Monday, September 29, 2014

Homeware Wish List



So, myself and Dan have only gone and bough a bloody house! How exciting!

After 8 years together, I've finally trapped him for life! Well at least until the mortgage is paid. I JOKE Dan, I joke...

Were both very excited and will be living together in no time, which has resulted in a pretty long home ware wishlist.

We haven't even picked out a sofa yet, but I've already got cushions and throws in mind for the front room!

Here's a round up of some of the best home ware pieces I've found online recently.

First up, let me gush over how much I love this mustard pillow from ASDA. We're thinking grey and white for the front room and I think this colour would look amazing on top of a charcoal grey sofa. Dan hates it, but I will keep you updated to let you know if this makes it's way into the house.

Next up is this amazing throw from Tesco. Moving in at winter time gives me the perfect excuse to stock up on gorgeous throws and blankets for the colder months. This one will set us back around £40, but I felt it in store and the quality is totally worth it! 

I have a pretty big obsession with Gemma Correll Illustrations at the moment, I find them hilarious. I want a few of her food themed prints in frames in the kitchen, I think they'll look really cool. This one is only about £20!

I also love this coffee table from Made.com, although Dan doesn't like it in white. I'm really not too sure how much of my own way I am going to get when it comes to the interior design, but I am definitely the more stylish one out of the two of us.

Last, but certainly by no means least are these cute storage boxes from Matalan. You can never have too many storage boxes and as a hoarder who has accumulated quite alot of stuff over the years storage boxes are definately needed. 

What home ware items do you recommend I pick up?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pinterest in Reality : Blog Series Introduction



Okay, I'll hold my hands up and say I spend far too long on Pinterest! But I know I'm not the only one! I'll pin beautiful pictures of a hairstyle I'll never attempt or a dessert I'll never make and continue scrolling through.

Until now...

I've decided to create a blog series called Pinterest in Reality. The concept is simple. I choose something I've pinned on Pinterest from a chosen category and try to recreate it, to see if Pinterest can be a reality. 

Sound exciting?  It does to me. 

This series will go beyond beauty and delve into crafts, cooking and DIY. 

Are you up for the challenge? 

Here's the plan. I'm going to set categories for the next 8 weeks and I'll post my attempts Sunday showing you wether or not I can make that particular Pin a reality. 

So here's the categories:

Week 1 : Hair
Week 2 : Baking
Week 3: Makeup
Week 4: Craft
Week 5: Cooking
Week 6: Nails
Week 7 : DIY
Week 8: Create your own Pinterest worthy Pin!

I'd love it if you guys joined in in the series, I think it would be so much fun! 
You can choose anything from that chosen category that you want. Post a picture and link to your original Pin and show us how you got on! Share it in whatever way you want -a blog post like me, on Instagram, on Pinterest or on Twitter - just make sure to tweet or tag me so I can take a look! 

Should we use a hashtag? How does #pinterestinrealitychallenge sound? Please leave other suggestions in the Comments below!

The final post of the series can be whatever you want. Photography, a funny MEME, inspirational quote, Infographic, Makeup look or nail design. The world is at your feet! 

Please leave a comment below if you are going to get involved and a link to where ever you will be postiing your results so I can make sure I follow! 

I'm exciting to get started on this next week! See you then! 

Bloggers on board 
A couple of lovely ladies have joined me! 

Jay
from 

And 

Michelle from 

Make sure you check them out! 

Make sure you follow me on all my social media, they are over there >> somewhere!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

You have to try this! NEW Dry Shampoo from Herbal Essences!


I'll admit it. I've never really had a good relationship with dry shampoo. I'm just not all that clued up on how to use it. Because my hair is so soft and fine it takes an awful lot of product for it to do anything and tonnes of Batiste on dark brown hair just isn't an option. 

To be honest, I don't like Batiste anyway (Gasp!). The scents are tacky and too musty for my liking and I feel like my hair is dirty rather than refreshed after using it. This pretty much put me off using dry shampoos full stop, but since trying the new Herbal Essences Dry Shampoos, I'm converted!

