Saturday, 31 May 2014

June Wishlist



1 . Emma Hardie - Moringa Balm - £32.00 from QVC
2. First Aid Beauty - Facial Radiance Pads - £20.50 from Feel Unique
3. Origins - GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream - £23.00 from Selfridges
4. L'Occitane - Verbena Body Lotion - £20.00 from Debenhams

1. I have been loving using a balm as an evening second cleanse lately and I have heard such good things about this one from Emma Hardie. Now I have a bit more cash at my disposal I think it's a great time to be investing in skincare. No I haven't won the lottery, just paid my loan off.

2. I first heard about these on Caroline Hirons and lets face it, almost everything she recommends I want anyway. You use these as a toner to whisk away dead skin cells.

3. Now I am getting on a bit I think I should be using an eye cream. I had a sample of this and I absolutely love it. I suffer with dark under eye circles and always have done, so anything that can brighten is a winner for me.

4. Oh L'Occitane, why do you insist on taking all of my money? £20 for a body lotion, what have I become! I love the Verbena range from L'Occitane and I think this might be the only thing I haven't tried. 


Thursday, 29 May 2014

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream | Review


I don't actually remember buying the Vitamin E Moisture Cream from The Body Shop, but I spotted it one day in my moisturiser drawer (don't judge me!) and thought I would give it a whirl.

My skin was a bit of a wreck, everything I put on it felt too heavy in the daytime so I was just sticking to a gel moisturiser.

Anyway, when I had ran out of my Liz Earle moisturiser I thought I would start using this in the evenings. Vitamin E is known for having antioxidant properties and this cream is light and easily absorbed. I do find when things are labeled as being light that they are still too rich for me but this is absolutely perfect.

I have started using this in a morning instead of the evenings as it just feels amazing on my skin and my makeup then applies like a dream. The scent is inoffensive and mild. The 50ml pot (£10) has lasted for about 2 months and is still going strong, I think I have used about half which is good value in my opinion.

This is rated 5 stars on The Body Shop's website with 1,040 votes. I didn't realise how many products were in the Vitamin E range from The Body Shop, I am keep to try more after using this.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

LUSH Bunty Gift Set | Review


Bunty is my all time favourite gift set that Lush do so I thought I would share my thoughts on it with you guys!

Space Girl bath ballistic

Space Girl is a bath bomb that I have had countless times, even though I never buy it for myself. They have changed it slightly over the years with the addition of the red glitter on the top. Space Girl contains popping candy, but I didn't hear/see anything extra unfortunately. Grapefruit oil and bergamot are among the ingredients to make you feel uplifted and cheerful. Space Girl turns the bathwater a lovely purple colour.

The Comforter bubble bar

The Comforter is probably my most repurchased item from Lush, after Sakura of course. The Comforter smells of blackcurrant cakes, very fruity and sweet. The normal sized one is huge but this one is the perfect size for just one bath. When crumbled under running water this creates lots of bubbles and turns the water pink for a nice long relaxing bath.

Think Pink bath ballistic

Think Pink is one that is often overlooked when I am perusing the aisles of Lush, but it is a great bath ballistic. Think Pink contains vanilla and tonka which creates a delicious scent to bathe in. After it has fizzed completely you are left with little hearts floating about the place. The water turns a gorgeous baby pink.

Creamy Candy bubble bar

Creamy Candy is one of the sweetest offerings from Lush which is right up my street. Creamy Candy makes your bath water really soft as it contains almond oil and cocoa butter. This generates lots bubbles but the water doesn't change colour.

Bunty comes in two colour options; pink or yellow, but the contents are exactly the same. Bunty is £13.95 which I think is very reasonable and sure to be a firm favourite with any Lush fan.

Monday, 26 May 2014

LUSH May Day Bath Ballistic AKA The Badger Bomb | Review


I make a point of trying every release that Lush do, and when I saw this little fella I couldn't help myself.

I bought him before I realised what he was for. 

Lush say:
Keep our badgers alive. For every one of these fruity, sweet-smelling bath bombs that's sold, all the proceeds (minus the VAT) will go towards anti-badger cull projects in the UK, including Save Me. So drop a badger in the bath and help stop the cull! With fennel oil to stimulate your skin, and antiseptic rosewood oil to soothe and uplift. Its sweet, sherberty fragrance will leave you feeling calm and revived.

I say: 
Being vegetarian and an animal lover in general I'm strongly against the culling of any animal. This bath bomb wasn't particularly fancy but he smells amazing, like licorice and sherbert. All proceeds less VAT go directly to prevention of badger culling which is a great thing for Lush to do. He fizzed really quickly and left the whole room smelling amazing.

