Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Big Savings Haul

Big Savings Haul

Earlier in the month I posted my treat myself haul and I couldn't resist another haul post before the end of this month. So here's what I picked up thanks to some incredible sales and discounts that I found in the past couple of weeks.

I was actually on Beauty Bay to find some links for future posts when I was completely drawn in. 15% off the entire site? Seriously? Not only that but so many of the products were already on sale meaning double savings so I got some of the following beauty products for pretty unbelievable prices.

Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash Blue Lagoon Review sale beauty bay

Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash Blue Lagoon Was £12.50 On Sale for £10.00 (With Discount Code £8.50)

I've finally completed my Tangle Teezer set. I now own the original tangle teezer, the compact styler and this little beauty. I will need to do a post soon solely to declare my love for Tangle Teezer and these incredible products. I'm definitely looking forward to dealing with my unruly tangled hair after tonight's shower, which is normally the most dreaded part of my haircare routine. I absolutely love the bright blue colour as well, even though I was definitely tempted by the beautiful pink shade too.

OPI When Froggy Met Piggy Duo OPI Romancing the Frog Duo muppets most wanted review

OPI When Froggy Met Piggy Duo Was £19.95 On Sale for £12.97 (With Discount Code £11.02)

I absolutely adore both of these polishes. Gaining Mole-Mentum looks like such an usual chunky glitter which I've never seen anything like before. I love that one is called Kermit Me To Speak too. I'll be reviewing all of the Muppets Most Wanted OPI polishes that I picked up in the next few days and I can't wait to get swatching.

OPI Romancing the Frog Duo Was £19.95 On Sale for £12.97 (With Discount Code £11.02)

This duo includes the one polish that completely sold me on the Muppets Most Wanted Collection, the Muppets World Tour glitter. I have nothing like it in my nail polish collection and trust me that's really saying something. Plus who can say no to Miss Piggy? Hai Ya!

ASOS Satchel Bag With Scallop Flap And Slot Through Straps sale review

ASOS Satchel Bag With Scallop Flap And Slot Through Straps Was £25 On Sale for £12.50

I bought this beautiful satcghel when ASOS were holding their 50% off of 50 items promotion at the start of the month. So maybe I didn't technically need another spring handbag since I only bought my lilac Accessorize bag the day before I bought this but it was just too good an offer to resist. You'd really struggle to get a bag in Primark for that price these days, nonetheless one from ASOS. 
Well that's what I told myself to justify my buying it. Hehe.

ASOS Yawn Necklace sale review

ASOS Yawn Necklace Was £6 On Sale for £3

I've had this necklace in my saved items on ASOS for many many months now and I've been meaning to buy it for quite a while now since it's basically the perfect piece of jewellery for me. As soon as I opened my emails and saw the 50% sale was on I got a little giddy as I knew there was one item I wanted to be on sale more than anything else. Even though it was only £6 to begin with I'm all about bagging myself a bargain and that's exactly what this was.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm in Give Me A Cuddle Review ASOS

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm in Give Me A Cuddle Was £5.99 On Sale for £4

I had wanted to pick this up in the Boots 3 for 2 but my local Boots store was an absolute riot every time I went in to buy it. When I was ready to hit the pay button on ASOS I just happened to notice that this was down in price too. That saved items section is always so dangerous for me when it comes to just adding a couple of more items into my basket. I'll be reviewing this alongside some of the other lip crayons I've picked up over the past couple of weeks very soon.

L'Oreal Studio #TXT Volume Supersize Spray Review

L'Oreal Studio #TXT Volume Supersize Spray

Okay, so technically I didn't need another volumising spray but I just had to pick this one up since it was less than £2. I can't wait to try this spray out for myself as I've heard a couple of mixed reviews on this product. Expect a review on this in the next couple of weeks.

So thanks to the various sales and discounts that I took advantage of I managed to save £41.28 on my purchases in this haul, which I'm definitely impressed with, especially when I had all of these items on my wishlist anyway.

Have you got any bargains or big savings recently? What do you think of the savings and items I managed to find?


