Friday, 26 October 2012

Caipirinha

So, the weekend has arrived once more which means it must be cocktail time.
My favourite cocktail is definitely a good Caipirinah.
It's pronounced kie-purr-reen-ya and it took me ages to get used to saying :))
Its made from Cacacha which is a very sweet Brazilian style of rum made from sugarcane juice.



Ingredients
  • 1 lime, quartered and muddled (crushed and squeezed)
  • 2 teaspoons of granulated or caster sugar
  • Crushed Ice
  • Cacacha
Preparation
  • Place lime wedges and sugar into a glass and muddle - if you don't have a muddler, just crush and squeeze the lime well, mixing with the sugar.
  • Fill glass with crushed ice
  • Pour in Cacacha
  • Stir well


The best ever Caipirinah's I have ever tasted are at Las Iguanas. I've never found a barman who can make one taste as good as they do in that place.



Not for the faint hearted, but definitely delicious - have you tried a Caipirinah?

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Sole Sister Foot Scrub

So, autumn is well and truly upon us now and I have promised myself that even though they won't be on show to the outside world for a while, I am definitely going to continue to look after my feet over the next few months. Hopefully this will avoid any panic when/if we get an odd sunny day next spring and summer whereby the flip flops can't come out due to the state of my trotters :))

My foot exfoliation of choice would obviously be walking along a beautiful white sandy beach in The Maldives, however as this won't be happening this year, I picked up some Sole Sister Foot Scrub whilst doing the weekly shop in Sainsbury's. 

I've had my eye on the Dirty Works range for a while now and this is my first purchase from them.
I couldn't believe the price - its on offer at the moment for £1.49 (usually £2.99) for 100 ml.

The foot scrub is packed with loads of finely ground pumice and like many foot products, it has a mint scent.
The pumice feels quite course, but this is just what I need from a foot scrub.
I normally use a dollop of this a couple of times a week, massaging into each foot, paying attention to the heels before showering.
Once out of the shower I follow with a foot file and lashings of foot cream which seems to do the trick for me.


This has most definitely impressed me enough to try some other products from the Dirty Works range.

How about you - are you familiar with this range? What have you tried from Dirty Works?

Monday, 8 October 2012

Mens Fragrances

Who doesn't love their man to smell good?

Frequently worn by Mr B Tails is Chanel's Allure Homme Édition Blanche and Molton Brown's Recharge Black Pepper.
Both are sexy clean fragrances, not only leaving your man smelling great, but your bathroom too :))



Allure  Homme Édition Blanche

A sporty little number, this is beautifully fresh and perfect for Summer days and nights. 
It contains Lemon, Bergamot, Cedar, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, White Musk, Vetiver, Ginger, Amber, Vanilla, White and Pink Pepper.
Instantly the Lemon is picked up but after settling down, I can also detect the Vetiver and Vanilla. The Lemon scent stays with you throughout, but in a very unobtrusive way.



Recharge Black Pepper
This is more suited to the Autumn and Winter months.
Top notes: lemon, madarin, bergamot and corianderMiddle notes: cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and violet
Base notes: oakmoss, sandalwood, patchouli and musk.
I find this one hard to describe, but the fragrance is warm, rich, very spicy and completely invigorating.
Packaging is cute too, a little wardrobe style box. 

Do you have a favourite fragrance for your man?


Sunday, 7 October 2012

The Nude Lip

I would love to be able to wear a deep berry coloured lip, especially at this time of the year, but deep dark colours just don't suit me so I tend to steer towards a nude lip with a more dramatic eye.

My on the go Lipsticks at the moment are...

Revlon Lip Butter in Crème Brulee (well used)
Rimmel Moisture Renew in Nude Delight
Avon in Beige Nude
Rimmel Lasting Finish in Undressed
Laura Geller in Berry Banana

Do I really need 5 of them?


This is Rimmel Undressed which I am favouring at the moment


On the go Glosses are both by Laura Geller
Shine & Shield in Fresco Gelato
Light Beams in Passion Fruit


What are the shades you love to wear? Are you Lipstick or Lipgloss?


