Saturday, 23 July 2016

Heatwave Saviour| Sanctuary

If you live in the UK like I do then you will know that we are currently having a rather gorgeous heatwave! Some of us love it others well....not so much....but as the temperature hit 40 degrees where I was the other day, I'm not complaining! One product that everybody NEEDS to own in this heat is the very gorgeously cooling & hydrating body sorbet from Sanctuary Spa and trusty me at 40 degrees this little gem is honestly a godsend and one summer beauty product that stands out for all the good & best reasons.

It's a cooling body sorbet that goes with a cooling body shower drench (aka a dream team). The body sorbet you of course use after getting out of the shower or in my case.....keep it in your handbag and have it with you everywhere you go, I simply squeeze a dollop of this dream sorbet and then just massage straight into my skin It doesn't leave an oily residue or a sticky feeling, it's very hydrating and just cools your body down completely.....the best part is that it smells divine and of freshly chopped watermelon & cucumber. Honestly if you buy one thing this summer make sure it's this.....hydrating, moisturising and cools your body can't go wrong....go grab a bottle drench your skin in it & then get out in that sunshine. It's one of the best hidden products on the shelves of boots! I can't recommend this highly enough!

Have you tried the Sanctuary Cooling Body Sorbet?


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

REVIEW | Micellar Cleansing Water

I have never been one to join the hype of Micellar Cleasing waters, as I’ve had very weird experiences and never felt like they have got every single scrap of the days face off…..but seem as I ran out of my trusty, holy grail, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, I thought I would grab The Garnier Skinactive Micellar Oil-Infused Cleasning Water for dry & sensitive skin. It’s one heck of a mouthful but It was one of them I hear lots about it, I’m gonna try it purchases… you guys know I love giving new products a whirl. But sadly this particular one hasn’t lived up to what I hoped….I really like the original of the Micellar Garnier water but I’ve not been a huge fan of this particular one.

This Micellar Water claims to nourish whilst also cleanse & remove makeup from your skin, but also promises to not leave your skin feeling greasy or leave an oily residue…….Now I have tired many a cleanser but this one is very different, don’t get me wrong I love the value for your money as it’s cheap & doesn’t break the bank and you do get a decent amount (400ml to be exact) for your moolah, I personally don’t agree with the non grease/oily claims as I found it to be on the greasy side which I suppose is because it’s an oil-infused water, but it did however make my makeup glided off, but I had to use at least a million cotton wall pads to get anything off and nearly the entire bottle. I like that its eye friendly but that’s about it really, even though I personally find it to be on the greasy side I simply get another cotton pad and swish around my face to absorb the excess oil, even though it says you don’t feel like you have too do that……..the only thing that I actually love about this product apart from the price & that it's eye friendly is the smell as it’s very fresh. I’ve been using this both morning and night for about 3 weeks now, and it’s good for only £3-£4……but…..and there is a but……I’ve not really felt like it’s properly cleansed my skin and got every scrap of makeup off, and has actually made my skin feel slightly dry. Which I’ve never had before with my other cleansers and water cleansers. To conclude I think this is a good product and is awesome if you are going away for a few days, but I wouldn’t class it as cleansing or a good water cleanser & I certainly wouldn't continue using it on a daily basis. It is bank friendly but I personally don’t think I will buy this particular one again. I ADORE the original one from Garnier as I feel like it really works & does keep to it’s claims & promise….but this one I’ve felt slightly disappointed with. Like people say nothing is quite as good as the original.

It’s good for a little quick wishy washy but not something for me, however it might be something for you.

Have you tried the Garnier Micellar Water & What are your thoughts?

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Six Beauty Must Haves | July

As I type this blogpost it's peeing it down outside & I'm listening to christmas songs.......please don't judge hahaha, I know we are in JULY!!!! but I'm ready for christmas hahaha. Anyway as we are in July, I thought I'd share with you another one in my Six Beauty Must Haves but this time I would of course do July......July is a bit of a weird one really, one minute it's super sunny and roasting hot.....the next it's raining and then I'm grumpy, you may have guessed by now that I'm not a huge fan of July.......but when it has been sunny these are the things that I've been reaching for they are most definitely ideal for July.

Sanctuary Cooling Body Sorbet - An absolute summer heat godsend, I keep this in my handbag and It's UH-MA-ZING, note the word cooling.....well it actually cools your body down instantly and smells exactly like watermelon, I love the formula of this as it's very light but moisturising & hydrating at the same time, it's like having you have a giant cooling sheet around you when you pop it on.....honestly can't recommend this enough.

