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April Favourites

30 Apr 2014


It’s time for my second ever monthly favourites post! As I am still on a spending ban, I am getting the chance to rediscover products lost at the back of my cupboard, one being the Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser (£4.99). I have been using this for a few weeks now and I am really impressed. It is very moisturising and therefore great for dry skin and it has left my skin feeling lovely and soft. My skin has been playing up recently, breaking out and suffering from dry patches, and this has really helped to improve it's appearance. It also removes eye make up very easily which saves a bit of time when I am in a rush! I would highly recommend this as a cheaper alternative to the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish that contains some very beneficial ingredients.


As mentioned in my last favourites post I have begun to fake tan again, however sometimes I cannot be bothered to get my mitt out and apply it all over, and so I often reach for a gradual tanner instead. For a long time my go to gradual tanner was the Garnier Skin Naturals Summer Body Moisturising Lotion, however recently I have been using the St Tropez Gradual Tanner* (£14.50) . It produces a very natural looking colour, much better than the Garnier, that is perfect for fair skinned people like me. As it is a moisturiser it applies very smoothly and I never have any issues with streaking. It also smells delightful, although after a few hours you do tend to get a bit of the fake tan smell.


The John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo* and conditioner* (£5.89 each) has been high on my list of things to try for a while now having heard a lot of great things about this range. What's more is they have brought out a range for colour-treated hair! The shampoo contains a specialised volume polymer which adds space between hair strands, helping to build volume and texture and the conditioner contains a lightweight volumising wax. My hair is generally quite flat; however washing my hair with these products leaves my hair voluminous, soft and shiny. I am in love with the results and have been using this religiously for the past month and will continue to.


Lastly, a nail polish. The Bourjois Paris So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Polish in Fuscia Hype (£5.99) has been a favourite on my nails this month. As the name would suggest, it is a beautiful fuscia pink that takes just 2 coats to achieve opaqueness. It dries very shiny therefore there is no need for a top coat, however it does chip after a few days, so a top coat may avoid this. I particularly love this on my toe nails as it is a great pop of colour.

What have you been loving this month?

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Battle of the Face Wipes

27 Apr 2014


Face wipes are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or you hate them. I personally quite like using them every now and then, especially if I am super tired and feeling a little lazy.  I have never been one to pay out too much for a pack of face wipes, generally I buy whatever is on offer.  However, recently I have been using the No.7 BeautifulSkin Quick Thinking face wipes, and the Ella Jane Heaven face wipes*, both which retail for around £7.

So, firstly the Ella Jane face wipes. They were created by celebrity facialist Deborah Mitchell for the use of her daughter (hence the name). They are made from 100% organic cotton and hence they are much thicker than your usual wipe, and also much bigger. They contain apple pectin, which dissolves and exfoliates skin cells, honey, which helps to heal your skin and peppermint which helps to balance oily areas and keep blemishes at bay. They are not too dry or too wet and they are very gentle on the skin. The wipes don’t just push your make-up around your face, but really give your face a deep clean. Your skin is left feeling hydrated, with a lovely peppermint scent on your skin that is very cooling. Unlike most face wipes, they are actually brilliant at removing eye make-up – even those last traces of mascara and eyeliner.

The No.7 Quick Thinking face wipes are a regular purchase of mine. They are very soft and moist, and big enough to remove a full face of make-up (although I feel I have to scrub that little harder to remove eye make-up). They contain pro-vitamin B5 to help moisturise and soften and extracts of witch hazel and fennel to clear your pores. Like the Ella Jane face wipes, you are left feeling fresh and hydrated. They are also hypo-allergenic and therefore do not irritate my skin at all. They are homed in the best packaging I have seen for face wipes – which is a huge plus for this product. The lid helps to stop the wipes from drying out, which is my main issue with face wipes – take note skincare brands!

Overall, I have to say the Ella Jane face wipes win hands down. I have never used such a luxurious face wipe. Although £7 is a lot for face wipes I really do feel that the quality justifies this price, and is easily affordable when wanting to treat yourself every now and then. I do really like the No.7 face wipes, however I would never pay full price for them - for £2 they are great, but overpriced at £7. As always, I would not recommend replacing your daily cleanser with face wipes. However, these are great for those lazy days, or when you are travelling and I will certainly be repurchasing.


