April Favourites

Where on earth did April go when we are back to this already? Anyway lets get to it with what i have been loving in April.

April Favourites

I had a love hate relationship with the old formula but I am head over heels in love with the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory. The old formula used to go patchy and weird if I was suffering from dry skin, this one is thinner without compromising on the coverage but is more hydrating and sits nicer on the face. I use a sponge to apply and it just evens me out, the colour is also perfect for me.

My Fragrance of the month has been The Body Shop Madagascan Vanilla Flower Perfume Oil, the oil based texture took a little getting used to but the scent lasted all day. It’s a sweet subtle vanilla scent and is subtle in notes. So I smell nice all day but it isn’t overpowering, so glad to get this as a birthday gift as I never would of picked it up otherwise.

I am finally back into painting my nails and my favourite this month has been Barry M Aquarium Collection Nail Paint in Caspian, not necessarily a colour for this time of year but with its duo-chrome colour it is so damn pretty.

I don’t know if it is weird to have a anti-bacterial gel as a favourite but I absolutely the Cuticura Candy Apple Hand Gel. I don’t like the hand gels that smell really alcoholic and this one is perfect, it just smells like sugary candy fruit sweets. One final honourable mention to my Tangle Teezer, I took it on holiday and I am back to using it daily and I am so glad I am. Best hairbrush ever.

So that is what I loved over the course of April, what have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below

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Wear Test: Kiko Milano Nail Lacquer in 521 Pearl Ocean

Kiko Milano Nail LAcquer in PEarly Ocean

In an attempt to start reviewing nail polishes again and better I thought I would start doing wear tests, showing the build up of layers when applying and how it looks each day up until it chips or I get bored and take it off. So let me know what you think of this format for review. Today is the turn of the Kiko Milano Nail Lacquer in 521 Pearly Ocean, the brand makes no promises so let’s see how it goes.

So I built up the colour over 3 layers although I feel like even with thin coats it looks great with only two, I am a 3 coat type of girl in order to get the best colour and longevity. Excuse my messy painting, but I love the colour of the Pearly Ocean Nail Lacquer a pretty electric blue with tiny flecks of glitter which looks so pretty without having the hassel of glitter polish.

After a pretty standard day at the office, sat at my desk doing work at the computer so nothing to harsh on my hands or nails. IT held up pretty much perfectly with a tiny bit of wear around the tips, feeling pretty positive so far. Day two was another pretty standard day at work, pretty busy but nothing harsh on my hands. Although I forgot to take a picture it just was just slightly more worn than day one.

By the end of day 3 I had managed to get a decent chip and it was at this point I decided to change my nails. I get bored of nail colours quickly and I did not feel the need to carry on until they were all chipped.

Although smoother than a traditional glitter polish, it was a bugger to get off and resorted to soaking my nails in polish remover in order to take it off. Which although it means if probably can last a while it will make it a pain to use in future if you want something for a day or so. Overall I love the colour, formula and finish and despite the fact I would like it to last longer because I do like to change up my nail colour regularly. It is a bit of a pain to take off and I will need to ensure that when I put it on, that a few days later or when I wish to take it off I have the time available to dedicate it. I think I will look at more Kiko Nail Products in the future they have a huge range of colour and finishes, that it will be impossible to stop myself picking up more.

The Kiko Milano Nail Lacquer in Pearly Ocean is available online here as well as in Kiko shops, the RRP is £3.90.

How long do you like your nail polish to last? Also have you tried any other Kiko Milano nail polishes and what do you think of them?

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What’s In My Shower

whats in my shower

Something a little bit random today, but I kinda love these posts/videos as I am just so damn nosy also I like knowing what products people like using day to day. I’ve done one of these before when I was back at university which you can check out here .

Tresemme salon silk

So most of the time simply due to the size my shampoo and conditioner live in my bathroom cabinet, and I get away with washing my hair twice a week as it doesn’t get greasy as such and this is the best way to keep it happy and healthy. If you’ve read my blog for a while my shampoo and conditioner will not come as a surprise it’s the TRESemme Salon Silk Shampoo and Conditioner, my ultimate favourites as I love how they leave my hair and I’ve been using them what 6/7 years now. TRESemme also offers great value for money with the sheer size and regular offers.

