Thursday, 22 December 2011

My Top 5: Winter Products


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Eve Taylor Soothing Moisture Cream - My skin can get dry in the Winter so I always like to have a good moisturiser to keep my skin hydrated. I've been using the Eve Taylor 'Soothing Moisture Cream' which contains natural essential oils to soothe and moisturise skin. It's a thick cream but absorbs quickly and has a nice soothing effect on the skin.

LUSH Snow Fairy shower gel - A cult favourite, and for good reason! Snow Fairy has a gorgeous, sweet, bubblegum scent which lingers on the skin all day. I ask for a big 500g bottle every year for Christmas, to keep me stocked up for the year!

Soap and Glory Some Like it Hot body scrub - I've talked about my love for thermal body scrubs before, namely, The Sanctuary's 'Hot Sugar Scrub.' I've recently been using 'Some Like It Hot.' It has an intense warming effect on application to the skin and gritty sand grains which exfoliate your skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.

LUSH Bubblegum lip scrub - There's nothing worse than dry, chapped lips! The LUSH lip scrubs are brilliant for exfoliating your lips before lipstick application. I keep mine in my makeup bag now so I can use it throughout the day if necessary!

LUSH Lemony Flutter cuticle butter - This rich cream can be used on cuticles, elbows, knees - anywhere! I even use it as a lipbalm sometimes! It's very thick and moiturising - making it perfect for use in the Winter months. It is very rich so takes a while to sink in but it has an instant softening effect and works wonders on dry skin!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Bicester Village CCO Haul


Bicester Village is one of my favourite places to go for a day out. This is mainly because of the Cosmetic Company Outlet store which stocks all brands owned by Estee Lauder including MAC, Bobbi Brown and Clinique. It can be a bit hit-and-miss but somehow I never walk away empty handed! On my latest visit, I was very restrained and only purchased two items.

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MAC 'Chilled on Ice' Paint Pot

'Chilled On Ice' is a pale gold shade with lots of shimmer, which came out earlier this year, with the Cham-Pale collection. It's a gorgeous shade and looks pretty on it's own or worn as a base for eyeshadow.

Estee Lauder 'Crystal Baby' lipstick

As soon as I saw 'Crystal Baby' I knew I had to have it! It's a gorgeous, natural pink lipstick, smooth and creamy in consistency and moisturising on the lips. The Pure Colour Crystal lipsticks usually cost £18, so at £12 this lipstick was quite a bargain!



Thursday, 15 December 2011

December Glossybox


'The Christmas Gift-Guide: Part 2 - The 5 Products you need to Sparkle, Shimmer & Shine! Jam-packed full of fun and exciting goodies, the December BOX aims to make sure you will be the belle of the ball at any Christmas party you grace this month!'


What was in the box

Blink+Go Hi-definition mascara - I've never heard of 'Blink+go' but the mascara claims to make lashes look 'longer, thicker and sexier' and to be 'long lasting' so I'm excited to try it out! Also, I've almost finished my tube of Lancome Hypnose so it's perfect timing to receive a new mascara!

Cargo Cosmetics classic lip gloss - The Cargo lipgloss I received was in the shade 'Morocco', described as a nude plum shade with lots of shimmer. It's a really pretty, natural shade and not at all sticky.
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Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle mini nail polish - I was so excited to see the Deborah Lippmann nail polish included too, as glitter polishes are a big trend this Winter and I've never tried the brand. The shade 'Razzle Dazzle' is a stunning shade, with tonnes of purple/maroon coloured glitter. I can definitely see myself getting a low of wear out of this over the Christmas season!

Deborah Lippmann Stripped nail polish remover sachet - a nail polish remover mitt in a sachet which says it will remove polish from all ten nails. I like the concept of this and I think I'll keep the handy sachet in my bag to use for nail emergencies!

MeMeMe Seventh Heaven moisturising facebase - This facebase also sounds like an interesting product which contains 'active nutrients' to 'prime and nourish the skin.' I love primers as I feel they make a real difference to makeup application so I'll definitely use this.
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Rituals foaming shower gel - The shower gel comes packaged and has the same consistensey as a shaving gel and foams well on application to the skin. I received 'Yogi Flow - Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil.' I absolutely love the scent - soft, sweet, floral and not overpowering. The scent lingers all day on the skin too, which is always a bonus!