Toni & Guy Sea Salt Spray - I have very very long hair and having long hair means texturising sprays & sea salt spray is your best friend.....this is one product that I ALWAYS carry around with me, it leaves a perfect beach wavy look, I simply spray a couple of squirts in my hair, scrunch the ends & then ta da....perfect beach wavy hair that took less then 5 minutes. It's so quick and easy, I just LOVE,  LOVE, LOVE this spray it's SO good and smells beautiful.

Batiste Marrakech* - Sun, Heat & Hairstyles can sometimes not be great or turn out as well as you hoped, so batiste is always on hand for that fresh hair feeling & perfect hairstyle, I particularly love this Marrakech themed batiste, it's very fresh and instantly gives that fresh hair look & feeling, It doesn't leave white streaks in your hair and has the most nicest scent in the world, you can't go wrong with having one of these little lifesavers in your handbag.

Estee Lauder 02 Pink Seduction - Bit random but completely worth it, it's one of the most beautiful blushes I've ever used, as you can see it's already been much loved as I've hit pan, it's a trio of gorgeous peachy and pale pinks with a slight shimmer, it's very much like Estee Lauder's famous Tease just leaves this beautiful healthy glow and instantly brightens your skin up. It's one blusher that is my all time favourite and looks SO nice in the summer........I'm not sure if this is limited edition or not but I'd highly recommend you grab this before it disappears.

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask - My skin can sometimes be quite dry and less hydrated in the summer, so this beauty I've been using non-stop and it's SO hydrating, simply do your skincare routine and then pop this on straight after any moisturiser or night cream you might use, it honestly works a treat, it's very very hydrating, doesn't feel heavy or like you have honey on your face (trust me I've had overnight masks like that and they are disgusting) it's really nourishing and your skin feels so much more happy and plump in the morning. One of the best overnight masks I've EVER used, Complete godsend.

Lait Apres-Soleil After Sun Lotion - I recently got this in a GlossyBox & I have used this when I've been out in the sun and caught a little bit of sunshine, I didn't think it would actually work but it actually does, it's not a lotion or a body cream it's actually a milk.......weird I know but simply massage a little bit on where the sun has kissed you and it stops redness and soothes sunburn like a dream, it's very hydrating and I just know that when I run out of this tube I will most definetly be buying a full size tube.

And that is everything that you need this july, quite a nice mix.

What are your must haves for this July?

Friday, 15 July 2016

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie | Review

When it comes to haircare, I’m one of them girls that has tried every product named under the sun, and some have been awesome others haven’t quite lived up to what I’d hoped......but one product that I’ve been SUPER impressed with recently is this......It’s the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Deep Treatment, designed for long and damaged hair......

Now I got a sample of this in a previous GlossyBox & used it straight away......after one single wash I could feel and see the difference in my hair it was I went ahead & placed a very late night cheeky order on and of course added this gem to the pile that was waiting to be ordered in my basket. I’ve always walked past Aussie in boots or superdrug as they were never a haircare brand that I was instantly drawn too before now, my nan and sister have always been obsessed with them, I always thought that their hair stuff was only for curly hair queens as my nan and sister both have curly hair (I have straight hair) and have always used their products, I just never thought that they were a brand that did products for my hair, but they do infact have a HUGE range for ALL hair types, which I didn’t know about at all......(I must have been living under a rock or something)......I love the smell of Aussie products and since trying this hair treatment I’ve gone and purchased more of their hair care products including dry shampoo, actual shampoo & get this.....they even do shower gels in the scents *pulls hell to the yes face/ pug in excitement face*.

I didn’t expect for it to work or as it promise a ‘miracle’ hair treatment, but I’ve honestly been SO impressed with it, that I just had to share it with you all, so you can all fall in love with it just as much as I have. The 3 Minute Miracle Hair Treatment/Conditioner is ideal for those of us with long, some-what damaged or dry hair. It’s so hydrating and is packed with Australian Eucalyptus, Avocado Oil & adds the most gorgeous shine to your hair........It's nickname is even Long-Locks Love Potion, you know them fancy hair adverts well it leaves your hair like that just after one wash it’s incredible, my hair just feels soft, comforted and nourished all in one little dollop of this miracle hair treatment, It’s really helped with the dryness of my hair as with it being very long the ends tend to be a bit unloved and in need of a lil bit of TLC and this most DEFINITELY does’s hydrating & is amazing on split ends……I just can’t recommend this enough, I LOVE the packaging FINALLY one brand has noticed that clicky bottle lids are a pain in the backside. With this all you do is simply grab the bottle and squeeze now mucking around with lids and caps, your sorted.

