Thursday, 31 July 2014

Organic Surge sweet blossom body cream

Organic Surge sweet blossom body cream

Organic Surge body lotion texture

If you remember my last Organic Surge review, I banged on about how I loved that they're affordable, ethical and mostly organic - not a combination you usually see.  Well, I'm banging on about it again, but instead of it being about their body wash (which has pretty much run out, sad face), it's now about this lovely little body cream.

It's one of those body creams that has a really soft and gentle scent.  It smells sweet, not necessarily of oranges, well, maybe a little.  It also has a touch of that 'organic' scent, you know the one that all those organic-spa-like products have, yeah that scent.

You can see, it's not exactly a body butter consistency, it's more 'gel' like and light, almost like it's a whipped consistency.

It absorbs into the skin really well and doesn't leave an oily residue.  It leaves my skin feeling soft, supple and nourished, what more could ya ask for eh?

It's safe to say I'm a fan of this, it feels lovely on my skin and just adds a delicate amount of fragrance.

It's currently got £2.25 off on the Organic Surge website making it just £5.25* (down from £7.50). If you'd like to take a peek, you can find it here.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July 2014 Empties

July 2014 empties

It's been a bit of a quiet month for empties, I finished off quite a lot last month and I'm close to finishing off quite a lot of other stuff, but this is all I've actually finished in July :)

Macadamia Flawless
I'm elevating this to HG status, yeah that's right, this stuff is the bomb! It makes my hair feel amazing and for a good two days.  I was so sad to see the end of it, but I'll definitely be replacing it, I honestly think it's worth every penny :)

Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser
I've had this a while and it's taken me a while to finish it off (this is my 3rd bottle).  I'm starting to stray away from hot cloth cleansers (at least during the Summer) and use my Bioderma to take my makeup off, and then my Origins GinZing scrub after, which seems to be working really well with my skin at the moment.

My 3rd bottle of this too... I've never found anything like it that removes makeup, specifically waterproof mascara, quite as well as this.  I'm just not keen on leaving it on my skin, I think it's good to cleanse afterwards to make sure you've removed any excess of it, always pays to look after your skin :)

So there you have it, 3 measly empties!  I think there'll be a lot more next month, so watch this space :) What have you used up this month?


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

July 2014 favourites

July favourites

So I've been a bit of a boring one the past couple of months, and I've been using the same products nearly every day, I know... yawn!  But there's a good reason for it.  We've been decorating our bedroom so that we can start to work on the nursery, but in the process we've filled up the room that will be the nursery, thus blocking off my extensive makeup collection!  So I've been using whatever was in my makeup bag - don't get me wrong, there's a selection in there, but it's limited :)

So, my favourites this past month have been....

Origins GinZing refreshing scrub cleanser & moisturiser
These really have become a staple in my daily skincare routine and when I'm not using them and I'm using something else, I can tell the difference.  The scrub is usable daily, I tend to use it 5 days a week and the Claudia Louch cleanser on the other 2 days (review of that coming soon).  The moisturiser smells amazing too, sinks into the skin really quickly and doesn't leave an oily residue, but leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft.

Smashbox 24hr eye shadow primer*
I've said it before and I'll say it again - if you have oily eyelids you're going to want to give this a go. It's quite a dry formula and you only need the smallest amount of product for it to work well and keep your eye shadow in place all day :)

GOSH forever eye shadow stick
Again, I've harped on about this quite a bit, but this in combination with the Smashbox primer is a pretty amazing combo - when I use these, and put eye shadow on top, I'll get a good 12+ hrs of wear out of it, which considering how oily my lids are is pretty amazing.

Bourjois 1 seconde mascara
After trying out the waterproof* version of this, I couldn't help but invest in the normal version (as it's easier to remove), and it's every bit as great as it's sister version.  I've pretty much worn it every day the past month :)

Benefit Gimmie brow
You know how every product has a time when you find it best to use?  For me, I prefer using powder on my brows when they're long and need to be done, and a pencil when they're nice and short. Well, I like using this when my brows as long as it helps to tame them and keep them in place all day, as well as adding a bit of colour to them (my brows are scarily pale!).

Bourjois pinceau liquid liner
This isn't the normal sort of liner I'd usually go for (brush with an ink-well) and as much as it can be a bit fussy to apply, it does give a lovely deep black line that's really quite precise and easy to wing.

