Saturday, 29 September 2012

Weleda Citrus Deodorant review - Natural & aluminium free.

Hi ladies

Today I will be reviewing something different, something oh so glamorous...Deodorant. Now, I've never really been loyal to any one brand of deodorant and tend to just get what's on offer in Superdrug. As a result, I've never really looked in to natural deodorants but in the #LiveBloggers goody bag I received my first one. As always, prices first - the 30ml bottle costs £4.95 and the the 100ml retails at £8.95.

So why go natural? Is the weleda one any good? Keep reading...I mean if you want to of course. No pressure. Heads up - this is quite a wordy post. I felt natural deodorants required some explanation for fellow newbies out there.

As you cans see I have used this a number of times

Why go natural?

Now I am not an expert on all things natural by any stretch of the imagination but I vaguely knew that most traditional antiperspirants contain aluminium salts which works to stop the body from sweating  perspiring. Deodorants on the other hand, do not attempt to stop perspiration but instead tackle the odour that can potentially be left from excess perspiration. Some people go aluminium free with their deodorants as they are allergic to traditional deodorants but others just choose to go for the natural/chemical free option. Now, I am not one to get into all the scare stories but a quick google search and the top results relate to the health consequences of using aluminium which I will not go into here. In short, natural products allow the body to continue it's functions without clogging pores and using harsh chemicals.

Weleda citrus deodorant - Key Ingredients

·         Organic Alcohol: mildly disinfectant, cooling and refreshing
·         Biodynamic Lemon Peel Oil: bacteriostatic, refreshing, providing fragrance
·         Natural essential oils: bacteriostatic, providing fresh, tangy fragrance

First thoughts/packaging

Now I've explained a bit about natural deodorants let us discuss the weleda one in particular. As I mentioned this is the only one I've ever tried and at first I was so confused. I had to tweet Weleda asking whether this was a deodorant in the traditional sense i.e. underarms or a body spray? It just seemed really weird to me as this has a body spray pump as opposed to coming in the aerosol can I am so use to. As it comes in a glass  bottle I don't think it would be very good for travelling but the packaging states it is refillable?

For some reason I had a fear that it would sting but other than the very first time I used it, when for some reason I felt it sting a little (psychological maybe?) it has been completely fine. It feels light and refreshing as soon as I apply it. 

Scent

At first I was a bit taken aback by the scent. I usually love citric scents but this is so strong and smells like full on lemons (a mixture of lemons and alcohol according to other reviews). Not a 'tailored to be appropriate for a beauty product' type of lemon scent but a full on lemon scent. At first I found it extremely overpowering but it has since grown on me and I associate it with cleanliness (and if i'm honest maybe even kitchen cleaning products?!) I quite like that it feels cooling when I apply it and as much as I disliked the scent to begin with I quite like the revitalising scent now. 

Does it work?


The packaging says that it aims to neutralise unpleasant odours without clogging pores and maintains the natural regulating functions of the skin. I have never really had an issue with unpleasant odours so in all honesty I'm finding it hard to truly comment on that. The scent is strong so I would imagine that if somebody did have a problem with this then the weleda would work in neutralising that. It doesn't leave me feeling sticky and although it is extremely watery it dries quite quickly.

Summary

I am enjoying using this more than I thought I would. However, I have started using this after the summer bid us farewell and I don't have issues with perspiration outside the summer months. Having said that I use deodorant all year round and although I may end up sticking to antiperspirant in the summer months (naughty I know) natural deodorants would give my body a break the rest of the year.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Weleda can be found in independent health stores, waitrose and pharmacies.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Etat Pur Micellar cleansing water review

Hi ladies

Today I will be reviewing the much hyped skincare item - 'cleansing water'. This isn't the Bioderma which would be hype overkill but the Etat Pur Micellar cleansing water that my friend Jo from jo-beautyandthebooks sent me a sample of as part of my birthday gift. This can be found online here and if I'm correct the 190ml bottle costs £6.90 (+ £3.90 delivery). I had to do a double take as I was under the impression that cleansing waters were fairly expensive?

Here is my 20ml sample. A cute little bottle perfect for travelling. The scent is really light and fresh which I love. Moving on, let's see if it works...


