Sunday, 29 December 2013

New Years Resolutions?

Now I have never been one to be overly bothered about making new years resolutions, I mean come on, how many of us have said we want to be more fit and then by March we have lost all motivation?

Well that used to be me, but at 24 going on 25 I suppose I only really have a few more years where I can get away with this. Because I have failed in the past I just stopped making them, and no matter how much younger me will try to argue "I will get a tattoo this year" does NOT count as a resolution.

After thinking about it I decided I would make something similar to resolutions.
This year I hope to be:

  • More consistent with blog posts
  • Uploading Youtube videos more often, and of something other than concert footage
  • Progressing in my current job
  • Happy in myself
  • Maybe in a relationship?
  • Doing what I want to, whether it be going to a different city each weekend just because "I can" or finally be working towards my chosen profession whatever that may be.
  • Spending more time with my family
What are your new years resolutions?

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Product Review: Indeed Labs Set of 3 Sampler Kit

I'm sure that if you read beauty blogs or watch beauty videos on Youtube you will have heard of "Hydraluron" both Zoella and Sprinkleofglitter have mentioned it a few times.
 When I first saw Hydraluron I did find it to be on the expensive side (£24.99) and my budget would in no way stretch to that no matter how much I wanted to try it, so it was always in the back of my mind as one of those products I would try when I got the chance whenever that may be.

 Fast forward a few months, or maybe rewind to the end of last month, I was walking through Boots and I noticed there was a little sample kit of 3 Indeed products and Hydraluron was one of them.
This sample kit does retail at £12.99 so I was a little unsure about buying it because naturally I thought "but £13 is a lot of money if you don't like it"- although when you do the maths it's only around £4.33 per sample tube so that's not too bad, so I went home to think about it and reached the decision of "look you want to try it then do it" unfortunately the next time I went into town to get it they had run out, because unknown to me at the time they were down to £8.66 which would make each sample tube around £2.88.
For some reason being less than £10 was a way to justify buying it in my head because I asked one of the assistants if when they would be getting more in stock- that night apparently.

I think by now we can assume I finally got hold of it.
the set contains 5ml samples of: 
Snoxin- £29.99 30ml
Nanoblur- £19.99 30ml
Hydraluron- £24.99 30ml

When I first started using this product I was using the wrong face cleanser (see previous post) so I couldn't really see any difference. 

My morning routine consists of :
  • cleansing my face
  • applying a small amount of snoxin and smoothing that all over my face until it sinks into my skin
  • applying a small amount of Hydraluron to my face same as above
  • applying a small amount of my moisturiser of choice- currently the Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich moisturiser, all over my face until it sinks in
  • applying a small amount of Nanoblur to my nose, cheeks and chin area.
  • then continuing to do my make up 
I have to say my favourite item from this set is the Hydraluron, would I pay £24.99 for it? Maybe if I knew I had it spare, at the moment it is down to £16.66 which I agree with slightly more than £24.99, I have found I am using a lot less moisturiser since I started using this and my skin has been feeling amazing 

Snoxin I find to be a nice product and since changing my face cleanser I have noticed these products working, would I pay £29.99 for the full size? I don't know because I know I can't justify that no matter how much I like it, I just don't have the funds to do so, maybe when I am earning more or every now and then to treat myself. 

If I think about how long the 5ml tubes have lasted me- around 20 days only used on a morning, I can maybe justify it as I won't have to repurchase every month it would be every few, I would just have to buy them separately- buy one, one month and the other the next or something then I would always have a back up for when I run out. 

The only product I'm not keen on is Nanoblur, don't get me wrong it is brilliant at blurring out imperfections and pores, but I find it to be a very tacky consistency, my face is left with a sticky feeling to it and it takes a while to my foundation properly. If it had a smoother consistency I would love this but as it stands right now I think this is the only one I wouldn't repurchase as there are other similar items on the high street already. 

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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Product Review: Einstein Lip Therapy, Cooling Lip Relief

I actually stumbled across this item in my local "Savers" store a fair while ago now but it has taken forever for me to decide to write a review on it. If I can remember correctly it only cost me either 49p or 79p, either way it was less than £1 and since I had lost my lip balm I figured that it wouldn't be a huge waste of money if it turned out to be no good. Luckily for me it turned out to be quite a good product, it doesn't leave your lips feeling weighed down or greasy with product as some lip balms can do. I wouldn't say it is incredibly moisturising, when the product is sinking in to your lips it feels really nice and cooling as the name suggests (some people might not like the tingling sensation that comes with it) but once fully absorbed it gives an almost "Matte" feel to the lips, so it might be good to have a moisturising lip balm on hand if you like your lips feeling extra moisturised- yes it can be argued that "well why don't you just use a lip balm that does both?" and I would be inclined to agree as it would take up less space than carrying two around but in truth this is a great product to just throw in your bag when you are on the go and you need something to apply. Unlike other lip balms it feels very light, as if you aren't wearing anything at all. In the winter I suffer with very dry lips- it doesn't help that I bite my lips a lot so this has been a life saver for me, I apply it on a night before I go to bed, when I wake up as I do my make up and throughout the day as and when I feel my lips start to tighten and dry up. If you aren't a fan of menthol I would stay away from this as it does have quite a strong menthol scent to it and a slight menthol taste to it as well. I am hoping I can pick up a few more as they are good to have around. Follow on Bloglovin

