Friday, 30 May 2014

This Has Been: May

First of May #ootd - I've been really loving Tanya Burr's Little Duck shade - I have an exclusive discount code for the entire range of Victoria's Secret fragrance mists - I've fallen in love with Mr Paolo Nutini all over again - If you enjoy reading my blog I would really appreciate a nomination for Best New Beauty Blog in the Cosmo Blog Awards - New movies (review here) - Look who was watching me when I was taking blog photographs that day hehe - I was incredibly lucky again and won Charley's fabulous giveaway - I finally jumped aboard the Breaking Bad bandwagon - This really is the prettiest shimmer polish I've ever tried - Beauty UK definitely use the best packaging - Mid-week chippy treat - A very rare good hair day - I still can't bring myself to open the lovely packaging on Tanya Burr's lipglosses - My Drugstore Beauty Haul giveaway with Cohorted (A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO HANNAH WHO WON!!) - Viktor & Rolf's Bon Bon fragrance is definitely telling me I need to buy it soon - Such a nice surprise finding Olivia from What Olivia Did (link here) in the New Look magazine inside the Stylist magazine - A lovely present from Paul Mitchell - Cheeky NARS purchase - Sunny day #ootd - A spot of Saturday baking - Bank holiday MAC browsing - I rediscovered Strawberry Fancies and have become obsessed with them once again - I did quite a bit of baking this bank holiday weekend but who doesn't love home-made shortbread? - I love that it's light now during my evening walks - My new favourite perfume (review here) - New bedding - A little Topshop order to end the month

May is always one of my favourite months of the year, mostly thanks to the two bank holiday weekends. What a difference having a Monday off work makes! It looks like I spent my month like I spend most months; shopping. Hehe. I also feel like I've spent most of this month watching Breaking Bad. Why did it take me this long to get around to watching it? I've just started season 4 and whilst I'm excited to see how it all ends, I will be sad when it ends. What TV show should I get hooked on next? Preferably one that I can catch up with on Netflix. If you have any suggestions be sure to let me know.

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


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight EDT

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight EDT Beauty Review Bottle

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight EDT* £43.95

Despite owning quite a few fragrances, I have only ever completely finished one bottle of perfume. That perfume was Marc Jacobs Daisy (link here). It's also the only perfume that I have ever repurchased. It's the one bottle I reach for throughout the year, regardless of the season. So as soon as I saw Marc Jacobs had released two new limited edition additions to the Daisy family I had a feeling I would fall in love with at least one of them (if not both of them.) As soon as I spritzed Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight, I knew this was the scent for me. Not only does it look absolutely beautiful (like every single Marc Jacobs perfume bottle I have ever laid eyes on) but it's also available in a super sized 75ml bottle. 

The fragrance is definitely right up my street. It's fruity but it also has gorgeous floral notes too. As I mentioned in my review of the Soap & Glory Orangeasm body wash (link here), I'm a big fan of scents with a bit of an orangey kick to them. Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight certainly has that since blood orange is one of it's top notes. Mix this in with pink pepper and white tea and you've got a real winner of a scent for me. The heart notes include violet, raspberry and tiare tahiti (okay I did have to Google what that one was. Hehe). And the base notes are amber, musk and apricot skin. Doesn't this sound like the dream fragrance to you? Despite all this it still smells Daisy-like. If you are a fan of the original Daisy scent then you certainly won't be disappointed with this new take on the original, in my opinion. The scent also lasts all day which just makes it perfection in a bottle for me. I'll definitely be reaching for this and giving my original Daisy perfume a little break for the foreseeable future.

Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight is a limited edition release for summer 2014 so if you are unsure whether or not to pick this up and you've fallen in love with the scent, then I have some exciting news. The entire range of Marc Jacobs fragrances, including both of the limited edition fragrances, currently have an additional 10% off of already discounted prices at Fragrance Direct. So if you've been waiting for the right deal to come along before snapping up a new summer fragrance then I would definitely recommend checking out the Fragrance Direct website (link here). The offer lasts until Thursday the 29th of May at midday and all you have to do to claim the discount is enter MJ10 at the checkout.

What is your favourite fragrance of all time? Have you tried Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight? If so, what do you think of it? Are you a fan of any of the Marc Jacobs fragrances?


Sunday, 25 May 2014

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Sun Protection

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Sun Protection La Roche-Posay Ark Skincare Superdrug Solait

Whilst getting ready to bare parts of your body, which in my case haven't seen sunlight since last summer, (see post here) and perfecting your summer locks (see post here) may seem pretty vital, sun protection really is the most important summer essential. Whether you're planning a holiday abroad this summer or thinking of soaking up some rays (fingers crossed) here in the UK, you need to think about what form of sun protection is right for you and which one you'll be applying as the weather gets warmer. It's already starting to feel altogether more summer like and the sun has made an appearance on quite a few occasions over the past couple of weeks, so it's time to start thinking about sun protection properly.

I've actually been testing these products out in Glasgow of all places, which if you know Glasgow isn't the first place you would think of. I thought I would have to wait until I was on holiday later in the year to properly test them out but it's been really rather sunny recently.

