Sunday, 31 May 2015

12 Beauty Heroes For Dry Skin And Hair

best products to use for dry skin

During a recent City trip where I spent a lot of time outdoors exploring, my skin and hair battled through the harsh elements. Wind, rain, cold, the bloody lot (typical British weather)! I ended wearing my hair in a top knot (hello dry ends!) and the coldness made my skin feel like a lizard. I needed a quick fix to dry hair and skin.

The first thing I did when I got home was sort myself out and gave myself a huge pamper session to repair both my dry hair and skin! Being a skincare junkie, I have a huge choice of products that I can pick from depending on the condition of my skin and what remedy it needs, and I put some of these things to the test in a time when I truly needed it!

Skincare
best skincare products to use for dry skin

Vitamin C Peptide Peel
Philosophy came to my rescue with this at-home Microdelivery Peel which gave me back that healthy glow. It’s a two step process that transforms dry, dull skin in to a bright, buffed and rejuvenated. The two steps contains resurfacing crystals to exfoliate dead skin cells, and an activating gel that gets the Vitamin C and Peptides working it’s magic. The results are immediate and my skin felt smoother and healthier straight away. 

Intensive Face Mask
Oh, I do love a good face mask! After the peel or an exfoliator - basically, anything that’s ‘scrubby’ - it’s essential to apply a face mask to prevent a breakout. As my skin was quite dry, I should have used a hydrating gel mask (I’m loving REN Gylcolactic Radiance Renewal Mask at the moment) but the first one I picked up was Liz Earle’s Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask. It’s not a mask that I use very often, but it was the word ‘Intensive’ on the packaging that did it for me. The creamy formula de-stressed and rehydrated my skin which was exactly what I needed.

Face Oil
After cleansing and toning, I use a face oil as part of my daily skincare routine. However, I didn’t take it with me on my trip because the lid on the bottle doesn’t screw on properly and it leaks, so I had to live without it for a couple of days. I took a small bottle of serum instead but but my skin suffered without oil, even if was only two days! I only use two drops twice a day but it appears that it has become an essential product in my routine. I recommend this Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil, and Dr. Jackson 03 Face Oil but Antonia Burrell’s Pure Therapy Face Oil Serum is also AMAZING too! It not only balances the oils on your face but it also protects you from the elements.

Rich Face Moisturiser
I haven't been using the Organic Surge Radiance Recovery Night Cream on a regular basis because my skin doesn’t need anything so rich (until now). It is a really nice night cream for normal to dry skin (but more beneficial for dry skin) as it replenishes skin throughout the night while you sleep. It contains botanical extracts and essential oils including safflower, Argan and damask rose oil - all of which have extremely moisturising properties. 

Eye Treatment
I recently started Benefit’s It’s Potent Eye Cream, an eye treatment that many people rave about and it deserves all the rave reviews! The technical talk is that It’s Potent Eye Cream contains ingredients that firms and lifts skin, and brightens dark circles around the eyes.

Hair Care
hair care for dry hair

My hair has been an absolute nightmare lately, it’s so dry and brittle, and it has lost it’s shine. Washing has become more of a chore than usual as I have to use deep mask treatments which are left on for an hour. I don’t know how to repair the condition of my hair as it has never been this bad before, and the usual Morroconoil isn’t working! I probably just need a trip to the hairdressers (please don’t cut it all off!) but for now to keep my hair soft, here’s what I’ve been using:

Moisture Mist
Paul Mitchel Moisture Awapuhi Moisture Mist is for thirsty hair. I’ve had this spray in my drawer for ages and I don’t use it often, I never saw visible results from it but I’ve been adding it to make use of the product (and to use up the bottle before it goes off). Apparently, the Hawaiian Awapuhi provides deep moisture, enhances shine and it’s also suitable for dry skin too!. I’m not sure if the results are supposed to be visible - what does moisturised hair look like?! - But I’ll try whatever I can to revive and rescue my dry hair! As it’s Paul Mitchell, a brand that I consider reliable, I trust that it’s doing good to my hair.

Pre-Shampoo Conditioner
I’ve used a couple of tubes of Philip Kingsley Elastisizer in the past, and it was only the week that I realised I was using it wrong! (gutted!). I was watching QVC and they did a segment on how to use this product. To get the full benefits of the expensive Philip Kingsley Elastisizer, you need to dampen hair which I did by spraying cold water on it plus the Paul Mitchell’s Moisture Mist for good measure, and then applying a generous dollop of the Elastisizer. You can leave this in hair for hours and hours, even overnight. I left it in my hair for an hour before shampooing. It’s an absolute miracle worker!

hair care for dry hair

Hair Mask
I probably didn’t need to use a hair mask since I used the Elastizier, but I massaged this Bumble&bumble Creme De Coco mask treatment in to my hair and left for further 20 minutes. Creme De Coco is formulated specifically for dry and dull hair as it has ingredients that softens, conditions and adds shine. Plus, it smells GREAT!

