Monday, 30 June 2014

July Wishlist


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1. Urban Decay - Naked 3 - £37.00 from Debenhams
2. L'Occitane - Almond Shower Oil - £17.50 from John Lewis
3. Liz Earle - Cleanse and Polish Orange and Chamomile - £19.75 from QVC
4. MAC - Kelly Yum-Yum - £16.50 from MAC

1. Oh Naked 3, I don't even know why I want you, probably just to complete my Naked palette collection. I have the MUR version of this which I love but I still feel I need this too!

2. The concept of a shower oil is new to me but I am definitely intrigued. I had a little peruse when I was in the Trafford Centre and I love the scent of the Almond range.

3. I assume the formula is the same as the Cleanse and Polish that we all know and love, but this one has a different scent. As much as I am loving my Superdrug hot cloth cleanser at the moment I'm still desperate to try this too.

4. When I heard MAC were collaborating with the Osbournes I didn't have high hopes for the releases, I'm not sure why. I have wanted quite a few bits strangely but Kelly Yum-Yum is definitely the stand out piece for me. I've swatched this a couple of times now but still not taken the plunge.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Weekly Ramble #60


The weekly face:

I feel like this week has whizzed by, how rude.

We went to the Trafford Centre on Thursday evening for some food and shopping. Bizarrely I didn't buy a single solitary thing for myself which is unheard of. I have quite a few birthdays coming up in July so it was mainly present buying which is still rather exciting. One of my friends is turning the big 50 so I have got her something rather special!

I also plucked up the courage to tell two of my friends about my blog, I feel so embarrassed and I have no idea why! Progress I suppose though.

A friend of mine got engaged while on holiday last week so we went out yesterday for a lovely meal and some cocktails. I'm so happy for her, I love weddings! I've been strangely emotional, weddings do that to me.

Beauty wise I have been loving my Naked and Naked 2 palettes now that I finally have my grubby mitts on them. I also received quite an intriguing product yesterday so I can't wait to try that out!

Health wise I have only made it to the gym once, purely due to laziness. I have still managed to lose 4lbs though hooray!

I'm off work tomorrow so I will hopefully be taking lots of lovely blog photos if the weather is nice.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Empties #9


It's quite shocking how many beauty products one person gets through really. The latest five are:

  • Origins - Modern Friction
  • Origins - Make a Difference Plus +
  • Clinique - Superfine Liner for Brows - Deep Brown
  • Korean Samples - Moisturiser
  • Carex - Strawberry Laces hand wash

Modern Friction - I do love a good sample size. Modern Friction is a facial exfoliator with fine particles. It has the texture of sand kind of. I do think Origins is so overpriced and overhyped but I did enjoy using this.
Repurchase: No, there are better out there.

Make A Difference Plus + - I used this as my moisturiser in an evening and it was average, it left my skin feeling soft and nourished but it wasn't anything special.
Repurchase: No.

Korean Moisturiser - I received these with a bottle of Etude House nail polish so thought I would use them to save them lurking about my room. I'm not sure what exact brand they are but they were okay, didn't irritate my skin or break me out.
Repurchase: No.

Strawberry Laces handwash - As you can imagine, this smells exactly like Strawberry Laces sweets. I find Carex to be non-drying and a pleasure to use. For £1 I don't think you can go wrong.
Repurchase: Yes.

Superfine Liner for Brows - This was always my eyebrow enhancer of choice until very recently. Due to financial reasons I had to look for a more purse friendly option which I actually prefer. I think this is a good starting point if you don't have a particularly steady hand and want a natural look. Full review here.
Repurchase: No.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser | Review


When my last tube of Cleanse and Polish by Liz Earle was running out I decided to look for a more purse-friendly alternative.

I had heard good things about Superdrug's Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser so I decided to give it a try.

The packaging is in a squeezy tube which is great for controlling how much product you want. As it is a sticker rather than printed on the tube it does look a bit cheap compared to Liz Earle, but that doesn't really matter to me.

