Monday, 30 March 2015

Current Skincare Favourites- Vichy, Dr.Jart+, Lush and St.Ives

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I haven't done a favourites post in what seems like forever so I felt it was time to share with your the skincare products I've been reaching for most recently.

Let's start with the Dr.Jart+ V7 Turnover Booster, I got this in a Birchbox back in November and I've been using it pretty much every night since, you only need to use about two pumps so it's lasted really well and I'm only just running out of it. The V7 Turnover Booster aims to boost skin's moisture straight after cleansing and optimise the results of the rest of your skin care leaving you with a glowing complexion so I pop this on before using my toner and I have found that my skin has been a bit calmer and balanced. This is £32.00 which is definitely more than I usually spend on skincare and I don't think I'll repurchase this when it's run out as I don't feel my skin needs the extra moisture I get from this right now but I'll definitely be buying it towards the end of the year when skin's more dry.

The St.Ives Apricot Blemish Control Scrub is something I bought on a whim as I'd run out of my Una Brennan exfoliator and was a bit too skint to afford anything fancy but I'm really loving it. This was the first item of skincare I ever tried and I can remember my mom buying it for me along with some sort of tea tree toner from The Body Shop, as soon as I used this it made me feel really nostalgic. Nostalgia aside this is a really great scrub, it's quite gritty and you have to be quite thorough to make sure you get all the little bits off your face and hairline so I usually use this in the shower, the smell is lovely really fresh and uplifting and best of all it's only £3.99 which is such a bargain.

The Vichy Normaderm Night Detox has fast become a HG product for me, I just absolutely love it, I was on the hunt for a new night time moisturiser and wanted to try something different so I wandered over to the Vichy section of Boots and decided on this little beauty. It smells fantastic like fresh apples and it absorbs into my skin super fast, I really noticed a difference in my skin once I started using this it just feels healthier, my complexion looks a lot clearer and it gives me just the right amount of hydration for my combination skin. Vichy give some pretty big claims about this stating that after using this; sebum production is controlled, imperfections appear reduced, pores are tightened and you're left with a radiant complexion. I have found nearly all of these to be true and I have especially noticed that my complexion is much more clear when I'm using this but it hasn't really made any difference to my pores which are quite prominent but I might try the Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner to combat this issue.

Another product from Dr.Jart+ which I have been using pretty much everyday is the Dr.Jart+ V7 Cleansing Foam  I reviewed this last month so I won't waffle on about it as you can read my full review here. This cleanser is just lovely to use it has such a light creamy texture whilst being tough enough to thoroughly cleanse my skin and leave it really soft.

Lastly we have an old favourite Lush Tea Tree Toner Water, I first tried this 3 years ago and it's something I always find myself going to back to, I particularly like to use this in the summer as it really cools down my skin. This is stocked full of tea tree water which is anti-bacterial to keep bacteria building up, grapefruit which is lightly astringent on the skin and juniperberry which is antiseptic to keep skin fresh and clear. I love using this it makes my skin feel extra clean and refreshed but the one thing that lets it down is the bottle, I used to take this to Pete's each weekend and no matter how I packed it into my overnight bag it always leaked which has lead to me purchasing a separate bottle to keep at his permanently. The spray bottle also sprays a bit over zealously which means no matter how close I put the cotton wool to the nozzle I feel like I'm losing a lot of the water, I really do love this toner but when it's gone I will be going back to The Body Shops Seaweed Toner which I recently bought during a 40% off promotion.

What are your current skincare must haves? 

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

OOTD: Pure Morning

I Wore:
Biker Jacket- Primark
Trousers- New Look
T-shirt- New Look
Chelsea Boots- Primark
Necklace- Miss Guided

