28 September 2013

September Favourites

It is a true fact that I have not long published my favourite products that I used throughout August, yikes! I had the picture taken for ages yet other posts just seemed to get in the way, does anyone else find that? Anyhow, before I start rambling on about something else let's get quickly onto my favourite products from September.

I've being using the Rituals Zensation Shower Foam recently which my mom kindly treated me to after passing my theory test a few weeks ago, thanks mom! This was my first experience of any products from Rituals and I have to say I'm so incredibly impressed, I cannot wait to try a few more things now, particularly from the zensation range as it smells incredible. This foams up wonderfully upon contact with water meaning only a little is required each time. It has left my skin feeling so soft and moisturised after I have used it, it's a truly wonderful product that I look forward to using each time.

Another product I have being using a lot throughout the last few months has been the SPAtopia Argan Oil Body Butter which for some reason has no home on the internet although you can find it in Sainsbury's. This has to be one of the most moisturising body butter products I have ever tried in my life, so much so that I would say it is better than The Body Shop ones which is a statement I rarely make as I adore those. I can still feel this on my skin in the morning but not in a bad way at all as my skin feels so silky and soft; the effect of using this has been really noticeable. The only downside of this is lack of availability and the lack of other scents as thus far I have only found this one.

Next up is a present I had off my mom for my birthday in July, the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. I didn't end up fetching it until late August however as for some reason it was nowhere to be found, it was out of stock everywhere! Finally I tracked one down in the Bull Ring whereby I have since discovered what all the fuss has been about. If you like neutral shades with some shimmer then this is the palette for you, stick it on your Christmas list as you will not be disappointed. 

Last but not least are two products from the Rimmel Scandaleyes range. I have two of the Scandaleyes Shadow Paints with my colours being Rich Russet and Golden Bronze, these two are currently the only colours that really appeal to me at the moment, however I hope they do bring out a nice taupe shade. I've being using these on the days when I don't reach for my Naked 2 Palette as they are so simple and easy to use. I do warn you though that they dry very quickly so have a brush at hand ready to blend before they completely set as once they're on, they are on!


Rimmel is not a cruelty free brand. I cannot be sure of SPAtopia at the present.


26 September 2013

September Empties

It's that time again, the end of September....dare I say it Christmas will soon be upon us. I've already being having a browse on the Boots Christmas section online and looking at this year Christmas New Look Jumpers, yes I went there! I took the habit to put in a link to those as they're all so cute, I want the Penguin one with his hat and scarf on. Anyhow, before I get too excited let's deal with my products I've used up from September.

This is my second bottle of the Aussie Miracle Colour Insurance Leave-In Conditioner and once again I'm rather sad to see it go. I use this after I have washed my hair just to add a bit of extra care to it, whereby I have to say I do notice if I don't use it as my hair tends to feel drier. It smells wonderful; it's easily available in Boots, Superdrug and Asda and doesn't cost a small fortune as at just £5 it won't break the bank. It works pretty well and leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling good! As for the colour insurance I can't say that I have personally seen any benefit in that respect but I would still happily buy this.

The Body Shop Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist is something I purchased very much on a whim whilst starting my third year of university last October. I slept so badly the previous year so I thought I would try a few things to see if they worked. To me this smells solely of lavender which luckily I like however I know some people do not, however there are a bunch of other ingredients within this so it's definitely worth checking out for yourself. This is a really relaxing product but I can't say for certain if it really did help me sleep, it sure smells nice though so I would in the future re-buy this. At £10 I think it's a little pricey for something I'm not 100% sure works yet there is always an offer on with The Body Shop so you could easily get it cheaper.

The Garnier Pure Active 24 Hours Daily Moisturiser is yet again another product I purchased on a whim as we headed into the warmer months this year. I only had creamy moisturisers at the time and had felt the need to try something a bit lighter in the form of a gel as my oily skin was starting to rebel against what I was using at the time. This was on offer in Boots at the time for something crazy like £2.50 so it rapidly went into my basket. I have to say, I neither loved this nor hated it as it did the job ok, nothing to exactly rave about as it could have been better. I did however find that it was incredibly refreshing to use, it also smelt quite nice and what with it being a blue gel like consistency it made it all the more different. 

