30 August 2014

Beyond Organic Rejuvenating Serum Review

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I love to support British Beauty brands so I jumped at the chance to try something from skincare brand, Beyond Organic. Their products are full of goodness which isn't just good news for your skin but also the environment. The products are 100% natural and certified organic.

I was sent a little sample of the Rejuvenating Serum which I've been using every night for the past couple of weeks. It's highly concentrated and has an orange tint to it which gives skin a slight golden glow. It can be used on any skin type and considering it has quite an oily texture it worked great with my combination skin. The two main ingredients in this are Rosehip oil and Sea Buckthorn; these help to protect your skin from damage whilst penetrating deeply into the skin. This is quite a heavy serum so I just stick to using a few drops at night time. In the morning my skin is left feeling super soft and radiant. It's hard to describe the results but my skin just looks a lot clearer if I use this before bed! If you don't mind spending a bit more on organic skincare products definitely skin out this brand.

Beyond Organic Rejuvenating Serum* 30ml £30.76

27 August 2014

Current Morning Skincare Routine

Let's talk about skincare today. Skincare is something I enjoy and I actually look forward to cleansing my face. I'm all for doing more for your skin at night, less on your skin in the morning so I don't use a lot of products in the AM. Here's the lowdown on the skincare items I reach for through half open eyes every morning.

My skin is combination and get's oily around the t-zone section. In the morning I'll always cleanse my skin. Cleanser is the one skincare product I'm not very loyal to and always change up. At the minute I'm using the Eucerin Dermo Cleanser. I also love the No7 Cleansing balm, L'oreal Cleansing oil and the LE Hot Cloth Cleanser. After, I'll sweep over a toner as I love how refreshed and soothed my skin feels after. I'm currently liking the Time Delay Daily Exfoliating Toner. If my skin is feeling irritated or dull I'll spritz on a facial mist like the Avene Thermale Water. Next, I apply an eye cream before using moisturiser, a little tip I picked up from skincare expert, Caroline Hirons. I like the L'oreal Skin Perfection eye cream which is slightly tinted and helps to conceal my pesky dark circles. I finish it all off with a light moisturiser that contains SPF such as the Avene Light Hydrance. I'll normally change to a heavier cream in the winter but right now this is my summer skincare routine.

Let me know if you'd like to hear about my evening skincare routine or skincare extra's!

26 August 2014


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25 August 2014

I Love Lip Crayons

I love lip crayons and as you can tell from the photo I love them a little too much. I'm starting to prefer them over lipstick I'm one Revlon Lacquer Balm away from a pencil case. They are so easy and effortless, plus anything that can be applied sans mirror is a winner for me. Here's a run down of my favourite lip crayon brands.

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon £8.00
A super hydrating and non greasy balm. This has SPF 15 and a waterproof finish so best for summer holidays!
Rimmel Colour Rush Balm £5.99
A whooping 12 different shades are available in these so hopefully something for everyone. These feel very light and moisturising on the lips. Slightly cheaper then the Revlon version but not as long lasting.
Revlon ColourBurst Lacquer Balm £7.99
A nourishing balm with a high shine finish. The shea, mango and coconut butter formula makes these really hydrating. I find these very long lasting and eventually fade to leave a subtle stain. Worth noting these have a minty scent.
Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm £7.99
Finally a matte lip product that doesn't leave you with a prune-pout. This magic little pencil has a completely matte finish but a balmy-like texture - yep magic. My favourite shade is 'Elusive Insaisissable' which is a matte, nudish pink and makes me feel like Bridget Bardott.
Collection Work The Colour Lip Butters* £2.99 
A budget friendly version for those wanting to try the whole lip-crayon-balm-pencil-thing trend. The only downside to these is that they only come in four shades. Come on collection, I wanna see a red in there. Read my full review of these here.

Are you lip crayon crazy too? Share your favourites below! 

24 August 2014

Should you post a negative review?

Writing a negative review is a bit of a touchy subject. I know that some bloggers won't write a negative review and others don't have a problem with it. I'm no stranger to talking about products which didn't work for me but I understand why some people are unsure about it. For me, my blog is all about helping others and making sure you aren't wasting your money on products that don't work. I think as long as you keep it professional and honest you should post a negative review. I asked you guys on Twitter your thoughts on this weeks #BeautyDebate and here's what you had to say! 
Thank you to everyone who took part. Would you post a negative review?

p.s I've been short-listed in the Yahoo LFW competition, if you enjoy reading my blog you can vote for me to report live from London Fashion Week here :) thank you! 