Friday, 28 March 2014

This Has Been: March

The best way to start your morning - I love it when I get packages with these little polystyrene packing chips in them - I was only meant to be picking up an order not buying even more - Beauty UK delivery - This is not the kind of shopping bag I'm used to carrying around with me - I've fallen in love with my Accessorize handbag - My bargain ASOS mint green scallop satchel - My wonderful giveaway prizes from the lovely Saida - The Way Way Back is such an incredible movie - So I went a little crazy in IKEA but I do now have storage for all my lovely beauty products - Another day, another trip to the doctors - My Little Pony pyjamas - Little Superdrug haul - A Marie mug = the best birthday present I could ever buy my mum - March movies with Metcalfe's Skinny - I had a little spree in LUSH - First chippy of 2014 and I made it a big bag - Urban Legend was actually pretty good and it was of course made better by the fact that a young Jared Leto was in it - Loving La Roche-Posay - Sunny #ootd - A little Burger King treat - I finally got to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Been trying this LUSH treat out and it just smells so good - Nothing cheers me up quite like the Jackass guys

So March has been a bit up and down. I've still been feeling really poorly and work has been getting me down even more so than it normally does. But on the plus side, my current work situation has pushed me to properly start looking for a job that I'll love, so I've been busy writing up my CV in the past couple of days. Anyone got any tips? And of course, there's been a lot of shopping going on to cheer myself up. I've been in a 'Treat Yo' Self' kind of mood recently leading me to do just that in this haul that I posted at the start of the month. It's also starting to get sunnier and a little brighter in the mornings which is definitely a welcome addition to my day.

What was your March like? Please feel free to send me your instagram links and I'll be sure to check them out.


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

GOSH Frosted Sand Nail Lacquers

GOSH Frosted Sand Nail Lacquers Review Soft Coral Rose Swatch

GOSH Frosted Sand Nail Lacquers* £3.99
(From left to right: Soft Coral and Rose)

GOSH recently released their Spring/Summer collection for 2014 with some fabulous new products hitting the make up stands at your local Superdrug stores and online. Today I'll be reviewing two of their new Frosted Sand nail lacquers but you can expect a few more posts in the next couple of weeks showcasing some more of their Spring/Summer line.

I've been meaning to try out some of the textured nail polishes that have been infiltrating the beauty world of late but for some reason or another I just hadn't got around to it and trust me, the wait was definitely worth it! I'm really glad these were the first ones to initiate me into the world of textured nail polishes as I haven't had these two off my nails since they arrived on my doorstep.

GOSH have always been a firm favourite of mine when it comes to nail polishes and I may have stocked up on their Holographic Hero polish a while back as it is easily one of my favourite nail polishes of all time. Speaking of that lacquer, I think I'll need to do a review of that very soon as I've yet to share my thoughts on some of my favourite polishes. Back to the GOSH Frosted Sand lacquers, I absolutely adore the colours of these two. As much as I love my glitter nail polishes, I'm always a little weary of wearing them in the summer. I normally associate glitter with Christmas-time so it doesn't feel all that natural wearing glittering gold, red and green nail polish in the spring or summer months but these two are a whole different story. The rose and soft coral colour are perfect for the warmer months but you still get to wear a polish which really packs a punch glitter wise.

GOSH Frosted Sand Nail Lacquers Soft Coral Review Swatch

GOSH Frosted Nail Lacquer in Soft Coral (07)*

GOSH Frosted Sand Nail Lacquers Rose Review Swatch

GOSH Frosted Nail Lacquer in Rose (05)*

GOSH Frosted Sand Nail Lacquers Soft Coral Rose Review Swatches

I have applied two coats of each of the polishes here but I really could have gotten away with just the one. The coverage is really incredible. Don't you just hate it when you buy a glittery polish and it takes a million and one coats of it to get the effect that it has within the bottle? You certainly don't have that problem here. They also dry with a matte finish which I absolutely love but if you're not a huge fan of the matte texture then you can easily remedy this by applying a glossy top coat.

These innovative and absolutely gorgeous lacquers are only £3.99 which is an absolute steal when you compare them with some of the higher end nail polish brands. These also come in several more shades and as if £3.99 a bottle wasn't a good enough deal, they are currently on a buy one get the second one half price deal in Superdrug, making them even friendlier on the purse strings. I don't know about you but I'm certainly going to be picking up some more of these. I'm especially excited for the release of the frosted soft green and soft blue offerings which will be out in April to celebrate Superdrug's 50th anniversary.

So what do you think? Will you be trying these out? Have you tried GOSH nail polishes before? And are you a fan of textured and glittery nails?

Sunday, 23 March 2014

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lip Balm

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres Lip Balm Barrier Repairing Review

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lip Balm* £6

I think everyone experiences some kind of damage to their lips in the winter, especially if you live somewhere where the weather is rather unpredictable, like I do. So I've been looking for an intensive balm to use on my lips to make sure that my lips are in tip top condition as the warmer months approach. Don't you just hate it when you have a gorgeous lip stick or ten that you want to wear but it shows up every little crack on the lips?