Makeup Revolution Disapear til tomorrow palette*
Apart from great pigmentation and quality, these shadows really do last a long time, which is great for me and my oily lids.  I'm probably most comfortable wearing neutrals, even if I wear them quite dramatically and this palette is perfect for that.

So they're my July favourites, let me know in the comments below what your favourites have been :)


Friday, 25 July 2014

Love me beauty menu 1 - July 2014

Love me beauty box - June 2014 menu 1

Ofra eye shadow

So Susan brow powder

So Susan mascara

Swatched products

When I picked menu 1 for this months Love me beauty box, I don't think I appreciated just how fantastic this box would be.  It was literally packed to the brim and with more products than I've seen before, here's a closer look at what was inside.

Lashem lash enhancing serum (2ml sample)
So, apply this to the base of your lashes, and according to them, you should see visible lash growth. Well, I don't know if that's true, but I'm definitely going to give it a try :)

Ofra eye shadow in Sublime - £8.80
Before I tell you what it says on the card, I will say this, it's a VERY pretty colour! Sort of berry with gold shimmer - however, a day after swatching it and I still have a pink stain on my hand :P  Now, the card says that this shade is from Ofra's 'Diamonds are Forever' palette, they also say it's suitable for all skintones.

So Susan brow powder £11.95
The darker shade of these should be perfect for my brows.  They say that it's smudge-proof and infused with aloe extract and carrot seed oil.  I'm looking forward to trying this :)

Ofra eyebrow pencil - £7.60
I'm quite excited to try this, it's water resistant! This should be good with my oily skin.  Personally, when my brows need to be threaded etc, I tend to use powder, but after they've been done and they're nice and tidy, I much prefer a pencil as it's more precise, so once I get my brows done I'll be road testing this.

So Susan flutter mascara - £14.95
Described as an intense carbon-black mascara, with hyaluronic spheres to help get the colour really dark and your lashes curly.  I'm really looking forward to trying this, it's my kind of wand :)

Weleda sea buckthorn - replenishing body lotion
I don't have an RRP for this one as it's not listed on the card (their website says £15.95), but it seems to be full size (200ml).  It's suitable for vegans and bursting at the seams with vitamin-rich oil and shea butter.  I can see this one being good on mild sunburn :)

The Teashed northern brew (Ceylon pyramid bags) - £3.50
There's not much I can say about these, they're tea bags!  They're from Sri Lanka and you get 20 of them - these will be coming to work for me for my morning cuppa :)

So there you have it, this month's EPIC Love me beauty box - how fantastic is it!?  If you're interested in getting one yourself, you can find them here.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Body Shop wish list

Body shop wish list

First off, before I get into this post, I just want to say sorry I've been away this past week or so - I was spending my evenings preparing for a job interview (didn't get the job), then I was ill, and then I was away for a long weekend and this is the first opportunity I've had to blog, so thought I'd come back with a list of things I've been lusting after from The Body Shop.

1 & 5 -  Mango & pink grapefruit body sorbet £8 each
I've seen these bouncing around on twitter and blogs, they sound nothing short of awesome.  They say it's light and fast absorbing, keeping your skin hydrated for up to 24 hrs.  They described it as "a breakthrough sorbet texture instantly melts into skin for a frosty burst of fresh moisture" - now that sounds like something I want to get my mitts on!

2 - Spa Fit Smoothing & Refining Scrub £14
Described as a zesty citrus scrub, with lemon and grapefruit, nom! I normally shower in the mornings and when I do, I love really citrusy scents, I'm convinced they help to wake me up :D  That aside I do love a good body scrub or polish, they always leave my skin feeling super smooth :)

3 - Honey body butter & body scrub £13 each
Honey is one of my favourite scents (and flavours!) and ever since these came out, I've had my eye on them.  The last Body Shop body butter I bought was the blueberry one, which I've nearly finished, I absolutely love it and I'm gutted I can't find it on their site :(  However, the honey one might be a great replacement - and I needn't bang on about the body scrub :)

4 - Raspberry body butter £13
Can you see a trend here? Yep, love body butters and scrubs - my favourite things from the body shop. Raspberries are one of my favourite fruits and I love how sweet they smell.  I can only imagine how amazing this must smell - I want it!