I finally got my haircut as it was officially too long for me to manage anymore and unfortunately the hairdresser took off a lot more than I asked for and didn't really cut it into the style I asked for so I've been struggling to do much with it at the moment. When it dries naturally it goes all fluffy and messy so I've been reacquainting myself with my straighteners and I picked up a super cute plastic bow clip in a vintage shop for £2 which just keeps it off my face. 
I've been treating myself to a fair few bargains clothing wise and my latest additions include this amazing faux leather biker Jacket from Primark, I've been on the lookout for the perfect biker style jacket for ages and knew this was the one for me as soon as I saw it. It was marked up at £25 which I was happy to pay but when I got to the till it scanned up at just £10 which I was really chuffed about. I ended up getting a size 16 as the fit was rather snug in a 12 and I wanted it to be a bit of a looser fit, I have literally been living it for the past two weeks and it's definitely a new staple in my wardrobe. 
I popped into New Look when shopping with my mom recently, I don't tend to go in New Look as I really struggle to find anything I like in there but as they had a huge sale on we popped in and I picked up the t-shirt and trousers together for just £9 each. I adore the t-shirt and know I'll wear it a lot but I wasn't overly convinced by the trousers the first couple times I wore them, they're extremely comfortable and the material is lovely and light which will be perfect for spring/summer but I wish they were a bit more fitted from the knee down as they tend to bunch up around my ankles.
I wore this outfit to go for a nice walk around Himley with Pete at the weekend, I popped my chelsea boots on as it tends to be quite muddy and it was a good choice as the bottoms of my shoes were literally caked in mud by the time we left. 

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

My Little Superbox- March 2015

My Little Superbox- March 2015
My Little Superbox- March 2015
Another fabulous box from My Little Box and I loved this months superhero theme, theses boxes always leave me smiling and this months was the best one yet with MLB debuting their first clothing item.

Wonder Woman Stickers
Wonder Woman Stickers
I'm a bit of a sucker for stickers and these are so cute I have a couple of very bare looking sketchbooks that could definitely use some brightening up so these were a welcome addition to the March box.

 Super Hero T-shirt by My Little Box
T-shirt by My Little Box
When I saw this rolled up t-shirt I was excited to see My Little Box had created their first item of clothing I was also a little apprehensive as I usually find that one-size-fits-all items are too small for me but the fit of this is actually great. It's a very soft light t-shirt with rolled up sleeves, there are a few different slogans and I really like the slogan I got but I have seen a couple floating around that say 'We Can Be Heroes Just For One Day' and I would have absolutely loved.

The Beauty Bits:
My Little Superbox- March 2015

Kerastase Cristaliste Lait Cristal Conditioner
Kerastase Cristaliste Lait Cristal Conditioner
Kerastase are a brand that I've been wanting to try for a while so I was very pleased to see this in my box, I've used it a couple of time now and I really like this conditioner it's quite light and it leaves my hair really shiny and soft, it's safe to say I'll be checking out more from Kerastase sometime soon.

Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream
Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream
I've tried a couple of Caudalie products recently which have been a bit hit and miss but you can't really go wrong with a hand cream and this is a nice size to pop in my handbag so I'll definitely use this.

My Little Beauty- Lip & Cheek Crayon
My Little Beauty- Lip & Cheek Crayon
As always there was a product from My Little Box's in house beauty range, this month I received a lovely coral lip and cheek crayon, I want to call it a balm but it's much more pigmented than a balm, I would probably struggle to use this on my cheeks but with a lot of blending I could make it work and I think it'll look great on my lips.

A great box this month and I can't wait to see what the theme is next month, you can sign up to My Little Box here for £11 per month +p&p.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Bumble And Bumble Order + Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Samples

Bumble And Bumble Prep Primer + Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Samples

I seem to have developed a growing obsession with Bumble & Bumble, it was only last month when I placed my last order with them, but I've had my eye on a few bits and bobs and I was planning on popping to Boots and picking up the Primer but I decided to check the website to see if they had any offers on. Bumble & Bumble are very generous when it comes to giving samples with orders and they usually have some sort of promotion going on, last time I got a sample of the All Style Blow Dry creme. When I placed my order they had a special offer on where you got a bunch of samples from the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil line with your order along with a sample bottle of the Thickening Hairspray, best of all they offer free shipping on all orders so because I only bought the travel size Prep Primer all of this cost me just £7.