The fuji green tea shower gel

Going for consistency at the moment with washing scents so I’m not an odd mismatch, so I’m using The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel, I’m so in love with the smell of this range. It’s so fresh and really wakes you up in the morning without been overpowering, perfect for a weekday morning. As well as my shower gel I have The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Exfoliating Soap, which was in my January favourites. I find it’s great to use instead of a body scrub way less hassle as there’s no faffing with the tub and it really does scrub I tend to use it on my legs or areas I have dry skin.

I know face stuff in the shower seems a little bit random, but I like to multi task in the morning so I do use a face wash in the shower. Some people are funny about it but I don’t see the harm, plus the people that tend to criticise this practice don’t work a ‘normal job’ where your showering at 6:30am and don’t want to do a 30 minute skincare routine. My current face wash is the Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial wash, I love the scent and it seems to do the trick. I also keep my P.S. Love Facial Cleansing Pad, which you can read my review here and i try to use it every other day.

The fuji green tea shower gel

Finally I have a Mini Body Shop Bath Lilly from a Mango Gift set, I initially started using it as I was too lazy to go and buy another one and thought it would do for the time been. Turns out the mini body shop ones aren’t half bad, not as good as there big ones but on par with the ones you get from wilkos etc and as part of a set you might as well use them. I also have whatever razor I am currently using

What is in your shower? Do you have go to shower gels or do you mix it up.

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Products Mentioned: Tresemme Salon Silk Shampoo (Tesco), TRESemme Salon Silk Conditioner (Tesco), The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel (The Body Shop), The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Exfoliating Soap (The Body Shop), Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Wash (Boots), Body Shop Bath Lilly (The Body Shop).

Disapointing Products

It’s almost been two years and I am yet to of written a disappointing products post, quite an achievement really although I’ve had the odd disappointing product I haven’t really had a collection to write about. Unlike our fortunate American friends products can only be returned if they are ‘faulty’ or defective, or in a resalable condition. Makeup is not an item which cannot be returned no matter what. So often I will find a way to use the product or make it work for me, these are the ones I couldn’t make work.

So hopefully this post will prevent you from wasting your money, or you can help me find a way to make these products work for me. Please remember just because a product doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you so I’ve tried to provide as much information as possible about why I don’t like it so you can make your own judgements.

makeup revolution baked highlight in peach lights

Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights:

This is what happens when I don’t research, I’d gone in for a MUA highlighter and as it wasn’t in stock and I was in a rush I picked up the Makeup Revolution one without swatching or thinking. I really wish id stopped to swatch. If you swatch it onto your finger the most beautiful peachy champagne shade is there which would add a beautiful and delicate highlight and glow to your skin. Only problem is that it doesn’t swap or transfer from them and you can barely see anything when you transfer it across. Also I can’t seem to pick any up with a brush either, stubborn as help it wants to all stay together in its pan. So what could easily be a beautiful highlighter is just a stubborn dud.

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Tanya Burr Nail Polish: Original Formula

I have to say there are two reasons as to why the original formula is on my disappointing list. First up is the staying power, within a few hours its started to chip at the tips and then by the middle of a work day I have huge bits of nail varnish missing. Probably works for a night out or if you don’t need it to last. Other issue is the colours, although I love the colour of Penguin Chic so much so I end up redoing my nails daily sometimes, the others don’t look like they’ve been pictured or switched especially ‘Peaches and Cream’ which is an ugly orange and ‘Little Duck’ which definitely isn’t the pale mint green its sold as. Although my colour issues may be that I have always brought online from feel unique, opposed to in Superdrug as I’ve always brought them on sale as I don’t think the price is worth it.

Boots Roller LAsh

Benefit Roller Lash

Although I have since thrown it a way I have to say I was hugely disappointed when I tried the Benefit Roller Lash, it definitely seems like another one of Benefits gimmicks which are easy to get caught up in rather than a good long standing Holy Grail product. I think this is also reflected in the fact this time last year everyone was raving about it, and then it barely got any mention in peoples 2015 favourites a definite hype products. Even worse that when I compared it to the P.S. Love Lift and Curl Mascara I got exactly the same looking lashes.