Next up was my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel for oily/combination skin. Now, this is part of the three step routine which in hindsight I wish I had never purchased, however, in a way I'm glad I did as I was able to discover this moisturiser. It makes my skin feel so soft and hydrated with the texture being simply beautiful, even my boyfriend commented on it after trying it for himself, it also really helped to prevent any shine on my skin throughout the day. Now, I would have re-purchased this already however I'm trying to find out if it has mineral oil in, therefore if anybody knows then please do let me know.

The Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream was a freebie in a magazine last year. Having tried this smaller version I would really like to purchase the full size as it is so lovely. It really refreshed my tired eyes and helped to some extent to reduce the appearance of dark circles, at £20 it is expensive for the larger size however I would happily pay that price as judging by how long the little tube lasted me it is well worth the money. 

Last but not least is the cutest sample ever! I managed to pick up a sample of the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser off the lovely assistant at the House of Fraser Origins counter in Birmingham. This tiny sample lasted me just over a week which is impressive as I wasn't too sure how much of the product I would be able to try before it ran out. Luckily enough for me I was able to see that it was working quite nicely for my skin therefore I have now purchased the full size. At £23 it is the cheapest moisturiser currently available from the brand whereby I have to say it's nice to see the prices becoming friendlier but after all, £23 is still a lot of money. Personally I think this will last me quite a long time, we shall see how it goes.

25 September 2013

Autumn Footwear from Clarks

I don't know about you but I simply love this time of year! I'll easily take any excuse to chuck on a baggy jumper, long parka and boots, is it too early to include the scarf yet? Whilst I've being browsing numerous websites for a new winter coat (I'm still on the hunt) I have also found myself looking at new footwear for the colder months as my converse simply won't cut it for much longer. I've found myself browsing the Clarks website as I'm a huge fan of their shoes as they're so incredibly comfortable. I've grew up having shoes from Clarks for school and indeed work so it is very often that I find myself popping in just to see what is currently available; this year they have some fantastic autumn footwear.

I've featured above some of my favourite shoes from Clarks which are all in my opinion gorgeous, most of which did crop up within the wedge section; I really can't decide on my favourite as they're all so nice. 

The Lorenzo Ocean Black Suede Boots highlighted as number one are so smart. This style of boot actually comes in three finishes: Black Suede, Mushroom Snake and Wine Interest Leather, all of which are stunning. I've included the Mushroom Snake version on the image above as these really stood out to me, the colour is so different to anything I currently own and would be really nice with a pair of black skinny jeans I think.

The second pair I've featured also have a wedge heel with this being a different colour to the main body of the shoe. I think this pair would look fantastic with a skirt, tights, long coat and a scarf....cor blimey I cannot wait to wear my scarf! 

Everyone needs a pair of hardy winter boots which I think number four, National Sugar in Brown Leather would easily see us through the snow and ice. These look super comfortable and more importantly, check out the grip on those! I could have done with those a few years ago when I went to Curry's with my boyfriend, let's just say I ended up doing some kind of weird on the spot dance as I tried to remain up right after sliding on a patch of black ice...it was not pretty in the slightest.

The next pair I picked out are called Langdon Fizz are black leather ankle boots that have a cowboy twist to them. I have to say I really do like these and after seeing very similar styles across a number of websites over the last few months I'd say these are probably my favourite that I've so far looked at.

The African Glow Black Leather Boots are perhaps one of my favourite pairs off the website. I can't decide which pair I do like the most as it is a decision between  numbers 2, 4 and 6 yet I do like the extra bit of heel that is present on this pair in comparison to the others I've chosen. Reading the information about this pair in particular led me to find out that they are part of the Soul of Africa range whereby profits from the purchase of these boots and other footwear within that range are sent to Africa whereby the money is used to help AIDS affected children. I didn't expect to read that tonight whilst putting this post together, what a fantastic cause to support.

