it is exactly the same.

Secret Garden smells very floral and girly as you would expect, but it isn't sweet like most of Lush's other offerings.

This was a super slow fizzer and was very pretty as it dispersed, bright pink and green! As it got smaller the bomb went a bit glittery but nothing over the top. When it completely fizzled out there were a few flowers floating around in the bath.

The water turned a deep green colour which wasn't the prettiest but didn't stain the bath either. The water was lovely and soft too.

For £2.95 I don't think you can go wrong - although I would liked to have seen more flowers bobbing about the place personally.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Burt's Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub | Review


I have wanted this face scrub for the longest time but didn't want to buy it until I had used up some other ones that I had on the go. It can't just be me that does this surely?

I think this is the first Burt's Bees product that I have actually owned myself, my Mum uses quite a bit of the range so I am forever "sampling" bits and bobs but this is the first product that I have bought myself.

Burt's Bees say: Burt's Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub is a natural sulfate-free facial cleanser with finely ground peach stone that naturally and gently exfoliates to remove excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells leaving skin soft and smooth. Willow bark and golden seal extracts, known for their astringent properties, and ginger and sea algae extracts help to revitalise your skin and replenish essential minerals, leaving your face deeply clean and naturally nourished.

I say: This is quite a gritty face scrub which is my exfoliator of choice. I find that the grittier scrubs do a better job of giving me lovely smooth skin. I wouldn't say that it was gentle as such as it is scrubby, but doesn't irritate in the slightest. My face does feel super clean after using this and actually squeaks. I'm not sure if this is a good thing, faces shouldn't squeak - to quote Caroline Hirons.

I haven't experienced any breakouts or anything but I would like to point out that the scent may not be to everyone's tastes. It is quite strange but I like it now that I am used to it. I use this once a week and find that that is enough for me. I do think that this is quite expensive, it is £10.99 for 110g and you can purchase from Boots and Debenhams.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Beauty Junky - Purifying Cucumber Mask | Review


As you may have read, the lovely Gemma popped this face mask from Beauty Junky into my Secret Santa box.

The Purifying Cucumber mask is aimed at problem skin, which is what I unfortunately have. You just pop a thin layer over your skin, lie back and relax with the latest James Patterson (just me?) and wait for it to do its magic.

The mask is quite runny and definitely smells like cucumber! As it is more of a liquid texture it dries quite quickly, I didn't time it because you can just tell when these things are done. Once it is dry you can just peel off, I tend to start from my chin and work upwards - it seems to come off easier this way.

This peeled off in two goes which is impressive, I hate it when they sort of break apart in your hands. After I had used the Purifying Cucumber mask my skin felt soft and free of any excess oil.

From this sachet I got three uses and would happily purchase one of these again.

Monday, 10 March 2014

LUSH Mumkin Bubble Bar | Review


It is well documented that Lush get most of my wages. I didn't get to try the Halloween pumpkin this year so I made sure I got a Mumkin instead.

Just look at that face! Mumkin smells absolutely delicious - sweet in a fruity way, and not at all sickly or overpowering. Crumbling her under running water produced loads of bubbles and turned my water a gorgeous raspberry pink.

Mumkin is limited edition for Mother's Day and is £2.95. I would highly recommend Mumkin if you are after a little gift for your Mum (or yourself!)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Weekly Ramble #44


The weekly face:

I have been off work this week so I feel I have got a lot more done than usual.

On Monday we took Karl to the exotic vet in Manchester to get their opinion on having a set of his molars removed. They didn't think it was an ideal option at this time and advised us to change his diet and change our local vets as they haven't been doing a brilliant job. He has been quite moody as he isn't allowed any of his favourite food now (nuggets!) as he has to eat things that grind his teeth down.

On Tuesday James was back in work which meant I had some peace and quiet - apart from Karl being stampy! I finished off the NVQ part of my qualification in the morning so I can hand that in next week. I feel really proud of myself for completing it this early as I still have another 12 months to go before my deadline. In the afternoon I deep cleaned the bathroom - the joys of being a grown up! A helpful bit of advice to anyone wanting to purchase their own house - do not get a fully tiled bathroom. It will make you cry.

Wednesday was spent with my lovely Mum doing a bit (lot) of shopping in Warrington. We don't go to Warrington that often and I don't know why as we had a fab day. I got a few bits from Lush and some new work clothes from Primark. We went to Scoop for our lunch which is an ice-cream parlour/cafe, it was delicious. I had a scoop of Nutella ice cream after my lunch and it was absolutely amazing.

Thursday I cleaned all of the windows in the house. Another helpful hint to aspiring homeowners - conservatories may look awesome and a good place to retreat to, but you have to clean it. I'm always shattered after doing that but as my Mum and Dad were both off work we decided to visit Bents garden centre and go for a spot of Afternoon Tea at a nearby Victorian Tea Room. Being off work is so not good for the diet.

Friday was supposed to be spent catching up on blogging but I decided to try and get on top of my gardening. Helpful hint number 3 - gardens are hard work - don't bother with one. It always looks so much better once everything has been tidied up and the plants have started flowering so I am glad to have made a start at least.

Saturday I took loads of pictures for blog posts as the weather is finally starting to behave itself. I tend to take pictures in bulk with working full time and not always having the time on a weekend.

Today will hopefully be spent relaxing after doing the weekly shop and a bit of light housework.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

LUSH Easter and Mother's Day Haul


I love the collections that Lush bring out at this time of year and thought I would share with you what I recently picked up. I will be doing detailed reviews soon so keep your eye out for those.

Listed alphabetically (because I'm a weirdo):

I have been trying to get my Mum on the Lush bandwagon for approximately 14 years now (I have just realised that I am ancient) and she finally agreed to try some goodies. She got a Mumkin and a Pop in the Bath.

If you are struggling what to get your lovely Mum for Mother's day, why not pick up a few bits from Lush? Or even just get some for yourself!

MAC Morange | Review and Swatches


Slowly but surely I am acquiring more MAC lipsticks than necessary. One of my friends picked Morange up for me from America (hooray for being cheaper - boo for England not being cheaper)

Morange is from the Amplified Creme range and is described as a "loudmouth orange", by MAC, not by me. I wanted something really bright and summery and this ticks all the boxes for me. Morange is part of the permanent line. Morange is quite in your face so definitely one for the weekend!