Tuesday, 22 December 2009
May I present to you all….
My mini pink xmas tree!!!!
I bought this from paperchase in Borders (still can’t believe its closing). It was…£8 I think. I can’t remember to be honest but I LOVE it.
I’ve decorated it with mini silver baubles from John Lewis which came in a pack of about 20-25. There are matt, shiny and glittery silver ones. :)
The angel on the top is from Accessorise. They do really cute xmas decorations.
My mum randomly bought my some LED battery powered lights from Lakeland which I’ve now put on as well but aren’t in the picture.
This is the first year I’ve had an xmas tree in my room and I love it. I feel its totally justified as I spend so much time in here! :)
How does everyone else decorate their room? I’d love to see pictures of everyone’s xmas trees! :)
Love Sarah xxx
I turned 21 on the 7th of December and was lucky enough to receive some wonderful gifts from friends and family.
Here is a picture of the yummy cake my mum baked for me:
I asked my mum and dad for a piece of jewellery and after much debate and looking at pictures I decided I wanted a tiffany key necklace. I remember first hearing about these from lollipop26. I really wanted something special that I could keep but also something “classic” that would stand the test of time.
So here is a picture of the one I went for:
I love it and wear it most days. The chain is a perfect length and I think its stylish but simple so can go with any outfit almost.
My amazing friends at uni got me this beautiful necklace from Swaroski which I love. I have a total thing for bows.
And finally, two family friends gave me a very generous amount of money with which I decided to buy a Thomas Sabo charm bracelet as I’ve been lusting after one for a good while now. Unfortunately when I went in they didn’t have all the charms I wanted because of the festive period but I got one horse one and I’m going back after xmas to get the others.
Winged Pegasus charm.
I love all my new jewellery so much and its even more special because it was given to me by people I love and care about so much.
Love Sarah xxx
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Here are two wee purchases from Primark:
One pair of leather purple gloves (£7-8) and one pair of grey arm warmers (£3).
I love arm warmers. I actually like them more than gloves. I feel really cute wearing them and do so inside as well as out. I like how they keep me warm but don’t restrict finger movement!
I’m lusting after more gloves, scarves, and arm warmers. Accessorize makes me drool. lol
Love Sarah xxx
Do you like winter?!
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
I tend to apply this when I’m in the house studying at my desk or before I go to bed. It lives on my bedside table and has become handy to reach for when my lips feel a bit dry.
I have a few blistex lip products and this is one of my favourites. It does work well – moisturising your lips and sorting out any dry areas. It’s quite thick in consistency and is definitely as it rightly says on the tube a “moisturiser” rather than a balm or gel. This means it’s probably not for everyone as I can imagine not all will like the consistency but it’s great for night time wear before bed.
Only a very small amount is needed which is easy to do as the product has a slanted tip applicator.
Nice lip product and definitely something I’d recommend for winter.
I would say though that this isn’t a total miracle worker and for very dry and chapped, or peeling lips I’d recommend Blistex Relief Cream.
Love Sarah xxx
Sunday, 6 December 2009
That was all very cheesy, wasn’t it! Just a quick post to show you some shoes I got a while back. I have to wear smart black flat shoes for part of my university work and they currently need to be replaced about once a year minimum.
So here they are:
I love bow details on anything really so that was my main reason for choosing them. I got them in Office and paid about £35.
Love Sarah xxx
Friday, 4 December 2009
A good number of months ago I picked up a sample of Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation after a recommendation from a friend. I’d never bought any Estee Lauder products before but the MUAs at the House of Fraser counter were lovely and colour matched me well. There was no stingyness about giving a sample either.
I used up all of the sample and when the weather started getting colder I felt the need for a bit more coverage than my tinted moisturiser, so I purchased 1 30ml bottle of the Double Wear foundation in shade 2N2 fresco 01. And I’d like to report that after at least two months of wear that I am a very happy customer!
