31 August 2014

August Overview

August Overview
August saw a variety of posts over here whereby I have picked out just a few of my favourites to revisit. Without any doubt my favourite post this month was my Folli Follie Festival Style post whereby I was kindly sent a few items from the brand in order to help style a festival outfit. I had so much fun putting this post together and would love to hear what you thought of it in the comments below.

An incredibly popular post along with an incredibly popular product was my review of the LUSH Tea Tree Water which has been a welcome blessing into my skincare routine. This refreshing toner has being helping to keep my blemishes at a minority over the last few months and really does deserve such praise from me as I think it has worked so well on my skin.

Of course make up is always popular whereby another fun post I shared with you all was my feature of Topshop Make Up. This is a brand which used to see so much coverage on so many of the blogs that I read that I found myself wanting to try everything. Over time the hype of Topshop make up has settled down as is naturally expected. Overall this is a brand that I really do like, their nail polishes are fantastic and the shade range is extensive making it a sure pit stop for me when I pop into store.

Never one to avoid the hype completely I finally purchased Rimmel 107, you all know which one. This is a fantastic berry toned lipstick which will work beautifully for autumn and winter time.

As the end of August draws near and we head into September I would just like to thank all of you who are continuing to leave me such wonderful comments and feedback over here. I've also being given so many more wonderful beauty recommendations over the last few months; I knew I could count on you guys! 


30 August 2014

August Favourites

August Favourites
As we say goodbye to August I can't help but wave merrily as we head into September, the coming months despite the dark mornings are some of my favourites when it comes to fashion and beauty. Throughout August I had being using a few things none stop whereby there are a couple of new things that have crept in unexpectedly. 

I'm very lucky to say that in recent weeks I have won two beauty giveaways from two of my favourite ladies within the beauty community. From Laura I was thrilled to be told I had won the original Urban Decay Naked Palette which had been a product that I had wanted to add to my collection for a while. I have to say that this palette is incredible, I'd even go as far to say that I prefer it ever so slightly to the Naked 2 Palette which I had for my birthday this time last year. The shades naked, sidecar and hustle are so far my favourites within the palette and are as always super pigmented, long lasting and utterly beautiful to boot.

The Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in bitch perfect is my new favourite nude and was a giveaway prize from Aimee who is quite simply a Charlotte Tilbury fanatic! From the packaging alone you know you're in for something extra special whereby the lipstick itself does not disappoint. They also smell really nice which is a bonus; nobody wants a smelly lipstick under their nose!

One morning I decided not to use my normal blusher and instead picked up again the Lily Lolo Honey Glow Shimmer Stripes* which I did a more in depth review of here. I'm not going to lie I had forgotten just how much I liked this product as it really does help to warm up my complexion and highlight my none existing cheek bones in a way that I hadn't been able to before. 

Of course before any make up can be applied skincare is of the up-most importance whereby I have being using an SPF Religiously. My favourite SPF that I have found has been the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL which I picked up from Boots. This SPF is utterly fantastic and doesn't feel greasy at all once applied to the skin therefore it's definitely one that I will be re-purchasing once this one runs out as I feel no need to try another.

It's rare that I feature hair care over here on A Little Boat Sailing however I had to share with you the Faith In Nature Grapefruit and Orange Shampoo* which was sent to me a couple of weeks ago. This is actually a product which I wish I were able to find in my local Boots and supermarket as I wouldn't hesitate to buy it now that I have tried it. Full of an uplifting citrus scent my hair feels so good after I have used this shampoo and the corresponding conditioner, in fact it also seems to last a little longer before I feel the need to wash my hair which is always a good thing in my book.

What are your top choices for August?


27 August 2014

It's all about Kate

Rimmel 107 Lipstick Rimmel Kate 107 Lipstick

It has only taken me just under two years to fall for the hype of the Lasting Finish Matte Lipsticks by Kate Moss for Rimmel London. I guess for the most part I had put off buying this particular shade because of the word 'matte' which tends to create stunning finishes on everybody else but myself. My lips suffer with being dry quite a lot of the time where I find it a constant challenge to keep them nice in order to wear my lipsticks without them caking into dry patches.

Whilst out shopping with my friend a few days ago she convinced me that I had to buy this lipstick. I almost nearly reached the checkout on that particular occasion however eventually I ended up putting it back in favour of my concealers. Of course me being me this restraint did not last long which resulted in being back in Boots just a day later with 107 in my hand.