This product has been recommended to me on umpteen occasions this winter as I've complained about my chapped and cracked lips, so I'm glad I finally got the chance to give it a try.

This lip balm has a thick gel like consistency which absorbs quickly. The great thing about this balm is that it doesn't have a shiny or sticky residue which I often associate with lip products such as these. The Cicaplast blam is also unscented which is a real bonus for me as I'm not a huge fan of scented balms that I'm applying solely to improve the appearance of my lips. This means it's ideal for men and for women.

Not only is this product great for the colder winter months where my lips inevitably suffer from the bitter cold weather we get here but it's also the perfect product for when you have a cold. You know when the skin around your nose starts to get inflamed, aggravated and flaky as a result of what feels like hours and hours of endless sneezing? Well this balm can also be applied to those areas of sore skin around the nose. The fact that this has multiple uses just makes me fall in love with it even more. What other traditional lip balms do you know of that can be used for that purpose

You may have already read my review of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] and that's now a product I can't imagine not owning so I'm happy to say, La Roche-Posay, you've done it again with this lip balm!

For the price you really can't complain and I love that you can pick up La Roche-Posay from a couple of retailers in the UK now. Mine was provided from which have such an incredible array of products to choose from and I would know. I've spent what feels like days pottering around their site finding fabulous products.

Have you tried this before? If so, what do you think of it? What lip balms or scrubs do you use to keep your lips in great condition? I think I'll need to try out the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm next, as again it's one I've heard such incredible things about.


Friday, 21 March 2014

Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Cream

Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Cream Was £4.79 Now £2.39

My hair was in dire need of some tender loving care a couple of months ago which led me to begin the search for a product to give me that added moisture to my hair as well as a repairing quality that I so desperately needed. This is when I first discovered the Bee Strong range from Herbal Essences. Since then I've only been using the Bee Strong Shampoo and the Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo which I have featured on here before, just so as to make sure my hair doesn't get too used to the one shampoo. After falling in love with the Bee Strong shampoo I remembered seeing a couple of other products in the Bee Strong range so I hotfooted it to the shops to see what else I could pick up. When the Boots 3 for 2 deal was on I just had to pick this up, even though I bought it out with the 3 for 2. Silly me! Hehe.

Aimed at those with damaged hair, this strengthening cream or leave in conditioner as it is billed on the Boots website, has really transformed my hair from it's lack-lustre and damaged state. As my hair had already improved vastly, as a result of using the Bee Strong shampoo in particular, I expected nothing less from this product and let's just say it did not disappoint! This gem of a product doesn't leave the hair feeling like it's laden with product either. Neither does it make it feel greasy or oily in the slightest, which was one of the things I was potentially worried about when I picked up this bottle. It also deals well with my frizzy hair on those days when it feels rather dry yet kinda candy-floss-ish. Don't you hate it when that happens? Candy floss hair is certainly not a style that works for me anyway.

Like the rest of the Bee Strong range this cream smells absolutely gorgeous. I could happily just sit and sniff the shampoo bottle it's such a dreamy scent but I guess that would be kind of weird? What do you think? Hehe.

I do have to say though, instead of spraying it into my hands, as it directs you to on the bottle, I spray it directly onto my hair when it's damp as it does take quite a bit of spraying into your hands before you really have enough to make a real impact on your hair. It's more of a mist of product instead of a heavy cream so it is really easy to build it up to the amount you need depending on how damaged you feel your hair is.

I don't think you necessarily need to use this product in conjunction with the Bee Strong shampoo and conditioner, as I also use this cream with my Alberto Balsam shampoo, but I certainly do recommend both the shampoo and the conditioner too. Now all I need to try out is the strengthening intensive mask to complete my Bee Strong collection. The fact that I just found out that Boots have 50% off the entire Herbal Essences range is certainly tempting me to order it right now. Hehe. I may need to stock up on the Bee Strong collection while I'm at it and maybe try a couple of other collections too. What are you doing to me Boots?!

Have you tried the Bee Strong range? If so, what do you think of it? Do you use leave in conditioners on a regular basis?


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

What I've Been Watching In: March (With Metcalfe's Skinny)

What I've Been Watching In: March (With Metcalfe's Skinny) Blog Review

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, 
Having seen this on the big screen in one of the wonderful movie theaters in America, I'm talking leather recliners as seats (oh yeah!), this movie always reminds me of escaping a day of heavy, heavy rainfall in Orlando by going to see this. I really enjoyed this movie and the fact that some of the scenes were filmed in my hometown of Glasgow made it all the more exciting. Queue me shouting, "I've walked up that street to University" and "look there's George Square" while Brad scrambles around in a zombie infested city centre.