There have been alot of brands releasing dry shampoos of late, Aussie and Pantenne spring to mind, but the launch that had little coverage but that caught my eye on the shelf was from Herbal Essences. 

Now, I'm pretty sure I'm not overstepping the mark too much by saying that everyone loves the scents from Herbal Essences, right? They just know how to do it when it comes to nice smelling hair care and their dry shampoo is no exception.  

I picked up each of these on separate occasions for an introductory price of around £1.50 I think, but I'd definitely be happy to pay full price! 

The orange can is the Herbal Essnences Dry Shampoo for Uplifting Volume in Citrus which aims to give volume along with a first day feel. It does exactly that. Aside from the ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ALL DAY SCENT this leaves the hair, it does a really good job of giving volume and leaves it feeling fresh, like you've just blow dried it! 

Same goes for the Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo. I didn't see powder build up from either of them, which I think is what the 'Naked' version is trying to get at here. This has a slightly softer, gentle scent to is which also lasts all day, and gives volume where I want it.

Great products! I just mix and match depending on what scent I fancy that day! 

Have you tried any of the latest dry shampoos on the market? What should I pick up next?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

REVIEW : Lush Roots Hair Mask

Lush - Roots Hair Treatment - £9.95
 
Who doesn't love a good pamper session of an evening? After a face mask, manicure and hair mask I feel like a new woman! 

I've never really used a hair mask that targets specific hair problems. Generally I'm looking for a bit of a moisture boost and something to feel a little bit more luxurious, which sometimes can make my hair heavy and drag it down and recently I've been wanting more. 


My thin and fine hair needs an injection of body and volume and it didn't take me long online to find out that this hair mask from Lush was exactly what I needed. 

This scalp treatment targets thin and fine hair with mint extracts, which are used to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles. The blend of neroil, grapefruit and sweet orange smells delicious and adds to my spa day very nicely. 

You apply this directly onto dry roots (which is really weird feeling BTW!) massage and leave for 20 minutes. I find once washed out, my roots feel lifted and have an instant boost to them, with the scent still lingering. This for me lasts for a good few days and my scalp feels great for even longer. I expected putting a mask straight on your roots would cause greasiness, but this didn't at all!


Not only does this smell great and give an instant boots of volume, the volume created is much, much nicer than volume created by sprays or powders, with no crunchy or powdery residue left behind! 

I picked this up for £9.95 -although this might seem expensive for some, a little will go a long way and you will definitely get a good amount of treatments from it! Give it a go!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Breakout Bustin’ with the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil




I’ve recently been troubled with some nasty breakouts on my chin and whilst my Lush Tea Tree toner is doing a cracking job with holding breakouts back and evening my skin tone, a few little blighters still managed to reach the surface. A mixture of stress, fast food and hormones caused an eruption on a gigantic scale and I needed to take action. Fast


This is where the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil stepped in. I’d heard a lot about it and expected great results and it really didn’t disappoint. On a cleansed and toned face I popped a little bit of this directly onto each spot using a q tip. It stings initially – but I always think that if you can feel it, it must be doing something. I let this sink in, popped on my regular moisturiser on and headed to bed and by the morning the redness had massively reduced and the nastiness had almost gone away.


I haven’t tried a spot treatment like it. I did have dry patches afterwards, but I don’t think there’s any product out there that shrinks spots whilst nourishing the skin. Am I wrong? Let me know! 


A great little treatment for some big angry spots. And at £8 a bottle, a great investment, as this will last forever!

Currently Loving


I haven’t done a favourites post in what feels like forever and recently I’ve found myself falling for some new and old products. I think it’s about time I started sharing my favourites on a more regular basis with you lot!  


Let me know if you like these sorts of posts and I’ll make sure I pencil these in more often! 


Over the last few months I’ve noticed that I have been reaching for the same products over and over again and with a stash like mine, using the same products continuously is quite a feat! 


