Boo-tiful Baths

Lush just keeps giving me reasons to love them, they’re cruelty free, Vegetarian friendly and they stay on season without fail!

Lush bath bombs and bubble bars are my all time favourite beauty product, there are so many variations there is undoubtedly something for everyone. Wether you like a more citrus soak or something more floral they honestly have it all.

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My recent visit to Lush did not disappoint with them having their Halloween themed bath bombs on offer, so many cute ones and spooky ones to choose from. I decided to limit myself to just two, (Christmas is coming guys!) and my first purchase was this little beauty, the Pink Pumpkin. I was drawn to this bubble bar due to its pink sparklyness, I mean any girl would be! Being pink in colour, the fragrance also reflects a feminine feel with geranium and bergamot oils as well as a hint of jasmine which is one of my favourite fragrances.

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My second purchase was the cutest little cat bubble bar, Bewitched. Having two of my own furr babies, I’m always drawn to something with a cat on it! Perfect for halloween a little black cat, I’m not sure I’m looking forward to a black bath but I am looking forward to the blackberry fragrance. Again this is a bubble bar so will last for more than one use!

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So looking forward to the Christmas bath bombs to appear now, are there any you’re looking forward to?

 

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Miracle Masks

Can I just start by saying how much I love facemasks, they remind me of girly sleepovers talking about rubbish, eating pizza and painting each others nails in crazy colours… and dots 😉

So in order to put out a massive hint to my best friend that we need to do this again, and to show my love for some of the face masks out there I’ve decided to dedicate my instagram posts and my blog this week to trying them out. #facemaskweek

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First up is a mask that I’ve been wanting to try for ages! I love the idea of a sheet mask with the hope of it being less messy but still with great results. After following the Garnier UK instagram account after posting about the Micellar Water, I noticed them posting a lot about this tissue mask with everyone commenting it had left them with great results.

I applied the mask after cleansing my face from makeup first and whilst relaxing in the bath to try and get the full benefits of a chilled face mask application. With this mask you simply unfold it and lay over your face, I’d recommend a mirror handy to make sure you get the eye holes in the right place. You then peel off the protective blue layer and smooth out the edges to the curves of your face. The tissue mask is covered in a serum with Chamomile extract and hyaluronic acid that intensely hydrates and comforts your skin while you relax.

I loved the texture of this mask, it really felt as though it was ‘doing something’ and made me sit still which was an added bonus. If you do use it while in the bath as I did just be careful not to get too hot as I found having something covering my face and in a hot bath started to overheat a bit and I think I cut the 15 minute time a bit short.

Overall though I loved this sheet mask and will hopefully try some of the others out after payday 😉

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Next I decided to try the clayMask® from Medik8®, this mask has a thick almost clay like consistency which I’m guessing is where its name comes from. I wanted to give this mask a try as it will hopefully help absorb excess oil on my skin and prevent my pores from clogging.

This mask did leave my skin feeling really clean and fresh afterwards, however it was difficult and messy to apply, but that’s half the fun of a facemask right! I also liked the sound of this mask as it’s ingredients include plant extracts like Passionflower and Willow Bark together with Cranberry Fruit, which to me sounds like would be a good cocktail too!

 

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The 7th Heaven masks are the masks of teenage sleepovers all over the UK I can imagine, I know they were a firm favourite of mine, and still are to be honest! I decided to go back to them and try some new ones as well as one of my favourites, the Passion Peel off. I love these masks as not only are they all peel off ones which are so satisfying to peel off once they’ve dried, It’s like that feeling when you used to peel dried glue off your fingers!

I’ve not had a chance to try these all out yet but the one I’m most looking forward to testing out is the Black Seaweed Peel Off, I’ve always been a lover of seaweed as a skincare ingredient mainly due to it reminding me of being by the sea, which always calms me but I know it’s also good for oily prone skin, having used the Body Shop seaweed range previously.

 

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The Passion Peel Off is one of my favourites though, partly due to its fruity smell of Pineapple and Papaya as well as how soft and refreshed it leaves your skin. Once applied you’ll look a bit red and very shiny, but once its all dried up and you peel away the pale pink mask along with all your dead skin cells, you’re left with a completely refreshed complexion, don’t forget to moisturise on top though as this one can dry your skin out a little.