This is what the cleansing water has to tackle! This was a look I created for Aqeela's weekly make up tag that you can find here. (There was some serious talent this week! I'm not very good at blending or eyeshadow work but thought I would join in for fun. It's lady gaga inspired next week). Back to the point, I thought it would be good to test the cleansing water against some serious heavy duty eye make up.


This is what the first swipe did. I must say I was impressed as the product feels just like water yet it did better than a lot of my other make up removers in tackling the mascara. Mascara is something I hate removing because I find I have to tug on my skin and that is why I use my superdrug hot cloth cleanser for it. It removes it with no trouble whatsoever as it is really thick and creamy and easily breaks down the mascara.


This is what I needed to use in order to remove the majority of the product. I just used toner on a cotton bud to get rid of that last bit you can see under my lashline.

Summary

I was quite impressed with what this water like substance could tackle. It is good for the lazy among us as the website says there is no need to rinse. I probably won't repurchase this as I don't wear make up enough to justify the amount of make up removers I have in my drawer. Also, my superdrug hot cloth cleanser does a fantastic job of removing eye make up in a much quicker time.

Have you given into the cleansing water hype? Which is your favourite?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Friday, 21 September 2012

A 'Sanctuary' in the hustle & bustle of Covent Garden

Hi ladies

I recently spent the day at the Sanctuary spa in Covent Garden, London. I had a voucher for the day spa costing £85 that my lovely cousin gifted to me last year as a joint graduation & 21st birthday gift, so off me and another cousin went.


From the outside, it doesn't look much. All you can see is the sanctuary shop located round the corner from Covent Garden station. However, there is so much lurking behind, you couldn't possibly imagine. Once you go through the doors of the shop and enter the spa, a gorgeous reception area awaits. The lovely lady at the reception offered us drinks while she checked us in and then we went off to get changed.



The changing rooms were lovely and as you can see there were hair dryers and sanctuary products available to use. How gorgeous is that wall you can see in the mirror reflection?


From memory there was the Sanctuary BB cream (I think I'm a fan from what little I tried of it. My friend over at fashionablycoveredup is a big fan!) They also had the facial cleansing oil, pore refining toner, illuminating moisture lotion SPF 15 (I usually like 'illuminating' products but even on my dry skin this seemed to leave me too shiny) and the facial oil. There were also products to use in the shower and body lotion. The only things I noticed that was missing included a comb (maybe that's an obvious thing to bring along but there have been disposable combs at previous spa's I have visited) & cotton buds (my ears were not very pleased the next day).


This is what we had throughout the day to eat. Lunch was nice but I noticed there wasn't much in the way of a vegetarian option beyond the pasta and panini we had. I didn't like the bread starter at all but the scones & hot chocolate were both very yummy! I believe this came up to just under £30 including the 10% service charge. Not exactly cheap, but we decided to treat ourselves. We ate this in the Koi Carp lounge but you can also eat upstairs in the restaurant.

Photo provided by sanctuary spa

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! This room was big and had lots of relaxing seating with plenty of cushions. The lights were dim so people just sat around reading the magazines provided by sanctuary, having a chitchat or even a little snooze. The fish were absolutely huge and I sat in awe of the room while finishing up Mini Shopaholic.

Throughout the day we visited the sauna, unfortunately while we were there, one of the sauna rooms was unavailable but luckily it was the Samarium (dry heat sauna) and I prefer a wet steam experience, which was available. I have been informed that the Samarium is up and running. We also enjoyed the bubbles in the two jacuzzi's which were so powerful, I found myself being lifted up. There was a big exercise pool which had floats (lucky me, as I can't swim and am afraid to life my feet off the ground without floats) and the iconic atrium pool with the fantastic swing! I absolutely loved swinging on that, there is nothing quite like it.

Our view while lunching
When I booked the spa day I was asked whether I wanted a complimentary visit to the sleep retreat or infrared sauna. The latter sounded painful so I went for the former. It's a dark room with beds that has low frequency sound waves, with a lady narrating a meditative story. I'm sure plenty of people fall asleep in that half an hour.

All of these things are on different floors so there is a bit of walking up and down stairs. If walking is difficult for you then be sure to keep that in mind.


Before leaving the spa we visited the shop which had lots of testers around. I enquired and was told the prices in the spa are the same as the prices available elsewhere such as in Boots. It's weird to leave the calm of the sanctuary and join the noise and craziness of Covent Garden once again.