As an incredibly pale redhead who never tans, I've grown up slathered in the highest possible factor of sun protection. Throughout my childhood and teens I was the kind of individual who would have to wear a huge baggy t shirt over my swimming costume if I was out swimming when it was sunny. As you imagine, this wasn't my best look. Hehe. When I saw La Roche-Posay, a brand I have been thoroughly impressed with so far, had a range of sun protection products with SPF 50+ I had a feeling that these might be perfect for a ghostly individual like myself. 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Spray SPF 50 Beauty Review

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Spray SPF 50+* £19.00
I think this is going to be my must have product this summer when it comes to sun protection. It reminds me of milk, in a good way. I wasn't really sure how to describe it without comparing it to milk. Hehe. It instantly cools the skin and absorbs quickly without leaving any grease or oily residue. 
What I really adore about this product, above and beyond the incredible level of protection and the texture of the lotion itself, is the fact that it is a spray. It just makes such a big difference when you're in a rush or when you don't want to spend forever and a day applying sun protection products to the full body.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Protective Oil SPF 50 Beauty Review

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Protective Oil SPF 50+* £17.50 (Now £11.67)

Normally when I think of oils being used in the sun all I can think of is people getting burnt to a crisp. Let's just say, I've never associated oil with sun protection before which is why I was a little dubious when it came to trying this out. But the fact that it has an SPF of 50+ certainly put me at ease and made me step out of my comfort zone a little. 
For those of you who are already fans of using oils in conjunction with your sun tanning routine, this product really is the best of both worlds. This can be used on both the face and the body but I've personally only been using it on my body (I'll be using the Face Comfort Cream for facial sun protection myself). It's not greasy at all, which was definitely my main concern with this oil and it dries with such a beautiful sheen too, leaving the skin looking and feeling incredibly luxurious.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Comfort Cream SPF 30 Beauty Review

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Comfort Cream SPF 30* £15.50
As I mentioned above, this is the product that I'll be using for facial sun protection this summer. Designed specifically as a comfort cream, this offering from La Roche-Posay feels beautiful on the skin. I think this might be as a result of the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water which is a main component in this cream, as well as the rest of the Anthelios range. Not only does it protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays but it definitely cools down the skin which is really ideal on a warm summer's day.

Boots are currently running a promotion across the entire Anthelios range by La Roche-Posay of one third off, which is quite the saving. 

In terms of savings, Superdrug have got you covered when it comes to sun protection as the entire range of Superdrug's Solait products are currently better than half price. It definitely makes sense to take advantage of such a deal, especially as the summer rapidly approaches.

Superdrug Solait Hair & Scalp Sun Spray SPF 30 Superdrug Solait Wet Skin SPF 30 Beauty Review

Superdrug Solait Wet Skin SPF 30* £9.99 (Now £4.98)

If you spend your summer or your summer holidays in the pool or the sea then this is the product you need to pick up. Whilst some traditional lotions and sprays don't cope too well in the water, this product is designed specifically for wet skin. Even though this is the case you do need to remember to reapply this throughout the day, as you would need to with any of the sun protection products mentioned in this blog post. 

Superdrug Solait Hair & Scalp Sun Spray SPF 30* £8.99 (Now £4.48)

I've lost count of the amount of times I've burnt my scalp on a sunny day. When it comes to traditional sun lotions and sprays the last place you would ever think of applying them is on your scalp. Even thinking about applying sun lotion in my hair makes me feel a little queasy. This product, on the other hand, is for exactly that purpose and since it is designed specifically for the hair and the scalp, it means no more burnt scalps or sweaty heads from wearing a sun hat all day everyday on holiday. Hehe.

Superdrug Solait Moisturising After Sun Spray Beauty Review

Superdrug Solait Moisturising After Sun Spray* £6.99 (Now £3.48)
An after sun product really is a summer necessity for me and as this is a spray it makes it even more wonderful. Applying after sun isn't always the nicest of tasks. It normally means you've gotten a bit too much sun or you've forgotten to apply sun protection often enough (or at all) but this is so quick and easy to apply that your skin will soon be feeling soothed and refreshed. I'd definitely recommend picking this up to be used with your choice of sun protection this summer.

Ark Skincare Anti-Ageing Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer Beauty Review

Ark Skincare Anti-Ageing Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer* £36
Now just because it's not exactly sunny every day during the summer doesn't mean you should neglect applying some form of sun protection on a daily basis. With this product from Ark Skincare, you can inject sun protection into your make up routine without having to apply an additional product. 

Ark Skincare Anti-Ageing Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer Beauty Review Swatch

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

Since this primer boasts an SPF 30 it means it's also a great product to use all year round. It can be worn on it's own, even though it's a primer, or as intended by applying this under a myriad of base products.

So what products are essential for you when it comes to sun protection? Have you tried any of these products? If so, what do you think of them?

The next blog post in this series will be dedicated to summer make up so if you have any suggestions of what you use to update your make up bag in the warmer weather then please let me know below.


