If like in the UK you have been surrounded by a blanket of snow and ice recently,
you may have been piling on the woollen layers and ended up looking a bit like a marshmallow. Or you may just be braving the cold snap and dash out with a new lace dress you bought for a party, and then crawl back into the warmth of your own heater with a cold.
However have you ever considered using lace to your advantage? Surprisingly lace can actually keep you a bit warmer than wearing a few extra of the same layers, because you can trap small pockets of air against your skin which will stop your body heat from escaping so quickly. Perfect combination examples include a lace shirt peeking out under a snug jumper or wearing a lace pair of leggings under a pair of high-shine ones (don't say you haven't tried wearing two pairs of tights!)
Anyway, keep warm this winter readers! And I wish good health to you all this Christmas! Happy Holidays~
My current love! Barry M Instant Effects Nail Polish! It's perfect to fix a dodgy nail paint job, or a traumatic smudge. Super quick drying, easy to use and you can just wack it over in anyway way, and it'll sort itself out. I've been getting loads of compliments and questions such as 'OMG are they real?' 'Did you do them yourself?' 'How did you do that??' Well here it is, Enjoy~
Okay so maybe it isn't exactly WAXING, but I think it can compare WITHOUT the pain!
Veet Suprem' Essence In Shower Cream 135ml - £6.49
I have used in-shower hair removal creams from the Veet range before, and I find them quite effective on fine/normal hair. So, specifically for leg hair! If used correctly it takes away the whole length of hair, and it's results last almost as long as waxing (1-2weeks) which is better than shaving but not quite as lasting. For first time users, you may need to apply the cream twice, leaving the recommended amount of time between applications. All the instructions are included within the package, and must be followed with caution, because it is a big tube of chemicals after all!
The maximum of time the cream is allowed on your skin in 6mins, so on virgin hair you want to apply a thick but even amount all over the legs with the sponge in small strokes (not rubbing in!). Make sure you cover the whole length of hair as that's what you want to remove after all, so you may end up looking like your wearing really long leg warmers of cream! Then after 6mins of the cream working it's magic, you can hop in the shower and gently massage the cream off with the rough side of the included sponge. And like I stated before one application might not be enough, but when your washing the cream off the chemicals are still working so wait until after you dry off to start evaluating the results! And repeat the process if necessary AFTER 72 hours.
Regardless of whether the cream removes all of your hairs or not, there are super moisturising properties in this new formula that they have brought out. It states on the package:
"Veet Suprem' Essence formula has been enriched with a blend of essential oils and velvet rose to leave your skin moisturised and delicately scented. No more cuts or unpleasant depilatory cream smell. Thanks to a unique combination of water resisting ingredients the cream has the power to stay on the skin in the shower."
Which I felt it does moisturise more than the original formula, but I would team it with a moisture packed body butter afterwards to get the full silky smooth experience!
Always remember to READ the precautions and instructions before use. Up coming posts: -Face cream for oily T-zones -Review on Venus Gillette Spa Breeze Shaver -My Weekly Skin Routine
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by Veet and I have bought the product with my own money. All reviews are 100% my honest opinion.
So I saw this commercial on TV by Bodyform that was advertising its limited edition sanitary towel boxes that comes with its products. The initial thought was "Oh finally people have caught on with disguising the not-so-discreet sanitary towel packaging!" And then I realised... it's also advertised all the different designs, and thought well now the world knows what might be kept in those boxes if they ever saw one in a girl's bag!! DUH!
What do yous think about sanitary towel boxes? A complete waste of time or one of the greatest ideas since sliced bread?
I think it's something that will make it less obvious, if you ever dropped all the contents of your bag out on the floor for everyone to see. Especially if you don't have one of those little zip compartments in some bags you get sometimes.
I've been putting this post off for a while now, but here it is~
From left to right - Clinique 7 day Scrub Cream L'Oréal Perfect Clean - Foaming Gentle Scrub (Exfoliating, All skin types) Clean and Clear Oil Free Exfoliating Daily Wash
I think the Clean and Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash was probably the first face exfoliator that I used. It's super gentle for everyday and it's also oil free, which is perfect for people with normal/combination skin. It's got little micro-beads in it that help to clean out your pores and leaves your skin feeling cleansed and soft. I did repurchase this beacause I felt it really helped clean my face that bit further than just a face wash, but I think I wanted to invest in a better scrub that I can use once a week as a deep cleanse.