I had a fantastic time at the Spa and hope to return one day but I'll be sure to keep my eyes open for any offers as £85 is quite a hefty amount. I would also like to try a treatment if I ever return.

So that was my review of the day spent at the Sanctuary Spa. Have any of you been? Which spa's in England do you recommend?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

They are constantly running competitions on their facebook page and on twitter @SanctuarySpa so it's worth having a look. They also run offers throughout the year for events such as Mothers day.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Nip + Fab Body Butter - Pistachio Sundae

Hi ladies

Today (as the name suggests) I will be reviewing the Nip + Fab body butter I received in the LiveBloggers goody bag I mentioned previously. I have said before that I have extremely dry skin so I use lots of body lotions. I can't get away with not moisturising my whole body even after just one shower otherwise it gets flaky. (TMI maybe?

Sooooo...after that ultra descriptive introduction, you would think I'd be the perfect candidate for body butters? Well, no. In the past I have found body butters to be too thick and therefore they take forever to rub in. This isn't practical for someone who moisturises so often. If the amount of time wasn't annoying enough, I find body butters cause a lot of friction and drag on my skin so I end up using more product than I would otherwise need. All these factors have meant that I usually stick to lotion or oils. Enter Nip + Fab...


This round beauty has changed my opinion on body butters. As the name suggests, it really is a dry skin fix as it hydrates like a body butter should BUT and this is a very big but(t and I cannot lie.... Sorry I couldn't resist) it has a light almost moussey texture which makes it so easy to apply! As you can maybe see below it is probably more light and liquidy (I make it up as I go along folks) than your usual body butter and that is exactly why I like it. 


Now onto the scent - This REALLY REALLY smells of Pistachio. Like not just a little, I mean A LOT. For the rest of the day if I happen to have my arm around my face, I get a big whiff. At first I enjoyed the novelty of it, but I imagine it may become a bit too much.  It just depends what you're into as with all things, scents are very personal.

Summary

I really really like this. Body butters on the whole aren't for me but I have finally found one that overcomes the issues I highlighted above. The Nip + Fab body butter retails for £9.95 (200ml), therefore coming in at £2.55 cheaper than the industry heavyweight, Body Shop.  I don't think I will 'repurchase' any time soon as I have lots to use up but if I was to splurge; I would try one of the other scents - cherry tarte, mango smoothie or coconut latte. YUM! 

Actually, I've just discovered they have mini 50ml versions for £2.95! Oh dear.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

You can find Nip + Fab products online or at Boots, Debenhams, Sainsbury's and Harvey Nichols.



Monday, 17 September 2012

My favourite red lipsticks - last in the lipstick collection series.

Hi ladies

Today will be the final post on my favourite lipsticks. I previously did a natural lipsticks post here and my top 2 purply  lipsticks here. Today I will be ending this 'series' with the iconic statement red lipstick. The only 2 I have are high end splurges which I love! I had other red lipsticks but I don't wear it enought to justify having so many so I got rid of the others.



On the left we have MAC Russian red and on the right we have the YSL glossy stain in shade 9.


As you can see the YSL is a lot brighter and glossier whereas the MAC is darker and a matte formula so 2 very different types of red lipsticks. Funnily enough I wiped them off before the YSL had a chance to 'set' so the MAC lipstick left more of a stain on my arms.

MAC Russian Red

I received this in a swap when I got rid of MAC Hug me on BBS. It was an excellent decision for me as Hug me was way too light for my skintone and although I didn't make any use of Russian Red (other than trying it out in my bedroom) until recently I have found myself gravitating towards a red lip more and more. I lightly dot it on my lips so to leave a stain that I think compliments my skintone without going OTT.  I have also applied it directly from the bullet for maximum impact.

YSL glossy stain in shade 9

I have previously reviewed this when I did my 18 hour experiment and it got quite the rave review from me. At the time I applied the stain heavily and it left ultra glossy ultra bright almost orangey red lips! I recently used it again (for the first time after buying it I might add as it required a lot of courage) and I applied it lighter so it didn't seem as bright or daunting. I think I will find myself using it more than I originally anticipated now I've seen that it doesn't have to be so bright. For the brighter version see the review but below is the stain applied subtly.

ysl stain shade 9



Summary

I love red lips!

