Wednesday, 29 June 2016

June Favourites

Hey Guys!

It's that time of the month again when I share with you lovely lot my monthly favourites. I know I always blab on about how much this is my favourite post to write and read, but It really is! I get most of my product recommendations from these kind of posts, so I hope you enjoy my June fave's and potentially go out and buy a few of the bits!

June Monthly Favourites

Superdrug Vitamin E SPF15 Moisturising Cream | £2.99

I've been really enjoying experimenting with different facial skin care routines over the past couple of months, as I've said in a few other blog's I've never really found the perfect combination of skincare. This though, will stick firmly in my skin care routine as it's proved to be an absolute life saver time and time again. I really love the way this product feels and sinks into my skin, it doesn't make my make-up slide even with a light foundation over the top. I felt it really nourished my sun burned forehead on holiday so that's a huge plus too! This is also a fantastic dupe for the Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser at only a fraction of the price - so if your on a budget 100% check out Superdrugs Vitamin E range. 

Burts Bees Facial Cleanser | £10.00

As i said above, I've really been enjoying experimenting with different skin products and feel over the last two months I've drawn back from buying make-up and spent a bit more time and effort on skincare! I really love cream cleansers, but hate when they dry out your skin. This natural cream cleanser nourishes without stripping your skin, it has a thick consistency and works great with a hot cloth cleanser. It gently breaks down all make-up, even waterproof mascara! The only thing about this product that i would improve was to potentially give it a scent, it has no scent which almost makes it not feel as luxurious as some other products I've used. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation | £10.99

I have been wearing the same foundation (not literally, that would be rank!) for about 4 years and i still love the Estee Lauder double wear light. However, i recently entered the tanning world, tanned my face and then had a mild heart attack when i realised my foundation didn't match my skin. That's when i picked this product up on a whim and i am SO glad i did. It's described as a light weight gel foundation which has really seemed to suit my skin, it doesn't feel cakey and it gives a lovely natural glow. I like to apply this with my damp beauty blender and find it blends like a dream - this is a fab holiday foundation as i feel it's in between a foundation and cc cream so sits really well in hot weather. 


Barry M Daylight Curing | £4.99 per bottle

Just before holiday i picked up two new Barry M daylight curing polishes, i really like the formula of these as they last a little longer than a normal polish and give the effect of shellac without a nail salon lamp! I'd say the colour on my nails lasted around 7 days and the one on my toes just over 2 weeks. The two above are 'fuchsia generation' which is the gorgeous darker pink colour and 'peach for the stars' which is a coral colour. These are often on special offer in both boots and superdrug! 

I have just got back from Mexico, where I spent two weeks sitting in the pool sipping cocktails.. sighhhh. On the other hand i was worried the chlorine would damage my bleached hair a little, so in order to attempt to protect it i pumped in a pea sized amount of this elixir every night after my hair wash. It left my hair feeling soft and re-vitalised and not to mentioned insanely blonde. A little goes a long way and the formula includes sunflower and argon oil. It doesn't leave you hair greasy or weighed down like some over oils, in my eyes this is a strong 10 out of 10.

Have you tried any of the above products? What have your June fave's been?!


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Sunday, 26 June 2016

SMILE, with Janina!



Hey Guys! 

I don't know about you, but in the words of Buddy the elf 'I just like to Smile, Smiling is my favourite' so i do tend to get a little disheartened when my teeth are looking a little discoloured, i know this is 100% my own fault as i like all the obvious stainers including red wine, coffee and fizzy drinks (and i used to be a smoker, naughty!). I was lucky enough to be sent both the Janina White Ultra white extra strength toothpaste* the the Janina Maxi white whitening strips* - both have worked an absolute TREAT!

I have tried a few different whitening products in the past but have always come across two problems;
1) The way some whitening products feel they are stripping the enamel off your teeth leaving them incredibly sensitive.
2) The horrendous bi carb taste which leaves you feeling like you haven't even brushed your teeth that some products also contain. 

Luckily with the two Janina products i have trialled over the last 3 weeks, i didn't encounter either of these problems. The ultra strength toothpaste contains a combination of natural enzymes which include Bromelaine from Pineapple and Papain from Papaya, these whiten teeth without the use of harsh abrasives which causes the painful sensitive feeling you get with other products. They have 4 different products in their toothpaste range including - Enamel repair, Sensitive, Super Strength and Ultra Strength (so there is a product for everyone!) I have been using this for 3 weeks with my electric toothbrush and find removed surface stains incredibly quick, it tastes like any other toothpaste (minty and fresh) and does not have the horrible bi carb taste. I really like the way it has smoothed and protected my teeth as well as whitening, the above tube retails for £11.50 at boots