So that's when I bought the Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream, along with the Clinique 3 step (review is here). Unlike an exfoliator, a scrub is essentially like a body scrub with small granules in it, except they're smaller and more gentle for the face. I think when you use this, you really have to take your time and carefully massage it in to get some results. I've almost finished the tube and I've been using it with the Scrublet you get with the L'Oréal Perfect Clean, which I think helps to leather and unclog the pores.
I love the little Scrublet! It's small and time saving, so you only need to buff it all over your face a few times with the exfoliator and it's done~ I haven't used the L'Oréal exfoliator yet, it's just been sitting in the bathroom waiting to be used since I first got it in Superdrug at the introductory price! So I'll do a separate review on it, and I'm not sure what to expect.
Upcoming Posts: -Tampon and Pad Holders -Painless Waxing??
This is the Superdrug Cooling Face Mask - Cucumber, one of the 4 Superdrug facemasks that I'm trying out. See my last face mask post for details.)
Okay so maybe I exaggerated a little..
But once I applied this face mask, it almost immediately started to sting my face; particularly around my cheeks and mouth. The stinging sensation was not 'gentle and tingling' AT ALL, it felt like miniature bee stings all over my face, that was so overwhelmingly painful that I almost passed out. And believe me, my pain tolerance is pretty decent! Thankfully it didn't sting SO much after it started to dry, but I really couldn't last the recommended minimum 5mins and had to wash it off.
On the packet it claims: "Deeply cleanses, hydrates, and refreshes"
But I felt that afterwards it didn't hydrate at all, and if they think causing you pain 'refreshes' you then so be it. I don't however; wish upon any of my readers to go through such an experience for such limited results. So no I wouldn't recommend this particular facemask to anyone, in fact I think I would tell them to steer clear and try the Superdrug Pomegranate and Cranberries Peel off Face Mask instead! Because that one was super gentle, didn't have an overwhelming chemical smell (like the other peel off face mask by Montagne Jeunesse), AND it smelt super yummy I almost licked it! And if anyone was wondering, it wasn't an allergic reaction because my face was fine after i washed it off.
Upcoming Posts: -Tampon and Pad Holders -Face scrubs -Painless Waxing??
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of these brands and I have bought these products with my own money. All reviews are my honest opinion.
Update on what products I'm using now and some lil reviews~
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion - fragrance free
I ran out of Palmers Body Lotion and came across this and though I'd give it a try. It says on the back of the tube:
" Daily Moisturising Lotion combines the concentrated goodness of finely-milled naturally active Colloidal Oatmeal with rich emollients. This unique formula is clinically proven to go beyond 24 hour moisturisation and replenish the skin's natural barrier function, to significantly improve the condition of the dry skin in just 2 weeks. Absorbs quickly and leave the skin looking and feeling soft, smooth and healthy."
So based on that I think I agree that it does keep my skin moisturised for quite a while throughout the day, but only up until I wash it off. It is also light and absorbs quickly after being massaged into the skin, which I like because the creamy feeling that you get from some lotions isn't very practical when you're applying it on your hands. However I think I do prefer the Palmers Body butter, as it is more moisturising and leaves my skin much softer, but this lotion is good for applying on my hands. If only it came is purse-sized bottles!
Shills Rose Water Eye&lips Makeup Remover
Yup you guessed it! I ran out of the Clinique Gentle Eye Makeup remover so I made use of this one. This product smells like roses, but it isn't overpowering either so it's suitable for your gentle eye area. The top half of the solution is the oils and the pink bit is where the magic is, so you need to shake the bottle to mix them up. I love the fact that it's pink too! Bonus points! I feel that this product isn't as good as the Clinique one though, because it takes a bit more effort to get my mascara off. So it's a decent gentle makeup remover and it's appealing, but I think I'd rather invest in a better one~
OPI Start to Finish Nail Stregthener
My Barry M nail strengthener/top&base coat went all gloopy and thick, so I chucked that out and thought I'd make an investment into a more refined one because I use it so often. This OPI one is super smooth and dries thinly, which is perfect for a base and top coat, but I'm still testing it out to see if it really helps to strengthen my nails.