Finishing Oil
Schwarzkopf’s Essence Ultime Crystal Shine range has liquidised crystals and pearl essence that gives hair a luxury shiny finish. To give my hair the shine that it desperately misses (even if it is temporary) and control fly aways, I add one pump of the Finishing Oil to damp hair before blow-drying. My favourite thing about this range is the smell of it. I’ve had no luck trying to pin down what it is exactly but it’s got a sweet scent to it, like sweet, candy floss/raspberry.

Vinegar Rinse
This is possibly one of my favourite hair products. I reviewed this Yves Rocher Raspberry Vinegar Rinse in a recent blogpost but basically, this raspberry vinegar rinse makes my hair feel clean, light, shiny, and soft. The rinse removes mineral and product build up and leaves my hair clean for days! It smells really good too - like raspberry juice!

Body
body moisturisers for dry skin

Dry Oil: 
REN Moroccan Rose Gold Glow Perfect Dry Oil helped my skin to feel less lizard-y! It's a rich and luxurious dry oil that absorbs instantly so no lasting greasiness, and it helps your skin to feel hydrated again. It is made with Moroccan Argan Oil to nourish and moisturise and Arctic Cranberry Seed Oil to help reduce UV damage. It can also be used on hair too, but not too much as it makes your hair really greasy and heavy, as I found out the other day!

Body Souffle: 
I love the sound of a body souffle, but in reality, this it a rich body cream. Laura Mercier products are such a treat to use, the body souffle smells really really good and is very moisturising. It doesn't absorb as quickly as a dry oil, but anyone who has used a Laura Mercier lotion will know how awesome they are, I can't praise the brand enough, it's amazing! I've got it in golden honey musk and it smells delicious!

Have you used any of these beauty products before?
What beauty products do you reach for when your skin and hair needs a bit of TLC?


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Saturday, 30 May 2015

5 Years Of Topshop Beauty

make up from topshop, 5 years of topshop beauty

Topshop Beauty turns 5 this year and to celebrate, they've launched their 5th Anniversary collection. I actually can’t believe that it has been five years since Topshop Beauty launched! I remember the hype around it and how excited beauty fans were. The first thing I bought was a trio of lip polish in the sale in 2011. It was (and still is) such a hit with beauty bloggers and after trying some products out myself, I can see why everyone is impressed with the level of pigments and the quality to rival the high end brands.

Five years on, the Topshop Beauty is going strong and just like their trend-led fashion, they are quite ahead of the game. Sometimes I think that when fashion retailers branch out into beauty, it can be cheap and gimmicky, with what seems to be an experimental, short-term vision, but Topshop have been really consistent with theirs and 5 years standing is pretty impressive for a fashion retailer. The key to their success is most likely down to the quality of their make-up, and that's why customers return for more. It makes such a nice little beauty treat because the prices are fairly decent too.

Their 5th anniversary limited edition range is a small collection of their best selling products and shades, repackaged in a cute white and rose gold cases. Although I’ve always been a bit put off by the matt finish of their packaging, it gets really grubby in my make-up bag! Anyway, here's what you can expect from their birthday collection!


make up from topshop for their 5th anniversary

Doesn't it all look sooo pretty!! It’s a small selection but I think there’s something for everyone! If you're a newbie to Topshop Beauty, this might be a nice collection to dip in to as it consists of some of their best sellers. Topshop lipsticks are known for it’s high pigmentation and rich creamy texture. Some beauty bloggers have even said that they are as good as MAC lippies. 

Ooh La La, a coral pink, is my favourite followed by Rio Rio which is a vibrant red. But out of all of the beauty products, what I have always loved was their nail polishes. I really like all five but Boy Next Door (pale blue) and Green Room (bright green) have caught my eye! 

Within the anniversary collection, there’s also a black eye liner pen, a cream blush and a glow pot highlighter. I am a blush girl so would have liked to have seen 5 blushers or at least one powder blush. 

topshop beauty turns 5



They are available in store or online!

What do you think of Topshop Beauty? Is there anything you fancy from this collection?


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Friday, 29 May 2015

Out With The Old, In With The New - In Collaboration With CB12

staying fresh for summer

One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is have a good clean out, in particular beauty, make-up and hygiene products. I love making space for new products! Out with the old, in with the new, as they say!

Updating your beauty and skincare products ensures that you stay as fresh as possible. However, as well clearing room for the new things in your life, it’s important to get rid of old beauty and lifestyle products that may be well past its shelf life.

