Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Empties #6

Apologies for the slightly late round up of my monthly empties post - but it's been a bit hectic this month and I've been a little all over the place. Nothing to worry about - I am back to my usual blogging self and have a decent sized pile of products I've used up during the month of July... essentially a pile of my recycling. I swear if one of my family members discovered I posted on my blog about a bunch of empty bottles and tubs they would think of me as crazy! 

 Kleenex Facial Cloths 
I really enjoyed using these - they are essentially giant cotton pads only a little bit thinner and a large square shape. I used these in the evening to take off my makeup with my make-up remover and found one pad to be the perfect size and it made the whole process a lot easier. I'd repurchase these as they became part of my routine and were far easier than using 6 of the small round cotton pads! They retail at about £2-£3 but they are often in bargain/pound shops for a cheaper price. 

Andrew Barton conditioner 
I picked up this frizz protect conditioner on a whim and hadn't tried out anything from this brand before. Turns out I really like it, I loved the feel of my hair after using this and it reduced the frizz once my hair was dried. I have to be honest and say that it smelled rather strange as far as conditioners go, this almost smelled of toothpase/peppermint. Having said that, I would repurchase as my hair felt great after using this! 

Lady Gaga shower gel 
I'm one of those people who likes to spend the entire year working through all my christmas gift sets and using all the lotions and potions that accompany the perfumes! This is a bit of strange one, as it's BLACK! Yes, a black shower gel which gives the bubbles and water a slight grey tinge which is not the nicest of things to bathe in! It smells good - but it's not for me, a cool concept but weird all the same. 

Avon Advance techniques Moroccan oil shampoo and conditioner 
I really enjoyed using these. A lot of Moroccan oil products can be really expensive so when I saw this duo for less than £5 in the avon catalogue I had to give them a go. I'm really impressed with the conditioner, it makes my hair feel very soft and almost silky, so that's a win for me! The shampoo was lovely, it didn't seem to do anything special but it did the job! I'd definitely repurchase these, especially the conditioner. 

 Kleenex facial cleansing wipes 
I used up two packets of these and they have quickly become my favourite wipes to use. They are quite thick and larger than the average wet wipe (I realise that makes me sound like a complete strange person). They are stronger than other face wipes I've tried and are really wet so feel like they are actually cleansing your face rather than pushing any left over makeup deeper into the skin! 

Rimmel stay matte powder 
I cannot rave enough about this powder. It's around £4 and is hands down the best powder I have used for oily skin. 

Volumiser mascara 
This is a random mascara purchased from a chinese cosmetics company - I was a bit wary about trying it but it actually turned out to be great. I know a lot of people worry about these kinds of products, and I do too - I can't see me purchasing one again but I just wanted to try this one after seeing a couple of people mention it! I thought I'd include it anyway, but I won't repurchase it - I'll stick to the highstreet. 

And that's all for this months round up of empties! They'll be another installment soon featuring all of August's empties ... which will be part of my 'Blog Your Socks Off September' challenge - created by me which you can find more info on in the tabs at the top of this page. 


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The skincare tag!

So, recently my bestest blogging chummy Lisa of Lisahh-Jayne tagged me to do the skincare tag. Now, as much as I love skincare I am a bit rubbish at using it properly and very lazy when it comes to taking care of my face/skin, but I'll give it a go anyway - for those skin-care-a-holics amongst you, please feel free to tell me off & recommend some fabulous products to me! 

So here are the questions!

Describe your skincare routine in 5 words..

Unorganised, slightly lazy, moisturised and cleanse. 

What's your skin type?

I'm going to label it as combination skin! I have a bit of trouble with an oily tzone, my nose and chin are forever oily and I often need to re-powder towards the end of the day. Having said that I can somtimes get dry patches on my forehead  and then if my skin is behaving then somedays I'd even class it as normal (basically, in short I have no bloomin' idea!!) 

What's your favourite skincare product?

Definitely hot cloth cleansers! I'm a massive fan of Liz earle cleanse and polish, but I also love Superdrugs version vitamin-e hot cloth cleanser which is a fraction of the price too! 

Top blemish zapper

My go to blemish zapper is clean and clear's spot treatment, which is a bit of a pain to find in stores but is an absolute godsend! I find it really helps with redness and reducing the size of a spot and actually works! I also really like witch's blemish stick (but be warned, it stings a little) 

Face wipes yay or nay?

