Friday, October 5

Clarins Skincare Online Haul



I finally made an online order with Clarins! My current products have been slowly running out this week, so I am beyond relieved that these have arrived. I've been using the Clarins Pure Melt Cleanser, Toning Lotion, Hydra Quench Serum, and Hydra Quench Cream religiously for the last couple of months, and have loved the results. I never really thought my skin was anything other than dry, so had been purchasing super rich products to compensate. However, I'm now sure my skin is just dehydrated. These products have compensated for this, and has also reduced blemishes dramatically.

My toner ran out two weeks ago, and my skin has broken out completely since with little under-the-skin bumps. I never realised how important it was to use toner- it was always something I would miss every now and then. The other two full size products I purchased are also favourites of mine; the serum leaves my skin radiant and smooth, and the moisturiser keeps my skin in tip-top condition while not being too heavy.

Freebies

Unfortunately the offer I used ended this week, but they do have a new offer on here if you're interested. The offer I grabbed included the Super Restorative Day & Night Creams, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, and the Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream. There were 4 different kits available, but I went for the Super Restorative because I really wanted to try the Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch! As I don't have many worries about wrinkles, the two creams may be handed to a family member.  

With every order, you can choose 3 relatively small samples. I chose the Eye Contour Gel, Super Restorative Eye Concentrate, and Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. They're a great size for trying the product at roughly 3ml each. It's really good that Clarins give samples with online orders, and I would definitely be more likely to buy online again!

You can take a look at the products I purchased on the Clarins website.

Thursday, October 4

Marie Claire: L'Occitane Hand Cream



Mum has just arrived home clutching these in her arms! The November issue of Marie Claire (with Taylor Swift on the front), containing both a L'Occitane hand cream & Dove conditioner. The hand cream comes in 4 different scents- Shea Butter, Limited Edition Date Bouquet, Limited Edition Rose Petals or Limited Edition Mango Flowers. I wanted two of the original Shea Butter, and one of the Mango Flowers. I don't think the rose or date scents will be very nice, so I thought I would take the safe bet!

These magazines cost £3.70 each (£11.10 for the 3), with the hand cream being worth £8 originally (£22 for 3).That makes a saving of.... *drum roll* £10.90

Let me know which one you'll be buying below!

Sunday, September 30

What's in my filofax?


Here's a post for the organised I-must-keep-track-of-everything girls amongst us, which means I have to confess to being one of those exact girls. If you've been scanning the pages of my blog for over a year now, you'll know I picked up my filofax in June last year. To be honest, I've completely neglected it! I didn't have many commitments in my life and so found myself making little notes on my iPhone instead. That was before I entered my second year of A-Levels and found a job... 

I own the Filsbury Personal filofax, which has grained leather and is half the size of an A4 piece of paper. It has card & note pockets at the front, a zippered pocket at the back (perfect for money), one pen loop, and can be closed shut with a stud popper. It costs £52 from here, but I've heard you can get them on eBay for less! The pen I use is from Staples and is by the brand Franklin Covey.
 
WARNING: There are quite a few photos! I couldn't help myself, sorry!
 



In the front card slots I keep some old cinema tickets, my NI card, a Laura Ashley gift card, and a Krispy Kreme gift card. Behind that, I keep some cut post-it notes (mentioned later in the post).


Behind the first calendar page is a zip lock envelope where I keep an old gig bracelet, random car park ticket from a day out with Harriet (you might get to see photos of that day soon), and some random pieces of card. 


 On the diary tab page I have an old perfume sample stuck onto it. It has no significance, I just thought it was cute.


 Here's a little look at a recent diary page. I write down my work hours but usually use my post-it notes for to-do lists and things I need to remember; it just jazzes it up a little! At the end of the week I usually count up the hours I've worked & how much I should be paid.


 A sneak peak at another week! Here you can see what I mean about using my post-its.. it's got a little obsessive. I think everything looks prettier on a cute little post-it note, and it makes my filofax unique. It's easy to move things around if deadlines get changed too.


 The multicoloured notepaper is used for keeping track of my wages, writing down random lists, remembering passwords, or jotting down names for photography. Currently I have a 101 things to do in 1001 days list. It's not finished, and I don't remember when I started it.. so that's been successful.


