29 June 2013

...& other stories wish list.

A few months ago the opening of a new store '& other stories' caused quite the stir among bloggers, I must admit I was intrigued however with there currently being only one store in the UK all the way down in London I must admit my interest didn't quite warrant the train journey all the way from the Midlands. However, after the brand cropped up on my radar again last week I found myself discovering that they have a website, leading me to find some gorgeous looking items that I really liked the look of. Here is a little wish list that I put together of the things that really stood out for me.

1. Brass and Enamel Necklace £17, 2. Satin Sandals £45 now £23 in the sale!, 3. & other stories lip colour £12,
4. Shinjuku Bloom Body Scrub £7

The Brass and Enamel Necklace is right up my street, I've being looking into trying statement necklaces a little bit more therefore this for me would be a great beginner necklace as it's not too bold but just big enough to say 'look at me'.

These sandals were the first thing I fell in love with on the site, I really like the two colours blue and pink against the wooden heel design of the shoe, they're so pretty!

Of course a wish list would not be complete without some kind of beauty product, therefore I popped in a lipstick. There is a wide range of colours available so I think I would need to be in store to see these properly before I committed to buying one as they're almost up there in the price range of MAC.

Last but not least I quite enjoy using my sugar scrubs hence when I saw the Shinjuku Bloom Body Scrub I thought yes, that's something I would definitely like to try. It has a rather funky name which I'm not going to lie has enticed me in a little, I think out of everything on here this would be the one thing I would pick up if I was in store.
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26 June 2013

LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint

A few months ago I popped into LUSH after being enticed by the smell of the shop as I walked past, I had a spare fifteen minutes so I thought heck, I'll spend in it there as I never really go in. Whilst having a browse I was really intrigued by the LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint which having have a read of the product promised to make the skin look brighter and more youthful. Now, I'm only 23 so the youthful bit I can't say I was too bothered about yet the claim of brighter looking skin was something I could definitely be sold on.

























I paid £12 for this which I guess can be expected in LUSH as I do find it tends to be quite expensive, however because they are cruelty free I never really mind too much. This product as explained on the LUSH website can be used in several different ways such as being mixed in with your foundation or moisturiser to create a nice glow as well as being used as a highlight along the brow bone and cheekbone. Last but not certainly not least it can be used under the eyes to brighten dark circles.

Now, I had until recently only used this as a highlight for my brow bone and cheek bone which I really like as it gives a lovely sheen to the skin, catching the light beautifully. Be warned though, you do not need to use a lot of this as a tiny amount is all that is needed as too much could lead you looking slightly radioactive. Over the last few weeks I have now also being experimenting with this by mixing it in with my foundation and I have to say I really like the end results as it just adds a nice subtle shimmer to the skin without it being over the top. I've tried my best in the image above to give some kind of indication as to the look of the product, it is a pearly iridescent finish to me but I'm concerned that this hasn't really shown up in the image; I fully recommend having a look at this in your closest store.

Once again selfies still appear to be the bane of my life in terms of capturing the look of a product upon my skin, yet I really do like to do a review with it being shown on if I can. So, below I was wearing my normal everyday products with the LUSH Feeling Younger used as a highlight on the cheek bones. It has shown up a little but I find the look is much better seen in the flesh therefore I have come to the conclusion that I think it is high time I started to look into getting a new camera lens.























I really like this product for mixing into my foundation and using as a highlight however I'm afraid to say that for me it has done nothing to combat the appearance of my dark circles as mine are always incredibly dark therefore I do tend to need something quite heavy duty. That's not to say it wouldn't help you though so if you can get a little sample to help make up your mind on this before you buy I would definitely try; samples can be so handy!

I can't say I feel any younger using this, although that was not why I purchased it, I do find it gives my skin that extra boost though which is always welcome.


P.S There's all this talk about GFC and Google reader at the moment, I have no idea what is going on with that but I'd love for anybody who would like to follow me to hop over onto bloglovin as that appears to be where the party is at nowadays, thanks everyone!

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24 June 2013

REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser

REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser Review

REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser Review

REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser Review

Today I'm featuring a product that in the year I have been blogging has managed to creep all the way up to being one of my all time favourite products, a claim that I cannot make often.

The REN ClearCalm Clarifying Clay Cleanser* is a clay based cleanser which in conjugation with the other products in the range aims to combat the three main causes of breakouts and those pesky blemishes, of which these are the building up of dead skin cells, excess sebum and blemish causing bacteria. Sounds fantastic right...let me tell you, it is!