This lipstick has quite the cult following and I'd happily place a bet that I won't be the only one sporting this gorgeous colour throughout the coming autumn and winter. The light in my picture above is I would argue a tad deceiving as this colour is slightly darker than it appears in this image. I'd describe this as a berry red which reminds me of somewhat of snow white for some reason, it truly is beautiful and I cannot wait to wear it once autumn is here in full swing.

Of course being a matte lipstick I'd prep the lips with some balm beforehand. I used one which in hindsight was a poor choice as it isn't very moisturising at all, in fact I'm not entirely sure why I still have it. Whilst sitting here writing this post I can feel my lips starting to feel rather dry so a good moisturising balm is in my opinion warranted. That I have to say is my only criticism where this lipstick is concerned and it is one that is easily countered as lasting power, pigmentation, visual appearance and price point are all winning factors; overall this has to be one of my favourite beauty purchases to date.

So come on then, what's your favourite lipstick at the moment?


25 August 2014

Canadian Beauty Swap

Canadian Beauty Swap
Beauty products from across the big pond have always looked incredible yet have always been a bit out of reach for me. A few months ago now I teamed up with Celina who runs The Celution in order to do a beauty swap, whereby there would be an exchange of beauty products whilst sticking to a budget that we set ourselves. Celina lives in Canada where I of course live in the UK so there were quite a few brands that we were both interested in that we would otherwise struggle to get hold of if it wasn't for the swap. The prospect of trying out some new brands was rather exciting to say the least! Seeing as this package literally arrived a few days ago (we thought it had got lost) I haven't yet tried any of these out properly so I'll be back with reviews in a few week's time. 

Being quite a fan of Maybelline lip products, well, one in particular I found myself quite keen to try the Maybelline Color Whispers which are still currently unavailable here in the UK. I had read in a few online reviews that these were quite similar to the Revlon Lip Butters which made me really quite keen to try these out. The shades I chose were Coral Ambition and Orange Attititude.

Keeping along the theme of lip products I also wanted to try the EOS Lip Balms which you have all probably seen before. This nice little package of two really appealed to me whereby I do plan on giving one to my sister once I can decide which flavour to choose for myself.

As you may tell I'm pretty keen on my blushers whereby Milani and Tarte were both products which were at the time unavailable here in the UK. I'm aware that Tarte is now a bit easier to obtain here however the shades from what I have seen are pretty limited which is such a shame as these blushers have received quite the acclaim from the blogging community over the last year. The blusher that I chose from Tarte was the Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in the shade exposed which was a shade that I was really keen on picking up. Now that it has been photographed (finally) I cannot wait to try it out tomorrow morning.

The Milani Illuminating Face Powder on first instance looks like a blush whereby to be honest I know that's what I will primarily use it for. These apparently act as a blush, powder and bronzer all in one however I'm not too sue how I feel about that so I'll have to report back on how I get on with this one. Of course visually this powder is stunning, the embossed rose design is incredibly pretty and unique to anything that I currently own, in fact it is so pretty that I almost don't want to use it just yet.

Last but not least I'm featuring here my first ever item from NYX which was a product that I saw specifically mentioned in a video by Fleur. The NYX Rouge Cream Blush in the shade natural was a shade that appealed to me for the coming autumn as although I do like my peach and pink tones I cannot help but be drawn into mauve tones for this time of year, they are often so flattering on my skin tone.

I have to say it has been really nice to feature some items that are readily available to those across the pond for a change as I know most of the items I do blog about can be hard to obtain if you live abroad. If you've tried any of these or have further recommendations for me then I would love to hear them in the comments below.

Whilst I'm writing this post I'd like to say a huge thank you to Celina. I hope you're enjoying your beauty swap items too and cannot wait to hear what you think about them over the coming weeks.


23 August 2014

Recent Purchases #3

Recent Purchases
It has been just over three months since I last featured any new products that I have purchased. Back then I think I alluded to the fact that I was trying to save a bit and not spend as freely as I had been doing and I have to say I think I've done pretty well. Of course I had a birthday pop up in between that time period which made not buying any treats a lot easier.