Karl says:

He is limited edition so get your hands on him while you can! He is £2.95.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Weekly Ramble #55


The weekly face:

I debated whether to include what happened on Monday, I do tend to share my personal life but try to keep it lighthearted. On Monday my Mum got the all clear after being diagnosed with cancer 6 months ago. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders and I have been sort of ambling around in a daze ever since. I haven't really cried during it all but I haven't stopped bursting into tears since we have had the good news!

Monday evening we went to the Trafford Centre for a spot of food and a bit of shopping. I say a bit but we went a bit wild - oh well, can't take it with you! Of course we took my Mum with us, mini celebration and all that.

Tuesday I was back in work and we went out for lunch for one of the girls' birthdays. Cupcakes were consumed and the day sped by. When I got home from work I ordered the 3rd Beauty Box created by Jane (British Beauty Blogger) - I loved the second one and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one!

On Wednesday I decided that I need to get my bum into gear and form a proper exercise regime once again. Never one to do things by half I was in the gym after work on Wednesday evening, feeling about 90 years old - so unfit.

Thursday was pretty uneventful although I did my weights and I'm still feeling the burn today. Ouch.

On Friday my #BBBBeautyBoxIII (yep, created a #) arrived. It looks amazing I can't wait to start using everything. Just what you need after going to work and then the gym. My second wind has come back really quickly, I didn't struggle at all yippee!

Saturday we dropped my car off in the morning for its MOT and then did another weights session. Thankfully my car passed so I treated myself to some bits from Makeup Revolution (using my discount voucher from the box) - I wanted to buy everything oops.

Today hopefully will be a bit of a rest and picking up the rest of the Father's Day stuff (15th June). It's a bit rubbish this year as it falls on my Dad's birthday. How inconsiderate! Any ideas for an awkward to buy for man are greatly appreciated.

Have a good Bank Holiday!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

The Deam Box AKA #BBBBritishBeautyBoxIII | First Impressions


I'm a huge fan of British Beauty Blogger so when Jane announced she would be doing a third box I knew I had to have one.

As far as I know it has sold out, but if (when hopefully) a fourth box is released this may give you an idea of what you can expect.

You may want to grab a brew, this post is very picture heavy and long!

I really like that a booklet was included with this one, it contains a brief overview of each product and a couple of discount codes too. As you can see you are getting a lot of product in a little box. The box cost £19.99 but has a value of over £100. No brainer really.

Now, on to the products (in order of the booklet, clearly I have a problem):

Bourjois Cream Blush in 03 Rose Tender - I have another cream blush from Bourjois which is excellent. You can never have too many in your collection and this is a gorgeous shade!

Bee Good Honey and Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water - I've never heard of this brand before but it sounds very cooling and refreshing. I can't wait to give this a whirl.

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water - I saw a lot of bloggers rave about this last summer and never really saw the appeal myself. I have popped it in the fridge incase we do get more than 2 days of sunshine.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Kisses - I think this is such a cute idea and perfect for trying out a shade of lipstick. I have never tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury but everything I have seen and read about looks amazing.

Elemis Foot Cream - I find foot creams to be perfect after a long day, especially in the warm weather. You know you are getting quality with Elemis so I'm sure I will be getting a lot of use out of this.

Essie Nail Polish in Spin the Bottle - I have quite a few Essie's in my collection now and I love the brush and formula that they use. Spin the Bottle isn't really "me", it's a bit too pale but I will give it a go! You never know, I may surprise myself.

Kneipp Bath in Lemon - I think this is a bath oil. Anything you can chuck in the bath is a winner for me. I have never heard of Kneipp so I am looking forward to trying a new brand.

Janjira Hand Wash in Thai Lime & Ginger - A travel handwash, genius. This would be perfect to chuck in your handbag for any occasion really. There is nothing worse than finding no soap at the sink or something you wouldn't touch with a bargepole.

Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow and Eyebrow Palette in Make Believe - I'm so late to the party with Makeup Revolution. I have been meaning to place an order for a while and the discount code included has made that happen today. Some of the shades in this palette are a little out there for me, but it never hurts to try new things.

Roger and Gallet Fresh Fragrant Water in Gingembre Rouge - As a recent convert to Roger and Gallet I was pleased to see an offering from them included in this box. I am on the look out for a new fragrance so I'm trying to sample as many as I can.

L'Occitane Divine Lotion - I love L'Occitane as you all know by now. The Divine Lotion is to be used after cleansing and before moisturiser, so I assume it is a toner. Just call me Holmes. This is supposed to help with making the skin look brighter so I'm excited to use this.