So recently I went to Superdrug and bought some facemasks to try, because I finished using the ones I ordered from Sasa (Olay) Which were super moisturizing so I'd recommend them for people with normal/dry skin, but I have oily/combination skin during and post summer. So I decided to look into mud masks and pore cleansing masks, which will help control my oily T-zone.
Clockwise from top left: Montagne Jeunesse Cucumber Peel Off Masque 99p, Mudd Original Deep Cleansing Mask 99p, Superdrug - Cooling Cucumber 89p, Superdrug - Self Heating Apricot 89p, Superdrug - Nurishing Chocolate 89p, Superdrug - Peel off face mask Pomegranate&cranberry 89p.
I'm so eager to get stuck in and try them all!! I use 1 facemask a week as a deep moisturiser/deep cleanser because you don't need it every day, so the first one I've used so far is the Montagne Jeunesse Peel Off Masque. It says on the packet that it is recommended for normal, oily, combination skin on t-zone/all over face peel, so you can just use it on your T-zone (forehead and nose) or just apply it all over your face. It comes out like a gel and it totally stunk of chemicals... in fact it was so bad that the smell alone stings and burns your eyes if you apply it around you eyes whilst they're open x.x You leave it on till it dries and you peel the whole thing off and wipe off the excess after. I think it really unclogged my pores, and acted like one big pore strip for my face. So once you get past the strong smell, you do get the benefits of the deep cleanse. When it dries it tightens up around your face, so if you don't like that then I won't recommend it for you. Overall, I think this brand it worth checking out, but I'm reluctant to buy the same mask.
Hm, which one to try next?? Hehe.
Upcomming posts: Update - What products am I using now??
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of these brands and I have bought these products with my own money. All reviews are my honest opinion.
I bought the socks only yesterday and I've been wanting some woolly sock for ages!! They're a lil itchy at first but I get used to it.
And I'm obsessed with skinny belts, so I've been wearing this brown belt a LOT! The shoes are quite recently bought too, because I thought.. 'oh to hell with it!' and bought some clog boots, as I found the clogs that I bought last time were quite comfy. (Which BTW I returned them because they were too big and they literally just fell apart when I took them out the box =.='' See clog post here) The chunky heel is just right; not too thin and not too big. So walking in them is achievable and quite comfy, but they are bit high for me (4 inch) I'm more used to walking in 3 inch heels :)
I'm the kind of person that likes to invest in shoes I really like and then wear them to death, so I'm trying to refrain from buying any new boots for a while. It's temping though because I've spotted a pair of fake sheep skin boots in River Island that I adore!
For autumn I think I'll be wearing floral and paisley print chiffon maxi dresses and playsuits. The playsuit that I'm wearing in the picture was ordered from ShiMaii, and they have a cute selection of clothes and accessories at pocket friendly prices. You can check them out here.
Oh and they aren't my real glasses BTW :') I just have this lil craze with cute nerdy glasses~
Disclaimer: All items were bought with my own money and I have not been asked/paid to feature these items.
The first mascara I can remember using was a Boots No.7 Intense mascara of some sort, and it only added a slight layer on each lash and then clumped :/
And then I upgraded to Urban Decay Sky Scraper(£13.70) mascara which does add a visible amount of lengthening, and no clumping with the clever shaped brush. The neck of the bottle squeezes off the excess and isn't too tight to make putting the wand back in a hassle.But then I finally reached my favourite mascara which I still love to this day the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express(£6.99) mascara, which I tried because of all the hype and I needed a new mascara anyway. So putting aside the bold colour of the packaging and the strange shape the creamy texture inside works like magic! With the special fibre technology in it, it makes my lashes look around 50% longer. However it doesn't hold the curl and it needs a quick comb through after application to remove any lumps and bumps! So I'm planning on trying out the waterproof formula soon and compare it to see which one holds the curl more!