Don’t continue using a product that you’ve had for a long time because if it has gone bad, it will do damage to your skin and general health. I am collaborating with CB12 on this blog post to inspire you all to have a good ol’ Spring clean! So with that in mind, I’d like to show you 5 new products that have been helping me stay fresh for the new season!
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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Look Good Feel Better | Make-Up Brushes For Charity

quality make up brushes from look good feel better

I have a growing collection of make-up brushes which make me quite excited! My latest set has a really great cause behind it. Look Good Feel Better is a global charity that supports and help women combat the visible side effects of their cancer treatment. 

Never one to underestimate the positive power of make-up, Look Good Feel Better have been helping these women to get their confidence back during the most difficult time of their lives through free skincare and make-up workshops.

make up brushes from look good feel better

With the launch of their own make-up brushes*, Look Good Feel Better aims to raise funds and awareness. The new brushes are available from Boots, Look Fantastic, FeelUnique, HQ Hair and Beauty Expert.

make up brushes from look good feel better

An 8%-12% donation will be made from the sale of each brush and set, which goes back to the charity. The hand-sculpted, professional looking brushes feels soft, they're a premium quality at an affordable price point. There are ten brushes and a couple of sets in the range and prices start from £6.99. These full range are:

Eyeshadow Brush - £6.99
Concealer Brush - £7.99
Powder Brush - £12.99
Complexion Sponge - £7.49
Angled Blending Brush - £6.99
Blush Brush - £11.99
Retractable Bronzer Brush - £14.99
Angled Contour Brush - £11.99
Foundation Brush - £9.99
Multi-tasking Brush - £11.99

The Make-Over Set - £24.99
Mini Masterclass Set - £19.99

make up brushes from look good feel better

The Make-Over is a great starter set for beginners, and the Masterclass Mini set (pictured above) is convenient for people who travel a lot because they're so diddy! It comes with a little pouch so you can store them in there and keep them safe, and in-tact. 

The Masterclass Mini Set comes with three multipurpose brushes for £19.99. The big brush can be used for powder and blushers, the medium brush can be used for liquid foundations and concealers, and the small brush is for eyeshadow and blending.

make up brushes from look good feel better

If you'd like more details about the charity, please check out Look Good Feel Better's website.

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Ice Cream Inspired Scented Candles From Kiss-Air

ICE-CREAM SCENTED CANDLES FOR SUMMER

ICE-CREAM SCENTED CANDLES FOR SUMMER

How does Ice Cream inspired scented candles sound to you? SO good, right?! Kiss-Air launched their new Ice Cream Parlour Summer collection and there are five new candles added to their range, all of which are inspired by popular ice cream flavours!
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Benefit Cosmetics Operation Pore-Proof Kit

Benefit Cosmetics Operation Pore-Proof Kit

Benefit Cosmetics Operation Pore-Proof Kit

Another exciting beauty kit has arrived from Benefit Cosmetics. Last month, we saw the launch of Do The Hoola kit, and this July, Benefit are releasing Operation Pore-Proof, a little kit filled with miniature products to help you stay flawless this Summer!

I do like a tiny bit of a glow of radiance during Summer, but on the whole, I actually prefer a matte and flawless finish. Generally, I feel more confident when my face is not shiny and glazed!

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Monday, 25 May 2015

BEAUTY NEWS: The Body Shop To Launch The Mojito Collection

virgin mojito collection from the body shop

On the 2nd of June, The Body Shop will launching their Virgin Mojito Body Range, a limited edition collection just for Summer 2015! I haven't had a chance to try it yet so I'll be the first in line when this launches, but I imagine it to be very zingy and fresh. Perhaps a bit like Soap&Glory's Sugar Crush but with a lot more lime?! I don't know, I'm just making a guess here! Although if it's anything like Sugar Crush, I am stocking up!! 

The Virgin Mojito collection will include the following products:

Body Scrub, £15
Shower Gel, £4
Body Sorbet, £8
Body Butter, £13
Body Splash, £16

I think a body splash is a fragrance but it doesn't have a spritzer so it literally is something you splash on to your body. I'm not too sure at this point but we'll all find out when the collection has launched, and we can all check it out! Either way, it sounds delicious! I've been told that it's a blend of fresh mint and invigorating lime, which should cool your skin down on a hot Summer's day.

I don't have photos of them but there's also gift sets available with a strong theme of cocktail making! The Big Splash (£45) will contain 4 products and comes packaged in a metal ice bucket. The Big Shake comes in a metal cocktail shaker and contains 3 Mojito body treats. Finally, The Cool Cube (£8) is a small gift set that includes a travel sized shower gel and body butter. 

In my opinion, this is the coolest collection The Body Shop has ever released and it should do really well to capture the younger market. The Virgin Mojito Collection is trendy, it looks great and everyone loves the refreshing mojito scent! I really hope to see more like this from The Body Shop!

virgin mojito body range collection by the body shop

Keep a look out for the big launch on 2nd June - in stores and online.