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Spring Haul – Primark and H&M

25 Apr 2014


Although I am still on my spending ban I am off to Madrid today and I needed to pick up a few items. I still limited myself from buying lots of new clothes, so I went with a list of black heels, a small over the shoulder handbag and a skirt. As you can see, I bought a few other things but I did resist from practically buying a whole new Spring Wardrobe!


First stop was Primark and I was instantly drawn to this skirt. I tried it on and it was a perfect fit, the quality is great and it most definitely does not look like a Primark number! Unfortunately the camera really isn’t picking up the colours too well, it is much brighter than it looks in the photo. I was so excited by this find, it will be perfect for Madrid and best of all it was only £9 – what a bargain!


Then onto the shoes. I have been searching for some new black heels for a while now and as soon as I saw these I knew they would be perfect. In my mind I had wanted sandal style and these fitted the bill. They look so cute on and they are really so comfortable (despite being for wide feet they are not too big) and were just £12.


Whilst looking at the shoes, I also came across a pair of pumps that I just couldn’t resist (this was one of two naughty purchases). They are perfect for the transition into warmer months and a great replacement for my boring black pumps I seem to have lived in recently. They look great paired with jeans and are only £8.
 

I searched the handbag section of Primark in the hope of finding a bag, however I wasn’t too impressed. I did however come across this little purse that would be perfect for slotting into a smaller handbag. It is very Cath Kidston-esque, but at £2 it is much better value.



After hunting around various shops for a handbag, I popped into H&M and found this little beauty. It was exactly what I was looking for and will go with most outfits so I only need to take the one bag. It was only £12.99

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Top 5 Eyeliners

22 Apr 2014


I am an eyeliner junkie; therefore picking my top 5 was extremely difficult. First up is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Covet, a gorgeous emerald colour with hints of glitter. Although it is £14, it is so easy to apply and has great longevity – definitely worth paying for. Next is the ELF Shimmer eyeliner in Plum Passion, which as the name suggests is a shimmery purple colour. At £1.95, this is one of the cheapest eyeliners that I own - it is very soft and has great staying power (although not as long as the Urban Decay). Up there in my top 3 is the Eye of Horus in Charcoal Obsession Goddess pencil*, the perfect charcoal grey with a hint of glitter. As you can see in the last picture, the staying power of this waterproof eyeliner is amazing. Even after scrubbing my arm to remove the eyeliners you can see it is the only one still standing. Another ELF eyeliner in Precious Pink is a stunning rose gold colour. The staying power for this eyeliner is average, but the colour more than makes up for it. Lastly we have the Avon Arabian Glow Soft and Sleek in Gold Frost which is unfortunately discontinued, however this is one of my most used eyeliners. This gold colour brightens up any look; it really compliments blue eyes and looks great both day and night.

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March in Pictures

19 Apr 2014

Sanctuary Facial in a box. Feurzabruta (an amazing Argentinian show). The Natural History Museum. My first clothes purchase of the year after a long spending ban. Time to get the fake tan out. Some lovely goodies I was sent to try out. His and her wellies - going for a country walk. Victorian sponge cake. Face time with this little beauty - Blossom <3.

Lovely village we cycled through in Wiltshire. Bring Your Own Mum event with Not on the High Street. The Ideal Home Show. Wimbledon Dogs.  The most amazing tasting snacks - Lime infused Mango. My Orchid is blooming at long last. MAC competition win <3. #TBT First time as a bridesmaid. In love with this jacket from the Superdry Autumn Winter 2014 collection.

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What have you been up to this month?

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Generation Inspiration

13 Apr 2014

Hey lovelies, this post is a little different to my usual posts. It is the most personal post I have shared with you and I was a little hesitant to share it with you guys at first. I would really appreciate it if you did take the time to read this, it would mean so much to me! So here we go...

I am now at the age where a lot of my friends are beginning to settle down, get married, and before I know it we will all be having children. It’s quite scary how fast life goes, and although many think life quietens down when you hit 50, this is most certainly not the case. LV=Generation are looking for bloggers to write a post about who inspires them the most who is over the age of 50 and I have chosen two special people in my life, my parents.