Things I love about this foundation:
- On the bottle it says “Stay-in-Place Make-up” and this product does just that. One of my main requirements for any foundation I wear is that it must stay on my face and look flawless for as long as possible without touch ups. I don’t have time during the day to be checking my make-up and this has great lasting power.
- Shine control/finish. I have combination to oily skin but can occasionally suffer from the odd dry patch in winter. This foundation suits my skin perfectly. Its not ridiculously matt but is definitely more of a matt finish than dewy. Personally I love it as I can get to the end of the day and not look horribly shiny.
- No breakouts! Obviously this is a very individual thing but I’ve not had any adverse skin reactions whilst using this product.
- SPF 10
- Good colour match. They seemed to have a good range of colours and I am impressed how close a match the MUA chose for my skin colour. I often find that a lot of foundations are too pink and warm toned for my oriental skin tone but this is a pretty good match.
What could be improved about this product:
Make a pump!!! Please Estee Lauder I implore you to sell this product with a pump! The amount of waste is very sad. I did even go back to the counter and ask if they sold a pump separately but no joy. I just try to pour a small amount out on to the top of the lid and use it from there. It is annoying but I’m willing to make this small sacrifice for a great product!
So this is my perfect foundation of the moment! What’s yours? :)
Love Sarah xxx
In case you’re a bit nosy like me none of it was his fault and it was me who mucked up and needed out. I did some bad things and it wasn’t fair to him to drag out a failing relationship. So I’ve cried hysterically, felt ill with guilt and worry, and beaten myself up about it all, but at the end of it all, I’ve emerged a better and stronger person. And most importantly I haven’t felt this happy in ages! :)
Yes, its been hard but you survive. I didn’t mean to talk about this as much as I have but I’d like to mention two people’s blogs that have helped me so much. (Its possible a bit weird saying that two people who you’ve never met before can help you through difficult times but I truly love reading these people’s posts – and in many ways they have changed the way I think.)
1. Kandee Johnson (kandee the make-up artist). I first found kandee months and months ago on youtube and I instantly knew she was going to become a youtube star. Her blog is often about much more than make-up and fashion. Her writing and advice is inspirational and has encouraged me to be so much more positive and happy about life. (Her videos are also amazing – she is so enthusiastic and talented!)
2. Kim from Mermaid in a Manhole. I found Kim quite recently on blogger and I love her practical advice about life and various issues. She gives lots of really useful tips and ideas which has encouraged me to think differently about things.
Also check out this website which I found through Kim. Something really different. :)
Thanks for reading. I’m going to write some more blog posts on make-up now and post them soon.
Love sarah xxx
Thursday, 29 October 2009
I bought a pair from Primark a few weeks ago and I LOVE them. Is this wrong? I feel like it should be. Afterall they aren’t really a necessity and no-one actually gets to see them bar about 3 people (mum, dad, bf).
And yet they are so ridiculously cosy and warm and I feel much cuter lounging about the house in them.
I actually want more pairs – but I am aware this would be excessive and unnecessary… but still…
What do you think? My mum thought they were ugly. Agree or disgree? Do you wear slipper boots?
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
I’m a bit fickle when it comes to skincare products especially cleansers. A while ago I tried this one:
Clean&Clear Deep Action Refreshing gel cleanser.
It was quite a spur of the moment purchase. My Body Shop Tea Tree cleanser was running out and I decided to try something new. I like Clean&Clear products and have used them in the past. I am also drawn to anything that says “oil free”.
For reference, I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and shine control issues. I also take acne medication. My skin is 20years old (well obviously I’ve not had those exact same cells for 20yrs but you know what I mean)
To start with I quite liked it. Nothing special but perfectly adequate cleanser. But then it happened…
My skin reacted. I’ve never experienced anything like it. (Bit dramatic but I don’t have sensitive skin). My chin and upper lip area went red, itchy and on closer inspection tiny white sports had appeared. The area felt uncomfortable, sore and tight for 2-3days. Not pleasant. I fixed it using some emollient cream I got from my doctor for a rash I had once and this did the trick nicely. The area still took about 5 days to recover totally. I also noticed that the rest of my face was affected but to less of an extent – basically got very dry.