6 - Raspberry shower gel £4
You always need shower gel and I tend to get through my fair share of it, so I don't like spending too much money on it, otherwise I get really precious over it and use a really stingy amount.  This range is picked with early-harvest raspberries, and this shower gel is soap free :)

So there's my Body Shop wish list, what would be top of your list?


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Marc Jacobs crocodile effect makeup bag

Harvey Nichols packaging

Closeup of the neoprene crocodile skin makeup bag

What's in my marc jacobs makeup bag

Newsflash - this makeup bag holds makeup!  Right, that's the intro out the way, I've been sitting here for the last hour with loads of stuff I want to type about this bag, but failing to think of a way to introduce it... bad blogger I know.

So this little beauty is by Marc Jacobs, it's somewhat smaller than my old makeup bag, but that's a good thing, god knows I carry FAR too much makeup around with me and almost never use it, so this was a good opportunity to slim down my collection to the bits and pieces I'm most likely to use.

Ever heard of neoprene?  Yep, me too.  Did you know what it was?  Nope, me neither.  Well, I do now since this is a neoprene makeup bag, in a crocodile print.  It's well padded/cushioned and has a nice tie on the zip to make it easier to open and close.

Across the front in a little gold coloured strip is the 'Marc by Marc Jacobs' logo/branding.  As much as I haven't photographed everything I've managed to fit in here, it does fit quite a lot.  One of the things I loved about receiving this was the beautiful packaging it came in - a Harvey Nichols bag, tied at the top, then this wrapped in tissue paper and a ribbon, all very pretty and felt very luxurious.

When I was asked to pick which colour makeup bag I wanted, I nearly opted for the pink, but I thought I'd go outside my comfort zone and pick the green one instead and I'm so glad I did, as bright as it is, I really like it - why stay safe all the time with these things eh?

Harvey Nichols currently has this on offer, reduced from £55* to £11 (bargain!!!!), have a look here. I'm not sure how long it'll be at that price, so if you're in the market for a new makeup bag it might be worth snapping up (don't worry, I'm not on commission, I just really like it) :)

If you haven't checked out the Marc Jacobs collection over at Harvey Nichols, there's a nice selection of sunglasses, perfume and a few other bits if you want to take a peek :)


Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Crazy Cat Lady tag

Yep you read it, it's a tag and not one I created for a change :)  Given it's title, I thought it'd be purr-fect for me to do, and be a bit of fun for a Sunday :)  So without further ado, here's the questions and my answers :)

1.  Breed or stray?
Given that I've never owned a breed, I'd have to stay stray (or moggie).  Although, given how beautiful Matilda is, I asked the vet if they thought she had a breed in her, and they said it's not 'if' it's 'what' :) We all agreed that she's most likely to be half British Short Hair - so we really lucked out with her.

2.  Regardless of your previous answer, what would your favourite breed be?
If we had the money to buy a breed, it'd either be a British Short Hair (such a cute little face with chubby cheeks) or a Ragdoll :)  So cute massive and fluffy, although saying that, one of the things I love most about Matilda is how tiny she is :)

3.  Who's your favourite internet kitty?
I love so many of them, but it has to be Maru.  I love watching him power slide into cardboard tubes (like the cardboard wrap around a 4/6 pack of beer) and watching him jump in and out of boxes :)

4.  Favourite cat YouTube video?
It HAS to be this one, the kitty's meow SO much, they're SO hungry!!!

5.  Favourite cartoon cat?
This has to be Simon's Cat - anyone who has a cat will totally relate to this

As well as the awesome Simon's cat, I have much love for Party Cat - this is EXACTLY what my cat is like - it's a short web-comic and 100% worth having a look at :)  Here's the comic.

