31 March 2016

March Beauty Favourites

March Beauty Favourites
March has come to an end rather quickly, as, like all beauty favourites I am left wondering where the last few weeks have gone. Nevertheless, I find myself once again sitting here compiling a few products together which have been some of my favourites throughout the month. 

This has to be one of the biggest surprises for me as despite the somewhat hefty price tag this has been a foundation that I have reached for more than I ever expected to. It is worth stating here that this foundation is primarily aimed at those with blemish prone/acneic skin, of which I do not particularly suffer from. I do have the odd blemish here and there but no more than the average person; in a nut shell I would never say that I have had trouble with acne or severe blemishes. Therefore, it is very hard for me to comment on how this foundation works in terms of helping that type of skin condition. However, I can still vouch that this foundation in terms of coverage and longevity is pretty darn good. It never cakes up on dehydrated areas and the colour match is pretty perfect for my skin tone, although I do note that the shade range in general is somewhat limited. 

This was a little treat last year after I faced the last of my exams at university. The Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise contains an individual eye shadow and a mini Rock 'n' Khol Eye Pencil which can be purchased separately in the full size. These little eye shadows like all of those from Charlotte Tilbury are wonderfully pigmented and easy to blend due to them being so soft. Whilst this is not an every day eye shadow for me due to the sparkles present, I do find myself picking up the pencil in Amber Moon quite often as it really complements my blue eyes. 

If there was ever a most repurchased product throughout my beauty history, long before I started blogging then it would be this. I have lost count at how many times I have purchased this product, it seems to be my fail safe when it comes down to growing my nails. Whilst I do not think that this is a miracle worker, I must say that I really do start to notice a difference in my nails quite quickly when I use this, therefore it clearly does work to a degree. 

Only last week I posted my review of this product as I have being using it throughout March and have really come to like the results that this gives me. This latest addition from Kiehl's really has helped to provide a healthy glow to my skin, leaving it feeling really soft and refreshed. This is the first face mask that I have tried from the brand and I have been nothing short of impressed; I am really looking forward to picking up a few more things from Kiehl's this year. 


29 March 2016

A Little Boat Sailing | The Make Over

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Sometimes it is nice to change things up a little bit, no matter how slight or small they may seem. This weekend I decided (after much deliberation), to opt for a few changes over on A Little Boat Sailing as I felt as though it needed a little re-fresh after having had the same design for a while.

Naturally of course I headed back to Pipdig who I have mentioned more than once before, purely because it takes a lot for a blogger to hand over something which means so much to them, to put it in the hands of someone else. The work of Pipdig is second to none and I trust him completely when looking for something new for my blog in terms of design and coding. 

As you can see Pipdig has updated my blog design so that it has a much more up to date and current theme, all whilst keeping the nice clean format which I was used to before. When you head on over to the main page this now allows the reader to view more of my posts at first glance. I really do think that is key, as it is not only better for the reader but also the writer behind the blog. It can be so easy for posts to fall behind the way side after they leave the first page, therefore this was something which I really wished to address.

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There will also be a new category section which I will slowly work on throughout the week. Naturally of course Bank Holiday is over so I am back to work today, so bear with me whilst I slowly put my categories together over the next few days.

I would ultimately also like to change my header a bit, although I am yet to fully decide what I am after when it comes to that. Part of me feels as though a bit of colour is warranted, although I cannot help but fall in love with the clean monochrome style of my blog at the moment.

If you are after a nice new blog design without the stress of getting things wrong, then I simply could not recommend Pipdig enough. Next time you are in the market for a design I would highly recommend getting in touch or having a look at the pre-made templates available. The template I decided to go with in the end was Equinox which was just what I was looking for.


26 March 2016

Recently Recycled #7

Recently Recycled #7

One day I will have to answer the rather awkward question as to why I keep a bag of empty beauty products lying around, instead of simply popping them in the recycling bin. Until that day arises I will continue to keep collecting them in order to do a round up post a few months later. It has been a while since I featured any products within this series and I will admit to having thrown a few things away since the last post, as the products looked, quite frankly a little bit icky. Nevertheless, here are a few things I have used up recently with a mini review for each. 