I can now sympathise with anyone who suffers from sensitive skin or who has had this kind of problem. I felt quite traumatised afterwards!
Anyone else tried this product?
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Therefore at a month of two ago now I decided I needed new boots. It wasn’t so much a “need” or a “want” more a deeper knowledge from within that this purchase HAD to be made. I also wanted to buy early in the season to be prepared for the no doubt sudden change in weather and the numerous wet, cold Scottish days. Additionally, buy early = maximum wear = good value for money. :)
So randomly I was in TKMaxx with my mum (not somewhere I usually go but have come across wonderful hidden gems) and I found THE WINTER BOOTS. I wasn’t even actively looking. It was love at first sight. They ticked all my boxes in what I was looking for in my winter boot.
Below the knee
Very comfortable and priced at a reasonable £40.
Since purchasing I have worn these almost every day. They are comfortable, keep my feet warm and dry, and go with everything. I couldn’t ask for more.
For completeness to this post I thought I’d also share with you my gorgeous Dune boots which I got in the sale last year. These are my “going out winter boots”. Happy times. :)
Do you have winter boots? What are they like?
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
- Occasional usage mainly at night before bedtime so that when I woke up the "whiteness" would have disappearred from my black hair.
- Application involved random, fairly liberal spraying throughout hair. Think hairspray kind of movements.
At the weekend I was reading Daisy's blog at Cupcakes and Cherries (for exact post click that sexy link) and she mentioned Baliste shampoo and how she wasn't using it properly. She included a link to a video that showed you how to use it properly.
I admit my initial thought was how can someone make a video about this. (Terribly judgemental of me I know. I have my tail firmly behind my legs now.)
So I watched the video. Freaking awesome is the only way to describe it. Check it out here. (In case of crazy link issues its Gemma at Gem's Maquillage on YouTube)
I was using it sooooooo unbelievably wrong. I tried it the way that Gemma shows in the video yesterday and WOW. What a difference. My hair felt and looked so much cleaner. :) And equally importantly it was quick and easy. :)
So thank you Gemma. :) In my opinion, (as the title says) you do deserve a crown or at least a nice cake. :)
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
So here is a recent addition to the skincare family. A scrub.
More specifically, Garnier Pure Active Blackhead Clearing scrub. Bit of a mouthful. Anyway, I havn't had that much experience with scrubs - I think I've only ever tried two different ones from Clean and Clear.
Still, I feel quite compelled to offer you my opinion as to be honest I quite like it. :)
It was bought for perhaps three main reasons...
- My old scrub ran out (A Clean and Clear one with bursty beads that I didn't like)
- I got caught up in the blogger Garnier hype
- I do have some blackheads on my nose and all the stuff on the packaging sooked me in.
Like I said, I'm quite happy with it. It leaves my skin very refreshed and it feels like it cleans deep down and gets rid of all that gunk. I like that. I also love how soft it leaves my skin. :) Has it got rid of/improved my blackheads? Possibly, but then again possibly not. More time is needed to judge that.
However, I won't be in a huff if it doesn't because I really quite appreciate everything else it does. :)
Thank you Garnier Scrub. :)
Saturday, 19 September 2009
- Nail Enamel in "Cherries in the Snow" £6.16
- Nail Enamel in "Purple Petal" £6.16
- Super Lustrous Lipstick in "Cherries in the Snow" £7.13
I also got the BarryM 3 in 1 mascara.
I've had these products for a while so I feel that I'm ina pretty decent position to let you know what I think.
The Revlon Nail Polishes
- Nice colours.
- I found the "Cherries in the Snow" went on more red than I expected and is less raspberry-ish than the lipstick.