Friday, 5 October 2012

September Empties


I like writing these posts - I save all my empties throughout the month and then convince myself how thrifty I've been!
 
This is what I used up in September
 
  • Lee Stafford Argan Oil Heat Defence Spray - would never be without this. I love Lee Stafford products and was once lucky enough to have him cut (just a trim) my hair :)) I wash and straighten my hair every day and spray this before blow drying and then again before using my beloved GHDs
  • Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel - does what it says on the tin
  • Gatineau Activ Eclat - one of my favourite exfoliators, you can read my review here
  • Sole Sister Foot Scrub - a find from Sainsburys which I will review later. A definate repurchase
  • Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector - thanks to the sun (and my age) I do have a couple of hyperpigmentation  marks on either side of my nose. I use one pump of this serem each morning (once my Ultrasun has sunk in) and in the evening (on a non Liquid Gold night) and this has definatley helped fade the  marks. I dont think it will ever fade them completely, but they are not much of an issue to me any more. I have been using this for the last 18 months and will continue to purchase
  • Gatineau Floracil Eye Make Up Remover - my favourite eye make up remover ever! This is also lovely to use as an eye treatment/compress
  • Gatineau Anti Aging Gommage - this was in a travel kit and is a strange roll off exfoliator. This didn't wow me so I wouldn't repurchase. I didn't feel this did anything for my skin
  • Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm - a staple product, you can read my review here
  • YSL Eye Make Up Remover - a travel size that I recieved with a Mascara kit. Lovely to use and I would welcome this addition in further YSL kits
  • Sure Maximum Protection Anti Perspirant Deoderant - Can I get excited over a deodorant? No, not really, but this is my repeat purchase of choice. The description states you should apply after a shower in the evening and the formula adjusts and lasts throughout the following day, but I don't use it this way. I apply each morning after a shower just as I would with any standard deodorant and am protected throughout the day
  • Figs & Rouge Rambling Rose balm - another definate repurchase, you can read my review here
  • Laura Geller Eye Spackle - a waterproof eye primer. I always use an eye primer before applying any eye make up, it really does make a difference. It gives an even blank canvas to give true colour pay off, stops any creasing and holds eye make up in place for hours and hours. I will repurchase this in the future but am trialling another make at the moment which I will review later.
 
So there is is, my September Empties - I think I've done pretty well.
 
Did you mange to use much up in September?

Monday, 1 October 2012

Shoes of the moment #2

I bought these shoes for a Christmas party a few years ago - haven't worn them since but am planning on bringing them out of retirement this year :))
These are definite car to bar shoes (couldn't walk too far in them) and I love them.
A deep copper colour, over the top sparkle, high and pointed.




I would love love love a nail polish (or combination of polishes) that gives the same colour and with the same finish.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Saturday, 29 September 2012

Nails Inc - Victoria

Victoria is a shade that I don't wear very often during the summer months.
It really is a timeless, classic shade and effortlessly classy. Each time I go back to it I remind myself that I should wear it much more often.
Its a deep cherry red  that I think looks best with 3 coats. I find 2 coats can still look a little uneven, which is so unusual for the Nails Inc brand, but using their Kensington Caviar top coat, drying time is minimal.
Its the very first Nails Inc shade I bought, its very chic and I don't think it will ever go out of fashion.
The colour pay off is rich and glossy just as you would expect with Nails Inc.


Friday, 28 September 2012

Autumn/Winter Fragrances

I love the changing of the seasons, and moving into Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. 
It's a time where I start to think of winter fashions, a richer skincare routine and Christmas (*there* I've said it, and we're still only in the month of September).
Its also a time where I move away from lighter fragrances to something a little more heavy....more wintry.

Pure Poison by Christian Dior and Angel by Thierry Mugler have been my favourite fragrances at this time of the year for a long time. 
I'll admit they're not for everybody. They're fairly strong and heady - most people I know generally have a love/hate relationship with these two, but I  love them both.

