Tuesday, 31 March 2015

April Wishlist



  1. Lush Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb - Lush - £2.50
  2. Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum - Boots - £7.99
  3. Clinique Pop Lip Colour - Boots - £16.00 
  4. Superfacialist by Una Brennan Rose Cleanser - Boots - £7.99 
1. Easter is one of my favorite times of year, no doubt because everything is adorned with rabbits. Hoppity Poppity is a snip at £2.50 and the perfect way to enjoy  a guilt-free Easter treat. Not that I have any guilt about scoffing a huge chocolate egg, lets just get that out there.

2. I have 3 Lip Butters from Revlon and I would love to expand my collection. Sugar Plum is an unusual shade for me but I know I love the formulas and the pigmentation - just got to get out of my comfort zone!

3. How pretty? I never really visit the Clinique stand any more, I do find that the lower priced offerings of other brands are just as good. After seeing these popping up left, right and centre on some of my favourite blogs I think I may have to invest. From what I can gather they are a Boots exclusive.

4. I love the Superfacialist range and I do love trying a new cleanser. Rose has really grown on me recently and I don't think you can beat a cream cleanser and a flannel in a morning. I think the pricepoint is excellent too, as you get 150ml.

Makeup Revolution Channeling My Inner Eyeliner | Review and Swatches


Can you believe Makeup Revolution have just had their 1st birthday? They've done so well in such a short amount of time!

Today I will be sharing with you my thoughts on the Channeling My Inner eyeliner from their I ♥ Makeup line.

I have far too many eyeliners in my collection but I couldn't leave this one. The All Day and Night eyeliners are supposedly dupes for the Urban Decay 24/7 ones too.

I like the packaging, even though I'm 25 a bit of hot pink lettering still floats my boat. One thing to note, it looks like you can't sharpen it because it's plastic, but you can.. it took me ages to work that out so thought was worth mentioning!

The colour is a deep brown with a subtle bronze shimmer running throughout the eyeliner, which should suit all eye colours. I tend to wear brown rather than black as it doesn't look as harsh during the daytime. The formula is really creamy and glides on with no tugging and you get full pigment in one swipe. The only downside to it being so creamy is that you need to sharpen it regularly.

As you can see, I tend to wear my eyeliner on my top lash line. Channeling My Inner has given me no irritation and doesn't really transfer onto the eyelids. It can do after excessive wear time (16 hours) though but I don't think that's bad at all.

For £1.99 I would definitely recommend picking one up! Also if you spend £25 on the Makeup Revolution website you also get a free gift worth £25 so now is the time to get an order in!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Weekly Ramble #99


The weekly face:

Hello there snazzy new dress, I've been living it this a the moment so you may see it popping up on several posts. Woops.

I've been off work this week and it feels so good to be able to relax and switch off from work. I love my job but I do find that it eats into my home life a bit too much. Especially recently.

On Monday my Mum was off work too so we went for a small (large) shopping expedition in Warrington. We ended up coming home well after 6pm, which made for a tiring day as I left my house at 8am. We bought all sorts, including some charms for my Mum's Pandora bracelet!

On Tuesday my Mum finishes work at lunchtime so we headed to a garden centre for a brew and a cake. It was amazing. I do love a brew and a cake.

Wednesday I don't really remember that much of it, I think I binge watched Total Divas and was a lazy person for the day which is such a rarity, it was amazing.

On Thursday James was off work so we went out for some lunch to Chiquito which is always a taste sensation. I was always a super fussy eater when I was younger but now I love all sorts, including Mexican.

The rest of the week I have just chilled and tried to stay relaxed. I have been looking into my local Lush Spa and think I'm going to treat myself.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

LUSH Twilight Bath Ballistic* | Review


Another day, another bath bomb. I've used countless Twilights in my time and thought it was about time I shared my views.

Twilight just looks appealing to me, I'm not sure if it's the mid-pink colouring or the stars and moon that are raised on the surface.

The scent is amazing, but I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it reminds me of. The ingredients contain lavender oil, tonka absolute and ylang ylang oil which make for a relaxing bath. Twilight is perfect if you struggle nodding off, the Sunday night insomnia is real don't you know.

Twilight is pink on the outside and blue on the inside. The inner core also contains glitter which is never a bad thing. This particular one was a bit lacking in the blue so my bath ended up a baby pink when it had finished fizzling, when usually it is a lilac shade of purple.

Twilight costs £3.35 and is perfect for a Sunday night bath.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm | Review


I've really gotten into balm cleansers over the past 12 months or so and after trying a sample of the Melting Cleansing Balm from Merymaya I was hooked.