- Good to work with but quite a bit runny-er than I'm used to.
- Only bad thing I really than to say is that these did'nt really last that well for me, and that was with the Seche vite on top. Maybe just me.
- Pretty colour although it does scare me
- Lasts very well on the lips
- Doesn't seem to dry out my lips that much. (My lips are quite prone to drying out out and lipstick is often unwearable but this doesn't do nasty things like that)
- I usually dab this on my lips and wear with lip balm to tone down the colour and make it more "safe". lol Hopefully, I'll have the guts to go all out and wear it properly soon.
- I like it. I don't love it. I like my mascara to add masses of volume and length. Definition and separation aren't really my thing and I'm not going to stress about some clumping. I like the dramatic lash look. Not everyone's thing I know. Hence this mascara is good but I don't think I'll buy it again because it just isnt vavavoom-ish enough. lol :P
Sunday, 6 September 2009
If you read all that well done! lol :) If you just looked at the picture I don't blame you - I got carried away writing my "wee"story. lol :)
Ignore the dressing gown. lol
I am wearing:
- Grey top from Primark
- Denim skirt from Topshop (years ago)
- Thigh high black socks (possibly Primark) scrunched down a bit
- Black leather boots from TKMaxx. (new purchase, I love them)
The skirt is very short - I am aware of this. I have though about retiring it and giving it to charity but it would only result in the purchase of another equally short skirt. *sigh* My new rule is the skirt should only be worn with leggings or tights but I get too excited and have broken this rule already. :)
I guess you're only young once eh? Might as well..... :)
1. Pale lilac top from H&M. Purple/lilac has been my fave colour for a while now. I love the length and baggyness of it as well as the shoulder detail shown below.
2. Black and white top from Primark. I'm not usually a fan of geometric style designs but I though the way that this one started off as a pattern then turned into birds (swallows maybe?). I wore this with leggings as it is quite long (tunic-like). Its 100% cotton which I'm a fan of cos I find cotton washes better and lasts longer than anything with viscose in it.
3. Black top with zip detailing from Primark. I love this was such a bargin at £6! I saw this a while ago on hele's blog and she looked amazing in it. I never expected to actually find it in my local primark though. I wore this on a night out with black shorts and gold accessories. I love the one shoulder look and I have since seen quite a few pics of celebs wearing clothes with zip detailing. I feel quite "on trend" with this top. lol :)
Thanks for reading. :) Anyone bought the same?
Monday, 17 August 2009
The rules with this award are:
1) List 5 current obsessions
2) Pass the award on to 5 fabulous blogs
3) Mention the person who tagged you and post their blog link
4) Post links to the 5 winners and let them know!
My Current 5 obsessions:
- The new Black Eyed Peas album "The E.N.D." Love the BEP, went to see then years ago when they were on tour.
- Glamalot by Soap and Glory. Smells divine!
- Benefit's "You Rebel" tinted moisturiser. Loving not being caked in foundation.
- My new trench coat. Not worn it much yet admittedly but I do love looking at in affectionately. lol
- Reading fashion blogs and looking at fashion pics. I just love seeing what people are wearing. :)
- ellamarie84 http://ellamarie84.blogspot.com/
- fliss.is.bliss http://flissisbliss.blogspot.com/
- mszcheysser http://mszcheysser.blogspot.com/
- pretty geeky http://lottieb-prettygeeky.blogspot.com/
- tanya talks http://tanyatalksmakeup.blogspot.com/
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Saturday, 15 August 2009
I have three lip paints. From left to right:
- 129 Palest lavender
- 107 Pink Glitter
- 101 Marshmellow
I will start by confessing that yes I did buy 129 and 101 purely because of the hype on blogger.
129: Pretty lilac colour. Very wearble. Nice consistency
107: Amazing glittery pink. Actual chunks of glittery goodness.