My parents have been happily married for 29 years now; they have two children (my brother and I) and one grandson, who they absolutely adore. My dad has run his own business for the majority of his working life, he works six days a week, sometimes seven, with little time for himself. Despite this he always finds time for this family. Being in his late fifties, he has actually begun to start doing more in life. He has taken up golf, he is working on the house, he is even going on a fast car experience in a few months! My mum works part time and therefore has a bit more time to herself, she likes to travel and spends most of her time with family.

A few years ago my mum fell ill. After seeing various different Doctors she was diagnosed with depression and severe anxiety and signed off from work. Fortunately I had graduated from University and was therefore living at home and in the process of looking for a job. The job hunt was put on hold and I was therefore able to help care for my mother a lot of the time, as hard as it was. I often woke up to the sound of my mum crying, she was struggling to eat and therefore she lost a lot of weight, had no energy to do anything and was generally scared of life. This hit me hard and thankfully my dad was there, he was the rock in our family.

Without fail, he never missed a Doctors or hospital appointment, despite 90% of appointments being during working hours. He paid to have the best care she could get, taking time out of work to get her medication and coming home whenever we needed him. Although we were the support for my mum, he was also support for me. Now that my mum is almost herself again she has shown her strength in getting through this. Due to some blips with the NHS she didn’t get the CBT that she needed, but she battled through it herself – training her mind to think differently.  Now she is back at work, loving love and not letting her anxiety effect her life.

This story shows just one way that my parents have inspired me. My dad, who stays strong when times are hard - being able to keep a business running whilst being there for us 24/7. He has managed to run a successful business for most of his life and I really admire that - I know where I get my entrepreneurial spirit from! My mum, who got through depression and anxiety, that at the time seemed never ending. She did it with very little help and kept on battling through. They continue to inspire me to pursue my own dreams and goals in life and I am really proud to call them my parents. 

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* This post was written for the LV= Generation Inspiration competition
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March Favourites

9 Apr 2014



Surprisingly I have never written a monthly favourites posts, I tend to stick to monthly empties posts instead. As I am on a spending ban I am getting through a lot of products, which means I am also trying out lots of new products that have been hidden in my cupboards and I really want to share these with you! I am planning on doing a big empties post at the end of my spending ban to show just how much you get through when you are not continuously buying new products!



Firstly, I have been loving the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (£6.99). Although I have been on a spending ban since the beginning of the year, I was in dire need of a new foundation this month, so I popped to Boots and picked this up.  Yet again Rimmel have produced another amazing foundation. This is a lightweight foundation with medium coverage that is buildable. It is not drying in the slightest, it actually feels quite moisturising, and leaves a lovely dewy effect. I may even prefer it to my favourite, the Wake Me Up foundation.


During the winter months I rarely fake tan, only on special occasions, but now that we are heading into the warmer months I have been needing to apply it more often.  I was sent Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan Moose* (£7.99) to try out a while back and I had heard nothing but good things about it, so though it was about time I tried it for myself. Firstly, the scent. Ah, how nice it is to not smell like a cookie. The application is great and what I was most impressed by was the colour. It was the most natural looking tan I have used to date, not orange in the slightest. It also develops much quicker than other tans, ideal when you are in a bit of a rush!


Pre shampoo treatments are something that I have only recently began to dabble in and I have already managed to find a gem. L'Huile de Leonor Greyl* (£26) is a super light weight oil that helps to repair, protect and soften your hair.  You apply it 10 or 15 minutes before washing your hair and it leaves your hair smelling amazing, and as a result my hair is looking much healthier and more shiny. I can’t wait to use this in the summer where my hair tends to suffer in the sun and sea. A little note, this product becomes a solid under 25 degrees celcius (which is 90% of the year in the UK) and so you may need to leave it in some hot water to melt it a bit.
 

Lastly, I have been absolutely loving the Somerset Meadow hand cream (£5) from Crabtree & Evelyn this month, so much so that I have almost finished it! It is full of moisturising ingredients (such as macadamia nut oil and shea butter) that absorb instantly and leave my hands feeling soft and not greasy in the slightest. It has a lovely fresh scent that reminds me of wild flowers, just like being in a meadow and I really cannot get enough of it. This little one is only £5, which I would happily pay every time - this will be repurchased!