Hope you enjoyed taking a look at my lipstick collection.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Liebster Blog Award! Eeeeek :)

Hi ladies

I am very very excited to say I was nominated for a Liebster Blog Award recently by Mary of themaryfairy, Claire from takingachanceinlife and Jenny from beautyandthebiryani (the name makes me hungry every time).  THANK YOU kind ladies! I've never done one of these posts before and there seem's to be a few rules so if I get anything wrong, forgive me! I was given 3 different sets of questions so to save time (and brain power) I will answer the more recent set of 11 questions which are the ones Mary set me.

I believe the Liebster award is for up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers as a way or recognition.


1. What's your favourite colour?
Mine is black  - errr emo much I hear you say but black just goes with everything!

2. What's your favourite blog post of mine?
Easy - the Ramadan post and the suhoor/iftar ones that followed. For obvious reasons a very important post.

3. If you lost all your make up - what would be the first thing you repurchase?
Hmmm this is a tough one - I think I'd go with the Garnier tinted roll on. Funnily enough although I haven't lost it I have finished it so not only will it be in an empties post I think this HG product requires a review of its own.

4. What is the last thing you do before bed?
I think that would be putting lip balm on. I am currently using the body shop balm in Guava. YUMMMY!

5. Do you prefer perfumes or body mists/sprays?
To save my more expensive perfumes I use body sprays throughout the day (specifically the natural collection one). I leave perfumes for evenings/special occasions.

6. What was the first make up item you ever bought?
I believe that was either a H&M eyeshadow palette or a black Miss Sporty eyeliner. The former I recently threw away (when I was going through a ruthless clearout).

7.  What is at the top of your wishlist right now?
Hmmm...this is a good one. Clearly, the fact that i'm sat here 10 minutes later means there's nothing i'm desperately wishing for but I'm thinking of buying the Estee Lauder Double wear concealer with my leftover vouchers. (Has anybody used this before? What do you think?)

8. What is your favourite print at the moment? e.g. cheetah, floral, checked etc?
I wouldn't say I have any favourite prints as such as I'm not particularly into fashion. I have a leopard print hijab and a few floral ones if that counts for anything? lol.

9. Are you a candle person? If you are, show us your favourite candle!
I went through this phase of collecting yankee candles (I blame youtube - seriously what is up beauty b/vloggers and candles??) but to be honest I rarely ever light them. I think that's because it was summer though and I'll be back to lighting them in the darker months (NO, not to save on electricity). The one I've used the most however I received as a gift and it is the Yankee Candle in Cherries on snow.



10. Are you a chocolate or sweet person?
I'm actually a crisps person but that's not the question so a pointless statement to make. I have to be in the mood for chocolate whereas I can have sweets any time ;)

11. What book are you reading at the moment?
I just finished Mini Shopaholic last week and weirdly enough, picked up a childhood book from my shelf today, The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline wilson. Don't ask me why I did, I just found myself gravitating to my childhood shelf. Maybe it's because it was Roald Dahl day and I don't own any  RD books? Anyway, turns out I appreciate the book more now than I did 10 years ago!

I nominate:
http://www.fashionablycoveredup.blogspot.co.uk/
http://carolinescraftyadventures.blogspot.co.uk/
http://lipsticknhandbags.blogspot.co.uk/
http://lovelifeandlipgloss1.blogspot.co.uk/
http://whatjloves.blogspot.co.uk/
http://cosmetic-queen-bee.blogspot.co.uk/
http://sugar-and-sparkle.blogspot.co.uk/
http://mangowhirl.blogspot.co.uk
http://chocoholic-hijabi.blogspot.co.uk
http://aqeelakeela.blogspot.co.uk/
http://themake-upcounter.blogspot.co.uk
http://jennifergoldie.blogspot.co.uk

Your questions:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What are your favourite beauty posts to read?
3. Which countries have you been too?
4. What is the ONE beauty item you couldn't live without?
5. Which is your favourite flavour of crisps?
6. What is at the top of your wishlist at the moment?
7. Do you openly tell family & friends about your blog?
8. What would your perfect meal consist of?
9. Do you have any phobia's?
10. Which is your favourite perfume?
11. Name one blogger (other than yourself) that you think I should be following.

I look forward to your posts ladies!

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

#LiveBloggers event + goody bag overview :)

Hi ladies

Last night I went to the #LiveBloggers event hosted by Grace of allthatslap and Ewa of socialbeautify. It was held in the Piccadilly Institute where we had the top floor to ourselves. It was a small intimate affair which was perfect for my first ever bloggers event! I realise now I should have taken some photos like everybody else was doing but what can I say I'm quite the noob with these things and was too busy talking to everybody.

