Saturday, 30 June 2012

NEW IN: L'Occitane purchases

I couldn't resist sharing this with you! After  trying a couple of products from L'Occitane I found myself looking at their website every day! :) I finally placed my first order and got a few products that are currently on sale. Most products were £5! What a bargain! You can get your order gift wrapped free of charge, so I thought... Ok... I will just get myself a present :) The packaging is beautiful! I am in love with everything! You also get free samples of your choice with every order! I will be reviewing the products soon. I used the solid perfume and Vineyard Rose body butter and they both smell amazing! Did I mention that I am in love? Yes I did :)
 
 1.Ultra Rich Body Cream Vineyard Rose link
2.Ultra Rich Body Cream Cocoa Flower link
3.Rose 4 Reines Solid Perfume link
4.Delice des Fruits Bath Ball link
How cute is this stamp!

Friday, 29 June 2012

What's in my handbag

Hi everyone!
Happy Friday! I am finally doing the "What's in my handbag" post. I spend most of my days at home and when we go somewhere I take too much stuff with me :) I also take a baby changing bag with Zachary's stuff in it and a camera for taking pictures.
I don't go shopping with such a heavy bag, it usually stays in the car and I take my wallet with me :)
If you want to have a peek inside my handbag on www.whatsinmyhandbag.com click on the picture below and you will be able to see all the items and a short description.

Would you like to see a "What's in my make-up bag" post in the future?

 
Contents of my bag(a motorcycle Balenciaga lookalike):
1.Wallet. 2.iPad. 3.Bracelets. 
4.Make-up bag. 5.Denman hairbrush. 6.L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream. 7.OPI nail Envy. 8.L'Occitane Cherry Blossom EDT.
9.Eco Tools travel brush set, hair clips, rings etc. 10.Lip balms and lipstick.
11.Nail file. 12.L'Occitane Angelica Hydration face Mist. 13.Batiste Dry Shampoo.
14.Tissues. 15.Flower by Kenzo EDP mini.
 
That's how it looks like when all the stuff is inside

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Gwdihw balms review

I received three lovely balms from www.gwdihwbalm.co.uk a couple of weeks ago and I have been using them every day. GWDIHW balms is a company based in North Wales. They offer a range of natural, herbal body balms and soothers to treat specific problem areas. The herbs used to infuse the balms are locally grown on a herb nursery in Anglesey and all ingredients used are totally natural.
AMAZING! All the balms are a generous size-25g and cost only £4.49 so it is a great deal. The packaging  is very cute, pocket size metal tins with colorful designs. Just look at the Cheeky Cherub packaging - mummy owl with little baby owls! PS. GWDIHW is pronounced Goody Hoo and means owl in Welsh.
 

Smoochy Lips Cherry 25g Balm* £4.49 link

Smoochy Lips is a lip balm available in 4 flavours: Orange & Lemon, Cherry, Pineapple and Vanilla. 
I got the Cherry one and I love it. It smells and tastes of cherries and feels very nice on my lips. 
It is non sticky and it is packed with natural goodness. 
Coconut and Olive oils leave my lips feeling soft and nourished.
I keep this balm in my handbag and reach for it all the time. 

Apply little and often for kissable lips 
 Ingredients: Coconut And Olive Oils, Beeswax, Calendula, Natural Cherry Flavour.

 
Cheeky Cherub Baby Balm 25g Balm* £4.49 link
This balm really helped with my sons nappy rash. He's never had nappy rash until his 1st birhday. 
My husband bought different nappies (typical) and they caused a very nasty nappy rash. 
I used the balm on the affected area and it worked wonders. 
I also used it on my sons dry skin (he gets dry patches on his arms) and it helped to soften the skin and the redness started fading away. Another problem the balm helped with is cradle cap- Zac has got very mild cradle cap and the doctor told me that it will go away soon. I used Cheeky Cherub a couple of times on the small area of his head that's affected and it is looking much better. I will keep using it and hopefully it will disappear forever :)
It smells lovely, mostly of calendula an lavender and the delicate scent stays on all day.

Ingredients:Coconut & Olive Oils, Beeswax, Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Calendula, Lavender Oil

 
Nail Wizard 25g Balm* £4.49 link 
I am obsessed with looking after my nails and I've been using the Nail Wizard balm a couple of times a day to soften and nourish my cuticles. I mentioned many times that my nails are very weak and no matter what I do, they stay weak. It doesn't mean that I will give up. I never will -I love using products like this to make sure I take care of my nails. It also leaves my hands smelling absolutely gorgeous. Calendula and lemon- my favourite scents.

Gently massage this thick balm into your nails and cuticles. Apply regularly to benefit from the cleansing lemon and nourishing cocoa butter   
Ingredients: Coconut And Olive Oils, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Calendula, Lemon Essential Oil.

*PR samples

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Purple smokey eye

I love the  smokey eye look and I think I have tried all the colour combinations you can think of.