 The filofax comes with some finance pages, which I don't use much. I tried using them, but I just don't remember to keep receipts so can't remember how much I've spent! These pages will come in so helpful when I got to uni, but for now will remain unused.


 Towards the back of the diary I have a business card holder that holds old train tickets, Mum's business card, my blog cards, and some taxi numbers.


After the business card holder there are some website address pages that I haven't really used yet. Behind that I have the filofax post-it notes. These don't come with the filofax, but I love the neon colours so had to buy them. 


 The one extra I wouldn't recommend from filofax is the portable hole punch. It is super hard to punch holes into even just one piece of paper! It also doesn't punch the holes very neatly, so the circles are quite messy. Behind the hole punch is a built-in pocket which is super useful for change or loose pieces of paper.


The post-it notes are all from an eBay seller called Riki & Nina. They are all absolutely adorable and I love them! I also have some washabi masking tape, but I can't remember the seller. I have yet to actually use it, but saw it on a post similar to this & knew it had to be mine.

I hope you've enjoyed having a look inside my filofax! Link your filofax posts below and I'll be sure to check them out.

Wednesday, August 1

GHD Style & Protect Gift Set


GHD is a company most popular for it's high quality straighteners, yet not so much for it's styling products. Here is the Style & Protect Gift Set which retails at £39.00, and contains 2 styling products alongside a paddle brush and hair clips. The packaging is sleek and appealing, which presenting the products nicely and makes everything feel a little bit more expensive and special.

The paddle brush is a definite stand out product of the set. It brushes through my hair so softly and leaves my hair smooth & tangle free. It isn't very heavy to hold at all, and the handle seems to have a non-slip texture. The brush is basically perfect! The two sectioning clips aren't unique and I already own quite a few, but it's good to have them to separate your hair when blow drying. They do grip the hair very well and don't catch or snag at all, so I am glad they are included.

The GHD Straight & Smooth Spray (Normal/Fine) is the only product in the gift set that I dislike. It left my hair feeling sticky, tough and quite plastic-ey. I sprayed 6 pumps into my hair, and then started to blow dry it. Sections around my hair were sticky and unworkable which I blame on the pump on the product; it doesn't distribute the product well at all. I'm disappointed with the outcome of this spray, as the smell is gorgeous! It also contains the 'GHD Heat Protection System' so would have been great to protect my hair before blow drying.

However, I feel completely different about the GHD Final Shine Spray... I love it! This product is in an aerosol form, so evenly distributes the shine spray throughout my hair. It doesn't weigh down my hair, and leaves my hair looking shiny and glossy. It doesn't change the texture or feel of my hair at all, but does helps to combat fly aways and static (win)! This is my finishing spray of choice as it leaves a lovely scent whilst providing beautiful shiny hair.

Overall, I believe this gift set is perfect for young teenagers who haven't experimented with hair styles before. It would also be great for those who want a simple and easy kit to blow dry their hair with before a special occasion. I have been pleased with almost everything in this gift set (damn you Straight & Smooth Spray), and would recommend it.


This product was sent for consideration. All opinions are my own, and 100% genuine. Promise!

Monday, July 16

Naked Shine Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner Review



Naked is a brand I have only recently been introduced to, and is one I love already. About a month ago I was asked if I would like to try some Naked products (it couldn't have come at a better time!). I was struggling to find a shampoo and conditioner that successfully washed away any product build-up and didn't weigh down my hair.