6.  Favourite cat in a movie, or movie scene with cats?
This probably has to be the cat in the film Amelie (one of my favourite films).  In particular, this scene where the narrator talks about the cats likes and dislikes (how they introduce Amelie's family) - his 'like' is listening to children's stories - how cute!!!
Amelie cat listening to stories

7.  Do you own any cat themed clothing or accessories?
Yes, but sadly not as much as I'd like - I only have these cute slippers I bought from Next at Christmas, as soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have them!
kitty slippers

8.  What's your kitty's name?
Matilda :) Not sure how we came up with the name, but it must have taken nearly a week to find a name for her, but once we found it we knew it was perfect :)
Matilda :)

9.  What's your cat's favourite toy?
I'm not sure she has a favourite.  There's a little plastic ball with a bell in it she likes, but most of all she likes our feet!  If we have just socks on or bare feet, that's it, deathgrip central!!!  She really loves cable ties too, she goes freakin' mental playing with them.  I'd actually forgotten about them, but she just leapt up and started playing with one :D They're dotted ALL over the house! 

10.  What's your kitty's favourite food?
She has 2 favourites, tuna in springwater (she goes MENTAL for it!) but she can't really have it anymore as she gobbles it down so fast she throws it straight back up (silly cat), and she loves her normal food, Royal Canin Siamese food - yep, she's not Siamese, but she suffers from the same problem Siamese cats have - they're all gannets and swallow the kibble without chewing it, and then throw it back up.  This kibble is bigger than normal and has a hole in it so they can start chewing it :)

11.  Is she/he a lazy one for a fierce hunter?
Well, she's coming up to 9 now, and up until about 2 years ago she was most definitely a fierce hunter! In the Summer we'd often have a mouse a day, she wouldn't kill them though and never ate them, she just liked playing with them.  What this meant was we had 3 mice living in our house for a while, 1 in the kitchen living on a box of miso soup in the cupboard, and snacking on Oxo cubes during the day and flaked almonds (I know...) and the other 2 were living inside the sofa, and stealing her food! Well, after we plugged in a mice repeller (emitted a high pitched sound that humans couldn't hear, to drive mice out) she had her sweet vengeance.  She killed the sofa mice that were living on her food, and left them by her food bowl :P  9 times out of 10 I'd manage to capture the mice and release them, but I wasn't always that lucky.

Strangest things she used to catch, frogs.  She loved them! She'd caught a couple of voles and shrews too, and the odd bird (including a massive bird that she somehow got through the cat flap!).

12.  What's her/his favourite activity?
Sleeping is probably the number one choice, then staring and chattering at birds out of the window. Ultimately she's happy as long as she's near us, she's a very homely cat and loves being near us, that's when she's most happy :)

13.  Name the last thing they broke or knocked over?
I think this is probably my makeup! When I'm at my desk doing my makeup in the morning, she loves being like a ninja coming into the room (silent) and then jumping up onto my desk to get to the window, usually resulting in her landing on loads of my makeup!

Thanks to Maria for creating this fun tag, if you want to see her answers, they're over here.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Wantable Makeup box - July 2014

July 2014 Wantable makeup box

July 2014 Wantable makeup box contents swatched

The July Wantable makeup box has officially landed on my lap!  Fewer products this month, but they're bigger, and arguably better.  If you're not familiar with Wantable, they're American (ship to the UK), they produce 3 different types of monthly subscription box - makeup, jewellery and intimates (lingerie).  I get the makeup box, since that's my thing :)  

Each month the box is put together by someone different, often a makeup artist or YouTuber, well this month Sachi Selhi was the lovely lady to put the box together, a makeup artist.  Her theme behind the box was about when you're putting on makeup in a hurry and you need a few key products/areas to focus on, so brows, base, eyeliner and lip liner - and these were her key products:

Three Custom Colour - Brow Powder in #5 - worth $22.50
This is the third? Three Custom Colour product I've had in my Wantable boxes.  They're decent quality, well pigmented and a fair size (especially since this is a brow product).  As for how well suited to me this colour is I'm not sure, it might be slightly red/orange for my brows, but I'll only know when I try it.  In fairness, it's a very similar shade to the HD brow powder I use (bottom right shade in the foxy palette).

Tara Tarantino eye dream hyperliner in black - worth $15
Tara Tarantino featured in last month's box too with the creme blusher and highlighter (blusher was lovely, highlighter was a bit glittery for me).  Now, I've only swatched this on my hand, so I can't comment on how durable it is or blendable, but the swatch you can see on my hand, was one gentle swipe, so it's fair to say it's very soft and well pigmented.  It's also supposed to be waterproof.  I'm quite excited to give this a try, it's my kind of eyeliner :D

Ofra lipliner in plum - worth $10
What a lovely colour!  This was pretty soft to, well pigmented and was easy to blend (after swatching). I'm looking forward to teaming this up with MAC Rebel, I think they'll make a great combination - and at $10 (around £5.83) that's pretty affordable for a "decent quality" product too.