I will be experimenting with colours on the blog and every week I will try to create different looks.
I usually go for natural looks or don't wear make-up at all, but I am sure I can make an exception once a week :) Today I decided to reach for my favourite Urban Decay Book of Shadows vol II and Naked2. I used three shades for this look: Ecstasy, AC/DC and Blackout.
PRODUCTS I USED: Urban Decay Book of Shadows vol II(shades Ecstasy and AC/DC), Urban Decay Naked2(shade Blackout), He-Shi bronzer for blending, body shop eye pencil in black, Blink&Go mascara, UD lipgloss and INIKA mineral foundation for my face

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

No more mess- how to store your mineral foundations and pigments

I mentioned in my Inika review that I found a solution to prevent all mineral powders and pigments from making a mess. Here is a quick and simple thing you can do.
It is a 1 minute job and you will only need foam/sponge (about 2cm thick) and scissors.
1.Cut a circle out of foam to match the shape of your container.
2.Place the foam circle on the sieve and screw the lid back on.
That's it! I have been carrying my pigments and powders in my handbag and they are clean and I don't need to worry about them making a mess anymore :)

INIKA Cosmetics- Mineral foundation powder and and mineral eyeshadows

I love mineral makeup and I fell in love with INIKA when I got their eyeliner in  my April Glossybox.
The consistency, the colour and the amazing ingredients stole my heart.
Today I am reviewing more INIKA products including a mineral foundation powder in shade nurture and four highly pigmented  mineral eye shadows.
All INIKA products are certified organic or vegan, certified Halal 
and cruelty free.

 
INIKA Mineral Foundation Powder*, shade: nurture 8g £25.55  link

I started using mineral foundations a couple of months ago and I loved the finish, so I was very excited to try one from INIKA. I am not disappointed. The shade I got is called Nurture and it suits most average white skin tones. There is a selection of 9 shades so I am sure you will find a match for your skin. I was unsure what shade I should get , so I picked the safe option :) Nurture is perfect  for me and looks very natural. The coverage is great. I recently burnt my face with a curling wand and I am left with a scar (3x1cm) so i had to start using a concealer and foundation to cover it. (I was using tinted moisturisers before) This mineral foundation is a 3 in 1 product and works as a concealer, foundation and powder. I didn't expect it to camouflage my scar, but it did! I didn't need extra concealer! I used my Real Techniques buffing brush to apply it and the finish is very natural and flawless. It doesn't look cakey and it feels very light. I use a setting spray to finish it off and it stays on all day, looking lovely and fresh. (the spray I use is L'occitane Angelica Hydration Face Mist). If pores around your nose are very visible I would recommend using a primer like Porefessional to minimize the appearance of them.
Inika foundations are made with natural ingredients and offer natural sun protection with SPF15.
The only bad thing I can point out is the packaging. Like most mineral products, powders and pigments it comes with a sieve, but nothing to cover it and the powder goes absolutely everywhere, unless you find something to sort out this problem. I did :) and I will be adding a post about it tomorrow. No more mess for me and I can finally carry my mineral foundations and eye shadows in my handbag.
shade: Nurture
 INIKA foundation in shade Nurture (no primer or concealer) + ELF blusher
 
INIKA MINERAL EYESHADOWS* 1.2g £11.75 link 

Inika eye shadows are very pigmented and stay on my eye lids all day without a primer. The colours are beautiful and vibrant and perfect for everyday wear or a fun nigh time look. They are very versatile and can be used wet or dry, as a shadow or eyeliner. They are made with natural ingredients and suitable for sensitive eyes. You can see on the swatches, how beautifully pigmented they are. I love all the shades I received and to be honest, I haven't touched other eye shadows since I got these :)
I like using shades Mango and Gold Dust allover the lid for a simple look, or combine two colours together to create something a little bit more fun. 
The application is very simple. Pick up a little powder, press the product into the brush, tap off the excess and apply as desired. I used my finger a couple of times and it worked to.
Kingfisher must  be my favourite shade, it is a gorgeous bright green and it looks beautiful on tanned skin. I use it allover the lid, in the outer corners or as a liner and I love it! It looks amazing! (see below) I will be trying Mango as a liner next. I think I won't be using a black liner for a while :)
SHADES:
KINGFISHER: bold and bright shimmering green
GOLD DUST:  light shimmering gold colour
LIGHTENING: pure and flashy neon white
MANGO:  a fun and flirty shade of orange
Mango, Lightening, Gold dust, Kingfisher
in shade Kingfisher
L-R: Kingfisher, Mango, Lightening, Gold Dust (all without a primer)
Lightening in the inner corners, Kingfisher in outer corners (applied lightly without a primer)
Gold dust allover the lid (I applied it lightly with my finger , no primer)
Mango allover the lid, applied lightly with an eyeshadow brush, no primer

Monday, 25 June 2012

Famous Dave's Tanning Mousse review- gold edition

I have tried so many self tanning products in the past couple of months that I think I need to stop getting new ones for a while :) I love fake tan and I have got a weekly tanning routine that I will be writing about very soon. I was kindly sent Famous Dave's tanning mousse to try out and I was very surprised to find out that it is a perfect match for my skin tone!
 
