Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Getting 'Spring Ready'

Ask yourself this. What parts of your body do you neglect during the winter? I bet I can answer that as i'm sure mine would be the same! 

Legs, Body Moisturising and Feet, so all of it basically!

Now imagine how you'll feel when that warmer weather arrives and you're able to throw on your sandals and a dress just by following my simple tips!

Exfoliation - whatever form you choose, exfoliating makes a huge difference to how your skin feels and looks and is the first step you should take in preparing your skin for moisturising. You can invest in some gloves (I like the Soap & Glory ones best) to use with your daily shower gel or choose one of the many body exfoliators on the market.

Here are a couple of my favourites:

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Scrub. First up, this smells amazing! and it actually works. it sticks to your skin and doesn't fall off like some others allowing you to really work it into the skin getting rid of any dead skin.

Mio Double Buff - this is a physical scrub that also contains fruit enzymes so it works really well at smoothing dry, flaky skin. I find it the most scrubby of the ones I use and I really like the results I get. I just don't use it too often as I have sensitive eczema prone skin and it is on the pricey side.

Shave your legs - it's so easy to get stuck in a rut in the winter as your in trousers and jeans and not showing off those pearly white pins. This is another great way to exfoliate and keep you nice and smooth to boot!

Moisturise - I am the worst at this so I should be taking my own advice here! if you can't be doing with thick rich creams after drying off, or a just in a rush to get dressed, the perfect thing to do is use an in-shower moisturiser, or a spray one.

Vaseline do the Spray & Go and Nivea do the In-Shower Body Moisturiser, both of which I have and don't use often enough! The Vaseline sprays are especially handy for that section at the top your back you can never reach, unless you have a 2nd pair of hands around.

If you want a bit more of a deep down moisture hit then body butters and rich moisturisers are the way to go. 

I am currently using E45 Intense Recovery lotion as this is great for really dry, eczema prone skin and it sinks in quickly. Although it;s a lotion and is fairly light it moisturises the skin really well.

Vaseline Essential Moisture is very similar to the E45 lotion and I will use this on the days my skin isn't so sensitive.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter is what I use when I have time and want an extra moisture hit. I adore how this smells and it doesn't leave me feeling greasy afterwards.

Feet - So we have our legs shaved and moisturised, along with our bodies so all that's left is our feet.

First up we need a tool to get rid of that dry/hard skin, TMI? sorry! happens to all of us. There are so many gadgets out there but I tend to stick with a foot file as they're cheap and really easy to use and you can control how much exfoliation the areas get.

Follow up with a decent foot cream, slip on some socks so your feet can soak up all that goodness and relax. I bet you'll notice a huge difference within a week.

I like the Compeed Cracked Heel Overnight Cream. It works absolute wonders on rough heels and improves the appearance of feet in one night.

Soap & Glory's Heel Genius is a really thick cream for use all over the feet. I tend to use this in addition to the Compeed cream. It has the same scent as Hand Food and doesn't feel too greasy.

Finish off your feet with a splash of colour by applying some nail polish and you're done.

So there you have it, after all my tips you'll be 'Spring Ready' in no time!

Let me know how you get 'spring ready' in the comments below

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Monday, 2 March 2015

My MAC Lipsticks

I think I have a bit of a lipstick problem, I have more of them than any other product in my collection so I thought I would start to share my favourites.

Today we have my MAC Lipsticks, I honestly thought I had more than this, so the lipstick fairy must have walked off with some! I still have quite a few on my wish list with Plumful at the very top, so I will of course let you know if this little collection increases...

L-R Peach Blossom, Shy Girl, Patisserie, Twig, Amorous

Peach Blossom is a Cremesheen formula but it looks more like a Lustre finish if i'm honest, It has quite a bit of shimmer in it and is very similar to Patisserie

Shy Girl is another Cremesheen formula and is more of a coral beige colour, this is probably my least favourite shade and I don't get as much use out of it as I had hoped.