Conclusion
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The December Glossybox came in a red box, as opposed to the usual pink box, which I thought was a nice festive touch! In terms of the products included, this is definitely my favourite Glossybox so far! I mentioned in my previous post, that I would like to receive some more makeup items in the box, and so with a mascara, lipgloss and face primer, this month's box didn't disappoint! I can see myself using every product in the box and I'm really excited to try them all out! I've already fallen in love with the shower gel and nail polish but have yet to use the other items. My first 'Glossybox for Men' box was also delivered yesterday, which I signed my boyfriend up to as part of his Christmas present. I can't wait to see what's inside, but I won't be giving it to him until Christmas day so there's still a while to wait!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Pink Lipstick Haul


I've purchased three pink lipsticks recentley. The two NYX lipsticks are from love-makeup.co.uk and the Sally Hansen lipstick is from fragrancedirect.co.uk, both great websites for makeup. Pink lipsticks, along with nudes are my favourites for everyday use, and there's always at least one pink lippie in my handbag!


Sally Hansen 'Baby Pink' - pretty, natural pink (£1.50)
NYX 'Strawberry Milkshake' - cool-toned, milky pink (£3.50)
NYX 'Tea Rose' - warm, rosey pink (£3.50)

(Left to Right: Sally Hansen 'Baby Pink', NYX 'Strawberry Milk', NYX 'Tea Rose')

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas Shopping


Christmas is just around the corner, so of course I've been doing lots of Christmas shopping lately! I love seeing what others are buying their loved ones for Christmas, so I thought I'd share with you a few of the gifts I've bought. I'm probably going to do another post like this, showing some more of the gifts I've bought and some of the gifts I'm going to get but haven't bought yet too.


Bed Head TIGI Bed Head 'Blonde Bombshell' gift set & TIGI S Factor 'Smooth Radiance' gift set (both from Cheapsmells.com) - £17.95. The Blonde Bombshell set contains a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner and the Smooth Radiance set contains a shampoo, conditioner and lusterizer. I think hair gift sets make a nice alternative to the usual body care giftsets, and these are great value too as all the products are either 200ml or 250ml!


Men are so hard to buy for! This Ted Baker set is for my boyfriend's dad. It contains a hair/body wash and a body spray. It's not the most exciting gift set but contains two essential products so at least they'll definitely get used! There's no point buying someone a gift just 'for show' if it's not actually going to be useful to them. It cost £8 from Boots.


Crystal Clear is a salon skincare brand. I bought my mum the 'Wipe Away the Years' cleanser for her birthday in September and she absolutely loved it, so I've bought her another bottle for Christmas, along with the 'Skin Repair Serum.' The products are quite expensive but they are brilliant and feel very luxurious! They also come packaged in a lovely gift bag.


These are men's luxury slipper boots from NEXT and cost £25. The lining is so soft and they feel so comfy! I bought these for my boyfriend to go with his main present. I think slippers are always a good gift. Marks and Spencer do really nice slippers for men too.



I've already mentioned the Hotel Chocolat selectors in a previous post. Above you can see I've bought quite a few different boxes, to go with other presents. I've also bought lots of fluffy socks from Primark to go with presents too - you can't go wrong with chocolate or fluffy socks! The glittery socks come in a pack of two and cost £2 and the black and white slipper socks cost £3 for one pair.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Review: Lancome Hypnose mascara


'Turn up the volume of your lashes for hypnotising eyes! Control the look of your lashes – from subtle to sexy! With our exclusive SoftSculpt™ formula and patented Powerful brush, you can build up to 6x more volume…without caking or flaking. Result? Truly hypnotic eyes!'


I've mentioned before that Lancome Hypnose is my favourite mascara, along with L'Oreal Voluminous. I was using the Maybelline One-by-One mascara, which I recentley reviewed, and I did love it but I found, as the formula was quite dry anyway, the mascara did dry out very quickly and so I had to throw it away after just over a month of using it!