Angel Eau de Parfum Spray
This is the first fragrance that was launched by Thierry Mugler, and seems to be the most recognisable of my two favourites.
Reactions are either 'Eugh you're wearing Angel' or 'You're wearing Angel, I love that'
You really only need to 'walk' into one spray of this as it is very strong, but the fragrance really will stay with you for hours and hours.
''Angel has top notes of bergamot and helional, mid notes of honey, dewberry and red berries combined with the rich, sensual base notes of vanilla, caramel, chocolate and patchouli''
I mostly pick up the base notes when I wear this (no florals here.....just food - ha ha).
Looking at the beautiful star shaped bottle makes me think of swimming in the warm crystal clear waters of the Maldives, before drinking early evening cocktails whilst staring up at the stars.
Angel is truly unique and I would urge anyone to give this a try or revisit it.


Pure Poison Eau de Parfum Spray
There have been a few versions of Poison, none of which I particularly like, except for Pure Poison which was introduced in 2004.
This is floral and fruity, based on orange blossom, jasmine, gardenia, amber and sandalwood.
It isn't so heavy that it can't be worn in the day and is just perfect when it's cold outside. It feels comforting,  like being wrapped in a warm blanket.
I generally spray onto my wrists (but never crush it) and onto the back of my neck. I don't need to top up during the day, as again, the fragrance lasts for hours.
Not quite as heavy as Angel, Pure Poison is the warmer, sweeter fragrance of the two - its fresh and clean.
It's my husband's favourite, apparently it's feminine, elegant and intoxicating - he does know what he's talking about after all :))
I adore Pure Poison, it's become my signature fragrance. 


Do you have a favourite fragrance for this time of the year?

Saturday, 22 September 2012

In the shower

Shower products are my thing at the moment and I've found some lovely fragranced bath/shower gels.
Although a much lower price point, these all lather beautifully and are not at all drying on my skin. Although I always do, I don't feel the need to moisturise afterwards and the scent lasts for a good couple of hours after my shower (especially when using the matching body butters)

Here are 4 of my on the go's.



  • Treacle Moon - my coconut island (a dead ringer for nspa Coconut ice cream which has sadly been discontinued (review here)
  • nspa - fresh sweet raspberry. This is so fruity and sweet. Think cherry flavoured menthol tunes. I have made that sound very unappealing, but believe me it's gorgeous
  • nspa - intense passion fruit. Nice, but I probably wouldn't repurchase. Smells a little artificial.
  • The Little Bubble Co - vanilla biscuit. Just like amaretto biscuits. I think this is my current favourite.


I picked all of these up from my local supermarkets (Asda, Tescos & Waitrose).
All have similar packaging with similar 'please don't eat this product' statements - wonder if they are all manufactured by the same company?

Any other recommendations gratefully received :))

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Liebster Award

I was tagged by Ellie who has a fabulous blog.

Rules:

1. Each person tagged must post 11 random facts about themselves
2. They must answer the 11 questions posted by the previous blogger
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask their tagged bloggers
4. They must tag 11 blogs with less than 200 followers
5. The bloggers must be told
6. No tag backs

Here's 11 random facts about myself:
  1. I'm an account manager within an insurance company.
  2. I'm a qualified nail technician
  3. As well as Savannah, I have another cat, Puddy, but she hasn't yet made it onto my blog 
  4. I have a phobia of crabs
  5. My heart belongs in the Maldives 
  6. I'm scared of the dark
  7. I spend too much on nail polish
  8. I'm so grouchy with less than 8 hours of sleep each night
  9. I wear make up even when I'm not going out
  10. I've never tried dry shampoo
  11. I have a bit of a 'thing' for Ricky Gervais


Here's my answers to Ellie's questions

1. What's your favourite film? 
Confessions of a shopaholic - obviously :))


2. If you were stranded on a desert island, what make-up item would you take? 
Waterproof Mascara 

3. What is your favourite skincare brand?
Gatineau

4. What is your favourite drug store/high street make-up brand? 
Loreal

5. Blusher or bronzer? 
Blusher

6. Name the 5 products you would replace first if you lost all of your make-up. 
Laura Geller Balance & Brighten, Laura Geller wow mascara, Loreal gel eyeliner, corn silk face powder & an ultrasun lip balm