There are a few items here that are necessary in my eyes whereby Batiste Dry Shampoo makes an appearance once again along with a repurchase of the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer. Speaking of Seventeen there was an offer running in Boots when I picked these up a few days ago so I also picked up the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint which I'd heard quite a lot about. Sadly I have tried this already and my first impression isn't that great. I've tried it under my eyes to help combat those dark circles but I find it to be quite a dry formula which made it difficult to blend in such a fragile area. I will persevere with it and apply a more hydrating eye cream in that area to see if it helps somewhat but at the moment I'm not too impressed.

Along with products that are easily obtained in Boots I also on a whim picked up a lip liner from Rimmel. This wasn't a planned purchase however seeing as I don't own any lip liners and have being wearing lipstick more I decided it was time to invest in one. I say invest like it was a pricey purchase but this was super cheap and has turned out to be quite a nice liner too. The Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in the shade Eastend Snob was the shade that appealed to me most as it is a mauve pink nude which happens to be one of my favourite shades to wear so I knew it would suit a lot of my lipsticks that I own.

Onto more luxurious treats I had saved some of my birthday money to treat myself to something from Charlotte Tilbury. I decided on the blusher 'Sex on Fire' as the muted pink tones will complement my skin tone nicely and should work really well for the autumn time. The lipstick was a prize that I won from the beautiful Aimee a few weeks ago, she helped me pick out the shade 'Bitch Perfect' which as the name would suggest is pretty perfect. If you like your nude shades like me then this is definitely a shade that will appeal to you.

What have you treated yourself to recently?


21 August 2014

London Retro Carnaby

London Retro Carnaby London Retro Carnaby Glasses

These days I'm finding that I have to wear my glasses more and more as I tend to be on the computer a lot and also find myself watching too many episodes of the Tudors on Netflix. Luckily for me wearing glasses isn't quite the fashion woe it once was as there are so many frames around these days that we're often spoilt for choice. The London Retro Carnaby* frames were kindly sent to me a couple of weeks ago which happened to be perfect timing considering I was on the lookout for some new frames after my prescription had once again changed.

I've always been a fan of the somewhat retro thick black frame so of course this was something I opted for on this occasion. Seeing as I wear glasses for driving, watching TV, lectures and being on the computer I wanted a frame that I was going to feel comfortable in as I would be wearing them quite a lot. I have to say that I have not been disappointed with this frame at all or indeed the prescription lenses that were put in for me for the purpose of this review. The quality is perfect and really impressed me as I did wonder what they would be like. Of course when popping on a new pair of glasses with my correct prescription in it was like a whole new revelation, my garden had never looked so crisp and green! You never quite realise just how much your prescription can change until you put on your new pair.

The frame itself is light weight and feels comfortable to wear even after a few hours watching one too many episodes of The Tudors (I'm obsessed). Arriving in a sturdy well-presented case I feel I have a really good quality pair of glasses here that will not only last me a long time but will also look on trend and smart too.

Glasses Direct has a huge range of glasses online whereby I have to say the London Retro range has really captured my interest. With a wide variety of frames for both men and women there is a style that I'm sure would appeal to everyone on there. Of course there are plenty of other brands on there too so it's worth having a look if you're in the market for some new specs!


20 August 2014

The Harry Potter Tag

Harry Potter Tag
Out of all of the tags that I have ever taken part in I have to say categorically that this one has had me the most excited. The Harry Potter Tag is pure brilliance if you ask me, of course being a complete and utter Harry Potter nerd this isn't much of a surprise. I found this over on Make Up Etc by Louise so be sure to head over to her blog to see what her answers were.

1. What is your favourite book?

The answer for the first question was quite easy for me as hands down my favourite book has to be The Order Of The Phoenix. For me this is the book where things start to get real serious! After the devastation of book four where Voldermort made his return and we have the loss of a Hogwarts student I find that book five sets us all on the path whereby we start to see the beginning of a new war against Voldermort. Book five delves so much deeper into the plot and creates a much darker world of magic that we have up until this moment not experienced.

2. What is your favourite film?

For me my favourite film would have to be the last, as despite being a huge fan of the books I found myself not really being that struck on the films. Having said that as the actors got older and matured I did enjoy them a lot more.

3. What is your least favourite book?

My least favourite book is definitely the first one simply because it is the first one and so much happens throughout the series that it's hard for me to revert back to the beginning. I do however love re-reading the scene where Harry first finds out that he is a wizard and where Ron and Harry first meet Hermoine. I find it so magical how such good friends they all become after they fight the troll in the dungeon. 

4. What is your least favourite film?

Again I have to say my least favourite film is the first one, simply because the actors are so young. Sorry.