Friday, 23 May 2014

Soap & Glory Orangeasm™ Body Wash

Soap & Glory Orangeasm™ Body Wash Review

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Wash* £6.50

In March I was very kindly invited to the Glasgow Soap & Glory press day which was just about the most exciting email ever to ping into my inbox. Hehe. Unfortunately I was unwell the day of the event and was unable to attend. If you remember reading my This Has Been: March post (link here) then you will know that I was in and out of hospital at the end of February and back and forward to the doctors throughout March too. This meant I couldn't attend the one event I was looking forward to the most but the lovely girls at Soap & Glory sent over a little care package of goodies to hopefully make me feel a little better and it certainly did the trick. I'll be reviewing the two other exciting products I received very soon but for now let's focus our attention on this fabulous bottle of body wash.

As soon as I heard that Soap & Glory were releasing a new range, with a brand new fragrance, I was very giddy to say the least. To then find out it was called Orangeasm™ made me even more overjoyed. I'm a big fan of citrus scents and in particular anything which has a hint of orange. This might be because my favourite fruits are oranges, clementines and mandarins, all of which I can definitely smell in Orangeasm™. As with all fragrances and scented products, I definitely recommend taking a trip to your local Boots store just to make sure it's the right scent for you. And when it comes to the Orangeasm™ range, I have a feeling you won't regret making the trip.

Now if you think this smells good in the bottle just wait until you start lathering it up! It really smells even better than I could imagine. The more I use it the more I find myself just sniffing my arms after the product is all lathered up. Is that strange? Hehe. And I completely agree with Soap & Glory's statement on the bottle itself, "There's really nothing quite like it!" I definitely haven't come across this kind of scent from any other brand that I've tried out before and it's also very different from any of the other Soap & Glory scents already on the market too.

Another aspect of this, which I love; the pump applicator. I know this may seem pretty trivial to others but I'm definitely not a fan of tubes which inevitably leak or of scooping my hands into a big tub of product when I'm in the shower either. So this beautiful bottle certainly fits the bill for me.

Have you tried out the Orangeasm
 range yet? If so, what is your favourite product from the range? Do you love the new scent as much as I do?


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

What I've Been Watching In: May (With Propercorn)

American Hustle (2013)
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
As soon as I saw the trailer for this movie I was kinda obsessed with it and knew it would be a movie I just needed to see. Not only does it have many of my favourite actors in the one movie (as if the A-listers listed above aren't enough for you, the brilliant Louis C.K. is in this and Robert De Niro pops up too) but the soundtrack, hairstyles and wardrobe are all right up my street. 
I really enjoyed this movie and that's even despite Amy Adams' kinda questionable English accent. Hehe. Jennifer Lawrence really does steal the show for me in American Hustle. The storyline is also quite clever and you do have to think to yourself, 'how on earth are they going to pull this off?' quite a few times throughout the movie. I'd definitely recommend giving this a watch soon, if you haven't seen it already.

Sinister (2012)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone
I was scrolling through Netflix looking for a scary movie to watch one night and I stumbled across Sinister. My brother recommended it to me, having not seen it himself or letting me know this until I had watched it (big help!), so I decided to give it a try.
I will admit it, I did have my hands covering my face for quite a bit of Sinister but the ending and other parts of the movie were a real let down for me. I won't spoil it by saying what I was disappointed in but as soon as the movie was over I sat there thinking, "was that it?" It did have an interesting concept in the fact that the apparent 'murderer' had filmed it's victims and left the recordings in the house of the most recent murder but I was still left feeling underwhelmed by it.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate
The first Anchorman movie is one of my favourite comedies so I just had to pick this up when I saw it was out on DVD. Now I will say, if you're not a fan of the first one or don't really like that kind of comedy then Anchorman 2 might not be for you. I've only watched it once but I feel like I may need to watch it a few more times before I can start comparing it to the first movie but there were some genuinely funny parts in the second movie. You know when you think about it days or weeks later and it just kind of pops into your head and you can't stop yourself from laughing? That's how I felt about many moments in Anchorman 2Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana has to be my favourite in this and his one liners are some of the best. All I can say is, if you haven't seen it yet and were a fan of the first then I would definitely recommend checking it out.

X-Men: First Class (2011)
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon
Since X-Men: Days of Future Past is out in the movies and after seeing Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman on The Graham Norton Show (who else saw that magnificent interview?), I knew I had to watch X-Men: First Class again. Even if you're not a huge fan of comic book heroes and movies based on comic books then I wouldn't let that put you off. It stars some incredible actors as well as some younger actors who I hadn't seen much of before but was really impressed by. It's great to understand how the X-men came to be and as a big fan of the first few original X-Men movies you essentially find out why and how the characters ended up as they did in the X-Men movies of the 2000's. It's a very enjoyable film as a result and essentially allows you to drool over Michael Fassbender for the entirety of a movie (that's what I did anyway. Hehe.) The fact that the movie is set in the 1970's means Fassy is looking pretty incredible throughout too. 