To use this you massage the product over your face avoiding the eye area. I massage onto my face when it is dry so that there isn't any water diluting the benefits. The scent is a bit fruity and a bit herby, but very pleasant and isn't overpowering for a morning cleanse. This hot cloth cleanser contains kiwi fruit extract to brighten and even the skintone, mulberry fruit extract to brighten and reduce discolouration and cocoa butter to soften the skin.

I find that after using this my face feels clean, soft and more radiant. I only ever use this as my morning cleanse but you can use it in an evening to remove makeup too.

For £5.99 (150ml) I don't think you can go wrong, my skin is a pain for trying new things and breaks out at the slightest thing but I haven't had any problems with this. I would definitely purchase again.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Manuka Doctor ApiClear Facial Toner | Reivew


I purchased this back in February and have been using every day since. I bought this on a whim, my face was playing up and I had heard a few good things about Manuka Doctor so I thought I would give it a go.

The packaging is quite generic and almost clinical looking, definitely not fancy. I would hazard that this is because Manuka Doctor are also trying to appeal to men.

Manuka Doctor say:

This refreshing Facial Toner helps purify troubled skin to reveal a clearer looking complexion, eliminating daily impurities to combat the appearance of blemishes. Harnessing the power of active natural ingredients, Manuka Doctor's ApiClear Facial Toner combines anti-bacterial Purified Bee Venom, hydrating UMF 18+ Manuka Honey and Propolis to help eliminate the causes of blemishes, nurture cell regeneration and renew damaged skin cells.

Purified Bee Venom is a potent combination of minerals, peptides and amino acids which works on all levels of the skin and has been suggested to be an effective alternative treatment to antibiotic therapy for acne. Manuka Doctor Facial Toner should be used in combination with the Foaming Cleanser, Facial Moisturising Lotion, Skin Treatment Serum, all as part of a daily skincare regime to help balance troubled skin.

It says in the above that you need to buy their whole regimen for it to work but I just use this with my normal cleanser and moisturiser. I find that this is refreshing on the skin and smells quite strong, like the Clinique "toners" but this doesn't burn my face. I haven't found any improvement on scarring but I have only been using for four months. I do find that I have less spots which is a massive bonus.

If you have troubled skin I would definitely recommend this, but it isn't that purse friendly at £16.99 for 150ml. The Manuka Doctor range is available from Superdrug.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Weekly Ramble #59


The weekly face:

Last Sunday was such a fun day, I met my friend Ellen for lunch and then we tootled off to the cinema to watch Maleficient. I have hardly seen any Angelina Jolie films, in fact I think I have only ever seen her in Salt and The Bone Collector, and I was really impressed. I love Sleeping Beauty so was interested to know about Maleficent. If you haven't seen it yet I would recommend. I love catching up with friends at the weekend.

On Tuesday I got to visit Leeds with work. I have always wanted to go and I found it great for shopping, I definitely want to go back (without having to work while I'm there!) as I didn't get to explore as much as I would like. I think I have managed to talk my Mum into coming with me, but it doesn't really bother me going on my own.

On Friday we tackled the jungle of a garden. I feel so much better now it is all tidy and groomed! We bought a few plants yesterday and I am hoping to get them planted today.

I had a mini strop this week because none of my summer clothes fit me, but stropping never solved anything. I am back to using My Fitness Pal religiously and hitting the gym 3 times a week, plus 3 weights sessions at home. I ideally need to lose about 2 stone which I would like to do for before my birthday.