 

What products have you found disappointing? Also let me know if you disagree and how you make the most out of the these products?

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Whats in My Bag? Spring 2016


It’s been a long time since I’ve done my normal ‘What’s in my Bag’ post but they are such a traditional and nice post to do, it feels like a shame not to do one. If you want to see previous editions including “What’s in My Compact Bag?”  or “What’s in my Festival Bag”  click on each one respectively, or check out all of my past ones here. I don’t think what I keep in my bag tends to change but I always think this is an interesting thing to find out what people lug around, do they carry their whole life in their bag or if they have such a streamlined organised bag and I can do nothing but look on in amazement.

whats in my bag - new look duffle bag

Let’s start with a little bit about the bag itself, I got it as a gift for Christmas and it was greatly received as I wanted a more slouchy type of bag but that was still a practical size and I love this. It is the New Look Pin Stud Duffle Bag, which is a suede type texture and obviously stud detailing it has a super long adjustable strap so you can really make it work for you. It has one internal side pocket and other than that is a good sized space to ram everything in. I’m not someone that has to carry everything but I need some space at least.

the essentialswhats in my bag - essentials

So first up are the usual bag essentials which we might as well get away starting with my phone and keys, my keys are huge so they are easy to find. Another must is my purse, which is a Primark Purse from summer 2014 and it just has everything in it from cards to receipts all in their own special section. I also keep a reusable shopping bag in there at all times, seeing as there is now the bag charge so it’s handy if I pick something up unexpectedly.

keeping organisedwhats in my bag - organisation

With a full time job and a blog I like to make tons on lists and note everything in order to help me stay on top of things. I have my personal planner with my pen attached so I don’t use it, I love this planner to death. (If you want to see an indepth view of my planner click here). As well as my planner I have my blogging note book, to help me make notes on current posts, post ideas and check my blog schedule.

 

just a little vainwhats in my bag - makeup

I keep thinking about getting a small makeup bag, but as I just carry powder and my current lip product is I just used the inside pocket for now. So I carry my Ruby & Millie Kabuiki Brush, Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory and an assortment of lip stuff. So with no rhyme or reason I have 5 different lip products at the moment including: YSL Volupte Rouge in Lush Coconut, BareMinerals Marvolous Moxie Lipstick in Be a Star, P.S. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper, The Body Shop Lipstick in (I can never remember), Rimmel London Appocalips Lip Lacquer in Nova. Got a good mix of colours, finishes and budgets for once, and I can change it up during the day.

the bag of useful bits

Finally I have a little (or maybe not so little) Ted Baker Makeup Bag which holds all of my ‘essential’ or useful bits to have in your bag. Most importantly there is medication such as my inhaler, allergy medication and painkillers as well as the basics such as plasters (my friends love me for these) as well as tissues. The usual girly must haves such as hair ties and hair grips, although I tend to go for hair ties as I’m most likely to want to keep my hair out of my way. As well as the not such important but always wanted Peach Delight Hand Gel, Ted Baker Lip Balm, Ted Baker Body Spray and Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Body Lotion which to me are all pretty self-explanatory. As one pair never seems enough I have two pairs of headphones and finally a little random but I find them endlessly useful in the form of the Primark Footlets.

So what do you carry in your bag? Let me know in the comments below or link me you ‘what’s in my bag’ post I adore reading them.

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DIY Pamper Jar Inspiration

So today I thought I would do a quick post about a small gift I did for I did for one of my best friends from university. I’ve seen these jars all over the place and thought I would do it myself, this isn’t a DIY per say but this is what I filled it with and how I wrapped it all up.

DIY Pamper Jar - Kilner Jar

I was so long to find this pink Kilner jar on offer, and I built it all up around this jar. It’s a really great size and I knew she’d find a use for it in the future whether within her passion for baking or for general storage.

The next thing was to fill it up, wrapping each thing in cute stared tissue paper so everything that is in there will be a surprise. I started off with two Soap and Glory travel sized items, a body scrub and the old favorite righteous butter. A perfect pairing for travel or just to try. I then went for a load of little treats from a Foot Pack, Aussie hair mask and a selection of face masks. Finally to finish off the jar, I packed in 3 nail polishes two beautiful shades of purple and a glitter top coat. All small items that I knew she’d love and appreciate and I think that’s the joy of the pamper or treat jars that you can do whatever you want with them.