So for the first time in my What I've Been Watching series I just had to include some of the TV shows I've been watching this month. Normally I watch quite a lot of movies every month and the odd weekly TV show but thanks to one show in particular, every day I've been watching multiple episodes which is why I've been neglecting movies a little bit this month.

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris
So I've finally jumped aboard the Breaking Bad bandwagon! I don't know how many people told me "You need to watch Breaking Bad!" over the past couple of years but I always thought, I'll get around to it at some point. I now completely understand the hype! 
I'm currently midway through Season 3, after binge watching three or four episodes a night. I'm actually quite glad I waited until it had finished as it means I can catch up on all five seasons on Netflix at my own pace (which as I mentioned above is as many episodes as I can fit into my day). 
I've always been a big Bryan Cranston fan. I grew up watching him play Hal in Malcolm in the Middle, who else did? Who else also remembers the episode where he is teaching Malcolm how to rollerskate? (Favourite episode right there! Hehe). Well he is far from his rollerskating days on this but in a very good way. Aaron Paul is also excellent as Jesse Pinkman. If you've not watched it yet or wondered if it could ever possibly live up to all the hype and buzz surrounding it then I strongly urge you to start watching. I don't think you will regret it.

Devious Maids (2013-)
Starring: Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes
Now if you were a fan of Desperate Housewives then why on earth are you not watching this? Created by Marc Cherry, the same man who created Desperate Housewives and produced by Eva Longoria (Gabrielle Solis herself) it centres around the lives of five maids and is packed with everything I loved about Desperate Housewives and more. I'm talking secrets and drama galore as well as amazingly funny comedic moments. Set in the glamorous world of Beverly Hills, where the maids work for the rich and famous, it's such a clever and witty show with incredible satire thrown in for good measure.
Season 2 has just started here in the UK on TLC (episode 2 aired on Tuesday) and it's the one show I eagerly anticipate watching every week. It's just so addictive!

This month the wonderful Becky at Propercorn sent out some of their flavours for me to try out whilst I've been watching the above movies and TV shows. I don't know about you but for me, popcorn is definitely one of the best accompaniments for a movie (or TV) marathon. As Propercorn promise popcorn done properly, I was so excited to try these out.
The range of flavours are incredible. Who would have ever have thought of coconut and vanilla (which is definitely now a favourite of mine) or fiery Worcester sauce and sun-dried tomato flavoured popcorn but they both taste fantastic! I'm always going to be a big fan of salted popcorn but the fact that Propercorn offer so many fun and flavourful options is amazing. Not only do they taste fantastic and are also around the 100 calorie mark, the packaging is beautiful! I've certainly fallen for the pretty illustrations. To check out the entire range of Propercorn products then just (click here) and if you are a Birchbox subscriber then you can get all five of the flavours (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?


Monday, 19 May 2014

My Drugstore Beauty Haul Giveaway with Cohorted

When I was recently contacted by the lovely Kerry at Cohorted, who asked if I wanted to host a giveaway for my fabulous followers and readers, I jumped at the opportunity. After reading through my blog, Kerry noticed my love of hauls as well as the variety of drugstore brands and products that I feature on Ellis Tuesday so she suggested the perfect giveaway to link up with my blog; a Drugstore Beauty Haul Giveaway.

My Drugstore Beauty Haul Giveaway comprises of four incredible products:

L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara
Maybelline New York Volum' Express Lift-Up Mascara Black
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm

To be in with a chance of winning this prize bundle, all you have to do is enter via the 
rafflecopter below.

If you haven't heard of Cohorted before, it is a social shopping site which operates a reverse auction kind of system whereby the more people that join a particular deal/cohort, the lower the price drops. Each cohort has a maximum discount (which varies between products) and once the cohort is full and the maximum discount is reached everyone who has joined the cohort, regardless of when they joined, pays the lowest price. Now doesn't that sound like a bargain hunters paradise?

Now onto the rules:

The giveaway is open to UK residents only.
The giveaway will run for 7 days so it will end on Sunday 25th of May at midnight.
The winner will be picked at random by rafflecopter. The winner will then be contacted by Cohorted, who will send out the prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck everyone!

(I also have some exciting news for any NARS fans out there. All I can really say is be sure to get yourself onto Cohorted tonight to find one of NARS' holy grail products with a fantastic discount! I know I'll be logging on to see if I can grab one myself.)


Sunday, 18 May 2014

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-Days: Hair

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-Days: Hair Beauty Review The Wet Brush Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash Lee Stafford Mark Hill

So today I'm sharing with you some of my tips for looking after your hair during the warmer months as well as ways to make dealing with dry, tangled or damaged hair a breeze. This is the second in my Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-Days series, so if you missed the first post, which was all about getting your body ready for summer, then you can find the link (here).