From left to right: Max Factor False Lash Effect - £7.99? (Limited edition) Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof - £4.99 Maybelline Falsies £7.99
Now these are the mascaras that I'm currently using, the Max Factor mascara was almost an impulse buy and I just wanted to see if it matches the standards of the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express mascara since it had similar names and claimed to give 'full lashes, Natural look Mascara'. When I first applied it, it felt like I was using the Maybelline mascara, except it had slightly less lengthening effects but visibly less clumps. So I agree that it does give a natural full lash look and it is a great alternative if you don't want as much intensity as the Maybelline mascara. I would recommend the Maybelline Great Lash mascara as a great lengthening mascara for the lower lashes as it doesn't add as much length and volume as the Falsiesmascara but it adds enough length for my bottom lashes.I either use this mascara or the Urban Decay one depending on the finish look that I want. And finally the last mascara is the Maybelline Falsies Mascara that came out soon after the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express mascara, and I was curious on how they were going to top the last mascara and how it would differ. I found that it was very similar to the Colossal Volume mascara except there was a spoon brush on it instead, and it still didn't hold the curl.
If anyone would like a more in depth review on any of the mentioned mascaras or pictures of the mascaras on my lashes just leave a comment below :)
My current obsession is with body scrubs!! It's pretty much the same as a facial scrub that you would use once a week to get rid of dead skin cells.. except that you use it all over, and it's not as gentle as a facial scrub (so I wouldn't recommend using it on your face!). So I'm embarking on a quest to find the best body scrub for myself :)
I used the Soap and Glory one first and woooow it left my skin feeling soooo smooth and soft! It wasn't sticky and it smells divine because of the sweet lime and almond oil in it. It says 'with smashed brown sugar, sweet lime, almond oil and macadamia grains' which I think most of it is mentioned in the ingredients list; so it is actually in it, and the rest is pretty much visible in the mix lol. I'm not too keen on eating almonds or macadamias but hell I'd use it as a body scrub anytime!! Haha~ Maybe people with nut allergies should avoid this though.. Anyways, it does contain oil in it like how a basic body scrub should have, but it if your using it in the shower like you should be (I use it in replace of my shower gel once a week) it should just wash right off so it's not uncomfortable at all. It does slightly lather so you can massage it easily into your skin, but the grains of stuff in it is pretty huge so personally I don't think it exfoliates very well. Also if you was to use it in the bath the huge grains of sugar and nuts will be left behind when you drain the tub so you gotta wash it down xD
Next is the current body scrub I'm using which is the Boots Botanics one. The first thing I noticed was the fine granules in it, and it's consistency is much more thicker. Kinda like a huge tub of lip balm, unlike the Soapy and Glory one which was like a gloopy paste of cake mix and oils (yummy). But the fine grains of sugar in it is something I like because you can feel it gently buffing away at your skin, I'd describe it as a nail file or sand paper haha! However I think that's the only thing I like about it aside form the fact that it's made of active plant extract. I don't like the feeling of it after you wash it off, because not only does it smell like soap.. it feels like a layer of soap on your skin afterwards! Now I know why it says 'Caution: Surfaces may become slippery after use.' And it recommends to use it in the bath, but it just makes the whole bath soapy and slippery. Frustrating!
So I won't be repurchasing Boots Botanics Moisturising Sugar Scrub because of the nightmare it causes, and I'd rather pay the extra £3.51 for a body scrub that not only smells nice and washes off without a hassle but leaves my skin much more smoother and moisturised!
Upcoming posts: Make your own body scrub! and more reviews on body scrubs~
This is the first time filming a hair tutorial so the angles are a bit awkward haha xD And my roots are hella bad but I'm getting a cut and dye soon before I start college... not really much point in dying it now :)
Okay so this is so off topic, but I think it's kinda useful if anyone wants to embark on creating their own pieces of jewellry :) If you follow my youtube vids you might have noticed in the info bar at the bottom there is '*name of jewellry* - made myself' and those are the items I have handmade myself! Keep reading if your interested in where I buy all the stuff~
I've recently been creating my own jewellry after being inspired by DSKjewelry, and also to the fact that sometimes I'd look at a pair of earrings or something in shops. And think to myself 'If only I could change this bit' or 'it'd be so much cheaper if I made one myself'. So I did!