101: The famous Barry M nude. Nice colour. Horrible consistency. Very drying on my lips. :(
More shades are available on the Barry M website and in superdrug and boots stores.
Have you tried any of the new shades?
Sorry about the blurry picture.
From left to right:
- 10 Yellow Gold Fine Glitter Dust
- 13 Blue Silver Fine Glitter Dust
- LE2 Loose Body Glitter (only just realised that this is limited edition)
The fine glitter dusts are great for a night out and themed looks. They vary greatly in consistency in my opinion. The gold is much smoother and only marginally chunkier than a dazzle dust. On the other hand the silver is basically fine chunks of glitter. I actually prefer this. It looks amazing when placed on top of a white eyeshadow. The tip with these is too lay them on top of your finished eyeshadow above the crease near the brow bone. Damping your eyeshadow brush with fix+ from MAC then picking up some of the glitter can help the product stick better. :)
The Loose Body Glitter is available in other colours but no longer gold. This stuff must be handled with extreme caution! It goes everywhere and is difficult to remove from some hard surfaces. (My painted chest of drawers has never recovered. lol) But it is fantastically glittery so I forgive it. :)
Check out the BarryM website here
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Aren't they cute? :)
From left to right we have:
- 75 lime
- 85 neon pink
- 53 chocolate
- 23 midnight
Why do I love dazzle dusts?
- Cheap. Great price at £4.50. Much better option than MAC pigments I think.
- Colourful. Amazing colour range. Awesome pigmentation.
- Versatile. Can be used wet or dry. Apply a little and blend like crazy for a light wash of colour or pack it on for a more dramatic look.
- Fun. They always make me smile and are fantastic for themed events where a dramatic, dress-up look is required.
A bit about each one:
- Lime - this was originally bought for St Patricks day and is a shimmery pale green colour.
- Neon pink - this was bought for a themed event (the theme was rave lol) and is a truly awesome bright neon colour. LOVE it.
- Chocolate - very wearable dark brown colour. Looks great in crease and when paired with gold/bronze colours.
- Midnight - very unusual dark shimmery blue colour. Gorgeous. Looks amazing when paired with a pale lilac.
Check out the full range of BarryM colours here.
Looking at all the colours on the internet makes me drool a bit. lol I would love to expand my collection and get some of the more natural colours and the purples.
What dazzle dusts do you have? Any faves?
From left to right:
- 289 Gold
- 292 Navy
- 54 3 in 1 clear
- 47 Black
- 272 Shocking pink
- 119 Baby pink
- 264 Pink iridescent
Each bottle contains 10ml of nail polish and costs £2.95 from the BarryM website. Click here to see all their amazing colours. I paid the same I believe from Superdrug or Boots.
What do I love about BarryM nail polishes?
- The price. Cheerfully cheap. Very affordable. Especially for someon like me who only wears nail polish for special occasions and holidays.
- The quality. Great pigmentation, non-streaky. I've never really had problems applying these.
- The colour range. Its like a rainbow. :)
A bit about each colour:
- Gold: Lovely sparkles. Darker, antique-y gold colour. Pretty Xmas colour.
- Navy: One of my faves. Bought to match dress. Unique dark blue with gorgeous shimmer. Beautiful rich intensity of colour.
- 3 in 1 clear: Basecoat, topcoat and nail hardener all in one. I love a product that can multitask. Very good basecoat and nail hardener. Not so great as topcoat.
- Black: Solid black colour. No shimmer or sparkle - a classic staple.
- Shocking pink: Not all that shocking but great bright magenta pink. Looks great on toes during summer.
- Baby pink: I think of this as porn star pink and love it.
- Pink iridescent: This makes me smile a lot. Its so sparkly with proper chunks of glitter. Very girly. I think of barbies and pink fluffy things. Looks great alone or when painted over any darker colour. Fast drying.
Hope that was fairly interesting. :) What are your favourite BarryM nail polishes? Any suggestions for what I should try next? I'm thinking something purple....