7. What's your favourite type of blog post to write? 
Beauty related reviews

8. Who's your favourite beauty youtuber? 
Lisa Eldridge

9. Name your style make-up icon?

I don't have one but in the words of Coco Chanel 'a girl should be two things, classy & fabulous'


10. What are your career aspirations? 
To be the best that I can be

11. What is your favourite brand for lipstick? 
Revlon (Lip Butter)




Now for those I have tagged, these are your questions:
  1. What is the one product you cannot live without
  2. Lipstick or Lipgloss
  3. Who do you most admire
  4. What  was your last beauty related purchase
  5. Favourite TV programme 
  6. Why did you start blogging
  7. Favourite shop
  8. What one piece of advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting a blog
  9. What's your earliest memory
  10. What 5 words would your best friend use to describe you 
  11. What is your skincare routine

The bloggers that I picked are:


Sunday, 16 September 2012

Make up bag daily essentials

After doing my full make up each morning, like most, I carry a make up bag (leopard print of course) with me throughout the day. I don't carry things like foundation or eye make up, but there's always shine touch ups to be done, or lippy to be applied.



  • Clear eyes maximum redness relief eye drops (I work on a computer all day)
  • Kleenex shine absorbing sheets
  • Tangle Teezer hairbrush
  • Botanics hand cream
  • Corn Silk face power
  • Laura Geller fan brush for a light dusting of powder
  • Revlon lip butter in Crème Brulee
  • Ultrasun lip balm
  • Amazing Cosmetics concealer
  • Glossybox lipstick in glossy pink
  • Christian Dior  lipgloss
  • Laura Geller retractable baked powder brush (loaded with Balance n Brighten)
  • Figs & Rouge balm (review here)
  • Mirror
I'm fairly surprised by this post as I thought I carried a lot more it - certainly feels like it!

What's in you daily make up bag?


Bling

Blingy rings ... I think you either love them or hate them. I certainly love them and think in a previous life I must have been a magpie, as I love sparkly things :))
I've admired Alison Young's (QVC) design from afar for a long time and when I finally decided to order it, had to wait months for my size to be re-stocked.
However, I have it now and wear it a lot. 
Its a beautiful big bold design, is extremely comfortable to wear and sparkles loads.
Its platinum clad sterling silver, with round cut, straight baguette and tapered baguette diamonique (of course) stones.


If ever I'm lucky enough to win the lottery, or meet a rich, a very rich man (sorry Mr Beauty Tails) I will have this made with real diamonds -  a mere 2.1 carats.
This is definitely my signature piece of jewellery.


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Avon Chest & Neck Serum

One of my Paranoias (one of many my husband might say) is the possibility of  my neck ageing resulting in me looking like a turkey!
A true Gatineau throat gel devotee, I was looking out for something that gave me the same results on a cheaper basis (believe me, the suggested Gatineau pea size amount of product is not enough, I slather this stuff on).

Flicking through a colleagues Avon book I saw the Planet Spa (Avon) Chest & Neck Serum and decided I had nothing to lose for £3 for 50 ml's (it's £5 when not on offer).
I didn't expect too much to be honest ... but, I have been pleasantly surprised.
I have been using this for around 4 weeks now twice a day and I really love it (I do go over the top with my body moisturiser)
I haven't notice a decline in the skin on my neck and decollete  and I am still left with the silky feeling that my Gatineau product always left me with. 


The consistency is clear and fairly watery, it glides on easily, but it is sticky to touch until it dries, but this is usually within a couple of minutes so isn't an issue to me. There is also a mild tightening feeling upon application.
I can't get my head (or nose) around the fragrance. There is a very light smell of something, nothing offensive though. I want to say tangerine, but it's certainly not citrus.

The product claims to  reduce crêpiness and the appearance of lines and wrinkles, while re-texturising the skin, making the neck and chest appear younger. 
It contains antioxidant olive leaf extract and olive oil. 

I'm not saying I will never use Gatineau again, and will probably repurchase when the time is right and it is on offer via QVC, however for now I am happy with my Planet Spa - definitely no complaints from me and definitely one that will be repurchased. 