Vincent Longo Foundation Brush in #37 - worth $30
I tend to use flat topped kabuki brushes for my foundation (like the Sigma F80) as I find typical foundation brushes can be a little streaky, but this one might be a little different.  It's fully synthetic, but omg, so freakin' soft!  Probably the softest foundation brush I've ever felt, so I'm looking forward to trying this, and LOVE the fact that it's this soft and not made from animal fur/hair.

All together, this box totals up to a value of $77.50, which at the current exchange rate is about £45.16, not bad when if you have a rolling subscription to this, it costs $36 which is around £20.98, you're at least doubling the cost of the box on FULL-SIZE makeup products, pretty sweet :)  If you're interested in subscribing, just have a look here :)


Friday, 11 July 2014

June 2014 Empties

June 2014 empties

Well, in June I was determined to use up more stuff than normal.  Now, this might sound crazy, but at any given time, it's not unusual for me to have 10+ shower gels on the go at the same time, I know, cray cray.  And I never seem to finish them, just move on to the next one.  This month I decided it was time to try and finish these off, which is what I did! Now I'm down to just a couple (feels amazing!). Well, lets cut the waffle and see what I've used up this month :)

1.  I Love Juicy Lush shampoo
This is probably one of my favourite shampoo's, it's thick and luxurious, it smells great (like lemon and honey), and a little goes a long way.  The only drawback? The price tag, it's like £10, but because a little goes a long way it does mean the bottle doesn't dwindle too quickly either.  I've bought this a few times and have no doubt I'll be buying it a few more times :)

2.  Original Source vanilla and raspberry shower gel
This is an amazing smelling shower gel, it smells like a strawberry milkshake, yummy!  Like all Original Source products, it's pretty decent, leaves you clean and smelling nice, which is pretty much what everyone wants in a shower gel right?

3.  & Other stories body scrub in frozen verbena
This is a LOVELY body scrub, it's really sugary like the S&G sugar crush body scrub, it's thick (not too much liquid in it), very rough and smells amazing, really citrusy.  I forget how much it cost, I think it was around the £8 mark, but in my opinion, worth every last penny.  Just like most things, it took me an age to finish it - like shower gels, I typically have about 5 body scrubs on the go at any one time, and I don't use them in every shower either, only if I can be bothered or if I feel my skin needs it.

4.  Sephora mango body wash
I picked this up when I was in France in Jan.  I just couldn't bring myself to finish it, so I left it with a couple of uses in it for ages... there's a lot of reasons I had an emotional attachment to it (you can read about that here), but ultimately, it's just a shower gel, so I finished it.  It smelled fantastic, it was creamy (not see-through) and left my skin feeling lovely and soft.  If I had a Sephora near me, I'd certainly be replacing it.

5.  L'Oreal Ever Pure reinforcing intense mask
This was my favourite product from the ever pure range, it didn't leave my hair weighed down and greasy by silicone, but left it feeling light and well treated.  Would I replace it?  Yes and no - there's other products that do the same job that I prefer, like the Macadamia hair mask or the Flawless product, both much better, yes more expensive, but in my opinion, a much better spend of your money.

6.  Naked Colour protecting conditioner
Not my favourite conditioner.  It felt quite thin in consistency, something I'm not a fan of in a conditioner, and I didn't really feel it did much for my hair, it still felt quite dry after using it, so not something I think I'd re-purchase, quite a disappointment in all honesty.

7.  Body Shop scrub in pink grapefruit
Now this on the other hand was pretty special.  I'm really into to Body Shop products at the moment, namely the Blueberry body butter (smells AMAZING!), and this, oh my, so refreshing and zingy, perfect for your morning shower.  It's filled with natural exfoliants like loofah and smashed walnut and left my skin feeling very soft.  A very lovely product.

8.  Original Source pink grapefruit
I'm a fan of Original Source - but this one for me, wasn't the best.  It was fine, but not as fruity and zingy as I'd like - I've been spoiled by the Body Shop pink grapefruit range.  Not one I'll buy again.