Naked doesn't use parabens, SLS, petrochemical, or phthalates in their products, not that I have a clue what any of those are! For the inquisitive bunch, I've found out what all these foreign-to-my-dictionary words mean...
  • Parabens are used to destroy bacteria lurking in our toiletries because they are super aggressive, like white blood cells? (Who am I kidding, I don't have a clue). These have been found to cause skin allergies.
  • SLS is the most common surfactant -something that removes dirt from skin- used in toiletries to make them foam and cleanse. It can strip your skin of the natural oils needed to keep it healthy. Naked however use a nifty little foaming agent derived from apples of all things! 
  • Petrochemicals are used to give instant smoothing results to your hair after using a conditioner. They can sit heavily on the skin, and can cause a residue build up around the hair follicle.. yuck. 
  • Phthalates are used to make the fragrance last longer in your toiletries, but have apparently been linked to disruptions with the reproductive system- which is probably the most scary chemical of the bunch.
The shampoo is a gel consistency that smells quite similar to men's aftershave, however this doesn't linger in my hair after I've dried it (phew!). It doesn't coat my hair and leaves it completely clean, while feeling sleek and shiny. This shampoo is by far the best I've used because it makes my hair feel so weightless and workable, while also leaving it shiny. It's not often you come across a shampoo that has those effects to your hair, as most shampoos use naughty chemicals that dry out your hair rather than make it shiny & healthy. I believe that's one of the things I love about the shampoo- I feel good for using it. I'm not using chemicals on my hair and I know I'm benefiting my hair.

I really like the conditioner as it doesn't weigh my hair down like most conditioners, yet it moisturising enough to leave my hair soft & shiny. This conditioner helps to get rid of tangles and frizzy ends; two things I hate about my hair. I do prefer the Naked Intensive Care Conditioner to this but only because I feel it's even more moisturising.

I will repurchase this shampoo and conditioner, as I have already, for the foreceable future. They are a lot cheaper than your highend alternatives which are full to the brim of chemicals!

These products were provided by PR for consideration. This does not effect my review or opinion.

Monday, May 7

Montagne Jeunesse Spa Fabric Facials Review


Anti-Stress Plant Collagen Spa Fabric Facial Face Tonic
A mask designed for lifting and firming tired or aging skin, full of plant collagen and Pelvetiane seaweed to freshen the skin. This mask is great for relaxing after a hard day of revision (oh yes it's that time of year again).

Ultra Fast Soothing & Calming Spa Fabric Facial Aloe Vera Tonic: 
A mask designed to soften, cleanse and protect from oxidative damage enabling the skin to feel soothed & calm. It says on the packaging that this is an 'anti-stress sexy natural skin tonic'- I don't have a clue why it says that, as wearing one of these is anything but sexy. In fact it's more likely to scare than seduce!

Both masks are extremely similar in my opinion, so I think I will just give you an overview of the fabric mask concept by Montagne Jeunesse. Now, these masks retails for £1.29 each and are available from Superdrug and Boots. I've been using the Montagne Jeunesse masks for as long as I can remember, and I love the brand because they don't test on animals. The difference between these masks and their liquid masks, is the mess and time involved. One thing I hate about clay/liquid masks is the mess! I end up having mask stuck to my hair and all over the bathroom sink- not pleasant.

These masks are a complete must have, especially for those with dry skin. I will definitely be buying many of these fabric facial masks in the future as they make applying and removing a face mask so much more relaxing and simple. Below are all the advantages and disadvantages I could think of!


Advantages of the Fabric Facials: 
  • Mess free! No need to worry about mask getting in your hair
  • Quick and easy to apply and remove.
  • Super inexpensive (£1.29)
  • It has a refreshing scent 
  • The mask makes you feel calm and relaxed 
  • Not drying or stripping to the skin
  • Very moisturising 

Disadvantages of the Fabric Facials: 
  • The fabric doesn't fit my face properly, leaving excess fabric folding and avoiding areas such as my temples & nose. 
  • There isn't any fabric to cover the tip of my nose. 

These masks were provided by PR for consideration. This does not effect my review or opinion.

Sunday, May 6

Avon Conditioning Nail Enamel Remover Review


A bit of a boring but important review from me today! I know people can find it hard to pick the perfect nail polish remover that works better than the regular Boots nail polish, so here's the nail polish remover I use. Most drugstore nail polish removers I have tried are as weak as water which ends in me using a dozen cotton pads. I stumbled upon this Avon Conditioning Nail Enamel Remover maybe two years ago and have been using nothing else since. I must have made my way through at least 5 or 6 of these already, and there is no chance of me changing anytime soon.

Each bottle contains 150ml of product with a price tag of £4. I have seen a few reviews saying this is harsh and stripping, which I disagree with. It removes every last bit of nail polish from the nail and removes all the oils that prevent nail polish from adhering to the nail beds. It doesn't have the greatest of scents and can be overpowering, but you should use nail polish remover in a well ventilated room so this isn't an issue.