First up is something from Avon that I have been using as sparingly as possible as it is just about to run out. This sugar plum and vanilla body lotion was limited edition last Christmas and I really wish I’d stocked up. I actually got this as a present from my sister in law (thanks Aimee!) along with the shower gel, which obviously disappeared rather quickly. This lotion is perfect for the colder months for giving that extra little bit of hydration, whilst not being so rich that it takes an age to soak in. The smell of this is by far the nicest smelling body lotion I have ever tried. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this to return to the catalogue!


Next up I’ve been loving a TIGI shampoo and mask combination – both of these are from the amazing Capital Hair and Beauty competition I won back in July. You can check out my winnings here. On the whole, my hair is quite healthy, if not sometimes dry and on the fine side. The TIGI Bedhead UrbanAntidotes Reboot Shampoo is for ‘Way out of whack scalps in need of a reset’. This minty shampoo leaves my scalp feeling tingly, moisturised and nourished. I definitely feel like because of this scalp stimulation, my hair seems to be growing quite quickly too – something I’m definitely not complaining about! It’s quite clarifying and leaves  a really fresh scent which lingers all day, something I really love about shampoos. The re-energise treatment mask is ‘perfect for normal hair that needs a wakeup call’ and it definitely does just that. After using this, my hair feels silky and smooth, my colour is much more vibrant and ends feel nourished. I don’t normally enjoy products that give added shine to my hair, but this combination give me sleek, shiny hair whilst giving me volume and texture. No idea how they’ve done it! 


I have also been loving my (completely manky) beauty blender! Foundation application with this is just out of this world! With minimal effort, you can create a completely flawless base.


I’ve been pretty obsessed with highlighters of late, with my favourite being the Benefit’s Watts Up Mini I received in the ‘Bronzed goddess” kit. Even on my super pale complexion, this bronze based cream stick gives the most gorgeous ‘glow from within’ that I adore. 


Very recently I have been having trouble drifting off to sleep, and the This Works Breath In Sleep Therapy roller ball has been doing the trick to send me off into a nice, natural sleep. You just pop this on your pulse points and breathe in the calming scent of lavender and eucalyptus and you’ll be in the land of nod in no time. 


I’ve discussed the Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner before here, so I won’t babble on too much about it. But I love this! Definitely taught me how to do the cat eye with ease! 


Last but certainly not least is the Stila Convertible colourin Lilium, if you are a regular reader of my blog; you’ll know I’m a lover of the good ‘ole cream blush. This shade is gorgeous and I think it’s perfect as we head into a new season!



So there you have it! My recent favourites. No doubt with the colder, wetter weather approaching I’ll be back with some winter favourites soon enough!



What have your recent favourites been?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mini Boots Haul

         


It's extremely rare these days that I will venture into Boots without already researching the products I need and what I was going to buy, knowing exactly what to expect from the product, but on this little trip, I did just that!

I decided to venture round Boots whilst waiting for my prescription to be ready and managed to do a little bit of damage to my bank balance. I have to say, I really enjoyed the shopping experience. I had no expectations of what I wanted to get out of the trip, which made me look at some brands I wouldnt normally consider or haven't tried before! 

First up, I picked up the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Moisturiser, which actually I had picked up randomly a couple of weeks before, but Dan decided he was stealing that bottle off me, so I decided to repurchase this. I really like it. I feel like it's doing a lot to reduce the amount of oil my skin is producing, it has evened my skin tone and reduced the redness around blemishes. The only thing I'm not keen on is the scent - abit to chemically for my liking, but the pros of this product completely outweigh the cons. 

The next thing I picked up was the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. I've been having quite a few problems with my skin lately and my balm cleansers just didn't give me the stripped feeling I think I needed. This gave me the type of deep clean I was looking for, it striped everything away and helped me treat all the nasty blemishes that I have popping up left right and centre. I know skin stripping isn't the best, and this doesn't give you that tight squeaky clean feel, but it cleans much deeper than a balm cleanser. I'll do a full review on this soon so key your eyes peeled! 

I then treated myself to 3 makeup buys, the Skin Luminizer foundation from Max Factor, the Grow Luscious Mascara from Revlon, two products I have heard little about and another lip butter from Revlon. So far so good with all of these. I'm not going to say too much just yet, as I've only had a weeks use out of them, but I definitely think I've found some new faves! 