I popped into Clarks yesterday to have a mooch and I've fallen completely in love with a pair of mushroom and tan brogues, I just cannot decide on a colour.

**Sponsored Post - All opinions and reasoning are my own.


23 September 2013

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

Since I've being blogging there have been a number of products which have been hyped up to the moon and back. For me the one that has stood out the most has been the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. This review has been a long time coming over on A Little Boat Sailing as I originally didn't give in to the hype, however passing the Liz Earle counter in Edinburgh one summer afternoon last July led curiosity to get the better of me; Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish was mine.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Review
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Review

First and foremost Liz Earle is a cruelty free brand that produces naturally active skincare suitable for a range of different skin types and conditions. Since the launch of Cleanse and Polish back in 1995 the cleanser has won a grand total of 93 awards with over 10 million sales; that really is something! 

Available in five, yes five different sizes the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser is suitable to try for the first time as a 15ml tube. Or if you're prone to travelling why not take away with you the 30ml tube which I have had before and lasts quite a long time, however, if indeed you're a bit like me then you may want to stock up on the big 200ml which will last you quite a while. This cleanser is said to ideal for both morning and evening however I only ever used it for evening as I find it such a relaxing and soothing product to use, for me it just suited that time of day more.

This can be used to remove eye make up as well as the rest of your make up after a long day and I have to say it works pretty well indeed. Using the product on dry skin gently massage it across your face to help remove your make up, the rich creamy texture makes this such a dream to use and it smells incredible. I tend to then rinse this off using a flannel or muslin cloth, it really does depend on which one is freshly clean at the time although I do now prefer using flannels as they keep the heat in from the water for longer. After I have done this I use a bit more of the hot cloth cleanser on my face just to ensure everything has been removed from the day.

My skin is combination to oily along with a few dehydrated areas at times, I wasn't sure how my skin would initially react to this but my worries were completely dashed as this worked true wonders on my skin. Yes it felt nice and soft after using it however it wasn't until I had being using it uninterrupted for a number of weeks where I saw the real differences. My skin was so much calmer, break outs were few and far between and blemishes were for me greatly reduced. I'm not saying that this will work for everybody as we are all different and I do know some people haven't got on well with this but for me it has been fantastic, I'm so pleased I decided to buy it.

Overall I would definitely re-purchase this in the future as a little treat to myself as I find that it is such a luxurious product; it really is something special. I do think it is worth the price tag with the 100ml starter kit setting you back £14.75 as it lasts quite a long time.

21 September 2013

Free Nails Inc Nail Polish with Colgate!

Just a tiny heads up as I'm not entirely sure how much longer this will be running for, however at the moment when you buy a Max White Toothpaste from Colgate you also qualify to pick up a free Nails Inc Polish in either Luminous Red Gloss or Luminous Metallic Red; I opted for the metallic shade as I think it will be perfect for Christmas.

Go grab one now whilst out shopping this weekend, they're gorgeous nail polishes :)


20 September 2013

August Favourites

My oh my I've never been this late in posting my favourite products of the month, quickly, let's get straight to it before October comes knocking on the door.

The Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser had been a product that I've wanted to try for quite a while. I originally purchased it back in April where until the beginning of August it sat in my draw unopened as I was determined to use up something else before I opened it up. Finally I can see why people harp on about this as after using the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser I can see no huge difference in the two barring a few things. I'd like to do a review comparing the two to be honest so I'll refrain from discussing that too much here, other than to say I think the Superdrug version would come out on top.

My new favourite clay mask arrives in the form of Superfacialist by Una Brennan. The Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask is thus far the best one I have tried...fact! I've tried a number in the past and this one I have to say gives me the best results yet, leaving my skin much clearer of congestion. A thoroughly fantastic product that I would happily repurchase again and again.

The Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray was a magazine freebie with Elle last month, it was a great little freebie as the brand I think is rather expensive so being able to try something for £4 was a bargain. I'm not a huge fan of the smell of this as it reminds me of something from the past which I can't quite put my finger on, yet the results of this are impressive with my hair having a lot more volume to it once I've blow dried my hair.

Hydraluron, Hydraluron, Hydraluron.....it has now become clear to me that I could never live without this stuff again, at least not for the foreseeable future as it is literally magic in a tube. This product has made such a difference to my skin since I started using this with my skin appearing much fuller and bouncy like it has so much more life in it. My dry patches have completely disappeared making the application of make up a dream again. Yes it is expensive (I have to say the tube is a bit bigger than I thought it was), I picked mine up on offer in Boots for £16 compared to the original price at £25, however after using it I would bite the bullet and pay full price for it in the future.

My Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation has taken a bit of battering throughout August and is continuing to do so throughout September. I cannot get enough of the stuff as to me it is a pretty good match to my skin tone as I do tend to find a lot of foundations for me are either a bit too dark or a bit too light. I used to adore my Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51 which if I'm very honest I do find it to be bit too yellow however, if I blend it quite a lot I can get away with it. The shade Vanilla in Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation is still quite a light shade but more importantly the yellow pigment within the foundation isn't as strong therefore it does work a bit better for me in respect to colour. 

18 September 2013

DKNY Be Delicious Woman I ❤ NYC

Readers of my blog will know I'm incredibly keen on fragrances, I have a mini obsession as I often find myself checking out the latest releases and pulling sample sticks out of my coat pocket when I get home. One of the most recent fragrances to cross my path has been DKNY Be Delicious which in 2012 was released again in New York limited edition theme; along with this a London and Paris version were also produced. Donna Karen, the founder of DKNY has produced a collection of fragrances which help portray the femininity  romance and energy all found within the big city.

DKNY Be Delicious* to me is quite a light and fresh fragrance that was re-released in limited edition packaging to celebrate the buzzing energy of New York City. The city that never sleeps is beautifully portrayed across the top of the packaging in a black outline, can you spot the Statue of Liberty? 

As I've mentioned, this is a wonderfully light fragrance with really refreshing scents that you immediately catch on to; the smell of cucumber and green apple are invigorating at first instance which I really quite like. I find that after a few minutes on my skin the scent warms up a little bit where I can definitely detect the wood notes coming through, this for me takes away the light scent of the fragrance and makes it more like the typical type of scent I would usually go for.

For me this fragrance has a bit of everything, light and fresh along with warm and woody; I really hope that makes sense as I think it is really quite lovely. I wouldn't say it is the most long lasting fragrance I have tried however, I never really find many that do last that long really so this is nothing out of the ordinary. After trying this version I would love to try the  I ❤ London version which is a take on the Fresh Blossom fragrance which has notes of jasmine and apricot present; it sounds wonderful.

DKNY fragrances and other products can be purchased at Harrods with starting prices for 30ml being £36.

Top Notes: Green Apple, Cucumber, Grapefruit
Heart Notes: Magnolia, Tuberose, Muguet
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Blondewood, Amber, Tender Skin Accord


*PR Sample, this product was sent to me for consideration.

16 September 2013

Konichiwa Kimono

Floral Kimono
Floral Kimono - In Love With Fashion, Skirt - Glamorous, Shoes- Peacocks, Necklace - Fat Face

Floral Kimono

I've seen quite a few Kimonos floating around lately and quite frankly I've fallen head over heels for them. They're so pretty and elegant and forever will remind me of a country that I've wanted to visit all my life; Japan.

I ordered this Kimono from In Love With Fashion the other week and I do not regret it one little bit, it is quite simply stunning! The quality is superb, the colours are so vibrant and it is super comfortable; quite the contrast to the normal long black cardigan I so often shove on to finish off an outfit.

