Friday, 27 November 2015

Nail Haul with

As most bloggers out there are just like me, in the sense that we bloody love nail polish and I'm sure like myself you're always hunting for a right bargain when it comes to beauty products and nail polishes especially so I thought I'd let you all in on my latest bargain find and that is!
As a self confessed nail polish hoarder, you can probably understand my pain when it comes to having to pay full price for a nail polish especially when it's from the likes of O.P.I, Essie and China Glaze. Even though £15 for a nail polish really isn't all that much, it really does add up if you purchase as many nail polishes as I have over my time.

When got in touch to review a few of their products I was excited to see what they had to offer and to find out that the majority of the stock they have was at least half the standard price, often more I was absolutely shocked and also thrilled! is an online store that stocks a wide range of higher end nail polish brands and of course all of which are absolute favourites of mine. The main brands they stock include, Essie, O.P.I, Elegant Touch, China Glaze, Orly and many more along with a wide selection of nail art tools and nail treatments.

As I'm a huge lover of O.P.I nail polishes, I picked out a few shades that I knew I didn't really own anything similar to and I'm really pleased with the shades I did pick. The first shade I picked was O.P.I 'Barfoot In Barcelona'* (£6.95), which is this lovely nude peach shade that I never thought I would pick but I really like it especially for a more muted and subtle nail look. This next shade is my favourite by far, this is O.P.I 'Just Be Claus'* (£6.95), which I believe is from a previous Christmas collection and it is the most perfect winter red shade and I've worn this to death recently! Lastly I picked out O.P.I Japanese Rose Garden* (£6.95), which is your typical Barbie pink shade of which I'm surprised I didn't own a shade similar but it's a lovely shade, and it has little flecks of shimmer running through that adds a lovely touch of sparkle.

Also within my little package I received the Elegant Touch Toughflex Base Coat* (£3.95) and I've never really given base coats a chance but this one is really good and helps to give a nice base before applying any colour. Now I just need to find a good top coat to stop my nails from chipping! Along with the top coat, they threw in a few nail art tools of which I haven't had a chance to use as I suck at nail art, but I'm really excited to try the MoYou nail art stamper!

If like me you're a huge lover of nail polish or you're shopping for Christmas presents, I'd highly recommend visiting as the have such a wide selection of nail polishes and nail polish sets that you're bound to find something you'll love!

What is your favourite nail polish?

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Forgotten Beauty Products

As an avid reviewer of many beauty products I always find myself reviewing products that I love, but also products that I know you, my readers will also love and often I realise that I don't really talk about the everyday essential products. We all use them and we all probably have our favourites as we know they work for us, but I thought i'd let you in on some of the forgotten beauty products that I love and have for years.
Now, like myself you're probably thinking 'why would I want to read a review on a deodorant, we know how they work?!' but I find that it took me years to find the products that I now use on a daily basis and still to this day there are products that I chop and change around to see if they work better, but I always come back to these same products. So I thought it was about time I shared some of my long time favourites!

When it comes to keeping my pins looking lovely and hair free I always opt for the simple method of shaving, it's quick, it's easy and pretty much pain free unless you have a bit of a disaster - we can all share our drama stories i'm sure! As my skin can be sensitive to some products I always turn to products that I know aren't going to irritate my skin too much and for me the Gillette Satin Care Radiant Apricot Shave Gel (£3.49) has been my go to for a long time. It's really gentle on my skin and really helps to stop my legs becoming really dry after shaving, which is great if you're in a rush and you don't have time to moisturise! I also like the scent of this as it smells so fruity, yet really refreshing! Also when it comes to shaving my pins, I always turn to the Wilkinson Sword Beauty Disposable Razors (£3.99) as they are so easy to use, they're really affordable and they last a lot longer than cheaper disposable razor options.

Moving onto how I have been keeping my teeth looking white and healthy for the past few months, as dental care seems to be the hardest thing to get right, for me anyway. For years i've always used budget toothpastes and i've never really batted an eyelid as i've always pretty good dental health but as you get older i've learnt that you really do have to look after your teeth and after trying the Janina Ultrawhite Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste* (£10.99) i've noticed such a difference to my teeth. Since using this toothpaste i've noticed how white my teeth look and also how less sensitive they are, which i've never really noticed with previous toothpastes and i'd definitely say that using a slightly more expensive toothpaste definitely gives better results to budget brand toothpastes out there.

Onto the last couple of beauty products that hardly ever grace my blog and when it comes to deodorant, i've probably tried every single brand out there and I always come back to the Sure Crystal Clear Diamond Deodorant (£3.39) as it is the only deodorant that i've found to never cake and crumble just after applying and it never leaves white marks all over my clothing, as previous 'anti white' deodorants have! Also all in all it is a pretty decent deodorant as it keeps me feeling fresh all day and works really well for when i'm in the gym, which is all you really need from a deodorant! Lastly is my go to nail polish remover, now all nail polish removers do the same job but I find the Cutex Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover (£1.60) is by far my favourite. Although I do use it for the fact that it is acetone free, as I do wear false nails from time to time but I also find it to be a lot less harsh on my nails and it doesn't dry them out like acetone nail polish removers do, so all in all i'd highly recommend this to anyone who is similar to myself.

So those are some of my favourite and go to beauty products that we often forget about because lets be honest, what is glamorous about perspiration and hair removal?!

What are your go to daily beauty products?

