July Favourites 2017

Happy end of July everyone! I have to admit this month has been a stressful one for me with a lot of swapping and changing, including a change in job. This month has also been very reflective for me, it’s taught me new things about myself and I’ve faced new challenges so it’s a bittersweet end, but onwards and upwards and I’m looking forward to seeing what August brings here’s the things I’ve enjoyed this month.

I’ve mentioned some of my favourites in previous psots this month and one product that blew me away was the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade annoyingly this seems to be drying out a bit already but I will say that it does a fantastic job of filling in my brows and it has crazy good longevity – well worth the money. I’ll be reviewing the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich on Wednesday but here’s the lowdown, the Soft Matte Lip Cream is a formula I already know and love and this shade is a beautiful pinky coral nude sounds strange but wait till you see it, I love it and it’s great for daywear.

A product that didn’t necessarily blow me away but I’ve been enjoying anyway is the Organic Glam Mascara chances are I won’t repurchase simply because there’s others I prefer but it’s worth a mention simply because it does a great job at lengthening my lashes, if only it had more volume! A product that did blow me away however, was the Jamberry Nail Wraps being a polish lover I didn’t expect to love these but wow are they good! Easy application, stunning designs and the opportunity for my nails to look professionally done? Yes please.

A few rediscoveries, the Illamasqua Viridian Nail Polish has been used quite a few times this month, this definitely needs a top coat but I love the blackened turquoise it’s super pretty and I think I’ll use it even more come autumn and winter. The Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette has been one that I’ve been enjoying for a long time, with neutrals, jewel tones and smokey shades there’s something for everyone in this. Finally the Charlie Black Body Spray with cherries, musk and vanilla this takes me back to my teenage years but it’s still such a sophisticated scent and one I adore.

My final favourite is more of a lifestyle favourite and it’s a candle. I’ve mentioned Yankee Candles so many times on my blog but this one is the WoodWick Trilogy Candle in Exotic Spices  – Cinnamon Chai, Ground Cinnamon and Spiced Rum, need I say more? This is autumn in a candle and again one I’m sure I’ll pick up again.

So there we have it! I hope that you’ve all had a fantastic month and have a great August, let me know in the comments what your favourites have been and feel free to link me to yours in the comments.

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Ten Bodycare and Fragrance Brands #2

Bodycare in particular is something that I feel that we all use yet we don’t seem to talk about too much. Fragrance is much more popular especially within the beauty blogger world but I thought it would be fun to combine the two and share some brands and products that I really love. I hope you like this post!

Carex
I’m yet to try any of the Carex bath or shower products but as strange as this sounds I really like their hand products particularly their hand gels. Anti bacterial gel is something I always like to carry in my bag, from public loos to dusty stairwells (ick) it’s nice to be able to freshen up on the go. Forget the strong alcoholic scented gels, with Carex their sweet inspired scents leave you feeling as fresh as a daisy.
I recommend: Carex Bubblegum Anti Bacterial Hand Gel

Revlon Charlie
Every weekend as a teenager I was straight down to Bodycare picking up a different Charlie bodyspray. I have fond memories of sharing them with my sister and us both swapping and sharing the sprays that we had. A particular favourite was Charlie Pink which I don’t see these days (sob) but Charlie Black is still one that I go back to time and time again.
I recommend: Charlie Black Body Spray

Dove
Whenever I use soap and shower gel with the original Dove scent I genuinely feel like I’m having a comforting hug from my nan. Dove is very nostalgic for me and instantly conjures up comfort and warmth whenever I use a product. Bonus points for their marketing video that showed the truth about airbrushing and photoshopping models.
I recommend: Dove Original Soap

Estee Lauder
I’m yet to try an Estee Lauder body product mainly because I don’t feel the need to pay a lot of money for a body lotion however, some of their perfumes are really nice. Modern Muse is a scent that makes me thing of heeled boots and city breaks – a powerfully modern yet feminine scent. Of course I have to give a nod to Bronze Goddess, their droolworthy coconut offering. Every time I’m in Boots I can’t help but give this a sniff, one day I’ll bite the bullet and get this I’m sure…
I recommend: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, Estee Lauder Modern Muse fragrances.

Juicy Couture
One of my all time favourites I adore Juicy Couture scents. If, like me, you enjoy fruity and uplifting scents with a dash of sweetness then Viva La Juicy is a must try I genuinely think it has to be one of my all time favourites. If you’re more of a gourmand lover and fancy drooling over caramel and praline notes then I’d highly recommend the Gold Couture edition, not only does it smell lush but the staying power is fantastic.
I recommend: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture fragrances.

Original Source
A classic and one that doesn’t get much love especially on my blog. I really like Original Source shower gels, from tingly mint to their zesty lime scents these are the sorts of products that wake me up, revitalise and add that pep into my step. I’m a huge fan of lime scents so I love the lime one, but the mint is also lovely especially in the summer heat!
I recommend: Original Source Lime and Original Source Mint Shower Gels.