I've ordered from 3 websitesrecently (All UK based, because I can't be bothered waiting for postage lol): www.the-beadshop.co.uk www.mailorder-beads.co.uk www.e-beads.co.uk
The Bead shop was the first website I bought off because I originally used to go to the shop directly before it closed. The prices are quite decent when it comes to buying chains or stringing materials and they have a reasonable selection of items. However if your looking for a specific item you might not find it on this website, and I don't think they stock items in request. Another con is that because it's quite a popular site they sell out of items quickly, but you can subscribe to be notified when they re-stock. They have excellent customer service as they reply to you within 48 hours if you e-mail them, I love a shop with good customer service because they can get back to your problems asap. Annndd they also have some very useful short tutorials on the website.
Mailorder beads are the best website to buy things in bulk or at a darn cheap price (the Swarovski crystal pearls), lovelove! :) They also have a large selection of items and it's easy to search and browse. I did have a problem with one of the items I ordered.... It's like they spilt ink on it or something, it can be cleaned though so I'm going to go at with a scrub lol.
Last but not least... I ordered off this website because I was looking for a specific gold plated small heart bead. Like this...The Stampings are so cute too! However for the lil gold hearts it's £1.13 for 4 which is pretty decent for gold plated beads, but the two in the pack that I received were deformed. Okay so it's in it's nature for beads to have a few bad apples. But it was unfortunate that I couldn't use them to make another set of friendship bracelets! One of the beads had a bit at the bottom missing, and the other had an uneven hole drilled which made threading leather string through it impossible =.='' I e-mailed them about this but they still haven't gotten back to me since 30th July lol xD So bad customer service, which makes me reluctant to buy from them again.... but their stuff is too cute @.@
Disclaimer: I have not been paid to review any of these websites and all items were bought with my own money, all opinions are 100%honest.
Hope you enjoyed this lil off topic-ness xD More product reviews and August favourites comming up!
Edit: E-beads DID get back to me sometime soon after and sent me replacements free of charge straight away :) And the Mailorder Swarovski filigrees were super labouring to clean because it was stretchy like rubber so I had to scrub really hard and pick it off =.=''
Random tip: I found out the hard way of how 'running cold water over your newly painted nails' trick works, do it as a finisher and not as an aid to dry nails faster!
I painted my nails and instead of blow drying them with a nail drier, I stuck it under cold water and the paint just smeared lol! So to carry out this tip like your supposed to: After painting you're nails, wait for them to dry till they won't smudge.Then run cold water down the nails towards the tips of your fingers! It makes the paint harden slightly, which means a bit more wear! :D
Updates to come: My current favourite item of clothing, Current fashion inspirations, and possibly more hauls/reviews, stay tuned!!
GEO Super Nudy Grey (14.8mm) $19.99 from tokioshine.com
I ordered GEO Super Nudy Grey because I wanted lenses that'd make my eyes look bigger so I went straight for the biggest, and I love the halo effect the nudy lenses have so I got it in nudy grey. I went with GEO because I felt that they are the most comfortable and trusted brand. I did want the pink GEO lenses but they were planar and I preferred them prescribed so I can wear them without glasses :)
The base curve is 0.2 bigger than what I normally wear and they move slightly when I blink so I think they're too big. Does anyone know any circle lenses with a BS of 8.4? Make sure you never wear lenses that are too small for you! Also you can see a bit of the colour and it's goes a lil blurry when you look around, but that's coz the lens diameter is huge which makes my eyes look bigbig! They are really comfy because you can't feel them and they stay hydrated even after 4 hours!
