Thursday, 27 November 2014

November Not So Favourites: Disappointing Beauty Products

November not so favourites
Veet in shower hair removal cream

Veet In-Shower Hair Removal Cream (£6.85): Oh my gosh, I can't even begin to describe how disappointed I was with this. I was looking for a product that would save me the pain of shaving my legs. I become so itchy after shaving my legs that I end up bleeding. I've tried shaving cream, baby oil, venus razors you name it and I still end up with sensitive sore pins. I spotted this whilst doing a food shop and became so excited. Not only is the product for sensitive skin but it removes your hairs whilst your in the shower what could go wrong?! The cream also comes with a sponge but I didn't want to take a photo of my singed hairs. The instructions stated to apply this onto your legs and then wait. After so long you can then hop into the shower and exfoliate the hairs off using the sponge. I'm only 5ft 6 but my legs take up a large proportion of that. There was a lack of cream to get a good coating on my legs. I didn't want to use the whole tube as that would have been a waste for one usage right? Anyway I applied the cream waited around a while, hopped into the shower and when I removed the cream my legs were left with curly  little hairs. Me and my boyfriend couldn't stop laughing I had a few bald spots and then a mass of curly hair that smelled burned.  I thought that I had done something wrong so I decided to apply it again and avoid the shower, maybe now that my hairs had had a taster they would decide to give up and fall off. I must admit this time a few more patches were removed but I was still left with a good area of curls. This took 3 times as long as shaving my hair so it wasn't really a time saver. I've been shaving my legs for god knows how many years so I've cut the time down to under five minutes anyways. I'd rather itchy legs over a burned leg perm any day! I'd love to know if you've had a different experience with this as maybe I'm missing a trick. 

maybelline baby skin pore eraser primer

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser (£7.99): This is another product that I thought I'd love. I rubbed this on my hand in store and it felt like silk. To be honest I'm not even sure I have a problem with pores but I needed a new primer and this felt amazing. I couldn't wait to try it, I was even tempted to remove my makeup and apply this just to feel how soft it was. I hung on until the next day and rubbed it in. I didn't observe any issues then and there but the next day I was in trouble. I have oily skin but this felt so lightweight I didn't think there would be a problem. I woke up and between my eyebrows the whole area was full of tiny whiteheads. That is the one place where I don't get spots so I knew there wasn't a chance that I was just having a bad skin day. The whiteheads were sore and when they started to go a new batch came and replaced them. I managed to take control of the pimples and after that I never used it again. It's times like that I wish I had less oily skin as this felt like it would feel amazing under makeup. I would recommend trying this if your skin is less likely to be aggrivated but it just wasn't for me. 

Benefit Bad Gal Brown Mascara

Benefit Bad Gal Brown (£17.50): I was experimenting with a more natural makeup look using brown eyeliner so I wanted a brown mascara to match. I was so excited to try this as I loved Benefit's they're real mascara. I found the application was quite messy but I experience that now and again with certain mascaras so that wasn't too much of an issue. The mascara didn't really boost my lashes it just made them brown. I know I wanted natural but I found it like not wearing any mascara. The tube dried out rapidly and it became worse to apply as it was sticky to begin with. I'm a huge Benefit fan but this product just didn't work for me. Unfortunately, the price didn't really match the quality. I'd love if someone could recommend a brown mascara to replace this.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your not so favourites?


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Five Steps To Healthier 'Looking' Hair

Five steps to healthier looking hair

Coconut oil
Tresemme Split Remedy
John Freida Frizz Ease
Andre Barton Gloss Boss
Tangle Teezer

We've all had days where we haven't been able to reach a hair dressers and need a product to at least make our hair look decent until we can sort it. I rarely visit my hairdressers after an incident I had when I was little. I had hair below my bottom and for some reason I asked for hair like Jo from S Club 7. I think what I meant was blonde but I ended up with a drastic trim who knows what I was thinking. I came out looking like a little boy and my hair was never the same again. I'm still reeling after the experience. After that incident I rarely trust anyone with my hair so I totally understand the need for products to fake healthiness until I pluck up the guts to get my hair cut. They also prevent me from going scissor happy but that's another story.