Anyway went to tkd this afternoon and feel better than I have for the last two and a bit days. Yey! Feel vaguely human, alive and happy. :) Clearly the exercise was good for me. I wasn't even going to go because I felt so BLEURGH. lol
Hope everyone had a happier, more productive weekend than me. lol What did you get up to? :)
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
...as a result of all the nails talk on Blogger over the last few weeks and months I've got sucked in. But its a happy kind of sucked in. :) My very small nail polish collection has grown a fair bit. Thanks for this mainly goes to hele1 who is in my opinion queen of nails/nail polish/and all nail related matters here on Blogger.
So here is my fave summer nail polish. It was purchased after reading about it on someone's blog, sorry I can't remember who's.
This is Rose Libertine from Rimmel. Its in their 60 second range (this appeals to me a lot). It a gorgeous coral pink colour and applies very smoothly. It does dry pretty quick and lasts well too. I basically wore this throughout the summer and it made me smile and feel happy inside when I looked at my nails.
What's been your nail polish of the summer?
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Yesterday I got back from Florence. I must confess I'm gutted to be back. lol It was my 21st birthday present to my boyfriend and I managed to keep it all a surprise for him until his birthday which was three days before we left. lol
We stayed 4 nights in a LOVELY hotel. I had done a lot of research before I chose it and it certainly paid off. Even better than I thought. The weather was gorgeous - sunny, hot, perfect blue skies.
Anyway I'll stop gushing now. lol Hope everyone is having a good summer so far. Where did everyone else go?
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Sorry for the rather blurry picture quality. The products shown are:
- Neutragena Visibly Clear Triple Action Lotion. I purchased this after lollipop26 talked about it ages ago. I love this stuff as its great for my oily spot-prone skin. Its a good price too. I've already repurchased it as I love it so.
- Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. This bottle is the first time I've tried this stuff and it was probably the result of hearing about it from a youtuber or blogger. I LOVE it. I think I've blogged about it before but basically this is my fave moisturiser ever.
- Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner (black). I purchased this after hollymae20 on youtube recommended it. Its got the style of applicator that I like (a bit like a felt tip nib) and has good staying power.
- Prestige "Glam Tan". The former hype bronzer of Blogger. I bought this because of all the hype and I really like it. Gives a lovely golden sheen.
- Blistex Relief Cream. I bought this after hearing about it from hollymae20. This is an amazing product. My lips always used to get dry after wearing any lipsticks and MAC lipglasses for an hr or more. The product allows me to wear lipstick and not worry about dry lips. Quite a claim to fame I think.
- GOSH darling. I was very, very, VERY late on the bandwagon with this one. But I finally got there and I love it like everyone else. yey! :)
Thanks for reading. What are your fave products atm? I love hearing about things that others like. It usually inspires a wonderful shopping trip. lol
I'll need to show you all my new desk at some point soon. Its so sexy. lol
In the mean time check out hollymae20 on youtube. I love her videos and have watched them somewhat religiously. (But in a non-freaky, out of admiration way) lol She seems like a lovely fun girl. :)
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Its a lovely mid-tone cerise pink. Silky and floaty material. Lined inside.
Here is a close up of the detailing at the top.
I'm plannign on wearing this in the evenings either really casually with flats and simple jewellery or with heels and mega bling. Not sure if I'll wear a belt with it or not.
Thanks again for reading. :)
Love to hear your thoughts. :) What kinda of jewellery, accessories etc. :)
From Superdrug I got:
- Nivea Lip Care. I got this for the SPF
- Rimmel Base Coat nail polish
- A purple comb.
- Poppy Tint and Pussy cat cheek and lip tints from MEMEME. These were on special offer with 25% off everything on MEMEME. I've been wanting to try these for a while. Basically rip-offs of benefit's versions.