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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Photo Diary: An Evening In Durham

a photo of durham river

I live close to Durham, but I'm embarrassed to say that have I never visited the place properly. I'd say that I've been there about 5 times in my life, to do really boring things like driving theory test, going to an appointment at the passport office, or another chore that's equally as boring. 

On a whim, we decided to drive to Durham for dinner at Bill's but it was still bright outside so we went for a quick walk first! The shops were all closed so the streets were quiet, but it was nice to peaceful stroll! I also took a few photos on my phone too!

iconic british things
durham cathedral
old english street
durham city centre, british architecture
an old british building, british architecture
river in durham

We walked up to the cathedral (which I think it lit at night time) and we crossed over the bridge for a couple of snaps. Durham is a really beautiful city, such a pretty part of the country and I never fully appreciated it until now. I was watching Theory Of Everything months ago and admired how beautiful England looked. I feel that Durham has a very Cambridge-esque feel to it, it has the a huge amount of charm and beauty. I definitely need to go back and explore what the city has to offer.

bill's restaurant
treacle tart

After our evening walk, we went for dinner at Bill's. I love Bill's, it's always such a chilled atmosphere. Good food and great service. I went for a un-adventurous fish and chips which came with mushy peas, tartare sauce and picked onions. I wanted to try a side portion of the kale chips (I didn't really like them so I won't be ordering them again). And finally, a dinner is not complete without pudding, so we ordered a treacle tart and caramel ice cream to share.

Hopefully I'll be back in Durham soon and I'll take my big camera with me to get some proper photos! Can't wait to have a good nose about the city!


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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Prepare For Summer With Eucerin Sun Care

sun care for dry, sensitive skin

We haven't had much of a Spring but let's keep our fingers crossed that the weather will make it up to us and give us the sunshine we've all been waiting for! And when the sun finally graces us with it's presence, I'm going to be super prepared with all of these Eucerin sun care products* I've been trying out lately!

Eucerin are great for anyone who has skin concerns because their products are dermatologically tested, and recommended by experts. Whether you have sensitive skin, oily, dry skin, eczema, or someone who is prone to sun allergies, Eucerin can help you choose something that is suitable for your skintype. 

Here are some of the products that Eucerin offers to help you protect yourself from the sun (I'm spoilt for choice):

eurecin sun care products

Sun Creme for Face
£15.00
It's always worth splashing out on a good sun creme that is formulated specifically for the face to prevent skin-ageing. Eucerin have a range of sun cremes to suit all kind of skin types. I've been sent the one for dry, sensitive skin. 

The thing that I look out for in a face sun cream is comfort and how quickly it absorbs - which this one does. It's also water resistance, fragrance free, dermatologically tested for sensitive skin and its suitable for people with Atopic Dermatitis. This one offers a dewy finish but there's also a non-greasy mattifying sun fluid too, which is non-oily which makes it perfect under make-up.

Sun Creme Tinted
£16.00
It's hard to wear sun cream and your usual foundation on top of each other, it doesn't mix so well why not switch to a tinted sun cream with SPF 50? When you're on holiday and the sun is particular strong, make-up containing SPF isn't going to offer you the full protection, this specifically formulated, oil-free, non-comedogenic sun cream with a natural beige tint might just be what you need. 

The coverage is obviously no where near a foundation or even a BB cream. It's an extremely light colour tint with a very high UV protection and cell protection. It also prevent dark pigments spots forming. 

eurecin sun care products

Transparent Sun Spray
£17.50
Sprays are my favourite sun care product to use because it's more convenient and not as messy. In the UK, it would be suffice to use this SPF 30 transparent sun spray on it's own - but if I'm on holiday, I would apply sun lotion and then frequently top it up with this spray for an around-the-clock protection. The consistency is like a dry-oil, it absorbs without that thick, greasy residual feeling. It is clinically proven to be suitable for oily and blemish-prone skin. You can use the spray on scalp too.

Sun Creme Gel 50 SPF
£19.00
I like a creme gel formula, it's light and cooling, and easy to handle than a lotion. Eucerin has formulated this Sun Creme Gel to protect against sun related allergies. I suffer from prickly heat so this will effective in soothing and protection. Again, it absorbs fast, is non-greasy, non-sticky and free from fragrance and preservatives. It's suitable to highly sensitive and photosensitive skin types. 

eurecin sun care after sun lotion

Eucerin After Sun Treatments
From £12.50
Both of these After Sun lotion are suitable for sensitive skin and they both work in the same way, it treats skin that is stressed by sun. If your skin is sensitive or prone to sun-related allergies, opt for the After Sun Creme Gel. 

After Sun Lotion contains Vitamin E which is an anti-oxidant that helps to soothe and support the skin's own protection system. 

After Sun Creme Gel has Alpha-Glucosyl-Rutin which is another powerful form of anti-oxidant that helps to strengthen skin and it's protection against allergies. It also has licorice extract in it to calm irritation and reduce redness.