I picked this up a little while back after I was originally sent the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny* range. Having had a really good experience with that range this ended up with an inevitable browse to see what else the brand had to offer. The Super Strong Shampoo worked really nicely for me and didn't leave my hair greasy or dry in the slightest, in fact it was left feeling really quite bouncy and shiny. Having said that I am not exactly sure how the 'strength' aspect came into play as I haven't noticed much difference in terms of that. 

If there was ever a 'most featured product' award on my blog then I reckon that this product would come out on top. It goes without saying that this is to date one of my favourite cream cleansers, it just simply works. There is a full review of this on my blog which you can find here if you would like to know more about this cult beauty product. 

Botanics All Bright Micellar 3-1 Cleansing Solution*

This product has been used on and off since I first received this back in July last year. Over the last year or so I have tried quite a few micellar waters, whereby I have to say that for the price (when it is on offer), that this one is pretty hard to beat. It removes make up rather well and it is gentle on the skin and around the eye area. All you need to remember is that a micellar water is no substitute for a good old fashioned cleanse, however they are fantastic for removing that first layer of eye makeup.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

Last year Oskia had quite the moment with this product in particular; everybody seemed to love it. Having now used this up and experienced it for myself I must admit to having rather mixed feelings about it. There is a full review of this to come soon, as due to it being so hyped up, I really did wish to add my thoughts on this. Whilst generally speaking this is a nice gel cleanser, I do feel as though there was something missing, although perhaps my expectations were simply too high. The one thing I wish to add here before my full review is published is that I really did have issues with this stinging my eyes, therefore I have to ensure I steer clear of using this around that area. Whilst I personally would not re-purchase this due to the price, I still think that overall it worked well, it just did not live up to the hype.

OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo 

The OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo was a complete impulse purchase after I saw Caroline Hirons mention it quite frequently on her blog and YouTube videos. At first I was not sure what to expect as I had never tried anything from the brand before, although now that I have I will happily explore what they have on offer further as I had a really positive experience with this product. Due to the fact that my hair is colour treated and I do use straighteners more regularly than I would like, I do often find that my hair can be left feeling quite dry and sometimes a little bit static. This shampoo really did make a notable difference in terms of how hydrated my hair looked and felt, therefore, for that reason alone I will be repurchasing. 

Have you tried any of the products above?

22 March 2016

Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

TURMERIC & CRANBERRY SEED ENERGIZING RADIANCE MASQUE It has been quite a while since I last purchased a new skincare product, because I am very much in the mind set of using up what I currently have on the go. That being said, when I first caught a glimpse of the new releases from Kiehl's, I couldn't help but take an interest. 

In the past I have used very little from the brand, although two of my favourite skincare products to date happen to come from Kiehl's, those being Midnight Recovery Concentrate and the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. Having had such positive experiences in the past, I decided to treat myself to the new Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque without having read one single review; the brand thus far had my trust.

Kiehl's have released two new face masks at the same time, one for radiance and the other for defending the skin against pollutants. If I am honest, I do sometimes feel a bit sceptical about masks aimed at protecting the skin against pollutants as it is hard to measure just how well they are working for you. Having said that, I am still really quite keen to give the Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque a try. The reason I opted to purchase the Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque was because my skin was feeling and looking a bit dull, which was probably down to the cold weather. The second reason was that out of all of the masks I own, I realised that I no longer had a face mask which targeted radiance therefore it seemed the most logical choice for me. 

The aim of the Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque is to brighten and energize dull and tired skin, leaving it looking fresh and healthy. Formulated with Cranberry Extract which acts as an antioxidant and Turmeric which is an anti-inflammatory, it together alongside small Cranberry seed pieces provides a really lovely face mask which for me does exactly what it claims. 

The small Cranberry seed pieces exfoliate the skin as you wash the mask off, they are gentle and are easily removed when rinsing the mask off. Whilst using this I have noticed that a couple of pieces do sometimes stick to the skin ever so slightly, however this is nothing which a warm flannel does not solve as they then easily come away. Upon using this for the very first time I immediately noticed a difference to my complexion, it truly did look brighter and rosier and the effects lasted most certainly into the next morning. This mask does have a slightly spicy scent to it which I really like, in fact it is very different to anything I have used in the past, especially considering it verges on the side of yellow in colour. 

For me this is a mask to use before you head off out to prep your skin so it looks fresh and revived. It is also one which I will pull out a couple of times a week, especially once the warmer weather starts as I will then most likely reduce the amount of makeup that I wear on a daily basis, meaning that I will want my skin to look as fresh and clear as possible. 