Patisserie is a Lustre formula and is described as a Sheer Neutral Pink, which is exactly how it looks. This is a great, your lips but better shade and it's really easy to wear on a daily basis.

Twig is a Satin finish and maybe the ultimate Kylie Jenner lip colour. I love the formula of this as it's really creamy and feels great on the lips!

Amorous is another Satin finish but in a gorgeous berry shade, again feels great on the lips but it does feel and look slightly more matte than Twig.

L-R Peach Blossom, Shy Girl, Patisserie, Twig, Amorous

You can get MAC Lipsticks for £15.50 each from MAC, Debenhams, House of FraserJohn Lewis and Selfridges.

Do you have any of these in your collection? Let me know your favourites in the comments below.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Alpha-H Liquid Gold - The Review

Can you believe I haven't reviewed this yet? It was only when I was having a chat with my niece Sophie about it that I realised.

It has been in my routine for a good couple of years now and it's definitely become a bit of a staple. 

I tend to use it once a week and it's my 'lazy night' fail safe, we all have them! So on the nights I really can't be bothered I just cleanse and apply the liquid gold, done. 

Liquid Gold is what I would describe as Good Skin in a bottle! It claims to help with larger pores, hyper pigmentation, fine lines, acne and dull skin.

You apply the Liquid Gold to a cotton pad (be generous!) and swipe it all over cleansed skin. Face, neck and décolletage avoiding the eye and lip areas.

For me it really does minimize the look of pores and leaves my skin soft and radiant. It also works wonders on blemishes, especially those horrible ones that are under the skin. I had one come up the other day (luckily just after I decided I was going to review it) and I applied it to the area and in the morning it had gone! No exaggeration, I swear!

I definitely notice a difference in my skin the morning after I have used this and I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you like immediate visible results.

If you are new to this or have a younger skin I would recommend dampening the cotton pad before applying as the 'tingle' can be quite intense, even if it's just until you get used to it.

I do have sensitive skin and I have tried it without dampening the cotton pad and it's fine, I haven't reacted badly to it, it just really tingles (but in a good way).

Just a couple of things to add if you're thinking of introducing this into your routine:
I personally wouldn't use this every night as I think it's too strong, I use it a maximum of twice a week and make sure you use a decent SPF the morning after you have used this, as it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Full ingredients list: Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol

You can buy it from Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay or Look Fantastic. The 100ml is £33.50 and 200ml is £44.95 but do look out for discount codes! (I couldn't find any at the time of posting)

Let me know if you try it or use it already and what results you get.

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Pizza Muffins

Hey Guys!

Today I have something different for you, from the title you can see this is a post about Pizza Muffins. This is a childhood lunch my mum used to make me and I still make them to this day. I love them and think they're a really ingenious idea and whoever I have mentioned them to have never heard/thought of them before so I thought I'd share this for everyone to enjoy.

This is probably not the healthiest of recipes (if you can even call it a recipe, it's so broad) but it is the easiest and can be 'healthy' depending on what toppings you use.

The ingredients list has no measurements because it's that darn easy and you choose how much you want:

1 English Muffin, per person
Tomato purée
Finely diced onion (if you don't like raw onion you can pour just boiled water over them to take the harshness away)

Cheese, grated or sliced works fine (my favourite is mature cheddar)

this is where you can go wild, choose whatever you want!
My picks for today are:
Ham & Mushrooms

First up, get your grill on! Medium to high heat.
Slice the muffin in half and toast the bottom side under the grill.
Once toasted add a squeeze of tomato purée to each half (untoasted side) and spread out.
Add some finely diced onion and then you're free to add your toppings. 

Ham and mushroom in my case! Finally add the cheese on top and pop under the grill until the cheese is melted and golden.

I tend to eat this on it's own for lunch but you serve with a salad for a tasty dinner!