Coconut Oil (£2.29: I love coconut oil, this is my go to product to put some moisture back into my hair. As I bleach my hair, the ends can become quite brittle especially during season changes. Coconut oil helps hair to retain moisture so if your hair is dry this can make a huge difference. I also find that Coconut oil makes my hair feel much smoother and manageable. It can also be used to smooth down split ends if you need a quick fix. A little goes a long way and with the price it doesn't break the bank. 

Tresemme Split Remedy (£5.75): Now that we've added some moisture into our hair, lets target those split ends. Tresemme brought out Split Remedy to help seal up those split ends and keep them looking tidier until you can reach your hairdressers. This isn't a miracle product, your split ends don't disappear, they just become gelled together using this serum. Your hair is left looking smoother and it also states that it protects your hair from further split ends appearing which may buy you some extra time out of the salon.

John Freida Polishing Serum (£6.29): I don't know if you've experienced this but as I have naturally curly hair, when it is left to dry naturally I think my ends are split as they're all kinked and frizzy and I freak out. After I wash and blow dry my hair I realise that it was ok. This stuff is amazing. Instead of worrying whether my frizz looks like a mass of split ends or whether they actually are split ends, I just use this. It smooths down all of my hair and leaves it with a lovely glossy sheen. It's also great if I've gotten lazy whilst blow drying and thought I'd ditch the brush half way through. 

Andrew Barton Gloss Boss: Glossy hair is healthy hair right? I've recently been researching about having my hair glossed but as I'm terrified of the hairdressers I bought the next best thing. A leave in shine spray. This was so cheap in ASDA and it's fab. I'm unsure of the current pricing of this but I remember that I was satisfied with it when I bought it. Apparently blonde hair is less likely to shine but not with this product. I spray it all over my hair and brush it through. My hair catches the light and looks so much brighter. The only fault is the smell. I can't really describe it but it's a bit weird. After a minute you can't really smell it so I guess it doesn't really matter. With your shiny hair, you wont care! 

Tangle Teezer (£12.49): I know this may sound slightly steep for a small brush but I am glad I made the investment. Why go to the effort of protecting your hair when you end up yanking at it with a brush. The tangle teezer has specially designed bristles to detangle your hair without pulling at it. You can use this on wet or dry hair and I find it perfect for getting those after the bath tangles out. Anyone who has a child will know how hard it is to remove tats out of a child's hair. I used this on my little boy and it was tantrum free. You know that advert where she says are you a timid brusher? I related to that advert so much. This brush has made life so much easier as I'm not paranoid brushing my hair like I was trying to gently stroke it. Using this helps my hair to look healthier for longer as it doesn't put extra stress onto it.

These are just a few products that have helped me to hold off the need for a haircut and fake healthier looking hair. If you have any tips or favourite products let me know! 


Friday, 21 November 2014

Pets At Home Christmas Haul

Christmas isn't just for humans, it's for your furry friends too! I have two guinea pigs called Daisy and Pixie and a Tortoise whose name is still up for debate (let me know if you have any ideas). Daisy is the guinea pig featured above, she's a little bit of a diva and is incredibly cute. Pixie is more reserved so I haven't been able to snap a photo of her yet but I promise you she is just as sweet. I recently popped into Pets at Home to grab some hay and noticed they had a Christmas section, how adorable! I love my little babies so much that I decided to brighten their home up with some animal friendly decorations.

First up I found a little tree for my guinea pigs which they can chew on. I just thought this was so cute and it's a nice addition to their home. I think it's nice that we can both have a tree, is that sad? Daisy and Pixie have both climbed up to have a sniff of this but I haven't seen them chew it yet. It takes them a little while to trust new objects so I'm sure they'll warm up to it in due course. 

I then spotted this. Guinea pigs love tunnels and activities to keep them occupied so I thought I'd get my girls a new addition. These play sticks (£5) remind me of a winter log cabin. Daisy becomes extremely excited if if she has obstacles to navigate around so she loves running through this and Pixie likes to eat her dinner under here. This has been quite a success! It looks so pretty in their little area, I wish I had a log cabin to run around in. I'm so jealous!

 Now this is my favourite purchase. I usually use fleecy blankets when my guinea pigs are sitting on my knee as they love the feel of it. When I saw this Christmassy faux fur bed (£8) I knew that it would be a perfect replacement. It's a beautiful red colour with white fleece inside plus it is reversible. The only problem is that when I hand washed the bed and dried it on a low heat over the radiator, it left me a little surprise. When I removed it, there was a red dye stain all over the wall. I would have thought with it being suitable for animals it would be colour safe but it isn't... I'm not quite sure what to do with this now. My babies do like using it as a little settee but I'm a little disappointed with the quality and my wall. Any ideas how to remove red dye would be appreciated!