FAMOUS DAVE'S TANNING MOUSSE* gold edition 200ml, £24.95 link 

When it comes to fake tan I always like using a mousse. It absorbs instantly and is usually streak free. Famous Dave's Gold Edition Tanning Mousse is exactly what I expect from a good quality tanning mousse. It is paraben-free and has no added fragrance. It is a blend of natural ingredients, antioxidants and EHA (a natural agent that tans a deeper layer of the skin for a more realistic and longer-lasting tan that fades evenly).
I received a tanning mitt as well and that's what I used to apply this mousse. It glides on beautifully and sinks into the skin right away, leaving it totally dry to the touch. I was expecting it to be darker to be honest, but the colour looked very natural on my skin. In fact it is the exact colour of my natural tan. I was very surprised with the outcome, pleasantly surprised :)
The consistency of the mousse is very light and it is an olive green colour, but don't be put off by that, you won't turn into a green monster :) It is totally fragrance free and there is no smell when the tan develops either. Amazing! You don't need to worry about staining your bedding or clothes and you are ready to go as soon as it dries (instantly).
After showering in the morning I noticed that the colour looks more golden than immediately after application and I was left with a gorgeous sunkissed glow. There is no orange undertone to the tan, it is a gorgeous olive colour perfect for anybody who is scared of looking like a TOWIE girl :) haha

It fades gracefully and evenly. The glow lasted for a full week, before I had repeat my routine. Obviously it wasn't a deep bronze colour at the end of the week, but I still looked tanned before I decided to apply self-tan again.
You can get Famous Dave's products online or in your local Boots. I actually seen a big selection in my local Boots and I was tempted to try more :) But I need to use up everything I have got before I buy a new bottle :)
Immediately after application, you can see the difference in colour :) That's how my tan would look naturally!

*PR sample

Give your nails a break. They deserve some TLC.

Strong nails are something I have always dreamed of... I don't know why, but no matter what I do my nails are always very weak.
Because of the condition of my nails, I try to give them a break once a month for a full week.
I stop using nail polish and false nails, I use a nail treatment, more cuticle oils and hand creams.
I also wear gloves when I wash the dishes. That one week a month is enough to give my nails a break and make them look more healthy.
How often do you use nail polish? Does it damage your nails? Do you ever give your nails a break?

Friday, 22 June 2012

Liz Earle fragrance/aromatherapy: Botanical Essence No1 EDP and Vital oils Bliss candle

Hello everyone,
I am still exploring the beautiful world of Liz Earle products. This time I have got a pleasure to introduce you to the fragrance and aromatherapy range.
There is one EDP available at the moment and it's called Botanical Essence No1.
The Vital Oils aromatherapy collection consists of three different candles: Bliss, Harmony and Comfort.

 
Botanical Essence No1 EDP 50ml* £45 link

I didn't know what to expect from this fragrance, but I was sure it will be a blend of fresh, natural scents. I like most perfumes to be honest, unless they smell too sweet.
Botanical Essence No 1 smells very citrusy and it is definitely a "lift me up" fragrance. When it sinks into the skin it becomes a more subtle scent and I can smell notes of Rose and Bergamot.
I think that it could be a unisex fragrance as it is right in between feminine and masculine. I really like it. It is totally different that other perfumes I have got in my collection.
The notes include bergamot, cardamon, rose, lavender, geranium, coriander, nutmeg, mandarin, bitter orange, lemon, cedar, vetiver, tonka bean and patchouli.
It is a perfect summer fragrance and will stay on your skin for a good few hours.
The packaging is lovely, a simple and classy square bottle that comes in beautifully designed box and would make a perfect gift. The box is a really good idea, it slides open giving you easy access to the perfume when you need it and protecting it at the same time. Perfumes and other beauty products are meant to be stored away from heat and direct light, especially sunlight, so I think that all perfumes should come in a box like this.

 
Vital Oils Candle- Bliss* £9.00 link

INFO: "Delicately scent your surroundings with our precious Vital Oils candles. Heavenly scented with the Bliss fragrance, it blends vegetable-derived waxes from renewable sources with pure essential oils. Burn for up to 7 hours. Height 5cm. Contain no paraffin wax. As blissful as its name, this joyous and sensual blend transports you to a calmer, more contented space."
MY OPINION: I always loved candles, so I was very excited to try this little beaut from the Liz Earle aromatherapy collection. As soon as I opened the box, the blissful scent of this candle filled the full room. Amazing! I could instantly smell notes of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, followed by Rosewood and Sandalwood. It has got a very calming affect on me and I like to use it at bedtime when I apply my skincare and brush my hair. It makes my routine a little bit more special :) I noticed that the scent isn't overpowering when I lit the candle, so don't worry about getting a headache. Some candles are just too strong for me and I end up feeling sick. This one is perfect and I really enjoy using it. It will definitely help you to relax.

Do you like using aromatherapy to help you restore emotional balance? 
Have you tried Liz Earle Vital Oil candles. What are your favourite scents?

 
*PR samples
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