5. Which parts of the books/films made you cry?

In all honesty there haven't been any parts that have made me cry although I was beyond gutted when a certain character fell through the veil. 

6. If you could hook up with any character who would it be?

Sirius Black. Let me tell you MY Sirius Black is pretty handsome to say the least.

7. Who is your favourite character?

This question is incredibly tough because I have so much love for so many of the characters in the books that I find it hard to narrow it down to just the one. Starting off with Harry he is the hero of the books and will always be, his courage, bravery and kindness are all traits that I admire. Ron has made me laugh out loud so many times that it is untrue, especially when paired up with his two twin brothers Fred and George. Hermoine was a character  that it took a little for me to warm to however I grew to love her and actually found bits of myself in her at times throughout the series. I'm a bit of a stickler for rules, I love my books like her and always got my work in on time. Outside of the magnificent trio I actually really liked the character Bellatrix Lestrange, I know she was a bad gal but something about her really intrigued me. It doesn't help that one of my favourite actresses played her on screen; Helena Bonham Carter made the perfect Bellatrix.

8. Who is your least favourite character?

My least favourite character would have to be Rita Skeeter without a doubt. Whilst she was an incredible character in terms of a role I found her ruthlessness and lies to be such a horrible trait, I loathed her! Writing that sentence made me also think of Umbridge, what a cruel woman she was. I hope the Centaurs got their revenge!

9. What is your least favourite line?

I have no least favourite line however if I had to pick one I would choose 'all was well', this is because it is the last line of a truly incredible series.

10. What would your Patronus be?

I'm not entirely sure here however I'd like to think it would be of the feline variety.  Some of you may know that I'm a huge cat lover.

11. If you could have the invisibility cloak, resurrection stone or elder wand, which would you choose?

The Elder Wand. 

12. What house would you be in?

I'd like to think I'd be a Gryffindor as when it comes down to it I know I can be brave, honest! Having said that I think whilst sitting under the sorting hat I think he would be toying between Ravenclaw and Gryffindor for me as I'm quite into education and like achieving academic success. Although because you can effectively pick where you want to go (Harry pretty much did) I'd definitely pick Gryffindor.

13. If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be?

Helena Bonham Carter.

14. If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?

I'd be a Chaser! That looks like such a good role to play and reminds me of netball only on a broomstick.

15. Were you happy with the ending?

I'm going out on a limb here and saying no. Where the film is concerned I wish it had simply ended with all three of them on the bridge at Hogwarts where Harry snaps the Elder Wand. For the books I didn't really want to see into the future, as I still wanted more; I also found Harry's child's name to be a bit cheesy.

16. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

A lot. I don't think I can quite express to anybody just how much this series of books means to me. I started reading them when I was 11 years old and grew up with them into adulthood. To this day I will continue to read Harry Potter, it's part of my heart.

You're all tagged! Please do let me know if you do this as I would truly love to read your answers.

" For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud" - Albus Dumbledore

18 August 2014

LUSH Tea Tree Water

LUSH Tea Tree Water

For a long time I had read such good things about the LUSH Tea Tree Toner that even I find myself quite surprised at just how long it took me to hand over my pennies in store. At the beginning of June I attended a blogger event whereby part of the day involved a little lock in at the Birmingham LUSH store. Along with a few other ladies I had the privilege of being toured around the store and was able to hear about the products from the super friendly and enthusiastic staff that worked there. 

Whilst I was having a browse at the products on offer I found myself coming face to face with this toner, yes that toner that people raved about. At £3.95 for the small bottle I quickly placed this into my rather full basket and made my way to the checkout before I spotted anything else to add to my bag.

The LUSH Tea Tree Toner is an antibacterial and antiseptic based toner which is aimed at those with oily or spot prone skin. Of course having a complexion that is prone to a few break outs here and there this product appealed to me quite a lot, I also really liked the sound of the antibacterial properties because before this product came into my life nothing in my routine (that I can think of) had these properties. Being within a spray bottle I was a bit sceptical at how I would get on with this as in the past I've not been a fan of this particular form of application, I can simply never get used to water being sprayed in my face. Having said that I found that this product applied nicely and if I held it not too close to my face I was able to achieve a nice fine mist of toner which felt quite nice. 