 

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After the success with the Garnier tissue mask I decided to have a little delve into a few more sheet mask’s, having finally scouted out the Soap & Glory sheet masks in boots, (Found them in the third boots I tried!) I decided to try out the Pore-Refining Mask and the Radiance-Boosting Mask. Firstly can I just say how much I love their packaging, I’m not usually a fan of ‘gimic’ packaging or a lot going on design wise, but somehow Soap & Glory manage to make theirs look great I almost don’t want to use them to ruin it!

Again I haven’t had a chance to try these ones out yet, but planning on a little pamper this weekend so keep an eye on my instagram story to find out how I get on!

 

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Still yet to find a face mask that I’m absolutely in love with, so if anyone has any suggestions of their favourites please let me know!!

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What’s in my bag?

If your anything like me, your always carrying round a load of rubbish in your bag, so I decided to have a little clear out of all the receipts and odd bits of paper or packets. Whilst doing this I remembered all the ‘what’s in my bag’ YouTube videos I’d watched previously and figured why not do a blog post on it? Everyone is a bit nosey right?!  I like to call it curious.

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So here goes, all photographed on my scarf blanket, which I adore! (think will need its own post!)

I carry all my bits and bobs and essentials in my gorgeous Kurt Geiger Saffiano Tote bag which my boyfriend kindly bought for me last Christmas. I love it with its little zip compartment in the middle for all the important stuff, I keep my purse in there all safe and sound. Plus two large main sections either side and then another two thin sections next to that, which are very handy for quick access to say lipstick and mirror. Mine is in one of my favourite colours, grey with little gold detailing, I love the structure of the bag too it holds its shape and sits perfectly on your arm without looking oversized. It comes with a longer strap tucked inside too which is handy to whip out when you need both hands after buying too much shopping!!

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Onto product wise now and first up is my Medik8 Hydr8 B5 hand cream, it has an SPF 25 along with anti-pollution technology which helps protect your hands from the world! Another plus it smells great too, a lovely light lemon scent, a little squidge on your hands and it instantly gets to work, it doesn’t feel greasy or take ages to rub in like some hand creams so no sitting there with fingers spread waiting for it to dry!

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Next is the Perfect Match La Touche Magique from Loreal in the shade Rose Beige, I use this more as a concealer to hide bags under my eyes and any blemishes which decide to appear (loads right now for some reason) it’s lighter than my skin colour so brightens up my colour, teamed with my foundation on top and I’m left with a clear base to start my daily contour. The highlighting concealer comes with a brush attached for easy application and you simply twist the bottom to release the product up into the brush, simple! The brush is nice and soft too which makes application even and quick. This product is also good of outlining your brows, I do use a smaller brush to do this neatly though.

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Next, if your following me on Instagram you may have already seen me mention this little beauty, the compact powder in invisible matte from Clinique. I love using this to touch up my makeup throughout the day, and as its translucent you aren’t left with the caked on look, which nobody loves to be honest. The compact comes with a handy touch up sponge and a large mirror on top, perfect handbag essential!

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An all time favourite of mine, due to both packaging and product! I love the twist up compact design of the CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle eau de toilette. It just attracts you with its pearly white case and gold top, you twist the top half and up pops the gold top to spritz. And the perfume, oh my its gorgeous! I feel like everyone loves this perfume and its no wonder! It is expensive I’ll be honest, but 100% worth it, with the compact kit you get 3x refills along with the on the go casing. Love love love.

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This little one is a relatively new addition to my bag with thanks to my sister, she bought me this MAC lipstick for my birthday back in July. I love the red design and slightly sparkly black packaging, makes it feel that bit more special compared to the regular ones. This one is the Viva Glam 2 a muted pink-beige with shimmer, I love the colour was the perfect choice for my first MAC lipstick!

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Lastly is my handbag essential I can’t be without, I think I have one at work on my desk, one by my bed and one in my bag! Maybe slightly obsessed you could say! It’s the one and only Baby lips from Maybelline in Dr Rescue – Menthol. It’s so caring and hydrating for your lips and has a slight minty fragrance which leaves you feeling fresh and clean. One you definitely need in your handbag!

Other than the obvious keys, phone purse, umbrella and even a notebook are there any beauty essentials you must have in your bag?