GIVEAWAY! WIN A SET OF EUCERIN SUN CARE PRODUCTS FOR SUMMER!

I have teamed up with Eucerin to offer you a chance to win a set of sun care products tailored to your needs. They're really great products that are convenient and comfortable to wear, and I really want you to try it out for yourself! 

We have 5 sets to giveaway and 5 lucky winners will be drawn at random! All you have to do is:

1. Follow this blog on Bloglovin (click here to follow)
2. Answer this question in the comment section of this blogpost: What is your top beauty tip for Summer? 
3. Don't forget to leave an email, blog link, or Twitter handle, so that I can get in touch if you're selected as a winner.

Optional Entries:

4. Tweet this: I've entered @tempsec's #giveaway to #win a set of @Eucerin Sun Care products! Find out how you can enter here http://bit.ly/1F2KEwM

This giveaway is open to UK residents only. It will end at midnight UK time on 31st May 2015.

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions: Participants must adhere to entry terms as detailed in this blogpost to qualify for entry. Entrants must also follow the related Bloglovin account for a chance to win the prizes shown above. Five winners will selected at random after the end date. No purchase necessary. No cash alternatives. Entrants must be over 16 years old. This competition is open to UK residents only. It will end on 31st May 2015 at midnight UK time. The winners will be selected at random after the closing date and will be notified via email or Twitter. If the winner does not respond within 3 working days, a new winner will be selected at random. The prize will be dispatched by Eucerin's representative team which are based in London, United Kingdom. Your details will only be passed on to Eucerin's representative team in order for your prize to be delivered to you. Your details will not be passed on to third parties for marketing purposes. Please allow up to 14 working days for delivery. Eucerin reserves the rights to alter or amend the terms of this competition at any time.


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Benefit's The Porefessional License To Blot (Review)

porefessional from benefit cosmetics

Benefit's The Porefessional License To Blot

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Empties | Beauty Products I've Used Up


I’ve been feeling rather pleased with myself because I’ve managed to finish up a few products before it went off! I’ve been hoarding the empty packaging and it’s piling up, making a mess in the corner of my bedroom so I’m eager to get on with this ‘empties’ blogpost so that I can throw it all out!

I’ve been going through a lot of body and skin care this past 6 months - it has been so cold for months and my skin has been soaking the product up like no tomorrow!

skincare recommendations from beauty blogger

Skin and Face Care

I go through these so quickly! I’ve been obsessed with these lip balms, they’re my favourite! Made from 100% natural ingredients, Crazy Rumour balms keep my lips nourished and moisturised during cold weather - it has been an all year round essential and I can’t wait to repurchase a couple more! I love all the flavours but the bubblegum one is my fave! There's a teeny tiny bit left in the base and I've been trying to dig it out but I really need to just throw this out now!

Bee Good Honey and Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water:
I have been using this as the first step of my skincare routine, to remove my make up before applying a 'proper' cleanser. I haven't got on well with cleansing water in the past, but this one is really lovely and light! It doesn't dissolve eye make up well but that's why I use a cream cleanser afterwards to get rid of all trace of make-up and dirt. I've got another bottle of this which I've started using, I think this cleansing water will remain in my routine for some time yet.

My mum bought me three of these for Christmas and as predicted, each 150ml bottle lasted approximately 5-6 months. I use this cleanser twice a day apart the odd day or two where I switch to something else (an oil cleanser, another cream cleanser, or indeed a cleansing water as mentioned previously). Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish has won over 100 beauty awards and it has been on the market for 20 years. I hadn’t heard of it until I started getting in to beauty blogging (the power of social media) and I wish I had known about this cleanser when I was in my teens and early 20’s. It’s a brilliant cleanser and I recommend it to anyone! I’ve already cracked open another bottle!

This one’s a bit hit and miss for me. It worked wonders at first but the more I used it, the less effective it seemed. I used it on-off so maybe my inconsistency is at fault here. I’ve enjoyed using the small sample but I won’t be repurchasing this for now. A lot of people rave about this product, and the full size version is really expensive so I’m glad I got a chance to try a sample of it first. 

When it comes to eye treatment, I love gel formulas the best. I have absolutely loved using the Estee Lauder eye gel, it’s so rejuvenating and soothing. If I haven’t already got a couple of eye creams to use up, I’d definitely repurchase this in full size. 

