23 Oct 2014

Recent Purchases #3

Recent Purchases

It's just a quick one today as by the time most of you will be reading this I will have endured or still be enduring four different law tutorials throughout the day with the subject of Land Law up first, delightful! Actually it isn't that bad at all, I just need to get my head around some of the legal jargon used however before I ramble on too much I'm going to get straight to it with today's post. I'm writing this right at the beginning of the week whilst on a quick break from studying and thought that it would be a nice opportunity to sit back and write a couple of blog posts.

Today I wanted to share with you some of my recent purchases that I have picked up over the last few weeks. Once again I'm growing my nails (shock horror) and have picked up for what must be the millionth time the Sally Hansen Maxium Growth nail treatment which I have to say is very good; it's quite simply me that let's the side down where growing my nails is concerned. Alongside this I finally picked up one of my most coveted beauty items which is the Dior Addict Lip Glow. I cannot begin to express how much I have wanted to try this product whereby my curiosity has only been fuelled even more by such positive praise from Sophie.

Moving onto clothing I have picked up just a couple of items in the past few weeks where I have just realised that one of them isn't actually pictured; both are from Primark. I'll put it out there that Primark is a place that drives me quite literally insane! I don't think I have ever had a pleasant shopping experience in any of their stores which is why I tend to avoid it like the plague. Having said that I do find it to be very good for basic items such as plain tops as I like to wear them a lot therefore enjoy having a nice selection to choose from. I picked up a simple dark green long sleeve top just last week as I really do like the fit of those tops in particular (I have quite a few now) and they wash really well too! For such an affordable price I actually think they are very good and would definitely brave those Primark aisles again to pick up a few more. The other item I picked up was a beautiful light grey knit jumper which cost me just £10 which I found in the Primark concession in Selfridges, yes that surprised me too! Over to Dorothy Perkins I found myself purchasing a tartan scarf however be warned I highly doubt my scarf purchases will be ending there, I have some weird scarf obsession that cannot be tamed.

It's slightly worrying that in the last two trips to Birmingham I have made three visits to Paperchase however I did come away with a rather handy weekly desk planner which I think will help me resolve my organisation woes, at least I hope so anyway. Lastly whilst in Asda I decided to pick up some metallic Sharpies because firstly you can never have enough Sharpies and secondly I thought they would be really good for Christmas this year when decorating Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gift tags. At this time of year I tend to have these wonderful ideas yet somehow find myself being too busy to carry them out, hopefully this year I can do a few Christmas inspired DIY posts to help get into the festive mood. Who am I kidding, WHSmith have had the chocolate oranges in...I'm already there!

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21 Oct 2014

Guest Post - Favourite Lush Bubble Bars

Favourite Lush Bubble Bars

Hello all you lovely readers of A Little Boat Sailing! I'm Latasha, I blog over at Today I Adore, and it's a pleasure to be guest posting for Amy as her gorgeous blog is one of my all-time favourites! Today I'm going to be singing Lush's praises, as usual, and talking about two of my most loved bubble bars... 

First up, somewhat of a classic and constant repurchase for me, The Rose Jam Bubbleroon. It's a Macaroon-ish shaped bubble bar that shares the same scent as the Rose Jam shower gel and Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. All three are completely dreamy for you rose-scented lovers. It smells absolutely heavenly, like the most delicious floral rose jam and a hit of sweetness in there to level it out. As with all bubble bars, split this one in half and you will have a silky-soft bath with lots of bubbles and a bathroom that smells like a jar of jam.

A new favourite of mine has to be The Comforter. Its swirly companion, Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds is much more on the sleep-inducing side of things, whereas The Comforter gives you a big hug with blackcurrant bubbles. It's more fruity, but there's definitely a sweet side in there too, along with a little citrus. A must-sniff when you're next in store, I can't resist the candy pink water and addictive scent!

Have you tried either of these bubble bars? What are your favourites?


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18 Oct 2014

The Muji Files | Part 1

Muji Files 1

When it comes to storing your beauty products there is no denying that the appeal of the much hyped about acrylic storage from Muji is one that is hard to avoid. For a while I held off but then one day I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase two draws of my own; the rest is quite simply history. Upon closer inspection of my content recently I have noticed that I have never really alluded to my beauty storage and indeed my collection on a whole therefore I thought that I would kill two birds with one stone as it were and combine both within a mini blog series therefore welcome to The Muji Files Part 1!

