Monday, 29 June 2015

June Empties

  • Caudalie Divine Scrub
  • Garnier Micellar Water
  • Lush Dream Cream 
  • Redken Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Ren Glycolactic Radiance Masque
  • Bryt Nourish Serum 
  • Natural Collection Concealer
  • Smashbox Studio Skin
  • Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor 
  • RMK Eye make up remover

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Nanokeratin BeFri Brush

If something promises to give immediate hair relief, with that something being just a hair brush, it peaks my interest. The Nanokeratin Befri* brush is bringing the next generation of hair brushes to the market with a new patented technology and a unique Kinematic structure. Did you have to Google Kinematic? I did.... it's been a few years since I stepped into a Science class. The brush has eight moving arms which allow the brush to glide through your hair. Well that's what it's meant to do, I didn't find it glided very well. I put this down to having mid length, thick hair but it says on the box it's for thick hair so not sure what went wrong for me there. 

When used on dry hair it does eventually get through my mane, much easier than a normal brush but not as well as my Tangle Teezer. Wet hair is a completely different story, it just didn't glide through, it got stuck and I had to be detangled out of it. It's meant to help the condition and strength of your hair but I haven't noticed a difference, if anything I've had more hair fall out. The brush itself is quite cool looking, almost futuristic and I've spent far too much time than I'd like to admit pulling the arms apart to see how strong it is (note: very!) The Nanokeratin Befri is available to purchase on Amazon if you're still interested in trying it for yourself. I've seen a number of great reviews on it but it just wasn't for me. I'll be sticking with my Tangle Teezer for the foreseeable future. 

*PR Samples

Monday, 22 June 2015

Roger & Gallet Hand & Nail Balm

I've said before how bad I am at moisturising my hands, especially as I use so much anti bacterial gel at work, they get dry really quickly. I found a product I loved by Bee Good and started religiously using it until it ran out. My hands felt so much better that I'm now a bit of a hand cream convert so these two balms from Roger & Gallet arrived just in time. Offering 24 hour hydration, they're the perfect thing to keep my dry hands at bay. The hand balms come in 30ml tubes that are small enough to chuck in your bag on the go. 

The Fleur de Figuier* hand balm contains shea butter, fig extract and aloe vera to leave your hands feeling nourished and super soft while the Bienfaits* hand balm contains shea butter, aloe vera and apricot kernal oil plus extracts of five red fruits. Again, this balm helps to nourish dry hands while also protecting and toning. They are packed with natural ingredients and they don't contain any parabens or silicones. 

Both balms have a non sticky texture which soaks in quickly turning almost matte so you can carry on with what you want to do straight away. They are both really fantastic hand balms and ones that will be staying in my bag for some time. They leave the skin feeling cared for and both balms smell incredible. If you're looking for a new hand cream then you should definitely really check out Roger & Gallet. 

*PR Samples

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Weekend Pamper Session

Sometimes you need to take some time out for some serious you time and last weekend I did exactly that. I've been so busy recently with work and planning the next Southampton blog event that I completely forgot about myself and was feeling a little run down. A whole day of pampering sorted that out perfectly. Armed with a mountain of products, a new shower head, some Lush Oxford Street exclusives and Pretty Little Liars to catch up on, I was set. 

My hair isn't very manageable so a hair mask was desperately needed, I used the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque* to give my locks a really deep condition and had a long soak with Cyanide Pill from Lush Cosmetics while the masque worked it's magic. I've recently swapped shower heads to the Mira 360m* which has four sprays, rain, burst, cloud and storm. A powerful shower makes all the difference and it's really easy to swivel so I keep twisting it around to see what I prefer. The burst setting is probably my favourite, it just hits you and I could stand under it for hours. The way the head is designed also means if you put it down in the bath, it doesn't move and soak the whole bathroom which is something I use to do regularly.

After a quick scrub with some Molton Brown products* from their Fiery Pink Pepper range, I wrapped up in a fluffy white dressing gown to paint my nails and watch Pretty Little Liars. It really was the perfect day just chilling out and doing nothing and it's something that I need to do more often.

*PR Samples

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Base Stories with Glo & Ray

You all know I have an ongoing love affair with Glo & Ray and they're gradually taking over my make up collection so today I'm posting about the primer and foundation duo that haven't left my face. When I talked about my Perfect Base Duo in May I didn't think anything else would come along and knock it off it's pedestal until I tried the Nebulae Foundation* and the CC Primer*

The Nebulae foundation comes in a sleek, matte pump action bottle which makes it so much easier to use. I hate foundations that don't come with a pump, they're too messy and you end up wasting so much. With this foundation, one pump is enough to cover your entire face and it adjusts to your skin tone leaving a natural, dewy glow. It's packed full of moisturising properties that hydrate and nourish your skin while giving a light to medium coverage which makes it perfect for the warmer weather. I love how this makes my skin look dewy, healthy and slightly blurred which makes me feel less conscious of the large pores I think I have. 