Palmolive
Another brand that I’m sure a lot of people use but don’t tend to talk about too much. Palmolive is a brand that I can trust, particularly with their shower creams and body washes that always make me feel like I’m using something much more expensive. I particularly enjoy the Milk and Honey body wash I’m using at the moment that not only smells amazing but leaves my skin ultra soft.
I recommend: Palmolive Milk and Honey Body Wash.

So…?
Now branching into dry shampoos, So…? is a brand that often gets overlooked in favour of Charlie and Impulse but So…? do some seriously nice body sprays and fragrances. So…? Daring (red can) was my absolute favourite scent and I rpeurchased it non stop throughout university, sadly that one is no longer around (why?!) but So Superstar is again lovely and was my first ever bodyspray that started my whole obsession.
I recommend: So…? Superstar Body Spray.

Vera Wang
Dominating with their bestselling Princess range I think everyone has tried at least one form of Vera Wang Princess. For me the original is amazing, the perfume is very sweet (but not sickly) so not one if you have an aversion to sweet scents. I actually really adored their Silky Body Lotion, not only did it smell absolutely incredible but I’ve never had a product leave my skin so soft before, truly the stuff of dreams.
I recommend: Vera Wang Princess Fragrance, Vera Wang Princess Silky Body Lotion.

Versace
I will admit that Versace was not my original fragrance brand of choice mainly because of the products being incredibly expensive and nothing ever stood out to me. Until of course I tried the Bright Crystal Absolu scent. This was absolutely incredibly, not only does it smell absolutely out of this world (fruity yet sweet I adore it) but a little goes a long way, plus the bottle is bloomin’ beautiful.
I recommend: Versace Bright Crystal Absolu Fragrance.

So there we have it, ten bodycare and fragrance brands with product recommendations! If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and of course let me know in the comments which brands and specifically which products you like to use and why…

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Products I’ve Fallen In Love With #2

Trying numerous beauty products means that I’m constantly finding new products to fall in love with. I’ve tried a good mix of products from haircare and skincare bits to makeup items so I thought I’d do a quick update on the products that I’ve recently fallen in love with, I hope that you like this post!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
I first tried the Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills which I still feel is one of the best eyebrow products that I’ve tried but I’ve recently given the Dipbrow Pomade a try and just wow. I love the creamy texture, it’s a little stiffer than some other pomades I’ve tried but it is creamy rather than greasy or slippery. This is longlasting and pigmented making it a great product for filling in and shaping the brows. It would be nice if this came with a brush but the pomade alone is a worthy addition to any makeup bag.

Benefit Coralista Blusher
I’m a huge fan of the Benefit Hervana blusher which is quite possibly my favourite but I have been getting use out of my Benefit Real Cheeky Party set so I got to try some other blushers. I didn’t expect to like Coralista as much as I do as I’m usually a pink toned blusher kinda gal but something about the buttery (and I mean buttery) and finely milled texture with a coral glowing finish I just cannot resist.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I’m incredibly picky when it comes to bronzers, mainly because I’m pretty pale and most bronzers are very warm toned so look orange on me. Hoola is great as it’s neither too ashy not too warm, the formula is very pigmented so a little goes a long way but it’s easy to use and it blends nicely. Another winner from Benefit.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel
It’s rare that a skincare product blows me away enough that I have to rave about it but the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel did exactly that. Firstly this smells like papaya, passionfruit and mangoes so it’s a wonderfully luxurious experience to be able to use this. Secondly is the cream texture, peel products tend to irritate my sensitive skin so an easy cream that wipes away when finished is great. Finally is the chemicals, this is a chemical based exfoliant so not harsh micro-beads or scrubbing, simply apply leave and then wipe away for instantly radiant skin.

Illamasqua Nail Varnishes 
When I first tried an Illamasqua nail polish I wasn’t one over mainly because I tried one with a rubberised finish and it reminded me of a sharpie, I also found they quicked quickly. Recently though I tried two different shades Noble and Viridian and both have really impressed me. Noble in particular has a beautiful glossy finish that lasts a full week on my nails without a topcoat thus appealing to my lazy inner self, what’s not to love?

MAC Lipstick in Brave
One of my favourite lipsticks. I do still love the Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty (which is actually creamier and less drying that the MAC) but the MAC does have better longevity and who can resist a MLBB shade that smells like vanilla? It’s rare I get drawn into a MAC hype mainly because the shade Velvet Teddy (and the other popular nudes) all looked awful when I swatched them in store on me. But, Brave is a keeper and it’s a fail safe for daywear.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what products you have been enjoying recently I’d love to know!

