30 Jan 2015

Jan Faves.

A few beautiful beauty favourites coming right up! I've had a really difficult month skin wise and am so upset that I'm caving and going to the doctors because of it in the next few days, I have NEVER had skin or acne this bad and I will literally try anything right now, even antibiotics. But let's not focus on that...


Kiss The Moon Dream Bath Oil* - Even though the first time I used this divine oil my bathing experience was ruined by a rogue spider, I am still crazy in love. I wish there was an essential oil blend so I could burn it in an oil burner 24/7, it's so good. The Love scent is also pretty dreamy, I highly recommend. I was skeptical that two pipettes of the oil would not be enough to scent the bath or moisturise the skin, but it really is.

Jing Ai Kabuki - The softest brush I've ever encountered! I can't leave it alone.

R.L. Linden & Co Thousand Petals Beautifying Mist - A gorgeous floral toner with a scent like no other. I only have a little miniature from my petit vour box but what I wouldn't give for a full size. I've only ever read good things about this and always thought... yeah, it can't smell THAT good. But people, it does. It's calming and uplifting all in one, transporting you off to a beautiful, serene flower garden (but without the bugs - heaven.)

Herbivore Botanicals Rose Lip Butter - I love when a lip balm is called a lip butter, it makes it sound so much more luxurious, don't you agree? This lip balm is my constant companion as of late and all that's standing between me and Sahara desert lips. I've even grown fond of the rose scent, who knew miracles could happen.

Antonia Burrell Mask Supreme 7-in-1 - This mask and this brand are everywhere right now and rightly so, this mask people, this mask!!! My little sample pot is long empty now, but it gave me good skin days when my skin wasn't looking too hot (read: always). This is a super gentle clay mask, the kind that doesn't really dry tight but sort of sinks in to skin where needed... difficult to describe but hopefully you know what I mean. There's also safflower oleosomes (super tiny molecules) to hydrate and repair skin over time, mango butter, lactic acid and a very fancy amazonian anti-acne bio-active, plus lots more. It's something you need to try to really believe, skin instantly looks calm, healthy and bright.

27 Jan 2015

Reserved For The Cat (& other things)

I was really excited to be contacted by Flamingo Gifts (sister of the ever so popular candle) the other week when asked to review their site and a couple of items. Michaels birthday was coming up (it was actually yesterday) so I wanted to pick out some things for him for a change (as a thanks for always going down to meet the postman and collect all of my parcels ha!)

The site has a really unique selection of novelty and useful gifts, or just cool stuff for yourself. It didn't take me long to pick a couple of things, especially as their men's selection is huge (how hard is it to buy for guys?!) whilst also picking out a little cushion for our sofa - cat themed, of course.

For Michael I picked up some fun gifts; the Cinema Gum which is a tin of cola and popcorn flavour gumballs and "I Could Pee On This" a book of poems by cats, they're totally hilarious and any cat owner will automatically find them both truthful and side-splitting.
After whining for months about his favourite man-tool going rusty I also chose the Ted Baker Multi Tool With Carry Case for him, he absolutely loves this & was so happy. I've been really impressed too, it's sturdy, heavy and feels really high quality and it comes with a fancy little leather case to keep it safe.
I'm also pretty pleased with my Reserved For The Cat Cushion, you can never have too many cushions in my opinion and this one is nice and chunky and great for our often uncomfortable little IKEA sofa.

Delivery was also super speedy, arriving the next day(!!) and I couldn't recommend them enough. I'll definitely be back for when I need gifts for someone who is difficult to buy for or am just looking to stock up on flamingo candles!

What do you buy for those mysterious, difficult people in your life?

24 Jan 2015

Blue Liner

I love eyeliner. There, I said it. I don't feel human without a swipe of something black on my waterline and would pass on the mascara in favor of a thick line above my lashes when I have the patience (no glasses + liquid liner = trouble). I like how instantly "done" it makes my makeup look and I like bringing attention to my eyes and not my glasses.  

I picked up this beautiful Kjaer Weis eyeshadow a couple of months ago in the shade Blue Wonder and as it's quite a dark, intense blue I much prefer it applied as an eyeliner, I get all the colour without the drama & worry of having to apply and blend a dark eyeshadow. I've been using the Jane Iredale Angle Eyeliner Brush* which makes it a breeze to apply. I normally dampen the brush with a little water to get an initial darker line then create a soft flick as the brush dries. You can't really see flicks because of my glasses so I don't see much point in going all out trying to create that perfect flick! ;) I really, really like this blue shade and think it compliments my eye & hair colour (??) and now I think I'm ready to experiment with other colours, perhaps purple? ;)

What do you think of my blue liner look? 