Overall, I think this is an effective nail polish remover! I would not say it is conditioning but it isn't harsh at the same time. I recommend you try it for yourself if you are struggling to find a worthwhile nail polish remover.

Products mentioned were purchased by myself, and NOT supplied as PR samples. 

Saturday, May 5

VIVO Cosmetics


VIVO Cosmetics is a fairly new range available from selected Tesco stores. I was given the opportunity to try a variety of their products a while ago and never got to let everyone know my thoughts! Unfortunately I cannot pick up VIVO products from my local Tesco store, but if I could, I would have tried the whole range by now. I have included swatches with my reviews below but as they are on paper they aren't 100% accurate.


Baked Blush £4 in 'Peaches & Cream': I was recommended this by Zoe (London Lipgloss) after whinging about the discontinued MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish. I can't compare the two for you, but after looking at swatches I can see a definite resemblance. This baked blush has brilliant colour pay-off.

Baked Blush £4 in 'Rosy': This shade looks great on paler skin tones, but I have to be light handed with the brush! It's a very pretty shade, and I really like the simple packaging.

Blush & Highlighter Duo £2.39 in 'Sweet Peach': I have been using this one the most recently, and I prefer this finish to the Baked Blushers. I do find they don't last all day on my skin, but for £2.39 I'm not too worried about it. This colour is just perfect with NARS Laguna bronzer. It's a must have. The highlighter isn't the best, so bare that in mind when purchasing this.

Blush & Highlighter Duo £2.39 in 'Sugar Candy': Here is the other shade I received that is comparible to 'Pixie Pink' by Sleek, but with a little less pay off. It's a great shade for bringing some life to a tired face and will be perfect for the summer months.



Lipstick £1.99 in 'Barely There': The swatch for this product doesn't give it any justice. I much prefer this lipstick to any of the MAC neutrals I have, as it doesn't apply too much product and sits perfect on my lips. I find MAC lipsticks can look quite thick and can highlight chapped lips, but this just give a lovely wash of colour. I would 100% recommend this!

Lipstick £1.99 in 'Sugar Pink': I haven't used this lipstick as much as 'Barely There' as it has a less natural and wearable finish. This would be the perfect lipstick for a night out, or a special occasion. This consistency is great on this and it has good staying power for the £1.99 price tag.

Shimmer & Shine Lipgloss £1.99 in 'Frosted Pink': This is one of the only products from VIVO I haven't been pleased with. This lipgloss is a lovely colour but is far too sticky and thick to look flattering. I prefer tinted lip balms and Sleek pout polishes.


Baked Bronze £5 in 'Healthy Glow': When I first saw this bronzer I was expecting it to have a shimmer, but it's completely matte. It is a very pale shade that makes me look tanned rather than orange. For £5, this is an absolute steal.

Ultimate Under Eye Concealer £3.39 in 'Light 1': This is the most fabulous under eye concealer is you have dry skin. It adds radiance at a fraction of the price of YSL Touche Eclat. In fact, I sometimes reach for this over the Touche Eclat. I would recommend this to everyone, and just wish I could get hold of a back up!

Trio Eyeshadow Palette £4 in 'Graphite Glamour': I hardly ever wear dark eyeshadows as I don't believe they compliment my pale skintone, so I must admit that this has been barely used. However, the eyeshadows are very pigmented and aren't chalky at all. I would be interested in trying a more wearable palette by VIVO, though this will be great for nights out.


Overall, I really love VIVO's blushers, lipsticks, and their concealer. If I was able to buy VIVO near me I would definitely be picking up more blushers! I am really impressed with the quality of VIVO Cosmetics, especially their lipsticks- I was in shock when finding out they were on £1.99. 

Go check them out at vivocosmetics.co.uk to find your local store!
 Products mentioned were provided for review purposes, all opinions are honest and my own.

April Favourites



It's been a long time since we last spoke! I have been trying out quite a few new products recently, so I thought I would share them with you! I have 8 products to show and tell. If you can recommend any of your favourite products to me- please leave a little comment below! I'd love to know what you're loving. 