I'm Smashbox primer girl through and through and the CC Primer is a completely different texture to what I'm use to but I really like it. A big change from my silicone based primers but oh so good.  The colour correction primer is designed to improve texture and prepare skin for foundation. It's a light silky liquid with micro shine particles that help reduce the appearance of pores and even the skin tone while also keeping skin hydrated throughout the day and looking brighter. Used alongside the CC Foundation it's meant to leave a flawless finish but I'm yet to try them together as it works so well with the Nebulae foundation. 

If you're looking for a new foundation for the months ahead and a non silicone based primer you should really take a look at Glo & Ray and while you're there make sure you check out their eyeliners, lipsticks, blushes... I could go on! I really don't have a bad word to say about this brand and I still can't wait to try more! Keep your eyes peeled Friday for exciting giveaway to win some Glo & Ray products for yourself!

*PR Samples

Monday, 15 June 2015

Debenhams Beauty Gala - Basingstoke

Amy and Tanya and I were invited up to Debenhams Basingstoke last week for their Beauty Gala event which was taking place across all stores. Greeted with drinks and canapes, the lovely Davina then showed us around to each counter and introduced us to each of the consultants. There was lots happening on the night with beauty tutorials by Urban Decay, brow talks with Benefit Cosmetics, Skin consultations and facials with Clarins and lots to win on the night including some amazing raffle prizes.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Lush Oxford Street Haul

When my friend Mandy from told me she was off up to London and was dropping into Lush Cosmetic's new flagship in Oxford Street, my eyes lit up. Mandy asked me if I wanted her to pick up any new products and I, of course said yes. Armed with my list, the girl did me proud and I couldn't wait for my little bag of Lush goodness to come home. 

Unfortunately a lot of the products were sold out but I did manage to get my hands on the Lord of Misrule shower gel which was the main thing I wanted. The bath bombs are my favourite and I've just recently used my last one so hopefully this will see me through until Halloween. I really wanted the Cyanide Pill because I work in a chemist and the medicine geek in me needed to try it. Musky, smokey and with a hint of citrus, I can't wait to use it. The next bath bomb was Frozen which is a similar scent to Happy Happy Joy Joy. It smells fresh and also contains snowflake lustre. 

The last three items were some of their new bath melts, a bargain at £2 each and they leave your skin feeling so soft. I have You've Been Mangoed, Flowers Barrow and I am a Radiant Being. So far I've only used Flowers Barrow, it smells so good and the scent stuck around until the following morning. The only problem is the petals get everything so make sure you give the bath a good scrub down after using it. 

I'm planning on heading up to London soon to do some damage in Lush Oxford Street myself so keep your eyes peeled for another haul post in the next few months. If you've tried any of the new products, please let me know as I would love some recommendations!


Friday, 12 June 2015

Orange Rooms // Southampton

Southampton is becoming quite the place for good food. With new eateries popping up weekly at the moment, there's more choice than ever but sometimes you have to stick to your old favourites, especially when your old favourites introduce a banging new menu. A couple of weeks ago Orange Rooms unveiled their new menu featuring lite bites to street food and their Dessert of the Week. Orange Rooms are known for their awesome burgers which haven't disappeared from the menu and that includes The Challenge Burger if you've got the stomach for it.

I'm one of those people that has a favourite meal in each place they eat in and at Orange Rooms my usual is the Nacho Chicken Wrap so I made sure I picked something new to try. I also bought a new loyalty card which entitles you to so many fab offers including 25% off food & coffee and 50% off lots of different drinks including their cocktails, which if you haven't tried yet, you really should! For a bargain £3 the card practically pays for itself in one use. 

I went for something off the street food section, the Mongolian Lamb wrap with Sweet Potato fries. Slowed cooked lamb  in oriental spices with spring onions, cucumber and hoi sin sauce. It was incredible and for £7.95 you get so much for your money. Amy tried the BBQ Pulled Squash with Sweet Potato fries and we also ordered some Potato Bombs which are another new addition. The Potato Bombs are crispy mashed potato and spring onion balls filled with your choice of Smoked Chedder, Mexicana Chilli Cheese or Brie. They don't quite fit in with the healthy eating plan but they tasted so good and worth the extra pound I've probably put on because of them.