23 Jan 2015

A Few First Impressions

I'm quite indecisive when it comes to beauty products, it can take me months to decide if I like something and then even longer to get a review up on the blog, especially if results aren't instant. I thought I would write some first impression mini reviews on products I want to highlight but haven't had a chance to yet. 

True Nature Botanicals Topical Vitamin C Treatment* - This is such a unique product and I don't know of anything similar. The vitamin C comes fresh in powder form in individual capsules to stay potent for as long as possible, along with vitamin C there is ferulic acid and licorice root. You mix the white powder with a water based serum and apply to skin, I find the powder absorbs a lot of liquid and so I use a mix of serum and a toner. The mixture dries almost instantly on contact with the skin and there's a warming sensation for a few seconds before you can't tell it's there. I like the matte finish as it makes a difference from going to bed with a greasy face from my facial oils for a change ha! 

I find I get two uses out of one capsule as there is so much in there and the difference to my skin in the morning is ah-mazing. I've been saving these for special occasions or when I want my face to be somewhat acceptable for other humans to gaze upon... It calms redness and stops blemishes in their tracks, not to mention helping heal scars and brightening skin. I've used 4 or 5 capsules so far and am loving the results for a once a week treatment.. I will report back with a more in-depth review in a few months! 

Lily Lolo BB Cream Shade Light - I was really excited when Lily Lolo released their BB cream a few months ago but haven't heard much about it since or read any reviews! There are 2 shades available of this (pretty affordable at £11.99) BB cream and the shade light is almost perfect for my skin, it's just a little too dark for ghostie over here but will be a good match come summer. The coverage is really surprising and really good for a BB cream. I tend to mix it with moisturiser to make it a little sheerer and blendable with my skin tone. It's quite thick in texture but applies easily enough, there is also no mention of sun protection though there is some titanium dioxide in there at the very end of the ingredients list - not enough to provide much protection though I would think. 
I don't use this too often at the moment but hopefully will use it more in warmer weather!

Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask - The newest addition to my stash from this trio is the infamous mermaid mask! The lovely Lauren sent this to me for our beauty swap at Christmas and I was oh-so excited to try the range! The mermaid mask is a honey based mask packed full of superfoods such as spirulina, chlorella, sea algae and sea buckthorn oil. What struck me most though is the scent! it's a citrusy tropical floral blend from botanical oils that will knock your socks off - love!
As you can see the mask is pretty solid in the cold temperatures of our flat and needs a good stir before use. I've used this 3 times so far and love how soft it makes my skin whilst the scent transports me off to Hawaii (a girl can dream). 3-5 minutes later and skin is feeling refreshed and bright (any longer and the essential oils get a bit too much for my sensitive skin). This is definitely a cult product in the making and one you need to try!

20 Jan 2015

Self Care Rituals.

It's really important to take care of yourself. Not in the regular ways like keeping you teeth in & check making sure you eat healthily, but in ways that make you feel good about yourself and feel content and happy.

There's enough negativity in the world and we don't need anymore. It's easy to feel crappy about yourself, it's easy to have a bad day when everything goes wrong, but it's harder to cheer yourself up when those bad days get you down. Sometimes all you want to do is sulk and hey, that's okay, I do that too, often, but it's also important to make time for yourself to be happy, no matter how busy your schedule is.

As Ron would say, don't let the muggles get you down, mate.

I've written a little list of things I do that make me happy, just as a personal reminder that I have plenty of good things in my life, even if they're just small things, and you should do the same.

  1. Hanging out with Penny (or any animals in general)
  2. Baths
  3. Eating out
  4. Spending £6 on a tub of Booja Booja ice cream
  5. Binge watching TV shows
  6. Netflix & Amazon Instant Video
  7. Good books
  8. Our south facing flat which gets ALL the sunshine
  9. Baking (and eating) cakes
  10. Going new places
  11. Hot water bottles
  12. Getting post
  13. Visiting galleries
  14. Perfectly ripe nectarines
  15. Watching thunder & lightning

Do you take note of the little things?