I was unsure what to pair it up with at first considering we're now heading into the colder months yet today was rather warm compared to the last few days so I easily got away with my skirt from Glamorous and a simple cami top. The skirt is actually really nice although sadly I've not captured it in all its glory therefore I will definitely be wearing it again in another outfit post for you....I'm thinking something monochrome.

13 September 2013

Lipstick Lover | International Giveaway

I've wanted to do a tiny giveaway in order to say thank you for all the support I've had over on A Little Boat Sailing over the past year and a half. I don't do these very often at all for various reasons however; every now and then I do think it is nice to give something back to those that contribute so much to my blog and indeed my blogging experience. I've recently reached over 600 followers on Bloglovin and GFC as well as passing a milestone of 100,000 views. Whilst this may be a small figure to many to me it is monstrous as I would never have thought my blog would reach so many people.

Therefore, in order to say thank you I'm holding my first ever international giveaway, yay! I promised the next one wouldn't exclude anybody so I'm keeping to my word and offering somebody the opportunity to win an Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick of their choice OR a Mac Lipstick of their choice that is part of the permanent normal range. These are both the same value in money at £15 so it is down to personal choice from those who enter as to which one they choose.

Please do leave a comment below stating which lipstick you would like, Urban Decay or Mac as well as what shade you would like. Along with this please leave some form of contact detail, this can be an email address or a twitter account; ensure it is something you use often so that if you do win I can get hold of you.

Entries will be recorded through my usual method of Rafflecopter as I find this the easiest way of checking entries etc. Please no fake account entries at all as it is generally pretty obvious when they are. Remember it is international so everyone has the opportunity to enter and it is of course one lipstick from either Mac or Urban Decay.

Good luck to everybody that enters, I only wish I could give every one of you a lipstick!

*Starting today the 13th September and ending on the 17th October*
a Rafflecopter giveaway


12 September 2013

Warehouse 90 Minutes

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Warehouse which is a high street brand that has on a number of occasions caught my eye. I've found myself ever since popping along to their website to have a sneaky peak as to what is on offer, I even found myself holding on to a rather nice grey coat on Monday whilst walking around their section in Debenhams...I very reluctantly put it back on the rail.

Needless to say, Warehouse is a brand that for me is ticking all the boxes at the moment particularly with their autumn clothes for this coming season; I can confirm that you all need to take a look pronto.

This year in order to promote the autumn and winter range Warehouse decided to get us involved, us being the general public. Outfits were submitted via the Warehouse facebook page where nine winners were chosen which saw their outfits incorporated into a short video. This short video is extremely fun which sees a young woman wearing nine different outfits every 90 minutes to suit the changing events of her day. The 90 minutes ties in nicely with the new delivery service offered by Warehouse which would see your orders arriving to your front door in you guessed it, 90 minutes. This is a pretty incredible time frame I must admit and I could see it being very popular with people who are in a hurry to get that perfect item. Speaking of perfect items, take a look at some of the outfits featured within the nine scenes below as I have spotted some gorgeous clothing that I would really love this coming autumn.

I've personally spotted a number of beautiful items throughout watching these short clips. I adore the dress she wears in 'the bus stop' scene and I've fallen rather in love with the coat featured during 'the cafe'; it looks amazing! All of these looks can be viewed online which is fantastic if you spot something you really like, as sometimes it is so much easier to have a whole outfit put together for you. Just click on the links on the website where the look can be shopped for each individual item she wears, it's really quite a nice idea.

I would love to hear what you all think of this video as I think it is fantastic piece of social media that has really made me want to look at the brand even more than I already do. Including styles put forward from us ladies from everyday life for me is really inspiring, a thoroughly great idea! 

Let me know your favourite look from the nine clips, mine is definitely the cafe scene.

