31 May 2013

May Favourites

May has completely flown by for me, I spent two weeks in Edinburgh with my boyfriend after handing in my last ever assignment for university and now I'm back home after moving out of my flat; just in the nick of time to post my favourite products of the month.

First up I've been really liking the No7 BB Lips in Blush Coral which I picked up whilst the No7 vouchers were floating around a number of weeks ago. I really do like this as they provide a nice bit of moisture to the lips whilst also adding colour, they're glossy but not sticky in the slightest. These get thumbs up from me!

A while ago balance Me had the Wonder Eye Cream free with a magazine, needless to say I quickly picked this up. I have however only opened it this month and I wish I had sooner as it is such a nice product. It is a nice light cream with a slight scent to it which isn't overwhelming in the least, I have found that it really does brighten up my eye area which in the world of eye creams is something to take note of as I never find any that work; this however is a new found love and I would definitely purchase the bigger version in the future.

Another product from balance Me is within my favourites this month, with this being the Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm*. I've being using this ever since I received it and I simply adore it, I did a review here if you would like to read more.

Next up is the Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil by Una Brennan. I use this oil a couple times of week to take my make up off as I do like to use different things on my skin; I'm forever switching it up. I find this works beautifully, with it leaving my skin feeling fantastic; it removes my entire make up wonderfully. My only real criticism of this is that the dispenser can pump out quite a bit if you're not careful, so the product could easily be wasted; I also wish the bottle was bigger.

Last up is a MAC Lipstick in the shade patisserie which has become my go to lipstick this last month, I simply adore it. I have Anna at 'viviannadoesmakeup' to thank for this as I saw her using it and completely fell in love. I wanted to see what it was like in the flesh so to speak, so after stopping by at the MAC counter in Edinburgh I finally swatched it and made my mind up that yes, patisserie would be coming home with me that day; it's love. I must note that MAC are no longer cruelty free as they sell in China.

*This product was kindly sent to me for consideration.


27 May 2013

May Empties!

It has been a while since I did an empties post, to be honest I fell out of love with them a little but now I've returned with one for you today. This is a bit of a mix from March, April and May as I must confess I collected a bag of stuff, got so fed up of it and recycled it all without posting about it so I had to start again...oops!

I did a review on the B.Pure Micellar Water back in February (wow how times flies) read that here. Back then I said I would re-buy it however I've recently been researching micellar waters and generally speaking they're not deemed that fantastic. I think if I was going away to a festival or something I might re-buy it as it does work well, but for my main skincare routine I think I will be skipping micellar waters from now on. They appear to be quite good for make up removal but by no means should they just be used as your main cleanser. Seeing as I use a separate eye make up remover and then a cleanser I can't really see the point in using a micellar water in between, therefore I'll be leaving it out for now...having said that, the Bioderma hype intrigues me so I would like to try it just to see what all the fuss is about.

I've being using the Korres Jasmine Eye Make-Up Remover which I purchased in the Feel Unique sale just after Christmas. I did like this however at full price this product retails at £16 which I think is really expensive as for me personally it didn't do the job any better than The Body Shop Gentle Camomile Eye Make-Up Remover which is half the price. It was nice, but I wouldn't re-buy it.

First of the products I would re-buy is the John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo! I do not know how I haven't dedicated a full review to this product as I think it is a great shampoo. My hair feels so refreshed, soft, shiny and full when I use this, it is a pleasant experience every time, a definite re-buy. The shampoo retails at £5.89 yet they're often on offer at 2 for £8 which makes them a very appealing £4 each, bargain!

I had the Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo lying around for a while so I thought it was high time I finished it off. The reason it had taken so long is because quite frankly I didn't get on with it, however, since using it in the North West compared to the Midlands I found it worked so much better on my hair...maybe something is in the water up here. At £5.50 it isn't too bad however I do prefer the John Freida shampoo so I would always choose that over this, having said that I do like the fact that this shampoo has no build up formula.

The Soap and Glory Heel Genius was another product that I wanted to use up as I didn't really like it all too much. Sadly whereas the former Soap and Glory product I found my opinion changed over time with this it did not. I was so glad to use this up as I didn't really enjoy the experience of using it, as for personally I like to moisturise my feet and then wear cotton socks to lock in the moisture, however with this it just wasn't possible as my feet felt wet in the socks....nice! I now use a different product for this which has made the experience so much better, with that being The Body Shop Africa Honey and Beeswax Hand and Foot Butter which is actually my second tub. Again at £5.50 the price is more than reasonable as you do get a good amount of product here, I just found that this product was not for me.

All products featured are from cruelty free brands.

24 May 2013

Spring Nails

I put together three designs here, very simple and pretty quick actually as I wanted to post this before I left for Edinburgh, however, I have no concept of time and how long it takes me to pack and get ready so....if anybody wants to know how to do these just let me know and I'll do a post when I'm back.