Ummmm..... yay? I'm sorry but they are just so easy! I do try to cleanse aswell as remove makeup with wipes and I usually do this but I have been known to purely rely on face wipes on occasion (sorry Lisa!!!!) 

Toner yay or nay?

It's a bit of a nay for me! I used to do the whole cleanse tone and moisturise, but found toning made absolutely no difference to my skin so now I kind of skip that step - if you have any recommendations of something that will make me feel the difference then go ahead! 

High end skincare or high end makeup?

I am generally a big lover of drugstore/high street brands when it comes to both. But I think I'd rather splash the cash on high end skincare as you do need to have a good base before you can have a good face! 

What's the most unusual skincare product you've tried?

Ooh, not too sure on this one. My neighbour once gave my mum a gift of an amazing moisturiser from Russia that had sheeps placenta (TMI?) Anyway, my neighbour swears by it but I'm not quite willing to give it a go!! 

You're in a French pharmacy and can only pick one item - what is it?

Something that has English writing on? As knowing me I'd probably buy a cream that had some kind of snail remains in it haha. Or Bioderma .. I've heard that's good. 

Tell us your top skincare tip 


I tag -

& anyone else who want's to answer these questions on their blog of course! 


Sally Hansen nail haul

Sally Hansen is a brand that is very well known when it comes to nail polish, but one that I haven't really tried out before. Of course I've tried some of their infamous top coats, which I've had good experiences with but as far as colours go - I've not really explored that area. Recently I've seen an abundance of SH nail polishes in local pound/99p/bargain stores and thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try some colours out! 

Diamonds || Luminous Tulips || Gilty Pleasure || Ivory Skull 

Diamonds and Luminous tulips are from the diamond strength range and came in at just £2.99 for the two of them in a pack (bargain alert). Diamonds is a beautiful light silver/white shimmering glitter polish that has super fine flakes of glitter in it, making it a brilliant top coat over any colour polish to give it a pearl style shine.. for example, adding this over a light blue polish gives the same effect as models own indian ocean. Luminous tulips is a vivid, almost fushcia colour which looks absolutely lovely on. It's not a typical shade I would go for, but it's opaque in two coats and is pretty long wearing - I'm loving this on my toes at the moment! 

The other two polishes were an even bigger bargain at just 99pence each - which is amazing! Gilty pleasure is a gold metallic polish which is very true to the colour in the bottle and applies like a dream! It looks fabulous on it's own and also looks great as part of the half-moon manicures (which I've yet to master completely, any tips)? Ivory skull is perhaps my favourite of the bunch, despite it being a rather plain old boring white - wrong, it's an amazing colour for a quick DIY french manicure. I've loved using this for my nail tips and I've found it is a very bright, pure white which looks lovely on and lasts well without chipping immediately! 

So, moral of the story is ... keep an eye out for Sally Hansen in your local bargain shops as they have some amazing deals and awesome shades! Have you found any beauty or nail bargains lately? 


Monday, 12 August 2013

Yankee Candle Haul

I know I'm not the only blogger or human being obsessed with Yankee Candles, but I personally find them to be quite an expensive habit! Recently, I discovered a more 'cost effective' way of enjoying Yankee Candles at a lower price tag and that involves using their wax tart burner! It is essentially like an oil burner, in that you put a tealight (you can get about 100 for £1) and then you pop your wax tart of choice in the top and then allow the fragrance to take over your entire room! I've found they last SO long, I can burn them for hours and it seems to be the same size constantly. You can just pop the tart out once it becomes solid again, and then you just use it again next time and so far I've not run out of any scents! I also find that burning them this way, scents the entire room and then wafts all over the house too. 

Pink Dragon Fruit, Summer Scoop, Sparkling Lemon, Pineapple Cilantro 
Garden Sweetpea, Camomile tea, Sicilian Lemon, Sparkling Lemon 

Each wax tart retails for between £1-£2 depending on where you buy them, and they often go on some kind of offer in scent of the month or in a multi-buy which makes them even cheaper. The wax burner itself is only around £7 and can be purchased at yankee candle retailers including Asda! I'd 100% recommend this method of yankee candle craziness - they smell SOOOOO good! Have you tried them? What's your favourite smell .. any recommendations?