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Botanics Organic Face Soothing Cleansing Balm

When things are going so right, I don't understand why our beloved beauty brand companies change the products we love.
Boots Botanics cleansing balm is a prime example.
The previous version had so many good reviews on the Boots website that I fail to understand why they would change the product to the extent that they did - afterall, If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I loved the previous version. A beautiful rich balm which removed every scrap of make up. The cloth was next to useless, but I have many other muslin cloths which I used as a replacement.  Some found the fragrance a little odd, but I have to say, I liked it - a kind of citrus mixed with a medicinal smell.
I loved this cleanser.
When I found Boots had taken if off the shelf, my heart sank, there was sheer panic when I couldn't replace my last pot, however, I was delighted to find it on their website a few weeks ago having been repackaged - or so I thought!

Although the newer version still removes every scrap of make up, the smell and texture are both very different. The consistency is still the same, a hard waxy cleanser, but is now much more greasy on the skin once it has melted. It's not as easy to remove. Having oily skin I feel the need to use a toner afterwards. The scent has almost definitely gone now and I can only describe the smell as slightly 'fatty'



I tend to spend a good 10 minutes each evening massaging the balm, containing Shea Butter, Rosehip and Jojoba oil into the skin on my face and neck before removing with a cloth soaked in warm water to draw out make up, dirt and impurities - the whole process is a bit like a work out for the face.

I haven't tried other balms such as Eve Lom or Emma Hardie so I really don't have another balm I can compare this too, however with a price point of £5.99 for 70ml's, I think I will continue to use this despite my negative comments above, as long as I follow with a toner (on my non Alpha H Liquid Gold nights) to remove the greasy feel and smell.



What is your favourite night time cleanser?

Tiffany & Co

I spent a couple of hours yesterday watching Breakfast at Tiffany's with the beautiful Audrey Hepburn.

I love this film. I also love the song Moon River from the film - always takes me right back to being a little girl again.

I'm lucky enough to have been to New York twice now and have visited Tiffany & Co both times :)) the most famous jewellery store in the world. So many floors of so many beautiful things, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.



Reaching for my Essie Mint Candy Apple polish I felt a Tiffany style inspired manicure coming on - I also used Nails Inc Hammersmith to accentuate my ring finger.





I hope you have been lucky enough to see the film, if not, I hope you will watch it some day.

''It should take you exactly four seconds to cross from here to that door. I'll give you two''. 

''But I am mad about Jose. I honestly think I'd give up smoking if he asked me''. 

''I don't want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I'm not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It's like Tiffany's''.

''Of course, personally, I think it'd be tacky to wear diamonds before I'm 40''.





Sunday, 2 September 2012

Shoes of the moment

Loving all things leopard print, these have to be my shoes of the moment


Very pointed with a 4 inch heel, these look great dressed down with jeans, or dressed up with a little black dress.

August Empties

I've got through a few products this month, and as I love reading about what others have been using, I thought I would share my August empties


  • Original Source Shea Butter and Honey shower gel . I love anything that contains Shea Butter. This smells just like Baileys, so I can forgive it for not lathering that well.
  • L'oreal shampoo and conditioner. Already re purchased. 
  • L'Occitane Verbena liquid soap. An all time favourite. 
  • Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser. I have a few cleansers to get through but will probably re purchase this. Very comforting and in my mind, it gives Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish a run for its money.
  • N-Spa Creamy Coconut Shower & Bath Gel. Disappointed with this. I loved the Ice cream version which has now been discontinued, but this smelt a little to synthetic for my taste. Good news though, have found other N-Spa shower gels that I love which I'll review at a later date.
  • Planet Spa (Avon) chest & neck serum. I really like this and buy it when on special (around £3). The feeling I get when using rivals Gatineau Firming Throat Gel. I will be re purchasing this.
  • Ultrasun 30 SPF  Face. An all time favourite, would never ever be without this.
  • Alpha-H Liquid Gold. I'm planning to review this later. I've used it for a few months now and have already re purchased in the full size.
  • Botanics Organic Cleansing Balm (old version). Love love love this for a night time cleanser. A definite re purchase, although this has since be repackaged. I believe the product has changed too. Will review the new product soon.
  • Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity. I used this in the morning in the shower. It felt nice on my skin although I probably won't repurchase. It lathered up lovely and my skin felt clean afterwards, but the product did feel kind of  heavy and soapy afterwards.
  • Radox African Savannah handwash. I just had to get this for the kitchen. My adorable Savannah cat (called erm Savannah, yes I'm lazy) wouldn't have forgiven me if I didn't. Would love to re purchase, but this was a limited edition and  I can't find it anywhere.