Merumaya first came to my attention after being featured on Caroline Hirons blog (like most skincare admittedly) so I sent off for a sample. I love when companies do this as I hate buying something only to find it doesn't agree with my skin after I've used it a few times.

The packaging of the melting cleansing balm is definitely unisex and quite sleek looking in my opinion. I've only used balms in a pot before and I would have preferred this to not be in a tube, you can never get all the product out and it annoys me.

I like to remove my makeup using micellar water and then have a proper cleanse using a balm. This offering from Merumaya is liquid when it comes out of the tube which is a new one on me as I've only used solid ones in the past. It doesn't have a strong scent and it massages into the skin really well. When it has turned to an oil it gets rid of anything that you may have still lurking on your skin. I like to remove by using a flannel and my skin is very soft after using this balm. I still have the occasional breakout (who doesn't?) but my skin feels so much better since using this, it's really soft and nourished. The trick is to make sure you remove all of the product or you could end up with breakouts.

The Melting Cleansing Balm by Merumaya is £15.50 from John Lewis which I personally find reasonable and will definitely be repurchasing.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Weekly Ramble #98


The weekly face:

I had my monthly college class on Thursday which actually went really well. I'm 100% up to date with my work so nothing to do on that until the end of April. Winner.

I had an early finish on Friday which is always great, I met my friend Rachel for lunch and some shopping. Seeing as I didn't need anything I still managed to spend about £40. Woops.

Yesterday I went to watch the latest film in the Divergent series, Insurgent. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next ones!

I'm off next week so hooray for that - I haven't got too many plans made but I'm sure that will change - it always seems to.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Essence All About Matt! Powder | Review


I'm not particularly adventurous with my face powders, I tend to buy the same one over and over but at £20 a pop (from a brand that will remain nameless - purely for shame reasons!) I thought it was about time I had a change.

As always, let's start with the packaging. I really like the neon pink lettering and the plastic casing itself is very sturdy, and will not pop open in your bag.

A weird sidenote for you, my friend's boyfriend is called Matt and it makes me chuckle every time I use this. Matte with an 'e' guys, it irritates me!

This powder from Essence is finely milled but as it is a pressed powder you tend to get a lot of fallout over the pan/all over your floor. I find it best to prod it with my brush rather than swirl it, it still picks up enough product without wastage.

I used to have super oily skin which has calmed down now I'm getting on a bit, but I do still get an oily T-zone if I don't use powder which is what drew me to All About Matt! It is super easy to apply, keeps oil at bay and lasts all day (I'm not the sort of girl to do touch ups throughout the day) without ever, ever looking cakey.

I will definitely be buying this again and at £3 I am over the moon. Essence is available from Wilkinsons (Wilko apparently).

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Le Couvent des Minimes Gardener's Hand Healer | Review


I usually stick to what I know when buying a new hand cream but something about the Gardener's Hand Healer from Le Couvent des Minimes really appealed to me. I think it was the 20% shea butter that drew me in honestly.

I really like the packaging of this hand cream, it is sturdy enough to throw in your bag and the lid closes tightly so it won't come off. The 25ml is a perfect handbag size.

I don't suffer from particularly dry hands but I am trying to get in to the habit of using a hand cream regularly to keep them nice and moisturised. The scent of the Gardener's Hand Healer is amazing, to me it smells of verbena but it also contains; shea butter, mimosa, camomile, marshmallow, calendula, lemon balm and rosemary. The overall scent isn't medicinal but still leans towards that herby, more natural blend.

As 20% of this product it is very moisturising and softening, but not too thick that it doesn't absorb in to the skin. A little does go a long way as it is a thick product before it warms up.

For £4.75 I would definitely recommend this hand cream and I am certainly going to be picking up more things from Le Couvent des Minimes which is available at Boots.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Weekly Ramble #97


The weekly face:

As I near my 100th Ramble I have realised that my blog is nearly 2. It only feels like yesterday I sat down and made a Blogger account.

Today of course is Mother's Day in the UK so I will be spending my day with mine. I have bought her a Pandora bracelet which I hope she likes! She's super fussy to buy for so there's no guarantees.

Work has been crazy this week so I had a major chill yesterday, I felt like I needed it!

I've still stuck at the 30 day thigh slimming challenge from Blogilates, I'm finding it really easy so I don't know I'm doing it right.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

LUSH Avobath | Review


Avobath is a bath bomb that I have used many a time from LUSH, even though it took me years to try it.

The reason it took me so long is because it isn't the showiest product that LUSH do, nor the most colourful and as it turns out I'm quite a fickle creature.

Avobath contains avocado, extra virgin olive oil, lemongrass oil, bergamot oil and rosewood oil which makes for a nourishing, beautifully citrusy bathtime.