Product Review: Simple Kind to Skin, Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser

I hate to say it, but I have actually encountered a product from Simple that I just can't use.
As I have sensitive skin Simple has been the best skincare for me, like most people I do like to dabble with other brands to see if there is anything else out there that I like but most often than not I end up back to Simple.
My biggest problem with skincare is my own fault to be honest, if it gets too late I can be quite lazy and I want something that I can use in the comfort of my bedroom so I can go straight to bed after, so the arrival of Micellar solution was fantastic for me and my "lets go to bed at 1am" ritual.
Don't get me wrong I still do like something I can do in my bedroom without having to faff about in my bathroom for too long- it's ok when I am in the bath and I have the time to do a full ritual.
I decided I would switch back from the Loreal Micellar Solution and try the Simple Kind to Skin Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser as it was only £2 from Wilkinsons, the idea of this product is to apply morning and night using a cotton pad.

The product itself is almost a gel consistency which works into the skin, I found I had to do two applications- one to cleans my face and then another lighter application.

The only problem I encountered was that it was making the skin on my cheeks incredibly dry, to the point that no matter how much moisturiser I used nothing was working on it. In the end I ended up switching to another Simple cleansing lotion which works so much better on my skin, it has actually managed to sort out the dry skin caused by the toning cleanser.

So while this particular product was a bust for me the Simple brand always has something to offer.
I'm hoping they jump onto the Micellar Solution bandwagon.

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Mini Yankee Candle Haul

It is no secret that I like candles, normally I tend to buy inexpensive ones because I do find Yankee Candle pretty overpriced to be honest, but occasionally I will pick up a couple of the sample size ones, for me this is ideal, it means I get to test out a few different ones to find out what I actually like before committing and buying a larger one- Side note, these small sample sizes are ideal for presents as you can make your own little set for a friend.

Since I have been running low on candles lately I decided to nip intp Clintons to pick up a few yesterday.
In hindsight I probably should have gone in earlier to get some as there didn't seem to be much of a selection left to choose from, luckily I did manage to find 4 that I thought I might like.

First I chose Strawberry Buttercream, this is in the normal line so it should be available all year round. As this wasn't a festive season candle this was still full price at £1.80

Second I chose Merry Marshmallow, I believe this is a seasonal candle as it came up at £1.35 as opposed to £1.80

Third I chose another seasonal candle: Christmas Memories, first off the colour attracted me to this and then when I saw the little picture I just knew I had to have it, for me this will be ideal for a cold night snuggled up with a hot chocolate. This also came up at £1.35

And finally the last candle I chose was Snowflake Cookie, I had originally bought this for a friend for Christmas after a girl had told me how good it was- apparently the scent is more apparent really nice when burning. After giving it to my friend I decided that if there were any left I would try it out for myself, luckily I managed to find one. As with the previous seasonal candles this was also £1.35

I will always say I wish Yankee Candles weren't so overpriced but if you are able to buy a few samples you can work out what you like and then make a note of them then treat yourself every now and then, or you could even suggest one as a present if someone doesn't know what to buy you. 

Thank you for reading, if you have any suggestions of other candles to try out then please leave them in the comments below. 
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. 

Friday, 27 December 2013

Lush Sale Haul

I will admit I haven't been into Lush for quite some time, but around the festive season I do like to pick up a Cinders bath ballistic if possible- those things seem to sell out quite fast from what I remember.
Due to starting a new job not long before Christmas I didn't have the funds to be going into Lush to treat myself and buy Christmas presents.
For once I am glad I waited, I nipped in this afternoon after work to find out that a few festive items were on sale at 50% off, naturally I just HAD to get something.
In the end I got 3 new Cinders Bath Ballistics as my sister had got me one for Christmas
These normally retail at £2.45 each.

Second I picked up the Snowman Bath Ballistic
I haven't actually tried this before but for £1.25 (It normally retails at £2.50) I thought it was worth trying

Third I went for the infamous Melting Snowman Bath Melt.
I have seen SO many people talk about this so I just had to give it a shot before they were all sold out (these normally retail at £2.25) Unfortunately he is missing his nose but from what I could see they all were :(

The final bath product I picked up was the Bombardino Bath Ballistic (this also retails at £2.50) truthfully I picked this up simply because I thought he looked quite cute so he may have worked his way into my basket, but hey for £1.25 can I really complain?