23 August 2014

Joan Collins Summer Kiss Compact duo Review

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 joan collins summer kiss compact review
 Shame on me for being sucked in by good packaging. I had no idea Joan Collins had her own beauty range but I instantly fell in love with the timeless, vintage-style products. The range is inspired by beauty icons such as Marylin Monroe and Twiggy.

This summer 6 new products were added to the Joan Collins makeup line including the Summer Kiss Compact Duo. The elegant looking compact contains a shimmering bronzer with SPF 15 and a Divine Lips Lipstick in the shade 'Evelyn'. It also comes with a little brush which I wouldn't use as I find it too small for bronzer. The compact is very practical and perfect is you're on the go. The lipstick is a natural looking pink with a hint of brown. The creamy formula glides on smoothly and helps to hydrate the lips. The bronzer isn't highly pigmented so there is no worry of looking orange. I love that the powder also contains sun protection!

As you would expect the range is targeted towards older women and majority of the products have added skincare benefits. This is a good little on-the-go compact but a little over priced in my opinion. It's worth checking out the other products from the makeup range as I've heard great things about her eyeshadow quads.

Joan Collins Summer Kiss Compact Duo* £29.50 available online at QVC and Urban Retreat at Harrods. 

p.s I've been short-listed in the Yahoo LFW competition, if you enjoy reading my blog you can vote for me to report live from London Fashion Week here :) thank you! 

22 August 2014

French Skincare Favourites

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J'adore the French and their beautiful skin. I have a whole heap of French beauty brands in the hope that continual use will make me look more like those ladies across the pond. There is something about the French woman that we all want a little of; that messy but impeccably neat hair, fresh and simple makeup and those cigarette pants - tres bonne! When it comes to skincare brands I love, majority of them are French Pharmacy brands. My favourite brands and products include La Roche Posay (Effaclar Duo+) , Avene (Thermal Spray) Vichy (Idealia Life Serum), Kadalys (Banana Balm*) and Guinot (Eye Mask).

If you would like me to review any of the products in the photo above just let me know. I'd love to hear what your French skincare recommendations are!

p.s I've been short-listed in the Yahoo LFW competition, if you enjoy reading my blog you can vote for me to report live from London Fashion Week here :) thank you! 

21 August 2014

Win A Years Supply Of Self Tan!

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A big giveaway for you lovely lot today. If you're a fake tan fan like me I'm giving one reader the chance to win a years supply of Bronze Ambition tan. There will be a mixture of shimmers, mattes, instant and gradual tans so something for every occasion. To enter simply fill out the form below. Good luck!

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- There will be one winner
- The giveaway will run from 21 August - 29 August
- Open internationally

p.s I've been short-listed in the Yahoo LFW competition, if you enjoy reading my blog you can vote for me to report live from London Fashion Week here :) thank you! 

19 August 2014

Barry M Loud Mouth Extreme Lip Colour Review

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I quite like these liquid lipsticks which seem to be really popular at the minute. The newest ones come from Barry M in the form of the Loud Mouth Extreme Lip Colour. They look very similar to the OCC Lip Tars without the hefty price tag. These are available in 7 different shades and each one offers an intense burst of colour.

I have the shades Diva - a deep burgundy shade, Chatterbox - a bright pink and Show Off - a warm coral-y pink.

You only need a tiny amount of product as a little goes along way. Because of the super pigmentation you really need a mirror to apply these and I found using a lip brush made application easier. The Barry M Loud Mouth Lip Colours are more pigmented than your standard lip gloss - I like to call these lip glosses for grown ups. The staying power is good, they do start to fade after a couple of hours. I'd wear one of these on a night out as they are very loud looking and not for the faint hearted, or for kissing.

Barry M Loud Mouth Extreme Lip Colours are £3.99 for 10ml and available from Boots and Superdrug. 