The base colours from left to right are Revlon 'Classy', Barry M 'Lemon', Bourjois 'Amande Defile', Models Own 'Beth's Blue' and lastly, Rimmel 'Rose Libertine'.

I chose simple dot designs for three of them, mainly because I ran out of time the night before (I had so many ideas). The design with Barry M 'Lemon' as a base was slightly random as I wanted to create a vine type design with flowers coming off it, I think it is ok but I'm definitely having another go when I have a bit more time on my hands, so watch this space! I like the blue design though, however originally I didn't have the pink detail on and I felt it looked a little bland so once I had added the pink I did feel that it lifted the design so much more. I guess these are actually very simple and I'm rather in two minds about posting as honestly, anybody could do these. They're a bit fun though so they've made it to my blog to share with you all.


22 May 2013

Mermaid Perfume Oil

I'm rather partial to fragrances, body mists, room sprays and candles so when I was contacted by Mermaid to feature the Mermaid Perfume Oil on my blog I jumped at the chance! From all away across the pond Mermaid made it to my doorstep, here is what I thought.

Mermaid Perfume Oil * $50


18 May 2013

Topshop Lipstick 'Macaroon'

I have been so tempted by Topshop make-up ever since I started blogging, I discovered a fantastic range of nail polishes yet it has taken me just under one year to buy one of their lipsticks, and honestly, I'm slightly disappointed...only slightly.


15 May 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #11

Let's face it, there's always something that you want to try, I'm definitely no exception. Here are four things that I really fancy trying, what with my birthday a less than two months away I can wish guilt free!

So after spending something like three hours upon Caroline Hirons website I have been fully convinced that I will own the Emma Hardie Natural Life and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm. AT £32 this is certainly not cheap, well; it isn’t cheap for my current position however it does appear to be lasting people quite a while so it sounds like a decent investment. I was going to get this in Edinburgh next week but I'm quite unsure because of the price, I may ask for it for my birthday.

The Ren ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser is more reasonable at £18; this has had some lovely things written about it recently so I'm quite keen to give it ago.

I saw the Illamasqua Cream Blusher in 'Lies' in a Youtube video by Pixiwoo, it looked gorgeous! I really would like to have a closer look at this in store though as it may be a little too shimmery and indeed light for me, for now though I really like the look of it. Illamasqua Cream Blushers are priced at £18 making this the most expensive blusher I would own if I picked it up.

Last up in this really quite unique bottle is the fragrance 'Aqua' by Roberto Cavalli. My mom originally told me about this a few weeks ago and up until Saturday I still had no smelt it in store. I now have and I think it is lovely, the bottle too is gorgeous. As with all fragrances the prices vary depending on the size of the bottle, the cheapest version available for Aqua is £32 for 30ml.


13 May 2013

Ted Baker Blogger Competition

I rarely enter competitions like this, unless it is something that I'm 100% interested in. The Ted Baker Spring/Summer Blogger Competition just happens to be one of those; therefore I was so pleased to be asked to take part. 

If you would like to take part (which I fully recommend as there are some gorgeous pieces to put together) then all you have to do is:

Pick three of your favourite items, post the look on your blog and explain why you chose what you did and where you would wear it. Oh and don't forget to tweet the link to @ted_baker with the hash tag #tedss13 so that Ted can have a look!

After having a lovely browse of the site I found my three favourite things, here is my look!

Gojji Orchid Print Maxi Dress, Bumblebee Necklace, Embossed Exotic Shopper

I'm rather smitten with the Gojji Orchid Print Maxi Dress, being rather short myself I tend to shy away from these yet I would be brave and go for it if I owned this as it is a gorgeous item of clothing. I love Orchids and this design really reminds me of an oriental theme which immediately captures my interest.

I thought the Bumblebee Necklace would really complement this dress as it isn't too bold, I think it would add a nice touch of detail to the neckline whilst not taking anything away from the dress. Plus, I have a huge soft spot for bumblebees; they're awesome little guys which we all should be looking after a lot more, along with our precious honeybees.

Lastly I added a nice big bag, with my choice being the Embossed Exotic Shopper. This is available in a number of colours with my favourite being in 'tan', I personally think this is the nicest colour to go with the dress too which is lucky! I like a big bag as I tend to carry a lot around with me, of course if I could have any bag to go with this dress I would have Hermione’s beaded magic bag; I think that is a bit too much to ask for though.

This outfit would be perfect for a nice day out when the sun is shining, whether that is to a nice picnic or out to a summer funfair. I also think that it could be made slightly more edgy whilst keeping the feminine aspect by adding a simple black leather jacket.

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