I found the cute star tissue paper in the card factory and this pink and white bag in the pound shop. I just feel like they really finish the whole gift off, it looked so cute and she loved the gift.

So have you ever made up one of these jars, what would you put in it and would you make this for a friend?

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Kiko Milano Haul

kiko milano haul

So I finally bit the bullet and picked up some Kiko products, I am so glad the shops are now popping up everywhere as I always prefer so see makeup in person before taking the plunge. So over Easter I took advantage of the buy 3 get 3 free offer and got some great goodies. At the time of writing I haven’t given these a proper testing yet so this is literally a first impressions post.

kiko water eyeshadow in 201

The first thing I picked up which was the top of my list the Water Eyeshadow in 201 Rosy Taupe,  I love this colour as it is a perfect base colour or an all over colour. It seems pretty good wet or dry and should be nice to incorporate into my makeup.

kiko eyeshadows in 118 & 113

Although I love the range of colours offered I thought I would pick two colours that I would get a lot of use out of. The Eyeshadow in 118 Pearly Beige Silk a perfect lid and shimmery colour which I feel as though I will get a lot of uses out of it. I’ve been looking for the perfect inner corner/eyebrow highlight Eyeshadow in 130 Satin Beige Cream, despite been described as a satin it is definitely matte.

kiko infinity eyeshadow in 290

The final eyeshadow I picked up was from the infinity range the Infinity Eyeshadow in 290. Unfortunately I cannot find the name of the colour at the moment but it’s dark grey with a beautiful glitter/shimmer running through it.

kiko nail lacquer in 497 & 521

Finally I picked up two nail varnishes, Nail Lacquer in 497 Pearly Indian Violet and Nail Lacquer in 521 Pearly Ocean. Both are beautiful colours with the metallic/pearly sheen to them which I have been loving recently.

So that’s all for now and I will update you as and when I have tried the products. Have you tried Kiko Milano? What do you think of the products and what would you recommend.

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Easter Break – Part Two

On Friday I posted about the first 3 days from my Easter break, Thursday through Saturday, while today is the second half filled with loads of holiday goodness.


 

sunday 27th march

Due to a lot been closed on Easter Sunday, we headed to Chedder Gorge a historial and geological marvel. Gough Cave, which is the main cave was spectacular which is where Chedder Man was found as well as beautiful formations which you can admire in my pictures above. I simply cannot put them into words and I think you should just go. The other cave was slightly more gimmicky but still interesting, the tour bus was well worth a wide to appreciate the gorge itself. Also if you go there is an old fashioned sweet shop where they make sweets on the premises, including a demo on how they are made.

bath dinner

In the evening we went back into Bath to visit Martini Restaurant, a delicious Italian restaurant with a very authentic Italian menu. I had a delicious seafood pasta while my other half had a pizza, it was simple but flavourful and if you want a delicious meal out in Bath it’s a great spot to try.


 

monday 28th march

With the weather been forecast on Monday we decided to go to Bristol Zoo, and although I could go on about all of the animal that we saw I feel as though the pictures are all that are needed for this.

After spending almost the entire day at the zoo we returned to the hotel to pack, before eating our hotel that night. Which had amazing food and dare I say the best meal of the holiday, although it is hard to say considering it was a holiday filled with good food and good fun.


tuesday 29th march

Tuesday was once again dedicated to travel, although with the final few hours to kill in Bristol we went back up to Clifton to walk across and visit it without the wind and rain. A perfect end to a great trip taking in the views and the city we had visited.


So that was a very rushed and quick outline of what I got up to over Easter, I cannot wait for the next trip. Let me know what your got up to and I will be back on Friday with a Kiko haul.