**Sponsored Post- All opinions and reasoning are my own.

10 September 2013

Deborah Milano 'Dark Violet'

One of my favourite products when it comes to the world of make up has to be eye shadow. From the neutral tones of the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette to the bright wonders of the Illamasqua Paranormal Palette there has been a craving inside of me to try different looks with eye shadows and the vast array of colours available.

A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to try one of the Deborah Milano 24Ore Velvet Eye Shadows which are available in 22 different shades, I chose shade 9 'Deep Violet' as I like purple eye shadows in general and thought that it would be a nice colour to use as we head into autumn.

Deborah Milano 24 Ore Velvet Eye Shadow in Deep Violet'*

To me this is a dark grape kind of colour which is true to the colour shown in the pan once applied to the lid. I do find that a lot of eye shadows can often be lighter once applied than they initially look, particularly with darker colours. As you can see here the packaging is a simple plastic case with a clear see through lid allowing you to see what colour you have. I really like the raised detail of the eye shadow itself; it's a nice touch and looks rather pretty. The only thing I'm not overly fussed about is the little eye shadow brush that comes with it as I never use these with anything, the same rings true with other products I own as the brushes that come with them nine times out of ten never get used.

This eye shadow is really soft and easy to apply I found with it being very pigmented leaving me having to use only a bit on my brush each time. I've so far only used these with a primer therefore on me they do last up pretty well throughout the day, particularly when used upon a cream eye base. I put mine on top of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold as it was the only colour I had suitable.

I must confess I struggle with eye shadow in general; I just cannot seem to grasp the fundamental technique. This is somewhat a bizarre photograph but my oh my I struggled to get anything half decent; it is high time I got a new lens or something. I do hate being too self critical as it's no good for moral therefore here above is my attempt at a purple toned look, using deep violet from Deborah Milano along with a hint of white eye shadow from MUA on top of Pink Gold as a base from Maybelline.

These can be used as a wet formula too which I should imagine would provide a more intense colour pay off, I may just have to try that next!

These are individually priced at £5.50 which is pretty much on the same level as many products in Boots and Superdrug.

From what I understand Deborah Milano are a cruelty free brand. 

*PR Sample, this products was kindly sent to me for my consideration

6 September 2013

Go get em...Cheetah!

Asos Cheetah Skater Dress, Deichmann Shoes

I've being meaning to feature this dress on my blog for over a month now but crikey, trying to do pictures by yourself is really hard! If you too do fashion posts on your blog and take your own pictures then please leave me some tips below, I had to ask my sister to take these for me. 

This dress I picked up from Asos in July and I adore it, at a price of just £25 it was a bargain, especially with student discount on top. I've noticed that my version with the Cheetah print on is now out of stock, however, if you're into pugs then there is the same dress available with a pug print on in black and white; the white one is awesome, check it out here.

My trusty Deichmann shoe boots are the comfiest things on this planet, I picked them up last year as a birthday present so I'm not entirely sure if they're still available. I have Miss Terri Lowe to thank for these as I originally spotted these on her blog over more than a year ago.

My jewellery is a mix up from Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Accessorize.


5 September 2013

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain | Crush

Now that we're heading into autumn I'm fully embracing the fact that I can get away with a darker lip colour and not attract too many unwanted stares from passersby. I must acknowledge the fact that I've always been quite a neutral lover when it comes to lipsticks as I'm rather intimidated by bolder colours, however since I've being blogging I have found that I've become more experimental in what I wear. Whilst wondering what lip colour I could buy to help me delve into autumn I suddenly remembered that I had the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade 'Crush' hiding in my make up stash, this quickly resulted in me popping it on to see just how suitable it was.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain 'Crush' £7.99

These balm stains come in seven shades which are widely available at Boots and Superdrug for £7.99, I'd like to think they're available abroad too. I'm rather late in writing about these on my blog as I've had them quite a while now and whilst I really like them they've somehow managed to be missed off here; that is until today.

