Thursday, 30 August 2012

Autumn Wishlist

I'm really sad to be writing this blog post in August! We should still be thinking about cute sandals and bright colours, however, judging from the weather outside that would be a waste of time and money. 

Due to the appalling weather we've been having I've started to think about spending my money on some things for Autumn / Winter.

Light Brown Owl Face Watch - River Island
This is hands down the cutest watch I've ever seen, I need it in my life.

 Fancy Delancy - Essie
I think this is the perfect shade for Autumn, it makes me think of all the colourful trees.

Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Revlon
The pictured colour (charm) isn't available in the UK so I'll just have to settle for Honey. That is if I can find it in stock anywhere!

Anger square toe Chelsea boots - Topshop
I've never had expensive boots before but I think these would be a great investment for winter. I'm too much of a wimp to wear anything that I can't hide thick woolly socks under when it's cold.

Multicoloured Teardrop Collar Necklace - New Look
I love the colours in this, and I really want a statement necklace.

Do you guys think it's too early to start shopping for A/W?

Lots of Love

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Monday, 27 August 2012

Joliebox Favourites – The Products I will repurchase

Hey Guys,

When I first started blogging back in April I couldn't miss all the posts about Beauty boxes. I hadn't heard of them before but I loved the look of them and decided to subscribe to one for a few months. There are so many Beauty boxes out there; however I managed to narrow it down to Glossybox or Joliebox. I decided on Joliebox as they seemed like a smaller nicer company besides I had read a lot of bad press about Glossybox
I was so excited to get my first box and when it arrived I wasn’t disappointed. You can see my review of my first box here.

Now I know everyone was getting tired of the same posts about beauty boxes so I’ve decided to do a post on my favourite items of the past few months.
These are all items that I will be repurchasing when they run out.

Taaj – Eau Micellaire

Micelle is a group of molecules dispersed in a liquid; the resulting solution has detergent properties making it ideal for removing makeup. There has been a lot of these cleansing waters around the blogs recently as it’s a gentle way to cleanse your face. I love this concept and I feel it works very well. As a chemistry student I am always looking to relate it to the beauty world.

Now to the product itself, the first thing I noticed was the smell, it smells so good. It’s a gorgeous fresh smell of green tea; however, it’s very strong which some people might find too overpowering for their face. It effectively removes all my makeup and leaves my face feeling clean and fresh.

Etat Pur – Salicylic acid

This is a little wonder product, you dab it on your spots and it clears them up overnight. I’ve actually used this chemical in my labs when I was synthesising aspirin; it is one of the active ingredients in the drug for pain relief. This little bottle is so handy, whenever I feel a spot coming I just dab this on and I can really notice a difference.

Phil Smith – Dry Shampoo

I’ve been on the lookout for a new brand of dry shampoo for a while now, and this is my new favourite product. I usually buy batiste out of habit but I don’t really like it, this dry shampoo is a lot better. The smell is lovely and it doesn’t leave white build up in my hair. I will be going out to buy this soon, I think it might be available to buy in Sainsbury’s.

L’Occitane – Hydration cream

included this in my July favourites and it is still one of my go to products. It’s so light on my skin and smells amazing. The full size is quite expensive, however I’ll probably be asking for it for Christmas.

So these were all my choice products I have received over the past months. These have made my subscription worth it in my opinion as I have discovered some great items. I have however cancelled my subscription. The main reason I started it was to discover some new products which I have now done. Now I’d rather have the money to repurchase these great items.

Overall I am pleased I didn’t subscribe to Glossybox as the boxes haven’t seemed great recently. Beauty boxes are such a controversial topic in the beauty world, but I think people forget what they are actually about.

Joliebox costs £12.95 a month including delivery
What do you all think about them? Do you subscribe to any?

Lots of Love

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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Ireland Photo Diary

Hey guys,

As some of you might know I've just got back from a two week holiay to Ireland. I went with my Boyfriend and his family as his Mum's side of the family all live over there. Rob's parents own a house on a tiny island off the coast of mainland Ireland called Bere Island. All his family live on the mainland which is only a short ferry journey from the island so that was very handy.

When I first visited Ireland last year I expected it to be a lot like England however I was completely wrong. Ireland has a rich culture and is a country in it's own right. Ireland is such a beautiful place, it's so green and clean. The main thing that shocked me was that despite the size of the country its population is half the size of London alone, crazy! Although I think the small population is lovely, as in my experience everyone knows everyone no matter where in the country they are from isn't that amazing? 