I did notice however that unlike my daily lenses (Acuvue - 2 weekly lenses) they don't offer added UV protection, so make sure you wear sunglasses when you go out with them in the sun! Tokioshine are US based and have a huge ready stock of prescribed and planar circle lenses, at reasonable prices. It took only a week for them to ship me my order and you get a free Hello Kitty lens case with every pair you buy. I'm not partnered or sponsored by Tokioshine in anyway, I purchased the lenses with my own money and this is an honest review.
Check out my How To vid on How to insert your circle lenses here.
The bottom note is: It's your eyes and you only get a pair to last you a life time, so wear circle lenses you trust are authentic and wear them in moderation!! (No more than 6 hours, if your eyes start going blood shot take the lenses out) If you have any questions just post them as comments and I will answer them :)
Update: I think tokioshine.com closed their site down, but you can still buy the same lenses from pinkyparadise.com
Before I hop in I just wanted to announce that I'll be linking my blog to my Twitter and vice versa~
Dundundunnn! So you can follow me on twitter too! :D Follow me here *clapclap*
Anywho on with the CLOGS! Firstly... I like the word you can rhyme it with everything haha. Besides that there has been quite a lot of negative views on clogs, which I'm assuming is due to the old style of clogs (clumpy frumpy and plain EW with no sense of style or closely associated with the kitten heel). However if it's been on the catwalks, it's definitely going to be translated to suit high street shop shelves!
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Topshop -LAUREL Patent Buckle Clogs £68 in navey
Comfort and fit: 8/10 The huge platform and chunky heel make walking in them a breeze, but there's a gap where the arch of my foot is so it starts to hurt after a while. Also the fit where the buckles are too lose even though they're a size 3! I can make them a lil smaller though, which is alright. But it kinda alters the original look of it, which always annoys me. There's a rubber layer on the bottom of it which means super grip! = no slips/trips Brownie points for that! :)
Look: 6/10 The chunkiness makes your legs look slimmer, but it almost looks like my feet are out of proportion :/ Then again I quite like the overall look, it adds a quirky edge to any outfit. It's doesn't come in black which makes it hard to match up with clothes, but the other options are burgundy, nude and navy. Which I think you should just check your wardrobe before hand, and think which shade goes best with the majority of your clothes!
Overall I think it takes the right outfit and a lot of attitude to pull it off, not for the faint hearted! :) You need to take a good look around to find the style that you like the best, as there are endless variations of the Clog, but it's an awesome way to update your outfit.
Current fave: (Shiseido eyelash curlers)
See my recent Sasa haul for info on it~ I love these eyelash curlers! They curl my eye lashes so well without over curling them so they go in that horrible bent angle. It gets most of my lashes (no curlers can ever get the small ones around the inner corner of your eye, you need the miniature curlers to do that) AND you get a spare inside :)
Upcoming posts: -Tutorial on Basic Leopard Print nail art. -and more reviews/updates
But the most recent one I bought was Models Own in Peach Sherbet which is a nice nude colour that I've wanted for ages.
The colour comes out the same as when it's in the bottle, nice and pigmented. However.... I think the one I bought had been on the shelf in a while, coz it come out really thick and took 4 layers to make it smooth! Yes.. it was THAT thick and streaky :/
Now, sometimes I have the problem of running out of cream or face wash which is in a squeezy tube. So I try to roll it up and squeeze out the last few bits but unfortunately that doesn't always work (even when you take the lid off). And then I thought what if I could just scrape it out? So grabbed the scissors (as you do) and snipped off the top so I could get directly into the tube! :)
(right-new tube, left - old tube)
Easy peasy! A good old common sense and innovative thinking to solve a few pennies in the purse :D
Oh and that is the Simple Oil balancing moisturiser. It's great for combination skin I think as it controls your oily T-zone. But I use it in combination with my bb cream for the morning so I get SPF and a better oil control, because it keeps my face oil free for reasonably longer.
Before you go chopping up all the tubes you own you might want to make sure the contents don't dry up easily. For example the Simple tube dried up pretty quick so I won't be doing that again xD So a little blob left out for 24 hours or so to see if it dries up is always helpful. And make sure it's NOT a compressed metal container :/ I'm not responsible for any personal injuries if not handled safely!