So there you have it, my past month's empties.  I don't think there'll be as many next month as that was finishing off lots of odd ends, but hopefully there'll be some different things to share with you :)


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Organic surge super fresh bodywash

Organic Surge super fresh bodywash

Organic Surge super fresh bodywash on the back of my hand

Before this I'd never tried anything from Organic Surge, I'd heard good things but didn't really know much about them, so I was excited to give this a whirl.

For me, shower gels which are 'awakening' or citrusy are perfect for your morning shower (as opposed to an evening one).  I tend to save spicy/warm scented ones for the evening, but typically I shower in the morning, so most of what you'll find on my bathroom window-sill will be citrus-themed gels.

There's a couple of things I immediately love about this (1) it's not tested on animals, and (2) it's suitable for vegetarians and vegans, oh and (3) it's 99% organic, whoop!  It's enriched with may chang and bergamot essential oils as well as mandarin (that's what give it the citrus edge).

To describe the scent is hard - it's like that typical 'organic' scent, mixed with citrus (orange).  It's definitely awakening, and I'd say it's refreshing.  Once this has run out (over half gone at the mo) I'm pretty tempted to buy some more, I love it!

Aside from being a great product, I love the background to Organic Surge - it was started by a chap called Alan.  He was amazed at all the harsh chemicals in body products and was sure there was a way to make ethical, organic products with nice ingredients that were still affordable (which this is).  Every product you buy from them contributes to helping children in Africa, a very ethical company and that sits very well with me.  I think I need to explore more of their range :)

It'll only set you back £5.99*, which you can pick up on their website, or in places like John Lewis.


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

June 2014 Favourites

June 2014 favourites
(1)  HD brow kit in Foxy (2) GOSH forever eye shadow stick (3) Bourjois 1 seconde mascara (4) Bourjois Liner Pinceau in black (5) Smashbox 24 hr eyeshadow primer (6) Dior BB eye cream (7) Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palette in Disapear til tomorrow

June was a bit of a funny month, I didn't wear that much makeup!  I think I only wore foundation for about 3 days, it was mostly eye makeup and I didn't wear that every day.  I had a week off sick with labrynthitis (last week) and a couple of random days off to chill - when I'm at home I tend to keep my skin makeup free and only put it on if we're heading out or if I'm working.  That aside, this is what I've been wearing most this month :)

HD Brow kit in foxy*
Yep this makes an appearance most months, and that's for a good reason, it's awesome.  Even the little brow brush that comes with it is great, better than any I own!

GOSH forever eye shadow stick
Equally as awesome and equally repeatedly makes an appearance in my favourites.  It really helps keep my eye shadow in place for a long time, and adds a sparkly dimension to it.  I apply this every single time I wear eye shadow :)

Bourjois 1 seconde mascara
After using and loving the waterproof* version of this I couldn't help but splurge and buy this.  It's every bit as good as the waterproof one but it's easier to remove.  It does crumble a little but only after about 12 hours of wear, which in my book, is fair enough.  It's my go-to mascara which I've been wearing every day since I bought it :)

Bourjois liner pinceau
After seeing Sandra from The Black Pearl blog rave about this liquid eyeliner, it's been on my radar, but every time I went to buy it, it was sold out in the black shade (the only colour I wear).  Since I bought it, I haven't worn any of my other favs, so that's gotta say something :)  It's taken me a little while to get to grips with using it so that the product doesn't get on my lashes, but I think I've mastered it now!  In short, I love that it's jet black, it doesn't transfer and stays put all day - winning if you ask me!

Smashbox 24 hr eyeshadow primer*
Another month-on-month favourite, and for a good reason - it's an amazing primer for oily eyelids. Every time I use it, I team it up with the GOSH forever waterproof shadow stick, apply my eye shadow and I'll pretty much get at least 12 hours of wear out of it (depending on the eye shadow) - that's pretty amazing for someone with very oily lids, one of which is very hooded too.

Dior BB eye cream
I bought this quite a while ago, loved it and then stopped using it, god knows why.  Then, when I was taking some recent blog pics I could really see redness in the inner corner of my eye (corner of my bags) so thought I should start using this again, what a difference it makes! I love it! Gets rid of the redness and discoloration, and doesn't crease in my fine lines, love it.