 Finally I bought them an advent calender (£2). I've never thought about advent for animals but the excitement of spotting this bubbled up inside of me. I'm going to alternate the treats between the two of them which I'm sure they'll love. Each treat is chocolate flavoured and is suitable for small animals. I'm sure they had ones for cats and dogs too. It's a shame that there wasn't anything for my tortoise but she may miss Christmas anyway as she is currently hibernating.

It feels so nice getting my pets involved in the festive season. Have you got your pets anything for Christmas? 


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

November Favourites: What I'm Loving This Month

November Favourites

Lee Stafford Retro Setting Lotion

Lee Stafford My Big Fat Retro Setting Lotion (£8.99)
A few years ago I became obsessed with Lee Stafford products. I bought Lee Stafford anything and everything and then I moved on like I often do to other products when they've ran out. When I saw that he had a range for big hair I just couldn't resist. I already have a few products in the range but recently I've been loving Lee Stafford's My Big Fat Retro Setting Lotion. The bottle states that is for "that BIG, bouncy Bardot blow out." I'm a huge fan of Brigitte Bardot and I'm an even bigger fan of her hair. All you have to do is spray the lotion into your roots and comb through. I use a round brush whilst drying to create volume and the setting lotion gives my hair that extra boost. It's the closest I'll get to having Bardot hair without back combing - and that definitely isn't an option with my vulnerable bleached hair!

Barry M hi shine mustard nail polish

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint (£3.99)
I know I recently reviewed this but I loved it so much that it just had to go in my November favourites. It's just such a beautiful colour and it's perfect for Autumn and Winter. This is my new favourite nail polish, I can't get enough of it. If you'd like to read my review of this click here.

Rimmel Lipstick lock

Rimmel Lipstick Lock (£4.99)
I bought this a while back but I recently dug it out of my drawer. As you can see by the colour of it, I wear a lot of red lipstick! There's nothing worse than going for a meal and having your lipstick go patchy or disappear completely so I bought this to lock in my lipstick and it certainly does that. It does feel slightly tingly when applied and it smells a bit like nail varnish remover. Once you've gotten over that it is fine. It's such a time saver having this on, it means that I don't have to worry about reapplying later in the day! It also gives my lipstick a nice finish which is a bonus. 

Body Shop white musk perfume

White Musk Libertine Solid Perfume (£5.00)
How cute is this tin? I chose this as a free gift from The Body Shop as I remember in the 90's everyone had a bottle of White Musk. When I saw that The Body Shop had done a twist on the original scent I had to try it. This is White Musk Libertine and it is a solid perfume. It's a sweet smelling perfume and the Body Shop describes it as having the smell of "Turkish delight, baby orchid and Chantilly cream." All you have to do is rub the perfume onto your pulse points and you're good for the day. I find White Musk a reliable smell that lingers for a long time. The perfume has a sheen to it like a sublte highlighter although I wouldn't recommend putting it on your face. It would be good for collar bones though! This tin is so handy for when you are out and about and need to spruce yourself up as you can just stick it in your bag. Even if you don't have a bag it will fit in your pocket. Plus how can you resist the cuteness of the pink ombre heart? So sweet.  

Maybelline Colour Drama Nude

Maybelline Color Drama (£4.99)
I first saw this lip pencil on Amy Rose's blog. She looked so fabulous wearing the shade that I had to get it. If you'd like to see her review of this click here. I'd never bought any Maybelline lip products before so I was happy that the colour choice had been kept quite simple. I picked up the shade Nude Perfection and that is exactly how I would describe it. It's a subtle but strong shade and it has such a creamy formula that I actually find it moisturising. As it is a pencil, it tends to stay on for a considerably longer time than my MAC lipsticks. I'm super impressed, I hope you are too!

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to know how you got on!


Monday, 17 November 2014

How to Survive Winter: Winter Hand Care Essentials

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream

Boots glycerine and rosewater moisturiser and toner

Soap and Glory hand food moisturiser

The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream

Hello lovelies! As the winter months are approaching my hands are becoming increasingly dry. I never used to have this problem but since I've had my little boy I've been having to wash my hands more frequently and the cold months are taking their toll. I never used to wear hand creams but I now realise their importance in my daily routine so here's a few of my favourites for this winter! 