Generally I tend to use this of an evening after I have cleansed and before I use my serum and night cream. I'm not entirely sure if I'm using it at the correct time therefore feel free to correct me on that one. The toner itself feels nice as I have mentioned and smells quite refreshing; overall it is a product that I do look forward to using at night time. Since I have incorporated this product into my regime I have to say I have noticed that my break outs have reduced. I'm not going to full out say that this is completely down to this product alone although personally I do think it has made quite a difference to my skin.

At the moment it is a product that I wouldn't hesitate to buy again and again, it's super cheap, it lasts a long time and is effective on my skin. Of course as always LUSH products are cruelty free which is something I do like to support where I can; that's just one more positive thing about this product. In terms of packaging this sports the traditional black plastic of LUSH products which is something I don't really mind, it's iconic to the brand and makes them stand out which is something I like.

So there we have it, yet another LUSH product that has made its way into my home; this is becoming a habit. What else should I try?

16 August 2014

Folli Follie My Festival Style

Festival Outfit Summer Festival Summer Festival Folli Follie Watch Summer Festival

Top: New Look, Maxi Skirt: New Look, Sandals: Asos, Watch: c/o Folli Follie, Necklace: c/o Folli Follie

It's a sad fact that I have never been to a festival (insert sad face here)! One day I hope this will change as I would absolutely love to attend Glastonbury, I wouldn't even mind camping. For now and for the foreseeable future though I will continue to look wistfully at all the pretty clothes and try not to be too jealous at all the great bands that people will be seeing across the country this year. Folli Follie luckily came to my rescue a few weeks ago and has allowed me to embrace the festival mood this year with some beautiful accessories and gorgeous beauty products to help me on my way to a festival inspired outfit.

For my festival outfit I was kindly sent a Floral Headband* from New Look, the Urban Decay Basics Palette* and the Umberto Giannini Glam Hair* along with a L'Oreal Paris Color Infallible Lipstick* in a beautiful summer red to help put together my festival make up look. Having never owned the Naked Basics Palette I have to say I think it is incredible and is so much smaller than I had imagined. Personally I think it would be the perfect palette to take away on your travels throughout the year, particularly at a festival due to its compact size; the nude tones are simply stunning and blend beautifully.

I wanted my outfit to be quite light with an almost boho vibe to it as I simply adore that type of festival look that I see so often from articles online. Due to this I decided on a simple plain maxi skirt from New Look which I purchased at the beginning of this week therefore it is still available if you've taken a shine to it. It is in truth more orange than is depicted in the pictures above due to the filter on my pictures however it is still absolutely gorgeous and adds a very bold colour to my otherwise understated wardrobe. I'm now most certainly on the lookout for a black one (that didn't last long) as I have found this to be really comfortable to wear. Keeping the theme relatively simple I stuck to a white vest top and white sandals to keep myself somewhat colour coordinated. In order to finish off the outfit completely I wore the Carma Necklace* and the absolutely stunning Watchalicious Watch* which hasn't left my wrist since it arrived; it truly is a beautiful piece of jewellery.

Up until now I have never owned any rose gold jewellery, of which I'm well aware it is quite the blogger favourite. I have to say I have fallen for it hook, line and sinker after experiencing these beautiful items from Folli Follie! These jewellery items are quite simply stunning and of course the watch for me completely steals the show.

Whilst it is great to envisage a beautiful summer day listening to your favourite bands with your friends at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, all whilst dressed up in your perfectly planned festival outfit I think we all need to remember that this is the UK. It may be worth packing those wellingtons just in case!

You can find Folli Follie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Are you going to any festivals this year? 

15 August 2014

LUSH Avobath Bath Bomb

LUSH Avobath Bath Bomb
Delving into my ever growing collection of LUSH products I decided to use a bath bomb a few weeks ago as a little treat. Whilst I really enjoy using novelty things such as these I do find that they are a bit expensive as technically you use one per bath so I do tend to save them for extra special treats. I say technically here as I know a lot of people do tend to break these in half or into even more pieces in order to get their money's worth which I completely understand; this is something I'm going to do next time.

At Christmas I received a box full of LUSH goodies, inside was the bath bomb 'Avobath' which as you can see above is a simple mint green bath bomb. At the time when I used this I did put up a little video of this on my instagram if you're interested  to see it in action however between me and you it wasn't really that exciting. Some of the bath bombs I have seen are full of amazing colours however this one simply turned my water green. Whilst the actual event wasn't that spectacular I have to say I did enjoy using this one because it smelt lovely which quickly introduced a really quite fresh and uplifting scent to the room. I also found that once I had got out of the bath my skin felt quite soft and hydrated, this is most likely down to the avocado and olive oil content which has been included to help tackle dry skin.