Moving on to the Whitening strips, these are an absolute god send! They are fantastic and by the far the best strips I've used to date. You can either use them twice a day for 7 days for quick results or if you don't have the time once a day for 14 days - if i'm being 100% honest i've never used them every day as i simply forget or don't have the time! I normally use them every other day and notice a huge improvement every time i use them. They are hyrdogen -peroxide free so don't damage your teeth and again don't leave them feeling sensitive once removed. Inside the pack they have two strips, you dry your teeth and then pop on your front top and bottom row of teeth, once you've placed the strips on your teeth and waited for 30 minutes you just remove! They are completely hassle and mess free and you can see results almost instantly. The box contains 14 strips and are £19.95 from Boots UK - a great price for a product that actually whitens and protects!

I know I'm a few days late to this, but between the 16th of May and the 16th of June was National Smile Month - this campaign is to create awareness of good oral hygiene. Even though i missed this, i think oral hygiene is incredibly important so it should be National Smile month all year round! My top tips would be to brush twice a day, floss once a day, avoid sugary drinks and visit a dentist every 6 months! 

Have you tried any of the Janina products, which ones did you like?

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*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted / PR Sample. All opinions are 100% my own

Monday, 30 May 2016

Empties, Would I Repurchase?!

Hi there lovelies!

This is my second ever empties post, and since my last one (which you can read here) back in February i seem to have accumulated quite a few bits and bobs! I am the sort of person who jumps from product to product, normally buying shampoo and things on special offers - so this is my honest opinion on the latest products i have used up..!


Empties Hair Care Products

Haircare;

Alberto Balsam - Damage Repair Avocado & Coconut Shampoo
This was one of my, I'm desperate for shampoo and it's nearly the end of the month and i can't really justify spending loads on shampoo purchases. I really didn't have hopes for this £1 bottle of shampoo which i picked up in ASDA. It however is made with natural avocado oil and has 0% parabens which i can guarantee is the reason my hair loved this so much! It did wonders for my dry bleached hair, it restored it back to it's healthy condition! So yes, i would repurchase this little beaut!

Boots Own - Coconut Conditioner
Oh, hello another cheap cheeky purchase, this one being a crazy 75p for 500mls! Unlike the above product which was a fluke buy, this one was actually recommended by a fellow blogger on twitter. At the time i bought both the shampoo and conditioner, the shampoo was horrible and left my hair matted and frizzy (i forgot to save the bottle!) The conditioner on the other hand was an absolute treat and the HUGE 500ml bottle lasted me forever! This product has coconut extract inside and really did leave my hair feeling soft, shiny and healthy! Another yes to repurchasing!

Liz Earle - Botanical Shine Conditioner (normal hair)
So this product is 100% not a cheapie but it is a really luxurious product. My mum received this when she bought some skincare so we thought we would trial it. I LOVE this and i really wish i didn't, because at £10 a pop for 200mls it's not going to last a serial hair washer such as myself that long! This smells amazing, leaves your hair weightless, non greasy and doesn't get flat throughout the day. I probably wouldn't purchase this on a regular basis but as a treat i would.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor
This has been a good staple product in our household for a few years, me and my mum both have bleached hair so it's a great, quick product that instantly boosts dry and dull hair! It smells amazing and leaves my hair silky soft, so yes i would repurchase! 

Ultimate Blends - Honey Treasures Shampoo
I love the ultimate blends range and have featured them in a few monthly favourites, so it's probably no surprise for me to say yes i would repurchase this shampoo. This one in particular is my favourite though, it contains honey which leaves my hair silky and feeling strong.


Empties Bodycare Products

Bodycare;

The White Company - Mustique Bath and Body Wash 
When you think of the White Company you instantly think of luxurious products, and this is 100% what this way. I received this bath and body wash as a gift and savoured every bit of this product. It is watermelon, cucumber and basil - it is the perfect morning scent as it is really refreshing and wakes you up in the morning! I would repurchase this as i really did fall in love with the scent, but at £12 a bottle maybe as a one off treat!

Clinique - Sparkle Skin
Yes, Yes and Yes i would 100% spend out and buy this product again. This scrub is quite literally the perfect amount of grit without making your skin dry, i LOVE it. I'm actually kind of gutted it ran out before i started to get into fake tanning

Imperial Leather - Coconut and Tiare Flower Shower Cream
I really like the imperial leather body washes, and do tend to pick one up when it's on special. This one is one of my favourite scents Coconut as you can probably tell from most of the haircare items. The body washes lather up really nicely and the scent lasts on my skin for a while too! So, yes i would continue to buy imperial leather products. 