If this hasn't persuaded  you to go check out Orange Rooms for yourself, then check out their website - Orange Rooms where you'll find lots of information on their upcoming events including Orange Wednesday film nights which includes free entry and popcorn plus there will be food and drinks deal throughout the day. 


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

June Birchbox with French Sole

I love the time of the month when my Birchbox arrives and after seeing some sneak peaks on Birchbox's Instagram account I was really excited for their collaboration with French Sole, the go to place for pretty pumps. That was until I opened the box to one of this years most disappointing boxes. Repeats, perfume samples and a body lotion that smells like Sudocrem, not that thrilling. I was expecting so much more from a collaboration with French Sole, maybe a style guide, 10% discount code or at least some products in relation to feet because lets be honest how many of us are really going to use the shoe bag for actually putting shoes in?!

At first there were only two products that I was interested in trying, the Ren Instant Firming Beauty Shot. I'm a huge fan of Ren skincare so I'm looking forward to using this more, I've had a little nose at some reviews and they're all really positive. I've only used it once so far but it smells pretty good. I've turned my nose up at Style London temporary tattoos for months but decided to put a little one on my wrist and to be honest I'm a bit of a convert which I never thought I'd say. They're quite subtle and I'll definitely be buying some more but not at £7.99, I'll be picking mine up in Primark for £1. 

The Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle was the second product I was interested to try as it has so many fantastic reviews. I can't put my finger on the smell of this but it is incredible, I can't stop smelling my hair. I get tangles at the back of my head especially after washing, chuck in this spray and a Tangle Teezer and you have a match made in heaven. It's also non greasy and leaves your hair feeling like you haven't used any product. 

The next few products is where it goes downhill. I don't like perfume samples in subscription boxes and the only two perfume samples I've received in previous boxes have smelt like the elderly and Iris Prima is no different. At least they've got one thing right with Iris Prima, it definitely smells like a night at the Ballet. Next up is the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm which was in the October Birchbox, yes it's a nice lip balm but I don't need another. At least it's a different tint! 

Lastly is The Cowshed Knackered Cow, a relaxing body lotion with lavender and eucalyptus which smells of Sudocrem. I do like Cowshed products but a body lotion is a safe product and one I'm sure I've received in another box last year plus I'm not overly keen on smelling like a babies bottom. For a box based on a British Summer, I'm not impressed, I usually love my Birchbox so I'm hoping next months makes up for a disappointing June box. 

*PR Sample

Monday, 8 June 2015

Dr.Jackson's 03 Face Oil

When I posted about the Creamy Coconut face mask last week I mentioned about a new facial oil I'd been using in my skin care routine. I get quite oily skin mid afternoon so I've always stayed away from oil fearing it would make my skin worse but my skin had been so aggravated the last few months that I was willing to try anything to get it back to its best. In the Tatler for Birchbox from April I received Dr Jackson's 03 Face Oil* which is made from 100% natural ingredients. 

03 Face Oil is designed to reverse the effects of skin damage, I started suffering with acne that left some scarring which was really starting to bother me as I felt that whatever I did, I couldn't cover it up. After having a look through the stash I pulled out this, used it that night and every night since. Containing Baobab which helps with aging and elasticity, Marula, used to soften, nourish and revitalise skin, Calendula for soothing and healing and lastly, Arnica to sooth and heal troubled skin. It's packed full of skin food. 

Part of me wishes I'd taken a before and after photo because after four/five weeks of use I've been so impressed that it's never leaving my skin care routine. The directions say to use the oil twice daily but I just use it nightly. I'm lucky if I get some moisturiser on my face in the morning, let alone a full skin care routine. It smells beautiful, very natural and I find it gives an instant calming effect. The 03 Face Oil has helped so much with my skin, it feels plumper, smoother and most importantly my scarring has been dramatically reduced. 

I've only used up a quarter of the bottle so far as you can see above so I have lots of applications left  but the minute this is gone I'll be snapping up another and it'll be the best £30 I'd of spent. If you have some of the same concerns I had then you should really take a look at Dr Jackson's skincare, I've already got my eye on the 02 Night Skin Cream.


Sunday, 7 June 2015

May Empties

  • Soap & Glory Orangeasm
  • Yves Rocher Monoi body wash
  • Bee Good Cream Cleanser
  • Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless foundation
  • Batiste dry shampoo
  • A Derma daily moisturiser
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream
  • Bioderma samples 
  • YSL Forever serum
  • Soft & Gentle antiperspirant 


Friday, 5 June 2015

The Base Lush List

The Base Lush List
I'm forever looking for the perfect base products and I'm not overly faithful to foundations, I switch and choose between different ones so much that I then forget what ones I love and the collection is getting pretty out of hand. I'm using one at the moment which I do LOVE and will be posting about soon but in the mean time these are some products I've been recently lusting over. 