 

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Primark Beauty

When it comes to everyday makeup of course it’s lovely to be able to use high-end brands for a bit of everyday luxury but sometimes all you need is a £4 palette from Primark, or Pri-marni as we like to call it!

To be honest the beauty section in my local Primark Lakeside has grown enormously in the past year or so, providing numerous brushes, palettes, lipstick’s, nail varnish and even faux eyelashes (that my sister swears by). Now they’ve even expanded their facemask range, which is definitely next on my list to try out.

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Along with the huge beauty product choice, they also have various accessories to compliment and enhance the range. Who doesn’t love a cute new makeup bag, one that hasn’t lost it’s original colour to a nice tan brown from a mixture of foundation and bronzer that’s leaked all over the place.

This gorgeous nude pink and copper bag was today’s choice, I’m a lover of a dusky pink or nude, teamed with the on trend copper (or rose gold if you want to poshen it up) this little beauty is literally perfect. What’s even better about this bag? It’s huge! Plenty of room to fit your moisturiser through to complete makeup kit and who knows even your fixing spray. With two separated compartments you could even organise your makeup inside, think I’m going for prep and face products in one section and eyes and brows in the other but to be honest even considering the size I’m not sure it would all fit!

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The two sections are beautifully separated by two chunky rose gold zips (because we want to poshen it up) with little faux leather handles for ease of opening finally a simple handle on top to carry. So when your bestie says “come get ready at mine” chuck it all in and your away! 

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My second purchase was this little eye shadow palette, I was drawn in by the current trend in the reds and oranges for eye makeup as well as the complimenting light colours, perfect for the inner creases. I was quite impressed with the packaging of his palette too a simple flip top design with a slight magnetic to keep it closed. The name MASTER EYE PALETTE teamed with the gold text on the clear top casing this adds a touch of trust that the shadows inside are going to be good. 

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After having a little play with swatches I was quite impressed with how pigmented the colours are, I’m loving the cherry shades too. All so bright and vibrant, will be a perfect compliment to the autumn weather now on its way in full force, of course teamed with a little highlight on the brow bone. I’ve not had a chance to have a play with layering these up yet however can already see how nicely they are going to work together, so many possibilities! 

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To be completely honest this is the first time at giving something a go from the Primark beauty range, I mean it’s not going to replace my beloved Urban Decay Naked palettes, but I’m very impressed, just goes to show you don’t always need to break the bank.

 

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My Hero

It takes a lot to get me to buy something more than once, as 9 times out of 10 I’ve bought something new to try, I’m such a sucker for new product marketing! Probably because I work in marketing myself but yeah…

I was trying to remember the first time I tried the Garnier Micellar cleansing water and I honestly can’t remember! It was probably when it launched a few years ago and I was tempted by the marketing. Today it’s something I cannot live without, It’s my one hero product I cannot be without. End of.

Gone are the days putting up with trying different makeup wipes trying to find ones that didn’t sting my eyes when I took my makeup off, with no luck might I add, so if anyone can recommend any would greatly appreciate! Micellar cleansing has had a big boom in the beauty industry recently and seems to be the go to for cleansing, I’m not surprised how well its doing, every brand I know is bringing out a Micellar water, Clarins, Sanctuary, Nivea, ESPA and ELIMIS.

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Garnier have also started expanding their Micellar range including Cleansing water for different skin types including oily & combination, sensitive, dry & sensitive and blemish prone, this way you can cleanse your skin without the worry of damaging your skin at all. Personally I’m not keen on the idea of having an oil in a cleanser, I mean I get the idea of get norishing oils into your skin to hydrate it, but if you’ve got an oily skin like me it’s like my worst nightmare! My skin makes enough oil of its own without me adding more.

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I have however tried the Skin Active Micellar Water for blemish prone skin, though I found this actually really dried out my skin which is hard to do trust me!  I also found it actually gave my skin more redness and it didn’t smell great either to be honest.