In summary we were discussing our top 'splurge' and 'budget' buys. The reason it was a 'Live' event is because we were encouraged to tweet/instagram/facebook and blog live. What I loved about the event is they brought together newer bloggers like me (I probably had the 'smallest' and newest blog there) and more established bloggers. It was lovely of Grace to invite me, who I know from BBS and has been very encouraging since I started blogging in June.

There was a table that had all the goody bag products laid out for us to try, some nibbles for us to eat & a room full of lovely beauty bloggers to chat with. I had a great time at the event and not surprisingly budget brands that were discussed were MUA (a big hit) ELF (I think I was the only one to champion them) and vivo (haven't tried anything from them before but Lisa from brunettebeautybanter told me they are the same people behind MUA). On our table the splurge items included YSL (my lipstain) Kevyn Aucoin skin enhancer & the Chantecaille Faux Cils mascara at a whopping £60! (saay whaaaat).

At the end of the event we received huge goody bags! Grace and Ewa did fantastically well gathering these bits and a big thank you to all the brands and PR companies involved.


 I will review these in separate posts as I couldn't possibly mention everything here but I look forward to giving everything a go!



Brands include:

  • INIKA
  • Area H20
  • Nip & Fab
  • Elegant Touch
  • Bumble & Bumble
  • He Shi Tanning
  • Love Your Skin London
  • Tommy Guns
  • Xen Tan
  • Weleda
  • Super Facialist
  • Davines
  • Etat Pur
  • Dirty Works
  • Orla Kiely
  • Glamglow
A huge well done to @Allthatslap and @SocialBeautify who hosted a fantastic event and made a very nervous newbie blogger feel extremely welcome. I look forward to reviewing the contents of the goody bag soon.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

List of bloggers present - was weird sort of recognising a face from Twitter/blogs. Check them out ladies:

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Guest post by Fashionably Covered Up - OOTD/FOTD

Hi ladies

Today my lovely 'real life' friend over at Fashionably Covered Up who just started blogging very very recently will be doing the very first guest post on my blog! I love the humorous way in which she writes and she has some great photos to go along with that so please check her out at www.fashionablycoveredup.blogspot.com and leave comments for her to see below :)


Wow. I'm nervous. The lovely, beautiful, one-of-my-favourite-people-in-my-little-world (no seriously she hasn't paid me) Mez asked me to guest post on her blog to all her lovely readers (I know this because I'm the one who stalks her comments always leaving my own completely irrelevant ones) as I have recently joined the "blogosphere". You guys may have already heard of me as Mez's friend who bakes cakes. My blog is mainly centred around modest fashion for urban muslim women but it will probably sporadically dip into various other topics that I want to rant about or about things that I want to show off. 


Anyway, back to the post at hand. I am going to do a pretty basic outfit of the day post for you guys and then just cos this is a make-up blog I'll add a make-up of the day section at the end. So here goes, hope you enjoy it!


Outfit of the Day
I decided to wear my summer's must have item of clothing: a lovely watermelon pink maxi skirt, with a chiffon blouse and a black hijaab (scarf). 



 
Please excuse my funny looking fingers


You won't have noticed but when I bought both the maxi skirt and blouse they were completely sheer. This is often a problem when buying modest clothing but I refuse to let it get in the way of me buying something I've fallen in love with. My mum is very handy with a sewing machine so she bought matching material (it's cheap) and sewed me some linings! Problem solved!


 
Skirt: Hijaab Candy
Top: Miss Selfridge
Scarf: Market in Whitechapel (East London) 
Shoes: Asos
Bag: Vivi Boutique 
Watch: Michael Kors
Rings: Dorothy Perkins & Asos


Make-Up of the Day:

I am not one of those lucky people (ahem Mez) who can leave the house every day without make-up, I have acne prone skin and I'm currently taking antibiotics to treat it. Having said that I often forget to take the tablets for months on end and do not look after my skin properly (I'm trying much harder now!). 
So this is my everyday make-up look (who would have thought looking natural required so much make-up?):


This photo hasn't been edited at all-my head is not actually this big either!