There is nothing bad about this product at all, the packaging is fantastic but what’s even more amazing is the actual hair has NEVER felt this good and hydrated, I will most definitely be getting my hands on some more Aussie goodness. It not only smells divine it keeps it’s ‘miracle’ promise, It does exactly what it says on the bottle and has no disappointments......if you try one product this month, make sure it’s this little gem, trust me it’s worth it. It really does revitalise your hair, & deeply hydrates, it's just a hair care saviour. 

Have you tried any Aussie Hair Products?

Thursday, 14 July 2016

GlossyBox | July

One thing that I have become completely obsessed with since subscribing to them is GlossyBox, and this months box is no exception. All pretty in pink, it landed on my door step nice and early, filled with so many different things one being a new makeup brush too.

This months GlossyBox contains:

Blank Canvas Flat F20 Brush
Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara
A Utan And Tone Nourishing Night Creme 
Hair De-Tangle Brush
A Soft & Gentle Hair Minimise Anti Perspirant

There is nothing in this box that I’m not happy with and nothing that I won’t use, apart from the Night Cream as it apparently leaves a tan, with my being a long lost sister of Caspar the friendly ghost I think I will pass this one on to someone else.

Soft & Gentle Antiperspirant - The Soft & Gentle Deodorant smells SO good and promises quite a few things which will be interesting to see if it actually lives up to what it promises, I’ve never been one to try Soft & Gentle products before as I’m a big fan of dove & mitchum deodorants, but I am looking forward to trying this one out.

Icona Milano Waterproof Mascara - I’ve never heard of Icona Milano until now but this is one mascara that claims to give a false lash effect to your lashes whilst not leaving any smudges due to heat & water and is humidity resistant, I like the black and white packaging however I wouldn’t be instantly drawn to it, if I walked past it in Superdrug or Boots, again it promises a fair few things so we shall see if it actually is heat and humidity resistant, I think the name Emotions Allowed is a bet meh, I don’t know why but the name……it slightly reminds me of funerals which is probably not what you want your mascara to remind you of.……well at least I don’t.

Hairon De-Tangle Brush - with a look like a tangle teezer I know I’m going to love this, I have very long hair and it’s always knotty or tangled and my much loved tangle teezer has been looking a bit sorry for itself, so this came just in the nick of time. I love the colour as it’s duck egg blue, and I always carry my tangle teezer with me in my handbag, so it will be nice to switch things around and have this one with me, it leaves your hair tangle free without snagging or tugging too. 

Blank Canvas Flat F20 Brush - I have never come across or heard of Blank Canvas brushes until now, I have a slight obsession with brushes and this one is just gorgeous, it’s SO fluffy and I can’t wait to use this to buff in foundation or concealer it can also be used as a powder brush too, it’s very soft and feels very luxurious. 

All the products inside this months box are all full sized which is fantastic, as for only £10 (plus P+P) you got £47.47 worth of products for only £10…..GlossyBox have got it spot on when it comes to value for money and actually cherry pick the best products from many different brands. I can’t recommend this beauty box brand highly enough.

Are you subscribed to GlossyBox?

Friday, 8 July 2016

What's In My Skincare Draw?

Today I thought I would keep to my promise, and share with you a little insight into my Skincare Draw, it's packed with lots of different brands and changes ever so often but in the mean time here's what's inside my Skincare Draw. My draw slots are from Muji. I have the same little containers for my makeup collection........I would firstly like to say that I know that some of you might think this is a way too big skincare collection, but to me it's filled with little gems so please don't judge and lets enjoy have a lil snoop around my over grown skincare draw.

As you can see I have quite an array, of different products and different brands, ranging from drugstore/highstreet to highend. Like I said I'm a very skincare loving and obsessed girl not just because of my real life job but because I know that a good base makes good makeup, and trust me them words couldn't be truer.

Starting from the left we have the:

Clean Me/ Take It Away section

As you've guessed it, this little section is filled with my cleansers one being a mini Charlotte Tilbury & the other being my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, both of which work a dream at cleansing the days face away and refreshing my new face in the morning, I also pop my favourite toner water in this section which is of course every bloggers favourite Pixi Glow Tonic Water, along with them little gems I also have a mini Charlotte Tilbury Eye Makeup remover.