Lancome's Hypnose mascara comes in a sleek, black tube, which has a classic, chic look to it, and is also practical as it doesn't get dirty, if you carry it around in your makeup bag.

Hypnose has a typical mascara brush, which Lancome claims 'can deliver made-to-measure lash volume that you control.' Hypnose always gives my lashes incredible length and volume, and the brush, which has '1000 sensor bristles', seperates and defines my lashes wonderfully. The mascara also contains Silicone, glycerine & Vitamin B5 'to keep lashes soft and supple all day long.' I love this, as I can't stand it when mascara makes my lashes feel really dry and stiff! The one thing I dislike about the mascara is I always find the wand comes out with a lot of product, so I always wipe the brush before application, to remove the excess, as this can result in a clumping effect.

At £20.50, Hypnose doesn't come cheap, but in my opinion, it's worth every penny! Lancome always have lovely gift sets out around Christmas time too. This year they have a gift set with the Hypnose mascara, Bi-Facil (30ml) and a mini eye pencil for £20.45 (same price as the mascara on it's own!) You can also get a duo gift set with two Hypnose mascaras for just £29! I've got the duo set on my Christmas list, as it's such amazing value!


My lashes with 2 coats of Lancome Hypnose


Sunday, 4 December 2011

Ojon Haircare

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The 500-year-old beauty secret was discovered by Ojon™ founder Denis Simioni in the remote regions of the tropical rainforest in Central America. The velvety-smooth, golden elixir is obtained from the nut of the native Ojon tree and is hand-extracted according to ancient, eco-friendly traditions. In one year, a single Ojon tree yields less than 8000 nuts, just enough to produce 3 cups of this recious natural ingredient. The purity of this precious oil is what creates its natural affinity for hair.

I recentley did a review on the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment and I mentioned that I'd been using several other haircare products from Ojon, so this post is going to be on the Ojon products, which I've been using and loving.


The products I use are:

Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment - an intensive hair and scalp balm to deeply treat damaged hair. I apply this onto dry hair, prior to washing and leave it on for as long as possible.

Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo - gently cleanses while replenishing the hair's moisture.

Ultra-Hydrating Conditoner - moisturises and detangles hair, leaving it feeling soft and smooth, reducing flyaway and giving a brilliant shine.

Restorative Leave-in treatment - adds shine and hydration. I dispense 2-3 pumps of this onto my palms and distribute it throughout damp, towel-dried hair before blow-drying.

Conclusion
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I've been using these products, in conjunction with each other, for just over a month now and I can honestly say my hair has never been in better condition! My hair has looked so much healthier and shinier, it's felt smoother and softer and been a lot more manageable. I've noticed my ends are more hydrated and fly aways more tamed. I've even had compliments from my mum and friends on my hair's appearance. I'm so impressed with the results I've had from using the Ojon products, and I will definitely continue to use them.

Ojon products are at the higher end of the price range, with shampoo costing £18 for a 250ml bottle, but they do have gift sets and travel sets, which are a good way to try out products. Ojon is also available on QVC and they always do great offers on the products so I'd definitely recommend having a look!
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Saturday, 3 December 2011

A Yummy Stocking Filler



I bought these chocolate slabs from Hotel Chocolat to go with some Christmas pressies for my family and friends. They cost £3.50 each, but if you buy 3 or more, they cost £2.95 each. How yummy do they look?! I've tried a caramel slab and a rocky road slab from Hotel Chocolat before, and they were both amazing! I think these are perfect to give as part of a Christmas present or make great stocking fillers.

http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/

Friday, 2 December 2011

What was in my makeup bag: November

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MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation, Bare Minerals 'Warmth' bronzer, Rimmel 'Medium Shimmer' sunshimmer bronzer (I photographed the Matte one by mistake!), Lancome Le Crayon Khôl liner, L'Occitane Shea Butter lip balm, LUSH 'Bubblegum' lip scrub, MAC 'Dressmaker, Dressmaker' lipstick, YSL 'Nude Beige' rouge volupte lipstick, Sephora 'Honey' lipstick, MAC 'C-Thru' tinted lipglass, L'Oreal 'Coral Strass' Glam Shine lipgloss

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