The Wet Brush Review Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-Days: Hair

The Wet Brush* £11.99
Now I can't believe what I am about to say here but this is the best hair brush I have ever used! That might seem like a pretty bold statement to make but you just have to trust me here. For reference, my hair is a bit of a nightmare at the moment. It's very thick, very long, very tangled and normally takes forever to get tangle free and that's even with using the original Tangle Teezer when I get out of the shower.
I'd seen The Wet Brush popping up everywhere and I naively thought to myself, what can be so special about this brush? It just looks like a typical paddle brush and I know I haven't had much luck with traditional brushes in the past when it comes to detangling my hair.
The I used it for the first time and it was one of those Eureka! moments. It just glides through the hair, regardless of how tangled or damaged or long it is. This is now the only brush I let touch my hair when I've just got out of the shower.
It is The Wet Brush so I only use it when my hair is actually wet. I did think, hmmm maybe I should try this out when my hair is dry but then it just works like a normal paddle brush. Definitely use it when your hair is wet to experience the actual wonders of this brush.

You can find The Wet Brush at various retailers in the UK and the US. 

Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash Review Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-Days: Hair

Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash Was £12.50 Now £10

If you saw my Big Savings Haul (link here) then you will have already seen that I picked this up a little while back but it has already become a shower staple for me. I actually bought this before trying out The Wet Brush so now I have two hair brushes which are pretty much vital to my haircare routine.
This is the perfect product to use when you're in the shower. Again, if you are anything like me and have unruly and tangled hair then this is another godsend kind of a product. I personally use this to comb through conditioner and it really works wonders. It's so nice to step out of the shower without your hair being a matted mess.
The design is also fantastic! It's really easy to hold, even when your hands are wet and it can also stand upright in your shower or bathroom cabinet when you're not using it. As it's hollow it means that the water can pass through it easily which also makes it easy to clean after use.
This is a product I definitely recommend picking up this summer if you are looking for a brush or comb to use in the shower which is actually fit for purpose.

The next three products can be picked up in the 3 for 2 promotion which is currently running across selected haircare products in Boots. Perfect timing for summer really! 

Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-Days: Hair

Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment* £7.99
Our hair can get a little damaged and dry over the warmer months and this can be especially true if you are exposing your hair to the sun on a daily basis or if you are spending a lot of time in the pool with all that nasty chlorine. (Just mentioning a swimming pool makes me instantly wish I was writing this blog post by the side of a pool with a cold beverage in my hand. Hehe.) 
This is an incredibly intensive treatment and the two minute promise really is true. I apply this after shampooing, instead of my usual conditioner once a week, or when needed and only need to leave it on for around two minutes before rinsing it out. You will definitely feel the difference after using this product as your hair just feels so nourished and soft. I also adore the scent of this product. It's just amazing! I would recommend having a little sniff of this the next time you are in Boots. Hehe.
This treatment is also ideal if you have overdone the heat styling or your hair has been damaged from colouring it.

I will be reviewing the entire MiracOILicious range from Mark Hill in the next couple of weeks, so if this is a range that you would like to hear more about then be sure to check back to see what I think of the rest of the range, probably at the start of June.

American readers will be happy to know that you can also purchase this product at Walgreen's which is great, as I have noticed quite a few of my readers are from the US.

Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-Days: Hair

Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray* £7.99
When I think summer hair the first thing that comes to my mind are beachy waves. I've found myself searching for a good sea salt spray, which doesn't cost the earth, every summer to no real avail until I discovered this wonderful product.
Not only can it be used on towel dried hair, either when you are blow drying the hair or letting it dry naturally (which is my personal preference) but you can also apply it to dry hair as well. It doesn't leave your hair crunchy or sticky either, which is what I tend to worry about when trying a spray that promised to give my hair texture. It also works really well on frizzy hair too which was surprising. My hair has been really pretty frizzy and unruly lately yet this gives my hair proper curls and waves again. I always regret straightening my naturally curly hair to within an inch of it's life when I was in my teens!
It sure does make me feel like I have just stepped out of the sea and let my hair dry naturally (even though I'm only stepping out of a shower in a rain soaked Scotland. Hehe).

Lee Stafford Sun Kissed Lightening Spray Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-Days: Hair

Lee Stafford Sun Kissed Lightening Spray* £7.99

Now this is one of those products that I never even knew existed. 
My mum has been the guinea pig for this one as, believe it or not, I have never coloured my hair. Since my hair is naturally auburn I never feel the need to. In the summer it naturally lightens to more of a golden/strawberry blonde and in the winter it darkens to a darker shade of auburn. This has saved me plenty of trips to the hairdressers or the salon and so could this little bottle. It boasts four looks in one bottle, meaning you can either lighten your hair all over, try out the ombré trend, touch up roots or highlight selected strands or sections. All you have to do is spray the product on to wet hair and then blow dry. It's that easy! It may take a couple of times to achieve your ideal look but trust me, it really is worth it.
My mum is now sporting suitably lighter summer locks and it has definitely put her off going to the hairdressers to get her highlights done. 

So what products are essential for you when it comes to getting your hair summer ready? Have you tried any of these products? If so, what do you think of them?

The next blog post in this series will be dedicated to summer sun protection so if you have any suggestions of what you use to stay protected in the sunshine then please let me know below.