Overall it was a pleasant experience however I'm still looking for that WOW factor when I use these bath bombs. What do you recommend?


13 August 2014

Topshop Make Up

Topshop Make Up
Topshop make up seemed to make the rounds roughly one year ago however I have noticed that it has since dropped off the radar making it a rare occurrence for it to pop back up on my morning bloglovin feed. Whilst I'm a fan of high end make up and adore walking round the likes of Selfridges and Space NK I can't help but find myself drawn to the rather cute and unique packaging of the make up stand in Topshop.

Whilst my Topshop make up collection is rather reserved I do find the nail polish stand to be irresistible. The vast array of shades and reasonable prices and of course a rather good formula to boot only goes to justify my ever growing collection. Looking at the shades I have they tend to vary between the nude and pink spectrum however I'm incredibly keen to add some nice dark autumn shades to my collection this year.

The Lipsticks from Topshop have never really interested me that much and whilst I have decided to keep the shade Macaroon I'm still on a whole uncertain about these. Personally they do feel a little dry on my lips however I know I'm in the minority here and do try to remember that my lips for some reason are dry quite a lot of the time. Lip balm really is a necessity when it comes to these lipsticks for me.

Onto Topshop Blushes I have found a rekindled love for Head Over Heels and have found myself using this particular shade lot over the summer months thus far. To be honest the main reason for this is because it is so easy to use and adds a bit of colour to my otherwise tired looking face at 7am in the morning. Whilst they are not my favourite blushes on a whole they are to date the only cream to powder blush that I have yet tried. Although I'm keen to try more of this type of blush from different brands these have for me so far been a success.

Have you tried Topshop make up recently?

12 August 2014

Smooth Summer Skin

Smooth Summer Skin
For someone like me who enjoys wearing her skinny jeans to death the idea of wearing a skirt and actually exposing some flesh often fills me with dread. Hidden away under my jeans my legs can often get quite dry, therefore as soon as the sun pops out I delve into my array of body lotions in order to prep my skin and make my legs less of a scaly dragon and more of a Greek goddess. Who am I kidding? At least they're made somewhat acceptable. 

One of my all-time favourite body moisturisers has to be the Palmers Cocoa Butter which smells incredible and is, in my opinion one of the hardest products to beat when it comes to leaving your skin feeling silky soft. I've been through numerous bottles of this over the years and know that I can rely on it to do a good job; it's also super affordable too and comes in different varieties.

A moisturiser that surprised me was the Dove Beauty Body Moisturiser which I have to admit should have been thrown away a little while ago. Ignoring this fact blissfully I decided to give it a try and was left with super smooth legs, completely taken by surprise I'm quite certain I'd pick this up again. Dove and me have a bit of a hit and miss relationship as I find many of their hand products dry my skin out completely and sadly their shampoos have never done much for me however this product was a complete success.

One of the more recent body moisturisers I have tried comes from the brand HealGel whereby HealGel Body* is the latest release within the brands range. Whilst being the most expensive featured I have to say I really do like it as it provides instant hydration to the skin and also smells rather lovely too. Sadly the price point of this product for me as a consumer puts me off purchasing this because in all fairness I do see just as good results with some of the cheaper alternatives that I have featured here. Whilst I raved about the HealGel Face and HealGel Eye that I was sent a while back I do find myself struggling to justify this one product due to the price alone. If you're into your expensive skincare both face and body then of course by all means do check out this product because it is very good however personally I do tend to spend more on products for my face and then look for cheaper alternatives for my body.

Stealing a product from my mum once again I have being using the Garnier oil Beauty Moisturising Lotion which has stolen the limelight from my trusty Palmers over recent weeks. Of course new beauty products within my household always receive a lot of attention when they are new however I have found myself reaching for this quite often recently. I have found that it sinks in super quick once applied which is ideal after I have just got out of the bath. One of my pet hates is waiting around for body lotions to sink in (mainly because of those pesky skinny jeans) therefore when a product sinks into the skin quick it immediately receives thumbs up from me.

Of course this post wouldn't be complete without a trusty Body Shop Body Butter making the cut. This time I have chosen the Vineyard Peach scent as it smells incredible and of course being a body butter this means that it ultimately makes it my favourite choice hands down. You see despite these lovely body lotions I highly doubt that I will ever be parted with my trusty body butters.