I don't usually have a bath in a morning as I don't have time, well who does realistically? But this is great to perk you up and get you ready for the day ahead. The citrus scent is invigorating and perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.

As Avobath is so moisturising it would work a treat if you have dry skin. I don't particularly but it doesn't make my skin feel greasy so it's not too over the top. I also love the colour that the water turns to with Avobath, it is a cross between a lime and a jade green which is shot through with gold iridescence.

Avobath is £3.35 if you fancy picking one up the next time you are in LUSH.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Empties #17

The latest five to bite the dust:
  • Philosophy The Muffin Man Shower Gel
  • Botanics Cleansing Toner
  • Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Night Treatment Gel
  • Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
  • Klorane Nettle Shampoo

The Muffin Man Shower Gel - I loveeee Philosophy! From their cute packaging to delicious scents you really can't go wrong. The Muffin Man smells like lemon muffins and is the perfect start to the day. This is definitely unisex too.
Repurchase: Yes, but it's either limited edition or discontinued. Wah.

Cleansing Toner - I happen to think Botanics are a really underrated brand. I was drawn to this originally as it contains skin brightening ingredients. I use this in a morning when I don't want a more acidic tone. In short, I love it and I can really tell when I don't use it, my skin feels more bumpy and just a bit gross in general.
Repurchase: Yes.

Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Night Treatment Gel - Well that's an excessive name. You know when you're panic buying in Boots because you were having a bad skin day/week/month/life? This is one of those purchases. In fact I bought 3, they were on offer. Sigh. Luckily it had no adverse reactions with my skin but nor did it really do anything.
Repurchase: No.

Better than Sex Mascara - Never did I think I would ever be using a £19 mascara. I knew that without even looking it up, because it's so ridiculous. Annoyingly I absolutely love this mascara, bar the name.
Repurchase: No.

Nettle Shampoo - The moral of the story here is to not buy things so you qualify for free delivery on Escentual. This shampoo is so runny and doesn't lather at all. It also makes my hair get greasy quicker.
Repurchase: No.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Avon Planet Spa Amazonian Treasures Creamy Body Scrub | Review


Ever buy something because it looks a bit weird? Surely it can't just be me. 

Thinking about it, I actually bought this because I loved the scent and you can never have too many body scrubs.

The packaging is standard screw top lid which I like for a body scrub, it's easy to grab and handful rather than messing about with a tube. It closes really securely so you could easily travel with this.

Now, onto the actual scrub. There are large particles as well as tiny ones suspended in a thick purple jelly which I think we can all agree, looks amazing. Sadly, it isn't particularly scrubby and I don't find it effective for me. The large particles are few and far between but there are plenty of little ones which almost feel like sand. The scent is amazing, sort of fruity yet still clean smelling. It does stain the tiles really badly if you don't get it off straight away.

All in all this is too gentle for me and I will definitely be sticking to Soap and Glory's Sugar Scrub in future. That's a fib, I can't resist trying new things but I will be sticking to harsher scrubs in future!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Weekly Ramble #96


The weekly face:

How strange, I never take pictures when I have my hair up. It's my own fault for rushing out the door with day 4 hair, gross.

This week has mainly consisted of two things; work and my NVQ. I'm trying to do 1 hour a day on it to get it done but the amount doesn't seem to be decreasing. I'm totally free today so I will be plowing through it.

Yesterday we went to see James' family for a catch up and to drop some presents off. It has made James' car smell like the inside of a LUSH store which I don't think he's too pleased about.

I also started doing the 30 day thigh challenge from Blogilates which I'm pleased to say I have kept up. Go me!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

REN Satin Perfection BB Cream | Review and Swatches


I only associate REN with skincare so I was quite surprised to see a BB cream in their range. 

REN state that their Satin Perfection BB cream has "adaptive technology" which will suit light to medium skin colourings. I usually find colour adaptive base products to be far too orange for my ghostly complexion so I didn't have high hopes.

I really like that this product has SPF 15 as well as being silicone free, REN's skincare background has been translated well to their first foray into makeup I feel.

This BB cream applied really well and did leave a matte finish to my skin (I definitely wouldn't call it satin), so if you are more prone to oil and need a light coverage then this could be perfect for you. I found the colour to blend in seamlessly with minimal effort, and there wasn't an orange glow in sight!. My only real issue with this product is that it doesn't cover any imperfections, it basically looks like my skin has no base product on it which is fine if you have clear skin, but doesn't provide enough coverage for me sadly.

If you are considering purchasing the Satin Perfection BB Cream from REN it will set you back £28 for 50ml.