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector: This is my all time favourite hand cream. My little boy suffers with eczema and I managed to keep it at bay using The Body Shop's Hemp body butter. The hand cream is just as moisturising as the body butter and targets very dry skin. When I wash my hands, they become dry straight away which is a nightmare. I like to use this afterwards as it completely rehydrates my skin. The cream seems quite thick but once rubbed in, my hands feel like silk. You get 100ml in the tube and it lasts for an extremely long time. This is my dry skin saviour and I like to have a few of these lying about. If you need a super skin saver I'd 100% recommend this. It is £11 for the 100ml tube and £5 for the 30ml so you can grab the smaller one if you want to try it out first.

Boots Glycerin And Rosewater toner and moisturiser (£2.32): I bought this in Boots a while back as I'd heard rosewater is amazing for your skin and I adored the look of the bottle. I bought this as a toner but the only problem was the glycerin. I backed out of using this on my face as I have oily skin and I was worried it would make it worse so I persuaded my boyfriend to try it. My boyfriend suffers with dry skin so this worked absolutely wonders to sooth his face. I was amazed at how hydrating this was so I scanned over the bottle and it stated that you can also use this on you hands. I gave it a whirl and I loved it. It was great that we could both use it and see the benefits. The great thing about this is that you only need one drop of the liquid and it is enough to massage all over you hands. This is so soothing and I can really feel it locking moisture into my skin. If you like products that are multi purpose this is great as you can use it for your face and hands plus it's super cheap.

Soap & Glory Hand Food (£5.50): Again I fell for the lovely packaging and the quirky name. If you like hand creams that also have a lovely scent then this may be more up your street. If you've tried any of Soap & Glory's other lotions then you'll recognise the smell which may I add is gorgeous. The packaging states that it contains marshmallow so maybe that's why I'm so addicted to it! This is such a creamy product and it absorbs really fast which is perfect for a girl on the go. It's such a lovely gift idea with the cute packaging plus it's a nice size to stick in your handbag when you're out and about. This makes it perfect for moisturising emergencies!

The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream: First of all this hand cream contains SPF 15 which is something that I always forget about! I always buy face products containing SPF to prevent damage and ageing skin but I've never really thought about protecting my hands. If you prefer a lighter cream this may be the one for you. I recently bought a body butter and I was told I could have a hand cream for free so I picked this one as I love the smell of roses. I never understand The Body Shop's amazing deals and reductions but I'm not complaining. If you pop down now you may still be able to catch the offer. This cream smells gorgeous and states that it is for all skin types. I did a little research into this and it can also be used to protect your hands against the appearance of brown spots. How amazing is that? This has the same pricing as the Hemp cream, £5 for 30ml and £11 for 100ml. I can't stop applying this cream it just smells so lovely! This is another one that you can just slip in your handbag, I highly recommend.

What's your favourite hand cream? 


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Mad for Mustard: Barry M Mustard Nail Polish Review

Barry M Mustard Nail Polish Review

Hello lovelies! I've been so excited to try this nail polish. It's no secret that I'm a massive Barry M fan and the reason why is because they offer high quality products with a range of amazing colours at such a good price. The low price makes it easy to become a nail polish addict and I just had to add this one to my collection. Today I'm talking about the shade Mustard. How can you go wrong with Mustard? It's such a warm colour and it's perfect for Autumn/ Winter seasons. This nail polish is from Barry M's Autumn/Winter 2014 collection and is part of the Gelly Hi Shine range. There is nothing worse than when the shade on the polish looks nothing like it does on your nails but this is spot on. It's probably everything I've wished for in a nail polish colour. The application is easy, the consistency is perfect and the finish looks great. It just looks so pretty! I've had this polish on for five days and it has barely chipped! Have a look at the picture and see for yourself. This nail polish retails at £3.99 what's not to like about it? 

What's your favourite shade for winter?