From Watt Brothers (a discount department store) I got:
- Sally Hansen Nail Quencher Hydrating Cuticle Cream
- Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover
These were both £1.99 so I thought I'd give them a try. Never tried products like these before.
From Boots I got:
- Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. Finally, picked this up. I think its the most I've ever spent on a nail product but I've been longing to try it. Hele has mentioned it a lot in her awesome blog and I trust her opinion a lot so I'm mega excited to try this. :)
I'll let you know what I think of these products once I'd tried them out. :)
Thanks for reading.
Friday, 3 July 2009
1. Tea Tree Oil Foaming Facial Wash
I started using this products the minute I got home! I was excited to see if it was any better than the soap that I have been using for months. I was instantly impressed. It tingles beautifully on the face when you massage it over your skin and leaves me feeling so refreshed. :)
Other things I like about this product:
- The packaging. Simple. Great pump. (You only need one pump max. to do your whole face.) I took this on holiday recently and it travelled fine - no leaks. :)
- The price. Very affordable.
2. Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Moisturiser
I have never tried a moisturiser like this one before. When it says mattifying it really does mean it. I have combination/oily skin and I find that oilyness builds up quickly on my t-zone after washing my face. This moisturiser reduces that horrible shine very effectively. Only thing I'd say is that it does not apply like a normal moisturiser - its not as "liquidy" and you need a bit more product as it doesn't spread much. However I still love it and I think that it could be used as a primer as well if you wanted.
3. Tea Tree Oil
This is the product that I am least opinionated on. I don't hate it but I don't love it. I went through a phase lasting more than a week of applying it at least twice a day. Did it help? Who knows. (More on this below).
Other comments on this product:
- Best applied with a cotton bud and inverting the bottle upside down.
- Has a secure top. (Quite like the child safety ones on medicines.)
- It doesn't seem to last that long.
- Is most effective on spots which have not delevoped yet (my own opinion!)
So do I think that these products work you may be asking....
Unfortunately I can't really comment on their ability to reduce blemishes and spots because I'm taking prescribed medication for my acne after my skin got so bad from exam stress. :(
My skin is now clearing up (yey) probably as a result of a combination of factors, namely, being on holiday, no exams, and the medication.
However, what I would say is that these products have certainly not made my skin worse in any way - no dryness or breakouts - and perhaps they have also played a part in clearing up my skin. (I'd like to think so)
I would definitely repurchase the foaming facial wash and the moisturiser as they are nice, affordable products that my skin seems happy with. :)
Thanks for reading. Skin products are very individual but hopefully this may be helpful for some.
p.s. please note I bought these products myself. I would always say if I had received the products from a company.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
I'm back from my holidays. I feel bad that I never told you all that I was going away. Many apologies for the blogging silence. But now I'm back refreshed and tanned. :)
Summer times make me lose interest in cosmetics and make-up for a while which results in the products I reached for being slashed down in numbers. I like to have more time for relaxing and just doing what I want with I bit more "get up and go" rather than having to do my face first. So I'll be doing some posts on what products I'm loving at the moment.
And I really need to show you all my little barry M collection because I've been promising that for ages.
Here's a picture from my holidays. We went to Cornwall. :)
Friday, 12 June 2009
The products came in a cute paper bag which is all quite lovely but a bit impractical. Environmentally friendly thumbs up though. :)
- Tea tree oil foaming facial wash for £4.50
- Tea tree oil mattifying moisturiser for £6.00
- Tea tree oil (15%) for £3.90
I have used the tea tree oil bar of soap from this range for a year or two and have never had any problems with it. I even preferred it over the Clinique Facial wash stuff. I have also tried the Tea tree toner before from the body shop but I hated it.
I've been having major skin issues at the moment which are gradually going away after exam stress. I'll let you know how I'm getting on with these products soon. :)
Thanks for reading.
P.S. I have oily skin thats prone to breakouts and spots. Hence why I chose this range. I've heard good things about the Seaweed one for people with normal/combo skin.