Makeup Revolution Disapear til Tomorrow palette*
I blogged about this recently, it's probably my favourite palette of the moment!  Combined with the Smashbox primer and GOSH forever eye shadow stick, my shadow stays put for a crazy amount of time.  The colours look amazing and despite the colours that I use tending to be a bit flaky, there's very little fallout too.  Have a look here for my full review, swatches and a look - keep your eyes peeled, there'll be lots more MUR reviews coming!

So not too many favs this month, but they're month-on-month staples :D  What's been your favourites this month?  Feel free to link your favourite posts or videos in the comments :)


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Human+Kind Hand, Elbow and Foot cream

Human+Kind hand cream

Human+Kind hand cream on the back of my hand

Human+Kind is a new brand to me, I was kindly sent this bottle by the lovely people over at Beauty Chamber to try out.  I wasn't sure what to expect (I'll get to that later) but when it turned up and I opened the parcel, I loved the packaging of the tube, very cute and hippy happy.

Designed for dry hands, elbows and feet I've managed to give this a whirl on all of those areas!  Lets see how it faired on each of them!

Since working at the hospital (a few years ago) I've suffered from dry skin on my hands (typically knuckles and fingers).  When I noticed my hands were getting dry again, I reached into my bag and applied some.  It's not a very thick consistency but a little does go a long way.  There's a slight oily finish, but that soon absorbs into your skin and doesn't leave them feeling greasy.  The dryness instantly went and the cream left my hands feeling soft and supple.

For years (since secondary school) I've had trouble with dry skin on my left elbow (basically, eczema) so thought this was the perfect test for this!  As much as it hasn't gotten rid of it, the dry skin on my elbow has decreased dramatically.  The size of the dry patch has gotten smaller and the patch that's left isn't as dry as it was, whoop!

Well, here's the gross bit that I've been dreading writing about!  So, I had a little bit of dry skin on the tops of my little toes, I guess that's where the rub more on shoes etc.  Anyway, after just two applications the dry skin had disappeared!  Don't get me wrong, they weren't super dry, but they were dry to touch and you could kinda see the dryness.  I was chuffed it fixed it so quickly and it hasn't returned :)

All in all really happy with this, and what's more, it smells great and it's only £5.95*, bargain!


Monday, 7 July 2014

Project B - Box 4

Project B

My first project b box

Project B - Box 4

This is one for my pregnant friends.  Who knew this existed?  A monthly subscription box just for pregnant women, how great!  This is my first box from Project B, it retails for £14* a month and inside is an assortment of products aimed at mums-to-be, from pampering products to little treats and stretch mark cream.  Lets take a look and see what was in this box.

St Eval tranquility candle - £8.95
This candle is a blend of lavender, orange and ylang ylang with a burning time of up to 45 hrs.  Lets face it, us mum-to-be need to take advantage of every last minute of relaxation we can, because once the baby comes, that'll all be a long distant memory.

Pregnancy relaxation CD (giftcard) - £10
In the box was a little card (credit card sized) which is a voucher for a relaxation CD or MP3.  It claims to help with the fear of labour, to be calmer and more relaxed, prepared for birth, reduce labour pain and feel more in control.  Well, I haven't activated this voucher yet so can't comment on this, but it's a lovely addition, nice to see something different :)

Balm Balm rose geranium face balm - £7
This is a 30ml bottle of face cream (and more!) which is 100% organic, and after having a look at the list of ingredients I can't see anything nasty on there, whoop!  

Eisberg alcohol-free wine - Rose - £3.69 (approx)
This wine contains less than 0.005% alcohol and in a 125ml glass, contains about 34 cals, not bad eh! Apparently they use some super-duper advanced techniques to remove the alcohol and preserve the great flavours.  Well, I haven't tried this yet so can't comment, I'm a little nervous it'll give me bad heartburn, but I think I should jump in and give it a go :)

BLOOM heartwarming rooibos tea - £4-5
They say BLOOM teas are designed to support your body's changing needs.  This tea combines rooibos and cinnamon and is best to be drunk in the afternoon.  It's also caffeine free which makes it perfect for drinking during pregnancy.