Finally at the till I did add on a sample of the Lush "charity pot" lotion.
This only cost £1 and the size is ideal to pop into your handbag for when you are on the go/

All in all the total of all my items should have come to around £16.00 give or take, but with the 50% off on most of the items and the addition of tax it all came to £8.29. 

If you are a fan of the more seasonal/festive items I would get into the nearest Lush store to see what they have to offer because you can make some brilliant savings at the moment. 
I would have liked to pick up a bottle of "Snow fairy" but that had completely sold out, which isn't surprising to anyone really. 

I can't wait to be able to use these goodies :)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Concert OOTN

As someone who has been to a fair few concerts I would say I am able to put together a cute yet comfortable outfit.

You can always point out those people who don't attend many concerts at all- dressed up to the nines, stiletto heels- not really appropriate if you are going to be on your feet in a confined area, fine for a night at the opera/ballet if that's your thing or a night out clubbing where you have more room to move.

Last night I got the chance to see probably my all time favourite boyband, when I was younger I was in love with "Boyzone" and I have always said that if I ever had the chance to see them live then I would HAVE to go, as luck would have it my mums friends sister in law just so happened to have a spare ticket, so of course I had to find a way to get the ticket- my mum agreed that I could have it as my christmas present and believe me I was more than happy about that.

Because I had been working before the show I decided to take most of my clothes with me and just buy a new top because I couldn't find something warm enough for waiting outside but cool enough for indoors.

It took a while to find what I wanted but after being persuaded to get pink because I "wear far too much black" I ended up with the following outfit.
Leather Jacket- no longer available but £29.99 Internacionale 
Pink laced collar jumper- £12 Primark (this actually reminds me of something that Zoella might wear)
Black Shiny high-waisted leggings- £14.99 Internacionale 
Pink frilly ankle socks- £1.50 Primark 
Jeffrey Campbell coltrane inspired cut out shoes *Brody* style- £29.99 Garage Shoes 

I won't go into too much detail about the concert, but all I can say is I have been waiting for this moment for so long, I don't think I will be forgetting about it any time soon. 
To top it off the seats were 5 rows from the front so I had an amazing view. 

Monday, 9 December 2013

Review: Bleach London Reincarnation Mask

As someone who does colour their hair a lot my hair certainly does suffer, Last year my hair was so destroyed I had to get it cut extremely short (I went for a mix between Frankie Sandford and Louis Tomlinson, luckily it worked for me)
When my hair started to grow I originally said I didn't want to colour my hair too much as I didn't want to end up ruining it again but I got to the point where I was getting bored.
There are a lot of deep treatments out there but I had never found one that actually worked for me, sure my hair would feel nice when the mask was on but as soon as my hair was dry it felt almost no different to how it would normally.

Recently a new hair colourant and hair care range called BLEACH LONDON was released at Boots, so naturally I had to try them out, I have used the Total Bleach kit twice now and I have to say it is one of the best bleaching kits I have ever used, inside the box you have two sachets of powder, the mixing formula, tinting brush, mixing tray, gloves and a 50ml tube of their Reincarnation mask (the full size tube of this is £6.00 for 200ml)

I honestly think this is one of the best hair masks I have ever used, I use it once or twice a week leaving it on for around 10 minutes and the 50ml tube actually lasts a fair few uses depending how much you use.
My hair always looks and feels so soft when I have used this, I will admit my hair isn't as damaged as it was last year- that was the result of changing my hair colour almost every month, black-blonde-red-blonde-black-red, do I think it would work as well on that kind of hair? hmmm maybe, I might need to use more product and leave it on for longer but I don't really want to put my hair through that torture again.

I will be repurchasing the full size tube when I am running low on the sample one because I do think it is well worth the money.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Mini beauty/Skincare haul

I have to start off with an apology, I haven't been able to blog in a while, I started a new job and things have been pretty hectic- quite a few 10:00am-10:00pm shifts so when you are only used to doing 4/5 hour shifts it takes some getting used to.
I managed to do a bit of early morning shopping before work one day so I thought I would do a mini haul of what I bought.
Two Candles from Wilkinsons £1.50 each, winter spice fragrance
Bleach London Total Bleach kit £7.00 from Boots
Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser normally £3.89 from Superdrug
Simple Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser Normally £4.99 from Superdrug 
Indeed Laboratories set of 3 Sample kit normally £12.99 from Boots

Soap & Glory Mini "Hand Food" Hand Cream £2.50 from Boots 

Both Boots and superdrug do have offers on at the moment, the Indeed Sample set is currently £8.66 at Boots, and the Simple products are on offer at superdrug, the Pore minimising cleanser is down to £3.32 and the Moisturiser is down to £2.59. 
If you have a wilkinsons near by you can find the moisturiser at £2.00 and the cleanser at £2.65 so it is well worth looking around for the best price.