This is a rich face cream that I used at night time. It works in to my skin while I sleep and leaves my skin feeling very smooth, even the morning after. It’s a really nice cream but it's probably bit too rich for me. I would buy this again but not at the moment. I associate Estee Lauder with an older lady and mature skin, so I probably don’t need anything as rich and potent at this point in my life (yet)

I received a little tube of GlamGlow - the mud mask that everyone’s raving about. Again, the full size version is super expensive so it was nice to try it out and see what all the fuss is about! I’m really in to mask treatments that deep cleans and this sure is right up my street! I don’t tend to use a mud mask as they can sometimes make my skin a tad dry but this left my face clean and radiant. I’ve also got the GlamGlow Thirsty Mud mask to try out so I’ll report back and let you know which one I like best!

bath product recommendations

Bath and Body

Does it take anyone else about 8 years to get through the tubs of Soap&Glory body scrubs?! They last sooo long - which is great, you definitely get your money’s worth! I bought three body scrubs last year in the Boots 3 for 2 offer and I alternate between each one depending on how I feel! They’re all different in consistency and while Sugar Crush smells really good, it’s not as gritty as I’d like it to be. If you like ‘em rough, try Soap&Glory’s Smoothie Star. Sugar Crush is a gloopy texture and Smoothie Star is quite thick. Both smell AMAZING.

The Body Shop Bath Jelly:
When the tub was filled with product, it was soooo pretty and colourful! They honestly look good enough to eat! I won a set of bath jelly on Twitter during Christmas and was sent Glazed Apple, Frosted Cranberry and Vanilla Brûlée. I had already used up Glazed Apple by Christmas time but recently finished Cranberry and Vanilla. I hope they bring them back this year for the festive season. They cost £10 and they don’t last very long (approximately 8 baths) but they’re a fun product to use!

LUSH Shower Jellies:
These are another fun bath/shower product. I do have another tub of Sweetie Pie and it smells so good (like Vimto) but I don’t think I would buy it again because it is quite hard to use! It’s fine at first when it’s in tact, but the jelly breaks up and the small bits are difficult to use - very slippery! Nice idea though and makes a change from a boring shower gel.

I use this quite a lot and it seemed to have lasted forever! The Sanctuary Spa Smoothing Silk Polish is a silky cream with particles in it to polish your skin. It has lavender in it and whenever I use it, it really helps me sleep. Very soothing and I recommend it to anyone who has troubles sleeping!

One of my besties from Uni bought me this for my birthday last year and I’ve been using it sparingly. I actually finished it before Christmas but have kept it for an ‘empties’ blogpost. I forgot to include it in my last empties so I’ve had this empty bottle for a while now - I almost feel a bit attached and don’t want to throw it out! You can see it very well in this photos so below is a photo I took when I first got it. You only need 3-4 drops in your bath, and don’t let the small size fool you, this bath oil lasted 10 months! Granted, I didn’t use it every time I had a bath but I did manage to make it last that long! It’s a lovely product (and beautiful gift!), you can’t go wrong with Jo Malone!

jo malone pomegranate noir bath oil

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Monday, 18 May 2015

My First Set of Make-Up Brushes From Crownbrush

make up brushes for face

My First Set of Make-Up Brushes

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

There's A Central Perk... In LIVERPOOL!

central perk in liverpool

Visiting Central Perk in Liverpool

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Love Me Beauty Box - May 2015 Edition

Love me beauty box

No Birchbox for me this month, but instead, I’ve reacquainted with Love Me Beauty! You may remember some of my previous Love Me Beauty blogposts but if not, Love Me Beauty is the one where you can pick the contents yourself. 

LMB bridges that gap for people who have flirted with the thought of subscribing to these kind of beauty sample boxes but don’t fancy the surprise element of it. It cost £10 per month (plus £3.95 postage and packaging) and you can either select the products yourself from a monthly menu, or receive the recommended products chosen by LMB’s beauty consultants. And here’s a discount code for 20% off for you to use for your order: tempsec20

In the past, I have always chosen which items I want from a menu but this month, I left it in the hands of Love Me Beauty and here’s what I received in May 2015 edition:

inside may 2015 love me beauty

Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge (shade: Rome 02)

This is a rich matte lip colour that promises to deliver infinite wear and tattoo-like staying power. I received it in shade Rome 02 which is like a rose beige, similar to MAC’s Velvet Teddy. I knew it wouldn’t suit me but I tried it on my lips to see if I could pull off the Kylie Jenner look. The colour and the formula is nice enough but I had to take it off after 2 minutes because the shade doesn’t suit me at all but my sister is going to LOVE it so she can have this. (RRP: £23.97)

Nails Inc. Bruton Lane
I really like this shade, Bruton Lane is a pastel peach. It is labelled on the packaging as ‘NEW trend shade’ but it’s from the Summer 2014 collection and I’m not sure if it’s available to buy anymore as I can’t find it on retail sites, and it’s Nails Inc. old style bottles. Formula-wise, I find the first coat really streaky and difficult to apply but it smooths out on the second and third layer and then glosses over with a top coat. A really pretty shade for Spring/Summer! (RRP: approx £12)