The REN ClearCalm Clarifying Cleanser retailing at £18 is a product that I have being using for a number of weeks now roughly about twice a week. As I've never had a clay based cleanser I was really intrigued to try it as the only clay based products I have ever used prior to this were masks which I left on for a set number of minutes and then washed off. I started to use this not knowing what it would be like, suffice to say if you can fall in love with a skincare product then here is my lover.

To use this I apply it on to slightly damp skin and gently massage it into my face, I do find that only a minimal amount is needed of this so I know this huge tube at 150ml will last me quite a while. After massaging this in for as long as I like I rinse it off with warm water using a flannel as I find this much easier to take off products like this, plus they retain the heat.

One thing I have noticed is that generally clay based products can leave the skin feeling quite tight and screaming out for a little moisture, whereas this product here could not be any more different. My skin after using this feels so nourished and moisturised even before my moisturiser comes into play, my skin also looks so fresh and clean and more importantly clear; it is an absolute delight to use. The product itself is so light and incredibly gentle on my skin, to the point where I'm still impressed at how soft it is when I come to using it. To me the texture of clay in general can be rough and to an extent slightly scratchy whereas this is so unbelievably soft. I really do recommend this product as I believe it would be lovely for those with oily/combination skin as well as those who also have sensitive skin.

Since using this in conjunction with a few Clinique products and Liz Earle I have noticed quite a few improvements in my skin, so much so that I will be doing a post on this in the coming weeks.

I can one hundred percent say that this is something I will be buying for myself in the future as I have been thoroughly impressed by this product. One last thing to mention about REN before I completely fall head over heels in love with the brand is that they do not test on animals nor do they stick any nasty ingredients into the products as they are free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, silicones and a number of other things we don't want.

The REN ClearCalm Clarifying Clay Cleanser can be purchased from Beauty Expert.

*Pr sample, this product was kindly sent to me for consideration.
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23 June 2013

Superdrug 'Look at Me' feature!

A few weeks back I was contacted in regards to being featured on the Superdrug Look at Me website, I had seen this before and had thought what a fantastic idea it was. 

If you haven't heard of the Superdrug Look at Me website it is basically an online site by Superdrug which features all the latest must have products across a wide range of areas, along with inspiration in beauty and tutorial videos. From makeup, hair, health and skincare (and much more) there is a little bit of something for everyone. I've being browsing the site more and more and I have to say I've enjoyed reading it as there are some really nice articles on there.

My favourite feature of the site is the 'Inspiration' category as it features bloggers like myself where we can share with the readers some of our favourite products and tell them a little bit more about ourselves, along with sharing some of our favourite blogs which is something I really like to do as I get so much enjoyment out of reading other peoples blogs. I also really love the nail art section as I'm rather partial to that!

A Little Boat Sailing was featured very recently and I have to say it made me feel really quite proud to see my little blog on there, if you haven't seen it already and would like to please click the tag below.


As I mentioned I also listed a few of my favourite reads with those being the lovely ladies at The Little Magpie, Burkatron, I Covet Thee, Un-Observed, Sleep and Water and Essie Button; check out their blogs if you have chance!

Thank you Superdrug! 

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21 June 2013

The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask

I've being meaning to review this product for a while now, I've had the pictures stored for a number of months ready to upload; better late than never though right. 

Clay masks are products which I tend to look forward to most as I really enjoy the fresh and clean feeling after using them. The one product I have used for a while now is The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask which I picked up around this time last year. It is all gone now sadly but I thought I would share my thoughts on it with you today.























For a price of £12 you receive 100ml which is quite a nice amount as I found that I didn't need a huge amount of this to cover my oily areas such as my t-zone. This mask is aimed at those with combination to oily skin which is my current skin type; therefore it is ideal for tackling those pesky blackhead areas which annoy me to no end.























Unlike previous clay masks I have used such as the Boots Botanics Shine Away Iconic Clay Mask and the Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask I found this to be much thicker in consistency, therefore it did take a little longer to dry once applied. The smell of the product was quite nice with it being quite refreshing yet earthy at the same time if that makes any sense, it wasn't overpowering in the slightest though so I found this to be a pleasure to use.

I found that once I had left this on for roughly ten minutes I could wash it off with a damp flannel whereby my skin was left really soft and clean, but more importantly I could see that the problem areas had definitely been targeted as those areas were visibly clearer and improved. After using the mask ensure that a moisturiser is used as the areas can be left feeling a little dry afterwards which is often to be expected having used a mask such as this.