Sunday, 11 August 2013

NOTW: Mint Candy Glitter

It's been a little while since I've posted a 'Nail' themed blog post, and to be honest I have just been too lazy to put any effort into doing my nails. This afternoon whilst tidying my storage, I re-discovered an old favourite and some what of a 'cult classic' in Essie's Mint Candy Apple. Of course, I had to add a little glitter too. Mint Candy Apple really is one of my favourites, it's the perfect mint green colour in 2 coats and a little random fact for you - this is the ONLY essie polish that I have paid full price for. A whole £7.99 from Boots. Luckily this glitter top coat is just £1.99 from Miss Sporty & they make a great combo, don't you think? 

Happy Sunday! 


Saturday, 10 August 2013

Batiste Dry Shampoo

I'm not sure about you, but I couldn't live without dry shampoo. Of course, it could never replace a normal shampoo - and is not intended to do so, but for those in-between washing days it's a life saver! I'm not sure why I've never shared my opinions on this product before on my blog, but it has made a sneaky appearance in some monthly favourites and monthly empties posts! 

Batiste is perhaps the best known brand when it comes to dry shampoo and is the one brand I go back to every single time. I've tried several other brands of dry shampoo, from big names to superdrug's own but for me, they never quite live up to my love for Batiste Tropical! Tropical is a mix of exotic scents and coconut and smells like a holiday in a bottle - and it has to be my favourite scent of them all, although I do like 'blush' too which is the pink can! 

What I like about this product is that is a huge time saver, it's easy to use and it actually does the job. You just need to spray the product on the roots of your hair from about 30cm distance (spray too close and it will come out quite white, like aerosol talc) but sprayed from a distance this isn't too bad. You DO need to rub it in properly, as you don't want a 'dusty' look about your hair, but this is one of the brands that I find actually disappears and doesn't leave your hair feeling too chalky. It refreshes hair and lifts your hair if it's starting to become a little oily in between washes. 

I'd thoroughly recommend Batiste if you're on the market for a good dry shampoo. And for those festival goers or campers among you it is an absolute must! Are you a fan? 


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Blog Challenge - September

You may have noticed a snazzy little blog button that's been added to my sidebar - which is a challenge I've set myself for the month of September - what I'd like is for some more lovely bloggers to join in. You can find more info on the tab at the top of my homepage but here's the main jist of things: 


During the month of September I will be blogging every single day (& more if I feel I can) to kickstart my blog into Autumn! The idea is to post on your blog every single day of the month, whether it is beauty, lifestyle, fashion, food or whatever YOU want to blog about. We can all get stuck at some point, perhaps you get writer's block - but 'Blog your socks of September' is going to hopefully bring back your blogging mojo, bring along new blog readers and let you interact with other bloggers taking part in the challenge! 

What do you need to do? 

* Blog every day in the month of September - you can even blog more if you're up to it! 

* Include the hashtag #BlogYourSocksOffSeptember in any tweets you want other bloggers taking part in the challenge to see 

* You can also add this snazzy button to your blog to let your readers know that you are taking part in this challenge, and to spread the word to other bloggers too. 

I would love if some of you will join me - hopefully we can encourage each other and maybe discover new blogs in the process. Although I'm currently doing blog every day in august ... I'm thoroughly looking forward to carrying this on throughout September and blogging my socks off! Let me know if you want to join in. 


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Blog Giveaway

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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Simple kind to skin vital vitamin daycream

Moisturiser is one of those products that I don't rave about often, however I do use it regularly. I can't say I am a religious moisturiser (is that even the correct term?) but I do try my best to always moisturise before applying any make-up and I generally apply nightcream before bed - my current favourite being this nivea one. Recently I received a new day cream in my beauty swap, and this is the Simple kind to skin vital vitamin day cream (what a mouthful!?) 

As a general note, I love simple products. I really like their kind to skin moisturiser in the bottle, their make-up remover and their toner, so this was a very welcome addition. The product contains sunscreens which is something I always look for in a day time moisturiser as it's always a good idea to apply some form of sun protection on your face. It is packaged in a very simple white tub with a green lid, which is typical of Simple and this retails at around £5 for 50ml which is a great price. 

The texture is very light and quite thin, which is what I like in a day cream as I don't want to feel that my skin is 'clogged up' and this is perfect for that. It sinks right into the skin and you don't have to spend a lot of time working it into the skin at all, yet it still leaves your skin feeling nourished and moisturised. I find this to be very hydrating, and although I have oily/combo skin I've found this to do the job perfectly. 