Models Co Cheek and Lips Creme Rouge
I’m loving cheek tints lately so was pleased to see this in the box. The Cheek and Lips Creme Rouge is one of Models Co’s best selling products. It’s a great versatile make up product for a flush of colour and radiance on your cheek, and a light, subtle tint on your lips. (RRP: £14)

Models Co Power Lash Black Mascara
Another Models Co product! I’ve been going through mascaras pretty quickly lately so this was a welcome addition. I don’t think it’s waterproof, but it does coat on to lashes quick thick and adds a great amount of volume. There was a bit of imperfection on the wand but I fixed it by giving it a snip! (RRP: £24)

MALIN + GOETZ Grapefuit Face Cleanser
I’ve chosen this product in a previous Love Me Beauty box in October. I didn’t realise it was a foaming cleanser but it isn’t too bad. It cleanses without stripping, and because it’s a sample size, I’ll save it for travelling! (Full size RRP: £27)

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Soap&Glory's New Orangeasm Products

Soap&Glory orangeasm

Orangeasm was Soap&Glory’s huge launch last Summer in which saw them release their first fragrance mist, a new body wash and a body butter to the range. This Spring, they’ve added an exfoliating body polish and a body spray to the Orangeasm line.

I’m aware that Orange scented body products are quite hit and miss, and not everyone wants to have the linger smell of oranges on them all day long, but Soap&Glory’s Orangeasm is really nice. In the past, I have described it as a creamy orange as opposed to a citrus kick. It’s more like the zest of an orange than the juicy flesh.

Soap&Glory Orangeasm Exfoliating Body Polish

£8.00

The new Orangeasm Exfoliating Body polish is a great one for the mornings to awaken your skin whilst lightly buffing off dead skin cells. The texture is a translucent marmalade-esque jelly with small gritty bits that will dissolve.

If you find that the Soap&Glory body scrubs (Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub is particular rough) feels too harsh on your sensitive skin, then you might find Orangeasm Exfoliating Body Polish as a better option. The particles are finer and they’re not as "scratchy". It’s formulated with fresh green mandarin, lemon, sweet orange peel oils, green tea and jojoba to leave your skin cleansed, smoothed and polished!

It comes in a big 250ml tube for £8 which is the same price as the tubs of body scrubs, but I don’t think the polish will last as long as the scrubs. 

Soap&Glory Orangeasm Body Spray

£4.00

Soap&Glory have launched several body sprays and fragrance mist in the past few weeks, including the ever popular Sugar Crush, and this Orangeasm Body Spray! 

I really loved the Orangeasm Super Tonic Fragrance that they launched last year, it had mint in it which made the tonic cooling on skin. The body spray is a more basic and affordable option - it’s only £4! It's made from sweet orange, green mandarin, geranium oil, lemon oil, orange extract, mint, patchouli and petitegrains. 

Now that they’ve released a Sugar Crush body spray, I have to say that that’s my fave! Both are really nice scents but I would choose Sugar Crush over Orangeasm as the ultimate fruity Soap&Glory fragrance any day!


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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Ted Baker W Gift Set


Ted Baker does the prettiest looking gift sets, and they’re surprisingly affordable too! This Ted Baker W gift set* contains three products packaged beautifully in a box all for £14.99! 

After recently re-discovering that I actually do love rose scented beauty products, I was interested in checking out Ted Baker W, a new fragrance for S/S 15 which has the following notes: freesia roses, rose petals, orchid, ylang ylang, peony, bergamot (that bergamot sure gets around!!), tangerine, peach, rum, vanilla, musk and vetiver. 
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Make Your Eyes Sparkle And Shimmer With 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™

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Let me introduce you to the new 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™, a revolutionary lens that will totally amaze you! I'll start off by telling you that when there’s ever an opportunity to change the look of my eyes without surgery, I’m going to grab that that opportunity with two hands!

You see, as well as being short-sighted, I consider the way my eyes look to be very boring (I’m forever wishing I had eyes like Zooey Deschanel’s - don't we all!?) and that small bit of insecurity can often bring my confidence down, so when I hear that there’s a new lens on the market that will enhance the appearance of them, I’m all ears (and eyes!)

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Travel: Things To Do In Liverpool (Day 2)

Here is part two of my Liverpool travel diary! But first, did you read my Liverpool blogpost from yesterday? If not, go and check it out! :-)


As I mentioned in my last post, the first day ended with a bout of food poisoning from a midnight snack of chips and sauce but I was determined to carry on with the day - there was no way I'd spend it recovering in bed. However, I decided that it would be wise to miss the complementary breakfast that was a part of our hotel booking, keep drinking water and allowed myself an two extra hours in bed before getting ready for a full day of fun!

Apart from returning to the Travelodge to get ready for evening dinner and drinks, we were out for 11-12 hours in total - the day was so busy, there was no time to think or moan about how ropey I was feeling (good job!)