These balm stains are in a pencil form which requires no sharpening as they wind up from the bottom. I personally love this as it is really useful and so much easier to use, to be honest I think I  prefer the pencil type form of these to normal lipstick bullets in general as I find using them easier as I have better control. Even though this format has been overdone now by numerous brands I do always find myself looking at the latest versions, take for instance the new Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons.

I find that as a stain that these do last pretty well on my lips, a good few hours overall I would say which isn't too bad at all. I do own a couple of the other shades with these being honey, romantic and rendezvous where I would say that crush is the most durable in terms of longevity however this is most likely because it is a darker shade. If you're on the hunt for something more natural but that has a nice hint of colour I would highly recommend the shade honey as it is a beautiful warm pink.

These to me have a peppermint scent to them which I've only noticed upon application as sadly it tends to fade pretty quickly,this is a shame as I do like that type of scent as it is quite refreshing. I've noticed that with the darker shade crush it can highlight drier areas ever so slightly although this can be easily rectified by using a lip scrub or a bit of balm beforehand. These can be slightly drying on a whole in my opinion therefore I always pop on lip balm before I use them, they're also not that glossy therefore if you're looking for something that way inclined I probably wouldn't choose these.

I must admit I can live with that slight issue of them being a bit drying as I really like using them, they're definitely one of my most reached for products in general therefore I can't wait to start wearing crush more often now that I've rediscovered it.

Have you picked out any darker shades for autumn? If so please let me know what you're using as I have this one berry shade to my name.

Revlon are not a cruelty free brand.

3 September 2013

Instagram #10

Catching up a little bit, here's a round up some of my instagram snap.

A mighty fine Cookie Crumble Frappuccino from Starbucks, it was amazing | Oliver pondering in the garden | My Sleek Blusher palette | My arty fruit salad | Bright neon nails from Urban Outfitters | Whisky and Chocolate Torte | Birthday flowers off my Nan and Grandad | The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh | Post dentist treats | Black and white collar detail | Evening candles after a summer BBQ | Wednesday Adams Outfit post |

I'd just like to say a HUGE thank you to all my recent followers over the last few weeks. I'm so incredibly grateful of each and every one of you :)


2 September 2013

August Empties!

I've been a bit absent when it comes to posting about empty products. My main reason for this is I tend to go into these crazy little moments of cleaning where I cannot stand to have empty products lying around resulting in them promptly being placed into the recycling. However, this month I hid them out of site so that I wouldn't have to look at them so I would be able to an empties post come the end of the month.

Beauty Product Empties
I finished up my first ever tube of the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish last week and my oh my what a sad occasion that was. I swear I actually felt my face drop once I realised I had used the last pump of the product, gutted was rather an understatement. I'll be doing a review of this next week sometime therefore I will not harp on about it here; all I can tell you is that I miss it already.

Next up I finished/poured away the end of my Clinique Clarifying Lotion from the three step series; as you can see I used series three out of the four available. Whilst I did initially like this I soon realised that it was full of alcohol which immediately put me off. I found myself glaring at it quite angrily in my bathroom as alcohol has dried my skin out so much in the past (Clean and Clear I'm looking at you) however, I must confess it was my own fault as I should have checked the ingredients before I purchased it, furthermore I can safely say I will not be re-buying this.

The Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover wasn't too bad to be honest, in fact I did quite like it however I'm aware that it is more money than my usual Camomile Gentle Make Up Remover from The Body Shop therefore I will not be buying this again either.

I've managed to use up another body butter from the Boots Extracts range, this time it was in the scent Mango. I did like this yet I found I preferred the less fruity scents as I have tried Brazil Nut and Coconut since and preferred both of these to this one. However, I do think in general that these are fantastic value for money and I would definitely purchase these in the future.

Last up has to be one of my favourite liners to date, with this being the Liquid Eyeliner in black from The Body Shop. I purchased this way back in July last year where it has served me well lasting me such a long time; for the grand total of £9 I would happily buy this again. I've found it to be super pigmented with the application being very easy despite wishing that the nib was a little softer, I also found that it lasted well throughout the day.
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