Starring: Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney
This was one of the movies I received for my birthday last month. I've wanted to see it since I first saw the trailer for it last year as it stars some of my favourite actors. All I can say is that this is such an incredible movie! I really loved it and even felt myself beginning to tear up at the end. The performances in The Way Way Back are wonderful and I seem to have fallen even more in love with Sam Rockwell, which I didn't think was possible. It's also made me want to watch Adventureland again so expect to see a review of that next month.

The Hangover Part III (2013)

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong
As a big fan of the first Hangover movie I knew I would need to watch this at some point but I certainly didn't rush out to the cinema or buy this on DVD to see it, all thanks to having seen the second Hangover movie. Let's not mention the second movie in the Hangover trilogy, let's not mention it at all. So, as you can imagine, I was a little apprehensive about even giving this third movie a chance but all I can say is, it wasn't anywhere near as bad as the second one or as funny as the first. It does have some genuinely funny moments, most of which are in the first thirty minutes but you do get to stare at Bradley Cooper for an entire movie, which is never a bad thing. And a real highlight for me, Mr Chow (Ken Jeong) singing Johnny Cash's version of Hurt in a karaoke bar, even just watch it to see that. I could not stop laughing or singing it all day.

What I've Been Watching In: March (With Metcalfe's Skinny) Movies

The World's End (2013)
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are easily two of my favourite films so I had high expectations for The World's End. I was a little worried that it wouldn't live up to those expectations but I really did enjoy it. Normally it takes a couple of viewings for me to really get everything out of these movies. I still find things I never saw the other fifty times I watched Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz which just makes me smile even more each time I watch them. I also really loved the ensemble cast in this. Plus the fact that Rafe Spall was in all three of the Cornetto trilogy movies really made me so happy. It was definitely all about the little memorable moments from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz that made this movie the perfect end to Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost Cornetto trilogy. If you haven't seen any of the Cornetto trilogy movies just watch them now! You will not regret it.

Tiny Furniture (2010)
Starring: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Alex Karpovsky, Jemima Kirke
If you are a fan of the HBO series Girls, like I am, then I think you really need to give this movie a watch. Not only was this the movie that got Lena Dunham noticed by Judd Apatow which in turn resulted in Lena creating Girls for HBO but it also stars some of my Girls favourites, Alex Karpovsky (Ray) and Jemima Kirke (Jessa). If you're not a fan of the show though, then I would probably give this movie a miss as it does have a very similar feel to the show.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
Starring: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde
This just happened to be on one of the movie channels one morning when I got up and I ended up watching it all even though I only intended on watching a couple of minutes of it. It's the perfect movie to watch when there's nothing else on. Also the cutest dog ever appears in this movie and his name is Wonderstone! If you have seen this you will know what I'm talking about. Hehe. It's definitely different to Now You See Me which I watched last month but it's still filled to the brim with fun magic tricks. What made this movie even better, the fact that it was co-written by John Francis Daley (aka. Sam Weir from Freaks and Geeks), who also co-wrote Horrible Bosses. As a big fan of Freaks and Geeks this instantly made me like this movie all the more.

Metcalfes Skinny Blog Review

Thanks to the incredible team at Metcalfe's Skinny I had some wonderful Metcalfe's treats to enjoy whilst watching these movies this month. I cannot get enough of the Sweet 'n Salt Topcorn*, perfect for a little movie marathon. And if, like me, you normally reach for a chocolate digestive biscuit or two (or an entire pack if you're me hehe) then the dark chocolate corncakes* may be the answer. I definitely don't feel as guilty scoffing the entire pack of these. The rest of my family have devoured the skinny corn'ers* which they just couldn't get enough of. You can find the entire product range here.

What have you been watching this month? Do you have any recommendations?

Have you seen any of these? If so, what did you think of them?


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Bioderma Atoderm Very Dry Skin Cream

Bioderma Atoderm Very Dry Skin Cream* £11.68

Bioderma is a brand that I have always wanted to try ever since I first saw the Sensibo H2O micellar waters saturate the blogosphere all those years ago but I never thought I'd be able to get my hands on any of their products here in the UK. Whilst I might not be able to pop down to my local Boots or Superdrug store and physically pick up their products, there are a couple of amazing retailers which do stock the French pharmacy brand. One of these wonderful retailers is Farmaline, a pharmacy based in Beligium.