Overall I really did enjoy using this clay mask, I think for the price it does a really nice job and it would last quite a while if using it just once or twice a week as using it more than that could be quite drying on your skin.

I'm glad I did this review today as it has come just in time for The Body Shop sale where they are currently offering 40% off sale items and full priced items too so if you're interested in this then it could be worthwhile checking the online site.


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17 June 2013

REN Hydra Calm Global Protection Day Cream

REN Hydra Calm Protection Day Cream
REN Hydra Calm Protection Day Cream The brand REN have been on my radar for a good number of months now as I have been reading fantastic reviews about a number of their products. One product in particular which had been cropping up frequently was the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask of which after putting a little bit aside I found myself purchasing one rainy afternoon in Edinburgh. At £30 I must admit I did question my own sanity but it was my very first high end skincare purchase and one which I had purposely put the money aside for. Justifying myself aside, it was with this mask my love affair with REN began, therefore when I was kindly contacted to see if I would like to try something else from REN I must say I immediately jumped at the chance.

The REN Hydra Calm Global Protection Day Cream* is a day moisturiser which is specifically targeted at those with sensitive skin. This sounded perfect for me as my skin can be sensitive on occasion therefore I do try to stick to products aimed at those with sensitive skin purely to avoid any nasty surprises. Whilst being specifically entailed for sensitive skin types the product also aims to keep the skin hydrated and soothed as well as protecting the skin from free radicals which in turn help to tackle the signs of premature ageing. Now, I'm only 23 but I'm aware that I'm certainly not getting any younger (these years are flying by, I swear I was only 18 last week) therefore, any product claiming to battle signs of ageing is a welcome addition to my routine.

I use this product every morning after I have cleansed my face, whereby it leaves my skin feeling completely moisturised and soothed. I find that I can often suffer with redness in my skin early on in the morning therefore introducing this product to my skincare routine was a very much welcomed addition. I honestly do think that this product has helped calm these areas down as I have noticed that by the time I come around to putting my make up on the redness has started to reduce. I must also highlight the fact that I have seen an overall reduction in the redness on a day to day basis as I've continued to use this which for me is a really good sign of a brilliant product that does as it claims to do as I often find it quite hard to see changes in my skin.

At first I was concerned that this could be a little too thick for me as I do like gel moisturisers, particularly in the morning as my skin is oily to combination with the occasional dehydrated areas, therefore gels have always just seemed much more refreshing and less heavy for me. My initial concerns have definitely been erased as this product feels neither heavy nor greasy once applied to my skin, it does take a little longer to sink in compared to previous gel moisturisers but I don't mind waiting if I have the time. I really like the fact that this is a dispenser moisturiser which I prefer so much more to tubs of products as they are much more hygienic.

At £27 this product is not budget friendly, I don't think there is any point hiding that fact however, it is really nice and I think it is worth it particularly if you are somebody that suffers with sensitive skin and you're looking for a product that will help sooth and bring your skin under control. I think a great way to try brands such as these which are more high end is to pick up a starter set such as the Travel Kit for Sensitive Skin as this allows you to try the products without spending too much first time, be warned though, you may get hooked!

REN really do interest me as they are free of quite a few ingredients which are appearing to be more and more frowned upon as the weeks go by, these being ingredients such as mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, silicones and a whole heap more. To take a look at the ingredient list of the Hydra Calm Global Protection Day Cream head on over to the REN website, there's a whole heap of products there that intrigue me as I'm sure they will you.

Another huge bonus about REN is that they're cruelty free!

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


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13 June 2013

Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil

Whilst having a browse of Boots a few months ago I came across a range of skincare called Super Facialist by Una Brennan, I picked up the Rose Hydrate Moisture Mask on this occasion and promised I would return if the results impressed me. Well, that mask did impress me but the dissertation looming pretty much took over and I forgot pretty much anything existed outside the four walls of my bedroom. Cutting a long story short I was having a break browsing blogs when I saw the Rose Hydrate Miracle Facial Oil reviewed by Caroline over at Sparkly Vodka, from what Caroline had to say I thought it sounded great, therefore I decided I would treat myself to it.

Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil

The Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil retails at £14.99 which in my opinion isn't budget friendly, especially considering you only get 30ml of product. I did pick this up at the time for £10 which did somewhat soften the blow so look out for the offers! However, I have to say this is where my criticisms do end as I have being really enjoying using this product in my evening skincare routine.