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WoodWick Exotic Spices Trilogy Candle Review

I’ve previously admitted my love for scented candles and I truly believed I’d found all of the ones I needed as a loyal Yankee Candle lover – until that is I stumbled across WoodWick. In search of a change and unable to resist the scent of coffee, cinnamon and rum I was intrigued by the Exotic Spices Trilogy, here’s my thoughts.

Housed in large hourglass shaped glass jars, the visuals isn’t the only thing that is to be admired of the WoodWick Trilogy candles. With three scents – one melting into the next, you get a deep, rich scent from these candles plus a crackling wick that sounds like a real fire burning. These are not much more expensive than Yankee either at £25.99 for a large jar.

WoodWick describe the Exotic Spices candle as the following:
Sit back and enjoy the gorgeously fragranced WoodWick Exotic Spices Trilogy Large. Each colour layer features a different fragrance (cinnamon chai, ground cinnamon and spiced rum). As the candle burns, each fragrance and colour melts into the next layer, creating a unique new fragrance. This luxuriously scented candle will burn for up to 180 hours. The handy lid doubles as a heatproof mat to use while you’re burning the candle. Nothing adds quaint charm to a home like a high quality candle.

WoodWick candles use only the best natural ingredients in their candle range to produce fresh scents that fill your home. Only natural components mixed with wax, never any harsh artificial ingredients. Inside each and every candle is a special Pluswick made of natural wood. When lit, you will hear the soothing sound of a crackling fire. Combined with the uplifting fragrance of the Exotic Spices Trilogy candle, this gentle crackling effect adds depth to any room.”

There is a variety of scents to choose from however, it was the Exotic Spices candle that drew me in, with three layers: Cinnamon Chai, Ground Cinnamon and Spiced Rum this candle is autumn in a nutshell with layers of rich scent with a large throw, your room will instantly smell homely and inviting.

What I think really stands out with these candles is the quality. The scent is strong but not overpowering whilst remaining genuine  – there’s no synthetic scents here this really did smell just like cinnamon and rum. The burn time was at least twenty hours – well worth the money considering the luxurious experience that this evokes.

The wick of course is something that simply must be discussed. I find that Yankee wicks are flimsy and often get buried in the wax and have to be dug out. The cross-shaped Pluswick used in Woodwick is made of a type of wood that crackles as it burns, not trimming is required for this, simply crumble away the ashes and then continue to use as normal. The wick is even throughout the candle and the design means that the candle doesn’t just burn down the center, you can enjoy every last drop of the wax.

Overall, I’m a convert, these candles aren’t cheap but they’re definitely up there in quality. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed burning a candle so much in my life and trust me there’s some seriously amazing Yankee Candles that I love. Overall, I’d definitely repurchase another WoodWick candle and if you haven’t yet what are you waiting for? I dare you not to fall in love.

The WoodWick Exotic Spices Trilogy Candle is available from Boots for £25.99.

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Organic Glam Natural Mascara in Pure Black Review

I’ve never really thought about using organic makeup before, I know that’s probably irresponsible of me but hey I’m human and it’s not something that might instantly spring to mind. My interest was piqued however, when Organic Glam had their Natural Mascara as a freebie in a magazine. Having not heard of the brand before I was keen to give this a try and report back, here’s my thoughts.

The Organic Glam Mascara is in minimalist packaging, housed in a cardboard box and then a plastic black tube with gold writing this definitely is remniscient of something by the likes of Chanel, even the logo is similar! This mascara is definitely high end at £21.95 it’s definitely not budget friendly.

Available from Naturisimo, Organic Glam describe this mascara as the following:
Organic Glam Natural Mascara is formulated with natural ingredients to create the the ultimate organic and natural mascara. Lash conditioning organic Aloe and beeswax along with vitamins A,E and C creates a fabulous mascara that curls, lengthens and conditions all in one. The formula is 60% organic and is free from artificial colours, preservatives and fragrances making it ideal for sensitive eyes and full on wearable glamour.

Starting with the wand this is a plastic bristle brush which I tend to really like as they comb through my lashes and make sure that each and every lash is covered which is great. The formula is neither too wet not too dry but I’d say it currently leans on the wetter side but not to the point where it transfers everywhere. In terms of the formula I didn’t notice this feel particularly conditioning but at the same time it’s not as harsh as some other mascaras I’ve tried.
 
(Left: Before. Right: After.)
This is quite easy to apply and unlike a lot of mascaras this doesn’t transfer onto my hooded eyelids which is definitely a bonus! I did notice that this is very good for length and separation and gives quite a natural fluttery finish but it’s hard to get volume with this. Even whilst building this up I find that the only way to get volume is to use the end of the wand right in the root of the lashes to help push them up. As you can see this does give a curl so out of the four main criteria: curl, length, separation and volume, 3/4 is definitely nothing to sniff at.