I also like that it's got some added goodness in there for your skin, including; 

3 vital vitamins; PRO-VITAMIN B5 which actively restores, softens and smoothes, VITAMIN E which moisturises to improve skin condition and VITAMIN F which renews and regenerates. As well as this, it contains 3 skin loving nutrients; GLYCERIN which hydrates and nourishes, ALLANTOIN  which softens and protects and BISABOLOL which soothes and calms. These can only be good things, right? 

I'm really enjoying using this at the moment, and I'd recommend it to any of you lovelies who is after a light, hydrating and affordable moisturiser. 


Saturday, 3 August 2013

Miss Sporty : So matte powder

I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I am a huge fan of pressed powders. As a girl who has oily/combination skin - having a mattifying powder is something that is important to me. My staple is as always Rimmel's stay matte powder which comes in at a very purse friendly £4 however on a recent trip to Superdrug I noticed a 'similar' product in the Miss Sporty section for only £1.99. I thought I'd give it a go and post a review up on my blog for you ... we all love a bargain, right?

The packaging is quite simple, it's navy blue with silver writing and it doesn't scream expensive - but it also doesn't scream cheap either, it feels quite sturdy and houses a decent sized mirror on the inside, which is something rimmel's stay matte powder lacks. So this is great for on the go in your handbag for touch-ups! 

For less than £2 you get 9.4g of product, which is pretty good! Although this is the shade light, it does appear to be slightly darker than my stay matte (translucent), however once applied they basically look the same. This is an absolute bargain, my skin stays matte and my foundation stays put. It seems to do the exact same job as rimmel stay matte, lasting a decent amount of time and only really needing a touch up towards the end of the day! So, if you're looking for a great matte powder and don't fancy the rimmel one - give this a go! 

Have you tried this powder before? If not, what's your favourite powder to use? 


Friday, 2 August 2013

July Favourites

This month I've noticed that I am wearing a lot less make-up, probably due to the heatwave we had during July and my general laziness when it comes to doing my face. Surprisingly, I've switched up things a little this month and I've removed myself from my 'rut' of using the same products day in day out, so here are a few of my favourites from this month : 

Mac MSF in 'soft and gentle' 
I seriously cannot get enough of this product, if there was ONE product I recommend to absolutely everyone and their mother, it would be this soft and gentle msf! It's the perfect mix of pink, rose gold and shimmer and looks sooo good on! I like to use this as a highlight to give my skin a healthy looking glow and also as a brow-bone highlight! I've also found this suitable as an all-over lid colour for those lazy/simple days. 

Benefit So hooked on Carmella 
I am one of those girls who has more perfume than I know what to do with! Recently I've started to use my benefit perfume again and forgot how much I loved it. This particular scent is very heavily scented with sandalwood/vanilla etc so it's not to everyone's taste but I love it - It's like summer and malibu and beaches in a bottle! It also lasts a really long time using only a tiny amount, I always get questions on what I'm wearing when I use this!

Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in 'Rendezvous' 
Shock horror - I have used something other than a nude/light pink on my lips!! Rendezvous is a bright orange lip crayon which has amazing staying power. Although it's super bright - it's not too in your face, and if used lightly it can give you just the flush of colour you need. I personally quite like the scent, it's a bit minty - but this is in my favourites purely for the colour. It's perfect for summer! 

Mac 'Hue' lipstick
Surprise Surprise! My neautrals managed to sneak back in, this time in the form of 'Hue' by mac. This was actually my very first mac lipstick and I think it will always be my favourite. It's such a cult shade, but it really is the perfect lipstick. It's a nude/muted pink and it just suits my skintone perfectly and goes with absolutely everything. I love it for everyday wear! 

MUA undress your skin foundation in 'Porcelain' 
I recently reviewed this foundation here so please check that out if you'd like more information. I've really enjoyed using this foundation this month, it's a very good coverage considering it is a 'natural' looking foundation and I love the shade.

Mac Face & Body foundation in 'C1' 
On days when my skin has been behaving (the sunshine has really made a difference in my skin) I've gravitated towards face and body for a bit of coverage. I still can't quite go bare-faced but this is ideal for evening skin tone and still letting freckles be visible - although it is pretty buildable too. I do need to powder like there is no tomorrow with this, but I just love the coverage! 

What have you been loving during July? Have you tried any of these products?


Thursday, 1 August 2013

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