Rob (my boyfriend) has lots of cousins who are our age so we had a great time going out clubbing with them an we all got on really well. The island was pretty remote so we didn't have internet or even phone signal, it was so nice to be away from it all for a while sometimes you can feel like your life revolves around your phone and computer.

Here's a few photos that I took, I was hoping to take more but the weather wasn't great most of the time, (one of the downsides of living in Ireland). One day it was even a full on storm so we couldn't leave the house!

The Harbor in the early morning

View From the Ferry

 There was on nice day the whole time we were there. My boyfriend and I took advantage of this, we walked to the other side of the island, he fished and I sunbathed. It was bliss.
The Only sunny day! 
Sunbathing on the rocks
The View From our house
The Beach on the other side of the Island
Fishing in the lovely clear water
It was regatta week when we went, one of the best events was the greasy pole. a long telegraph pole is extended off a boat an greased up. people then have to run along it to grab the flag at the end, as you can see most people fail spectacularly.

The greasy pole 
The Beach at the bottom of our garden
Boyfriend skimming stones

Two little boats in the harbor

So there are some of my Ireland pictures hope you like them. I had an amazing holiday and cannot wait to go back next year. Fingers crossed for nice weather!

Have any of you been? What do you think?

Lots of Love

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

The Body shop - What a Bargain and Discount codes

Hey guys,

Sorry I’ve been away for such a long time, it feels so good to be back blogging again though. Hope you liked the scheduled posts and I'd like to say a massive hello to my new followers
Today I’m going to show you a great deal I got from the body shop online! Here’s what I bought

Seaweed Cleanser, Day Cream and Night Treatment

I’ve heard some good things about this collection. I’m forever looking out for things that will help balance my oily skin and these claim to be able to do just that.
I’ve been using the cleanser for a few days now and it does leave my skin feeling so refreshed. I will do a full review on all the products soon.

Cheek colour

I really like the look of body shop makeup so I decided to get some blush. I got a colour called sweet nutmeg. I’m not sure how well you can see from the picture but it’s a kind of nude pink and really pretty :).

Vanilla and Tonka bean Scented candle.

I’m not sure what a Tonka bean is but I love vanilla scented candles. I’m so excited to try this out, I’m a bit obsessed with scented candles right now!

I also got a little bottle of shampoo free with my order, I love getting things like these as they are so handy for travelling.

I love shopping at the body shop, they have great ethics and their products are always lovely.

Right now the body shop has some great discount codes on their website.

You can can choose from one of three deals.
1.       Save £25 when you spend £50 - To get ths enter the code ONE at the checkout
2.       40% off your order - To get this enter TWO at the checkout
3.       £50% off one product - To get this enter THREE at the checkout

You get free delivery when you spend over £30 and a free mini moisturiser when you spend over £5.  
I got 40% off my order so saved nearly £15. All of the items only came to £20, which was such a bargain!

Will any of you be taking advantage of these great offers?
here's a link to the website

Lots of Love

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Summer Reads

Hey guys,

Recently I've been feeling a bit down about the books I'm reading. I'm currently on the fifth book of game of thrones. Now don't get me wrong the books are great but I feel like I've been reading them forever! there's so many other books I want to read but I know I need to finish this series first. I'm hoping I can do this on holiday in Ireland.

When I finally finish them all here are the next books on my radar. I'm so excited to read them all, they are currently sitting in my basket on Amazon ready to order when I'm back from holiday.

Has anyone read any of these books and can recommend / not recommend them?

Lots of Love

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Friday, 17 August 2012

Summer Moisturisers

Hey guys,

In summer I have a slightly different mousturising routine than I do in winter. Here are a selection of my favourite products to use.

The Body Shop - Almond Milk Body Lotion

There’s nothing worse than feeling hot and sticky, this is why I tend to shy away from thick creamy moisturisers in the summer. My favourite one to turn to is the almond milk body lotion from the body shop. This product is so light; it’s perfect for hot summer days. The skin absorbs it perfectly and you’re left feeling soft and non-sticky. The smell is divine, I love all the almond products from the body shop, I think it’s a great scent and can’t stop smelling myself after I put it on.

Apparently it contains Community trade Babassu oil which apparently can help replenish skin lipids, and as an added bonus it helps enable families in north Brazil send their children to school. How great is that? This is one of the reasons why I love shopping at the body shop.