Overall, this is a nice mascara it’s not my favourite simply because I’m greedy and I like volume as well as length but this is one I’d use again although I wouldn’t rush out to repurchase. If you do love long, fluttery lashes then I would recommend this, I’d also recommend this if you are transitioning into organic beauty and are in need of an organic mascara.

The Organic Glam Natural Mascara is available from Naturisimo for £21.95 and is available in black and deep brown.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have heard of Organic Glam and if there’s any other products that I should try. Also, which mascaras do you recommend? I love the Benefit They’re Real, L’oreal Telescopic and Soap and Glory Thick and Fast.

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Benefit Sugarbomb Blusher Review

I really have become quite the Benefit fan, especially when it comes to cheek products because let’s face it who doesn’t love a silky, creamy blusher that has a glowing finish? I tend to enjoy blushers that are glowing and subtle and after falling head over heels with Dandelion I was quite keen to give Sugarbomb a try here’s my thoughts.

I actually have a set of the Benefit Blushers which is the Real Cheeky Party containing Rockateur, Coralista, Dandelion and Sugarbomb as the blushers but you can buy this separately too. For the full sized, Sugarbomb retails for £24.50 so I would consider it a high end product.

Rather than a flat colour, Sugarbomb consists of four colours that you can swirl together to create a shade, just like Hervana. Whilst Hervana has an orchid pink finish this is much lighter offering a pale shimmering coral finish. Benefit describe Sugarbomb as the following:

A sweet rush of gorgeous! Swirl the four shimmering shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose together and sweep powder on cheeks for a natural radiance. Instant sugary flush. Flatters all complexions. Includes a soft, natural-bristle brush.
Unlike a lot of the other Benefit blushers this is very subtle so if you want this to stand out you do need to build it up quite a lot. I’m no fan of clown cheeks but I like my blushers to stand out a touch to make me look healthy and glowing so I do have to build this up to make it detectable.

The texture of this is very soft and fine, not so much as Coralista which is incredibly buttery but this is still wonderful to use. As you can see it has a slightly shimmery finish but read shimmer not glitter.

With this being so glowy it’s great for adding life into the cheeks, the paleness of this also means that you could double this as a highlighter on the cheekbones if you wanted to. The shade is a pale coral not too dissimilar to the likes of Nars Orgasm and Sleek Rose Gold.

Overall, this is a lovely blusher I do wish it was a little more pigmented and there are other Benefit blushers that I prefer but I’d still happily use this. I would suggest swatching this in store to see if it works for you as it is very pale but not a bad product!

The Benefit Sugarbomb Blusher is available from Boots for £24.50.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried Sugarbomb and which Benefit blushers is your favourite, so far I think mine has to be Hervana!

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Jamberry Nail Wraps Review

I love the idea of beautifully manicured nails with a stunning designs but I have to be honest it’s rare I have them. Partially is my aversion to using gels at a salon, my nails are very weak so I don’t want to damage them further and as much as I wish I was talented at nail art I’m really not so I was intrigued when Jamberry were giving away free samples of their nail wraps, I’d never tried a nail wrap up until this week so here’s my thoughts.

Jamberry’s nail wraps are essentially these long stickers that you cut and press over the nails for an instant manicure. These are a little steep at £15.00 for wraps but at the same time there’s an array of stunning designs to choose from and the convenience of easy application with no extreme nail damage is always a bonus.
 
Once you have your design simply peel the sticker from the pack. I press the curved edge to the base of the nail, measure up the length of the sticker to the length of my nail and then trim. Once this is done you simply press the sticker over the nail taking care not to crease or trap air underneath and you’re done!

The first thing I noticed is that these stickers are waterproof, they’re fairly flexible but not flimsy and the adhesive is strong enough to stick them to the nail but not so strong that you can’t peel them off in a pinch. Instructions for how to apply are on the Jamberry website but if I’m honest it’s pretty straight forward, there’s also a variance in sizing so whether you have wider nails or slimmer nails you can still use these.

My first attempt I cut this a little wonky by trying to cut it before applying to the nail so I’d definitely recommend applying these to the nails and then cutting them down. I do absolutely love the floral design though it’s so fresh and pretty perfect for spring! My second attempt I got the hang of it and got to try a variety of designs on my nails.

I wasn’t sure if I’d like using nail wraps but I was blown away by how simple and quick it was to use these, even for beginners. I also love the finish, my nails look neat, pretty and it didn’t take much time to do them either! And of course it’s so easy to peel away when done.

Overall, I’m impressed! I do wish these were a little more budget friendly but at the same time they’re definitely cheaper than getting shellacs. You do need to have longish nails to use these but mine are pretty short at the moment and these still worked. I’d definitely recommend these and I would repurchase some of these for special occasions because they’re lovely!

The Jamberry Nail Wraps are available from Jamberry for £15.00.

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