Friday, 16 May 2014

Nails Inc Nail Polish Diary: May

Nails Inc Nail Polish Diary: May Review Swatch Fulham Palace Gardens

Nails Inc Fulham Palace Gardens

May's polish is Fulham Palace Gardens, a rainbow Sprinkles polish. (Can you believe it's May already? I genuinely feel like it was just yesterday that I was writing about the January nail polish!)

I remember lusting after the Sprinkles collection when it was first released by Nails Inc. Fulham Palace Gardens is a new addition to the original Sprinkles collection and as far as I can tell is exclusive to the Nail Polish Diary. Considering I was so enamoured with the Sprinkles collection in the first place, I was over the moon to find this special effect polish included as May's polish. This just feels like the perfect polish for the month of May for me, as it looks like my idea of spring/summer in a bottle. I'm really loving the pastel trend at the moment, especially on my nails, so this pretty pastel pink polish dotted with 'sprinkles' is basically my idea of a dream nail polish for any time of the year really. Hehe.

I don't know if I would even class this as a glitter nail polish as the glitter-like particles are actually matte instead of sparkly. They look exactly like sprinkles or hundreds and thousands and instantly make my nails look 
good enough to eat. 

The above effect is achieved after only two coats and I've been nothing but impressed by the effect of this polish on the nails. It's pretty rare for a glitter-like polish, like this one, to only take one or two coats to achieve the same effect as you see when you pick up the bottle. You know what I'm talking about, when it takes about four or five coats and perfectly placed glitter particles to even get something that looks like the effect in the bottle? Normally when that's the case my nails looks dreadful and that particular polish gets sequestered away to the back of my nail polish collection. Well Fulham Palace Gardens certainly doesn't have that problem at all.

I couldn't find a link to the polish online but as I mentioned last month you may still be able to get your hands on the Nail Polish Diary in your local TK Maxx with a great discount, so be sure to look out for it if you happen to be browsing the beauty aisles of TK Maxx.

What do you think of this special effect sprinkle polish? Is it something you would wear? Are you loving the pastel trend this spring/summer when it comes to your nails?


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

GOSH Frosted Pastel Nail Lacquers

GOSH Frosted Pastel Nail Lacquers Review Swatches Superdrug 50th Birthday Limited Editions

GOSH Frosted Pastel Nail Lacquers* £3.99
(From left to right: Pastel Blue, Pastel Pink and Pastel Green)

If you saw my Superdrug 50th Birthday Haul post (link here) then you may have already seen these three gorgeous GOSH nail lacquers which were released to celebrate the special occasion. 

Since I fell a little bit/a lot in love with GOSH's frosted sand nail lacquers in the past, which I reviewed (here), you can just imagine my excitement to find out that these amazing new polishes were also of the frosted sand variety. Then I saw the pastel shades and my heart skipped a beat. Am I the only one who reacts this way when they see new nail polishes released? Hehe.

GOSH Frosted Nail Lacquer in Pastel Blue Review Swatch Superdrug 50th Birthday

GOSH Frosted Nail Lacquer in Pastel Blue (08)*

GOSH Frosted Nail Lacquer in Pastel Pink Review Swatch Superdrug 50th Birthday

GOSH Frosted Nail Lacquer in Pastel Pink (06)*

GOSH Frosted Nail Lacquer in Pastel Green Review Swatch Superdrug 50th Birthday

GOSH Frosted Nail Lacquer in Pastel Green (09)*

I have applied two coats of each of the polishes here but again, I could have easily gotten away with just one. I'm incredibly impressed with the coverage and the effect of these nail lacquers and I'm really excited to see what GOSH come up with next. In terms of being a drugstore brand, the quality really is exceptional and the price is incredible too. 

Just like the previous frosted sand polishes that I reviewed from GOSH (link here) these do dry with a matte finish. If this is an issue for you then I would definitely recommend applying a glossy top coat to change that matte texture. But for me, it's all about the textured and frosted look of these beautiful shades.

Superdrug currently have a 3 for 2 promotion across all cosmetics in store and online so now is the time to grab these if you have fallen in love with the pastel shades and the frosted look of these, just like I have.

What do you think of these? Are you a fan of pastel shades when it's spring/summer? And do you like the frosted/textured nail trend?


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Body

Get Ready For Summer: Body Review Soap & Glory Avene Roger & Gallet Cloud 9 Forever 21 Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Body

Whist the British summer might not be the most predictable and the Scottish summer can often be rather non-existent at times, I've decided to start a summer series of posts. These posts are going to be published every Sunday for the next couple of weeks, in the run up to the summer months. I know many of you may be heading off on your summer holidays soon, (lucky you if you are!) So hopefully this series of summer related posts will be helpful for those enjoying the summer sun wherever they may be spending the warmer months this year. 

So it's almost time to start baring those legs and other parts of your body, which if you're like me, will have been well and truly hidden since last summer. I thought I would start with products to get your body summer ready first as the longer you use these products, the better really. 