Saturday, 8 November 2014

Homemade Gingerbread Latte Syrup Tutorial

Homemade Gingerbread Latte

The red cups are out! If you're not sure what I'm on about, I mean Starbucks and their amazing festive drinks. I'm a huge fan of their gingerbread latte's and in the past I have spent a small fortune on buying one (everyday). Instead of spending money on your favourite holiday drinks you could be spending that hard earned cash on whatever else you like as I am going to show you how to make homemade gingerbread syrup for your lattes. You can find all the ingredients in your local supermarket and and it's super quick to make if you run out. 

Ingredients: Cinnamon, Ginger, Vanilla Extract, Water, Granulated Sugar

1.First find a pan and add two cups of water. Then add 2 1/2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

2.Bring the contents to a boil and then reduce the heat. Let it simmer for around 15 minutes.  

3.Remove the pan from the heat and there you have it!

4.Make you're normal latte/ coffee and add the syrup to the taste you like. I add squirty cream on top and some nutmeg and I'm good to go.

I like to fill a few empty bottles up with the syrup as it looks pretty and it keeps it nice and fresh. You could make this as a gift or if you're like me, you'll have used half of it yourself by the end of the day as they taste soooo good!

The ingredients used in this are the same for making my Christmas Scented Bath Salts so if you'd like to give them a try click here.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Huge Festive Yankee Candle Haul And Savings

Yankee Candle tart warmer
Yankee Candle Votives
Yankee Candle Votives
Yankee Candle Votives
Yankee Candle Votives
Yankee Candle Tarts
Yankee Candle Tarts
Yankee Candle Tarts
Yankee Candle Tart Warmer

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well, at least smell like Christmas. I'm obsessed with Yankee Candles and I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that ASDA were doing cheap Yankee Candle box sets. The first box contained 12 votives (£12) and the second box contained 4 votives plus two votive holders (£10). Each votive has a seasonal scent which is perfect to get you in a festive mood. I love how much effort Yankee put into creating true scents. Each of these candles transport me to different places and scenes and I find they instantly put me in a good mood. Votives are perfect if you fancy buying one of Yankee's large candles but would like to test it out first. 

The scents included in the boxes were Christmas Treats, Frosted Cinnamon, Merry Berry, Toasted Marshmallow, Vanilla Honey, Vanilla Frosting, Holiday Magic, Frosted Spruce, Frosted Snow, Cherry Vanilla, Fuji Apple and Apple Spice Potpourri. Holiday Magic was in both boxes which I'm happy about as that's one of my favourite ones! 

I also stocked up on some festive wax tarts. Tarts are amazing if you have guests coming over or if you want a stronger scent as I find you can really smell these even if they've been lit for a while. The tarts that I chose were Christmas Cupcake, Christmas Memories, Cinnamon Stick and Holiday Magic. The tart burner was from Collectables a few years ago but I spotted some gorgeous Christmas ones recently. 

So, get yourself to ASDA for some savings! The candles are Yankee Candle but are brought to you by ASDA's brand Simply Home. They also could make a lovely gift set for your friends or familyMy living room currently looks like a scene from Romeo and Juliet so I better get back to tending my candles!

What's your favourite Yankee Candle?


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Pumpkins Galore: Carving & Lush's Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar Review

Lush sparkly pumpkin bubble bar

Happy Halloween everyone! It seems that this year we went a little pumpkin mad. Yesterday I had a lovely evening carving pumpkins by candlelight and in the background we played our Halloween playlist which was so much fun! I've never done a freestyle pumpkin before so I'll let you be the judge of it. Afterwards, my lovely boyfriend surprised me by running me a bath and handing over a Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar (£3.50). I cannot even describe how good this smells. I'm not a fan of citrus smells but this is truly amazing. The bubble bar contains juniperberry, grapefruit and lime oils and my bathroom still smells of it a day later. I've never tried the bubble bars before and as I'm a huge fan of bubbles this was a pleasant surprise. After holding the bar under the tap, the water started to turn a vibrant orange colour filled with beautiful sprinkles of glitter and on top was a vast coat of bubbles. This would have been perfect for a party as some of the glitter did stick to my body but not enough to look like I'd been in a bust up with the tooth fairy (thank god) plus my skin felt really soft. I'm so upset that this is just a seasonal bath product so I may have to stock up before they go! After my bath we lit our pumpkins and decided to watch Insidious which is a horror favourite of ours. Unfortunately I was too sleepy after my bath to watch the second one!

Have you tried Lush's Sparkly Pumpkin yet?