Aside from the brightening factor, I think it is really important to note at just how soft this mask makes my skin feel. Generally speaking most masks leave the skin feeling soft, however this has been really quite remarkable in my experience; I think it is great. Like all of the Kiehl's products I have tried, I really do think that this is good value for money. The reason for that being is that you get a product here which goes a really long way, you truly don't need much at all, therefore I can see this lasting me much longer than I initially thought it would. I will admit to being a bit dubious about paying £28 for this, however I would happily pay that again given my experience so far. 

Have you tried anything from Kiehl's lately? Given that once again I have had a really positive experience, I am now looking at the other products that the brand produces, therefore if you have any recommendations then I would be delighted to hear them. 

16 March 2016

Four Years Later

A Little Boat SailingLast weekend my little space on the internet turned the grand old age of four. It is hard to comprehend sometimes at just how quickly time has gone since I first sat down and typed up my very first blog post. Back in 2012 I was in my second year of university, I was living away from home and things were pretty good. Fast forward onto 2016 where my life is now completely different. In that time I have graduated with a first class degree which I am really proud of, I also suffered heartbreak after my relationship of five years broke down and I then proceeded to make things super hard for myself by embarking upon the GDL. This was all at a time where perhaps in all honesty I should have just looked after myself and focused on getting back to who I was.

That being said, I am now very happy with the way things are going in my life. As we headed towards the end of last year and indeed into 2016 things have really taken a positive turn for me, not just in terms of a career point of view but also personally too. It is funny how life can pan out sometimes as opportunities can arise out of something so small. Some people can walk out of our lives for good when you thought that they would always be there, but then others can walk back into it when you were least expecting it. If I am learning anything at the moment it is to have a bit of courage, because with it something pretty special may blossom. I have to say that it feels good to finally feel somewhat at peace with myself again, after what was a rather long battle of trying to find my feet.

Nevertheless, throughout all of that, this blog has somehow remained ticking over; although I will admit that things have slowed down a lot on here in the last six months. A Little Boat Sailing will never be my job, in fact I don't ever want it to be. If you had asked me a year ago then perhaps I would have said differently deep down, however my opinions and priorities are so different now. In the past I have said before that I do not intend to stop blogging and that is still very much the case. Having said that it would be fair enough to say that I don't feel the need or urge to blog as regularly as I did once before. This will never be the blog for daily beauty updates and it will certainly never be a blog which offers a rose tinted view on things because life isn't always perfect, we each have our bad times to go alongside our good.

This online space has been a diary almost, an open book in some respect as it is out there for people to read, people who I may never even know. Whether readers are a fly by visitors who only pop by the once or whether they are even old friends who like to catch up every now and then, I want this to be a blog which offers something which they can take away with them, although what that is yet I am still yet to work out. This blog originally started off as a beauty blog predominately and I guess that is how most people still see it. However, I know that I would like to change that, I love beauty, I truly do but I need and want to bring more to the table, I want to offer more because I know that I have more to offer.

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To those who read my blog and leave me comments I want to thank you. It is always an old cliche when you read those words, but as a blogger knowing that people enjoy your content means the world. A lot of time and effort goes into producing blog posts, especially when you yourself are your own worst critic, therefore the kind words and encouragement truly do mean more than words can ever say.

Even after four years I still very much enjoy writing this blog and I hope that whether you are a new reader or old, that you enjoy reading it just as much.

Thank you. 

8 March 2016

Clarins Spring Collection 2016

Clarins Spring Collection 2016
Each year Clarins release a sophisticated and fresh make up collection for spring, this year is no different. The Instant Glow Spring Make-Up Collection for 2016 is filled with an array of delicate silver hues and soft pink tones. In fact one of the lip products from this collection has quickly become one of my favourites so far this year, although I am pretty biased as I simply adore the product range in general.

If you're on the lookout for a few new pieces this spring to help freshen up your make up collection then it is well worth looking into what Clarins have to offer. Over the last few weeks I have being trying out just a few of the items from the new spring launch and therefore, I am now able to share with you my thoughts on them.

The collection aside from what I have to share with you today also has a gorgeous looking eye shadow palette with an array of neutral tones, as well as this there is a new mascara which helps to increase the length of your lashes due to the carnauba wax contained within it.