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Yoins Autumn Clothing Haul

With the autumnal weather slowing creeping in (I say this as it's currently blowing gale force winds outside), I thought it was about time I started adding some new autumnal pieces into my wardrobe. As I already own a fair amount of thick chunky knits from last year I knew i'd need a few items that I could easily layer up to keep myself warm, so gift card in toe I headed over to Yoins to see what they had to offer!
For any of you who aren't familiar with Yoins, they are an online clothing store based in Hong Kong that provides the latest trends at really affordable prices, but still at a really good quality. When it comes to transitional pieces I always like to save where I can, as I know that I will probably only wear the items for a year or two before I either donate them or pass them down and with fashion trends changing as much as they do I think it's wise to be a little conscious with what you're spending.

As you can see I stuck to quite basic pieces that I knew i'd be able to style these quite easily by dressing quite casual or dressing them up slightly with accessories and heels, so the pieces I picked out were quite versatile. The first item I picked out was this lovely Stripe Cami Dress (£9.43) as I really liked the neckline of this, as well as the simple cami slip dress shape to it. I thought it would be perfect to layer with a polo neck, as i've styled it here or on it's own with some dainty black heels on a night out.

As i'm a sucker for stripes, I went a bit stripe mad on this haul but when I saw this Blue Stripe Colourblock Sweater (£14.84) I was instantly swooning over it. I don't own many patterned knit wear pieces and I was in need of a lighter knit wear option, as my office at work can get quite warm. As a usual lover of monochrome, I really liked the blue tones to this jumper as it allows me to add a little colour without it being too much. What I also love is how soft this jumper is, it's so snuggly especially on lazy days!

The last item I picked out is this basic Side Split Stripe Top (£13.48) that I just loved when I saw this on the model on the website. I've really been loving the side split trend that seems to be everywhere at the moment as I like how it adds a little extra detail, especially to a really basic piece like this. I really like wearing this top quite casual but I sometimes dress it up with a pair heeled boots and chunky necklace. Again, they jersey quality of this is really lovely and so soft - I just love!

So those are a few pieces that I recently ordered from Yoins! If you haven't checked out their website before, i'd highly recommend as they have some lovely pieces especially their chunky knits - I had to restrain myself!

Have you been purchasing any new autumn/winter pieces?

I was kindly gifted a $40 gift card to spend on and the remainder was paid for by myself.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Recent Skincare Favourites #6

It's been a little while since I shared some recent skincare favourites and as I've been trying a fair few new skincare products recently as well as the weather changing, and my skin changing a lot with it I thought it was about time I updated what skincare products I'm loving as of late.
It's safe to say over the summer I really neglected my skincare routine that I'd stuck to for such a long while and it's safe to say my skin really suffered from it, which made me learn that my skin was more important than those few extra minutes in bed. After promising myself to never neglect my skincare routine again, I decided to strip it all down and to start a fresh with some new products, as i'd found my skin had gotten used to the products that I was using and they weren't really working for my skin anymore.

When it comes to skincare, Organic Surge are a brand that I really enjoy using because their products are so gentle on my skin but also do exactly what I need them to do. As my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish had sadly ran out, I thought i'd give the Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser* (£13.95) a go as i'd heard some really great things and it good to switch up your cleanser every now and then. This cleanser is quite similar to many hot cloth cleansers that i've tried in the past, quite creamy and thick but works a treat to remove your makeup whilst also giving your skin a really deep clean. What I love about the natural shea butter enriched formula is that it leaves my skin feeling really nourished with a lovely natural glow that makes my skin look really healthy.

A couple of other new products in my skincare routine come from the brand Salcura, who i'd never really heard all that much about before but I thought i'd give their products a go as they are aimed at more serious skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Although I don't directly suffer from any skin conditions anymore, my skin can get really dry during the winter months and I wanted to see how their products worked for me. As i'm a big lover of serums the Bioskin DermaSerum* (£11.99) has been a lovely addition to my skincare regime as its an everyday serum that is designed to moisturise the skin and also soothe any dry areas on the face whilst being really gentle. In addition to the serum, i've also been loving their Bioskin DermaSpray* (£16.99) which is a lovely nourishment spray containing almond oil that helps to give the skin an instant nourishment fix for those who suffer with dry skin that can often become itchy. I don't really use it for those reasons, I tend to use this if i'm having a makeup free day or after i've taken my makeup off to give my skin a refreshing yet moisturising fix, especially if it starts to become quite dry. If you suffer from some more serious skin conditions or like me quite dry skin, i'd definitely recommend trying out Salcura's products especially as they are so easy to get hold of.

Finally onto the face mask that has been giving my skin life at the moment! For some reason my chin has been a little diva recently and it hasn't really acted up since suffering with acne when I was younger, so it was strange to have a sudden break out when I haven't for quite some time. I initially saw Lily Melrose using the Origins Out of Trouble Mask (£23) and after hearing all about it I decided that I needed it in my life, but it turned out I already owned it after buying a mask trio back at the beginning of the year! As my chin was acting up big time I needed a quick fix and this 10 minute mask does just that, with all of ingredients bonding together to fight away any unwanted blemishes and after using this three days in a row my skin has finally gone back to it normal self! 

So those are a few skincare products that I have been loving as of late and i'd highly recommend trying them out of you suffer from dry skin that can often have a sudden unwanted break out!

What skincare products are you loving at the moment?

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