I also won a fantastic giveaway for Naked 2 which arrived this week - thanks Claire and Nic! I've been so lucky with giveaways lately I'm loving it!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Empties #8


It feels like I have got through loads of empties recently. The latest five are:

  • Avon - Strawberry and White Chocolate shower gel
  • Sepia - Bath Salts
  • Mandara Spa - Tropical Blooms bath milk
  • The Body Shop - Ginger Sparkle shower gel
  • Avon - Little Red Dress EDT

Strawberry and White Chocolate shower gel - What can I say, I absolutely adore the scent of this. It feels like you are having a wash with a desert. I'm pretty sure there's not only me that appeals to. It lathers really well too.
Repurchase: Yes.

Ginger Sparkle shower gel - I went a bit nuts with these last year and bought about 6 of them. I know the fragrance is Ginger Sparkle but it also reminds me of fizzy cola bottles. As it is from The Body Shop you know you are getting a good quality shower gel.
Repurchase: Yes.

Tropical Blooms bath milk - Oh I was so excited to use this, I thought it sounded so fancy and luxurious. It didn't foam well nor make the water soft. Not a fan of the scent either. Full review here.
Repurchase: No.

Bath Salts - I picked these up from a local shop for about £1.50 so I wasn't expecting too much from them. The scent was too subtle for me really but did make for a nice relaxing bath. I'm not a huge lover of bath salts so I don't really know why I bought them.
Repurchase: No.

Little Red Dress - One of the girls I work with got this as a sample size and I loved it that much I had to order the full size. I received so many compliments when wearing this and I absolutely love it. As it is Avon it is cheap enough to wear every day for work. It sort of reminds me of Euphoria by Calvin Klein.
Repurchase: Yes, once the stash has been reduced.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Body Shop Facial Massager | Review


I picked this up after hearing Caroline Hirons rave about it. For £6 I didn't think I had anything to lose.

I like the fact that this Facial Massager comes with a small set of instructions so that you're not just rolling about your face haphazzardly.

The idea behind this is that you use it after your evening skincare routine to promote circulation and drainage without damaging the skin. The head is firm but smooth so doesn't cause any discomfort.

I do enjoy using this but not sure if it has made a huge difference to my skin. I don't use it every day as I tend to forget about it so not the best purchased if you won't remember to use it!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Body Shop Honeymania Bubble Bath Melt | Review


The Body Shop have really upped their game over the past year or so, with the releases of Chocomania, Early Raspberry Harvest and of course Honeymania. For a foodie and beauty junkie they are so hard to resist!

The bubble bath melt is contained in a screw top pot which is transparent, so that you can see exactly what is inside. It feels quite sturdy but I would be cautious if you want to travel with this as it can be a bit messy. As it says to "drizzle" (I see what they did there) into the bath, it goes everywhere. It's much easier if you use a spoon to get it out but I think it would have been better in a traditional bubble bath bottle or even as a pump bottle.

The Honeymania fragrance is amazing, very floral and very sweet. It is such a distinctive scent I haven't encountered anything else like it before.

I think it looks great as well, a shimmering liquid which is the perfect consistency, not too runny! You only need a bit to create a huge amount of bubbles (a table spoon) so this is going to last absolutely ages.

The Honeymania Bubble Bath Melt from The Body Shop costs £8 for 300ml. As always my advice is to wait til they have a 50% off sale. It's worth the wait!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Weekly Ramble #58


The weekly face:

These weeks are flying by, I can't believe it's mid-June already! This week has been quite a quiet one, I turn into a bit of a sloth when the sun comes out.

On Tuesday I was up super early to take my friend into hospital (04:45!!) and it feels like I am still recovering from my early morning. Thankfully she is fine and dandy and will be back to normal in no time.

On Thursday I finally had my injections, I've struggled this week more than usual, but I think the weather might have something to do with that as well. Pernicious anaemia is not the funnest thing to have.

Yesterday we started to tackle the garden. All of the back is block paved and needs cleaning at the beginning of Summer. Between us it took 3 hours - ouch! That's before any of the fun elements of gardening like picking out weird plants.