What have you been loving this month?

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Co-horted – the new buyapowa?

7 Apr 2014


One of my first posts on this blog was about the website Buyapowa, a place where prices drop as people shop. You could pick up various beauty brands (such as Mac, Benefit, Urban Decay) for much cheaper than their retail price and I was a big fan! Disappointingly they gradually phased out beauty products and now it doesn’t look like you can buy through Buyapowa anymore.

Recently I stumbled across Co-horted, a site very similar to Buyapowa, and just had to share it with you guys! I am pleased to see they sell beauty products with discounts of up to 61%, providing a great way to try new products at a fraction of the price. My favourite offer that was on at the time of writing this post was the DiorShow Backstage Mascara which has an RRP of £23 but is currently at £14, and it could still reduce!

Have you purchased anything from Co-horted?

P.S – I always check out this page and add my e-mail to any products that I would be interested in purchasing. You will then receive an e-mail when the cohort is live so you don’t miss out!

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Meet my April Advertisers

5 Apr 2014

Hello lovely ladies - what a lovely day it is today :) I went out for breakfast this morning and it was huge yet so good, I am still stuffed now! I don't have much planned for the weekend, possibly going out for some drinks tonight, but other than that I will be tidying and cleaning.  So my previous advertisers have now been on my blog for a month and it is now time to update you with my new advertisers! This month I have the lovely Gwen, Aimee, and Lauren sitting on my blog. Please do check them out as they are some talented ladies :)

Hi I'm Aimee from Aimee Loves. I started my blog in January this year after realising that i needed to justify my ever growing stash of beauty bits. My main focus is beauty, but i do like to sneak in the occasional baking or lifestyle post. I love having my own space on the web where I can chat about what I love, there is something quite therapeutic about it really. I have loved my blogging journey so far and how its turned out, I hope that you will too!


Peacock Beauty is a blog dedicated to colorful makeup and beauty discoveries for the everyday girl. As a former gamer-girl and first time make-up wearer at the age of 28, I am eager to try EVERYTHING. You will find a wide variety of products and viewpoints from my makeup and beauty journey. I review products from a fresh angle, post daily pictures of my make-up experiments, chat about it on YouTube and much more (the back of my hand is permanently swatched!).

Fashion Killer aims to inspire fashionistas through trend articles and daily outfits and take an insight into the wonderful world of Lauren Nicole as she grows; style wise and life wise. Fashion Killer opens the doors into a world many people have never experienced; Lauren Nicole's world.

FK is looking for you to help out so please vote for FK as "best teen style blogger at http://www.company.co.uk/magazine-hq/company-style-blogger-awards-2014

I hope you find some new favourites! Let me know if you do :)

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Forest Secrets Skincare

2 Apr 2014


One of my favourite things about blogging is finding new brands, so when I was asked if I would like to try some products from Forest Secrets of course I said yes! Forest Secrets Skincare boasts natural ingredients with no synthetic chemicals and best of all they are BUAV approved. I was kindly sent two of their products to try out, both of which I have been testing out for a few weeks now.

The iClear Skin Tonic* (£20) is a micellar water with Bulgarian rose water and cucumber extracts. It smells very fresh and is cooling on the skin, leaving you feeling very refreshed - great for those summer months. I had no problems removing my make-up, although I found myself still having to use eye make-up remover (which I always choose to use anyway). Some micellar waters can also be very drying on the skin, however this is actually quite moisturising and it left my skin feeling soft and looking radiant.

The iRejuvenate The Cream of Wonders* (£25) is a hand and body cream that is packed full of botanical ingredients. It aims to promote skin elasticity and boost collagen production, great for aging skin! Some creams can be a little heavy for everyday use, however this is a light weight cream that absorbs into your skin quickly. I found it to be very moisturising and left my skin looking nice and supple, alleviating any dry patches on my skin. My one niggle is the scent. It has a floral/rose like scent, which just isn’t me.

I love the unusual packaging of both products - you twist the lid and squeeze the product out. This not only stops you from using too much, but it also avoids spillages. Although they are both a little on the pricey side, I have definitely seen the benefits from using them both. I also think they would make great gifts for friends and family who are into natural skincare.

What is your favourite natural skincare brand?

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