I also gave the now Boots app a try! 

      

Boots are actually getting rid of all of the points machines in store, so soon you won't be able to print off exclusive offers on store, and you'll have to download them to your Advantage card using their app. 
This actually works better for me, as I always forget to check out my offers at the machine. It's also great to help you keep track of how you many points you have, so you can get planning on how to spend them! 

What have you picked up from Boots recently? 

Be expecting to see some more hauls coming up! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Muji Facebrush


Hinoki Face Brush - Muji - £3.95

Right, I can't be the only one who was oblivious to the additional range of products from Muji?

I hear Muji, I think storage. Anyone else?

I had never actually ventured to their section in Selfridges until a very recent trip to the Trafford Centre, where I found out that the Muji range goes much further than just pretty acrylic storage.

I lingered around for some time sniffing their amazing diffusers and urged to have a need for a whole host of stationary because their pens, pencil, cases and pads were just so cute and amazing! I ended up picking up a small notebook for blogging, nothing too much to rave about, unlike this little find!

It really didn't take long for this face brush to be mine. I had used the little face brush from The Body Shop before, but after leaving it at my boyfriends one weekend, I didn't actually trust using it on my face again...

This is perfect! Much easier to use than the Body Shop one actually. The long handles means you can apply little or alot of pressure and it glides across the skin really easily.  I just hope that the face that it's made out of wood doesn't lead to the bristles falling out.

The soft white bristle are just the right density and stiffness to give the face a deep exfoliation. I wouldn't use this every day, but this is doing my skin wonders at the moment in helping me remove the horrible, flaky skin I have lingering around some lovely residents I have on my chin.

For £3.95, this really is a bargain and a staple in my skincare routine. Used alone or with some exfoliator this leaves me with silky smooth skin, and no dry patches in sight!


August Birchbox

First off I think I need to apologise for the lack of content lately! Sometimes, life just gets in the way. A blogging break was in no way intentional, but it just sort of happened! Hopefully I'll have more of an update soon for you guys to explain why I've been busy, but for now lets get on with the August Birchbox Review.

WOW this is rather late! We're pretty much due our September box any day now! Sorry guys!

This months theme was Sun, Sea and Sand which I don't massively get from the box content, other than the luggage cutouts on the card inserts and the book sample. I'll level with you right from the start. This box was again a disappointment for me. I'm beginning to sound a little ungrateful to be honest, but the last couple of boxes haven't quite lived up to my expectations set up from the amazing boxes at the beginning of the year.

Anyway, here's what I received in this months box!

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic face rejuvenator - Value £4.33
Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect - Value £4.52
Supergoop CC Cream Daily Correct - Value £3.95
NUDE Progenuis Omega Treatment Oil - Value £10
Wild About Beauty Creme Eyeshadow - Value £13

Total Value £35.18
Lifestyle Extra - The Proposal Chapter - Tasmin Perry

I wasn't super excited about any of the products in this months box. I've tried some stuff from Vasanti before that didn't work for me and the same goes for Number 4. I actually gave the Prep & Protect a go, but it really dried out my hair after just one use, so I doubt I'll be reaching for that anytime soon. The Supergoop seems like it would do a really good job - it seems thick and gives a flawless finish on the back of my hand, but unfortunately the shade was wayyyy off my pale skintone, so this will be going to a tanned friend. I am intrigued by the NUDE Progenius Oil, but I'm not too sure how long a 5ml sample will last. Long enough for me to see the effects?

The Wild About Beauty creme eyeshadow isn't too bad, but pigmentation isn't all that great and I can imagine it will crease quite easily. I did like the idea of the chapter sample though, a really cool idea. Just not my usually genre for a read really!

It really does seem that Birchbox can't do anything to please me at the moment!
I have seen the spoiler for September and it does look much better than the last few months, I'm excited to see what I get!

What did you think about the August Birchbox?

I'll try to get Septembers box up much sooner than this one!

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