Today of course is Father's Day, and also my Dad's birthday. How inconsiderate I know. He is working til 7 so I will be seeing him later on with his goodies - Happy Birthday champ! I am off to the cinema after lunch with my friend Ellen to watch Maleficent. I don't think you can beat a catch up with a friend personally.

Have a good week!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Empties #7


The latest five:
  • Liz Earle - Moisturiser - Light
  • Botanics - 97% Natural Cleansing Balm
  • Purederm - Deep Cleansing Nose Strips
  • Avon - Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover Lotion
  • L'Oreal - Micellar Water

Deep Cleansing Nose Strips - I don't use these that often but I do find them handy to have in, just in case. They do pull out loads of gunk which is quite disgusting really.
Repurchase: Yes.

Micellar Water - Full review here. This works as a first cleanse for me and it is a lot cheaper than Bioderma. I can't use it on my eyes though which I would say is the only downside. The packaging can be quite wasteful as it is easy to tip too much out at once.
Repurchase: Maybe.

Light Moisturiser - Full review here. I use this as an evening moisturiser as I find it too heavy for day time. It smells lovely and you know you are putting lots of goodness onto your skin with Liz Earle.
Repurchase: Maybe, I have a lot of moisturisers in my stash at the moment.

Balm Cleanser - Full review here. I find this an absolute delight to use as my second cleanse. It is so simple to use and doesn't aggravate my skin at all.
Repurchase: Already have.

Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover - This seemed to last forever. It wasn't great at removing eye makeup but was fine as a first cleanse on the rest of the face.
Repurchase: No.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Sleek Makeup Brow Kit in Dark | Review and Swatches


After my beloved Clinique Superfine Eyebrow pencil bit the dust I felt ready for a change. After asking around on Twitter the Brow Kit from Sleek was a resounding winner and I purchased the "Dark" option.

I actually bought this back in February and was desperate to blog about it straight away but I wanted to give it a fair trial before posting about it.

In the kit you get a brow wax, a brow powder, a wax brush, a powder brush and a pair of tiny tweezers. The only thing I haven't used is the tweezers so I can't comment on those sorry.

To use you apply the wax using the flat angled brush to give your eyebrows the shape that you require. As the brush is quite thin you can be as detailed as you want. After the wax is on you then pat the powder on, with the other brush, over the wax to fill them in.

T: Wax, M: Powder, B: Both

I was so scared of using this at first but I absolutely love it now, I can't believe I was using a pencil for all these years! My eyebrows stay on all day and still look perfect by the time I get home from work.

I don't really know what is wrong with my face in the above but I think my eyebrows look really natural and full.

You can buy the Sleek Brow Kit for £8.49 at Superdrug which is a total bargain as mine is lasting me ages.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Botanics 97% Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm | Review


I am on my second tub of this Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm by Botanics now so thought it was time to share my thoughts.

Cleansing Balms have really taken the beauty world by storm recently and are recommended for an evening cleanse. They can be suitable for all skin types which is a huge bonus.

The packaging is a screw top tub which is quite sturdy and inoffensive to the eye. The product itself isn't the nicest looking, but it smells amazing. You win some you lose some.

At room temperature the balm is solid, but when scooping a bit out it starts to liquify due to the warmth of your hands. You massage this into your face until you look very shiny and unattractive and then hold a warm flannel over it to draw out any impurities. I do this a few times and then wipe the balm away to reveal thoroughly cleansed skin.

Ingredients include shea butter, rosehip and jojoba oil to leave skin soft and cleansed. Being oily/combination I was a bit worried about having more oil added to my face but I needn't have worried, if you remove it thoroughly it leaves no residue.

I use this in an evening as my second cleanse and I absolutely love using it. I am tempted to try some of the more expensive balm cleansers on the market but if it ain't broke and all that. This doesn't break me out at all which is obviously a massive bonus!

For £8.99 I don't think you can go wrong in honesty. The only thing I don't like about it is the cloth that it comes with but that is insignificant really as I have a cupboard full of Washi!