I use this as my first initial cleanse after removing my eye make up with a separate eye makeup remover, the reason for using something separate for my eyes is purely because I tend to prefer less oil based products around my eyes. I found that this facial oil broke down my make up wonderfully leaving my skin extremely soft and nourished, helping to reduce any dry patches that I can often get as my skin despite being oily/combination is often quite dehydrated. Once I have finished using the oil which incidentally is a perfect product for a cheeky facial massage I would wipe it away with a warm flannel. After using the facial oil as a pre cleanse I would then use something such as the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish to fully remove everything off my face.

I must admit this little facial oil is pretty good! It removes my make up fantastic and my skin feels truly lovely afterwards, a wonderful product to use. I've experienced no break outs with this despite it having a rose perfume to it. Whilst on that note I know some people can find rose scents overpowering but in my opinion this is not too bad at all. Overall a great product that I've now incorporated into my skincare routine, I just wish the bottle was bigger!

I'm really keen to try some more products from the Super Facialist range, if you have any recommendations then definitely drop me a comment below.
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9 June 2013

Glorious Green Garden

After being stuck at university for what felt like an eternity I'm now back at home, my three years are all over and all I'm waiting for now are my results and my graduation, yippee! I've really loved coming back home as I really did struggle the last few months of university, I was so miserable and sad; thank god it is over. Being back at home has made me realise that one of the things I really missed was being able to walk out into my garden at home where I could just sit outside in the sunshine with my cat Oliver; bliss! 

I took a few pictures in my garden the other day, I'm no good at photography at all but being out in the sun snapping a few pictures was rather therapeutic to the say the least.


































I hope everyone else has had the opportunity to enjoy the sunny weather; I've loved having the sun on my face for once. Come on the English summer, you can do it! 

I would also like to take the time to thank every one of my readers as I've had some lovely comments off you guys lately; I really have appreciated every single one so thank you. I would also like to acknowledge my new readers and followers, thank you for sticking around, I really do have some wonderful followers, thank you.
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7 June 2013

Nails of the day: Urban Outfitters 'Hot Tub'

So today I had a nice chilled out afternoon watching the tennis and doing my nails what more could I ask for really on such a gorgeous day. I say chilled out but the tennis match between Djokovic and Nadal was not chilled out in the slightest, boy those boys can run around!

In a bid to make myself feel more in tune with the weather I chose a really bright summer nail polish as it is stunning outside. Therefore, embracing the sun I decided to put on Urban Outfitters 'Hot Tub' nail polish which is bright neon pink; gorgeous!






















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4 June 2013

Bound By Blue

I've being thinking about featuring more of my nail polishes on here in a series of colours, so thought I would start off with my favourite colour, that being blue.

Blue Nail PolishesBlue Nail Polishes
Blue Nail Polishes

1. Bourjois So Laque  'Bleu Fabuleux', 2. No7 Stay Perfect 'Sing the blues', 3. American Apparel Neon Blue Nail Lacquer, 4. Revlon 'Blue Mosaic', 5. Rimmel Salon Pro 'Navy Seal', 6. Barry M 'Cobalt Blue', 7. Barry M 'Navy', 8. Barry M Texture Effect 'Atlantic Road', 9. Nails Inc 'Garrick Street', 10. Models Own 'Beth's Blue', 11. Essie 'Bikini So Teeny', 12. Collection 2000 'BMX Bandit'

I picked out twelve shades of blue to feature today; although one is a glitter polish and the other is rather questionable as to whether it is classed as a blue or a shade of purple.

Out of all of these twelve shades my top three favourites are Bleu Fabuleux, Navy Seal and Beth's Blue as they are my current favourite shades of blue within my collection, as well this in my opinion they are really good quality. Unfortunately I find that the No7 polish does not stay on all too well, however I have not tried this with Seche Vite as of yet which I'm sure would really help its longevity on my nails.

I'm not 100% what colour Nails Inc Garrick Street should be, to me it is blue and purple a bit like the colour of petrol. I'm definitely not a fan of the texture polish by Barry M, the colour itself is lovely yet I really cannot warm to the feeling of it on my nails, I wish I hadn't purchased it to be honest but it was a lesson learnt.


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3 June 2013

Motivational Monday



I've never done one of these posts before, but I was reminded of this song earlier this week and I thought about the people who may not have heard it before; I really think everyone needs to hear it.



Have a lovely day everyone!


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