Moisturise Me Section

This little section is filled with my current two moisturiser as well as a mini Estee Lauder day cream sample I was given to try out, I'm loving Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream at the moment as it's so hydrating and feels like a spa treatment on your face it's just beautiful, I then of course have my all time favourite EVER, EVER, EVER moisturiser by Clinique and it's the moisture surge extended thirst relief gel, not going to ramble like a usually do but honestly this moisturiser is UH-MA-ZING and I LOVE it.

Eyewise section

I currently have three eyecreams on the go, one being my very trusty Kiehl's Avocado Eye cream which I've raved about time & time again, and another two which I'm testing out, both of the other two are part of the Clinique Moisture Surge Range and I'm testing out the difference between the two, the one on the left is very very light where as the other is much more richer and thicker in consistency, both I'm really enjoying using & will keep you update on them.

Kiss Me Section

I always apply a lip balm to my lips last thing at night and first thing in the morning, these two the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm & Burt's Bees Mango Lip Balm always keep my lips hydrated and soft, I alternate between them but tend to use the Nuxe one a little bit more in the autumn & winter months.

Masks Upon Masks Section

One thing I've recently jumped on the bandwagon a lot more with lately is overnight masks, might sound scary but honestly they are AAAAmmmazing, your skin feels so much more hydrated after using an overnight mask and you can really see & feel the difference, I have quite an array including my favourite Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (told you I'm a HUGE fan of the moisture surge range) which is just a godsend in a bottle, I also have a mini Charlotte Tilbury Facemask, this one you do however wash off but works a treat as you feel like you have baby soft skin after using it. Then finally sitting pride of place we have my favourite The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, which you can actually pick up right now in certain Body Shop stores for only £14 something's a weird texture, but is a gel & a cream combined in one.....note the word bouncy, this mask you can actually push your fingers in it and it will leave a dent that bonces straight back, it's a bit like when you go to the beach & you stand in quick sand hahaha, all of these are SUPER hydrating and rejuvenating to my skin and I couldn't recommend them all highly enough.

Extras & Other Necessities Section

And right at the side of my skincare draw I pop little extras, as well as bits & bobs that I need or will need ever so often, I of course have my trusty Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, this stuff has saved my skin countless of times and I just LOVE it, it's hydrating but also amazing at healing cuts, sores, spots (LIFE SAVER) basically everything & anything. I then have some oval cotton pads as I use these to pop my toner on.......

And that is everything inside my skincare draw, I love knowing and seeing what other people use on their skin, I also love finding new hidden beauty products that are available so do let me know If I'm missing out on anything that would be nice for my skin & well for the draw aswell. I hope you've enjoyed having a snoop round my skincare draw.

What's inside your Skincare Draw?


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Topshop | Lipstick Collection Part 1

Well would you look at that me trying to get all arty-farty and be creative with what summer has to offer, in the background.....I thought I would FINALLY share with you all my Topshop Lipstick Collection but......& there is a but......I've split it into two different posts as I didn't want to make it all long and rambley so here is part one to my Topshop Lipstick Collection.

First of all I'm a HUGE fan of Topshop lipsticks I love adore them, not only do I love the colourful array they have available & the packaging I also LOVE the formula, it is no secret (or it might be ;) ) that Topshop lipsticks are in fact made by the same people who make MAC Lipsticks.......I actually prefer Topshop Lipsticks as the packaging is SO cute and they don't have the heavy £15.50 price tag instead they are only £8, I even picked a few of these lippies up for £3!!! More about the £3 lippies here.

Nevada - Nevada is my all time favourite Topshop Lipstick, it is SO moisturising & lasts a really really long time, you do need to however top it up after you've eaten or had a drink, it's moisturising and creamy, not pricey and I couldn't ever part with this one. I tend to wear this one more in the spring and summer & then pop it back in my makeup draw to be rediscovered after christmas!!!! It's also an amazing dupe for Burberry's - Burberry Kisses 01 Nude Beige. They are practically identical.

Innocent - As you can see this has been well loved by me, it's one of the most moisturising lipsticks I've EVER bought, I need a new one of theses as it's another one of my favourite I adore the formula of this one as it's SO creamy and leaves a gorgeous velvet finish on the lips. It's such a beautiful soft pink. I tend to wear this a lot in the summer and have had this one for as long as I can remember.

Ohh La La - One of my favourite coral lipsticks, Ohh La La is SO pigmented like all the other Topshop Lipsticks, it's creamy & moisturising this one glides straight onto your lip and the colour pay off is WOW, it looks very very bright in person but it's actually quite a light coral very much like Peach Passion by YSL except less glossy when on the lips. I picked this little Limited Edition gem up for only £3, it's the perfect summer shade.