Get Ready For Summer: Body Cloud 9 Body Makeover Review Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Body

Cloud 9 Body Makeover* £35
One thing I've always struggled with, ever since my early teens, is cellulite. I've never tried any creams or lotions designed to specifically deal with cellulite before but as soon as I received this gel from Cloud 9 I was very excited, to say the least. My main problem area definitely has to be my thighs but this gel can also be applied to the hips, bum, stomach and the upper arms. 
I've been using this for well over a month now and I can noticeably see a difference in the cellulite on my thighs. They definitely look and even feel a lot smoother and less dimpled than they normally are and I have been so impressed by the results. The gel absorbs easily into the skin and doesn't leave any greasy or gel residue behind. The inclusion of caffeine in the formula really helps to tighten the skin and get rid of water retention and the areas where I have been applying this gel definitely feel tighter. I also simply adore the packaging. It's so shiny and pretty. I'm definitely like a magpie when it comes to shiny packaging hehe.
It does say that during application there may be slight redness and gentle tingling so you may want to bear that in mind. I didn't really experience any obvious irritation when I've been using it but I just wanted to make you aware in case that might be a problem for you.

Roger & Gallet Hand & Nails Creams (in Rose and Fleur d'Osmanthus) Review Get Ready for summer: body Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Body

Roger & Gallet Hand & Nails Creams (in Rose and Fleur d'Osmanthus)* £5/£6
Now hand creams aren't just for the colder, winter months, in my opinion. I always like to carry a hand cream in my handbag so I can use it at work or whenever my hands are feeling a little dry or tight. Now these two hand and nail creams are perfect for the summer. As soon as the tube is opened the fragrance instantly puts me in the summer mood. Fleur d'Osmanthus is fruity and zingy with citrus notes, whilst Rose is a very delicate floral fragrance but it's not one of those rose scented products where you can barely smell the roses. Both contain shea butter so your hands and nails will definitely thank you for applying these creams.
What I really love about these is the fact that you can pick them up from so many different outlets. Both John Lewis and Marks & Spencer stock Roger & Gallet on the high street and you can also add them to your basket on Escentual and Feel Unique, to name just a few.

Avene Akerat Body Cream for Dry Skin Review Garden Pharmacy Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Body

Avene Akerat Body Cream for Dry Skin* £15
I think it goes without saying that a good moisturiser is a real necessity when it comes to the summer. As much as I will be using this wonderful spray lotion from Palmer's this summer (link to review here), there is another moisturiser which has become a firm favourite of mine recently. Avene's Akerat body cream is perfect for those who struggle with dry skin. My skin can often be drier in the warmer months than it is in the winter, which isn't ideal when you've actually got your skin on show during the summer. This moisturiser is seriously impressive and just so cooling on the skin. I don't know about you but I am a big fan of products that cool the skin when it comes to the summertime.
As this cream is unscented it means you won't be attracting any unwanted insects or flying creatures too. 

Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life™ Forever 21 Exfoliating Gloves Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Body Review

Forever 21 Exfoliating Gloves £1
Now these two products really do go hand in hand (pardon the pun hehe) with one another. You can pick up a pair of cheap exfoliating gloves in many stores on the high street and trust me they really do make such a big difference when it comes to exfoliating your skin. I bought mine from Forever 21 but you can find them in Boots, Superdrug and even Primark.

Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life £7

If you've been reading my blog since the very beginning then you will already have seen that I reviewed this body scrub (link here) but I just had to include it again since a good body scrub really is a summer body essential for me. 
If you're planning on adding a summer glow through the use of a self tanner then you will know how vital exfoliating is when it comes to preparing the skin ready for the colour. As I don't really self tan, even despite being Casper the friendly ghost pale all year round haha, I do feel a big difference to my skin after a weekly exfoliating session. I also love that the Forever 21 exfoliating gloves look perfect alongside my travel sized tube of The Scrub of Your Life™.

What products are essential for you when it comes to getting your body summer ready? Have you tried any of these products? If so, what do you think of them?

The next blog post in this series will be dedicated to summer haircare so if you have any suggestions of hair products that you use when the weather starts to get a bit warmer then please let me know below.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails Nail Polishes

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails Nail Polishes Review Swatch Swatches little duck penguin chic Be Bright Be Happy Be You Mini Marshmallows

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails Nail Polishes* £5.99 (From left to right: Be Bright Be Happy Be You, Mini Marshmallows, Penguin Chic and Little Duck)

I was very lucky to win Scarlett's incredible giveaway where I won an array of Tanya Burr Lips and Nails products. I won nine of the beautiful lip glosses (which I'll be featuring on the blog in the next couple of weeks) and these four beautiful nail polishes.

I've been a big fan of watching Tanya Burr's videos for quite some time now so it was really exciting to follow her journey when it came to the release of this make up line. As soon as I heard that nail polishes were going to be part of the range I was absolutely over the moon. I think it has to be the one make up item that I own the most of by quite a large majority. Hehe. 

The one shade I was the most excited to try out was Little Duck and it's already become one of my favourite shades that I've ever tried.