Palmer's Stretch Mark cocoa butter - sample size
A lovely 50ml sample which I've just sat and had a sniff of, omg it smells awesome, like white chocolate! Think I'll be putting this on my bump tonight :D

Weleda pomegranate firming day cream - sample size
This is a little 7ml sample from the power house of skincare that is Weleda!  It says to avoid the eye area, and that it's great at protecting aging skin - I haven't tried this yet, but I'll let you know what I think when I do :)

Bio Oil - sachet samples
There was also 2 little sachets of bio oil in the box.  Since being pregnancy and looking at bump creams, this is probably the one I see people talking about most often, so I'm excited to try this out!

Nakd apple crunch bar - about 75p each
I think most people are familiar with with nakd bars by now, I've only tried one before which was the strawberry one.  My first bite of this... well, I didn't like it.  But the more of it I had the more I liked it. By the time it was gone, I wanted more!

There was also a little PG tips sample in there, two teabags, one was green tea and the other juice red berries and a 50p off voucher :)

If you're pregnant and fancy treating yourself, you can sign up for a Project B box over on their website, it costs £14 a month :)


Friday, 4 July 2014

Quick update - where I've been


Hey everyone, just a very quick update as I know I've been AFK (away from keyboard) a lot this week. I've basically been ill with labrynthitis (inflammation of the middle ear), I can tell you this, it's not fun.

It started when I woke up on Tuesday morning to get ready for work, I felt really dizzy.  I sat on the edge of the bed for a while, Chris researched on his phone what it could be (thinking pregnancy related stuff).  After eating some sweet food (honey on toast and a glass of OJ) and lying on my left side for a while I still felt the same.  I went downstairs and tried to sit up for a while, but I only felt worse.  So I went back to bed, but I was getting worse and worse.  I yelled at Chris to get me a bucket and managed to hold off being sick, but the room was spinning like crazy.  An appointment was made with the Drs for an hour later and I was diagnosed with labyrinthitis.  

Chris helped me move around the house (I was far from stable on my feet) and kept me fed and watered.  Wednesday was worse, I couldn't even keep my eyes open, the room was spinning so much... think about your worst hangover, waking up in the morning with your head spinning like crazy, that's what it was like.  But even with my eyes closed my eyes were still trying to track onto something to focus on, but they couldn't, so I wore a sleeping mask, wasn't for 6 hrs that I could keep my eyes open, let alone move.

The last 2 days I've been better, but still unsteady on my feet and unable to move my head without feeling really dizzy.  It's only this afternoon in the last hour or so that I've started to feel more normal again.  It's been the weirdest virus I've had, I didn't feel 'ill' as such but so incredibly dizzy and unbalanced.

So that's where I've disappeared to, I hope to be back on the blogging train the next couple of days - posts have been going live over on the mummy blog as they were already scheduled :)


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Ojon rare blend infusion shampoo & conditioner

The worlds best smelling shampoo (the conditioner is nice too)

Beads in the worlds best smelling shampoo

These pics were taken a little while ago, there's not much left of them now :)  There's one thing you need to know about this shampoo (just put the conditioner out of your mind for a moment), it might well be, the best smelling shampoo you'll have ever smelt, or will ever smell.

It's like, warm white chocolate, but not sickly... SO GOOD!  Forget the beads, the rare blend oil, the healing benefits and coconut, for me, this is all about the smell.  Yes, all the aforementioned things are great, they really are, and yes, they make my hair feel lovely (although, I was expecting the beads to burst since they contain Rouge Oleifera, but that didn't happen), but once you've smelt this, you'll never want to wash your hair with another shampoo again.  You'll want to drink it.

Then there's the conditioner, yes it doesn't have that same glugable smell, I mean, yeah it smells good, but nothing compared to the shampoo.  But the conditioner makes my hair feel even more awesome than the shampoo, to the point that I don't use them as a pair anymore. In fact, the conditioner has nearly run out while I have half a bottle of shampoo left.  They're both awesome but in very different ways.  One I want to drink, one I don't.

I could write all manner of rave things about the shampoo, but you need to sniff it for yourself!  So, do yourself a favour, head into Boots or your nearest Ojon stockist, find this bottle and give it a good sniff. If you don't think it smells awesome, well... I'll be shamed.

Each bottle will set you back around £21*, but don't worry, you'll get that back in smell :P

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