The Body Shop - Coconut Body Butter
Hands down my favourite body butter, i love the consistency and how moisturised it leaves my skin. I like to apply this before fake tanning because it really soaks into my skin and doesn't leave my skin oily or greasy. I would 100% repurchase and have been for a few years now. 

Avon Passionfruit and Peony Shower Gel
This is a massive no from me, it literally didn't smell like anything which is a shame and it didn't really leave my skin feeling nice - in fact it was overly chemically which left my skin dry and making me feel like i needed to smother a whole tub of body butter on myself each time i used it. 


Empties Skincare

Skincare;

Simply Sensitive Boots Face Wipes
I only use face wipes to remove my mascara as i really don't enjoy putting cleanser on my lashes! These where quite simple and did the job, not the best i've ever used but i picked them up on special offer. If they where on special offer again, i would repurchase.

Liz Earle - Istant Boost Toner
Don't get me wrong i love Liz Earle, but every now and again i feel my skin gets a little congested and i like to have a break from Liz Earle products. So even though yes i do always tend to repurchase their products somewhere down the line, i'm currently not going to repurchase this and stick with my La Roche-Posay serozinc spray which i picked up in Paris and have been loving. 

What have you been loving over the past couple of months? Have you tried any of the above products? 


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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Fake Tan Diaries | St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

I've had a very pale 25 years, I've heard all the pale jokes and i have also had my fair share of tango and fake tan fail moments! Now older and some what wiser i wanted to start again and find a good staple fake tan i love. Now please don't get me wrong, I love my pale skin and I love ladies who have pale skin! However, after having some abuse directed my way on numerous holidays i wanted to give the tanning life ago. Over these next couple of months I'm going to be testing and reviewing a few different fake tanning products, i hope you enjoy this mini series and if your as pale as me i hope it guides you into making a great fake tan decision! 


I went in strong and decided to start with the much loved St.Tropez Self Tanning Mousse. I've never tried any St.Tropez products but have always heard positive reviews, as this was a starter pack with everything i needed i thought it was the perfect way to cross over to the dark side.. (or slightly less pale side in my case!) 


Within this St. Tropez Self Tan Starter Kit you will receive; 


75ml Tan Enhancing Body Polish 

The most important part to fake tanning is to scrub and exfoliate your skin! On this starter pack the directions state to start skin prep 24 hours in advance of fake tanning. You want all the dead skin away and a clean smooth moisturised surface as tan can stick to old dead skin. I actually really liked this scrub, it has the perfect amount of grit, it's not to harsh and leaves your skin feeling smooth and moisturised rather then dry and/or oily. Now even though you can use any type of scrub, i probably would buy this one again - i did find it prepped my skin and left no streaks which has happened to me in the past with other tanners. 

75ml Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser 

This product was really nothing special, it had a lovely smell and it left me hydrated however i found it a little watery and prefer my Body Shop Shea Butter. This moisturiser is designed to help prolong your tan for up to three days longer and also reduce tan build up. However again, i didn't notice any difference from just using normal moisturisers which i have done in the past - so i probably wouldn't buy into this product again. Sorry St.Tropez!

50ml Bronzing Mousse and Tanning Mitte 

I have heard so many great things about St.Tropez so was excited to try! I was also a little nervous as I'm so pale and it's quite a massive step for me from gradual tanners. I decided because i didn't want to walk around looking ridiculous (in case it did look like I'd rolled in a bag of doritos!) that i would test it on my legs only. I found this product hard to use if I'm being honest, i pumped a few pumps onto the mitt provided and started to move in circular movements from the tops of my legs to the bottoms. It left darker marks in a few places and it just didn't seem to blend that well in certain areas. I did however, find the bottoms of my legs easier to blend and also my feet - it just seemed to stick around my thigh and butt area. The tan itself starts with a nice smell but then after a few hours of development the horrendous biscuit smell does come into play. One massive positive is that it dries quickly meaning i could put my pyjamas on soon after applying. The colour which developed was really gorgeous, not streaky at all and stayed for 4-5 days before gradually wearing off.  Below are my before and after pictures, both un-edited and i attempted to take in the same daylight.. 


If your not sure whether your going to like the St.Tropez products i would 100% recommend this set, i purchased this from feelunique.com for £15.00. I would give this product a strong 8.5/10, the only problem i really had was application (which lets be honest, could of just been me having a bad day!) and the horrid biscuit scent the colour is lovely and the wear was pretty great. I did really like the quality of this product which has prompted me to want to try and few more of their products including the express tan and the in shower gradual tanner

Keep your eyes peeled, my next fake tanning instalment will be a Bondi Sands product!

Have you ever tried any of the St. Tropez products? Which is your favourite?

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