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails Nail Polishes Review Swatch Swatches little duck

This really is the perfect minty shade and I've been wearing it non-stop since it arrived. I was a little worried that these polishes may not live up to the quality I expect from some of my other favourite nail polish brands but I have been so impressed by these for a number of reasons. Not only could I have gotten away with just the one coat (I did use two for each of the swatches) but these may be the most chip resistant polishes I have tried in quite a long time. I've been wearing Little Duck for four days now and I only have a slightly lighter tip on one of my index fingers and that is it. I'm actually in awe of how well these polishes have performed.

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails Nail Polishes Review Swatch Swatches penguin chic

Another beautiful shade for those who are fans of a neutral nail is Penguin Chic. It's such a beautiful slate grey shade and I don't have anything like it in my nail polish collection which is always exciting. Again, very minimal chipping or wear and tear with this polish either.

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails Nail Polishes Review Swatch Swatches Mini Marshmallows

Mini Marshmallows is such a pretty pink and just look how shiny it is! This is two coats of the polish, as I mentioned briefly above, and what I loved about this was the colour in the bottle perfectly matches the colour on the nail. What I mean by this is often with pale shades, such as this one, it takes about ten coats of the polish to get the same shade that made you buy the polish in the first place. There's none of that disappointment or endless coats of polish here.

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails Nail Polishes Review Swatch Swatches Be Bright Be Happy Be You

I also absolutely adore Be Bright, Be Happy, Be You. Again, I don't have a shade like this in my collection either. I will need to show you a picture of my nail polish collection soon just to reiterate how many polishes I own which are often very similar to one another. You only ever realise that when you bring your new nail polish goodies home though don't you? Hehe.

The Tanya Burr nail polishes fall right in the middle of the nail polish price bracket, not as inexpensive as brands such as Barry M or Rimmel but not as expensive as brands such as OPI or Nails Inc. You can currently buy Tanya Burr Lips and Nails from certain Superdrug stores, on Superdrug's website as well as on Feel Unique and Cloud10 Beauty.

Have you picked up any of the Tanya Burr lips and nails range yet? If so, what have you tried out? Will you be trying out any of these nail polishes?


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 3 Palette

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 3 Palette Review Swatches

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 3 Palette* £4.00

Now I feel like I may be the only beauty blogger who doesn't own one of the infamous Urban Decay Naked palettes (it certainly does feel that way hehe). Don't get me wrong, I've always fancied trying one of the Naked palettes and I often find myself gravitating towards the Urban Decay stand when I'm out shopping but 
I just can't justify spending £37 on a palette. Even though I've been rather besotted with the Naked 3 palette in particular, I have a feeling I would probably only wear one or two of the shades on a daily basis, which would be a bit of waste really. If like me, you're a little reluctant to jump on the Naked palette bandwagon because of the rather off putting price tag, then I may have found the perfect solution for you.

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 3 Palette Review Swatches

Makeup Revolution, a brand which has seemingly sprung up from nowhere, have recently released a wide array of palettes including this little beauty. Can anyone else see a striking resemblance between this palette, entitled the Iconic 3 and Urban Decay's Naked 3? Well that's because they are practically identical, I'm talking identical! The shades are even in the same order in both palettes so you can directly compare the two and I have to say, I'm incredibly impressed with the shades on offer from Makeup Revolution here.

As a big fan of neutral eye shadows I've found myself reaching for this side of the palette on a daily basis. I'm especially in love with the shimmery shades and I think the matte shadows are also pretty impressive for the price. They are as pigmented as the Urban Decay shadows in my opinion and overall they last well. My top tip to increase the longevity of these shadows; make sure to use an eye shadow primer. I've been wearing these on top of the Beauty UK eye shadow primer, (which I reviewed here) and I find the two really work magnificently in conjunction with one another.

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 3 Palette Review Swatches

The fact that you get twelve spectacular shades for only £4 is a little mind-blowing, to say the least. Even if you only use a couple of the shades it still works out an absolute bargain. And what I must stress is that even though this palette is only £4 it doesn't feel cheap when it comes to the eye shadows themselves. 
Okay so the packaging isn't as ornate as the Urban Decay offering but it's only packaging isn't it? I can't believe I'm actually saying that, considering the amount of times I've been swayed by pretty packaging in the past. Hehe. Whilst it may be a plastic palette I really don't mind this and the clasp also works well to keep the palette shut too. 

I've seen so many great reviews of the rest of the Makeup Revolution range that I am rather excited to pick up a few more of their products. Makeup Revolution really does seem to be the brand to go to when it comes to dupes for some of the pricier make up brands. 

You can pick up the Makeup Revolution range at selected Superdrug stores, on the Superdrug website and on the Makeup Revolution website. The entire Makeup Revolution range is also currently on a 3 for 2 deal in Superdrug, so if you're looking to try out quite a few of their products then I would definitely take advantage of the 3 for 2 deal. 
With prices starting at £1 can you imagine the bargains you can pick up in a 3 for 2. I'm already dreaming up a wishlist as we speak!

What do you think of this palette? Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution products? If so, what products do you recommend trying out?

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