What do you like using to keep your body in tip top condition throughout the summer?


9 August 2014

Ray Ban Erika Sunglasses

Ray Ban Erika Ray Ban Erika Sunglasses Ray Ban Erika Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop
The UK has done us Brits proud so far this year when it comes to summer, I mean for a start we have actually had one this year which makes a bit of a change. Of course with the sunshine there comes the inevitable fashion crisis that I have every time the sun peeps out however for the first time in a long time I haven't had to worry about what to wear in order to protect my eyes. 

The Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses* have been an absolute lifesaver the past week or so. It has been so bright outside and indeed hot that I have being reaching for these at every opportunity ever since they arrived. I had always completely underestimated the power of a good pair of sunglasses; I know I will not make that mistake again. Slightly different to the cult classic Wayfarer style the Erika frame as you can see is more rounded at the bottom and has much thinner temples compared to many other styles available. I find that this particular frame is a lot more elegant  compared to many Ray-Ban styles available however I also think that they are more fragile so that's something to bear in mind.

The Erika frame is available from The Sunglasses Shop and comes in a variety of colours which is pretty impressive however I stuck to the traditional matte black option as I don't think I'd be able to pull off a purple or blue pair any time soon. Delivery from The Sunglasses Shop was superb, they arrived the next day after they were dispatched and I was even able to track them all the way to my house; fantastic!

Overall I'm incredibly happy with this pair of sunglasses therefore keep on coming sunshine, I'm ready for you!


8 August 2014

Mask Mania

Mask Mania
Face masks are one of my favourite products to use when it comes to my skincare routine. I find that by using a facial mask there are often instant results to be seen there and then which pleases me to no end. My skin type is generally combination/oily with a few dehydrated areas around my eyes therefore I've a few areas that require particular attention from different types of facial masks. Luckily the face mask market is huge so there is quite a variety of choice across a wide range of budgets for you and all your skin needs.

Roughly twice a week I like to use a clay mask to help clear my skin of any congestion which I find tends to be a little worse in the summer, particularly around my nose and chin area. My favourite clay mask to date has been the Super Facialist Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask which I have mentioned on here on more than one occasion. Due to the fact that my local Boots has stopped selling this range which has resulted in it being a little harder to obtain I decided to pick up the Quick Fix Facials Purifying Charcoal Mask in order to see what it was like. Both of these brands are quite affordable however if I had to pick one I would definitely once again choose the Super Facialist Clay Mask because I do find that this provides a deeper clean whereas the Quick Fix Facial mask whilst being quite nice leaves my skin a little red and not as clear.

In the middle I have a mask that helps to purify the skin whilst hydrating too. This arrives in the form of the much hyped about Antpiodes Manuka Honey Mask which in my opinion is slightly overrated. By all means this is a beautiful mask which certainly achieves what it claims to however I can't help feel as though I was waiting to be blown away, of which if I'm truthful I can't say that I was. My skin once I have used this feels incredibly soft and nourished so it certainly receives some brownie points there, it also I'd like to add smells rather lovely. Personally though when it comes to tackling blemishes I haven't seen much of an improvement, therefore this isn't the first thing I reach for when my skin has a blip.

Skipping straight to focusing on hydration one of my favourite masks so far is once again from Super Facialist. The Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask has a soft rose fragrance which I find it to be quite light and not too overpowering for my own personal taste. My favourite time to use this mask is straight after I have used a clay mask as whilst the clay masks in my possession are rather good when it comes to not stripping the skin of moisture I do find that using a hydrating mask really does help to improve the condition of mu skin as opposed to skipping straight to moisturiser; my skin looks and feels even better when I do this.

The last type of face mask that I like to use is an exfoliating mask of which to date I haven't yet had much experience with. The REN Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask had its moment a while ago now within the beauty community which I'll admit to falling for and found myself parting with the best part of £30 in Space NK. Whilst I do like this mask I once again can't help feel like I was expecting more from it, it sure smells nice and works OK however for how expensive it was and from the amount of coverage it received this time I really did want to be blown away. Overall I found this particular product from REN to fall a little flat compared to some of the other products I have tried from the brand. At first I really liked it however I'm now quite convinced that I was fooling myself into thinking it was working and trying to make myself think that it was money well spent, it wasn't.

What are your favourite facial masks?