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Review: L’oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in 303 Shimmering Black

Despite buying this back in November (see the haul here) I only opened this last month and thought I’d do a little review of it here. I love a good pencil eyeliner so thought I would put the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in 303 Shimmering Black to the test.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner

I actually picked up the shimmering black by accident and only looked at the label once I’d opened it so I was stuck. For any non-UK readers, as I know returns policies vary, once a product is brought and opened it cannot be returned unless an item is faulty items can only be returned if in a resalable condition. Which kind of sucks but it meant I actually was pushed to find a use for it and put it to the test, perfect for reviewing.

I love the fact this is a thin twist up eyeliner so that I don’t have to remember to sharpen it and it keeps it as a thin, narrow pencil which is what you want in an eyeliner. It twisted up and past the initial swatch and getting off probably a light coating, it’s smooth and creamy and goes on perfectly. I was so impressed of how well it went on and it didn’t need blending especially the first time I used it. The only place it needs building up is on the water/type line but on the eyelid itself it was no problem at all.

The first day I put in on under my eyes, type line and along my lash line while wearing eyeshadow. Unfortunately it didn’t last the day upon checking my makeup at in the toilets at 3:00pm it was patchy and broken up despite the rest of my eyes still looking perfect from my primer. It has also come off under my eyes although that was more faded than broken. Then I tried it on its own, which seemed to last much better with only minor fading. It seems to last way better on its own rather than pair with eyeshadow which is a shame it cannot be used both ways, so will just be for a simple makeup day.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in Shimmering Black Swatch (1)

I later tried it to create a lazy smoky eye and it smudged out to essentially nothing, which was super disappointing, I ended up taking off my makeup and starting it all over again. This may be more of a colour issues as the black in it is not super pigmented rather than the product itself. However the poor performance in terms of longevity really has put me off bothering with buying the actual black eyeliner as I fear it will crack, fade or come off variable

Overall it’s a decent eyeliner but with its inability to last when paired I cannot recommend it, it may work for you if you don’t wear eyeshadow but it is not versatile and its staying power is so-so. So I think it may be best to look elsewhere for your eyeliner needs, let me know if you have any other recommendations for pencil/windup eyeliners in the comments.

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Easter Break – Part One

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you will know I went away on an extended weekend with my boyfriend over the Easter holiday. I thought I would do two posts (today and Tuesday), showing all of your guys some on the wonderful stuff I got up to over the Easter break.

thursday 25th marcheaster break - dinner date

Thursday was mainly devoted to travel, with both of us travelling from different parts of the country before heading to our hotel in Keynesham. I will take the time here to recommend the Old Manor House Hotel in Keynesham, lovely rooms and amazing staff we both love our stay here. We spent the late afternoon relaxing and recovering from travelling before heading out to dinner. To keep things simple for dinner we headed into Bath to chow down on our go to restaurant at Wagamamas. Before going back to the hotel to have a nice relaxing bath, and a lush bath bomb included.

friday 25th march

Good Friday was sunny and warm, seeming like the perfect day to head into Bath. With a return train ticket been £4.30 each it made more sense to take a five minute walk to the station that attempt to park in Bath.

Our main aim for Bath was to visit the Roman Baths, something I have done when I was much younger and my boyfriend has never seen them. The roman baths not only have a deep and interesting history but the architecture and building is stunning, much like the rest of Bath. We also went up to the Royal Cresent and Pultney Bridge, as they are must see sights in Bristol. The shops on Piltney Bridge are not exactly exciting although there are some cute tea shops, it is more the interest of visiting the oldest and only bridge with shops on it in the UK.

As the afternoon drew on our feet ached and it made sense to head back to the hotel, we headed out to the Talbot (Faye & Square) for typical pub grub for dinner. Good portion sizes and good food we went to bed that night feeling full and satisfied.


 

Satruday proved to be a bit of a wash out , so we headed into Bristol city centre to look at the shops. We did attempt to take in take in some sights such as the SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge but it all proved to be a little bit of a wash out really.

The highlight of day had to be eating at Wahaca, a restaurant specialising in Mexican street food. It was recommended by a friend and by following the street food you order a few plates with smaller potions and try an few things. We loved it and shared everything getting to try a large range of dishes.


So that’s what I got up to for the first few days of my Easter Break, I will be back on Tuesday with the second part so keep your eyes peeled. Let me know in the comments what you got up to over Easter.

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