Foundation: MAC Studio Fix-NC37
Powder: Bare Minerals Mineral Veil (only dusted onto my t-zone to stop it getting oily)
Blusher: MAC Mineralise Blush-Hot Planet
Lipliner: MAC-Boldly Bare
Lipstick: MAC-Kinda Sexy (Matte finish)
Mascara: Rimmel Day to Night-Black applied onto lashes curled using a Shu Uemura eyelash curler (as recommended by Mez)
Eyebrows: Bodyshop Compact Eyebrow Kit-Black
 
 
I hope you guys enjoyed my post, feel free to leave comments (my stalking means I'll definitely read them) and go ahead and follow my blog www.fashionablycoveredup.blogspot.com 


xoxo


Fashionably Covered Up

Monday, 10 September 2012

What I took in my week long travel bag - wedding edition :)

Hi ladies

So I went up north for a close family wedding the week before last so I thought I would do a post on what I took with me. Now, I should add that Indian weddings consist of many ceremonies so I had to take make up & skincare to match 5 different coloured outfits. Had I been going away for the week just for a break I would take the Clarins bag which I got from Jools and what I had in this make-up bag post. However, I took enough for me, my mum and anyone else.


As you can see I took the The White Spa bag, the Clarins bag and the Urban Decay Book of Shadows II with me. The white spa bag contains skincare and big items of make up and the Clarins was packed with make up.


So I took travel sized things that I'd kept in my drawer especially for this week away. Some will probably feature in the next Empties post. The white container at the top is some of my Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser and the silver tin is SteamCream.


I took my Travalo filled with Paul Smith floral and sample size of lily, all very space effective ;)



I took the brushes in my ELF brush holder which fit everything perfectly and when zipped up is very sleek and compact.


Onto the good stuff...make up!

The top row from left to right:

  •  I took the Garnier BB cream to wear during the days but in the end only wore it once as unless it was an actual ceremony (for which I wore a full face) I never wore make up. 
  • I took 2 primers - elf mineral infused and porefessional
  • YSL foundation samples - bd50/bd60
  • Urban decay pencil and liquid liner in perversion
  • ELF mineral primer
  • ELF primer eyeshadow in Sexy Silver
  • Eyeko fat stick in satin taupe
  • Selection of coloured liquid liners
  • Maybelline colossal mascara
  • MAC bisque (this matches my skintone and I use it as a base)
  • The silver from the body shop shimmer palette (which I carefully bubble wrapped)
  • Maybelline gel liner
Bottom row from left to right:
  • ELF lash curlers
  • MUA clear mascara
  • ELF studio concealer and highlighter
  • Benefit high beam
  • Garnier concealer - was so worried this would finish as it was on it's last legs.
  • Dark lipliner pencil (LA colours?)
  • YSL lipstain in shade 9 which I reviewed here with an 18 hour experiment!
  • Revlon lip butter in Macaroon
  • Revlon balm stain in Crush Beguin reviewed here.
  • Benefit No Competition
  • Daniel Sandler waterblush
  • Natural Collection blush (never wore this, not sure I took it)
Seems like a lot but as you can see I pretty much only took one of each thing other than the coloured liquid liners & another concealer which were both for my mum. As for the lipsticks I took a natural shade, a bright red, a bright plum and a dark purple to match all outfits. I found the Urban Decay palette perfect as it had pretty much all the colours I would need for the bright Indian outfits. Below are a few looks I did throughout the week.

Not all of these eyes belong to me ;)


Hope you enjoyed this post.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Empties #2 - with a twist.

Hi ladies

Time for another Empties post! Like I said last time I love reading these so hope you like mine too. If you would like to see my first one click here.

I've realised that doing these posts has really motivated me to use things up so yet another point for blogging.


1. The beauty parlour 'buff it up' body scrub (200ml) - £4.99
I love love love this. I have already reviewed this in my scrubbing routine post here.
Repurchase? I might do that when I've run out of what I have although I like to try new scrubs.

2. Superdrug Naturals Coconut and sweet almond shampoo (300ml) - 99p!
I liked the scent of this and how much it lathered up but sadly after I finished the bottle and had a look at the state of my hair I was shocked and upset by how dry it had left my scalp. I have dry scalp issues as it is and this did nothing for that and left me very flaky. If you don't have these issues however, if might be worth a go but it was back to the medicated stuff for me.
Repurchase? Helll no.

