Sunday, 30 December 2012

Elemental Herbology Cleanser Review

I was recently sent a variety of samples from the brand Elemental Herbology and thought I'd share my findings.

I have been looking for the perfect cleanser ever since my Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser ran out, and I have been trying allsorts of products to get the same effect.

The first product I tried was a sample of the Purity and Sooth Facial Cleansing Balm. (RRP £28.00)

Now the thing I love about these products is that they are safe to use on your eyes, I can't stand it when cleansers need to be kept off the eye when I need to remove my eye makeup with them so that was an immediate bonus for me with both of these cleansers. When I tried this I wasn't too keen on the smell or the texture. It was kind of waxy like I was smearing some sort of hair wax on my face. My mind soon changed when I rinsed it off and all of my makeup had been removed and my face was left feeling so soft I had to keep touching it. My face was smooth all day, the only offputting thing with this product was the smell.

The second product I tried was the Elemental Herbology Cool and Clear cleanser (RRP £28.00 also)

This was my favourite out of the two cleansers and it had a much more pleasant smell to it of strong lavender. The texture of this product was more oily than the other cleanser and also managed to remove all of my makeup. As this product is also anti-bacterial its perfect for those days where my skin isn't looking its best or if I have a few blemishes.

Overall these 2 products that I tried were very good and comparable to other high end cleansers I have used in the past and definitely something I would consider purchasing in the future.


Sunday, 23 December 2012

Benefit Eyebrow Review

So me and my friend Kelly went and got our eyebrows done at a benefit eyebrow counter recently and both came away unimpressed.

I had heard really good things about benefit brows, and have seen my friend Kim have hers done and they looked really good.

I was advised (and saw in person when my other friend got them done) that the consultant maps your eyebrows out, tells you where to grow them, where to avoid plucking and marks them out to perfectly match your face. None of this happened.

She also seemed to wipe off half of my eye make-up and eyeliner in the process and left me with smudged patchy makeup which I didn't think was very professional.

The lady also commented on our upper lip hair (which I didn’t even think was present) and then both made us feel very self conscious and my friend was then pressured to have that waxed too even though she didn’t need it.

After the whole process of tinting and waxing our eyebrows, we both agreed that they didn’t look any different. We also usually fill them in with HD Brow kit, but the lady didn’t fill ours in so I personally felt like they looked bare and patchy. I have seen other people get theirs filled in with the brow zings, but she didn’t even mention this to either of us.

At the end of both of our sessions, she also went to book in the next appointment, booked Kelly in but completely ignored me and sent us on our way.

At £18, I feel that it wasn’t really worth it. My eyebrows were already a good shape so I don’t think I fully ‘benefited’ from the experience. Now they are neat at least I can go home, fill them in and keep up with the upkeep myself at home. I don’t think I will be going back. They now seem to be thinner than before when I had spent ages trying to grow them thicker.

Before (top) and after (bottom)


Monday, 17 December 2012

December 2012 Glossybox

So its that time of the month again when I am graced with the presence of my monthly glossybox and i must say this month I was very impressed! I kind of assumed last months box was the Christmas one but this box is called the Bejewelled Christmas Box. When it arrived I was impressed by the lovely silver colour, I love it when Glossybox change the colour of their box for special occasions!

The first item I saw when I opened the box was the Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream (RRP £5) and having previously had Rituals products in my glossybox I was excited to try this out! this smells gorgeous and left my skin feeling really smooth, although I don't often use body creams so its hard to tell if it was this product or the fact I was using a cream in the first place. I look forward to using this more often!

The second thing I saw was the Sleek Make-up i-Divine Palette in Au Naturel (RRP £7.99) which I was very impressed with! I already have this palette so will be giving it away but I couldn't believe we got a whole palette! Very nice. The colours are lovely and I used to use this a lot as its a neutral palette there are so many different looks that can be done with this.

I then saw the Seche Nail Lacquer (RRP £9.95) I received the colour 'Chocolat' which as expected is a muted brown colour. This is not really a colour I would use often however I was looking for a brown to create some Christmas themed nails so I could use this for that which is good, and it doesn't hurt to have a variety of colours in your collection!

I then opened the Anatomicals Fruity Lip Gloss Tube (RRP £3.49) and this tastes amazing! I love the quirky packaging which comes with the anatomicals products and this is very affordable. Great to slip in your handbag for a night out, although this did need topping up a lot (mainly because it tasted so good I kept licking it off hah!)

I then received the Milk_Shake conditioning whipped cream (RRP £14.79) which is a conditioning mousse type product that you leave in. I am yet to use this as I'm a bit skeptical about leave in products making your hair sticky or look greasy but I did give this a whiff and it smells lovely, like vanilla or like Jelly Belly jelly beans - yum! I will give this a try when I am feeling a bit braver I think!

The final product I received was the bonus Glossy Pink Glossybox blusher. After absolutely loving the glossybox lipstick we received a while ago I couldn't wait to try this out. It's a very bright pink colour in my opinion and bring quite fair skinned I really don't need a lot of this, but it really compliments my skintone and goes really well with the lipstick. Thanks glossybox!

Overall I am really impressed with Glossybox this month and look forward to whats to come!


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Christmas Decor Ideas

Getting into the Christmas spirit I decided I'd do a little post on some of the decorations we have around the house at the moment.

I am unsure where all of the snowman figurines have come from we just got them over the years.

Christmas Tree - The Range £3.99
Decorations - Paperchase, The Range, Notcutts, Pound Land
Christmas Bunting - Wilkinsons £2.00
Merry Christmas Sign - Wilkinsons £2.50
Stag Figurines - Wilkinsons & Notcutts
'SNOW' Letters - Pound Land


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Earring Storage Ideas

Hey guys,

Just thought I'd share with you my earring storage idea.
As you can see, I have used a canvas (These are £4.75 for 4 from Wilkinsons)

I have literally just pushed my earrings into the canvas, and placed the backs on the other side. Great way to keep all of your earrings together, and looks super cute hanging on the wall or propped up on your bedside table.

Also an excuse to buy more earrings to fill the space inbetween! Haha!


Sunday, 9 December 2012

Outfit of the Night - Christmas Party

Just thought I'd share with you my outfit for my work's Christmas meal last week. I had a really fun time, ate loads of food and drank too much wine.

Shoes - New Look
Replica Disco Pants - Republic (Glamorous)
Sheer sleeveless shirt - Select
Belt - Primark
Jewellery - New Look

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation - 1C Shell
MAC Studio Fix Conceiler
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Sleek Contour Kit
MAC blush in Melba
HD Brow Kit
MAC Eyeshadows in Wedge & Brulé
Soap & Glory Liquid Eyeliner
Yves Rocher Lipstick in Frambois
Primark Eyelashes

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