Petal - Is another very pale nude, yet not so pale that it washes you out, it's this really beautiful baby pastel pink shade and just looks gorgeous, feels very light and doesn't go cakey at all. It's very much the perfect nude lipstick that everyone should own, it's sadly limited edition and you can't get this anymore, you can maybe try eBay as I'd very highly recommend this shade it's gorgeous.

The Damned - Another lipstick that I picked up for only £3, this is a very gorgeous deep purple meets red lipstick & I can't WAIT to wear this as soon as it hits autumn, it's the perfect autumnal shade, & glides on like a dream, this one tends to last a lot more and is very rich in colour payoff. 

Bookworm - The only way I can describe this lipstick shade is, that it's a bit like Rimmel London 107 but a more lighter and more redish shade instead of a purple undertone. It's SUPER pigmented right from the get go and just gives this perfect red tone to your lips once applied, it's like a Taylor Swift red hahaha, I only bought this one recently, and I'm already obsessed with it. I picked this one up for only £3 too.

And that is part one to my ever growing Topshop Lipstick Collection, keep an eye out for part 2 in a couple of weeks, there's still plenty more to come.

What Topshop lipsticks are in your makeup collection?


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Favourite Highend Skincare Products

I am a HUGE fan of all things skincare so today I thought I would riffle through my ever growing skincare draw and pick out my favourite highend skincare products! I will also be doing a highstreet version of this too very very soon. 

Estee Lauder Take It Away Makeup Remover - The most beautiful makeup remover ever to hit my skin, it gets rid of ever scrap of makeup including waterproof, It's very softening & calming to the skin whilst also feeling hydrating and cooling, love the formula is it's like a gel meets cream, the smell reminds me of when you go to the seaside and take that first breath of fresh sea salty air, it's just honestly gorgeous. Couldn't recommend this enough, works a treat the only thing I will say is it's one the pricey side but I LOVE it.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream - This is honestly a product made in heaven, it works on dry lips (hence why I bought it, as I have the most dry horrible lips in the world), spots, cuts and if you have a cold like I do now whilst I type this (I know it's JULY what the hell is happening to me), it's amazing at popping under your nose to stop it going bright red. I wouldn't say the texture of this 'cream' is a cream it's more of an oily balm, once melted glides on, you literally need the teeny tiniest amount as it goes a hell of a long way. I use this all year round and ALWAYS have one in my skincare draw (I will be do a what's inside my skincare & makeup draw soon).

Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment Cream - Anything with Avocados in & I'm sold, I've talked about this eye cream time and time again, so I won't bore's the most hydrating eye cream I've EVER used & I've used a LOT of eyecreams over the years, it's cooling and calming around the eyes and just keeps them so hydrated it's unreal, I use this every morning and night & my eyes feel so much brighter, healthier and all round less tired after this. I'd highly HIGHLY recommend you try this as it's honestly *places hand on heart* the best eyecream EVER EVER EVER.

I'm very VERY fussy when it comes to moisturisers, but the two highend wise that have stood out to me have been my trust....

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel - My holy grail moisturiser, I've raved about this countless of times, it's so plumping and hydrating to the skin, my skin is a very complicated and annoying thing I have dry to combination skin, I get oily on my chin and around the sides of my nose, but dry around my cheeks, neck, forehead, and top of my nose (told you it's weird) and this seems to work the treat on all of my skin problems, it's so calming, soothing and moisturising on my skin, I LOVE the formula as it's a gel meets cream, I could ramble on about this even more but if you want to read a more in-depth review of this moisturiser you can have a read of it here. I wouldn't really class this moisturise as highend and sky high price wise, but Clinique is well Clinique.....something very special that everyone should turn to for their skincare worries.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream - The one moisturiser that I've seemed to fall head over heals in love with, it's a very thick moisturiser, but once massaged glides like a balm onto the skin, it feels hydrating all day and my skin looks SO much healthier, brighter and a lot more 'me' when I use this, I honestly couldn't fault this, the only thing I don't like about this product is the extremely heavy price tag, coming in at £70 PER POT!!! it isn't cheap in the slightest.....but I guess as it's Charlotte Tilbury & it's used on the likes of Kate Moss & Cara Delving we can let the price tag slide.....I will say though that this is one very expensive moisturiser that works an absolute treat. I feel like my skin craves it sometimes. More about charlotte's famous Magic Cream here I did I much more in-depth review.

There you have it my Favourite Highend Skincare Products.

What are your favourite highend beauty staples you can't live without?
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