Philosophy 'The Present', Caudalie Beauty Exilir, Dainty Doll Foundation, Bed Head Totally Baked

Philosophy 'The Present': I have been using this as my daily makeup primer for the last few months and although my skin has been terrible, it has been helping my makeup cling to my face like a koala to a tree. This has a similar texture to Benefit's The Porefessional, but more long lasting. It has become an essential in my daily routine and I wouldn't go without it!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir: This seems to be a cult favourite amongst bloggers at the minute, and you can't go a day without seeing someone mention it on Twitter. I finally broke to the peer pressure and picked it up from Feel Unique ;) I don't actually like the smell of this, but I do love the refreshing feeling after spritzing it over my face. I will update you soon on whether it has made a difference to my skin.

Dainty Doll Foundation: You will never find a foundation more suitable to pale skin than this. It's practically white, just like me! Dainty Doll is a makeup brand designed by Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud, and although I can't stand the girl I really love this foundation. I mix it with a small drop of Bourjois Healthy Mix and it gives a medium coverage that's easily buildable. I wouldn't recommend this for super dry skin types as it does clinge to dry patches.

Bed Head Totally Baked: I love products that smell great, and you can't get much greater than lemon meringue. Yes, you read that right.. this smells like lemon meringue!! It also adds insane volume to the roots, but I mainly use it for the smell ;)

NARS 'Modern Love' Palette, Figs & Rouge Balm, Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets, L'Occitane Hand Cream

NARS 'Modern Love' Palette: I bought this palette from ASOS a few months ago, but couldn't find it after moving house (I moved house!!). Thankfully I found it and have been loving the top three shadows. The light peach shade is a little more peachy version of MAC's Naked Lunch and has a much better texture. I was in two minds about buying this at first, but the quality of the eyeshadows is insane. I would recommend them to everyone!
Figs & Rouge Balm: I received this in my April Glossybox and have been obsessed since opening it. Mine is in Peppermint & Tea Tree and smells absolutely gorgeous. I even ordered another from Feel Unique in 'Sweet Geranium', which unfortunately isn't for me- the scent is a little too strong! This beauty turns into an oil when heated by the finger tips and makes my lips feels amazing.
Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets: These have been a staple in my college bag! If I feel I need to re-powder during the day I will use these instead/before. After trying these, I now cringe when seeing girls applying powder straight onto their shiny faces in the college toilets. I can't help but imagine the layers of gunk on their skin- foundation, powder, oil, powder, oil, powder. I think everybody should own these!
L'Occitane Hand Cream: Hand cream has always been something I have forgotten about. It was never an essential, but I found this lurking in the back of my nail varnish drawer and have been using it ever since! This is the first hand cream I have tried that doesn't leave a greasy wet texture. It's perfect if you have to use a pen/phone/computer straight away and can't wait for something to sink in. This hand cream smells great too.

I hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend, and do let me know if you have tried any of these products!


Monday, April 30

Hart Of Dixie- Brand New on Really! Tonight at 8PM!



A really (get it?) quick blogpost today, just to let you know of a brand new programme airing in the UK tonight on Really! If you've been following my little blog for a while now, you will have heard me speak about Rachel Bilson in one of my Style Lovin's in 2010. I have never watched Gossip Girl fully, but I've always admired her gorgeous style (and figure!).


Well.. Really is going to be showing a brand new programme called Hart Of Dixie tonight. You could compare it to Gossip Girl, and even Gilmore Girls. If you really like this genre, you will really like Hart Of Dixie. I was lucky enough to watch the very first episode last Monday and for those who saw my tweets, I really enjoyed it. As well as a fab story line, it was great to see Zoe Hart's (Rachel Bilson) styling throughout the episode.. especially those statement shorts she wears.


For those who haven't heard of Hart Of Dixie, it's an American comedy/drama series about the life of Zoe Hart, a wannabe cardio-thoracic surgeon. I won't give the storyline away as I don't want to ruin it for you, but it's a definite must-watch! I'll be watching it again tonight.. even though I have seen it before.


I hope you all tune in and watch! It's 8pm on Really! If you aren't in, set it on record (and series link for that matter). Have a lovely Monday afternoon everyone