3. Soap & Glory The righteous butter (150ml) - £10.50
I liked the smell of this and it left my incredibly dry skin moisturised but I find body butters are just too thick for me. There's too much drag as I try to rub it in and it takes forever.
Repurchase? No. I have lots of body lotions to use up and it seems I'm not a fan of body butters.

4. Lush lip scrub in Bubblegum (25g) - £5.25
I have a review of this here. I really enjoyed using it.
Repurchase? Going to try making my own.

5. Bharti Vyas Face & Neck polisher - sample from SSB. 125ml for £22.50 here.
I enjoyed using this sample while it lasted. It exfoliated fairly well and seemed to contain nut shavings so felt very natural.
Repurchase? No. Quite expensive and I've tried better.

6. Crush Chocolate Body Buff - Got a sample in the Beautylishious bag, more info here.
I quite enjoyed using this as the grains helped it to scrub the skin very well but there was quite a lot of friction, I wasn't particularly a fan of the smell and it seemed to leave a bit of an oily residue. While we're on the subject, if you're sick of the more common beauty boxes maybe you should give beautylishious a go? The lovely Harriette gives spoilers so you have an idea before purchasing. 
Repurchase? No.

Now for the 'twist'...

I raided my mums cosmetics box and found 2 lipstick empties!

7. Rimmel lasting finish lipstick in Coffee Shimmer
Can I get an 'OLLLDD SCHOOOOL'. This was my mums staple everyday lipstick till...

8. ELF mineral lipstick in Bare Brown - £5
This is a very natural looking lipstick which I believe she wears everyday. She (meaning I) have already repurchased this.

I have already started collecting for #3. Hope you enjoyed this ladies.

Till next...Toodles! :)

Friday, 7 September 2012

Beauty box...with a twist!

Hi ladies

Over on BBS Candy was selling beauty boxes for £10 inc postage and she had a list of brands up which were quite tempting so for once I decided to take the risk and part with my cash. She posted the very same day but as I was away I only recently managed to have a look and I was very happy with the contents!



So here we have:

  • Vaseline intensive care in cherry
  • Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait
  • Laneige show crystal shimmer lipgloss in pink glow
  • Estee Lauder gentle eye make up remover
  • Lancome Hypnose Doll eyes - So black
  • New cid lipstick in Very Cherry
  • 17 gloss in Pink Ice
  • NYC lip liner in natural
  • Milani baked blusher in Corallina
She was going to give more of a variety but I made clear that I have too many shadows/don't do nails/don't want skincare/prefer darker colour lipsticks (fussy much?) so she kept it safe with mostly lip products.




The cid lipstick looks a very dark red lipstick which is different from the bright reds I have in MAC Russian red & ysl stain.



I haven't tried anything on yet as I'm ill but I'm particularly excited by the two goodies we can't get here i.e. NYX liner and Milani blush.

Thanks for a fab package Candy!

If you lovely readers would like me to review something from the package please let me know.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain - swatches

Hi ladies

Yoohooo is anyone there? It's been over a week since I last blogged and how I have missed it. I spent the week up north for a family wedding so there will be a 'what was in my travel bag' post coming soon.

Revlon has been releasing some very hyped lip products in recent times. I have two lip butters but I feel it's way too late to blog about them now so the balm stains it is. These are available from the High street for £7.99.


I have 2 colours in Darling Cherie 010 which is the lilac colour and Crush Beguin which is the dark berry type colour.


I got this as a birthday present and it's not a colour I'd normally go for as it's very light and I tend to go for darker colours as I feel they suit my skintone better. However, I feel layered up I could make it work. The bottom 2 photos are around 2/3 hours later as you can see the gloss and colour has worn away a little. This is more of a lilac colour than the pink you can see.



This was another birthday present. This vibrant colour is more what I go for myself but unfortunately I couldn't get the colour to capture accurately (bit pointless I know). It's darker and more on the plum side as opposed to the pink that is shown here. I feel the gloss makes my lips look even bigger than they are so I prefer to blot away the gloss and use it as a stain.

I have tried on 'Honey' in Superdrug and was surprised that it showed up on my skin so that's an option for medium skintones for a natural look.

Summary

In short, the darker colour stains the lip for quite a few hours and wears away quite nicely. I find high street stains very drying so I'm glad there's a good option now. 

Till next time...Toodles! :)