I hope you enjoyed my August empties - same time, same place next month

Monday, 6 August 2012

Naked Nails

As an ex nail tech, I can totally appreciate the damage that acrylic / fibreglass extensions or wraps can do, especially if not applied correctly, not looked after or badly removed.
I wore extensions for over 10 years so although I'm quite proud of how my natural nails survived, I really hate seeing them naked - they look so much nicer polished with whatever my shade of the moment may be.
They don't actually look that bad, but I do pay them quite a lot of attention, and I do look after them.


I manicure on average once a week, but change my polish more often :))
Here are my go to products every time


An acetone free varnish remover
Nails Inc Striptease cuticle remover
Ruby & Millie glass file (nothing wrong with this but want to upgrade to a Leighton Denny crystal file)
Leighton Denny VIP 3 in 1 buffer
Avoplex cuticle oil by OPI,  this is lovely to use at night
A cuticle balm such as Figs & Rouge (review) or Lush Lemony Flutter (I only discovered this yesterday) which I use constantly throughout the day
Nails Inc Hyde Park base coat. This can also be used as a treatment.
2 coats of polish
Nails Inc Kensington Caviar topcoat

Which nail products can you not live without?

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Hotel Chocolat

Who doesn't love a cocktail or two on a Saturday night - or on any other night for that matter?
I'm lucky enough to have a branch of Hotel Chocolat practically on my doorstep :)) and have discovered these Mojito Truffles


Rum, mint and lime white chocolate ganache in a white chocolate shell - what more could I ask for?
So creamy tasting, and packed full of alcohol :))
Packaging states 'could blow your socks off' and believe me, they really could.


Hotel Chocolat are a British cocoa grower & chocolatier Hotel Chocolate Mojito

Exfoliators

Exfoliation is a really key part of my routine. Its a simple, but important process to remove dead skin cells and unblock pores, which leaves my skin feeling and looking brighter and healthier.
My skin tends to be on the oily side & prone to the occasional spot, but can also be sensitive, so it's important to me that I don't use products that can cause any flare ups or cause any redness or sensitivity. 
I use this form of manual exfoliation between 2 & 3 times each week & have 2 products that I always rely on.
Both go onto clean dry skin avoiding the eye and lip area.


Gatineau Activ Eclat Radiance Enhancing Gommage

There are no particles in this product, it goes on completely smooth. It's a gel like product that is slightly pearlescent and is suitable for all skin types (including sensitive).
Due to the gel consistency, I did expect this to be sticky, but it isn't at all. It has a lovely scent, slightly citrus but more orangey like than lemon or lime.
Once applied you can either massage in, or just leave for a couple of minutes. Once you notice the texture change to liquid its time to remove. I generally either rinse off in the shower or use a muslin with plenty of water. My skin is left plump, smooth, hydrated and energised.
I do find that my skin has a slight residue after using, but this is easily rectified with a toner.
This is great if you like a morning exfoliater, or if you need a pick me up before a special occasion.
Gatineau products are quite pricey but you can get some great deals via QVC.



Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed - Deep Pore Detox

This product is a creamy based grainy exfoliater which I tend to use in the evening.
The first thing that struck me is the scent (it's gotta smell good for me to want to use it). The fact that is smells menthol-esque assures me that it's doing my skin the world of good :))
This is a self heating product which sounds worse than it is - the heat lasts for a few seconds but isn't unpleasant, its more of a warming sensation.
The grains are tiny blue pods so don't be alarmed if the product applies with a slightly blue shade.
There are a couple of ways of using this, you can massage on and rinse off, or once massaged, you can leave on the skin for a more deep cleansing mask, rinsing off after 5 minutes. Whichever way you use it, the product should be applied with wet hands.
Again, you can either rinse off in the shower or sponge off - a cute pink facial sponge is included with the product.
My skin feels so fresh and clean after using this, and any lumps or bumps under my skin simply disappear.
I usually follow this with a specific mask before moisturising.
My make up goes on a lot smoother the following day and the open pores that I have do appear to be visibly smaller.