After the lovely Phlippe from Farmaline got in touch to ask if I wanted to try anything from their website I couldn't believe that I was finally going to be able to try Bioderma. One product that I really wanted to try, above and beyond the rest of the Bioderma range, was the Atoderm Very Dry Skin Cream. 

The reason I was so excited to try out this product in particular was because my skin was really in dire need of moisture and care and the fact that this product is designed for those with very dry skin immediately made me want to give this a shot.

In the past couple of weeks and months, the skin on my hips has been particularly and uncharacteristically sore. It basically felt like a burning sensation and as though I could feel my skin being stretched but there were no signs of dryness or stretch marks which left me thinking, "what on earth is going on with my skin?" As you can imagine, I was very interested in putting an end to the discomfort and pain I had been experiencing so this cream couldn't have arrived at my door quick enough.

Now I'm going to make a pretty bold statement here and I feel like I'm cheating on Soap & Glory's The Righteous Butter by saying this but this is genuinely the best moisturiser I have ever tried. Pretty bold I know but I feel like I've found one of those products that I now can't go without. In just under a month it has completely relieved me of the burning sensation on my hips and that area is the smoothest and silkiest that it has ever been. Other parts of my body like my legs and arms are now relatively scale free. 
This cream immediately sinks into the skin, giving a real cooling quality and isn't slimy or greasy at all. This for me makes it number one in my books when it comes to what I've tried so far moisturiser wise.

The scent is very subtle and doesn't linger on the skin too long which I actually quite liked considering I was applying this cream rather generously. If I had applied that much cream from other brands of moisturiser with more fragrance, let's just say it would have been really pretty overpowering in terms of scent.

All I can think now is what can I try next from Bioderma? I think I may need pick up a few more pieces from the Atoderm range of products soon.

Are you a fan of Bioderma? What products have you tried and which ones do you recommend from their range?


Friday, 14 March 2014

miamoo Travel Goodies

miamoo travel goodies set review

miamoo Travel Goodies* £15

I was very lucky to be chosen this month by the wonderful Jody at miamoo to try out and review the miamoo travel goodies set. As someone with sensitive and pretty dry skin I'm always looking for new products to try. Since miamoo products are free from harsh ingredients which often irritate and worsen skin conditions such as dryness and sensitivity, this means that the products are ideal for those with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. miamoo can also be used by pregnant mothers and on babies from birth which just emphasises how gentle and natural the products are on the skin. As miamoo is suitable for all ages and skin types this means it's perfect for the entire family to use.

The miamoo Travel Goodies set comprises of a 10ml pot of Cheeky Cream and 30ml bottles of Huggy Lotion, Splashy Wash, Spritz and Wipe, Fresh Locks Shampoo and Baba Oil.

I'm going to start by saying, just how cute are these products? You know I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to good packaging so these instantly made me smile. I also love the fresh and subtle scents of these products. They aren't overpowering but they do have a really beautiful hint of citrus and lavender throughout the set. And the pump applicators on the Huggy Lotion, Spritz and Wipe and Baba Oil make application so easy. I can't be the only one who uses products with a pump applicator much more than a big tub of product, so it's all about ease of use for me.

Having tried all the products, I have to say, my favourite has to be the Fresh Locks shampoo. It's already made a drastic difference to my dry and flaky scalp as well as my hairline after only a few washes. I'll definitely be purchasing the full size of this once I run out of my travel size bottle as it leaves hair feeling so clean.

Talking of the travel sizes, I love that you can carry this travel set with you especially when it comes to air travel, which is sometimes a bit of a palaver. You normally have to either dispense products into bottles and tubs to make sure that they comply with air travel regulations or you end up spending a small fortune on all the travel products when you get to the airport. miamoo takes all the hassle out of air travel with this set. And as it also comes in a clear plastic case it makes going through airport security with this in your carry on a real breeze. I can't wait to take it in my carry on later in the year. It's also a great set to have with you on days out or trips away.
Another great thing about the miamoo travel goodies set, the consistency of the next two products, which I thought I would swatch to let you see what I mean.

miamoo travel goodies set swatch cheeky cream huggy lotion review(From left to right: swatch of miamoo Cheeky Cream - swatch of Huggy Lotion)

I love the feel of Cheeky Cream, it's just so creamy and luxurious. As it is considerably thicker in consistency than the Huggy Lotion, I've been putting on Cheeky Cream right before I go to bed and using it as an overnight moisturiser. 
Both cool the skin and sink right in without leaving any grease behind, which instantly made them a winner with me. The amount of times I've bought a moisturiser and it's let me down by not absorbing into the skin, well these moisturising products certainly don't have that problem.