Bumble And Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Samples
Bumble And Bumble Prep Primer, Bumble And Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer, Bumble And Bumble Thickening Hairspray

I haven't used the shampoo and conditioner samples yet but I will be taking them to Chester for my little weekend away with Pete and I'm saving the little bottle of oil for when my hair needs a bit of tlc. I love Bumble & Bumble's Thickening Hairspray, it smells great, doesn't leave my hair feeling crispy and isn't in an aerosol can which is great, I already have a full size bottle of this so I've taken the mini version to Pete's house to keep in my little beauty stash.
I was thinking about trying the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer to try and tame my hairs current frizzy tendencies so I've used this a few times already and I am very tempted to purchase a full size bottle when the sample runs out. This primer is supposed to soften, detangle, de-frizz, tame flyaways and protect against breakage and heat styling, I have noticed my hair feeling softer and easier to comb when I apply this to my hair after washing it. I use this before straightening my hair as well as I've run out of my usual heat protector and it works absolute wonders here, my hair looks soft and shiny, it takes less time to straighten and it holds it's style much longer than usual.
Finally the thing that I actually ordered was the Bumble & Bumble Prep Primer, this nutrient-rich detangler is supposed to enhance the performance of styling products and reactivate products already in hair. I haven't actually tried this out properly yet so I may do a proper review once I've given it a real try so I know how well it works.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Birchbox- March 2015

I always look forward to my Birchbox arriving each month and this month I was delighted to see a very bright and cheerful box waiting for me, the contents was much better than last months in my opinion and there was a great mix of products from haircare to make-up and body care.

Serenity Skincare Dead Sea Bath Salt
In the years before I discovered the wonders of Lush I used to use bath salts all the time and I always find them really relaxing so I'm looking forward to trying these and it's a fairly generous sample.

Lord & Berry Bronzer in Sienna
 I don't tend to use bronzers as they're usually way too dark for me but Sienna is quite a pale wearable matte shade which I think I might be able to get away with if I use it sparingly. 

Philip Kingsley Smooth Cream
I was very pleased to see a Phillip Kingsley product in this months Birchbox and the Smooth Cream was an especially welcome sample, I had my hair cut recently and the stylist took off way more than I asked for which has meant I've really struggled to control it. My hair is quite thick and is very prone to frizziness, I've steered well clear of my hair dryer in attempt to not make it any more frizzy but it's still been very fluffy and unmanageable so this is exactly the kind of product my hair needs right now.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
This month subscribers were able to choose a sample out of all three Benefit Mascaras, I went for Roller Lash despite the fact I already have 2 samples of it, I've never been a fan of They're Real or Bad Girl and the Roller Lash wand is curved to reach all lashes which is the type of wand I usually favour. 

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Eau de Parfum
I'm usually quite dismissive of perfume samples in beauty boxes but this smells amazing, I popped it in the pocket of my work fleece to freshen up on the shopfloor and I've had loads of compliments on this scent, it's described as a sophisticated yet playful fragrance which sums it up pretty well, I find this really lifts my mood and is very fresh. I've gotten quite a lot of use out of this little sample as the scent lasts really well and I would definitely consider purchasing this in the future. 

I don't really see the point in chapter samples like this and this just isn't my kind of book anyway.

Birchbox Mini Noteboo
Bonus Extra- Birchbox Mini Notebook
I love having a little notebook in my handbag for list making and doodling so this has already found it's way into my handbag.

All in all a great box for me this month and I look forward to my April Birchbox, you can sign up to Birchbox here for £10 per month +p&p. 

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Rimmel Wonder'Full Mascara In Extreme Black

I'll be honest I'm not a huge fan of Rimmel products in general but I was on the lookout for a new mascara and the Wonder'Full one happened to be on offer so I thought I'd give it a try but unfortunately it has disappointed me. 
Wonder'Full claims to give feather light volume without clumps and the Ultra Flex brush is supposed to hug lashes defining them from root to tip, well I can't deny that this added volume to my lashes but I have found that it can be rather clumpy and tends to just stick my lashes together in little groups which I hate. 
I did like the look of the wand, the bristles are nice and long which I thought would make it easy to coat my lashes from root to tip and it does work better on my bottom lashes defining them without clumping them together but I have found it really hard to get right down to the roots of my lashes on my top lid. I think in general I prefer a mascara with a curved wand as it makes it a lot easier to cover all of your lashes even the smallest ones towards the inner corner of your eye. 
What I most want from a mascara is something that really defines and lengthens my lashes, doesn't look clumpy and is super black, I wear quite thick eyeliner everyday so I need something that's going to make my lashes stand out against the dark liner. Unfortunately the Wonder'Full mascara just didn't give me enough length the formula itself is alright, it is really black and it's quite thick so it adds volume but it's a bit too sticky which leads to it clumping towards the tips of my lashes.

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