Love both products and would never want to be without.


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Nails Inc

Remember the orange & purple outfit Cheryl Cole stepped out in for the American X-Factor auditions?
Well I loved it, I thought she looked great and since then have been colour blocking with these colours.



Imagine my delight when I found this clutch back in Next :))
Nails are finished in Colville Mews (nude), Blandford Street (orange) & Sutherland Street (purple) all available from the fabulous Nails Inc





Friday, 27 July 2012

L'Occitane Verbena

An impromptu day off work yesterday led me the lovely sunny Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth where I stumbled into the L'Occitane outlet store. Like most others, I am really trying to tighten my belt & reign myself in with spending on products, however couldn't resist this Verbena liquid soap bargain, after all soap is a necessity isn't it.


A litre and a half (1 x pump dispenser & 2 x refills) of Verbena liquid soap for £24.10 I would have been a fool to resist :))
I love this and it can always be found in my bathroom. A  gorgeous delicate, fresh scent that reminds me of sherbert lemon sweets.... its any excuse to wash my hands!
A little goes a long way and I can honestly say with 2 of us using as a hand-wash only, 500mls lasts for more than a couple of months.


I have used this in the shower, and have to say it did feel a little drying on my skin, I probably wouldn't use in this way again, but as a hand-wash it always leaves my hands feeling soft and clean with a delicate refreshing fragrance.

For anyone visiting the south coast over the next few weeks, I would really recommend a trip to Gunwharf.
Outlet stores, bars and restaurants a plenty, if you get the right weather, it really does feel like you're on holiday Gunwharf Quays
Great for me as it's right on my doorstep :)) Give me a shout and we can share a pitcher of cocktails or 2!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Ultrasun

I could wax lyrical about the importance of sun protection all day long, and as the sun is now out (finally) I thought now would be a good time to do that.
I first heard about Ultrasun on QVC, and have to admit,  I thought it sounded too good to be true.
I didn't think a 'once a day application' would protect me against the sun in this country let alone the sun in a foreign climate.



Part of the sales patter was that this would be good for pigmentation marks and I do have a couple of small patches on my face (easily covered, no-one would ever know but they still make me paranoid...not so long ago they were cute freckles) so I placed an order.
Since then I haven't looked back.
I use the cream every morning whatever the weather in place of a moisturiser. It's a thicker formulation than a standard moisturiser, and I was slightly worried as my skin tends to be oily with a tendency to break out, but this dries matt and doubles as a perfect make up base/primer.
I have no more shine throughout the day than I would get if I didn't use Ultrasun, and I certainly haven't had any additional breakouts.
I apply to my face, neck and décolletage  after a shower and let it sink in for 20 minutes before applying make up. It takes no where near that long to sink in, but Ultrasun do recommend applying 15 - 20 minutes before applying anything else.
It's water resistant and suitable for sensitive skin, and to know I am protected against the harmful rays with one application is great - apart from that, this is an anti ageing formula so it's a win win situation all round. 
I can now go out in the sun and not fear the pigmentation worsening - it just doesn't.
Ultrasun SPF 30 for face has accompanied me through holidays in The Maldives where the sun is so strong.
I can NEVER be without this, it truly is my desert island product.
My one piece of advice to anyone would be to protect your skin from the sun - I only wish someone had told me this in my late teens when I was melting a jar of coconut oil to use in place of an SPF.




Sunday, 8 July 2012

Body Shop Eyeliner

I don't usually use products from the Body Shop so was looking forward to Julys InStyle magazine which had 2 free eyeliner pencils. One in  black and one in  French Navy.
Definitely my colours and on first inspection the colour pigments were perfect.