In addition to sending this set out for me to try and review, miamoo have also offered a 10% discount for all of my lovely readers of 10% off all of their full priced products. All you have to do is enter Blog13 at the checkout. This means you can pick up this wonderful travel set for only £13.50, which when you consider the products you'll get to try out and the fact that this includes a cute clear travel bag and cotton cloth, is a pretty great deal.

Will you be treating yourself to something from miamoo with the 10% discount code? If so, what will you be picking up? Have you tried anything from the brand before?


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Beauty UK CC Cream

Beauty UK CC Cream

Beauty UK CC Cream* £4.99

I've never tried a CC (Colour Correcting) Cream before so when Beauty UK gave me the opportunity to try some of their new products I was really intrigued by this product in particular.

Beauty UK CC Cream Swatch Review

(From left to right: product as dispensed from tube - product swatched and blended)

I wasn't sure what to expect from a CC Cream but I can now fully understand why they seemed to infiltrate the beauty world a little while ago. This offering from Beauty UK left my skin feeling dewy, with a slight glow and the cream is very lightweight but still applies well to the skin. It gives me medium coverage as I found a couple of blemishes almost disappeared completely under the cover of the CC Cream. Plus as an added bonus, this CC Cream boasts the inclusion of an SPF30, which is incredibly important not only in the sunny summer months but throughout the year no matter what the weather is like or what season it is. 

A little really does go a long way with this product so just watch when you are dispensing it as it can be a little runny. Just so you don't squeeze out too much since you really don't need that much at all to ensure it is applied to your entire face. 

Again I've been won over when it comes to packaging. I love that the CC letters on the front of the tube allow you to see product within the packaging, a really nice touch from Beauty UK.

My only issue with this is that even the lightest shade is a little too dark for me but this could be because I am so incredibly pale. If I ever did tan in the slightest, which unfortunately I never do, then this would be such a great shade to wear in the warmer months. However it was rather visible that this was a different shade from my skin. I really wanted it to be a perfect match but regrettably it wasn't. All I can say is please make more shades Beauty UK! This really would be the perfect product for me if it was a shade lighter since I'm not a huge fan of wearing heavy foundation on a day-to-day basis. I definitely would recommend this product as long as you aren't as ghostly pale as I am. Hehe.

Have you tried CC creams before? If so, what do you think of them and which ones have you tried? Have you had issues trying to find the perfect shade to suit you when it comes to CC creams?


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Make It Mineral with Sheer Cover Studio

Sheer Cover Studio Introductory VIP Kit

I was recently challenged by Sheer Cover Studio to Make It Mineral by giving up all of my everyday make up products in favour of Sheer Cover Studio for one week. I've always been incredibly interested in trying mineral make up, especially as my skin is rather sensitive and I don't wear heavy make up on a day to day basis.

Sheer Cover Studio provided me with their Introductory VIP Kit* which consists of their Perfect Shade Mineral Foundation, a Conceal & Brighten Trio, Sun-kissed Bronzing Minerals, a Lengthening Mascara, Lash Extending Fibers and three brushes. 

Sheer Cover Studio Perfect Shade Mineral Foundation

Step 1: Foundation
Now this is the real standout product from the kit for me! I don't normally wear foundation on a day to day basis as I'm really not a fan of heavy coverage, plus I'm normally far too lazy on an early morning before work to spend more than five minutes doing my make up. But this foundation makes all the difference for me. It really does give that airbrushed look, one I never thought I would be able to achieve, with very minimal effort. All it takes is a couple of swipes of the wonderful brush included with this kit and I'm done. You genuinely don't feel like you're wearing makeup at all, which again is a real bonus as it feels so lightweight. You can also easily build up the amount of coverage if you need to. Another added bonus, as if I really needed another for me to fall in love with this foundation, was that my skin felt baby soft the day after I removed it. Normally my skin feels patchy and a little drier than normal the day after I remove a face of make up but not with this product at all. I've definitely been won over by this mineral foundation.