Here's what we did on our second day in Liverpool:

Light Lunch
central perk cafe
central perk cafe in Liverpool

I had heard about Central Perk a couple of times and being a HUGE fan of Friends, I definitely didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to go and grab a coffee there. As you can tell by the name, Central Perk is a coffee shop that is heavily inspired by the one in Friends. 

central perk couch

As soon as you walk in, you really get a sense of that - everything is laid out as close to the real thing as possible. You’ll recognise the big orange couch straight away (which everyone wants to sit on!) and they have two big TV’s playing back-to-back episodes of Friends too which is really cool! 

central perk cafe in Liverpool

There’s a big menu of teas, coffees, milkshakes and cold drinks as well as light lunch meals like sandwiches, toasties, wraps, pancakes and a selection of delicious cakes. It’s a nice place to hang out, I would definitely recommend it if you’re a Friends fan visiting Liverpool!

Central Perk is located on Hatton Garden which is a street across from the Travelodge Liverpool Central, the hotel we were staying at. It was literally less than one minute walk, so convenient. They do awesome events such as movie nights, live music (Pheobe Buffay style, I'd imagine!) and quizzes on Friends episodes. I have loads of photos so I’m going to put this in another blogpost later on this week!

World Museum
world museum in liverpool

A couple of caramel lattes later, we made our way to the World Museum which was on the other side of the hotel. We could see the museum from our room so knew it wasn’t far at all - about 2 or 3 minutes walk.

Going to the World Museum was a bit of a last minute decision so I didn’t know what to expect but it was raining and we didn’t want to be outdoors so we needed to find an indoor activity. A museum is the perfect way to spend a rainy day - the hours go by so quickly!

The museum is free to enter and there are 5 floors to explore with each floor dedicated to a collection or exhibit including an aquarium, planetarium, zoology, ethnology, botany, geology and science. There’s a gift shop and a cafe on the ground floor and top floor. It was a great place to spend the day, I can’t believe it’s free to get in! The World Museum opens from 10am until 5pm.

Dinner and Evening Plans
cavern quarter smokehouse

The hotel was so close to the Museum, we could stay until it closed and walk over the road to return to our room! We spent an hour and a half getting ready before heading back out again for some dinner. After a quick ponder, we settled on Button Street Smokehouse and ordered a sharing platter which included pulled pork, brisket, some ribs, chicken wings, fries, barbecue beans and two corn on the cob. Here's a photo of the mini feast we ate!

button street smokehouse

I really liked the decor in Button Street Smokehouse and the atmosphere was really chilled. I recommend the chicken wings from their menu, they were coated in a smokey barbecue sauce but still retained it’s crispy-ness! They were DELICIOUS! 

revolution bar liverpool

We walked around the corner to Revolution for a couple of cocktails (totally ordered that drink just for the awesome looking can! Hipster-licious...)

fruity cocktails

I love Revolution, the drinks there are so nice! If you've never been before, Rev is well-known for it's flavoured vodkas which can be ordered as a single shot or in a tray of 6 or 12. Great for when you're in a big group on a night out, I love 'em! 

Here are all the flavours you can order (I love the sound of Salted Caramel Popcorn, Melted Ice Cream and Birthday Cake vodkas!)

revolution vodka flavours in trays

I have been to this very Revolution in Liverpool before, we had a cocktail masterclass there and it was so much fun! The interior of Revolution are always so beautiful. The one Newcastle will always be my favourite (it’s converted from an old bank with a 30ft ornate ceiling and beautiful marble pillars) but Liverpool is a close second.

The cavern club in liverpool
The cavern club in liverpool

Because we enjoyed the live music at The Cavern Club so much the night before, we wanted to go back there one last time. I don’t know if it was because I wasn’t feeling well, but it wasn’t as enjoyable as the first night. Still, I had a good time and the atmosphere was great, it was filled with hardcore Beatles fans and people from all over the world. We got back to the hotel just after midnight and checked out the hotel 12 hours later. 

chicken burger

The next day, before we caught out train home, we had some lunch at Revolution (we were tempted by the food we saw the previous night. It looked really good!) 

I had a chicken burger with fried pickled gherkins and sweet potato fries. We ordered sharing appetiser of fried buttermilk chicken (which wasn’t really buttermilk, more like panko breadcrumbs), onion rings, battered prawns and garlic flatbread. Diet starts tomorrow.

food at revolution

So there you have it! That was my travel diary from Liverpool. Special thanks to Travelodge for the trip, we had an amazing time and I can't wait to visit again! We stayed within the triangular vicinity of Albert Dock, Cavern Quarter and World Museum but I would venture to the other side of the city towards Bold Street and the Cathedral next time. 

You can read part one of my Liverpool travel diary here.

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Accommodation and travel expenses were covered by Travelodge.
However, all activities (and it's costs) were arranged by me.
All opinions and photographs are my own.
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