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream - I suffer massively with dark circles and have just started using a brightening eye cream. I'm curious to see how this fares - and the pot is so cute!

REN Satin Perfection BB Cream - I never really got on the BB Cream wagon, I tried one which was awful and then stuck to my usual bases. I haven't really heard much about REN's offering but everything I have tried from them before I have loved.

Lola Kabuki Brush -You can never have too many brushes in your collection and a kabuki is so versatile. I tend to use them for applying blush but you can also use for powder and bronzers.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - That's a bold claim from a mascara. Not a huge mascara fan as I have never found "the one". It is always useful to have an extra one lying around as they go off so quickly.

That was a super long post - sorry! I will be doing in depth reviews of some of the products when I have had a play around so look out for those.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Botanics Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish | Review


Whoah, what a name! I've really been getting into the Botanics range over the last couple of months, and when I had a voucher for extra points on anything in the range I thought I would give this a whirl.

The packaging is a standard squeezy tube which houses 120ml of product. I find tubes easier to use in the shower rather than tubs as I'm super clumsy and get water everywhere.

This Microdermabrasion Polish is from the Radiant Youth range which I think is the anti-aging range. I tend to suffer with dull skin unless I exfoliate regularly so this is perfect for me.

Botanics say:

This intensive micro-polishing treatment encourages cell renewal for a younger looking, more radiant complexion. Dullness banishing microparticles help to refine pores and improve skin texture, for a salon experience at home. Ginkgo is one of nature's most trusted protectors. Environmental stresses can cause free radicals that degrade collagen and elastin, which give skin its youthful structure. Ginkgo leaves are packed with antioxidants that work to protect from this damage, helping skin look younger for longer.

Generally speaking, I like chunky exfoliators and have never really gone down the grainier route. This has quite a strange texture, it almost feels like sand suspended in a paste formula. The particles are very fine so shouldn't cause any irritation to the skin. The product itself is a white/grey colour and has no scent.

To use you apply a small amount to cleansed skin in circular motions, taking care to avoid the eye area. Speaking from experience, it hurts if you get in your eyes! Rinse off and pat dry. I have been using this once a week and my Burt's Bees one in between uses. Manual exfoliating twice a week seems to work well for me but I'm sure you could use more regularly if that is what works for you.

The 120ml Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish from Botanics costs £7.99 and is available from Boots.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

L'Occitane Verbena Range | Review


As you may have gathered by now I am a huge L'Occitane fan. My Mum recently surprised me with 3 items from their Verbena range and I thought I would share my thoughts with you.

I was slightly confused as to why you would need two shower gels in the same fragrance family but there is a method in their madness.

The one on the left is a normal shower gel, and the one on the right is a fresh shower gel.

First of all, I love the packaging, it looks very classy with the silver lids and the leaf imprinted onto the bottle. They look very suave sitting on my bathroom shelf.

The fragrance of the normal shower gel is like sherbert lemons with a hint of lime. The consistency is very runny but a little goes a long way. It doesn't create a huge amount of lather but still leaves you squeaky clean and fresh smelling. I am finding this scent perfect for the warmer months that we are having as it is zesty. My only problem is that it is quite a unisex scent, I am finding that James is using it too!

The fragrance of the fresh shower gel is still fresh and citrusy, but with a hint of mint. You can't really see in the photo but there are little beads suspended in the gel which burst when you lather it up. These are very cooling which is perfect for this time of year. Again I think Verbena is a unisex scent so perfect if you are willing to share.

I love a body scrub, I always have about 4 on the go at once oops! This is classed as an exfoliating shower gel which makes sense as it isn't too scrubby. It is very gentle so perfect for every day use. This is very cooling so perfect for hot days and for waking yourself up in the morning.

All three of these products from L'Occitane contain Verbena extract from Provence.

I don't think I would buy these for myself as they are out of my price range (£14 for a shower gel) but they are great if you fancy a splurge. I would definitely recommend them though - if only money were no object!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

The Weekly Ramble #54


The weekly face:

So, last Sunday wasn't a great start to the week. I had a major hangover which reminded me why I hardly drink. Eugh. Pretty much my full day was wasted which is perhaps the most annoying thing of all.

Work has been super busy all week. As it has been quite hectic we haven't felt like doing much after work.

Yesterday we went to a garden centre to get a couple of plants for the conservatory as the ones in there are big enough to be planted outside now. We had some lunch while we were there and just had quite a leisurely day when we got back, sitting in the sun and just relaxing.

Today we are off to the cinema to watch Bad Neighbours as the weather is supposed to be a bit rubbish!