Sheer Cover Studio Concealer Trio Conceal & Brighten Trio

Step 2: Concealer
I love how this concealer has three separate colours included in the one palette. You have a lighter and slightly darker concealer so you can get a perfect colour match when it comes to your skin tone. This for me is such a great idea. Normally you buy a concealer and in the warmer months it's too light or in the winter months it's too dark so I end up having to buy at least two separate concealers. This, on the other hand, gives you the ability to mix your own concealer colour with ease. The highlighter is another welcome addition to the Conceal & Brighten Trio and the products themselves are incredibly creamy on the skin and don't go on too heavy when it comes to the under eye area. It's definitely made me think about my traditional concealer choices.

Sheer Cover Studio Lengthening Mascara Lash Extending Fibers

Step 3: Lashes
The one product I was the most intrigued with and excited to try out was the Lash Extending Fibers. I've never tried anything like this before and I'm certainly glad I could have a little play about with these two products. So what you do is you apply one coat of the lengthening mascara followed by a coat of the lash extending fibers and then another coat of the mascara. 
My only issue with this mascara is that I tend to avoid lengthening mascaras as I normally prefer to increase the volume of my lashes instead of the length. But if you are a fan of lengthening mascaras then this is a really interesting combination to try out when you add in the idea of using fibers to lengthen your lashes too. 

Sheer Cover Studio Sun-kissed Bronzing Minerals

Step 4: Finishing Touches
I never use bronzer. Actually, I did once use a bronzer which had flecks of glitter in it when I was a teenager, what was I thinking? Trust me the bronzer look certainly did not look good on someone as ghostly pale as myself. So ever since then I have shuddered a little when I've seen bronzers on the make up stands. This meant I was a little apprehensive when it came to trying this one product in particular but you can apply it so it only gives a subtle glow, which is perfect for me. And most importantly, this mineral bronzer doesn't have a single speck of glitter in it. Hallelujah! Why do they even make bronzers with glitter in them?

So I can certainly say that I've been converted when it comes to mineral make up. Not only did it provide me with such a flawless finish but my make up took half the time it normally would if I was using the equivalent products to these. As you can probably already tell, it was all about the mineral foundation for me. Sheer Cover Studio have not only converted me to mineral make up but they've actually persuaded me to use foundation on a daily basis. 

I just want to thank Sheer Cover Studio again, as well as the wonderful Ellie, for the incredible opportunity to get involved in this challenge. You can get your hands on this Introductory VIP kit on Sheer Cover Studio's website for £29.99 which when you consider the amount of products you are getting for the price is really a pretty fantastic deal.

What do you think of my overall look? Do you wear mineral make up? And have you ever tried Sheer Cover Studio?


Friday, 7 March 2014

The Treat Myself Haul


If you follow me on twitter or instagram then you may have seen that I've had a bit of a rubbish time recently, health wise which meant I had to go into hospital for a couple of procedures at the start of last week. I haven't really been feeling all that great ever since then so I've been spending quite a lot of time at home recovering. In between spending hours and days glued to Netflix I've found myself doing a little a lot of retail therapy and here is the result of me saying to myself, "Ellis, you need to treat yourself!"

Accessorize Georgia Winged Handheld Bag

Accessorize Georgia Winged Handheld Bag £32

I'd been thinking about picking up a more spring/summer appropriate handbag but nothing had really caught my eye or it was far too small for everyday use, until I saw this beauty. I initially thought about getting it in green, which I do still have my eye on but as soon as I saw it in lilac I knew I just had to have it. It has made me want the Michael Kors Selma even more since I completely adore the shape of this handbag. I'm counting down the days until I can get my hands on the Selma when I'm in the US later this year.

Shaun the Sheep Tangle Teezer Compact Styler

Shaun the Sheep Tangle Teezer Compact Styler £12.25

I've had this on my wishlist for a couple of months now and since I was treating myself to a new handbag I thought I may as well get around to buying one of the Tangle Teezer compact stylers to carry around in that new handbag. I had been planning on picking up the gold rush compact styler on my next shopping trip but then I found myself on lookfantastic, as you do, and this little guy had to be mine. I basically fell in love instantly with this Shaun the Sheep version of the compact styler.

My Little Pony Pyjamas

My Little Pony Pyjamas £14

I've seen a couple of My Little Pony pyjamas in stores recently but they've either been a little pricey (Topshop) or not really fantastic quality (Primark) so I think I've found the perfect in between. These were relatively cheap and I'm always impressed by the quality of Florence & Fred pyjamas. Plus these have leggings as bottoms which instantly sold me on this pair as the Snoopy pyjama leggings that I received for my birthday are already firm favourites of mine.