I used this for a liner on both my top and bottom lash line.
Not bad on application, dragged a little, but I have used a lot worse. Once my eye make up was finished, I was really pleased with the look these pencils gave me. They defined really well, and once again, I loved the colour pigmentation of both.
After a couple of hours though, the product had flaked a fair bit from my bottom lash line, and I had watery red eyes. I was so disappointed as I really wanted to like these pencils. The colour had smudged so bad, and unfortunately I was at work, so found myself checking the mirror every 30 minutes or so to wipe away the excess.
Was perfect for my top lash line so I will keep and use them both, but they wont be going anywhere near my bottom lash line.
What are your suggestions for a fool proof, flake free eyeliner



Cadbury Nails

Not sure if I prefer the polish or the chocolate - Nails Inc Caversham Street.
Yummy


Saturday, 7 July 2012

N-Spa Coconut Ice Cream

After reading a brilliant post by Catrine on N-Spa products Link I took myself off to Asda to see what I could find. I originally thought the N-Spa products were Asda's own brand, but actually they are not. You can find the full range of Nirvana Spa products here
I picked up a few skincare products (which I will post about at a later date), and the Coconut Ice Cream shower/bath gel and body cream.
At a glance, I was impressed by the packaging of the shower gel (think Philosophy), but to be honest, buying  2 for £4 I didn't hold out much hope. 
However......
The scent is lovely, very sweet, but different to a standard coconut synthetic fragrance. What has hooked me to this product though is the way it lathers in the shower. Just a small amount on one of those shower mop thingys (never know what to call them) is plenty and the lather really is the texture of double cream...masses of it. The first time I used it, I didn't follow with a body cream, and to be honest, I didn't need to. The gel in itself is extremely moisturising - I didn't feel at all dry or itchy, the way that some more expensive products make me feel
There is a note on the back of the bottle saying 'do not eat, this is not a food product' and I can assure you, it really does smell that good.


So, the body cream.....same gorgeous fragrance as the shower gel.
I generally like a body butter, and found the body cream to be fairly fluid. I used far too much on my first application and it took ages to sink in. The second time I used it, I used much less and it was a whole lot easier to use. Despite the consistency, this moisturises really well and does last throughout the day. 
So happy to have found these products, I certainly don't want to be without them. I will most certainly be trying other shower products from the N-Spa range and look forward to sharing these (and my skincare) findings with you guys.



Sunday, 1 July 2012

Slendertone System-Abs

It seems to be a while since I have managed to drag myself to the gym, I'm talking like 2+ months (or if Mr Beauty Tails  is reading this, just a couple of weeks, and yes, of course darling it is worth continuing to pay for the monthly membership).
I know I should go, but when I come home from work, my friends Pinot & Grigio always seem to be waiting for me and by the time I've hung out with them for a while, I don't feel like going.
So in my effort to get this situation sorted once and for all, I have just purchased the Slendertone System Abs for 2 reasons.
The first reason is if combined with their 30 day toning plan and a normal, healthy diet, I can achieve a firmer flatter stomach and the second reason is if/when I start seeing results, it may make me actually want to go to the gym to firm up the rest of the wobbly bits.
So it's my promise to myself (and you guys) that I will start using this now and will write a full review in 30 days.
At least I can assure myself it wont end up discarded in my bedroom being used as a clothes horse like all the other bits of exercise equipment I have bought - its far too small.
Oh and by the way, those clothes I just referred to are all the new items, slightly too small that I haven't returned as 'I might get into them one day'
Right, lets get this bad boy on -  am already on a winner as the belt fits :-) xx






Saturday, 30 June 2012

Figs & Rouge

I received my Figs & Rouge lips face and body balm in a recent Glossy Box. I've never been a fan of the traditional rose scent so wasn't desperate to try as my balm was 'Rambling Rose'
How wrong was I?? I can smell the rose, but not as in the old fashion perfume way. It is fairly sweet but just makes my mouth water each time I smell it.
I have used this mostly as a cuticle balm throughout the day. Although on contact it's a little 'grainy' it melts into the skin and is so moisturising. It also leaves a lovely sheen.
Have since bought the full size in Rambling Rose & also Wild Cherry (smells lovely, almost orangey with a slight aniseed twist) from Boots priced at £4.99.
The balm is 100% organic and I don't think I ever want to be without the cute little tin.