6 August 2014

Appleyard London Flowers

Appleyard London Flowers
I find that there's nothing like fresh flowers within a room to help brighten my day and put me in a good mood. Just a few days ago I was incredibly lucky to win a bouquet of flowers from Appleyard London. I entered the twitter competition on the off chance as I would have loved to win a bouquet for my mum, especially because she's been so supportive to me in the last year. My mum adores flowers so I knew that she would love them once I had been informed I had won; thank you Appleyard London!

The beautiful Bluebelle Bouquet made up of agapanthus, white oriental lilies and avalanche roses arrived at my house the next day. They were absolutely stunning and over the next few days only became more beautiful once the lilies started to open.

If you're looking for a nice bouquet of flowers to send a loved one then I was definitely encourage you to take a look at Appleyard London. They have some seriously gorgeous flowers of which myself and my mum have already thought about seeing if they add some Christmas themed bouquets to their website later on in the year; that they would make wonderful gifts and of course beautiful festive decoration for the home too.

I didn't have to blog about these but I found myself really wanting to, they are truly stunning flowers.


5 August 2014

A Pandora Fairy Tale

Pandora Fairy Tale Charm Pandora Fairy Tale Book Charm
Once upon a time....

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I just couldn't help myself. Jokes aside fairy tales were a big part of my childhood; I loved my Disney films (and still do) and was easily captured by talking animals, magic, fairies and romance even at that young age. Whilst I'm a lot older now and I should hope a little wiser I do now know that there are no fairies at the bottom of my garden and I'm pretty certain that my cat Oliver can't utter a syllable therefore all of those childhood dreams and visions were just that, although J K Rowling still to this day keeps the magic in my heart.

A little while ago now I was kindly sent the Pandora Once Upon A Time Charm* from Argento which is online jewellery department store. This was incredibly kind of them, especially because I've such passion for jewellery, intricate feminine designs are my favourite types of jewellery to wear whereby in contrast I tend to go for slightly more masculine style watches, which does somewhat contradict my Olivia Burton purchase back in July.

I chose this charm because of what it resembled to me at this present time in my life. Yes I love fairy tales, what female doesn't? Deep down however sometimes we have to be a little more realistic in life and realise that actually fairy tales might not be as straight forward as they had once seemed when we were younger, after all reading about damsels in distress and ogres winning the girl along with the aid of his trusty talkative sidekick donkey (I knew animals could talk) isn't a reflection on real life.

Over the last year my life got turned upside down for a few reasons which pretty much ripped apart my own personal fairy tale. It has taken a long time to be remotely happy again and if I'm honest with you I'm not there yet, I'm trying to re-build my fairy tale once again even if it a little bit different to the norm. I guess in a way I see this charm as a symbol of hope, hope that one day I will be properly happy again. I'm trying not to get too deep and emotional on here as I do like to keep my private life private, it is after all that word for a reason however because my blog means so much to me and it is something I'm constantly seeking to improve and have people relate to it can't hurt to include a more personal post once in a while.

Planning this post felt a little odd as in all honesty I didn't know how to really get my words out. I'm much more used to talking about lipstick, blushers and perfume so this particular post was more than a step out of my comfort zone. In the end I decided to just write what I thought and felt and then check for any fundamental errors afterwards; I sure do hope it make some sense to you.

Pandora bracelets and charms can be purchased from Argento.

4 August 2014

Sample Savy

Over the last two years I have somehow accumulated a rather unhealthy amount of samples which are currently all stored in a Christmas gift box under my bed; fancy I know. After giving my friend free reign to take what she wanted I was still left with far too many therefore I have started the rather large task to try and use some of these up over the remainder of the year. 

These have all built up from various trips to town where counters will provide you with samples, along with gift with purchases and of course magazine freebies. Beauty boxes that I have had in the past have often had lots of little products in too (my main reason for cancelling) so they have too found their way into my sample box.

Despite it all looking a little overwhelming I'm actually looking forward to trying some of the things in there. I've a tiny sample of the Origins GinZing Eye Cream which I received as a freebie from my one and only Origins order last year. This eye cream has been a product that I've wanted to try for an absolute age so that will definitely be the first thing I test out tomorrow morning. I'm also really keen to give the Merumaya Cleansing Balm a try considering that I'm now without one after I finished my only balm a few weeks ago.

So there we have it, I'm on a sample mission for the foreseeable future. Do you collect samples?

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