NARS Sheer Glow has been on the lust list for a long time. As I don't have a counter near me I've always been a bit dubious about buying it online because it's a pricey mistake to make. I recently went to Brighton and made sure I went into Space NK to get coloured matched. I didn't buy it because it was the day before pay day, gah... Maybe next month. The other foundation type product is Clinique's Beyond Perfecting foundation and concealer. I haven't been shy with my hate of Clinique products, their skincare irritates my face and the mascara hates my lashes but I was so impressed with the sample I had of this that I very nearly spent my last £30 on this instead of food. It's not often that make up comes before food and it's very rare for a Clinique product to win my heart!

The third product is Benefit Cosmetic's latest release, License to Blot! Each review I read makes me want to try this more and if something is going to banish that mid afternoon shine with a quick blot then I need it. Benefit has come up trumps here. Lastly is a product I have already and one I love very much, NARS Laguna has to be my favourite bronzer EVER. I've just hit pan on both my Lagunas, one full size and one in a palette so I need to get a replacement pretty quickly so I can keep up with my fake holiday glow. What products have you been wanting recently?


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up!

I've gone a bit highlighter mad in recent months and finally bought Watt's Up! back in February. I've been a big fan of High Beam for more years than I want to admit and felt like it was time to branch out in the Benefit Highlighter department. I'd been undecided between Watt's Up! and Girl Meets Pearl for so long but the champagne glow stole my heart. The packaging was also a big sway factor, a pretty lilac tube with the product one end and a blending sponge the other.  

The soft focus highlighter has a cream to powder finish which leaves a silky smooth highlight to the cheeks and brow bone. I usually apply this once I've done my base along my cheeks and t-zone, blending out with my fingers or a buffing brush. I'm not a fan of the little sponge attached, I just don't seem to get on very well with it because I think it's too small to do the job properly. 

I have quite fair skin so I was a bit unsure whether this would suit my skin tone but I really had nothing to worry about. The champagne shade is really flattering, leaving a subtle, dewy glow which makes me look more awake and healthy. Watt's Up! is also my hangover secret, used alongside Benefit's Lemonaid you'd never know I'd had a few too many and no sleep! Girl Meets Pearl is still on my want list but for the minute this little baby has my highlighting needs covered. If you're yet to add it to your collection, you really need to hot foot to your local counter and treat yourself!


Monday, 1 June 2015

Nude Lip Loving

A nude lip is the easiest thing to work once you've found your perfect nude. Remember your teenage years of foundation lips? Yup, we've all been there and unfortunately the photos are there to haunt us. Mac Myth I'm looking at you. After a fair few years of trial and error, I have three nude lipsticks I wear again and again. Admittedly they all look pretty similar but there is a slight difference in shade, texture and longevity.

First up is the forever beautiful Yves Saint Laurent No.1 Beige Charnel which I have worn countless times. The packaging is half the appeal, gold, iconic and with the shade colour in a band around the middle. The lipstick glides on as it's so creamy leaving a pretty, dusty pink pout. It's creaminess makes it moisturising but it does mean it doesn't last as long as I'd like for a lipstick that costs £26. 

Hue from MAC Cosmetics is my next favourite. I picked Hue up in a blog sale on the spur of the moment having not searched for swatches or reviews. I did falter a little thinking I'd be risking foundation lips but it's PERFECT for me. I just pop it on before work and off I go, no mirror needed to apply as it really is my lips but better. I'm not a Glaze finish fan usually but this one I love which you can tell from how worn down it is. 

Lastly is my most recent purchase. I forgot to take the YSL lipstick out with me one day so instead of being sensible and buying a cheap one from Boots, I bought Naked from Urban Decay but it was the best decision ever. This has not left my bag for three months and I think it's the quickest I've ever worn a lipstick down to the point I'll be having to repurchase it pretty soon. Naked really is just perfect. It's creamy, long lasting and leaves the most beautiful shade on my lips. I've been asked so many times what it is when I'm wearing it and I've turned into the crazy girl that shouts "You have to buy Naked" at a lot of people. It's the darkest of the three but it's my number one and will be for a very long time. The packaging is also something I really like about it and it screams Urban Decay. This is the first lipstick from Urban Decay I've tried and it won't be my last, I think they may have stolen MAC Cosmetics lipstick crown. Have you got a favourite nude? I'd love to know what it is.

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