As I mentioned in my July favourites I think this product has been discontinued which is a shame. Although looking on the body shop website it seems like they have similar products.

The Body shop – Strawberry body butter

Now I know I’ve just said that I don’t like heavy moisturisers in summer but after long days at the beach in the sun I can sometimes feel a bit dried out. I like to use this once I’ve showered after one of these long days. After I’ve washed all the salt off my skin, I need an intensive moisturiser and this one is lovely and thick and creamy. I usually put this on before I go to bed so I don’t spend the day sticky and I also feel that my tan appreciates it.

Boots Deep Moisturising Foot Cream

In the summer when your feet are always on display I like to make sure they are looking good. Well as good as feet can look. This product does the job, it leaves my feet feeling soft and smelling nice. It has lovely refreshing mint scent which is great on hot days, especially if you’ve been walking around all day.

What do you guys think of moisturising in the heat?

Lots of Love

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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Giveaway Winner

Hey guys,
Sorry I've been a bit late announcing the winner I'm on Holiday at the moment. I'm in a place called Bere island, it's off the west coast of Ireland. It's pretty remote and there is no internet or phone signal so I've got a ferry over to the mainland to do this post. Drum-roll please...... The winner is Jessica from Obsessed about Beauty and Fashion  Congratulations I have sent you an email

Thank you so much to everyone who entered.

I look forward to getting back and doing lots of blogging :).

Lots of Love

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Urban Decay - Peacock / Preen Palette - Review

Hey Guys
So today I have a makeup review for you, I definitely don’t do enough of these on here so I’m going to try to get off my bum and do them more often.

I actually got the Urban Decay Peacock palette a while ago, but it is still by far my favourite. I don’t know exactly what it’s called, I think it might officially be the preen eye palette but I just call it the peacock palette as it has a picture of a peacock on it.

Urban decay Peacock Palette

Urban decay Peacock Palette

The palette is made up of six eye shadows. 
Snatch – A peachy pink with pieces of glitter in it to create a gold shimmer
Mildew – A dark green
Flash -  A gorgeous bright purple
Painkiller – A bright aqua blue
Smog –a coppery / brown colour
Toasted – a brownish nude colour

The pallete also came with a primer potion and an eyeliner, however both of these got used up a long time ago as they are both remarkable products.

The overall quality of the eyeshadows is incredible; extremely pigmented, glide on perfectly and they blend like a dream.

I especially love using Smog and Toasted together to create a natural look. I think this palette has a great variation of colours, I can create a natural look for the day but also use Flash or Painkiller to create more of a bold night-time look.
The packaging itself is gorgeous too, beautifully decorated inside and out. It is also sturdy enough to carry around with you; the lid is magnetic to keep it closed.
Urban decay Peacock Palette
Urban Decay - Pecock / Preen Palette - Swatches
From left to right - Snatch / Mildew / Flash / Painkiller / Smog / Toasted

Urban decay Peacock Palette

Urban decay Peacock Palette

The only downside to this palette is that I don't think it is available any longer, although you'll probably be able to find it on ebay.

I know everyone raves about the naked palette and although it is a lovely palette which I will probably buy someday, I think I'd miss the brights that you get in this one.

Do any of you own this palette? what do you think of it?

Lots of Love

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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Clinique Take The Day Off - Review

Hey guys,
So right now I am actually in Ireland visiting my boyfriend's family. We are staying on an little island off the coast of Ireland which is pretty reomte. I probably won't have access to internet for the time I'm here so this is the first of a few shceduled posts I have written for while I'm away. Enjoy :).

I said in my July favourties I would do a full review of Clinique take the day off Makeup remover and here it is.

On the website Clinique say
“Makeup remover for lids, lashes and lips. Unique, two-way formula that loosens the grip, then speeds the departure of the most persistent, eye makeups, mascara and lipsticks. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.

I think that this might be the best make up remover I have ever used.
 It glides so smoothly over my eyes, and doesn’t drag at all. It doesn’t leave a horrible residue on my eyes like some other eye make up removers and leaves my eyes feeling soft and clean. It is unscented which is nice as my skin, especially the bits around my eyes can be sensitive.

It is a formula made up of two parts which you shake to activate before use.
I have a 50ml sample version which I got with another Clinique purchase and it has lasted me a long time.

Clinique take the day off makeup remover
Before shaking

Clinique take the day off makeup remover
After shaking
The full size is £16.00 for 125ml available from here

Have you used it before? what do you think of it?

Lots of Love

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