Disney Aristocats Marie Sleep T Shirt

Disney Aristocats Marie Sleep T Shirt £10

The Aristocats is one of my favourite Disney movies and Marie has to one of, if not my favourite Disney character, so any time I find anything with her little face on it I normally end up buying it. I'm talking Marie mugs, soft toys, I even have a Marie purse. This looks like it will be the perfect sleep shirt for transitioning between the different seasons.

New Look Black Tapestry Floral Low Heel Chelsea Boots

New Look Black Tapestry Floral Low Heel Chelsea Boots Were £19.99 Now £9

My current winter boots are definitely on their last legs. I actually had to throw them in the bin this morning as they had started letting in quite a bit of water in the past couple of days. I was checking out the New Look end of season sale and saw these were in the sale and for only £9 I couldn't really say no. Perfect timing eh?

New Look Bow Hair Scrunchies Forever 21 Heart Stud Set

New Look Bow Hair Scrunchies £2.99

I was so happy with the two New Look scrunchies that I bought in the New Look Boxing Day sale that I had to add these to my shopping basket. They are perfect when I need to stick my hair up and I love how cute the little bow is, it almost looks little bunny ears when it's in the hair too.

One of the first places I head to in Forever 21 is the gorgeous jewellery section and these were just too cute not to pick up, plus they will match this necklace that I also picked up from Forever 21 a little while ago.

Primark Miffy and Tom & Jerry Slipper Socks

Primark Miffy and Tom & Jerry Slipper Socks Were £4 Now £2

I already own these Miffy slipper socks and haven't had them off my feet since I bought them so I just had to pick up another pair when I saw they were down in price to £2. Then I saw these little Tom & Jerry ones and I couldn't leave them behind either.

What have you treated to yourself to recently? Or what's currently on your shopping wishlist?


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray


Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray £6.99

If you saw my Boots Haul post last week then you will have already seen that I picked this up in their recent 3 for 2 deal. I had to search high and low to get my hands on this purpley pink bottle and it was definitely worth the hassle. There wasn't a single bottle left in either of my local Boots stores and at this point it was out of stock online too. I almost gave up on finding a bottle of this, especially during the busy 3 for 2 period, until I saw it was back in stock online where I quickly snapped it up.

I've been toying with the idea of purchasing a texturising spray ever since my hair started feeling a little lacklustre and limp over the past couple of months. Most sprays promising to add texture and volume to your hair are on the pricey side, to the say the least, so when I heard that this product promised to do precisely that for a fraction of the price of some of the other brands I had to track it down.

I apply this by spraying it to my roots with my head turned upside down, for added volume. It definitely gives my hair that much needed boost and holds it. The hold is akin to that of a hairspray but unlike your traditional hairspray it gave my hair a serious backcombed effect so it's certainly a case of it does what it says on the bottle. Even better than the volumising effect that it had on my hair was the texturising effect. My hair always feels very soft, fluffy and almost candy-floss-ish right after it dries naturally, making it pretty difficult to style and rather frizzy as a result. This gives me that second day hair feeling without making my hair feel sticky or greasy in the slightest.

At only £7.99 you really can't go wrong. I think I'll definitely be stocking up on the Volume & Bounce range while the 3 for 2 deal is still on. I really want to give the mousse, powder and creme a try as well. Three more possible candidates for the 3 for 2 deal? Hehe.

Have you tried this spray yet? If so, what did you think of it? Are there any other volumising and texturising sprays you've tried?


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Nails Inc Nail Polish Diary: March

Nails Inc Baker Street £11

March's nail polish is the best-selling Baker Street.

I was so excited to find this polish in my nail polish diary as it was one of those shades that I've been meaning to try for what feels like forever.

This polish has always had a lot of hype attached to it in my opinion. Remember when Beyonce reportedly wore it after the birth of Blue Ivy or when it was all over the blogosphere? Well now I completely understand why so many were raving about it all those months and even years ago. Whilst some of the shades in my nail diary fit their allocated month perfectly (I mean it's all about coral for spring/summer as we will see when it comes to next month's polish), I love that this shade of blue can be worn any month of the year. Is it worrying that as soon as I wrote shade of blue I instantly thought of Deeper Shade of Blue by Steps? I think that is probably a worry hehe.

To be safe I did apply two coats of this polish but I could easily have gotten away with just the one. This dries so glossy, with an almost patent effect and instantly reminded me of many gel nail polishes that I have tried, which is always a good thing.

Have you tried Baker Street before? If so, what do you think of it? Are you a fan of wearing shades of blue? (I really need to stop singing Deeper Shade of Blue and doing the dance routine! Why do I even still remember the dance routine?! Haha.)

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