Ever since then I’ve not swayed from the sensitive skin cleansing water, It’s so gentle on my skin but does the job perfectly, without having to hardly rub my eyes at all, which is great for my sensitiveness. I’m quite regimented in how I use the water now too,  4 large cotton pads (like the ones featured in my pictures), add a few squirts of the water to the pads, then squish them all together to absorb the water (I use quite a lot which I probably shouldn’t but yeah, have I told you I love it!), I then use one pad for each eye using both sides to make sure I get the tough bits of mascara on my lash lines, then the last two one in each hand and sweeping across the rest of my face, I then splat the together dirty sides together and use the clean (ish) sides to sweep the cleansing water down my neck and under my ears where I usually contour with bronzer. The Cleansing Water works by containing micelles that act like ‘dirt magnets’, lifting away make-up and impurities making makeup removal pain free and easy. Even if your not removing makeup it cleanses all the everyday dirt build up leaving you all cleansed and clean.

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The Garnier Micellar Water is also available in three handy sizes, the normal 400ml for everyday use, a larger 700ml for the lovers like me and a tiny 125ml travel size. Though a small bone to pick, why make the travel size 25ml too big for plane travel? Seems a bit odd to me and my mum (who is very frustrated by this). So if you have any idea why they decided to do this please let me know!?

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Anyway, the Micellar family also still growing with the new Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash and most recently the Micellar Cleansing Wipes, both of which I’m quite anxious to try and see if they irritate my eyes at all, especially the wipes as I’ve had so much trouble with cleansing wipes before.

For now though I’m sticking with my beauty hero, would love to hear your beauty hero’s, the one product you can’t be without.

Home spa with Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

We all love an at home pamper night, chilled out and stress free and lets face it an excuse for some ‘me time’. (and candles obviously)

After having my birthday a few weeks ago I received the lovely gift of a Liz Earle Limited Edition Grapefruit and Patchouli Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Yep a bit of a mouthful of a name but such a treat for your skin.

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First though, I had to take a moment for the packaging, the cleanser itself came in an aluminium tube, with the unique cleanser design neatly wrapped around it. The design on the tube and bottle have a delicate looking and lightly sketched lemon, grapefruit and floral pattern, which instantly gives you an idea of what the product inside will be like.

To give the product that Limited Edition ‘sparkle’ the Liz Earle logo along with the word ‘LIMITED EDITION’ feature on the tube in silver foiling, an expensive finishing method but totally worth it in my eyes. That little bit of shimmer catches the light and adds a certain luxury feel to the packaging.

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The cleanser itself is a rich creamy texture with a scent that instantly bursts through. The scent to me is that literal smell you think of when you think of a spa, the fresh zesty Grapefruit fragrance mixed with the woodyness of the Patchouli. Close your eyes and you could be in a 5* spa.

After using the cleanser a few times now it really does work, my skin feels clean and baby soft all thanks to the naturally active ingredients; coca butter with it’s rich moisture, along side the toning and soothing properties of rosemary and chamomile. I’ve found this cleanser also provides a great base for my makeup, well moisturised skin holds my makeup for longer and provides a clean base for foundation.

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This Hot Cloth Cleanser has always been a favourite of mine and with the new scents introduced its going to be hard to resist starting a collection!

The Rose and Lavender scented one is 100% next on my list, have you tried it already? What did you think?

 

 

The feeling of colour

Starting a blog is much like when you buy a new notebook, you’re greeted with that first blank page, what to write or draw? A little poem? or a simple sketch? or even just your name? Either way you’ll get it wrong and want to start again.

So Instead of  having that dreaded feeling I thought I’d start with something simple, something everyone can relate to, colour… or color even if your American or live life in the land of HMTL.

Isn’t it weird how it can change your mood, or your perception even?

Take for example a simple rose, I’m guessing a pink or red one comes to mind first as these are what we see most often be it in florists or on beauty packaging or fragrances. Already they are giving off a loving and delicate vibe as well as a slight bit of sass thanks to the flamenco dancers.

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So what about the white, yellow and even black roses? White I’m feeling a wedding vibe, there’s a feeling of innocence and grace with a white rose.

Yellow to me is a happy rose a friendly one, that you could have a laugh with. Whereas black forms a darkness on the delicate texture of a rose, giving off a grieving feel along with an untold sadness.

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So all in all colour can change how we feel, especially if we’re wearing it, so why not add some colour into your beauty regime? Try that bright green face mask, the fluorescent pink eyeshaddow, or even go bold with a red lip?

How did it make you feel?