Kicking things off I'm starting off with my top draw because you know I'm all about the base, about the base...check me out with a current music reference there albeit the different spelling! Back to make up rather promptly I tend to store anything here that is a base product such as primers, concealers and of course foundations as they are the first things I use in the morning when I apply my make up after I have moisturised. Some of my favourite items within this draw consists of the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer which has to be one of my favourite high street concealers to date; paired up with the Seventeen Phwoaar Paint you have a pretty good combo here for helping to cover dark circles. The only thing I feel that I do need to mention is that before using Phwoaar Paint I really do have to ensure that I have used a hydrating eye cream beforehand as I do find it prone to sinking into any creases.

A big shout out goes out to the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation and NARS Sheer Glow which are two of my up-most favourite foundations that I have tried since I started my blog. Firstly I can't ignore the price tag of these as they're not cheap however I have been so impressed with these two and would without a doubt re-purchase them when they eventually run out. In comparison I have a much more affordable foundation option in the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation which I would go as far to say that it is my favourite from the high street that I have ever tried. For me I find that it provides a light to medium coverage that blends really well and feels light on my skin; it is an almost perfect match for my skin tone which makes it one of my favourite budget beauty buys.

I also like to store foundation samples here too as I'm a big believer in trying a sample of a product before buying them, that is of course if it is possible to do so. At the moment I have a few samples from Lancome and have also more recently picked up a little sample of the DiorSkin Star which is beautiful! Quickly rounding up this post I have a few primers that I tend to go between with no real loyalty to any if I'm honest, they're all pretty good however I think I'm still looking for the one that works for me. A worthy mention here does go out to Benefit Porefessional Primer which I think works better for me in comparison to the NARS Radiance Enhancing Primer.



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15 Oct 2014

Oh Olivia!

Olivia Burton Watches

Olivia Burton Watches are to me some of the most beautiful and affordable currently on the market. This year I finally purchased my very own for my birthday of which I couldn't have been happier with my first purchase; if you missed that you can head on over and read the whole post dedicated to the Moulded Bee Watch. My love for bumble bees and of course rose gold made that choice the perfect one at the time however since then I have being looking at more designs and have fell in love with the brand even more than before.

Since July there have been quite a few new releases that have caught my eye, whereby there still quite a few of the original designs which are still firmly in my mind. The Olivia Burton infatuation here will not end with just the one watch for me as there are so many different designs and colours which will work with an array of outfits. Seeing as I don't own a watch with a black strap I think that will be my next point of call as I believe that it would be a style that I could literally wear with anything. Above I've picked out just a few of my favourite designs of which the Winter Garden Watch is without a doubt my favourite; I simply adore the floral detail on the clock face. This is closely followed by the Rose Gold and Mock Croc which is an exclusive design to The Dressing Room.



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14 Oct 2014

Guest Post - Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Micelle Solution

Bioderma Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution

Hi my name is Gemma and I blog over at Miss Makeup Magpie, and I'm really excited to be guest posting for Amy as I love her blog so much. I really hope you like my post...

When Escentual had their French Pharmacy Skincare event back in June, I took advantage and ordered quite a few skincare products which I shared in my  Escentual Skincare Haul. I am a massive fan of the Bioderma Sensibio H2O and have used it religiously for nearly two and half years to remove my makeup, and I just love how quick, easy and effective it is at makeup removal. When I saw that the Bioderma Hydrabio H2O was included in the offer, I decided it was the perfect time to give it a try as it's designed for those who suffer from dehydration, so I thought that it might be better suited for my dry skin than the original version.

I can't say that I find the original Bioderma to be particularly drying, but I was interested to see how the Hydrabio would compare. Just like the original, the Hydrabio H2O dissolves my makeup extremely quickly.. even the most stubborn of mascaras (especially Benefit's They're Real! mascara). However the biggest difference I've noticed, is that it leaves my skin so much softer and almost as if it's been moisturised by using it. It also feels a little more gentle, especially when used on my eyes as it doesn't sting whatsoever. I still love the Bioderma Sensibio but the Hydrabio really is better for my skin, and I've noticed that my skin is looking less dry than it used to, which I love. If you have dry and/or dehydrated skin, I'd really recommend trying this more moisturising formula as it helps the skin to retain moisture throughout the day, and leaves the skin a lot more supple which is ideal as we head into central heating season.



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