Here is a picture I found on my camera from the other day. It was warm and sunny so I picked out this outfit..
Sorry about the picture quality havn't got around to polishing that mirror yet. lol
I am wearing:
- Pink halterneck top by H&M.
- White linen trousers by Primark
- Gold leather pumps by New Look
- "Love" necklace by Aldo.
- White watch by Oasis.
As you can see by this post and my last outfit post all of my clothes are from the high street. Hope this doesn't put readers off. I'd love to be able to mix designer and high street brands but unfortunately my bank account would simply not be able to manage this. lol
Hope your having a nice morning. I need to decide on my outfit for tonight. Off to see my bf's band at a gig. :)
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Apologies for the random blurry bits - I clearly need to clean that mirror. lol
So this is what I wore to uni on friday.
- Red jacket/blazer from topshop
- Over-sized, customised white t-shirt
- Skinny black jeans from H&M
- White pumps from new look
- Waist belt from primark
- Gold "LOVE" necklace from Aldo
Its nothing very exciting I'm afraid. :)
Friday, 5 June 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
- I finished my exams over a week ago and have been off uni since my last one on the 12th.
- I got my results yesterday....
I am so happy and relieved about this as I really thought I'd failed. I didn't do as well as I had wanted on one section of it but I did pretty good on the other part. :) <<<>
So last night my mum and dad took me out for dinner at the local-ish Italian, which was lovely. I love Italian food. Pizza and pasta are my friends who are welcome in my stomach any time. :)
I go back to uni this coming Tuesday for 4weeks as our academic year is longer than a lot of courses. However, can't complain too much as my dad is currently booking a nice family holiday for us. :)
I hope everyone's exams and revision is going ok. Its a horrible time of year I think when everyone is stressed about exams.
love you all my wonderful followers. :)
This post is going to be a review of the Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion. :) I purchased this almost two weeks ago now and having been using it twice a day. Once after my shower in the morning and again after my shower at night. It does say apply daily so the two applications may not really be necessary but I was very impatient when I first started using this. lol I have been using this product for over a week and I would definitely say that you have to use it for a week so see results.
So what do I like about it:
- The colour. I am now a lovely colour. I think the colour looks very natural on me - I'm not yellow or orange but a nice slightly browned/tanned colour.
- Even finish. Its not streaky and for the most part the colour is very even. (However more on this below)
- Ease of application. You just slap it on and rub it in. This attitude I like a lot. I found the St. Tropez products quite a lot of hassle. Additionally, I don't have to wash my hands after - I can be really lazy and the fact that I don't need to worry about scrubbing stuff off my hands before I go to bed appeals immensely.
- Price. I like that it doesn't cost me over a fiver. I felt very bad about paying £20 for a product to essentially paint myself brown with. £3-£4 on this moisturiser I can live with. :)
- Moisturising. It really is a great moisturiser. I always used to be too lazy to regularly apply body moisturiser but with the incentive of looking tanned I now apply this religiously and my skin is lovely a smooth and soft. :)
What am I not that keen on:
I am hence experiencing a lot of dove love, love for the dove etc at the moment. :)
Some extra info:
- The smell is fine. Its not so amazing that I feel the need to rave about it but equally it doesn't smell awful. Question: does it smell like fake tan? Answer: only if you stick your nose right up against your skin and sniff. The chances of that happening often are slim. Please note I only did that for experimental purposes, its not a hobby. :P
- I have once or twice been a bit lazy and not applied this at night after my shower and found that my upper arms get a bit patchy. However, I think this is something to do with the fact that I used to have dry skin there and eczema when I was younger.
- I am using the fair to medium
I was quite doubtful about this product at first as I tried the Johnson &Johnson version (Holiday sun?) years ago and hated it. But this has changed my opinion completely of gradual moisturising tanners. Loving it. :)
Thanks for reading. xxx
p.s I'm still using the Dove face version of this - review will come in a week or so.