Blushes are one of my favourite beauty products as they often can do so much for our complexion, often transforming a spark of life to our cheeks when perhaps we are not necessarily feeling too great. A pop of colour (I try to avoid that phrase where I can) surely can work wonders, which is just what the Multi-Blush* in rose offers. This soft cream to powder formula is perfect for this time of year as we slowly transition into spring. I really do like the soft effect cream formulas can have on our cheeks as opposed to a typical powder, plus they are super easy to use and require very little effort. Rose to me is not a typical pink shade, as despite the name it does have quite a peachy coral tone to it.

Clarins-Spring-2016-3 The collection consists of four Iridescent Eye Shadow shades, of which I have here Silver Plum* and Silver Green*. Generally I am quite a fan of plum toned eye shadows which is why I opted for the former, however I thought it would be interesting to see how the much cooler green toned shade would work for me. These eye shadows from Clarins are, in my opinion rather underrated as they are both beautifully pigmented and easy to blend. In fact I do think that these cream to powder shades blend even easier than those previously, although perhaps this is influenced by the shimmer within the eye shadow.

In order to round up this post I wanted to end with my favourite product from the range, which, if you are a long time reader of my blog it will come as to no surprise that the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector takes this spot. The new collection has seen the line expanded by two new shades, those being Toffee Pink Shimmer and Plum Shimmer. The shade I have here is Plum Shimmer*, which, despite the packaging being quite dark I must say that the product itself is not as dark as you may initially expect. For me this is a good thing because I do tend to go for sheer shades on a daily basis as they are for me easier to wear. Like all of the lip perfectors the formula is fantastic, the wear time isn't bad either, especially considering that this is more of a gloss as opposed to a lipstick.

Overall my experience of the Clarins Spring Collection has been really quite lovely, I am extremely tempted to pick up the other shade within the lip perfector line as these truly are one of my go to products on a daily basis. 

6 March 2016

The Self Diagnosed Introvert

The Self Diagnosed Introvert

When I first heard of the term 'introvert' I was quickly led to believe that it was filled with negative connotations. Phrases such as recluse and loner had initially provided me with a very narrow view of what this actually meant, where in turn, I had left being feeling quite negative about myself when I was labelled as such. 

If you are new to this concept then essentially an introvert is a way of describing a particular type of personality. An introvert is typically somebody who enjoys their own company, they are generally quite self-aware, they like to plan things and they are thoughtful and they are quiet. They may find being in social situations with large groups of people somewhat draining and may often need to recharge their batteries after such events. On the opposite side to this an extrovert is somebody who gains energy from social situations and who are said to be generally outgoing and confident, particularly when surrounded by others. It is easy for me to identify which category I fall into, even from this very brief explanation. 

Going back to my earliest childhood memories I was always quite shy, I would always be known as the quiet one of the group and this has continued on into my twenties, albeit the group is now even smaller than it once was. In fact, I can honestly count my closest friends on one hand and even then I never make it to all five fingers. For the longest time I had felt as though I was missing out on things due to being too shy, due to feeling awkward in social situations which would quickly lead me to making my excuses in order to get out of them, which of course inevitably only made things worse. As a teen I would generally always choose to stay in reading my books instead of going out with my friends, I would opt to hang out with just one friend as opposed to six and don't even get me started on boys! Whilst everyone else was holding hands with their boyfriend of two weeks I was sitting playing Crash Bandicoot on the PlayStation with my brother. 

Moving onto university I once again felt like a bit of an outcast. Typically university is party central, there is more alcohol in the shared kitchen than on the shelves of Tesco and there is always something suspect sitting in the sink. Whilst of course I did go out with my friends at university, I was just never one for being out all night every night. I loved nothing more than getting back to my room and enjoying the time alone to watch my favourite TV show or to write a new blog post.

Looking back on how I felt for all those years I realise only now that it didn't matter, I wasn't abnormal and there certainly wasn't anything wrong with me. It was just who I was; it is who I am. 

Generally speaking I am relatively happy in my own bubble. Being an introvert doesn't mean you sit at home all day alone feeling miserable, it simply means that you are content on your own and that I think is a really nice quality to have. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy meeting new people and I loved being in a relationship. I am certainly much better in social situations than I used to be, however the fact still remains that ultimately, I am a bit of a homebody and I am now confident enough to say that I no longer feel bad about that. 
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