Warning: I know it'll be hard, but leave to cool down for a few minutes before eating!

I (and i'm sure my mum would too) would love to know what you think of these and if you try them out!

Take Care,
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Friday, 13 February 2015

My Little 'Frenchie' Box

It's that time of the month again (no not that time!) My Little Box time!

After last months disappointment I was a bit apprehensive about this months box but when I opened the aptly named My Little 'Frenchie' Box my faith was restored.

As usual you get your My Little World Magazine and mini postcard and a few lifestyle bits. This month there is a 'Pot of Messages' (rrp £6.50) which has 28 feel good quotes/messages inside, very cute! A Smartphone Case (rrp £16) that also has space for bank cards/train tickets. Also included is some DHC Blotting Papers here for £3.20 (rrp £4) ideal for us oily skinned gals to touch up our make up throughout the day (or night).

The make up bits this month include something from By Terry! I was really pleasantly surprised with this. By Terry Waterproof Kohl Pencil in Bronze Generation here (rrp £23.50). L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Brow Artist Shaper in 04 Dark Brunette (rrp £5.49). Lastly is something from My Little Beauty, a Complexion Enhancer (rrp £9.50), essentially this is a primer and states it is suitable for fair to dark skin tones.

L-R L'Oreal Brow Pencil & By Terry Kohl Pencil

Overall I am really impressed with this months box and can't wait to see what next month brings.

You can sign up to get your 'My Little Box' here for £14.95 including P&P.

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Spring/Summer Hair & Make-up Trends 2015

I am always perusing the internet in search of hair and make up looks and it seems there a fair few great ones for SS15 so I thought i'd gather some of my favourites together in a post for you guys.


Braids, knots and Low Ponytails - they're the hot thing to do with hair this season. Below is a few i've found and love! (must keep practising!)

Top Row Here & Here. Bottom Row Here & Here

Type 'Undone messy hair' into a well known search engine and you're hit with a plethora of ideas! This also ties in very well with Air Drying your hair (great post here) - no more blow drying it's all about leaving your hair to air dry naturally this season. Does this mean I can finally stop worrying about my fine frizzy hair?

Make-up - Straight off the Catwalk:

There seems to be a stark contrast this season with either a really Minimal Make-up, we're talking light base, no eye-shadow and a bit of mascara with a lip balm, or on the other end of the spectrum a really bold Liner, generally in blue but also in red and bold lips.

In other make-up news Purple, Brown and Bronze eyes, smoked out or with liquid liner are another big trend but to be fair I don't think the browns and bronzes will ever go anywhere.

I'm pleased the pop of coloured liner has stuck around for this season as I quite enjoyed it last year and both bold lips and liquid liner became massive last year and they don't seem to be going anywhere any time soon!

There are so many amazing images out there to get inspiration from so I have decided to start doing some eye looks on the blog rather than use other images. First one is coming soon...

So what do you think, will you be following any of these trends this up coming Spring/Summer?

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Friday, 30 January 2015

Sephora Haul

Hey Guys!

So I have a little Sephora Haul for you today. I will be doing full reviews on most of the things I bought, but if there's anything in particular you want to see a review on just let me know.

Beauty Blender Bling Ring here (a beauty blender with a jewelled stand to hold it when it's drying)
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper here
Bite Beauty 5 Night Fix for Lips here (a Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub and an original Agave Lip Mask)
Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara here or here
Sephora Favourites Dare to Oil set here

These are the 'point perks' and samples I received with this order:

Peter Thomas Roth: Best Face Forward 500 Point Perk
Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (Full size here)
Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Anti wrinkle Night Cream (Full size here or here)
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (Full size here or here)
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Ageing Eye Cream (Full size here)
Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation (Full size here or here)

(Sorry for the image quality, the Great British Weather is playing havoc with blog picture taking)

What do you think? Have you tried anything from this haul and is there anything I should be excited to try?

Take Care,
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