18 August 2014

10 Ways To Get More Blog Comments

1. Comment on other similar blogs. Don't just leave 'nice post' comments, leave a good comment. Refer to a particular quote, ask a question or share your experience.
2. Respond to comments, this will help encourage conversation.
3. Remove word verification. It's just annoying and puts people off. If you want to stop spam comments you can moderate them. This option isn't ideal either but I have to do it as I get so many spam comments.
4. Ask a question at the end of your post.
5. Reward regular commenters by creating a blog roll of your favourite blogs and top commenters.
6. Respond to a comment by writing a post. Did someone ask you your thoughts on a product they saw in a beauty haul? Write a review for them instead of replying to the comment.
7. Leave comments on the blogs of your commenters.
8. If someone goes out of their way to write you a long, meaningful comment thank them by email.
9. Create content which evokes a response. Maybe you're talking about a sensitive or controversial topic which will make people share their thoughts.
10. For the last tip I want you to let me know what you do to help get more comments.

Other blogging tip posts you might find helpful:
22 Blog Post Ideas
Blogging Tips For New Bloggers

17 August 2014

The £5 Skincare Routine

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£5 skincare routine
budget skincare routine
Skincare isn't something I really cared about up until a couple of years ago. I would usually scrimp on face wash and opt for face wipes so I could spend my money on more important things like Cosmopolitan and Topshop jeans. These days I'm obsessed with skincare and actually get excited about washing my face.

My current skincare routine:
AM- Eucerin Dermo Cleanser, La Roche Posay Eau Spring Water, L'oreal Skin Perfection Eye Cream, Avene Moisturiser.
PM- Eucerin Micellar Water, Eucerin Dermo Cleanser, No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser, L'oreal Skin Perfection Eye Cream, Trilogy Rosehip Oil.
There are also some skincare products that I reach for less often such as my LUSH Mask of Magnanimity, Vichy Spot Gel, Jurlique Rose Water Mist and Botanics All Bright Facial Scrub.

Inspired by Annie's $3000 Skincare Routine post, I wanted to try something a little different. I gave myself a budget of £5 to get a whole new skincare routine. With that I headed off into town with a fiver in one hand and some self -doubt in the other.

Man, it was harder than I thought it would be. What was I thinking, a whole skincare routine for £5?

My first stop was trusty old Boots and to my joy a lot of their skincare products were on offer. Even so, I soon discovered I wouldn't be able to pick up any skincare 'treats'. I had to stick to the basics - cleanser, toner and moisturiser. Browsing the Time Delay stand (because it was half price) I came across the Time Delay Daily Brightening Toning Water (£2.24). This is toner/mild exfoliator in one. A possible drugstore dupe for the Clarins Exfoliating Toner? After using this for the past 3 weeks I have noticed my skin appears brighter and this has helped to even out my skintone. A definite repurchase for me.

With just £1 left to spend my thrifty feet went over to Savers. There wasn't a lot of choice when it came to moisturisers with SPF. I'll only wear moisturiser if it contains sun protection but there was nothing. However, I did come across this Nivea Soft Cream (£1.00) which is suitable for face, hands and body. Multi-tasking products are key when it comes to skincare on a budget. This moisturising cream has been my go-to day and night moisturiser. It's really hydrating, sinks in quickly and I love that Nivea scent - so comforting!

Last stop, cleanser. As the two previous product weren't specifically suited towards my skin type I wanted to pick up a cleanser designed for combination skin. Cuticura have just launched a skincare range targeted towards the three main skin concerns. I went for the Cuticura Shine Control Facial Cleanser (£1.79). My skin isn't very shiny but it is prone to breakouts. The wash is enriched with Zinc PCA and Cucumber Extract to combat oiliness. I wasn't a fan of the cucumber scent but this isn't a bad little cleanser. Doesn't foam up too much, removes makeup and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight.

I really enjoyed doing this challenge over the past 3 weeks. I'm afraid the total of this routine is actually 3p over budget, whoops! Out of the 3 products I tried the Time Delay Toner was my favourite and i'll continue to use all of these. I have missed using a facial oil and my weekly face mask. I'm very confident that if you just doubled the budget to £10 you could get a selection of really great skincare products from the highstreet. 

15 August 2014

How To Prepare Your Skin For Autumn

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How is it already August? It feels like Summer has flown by and I'm cursing myself for not making the most of it. But now is the time to make the most of the warmer weather as you only have a few weeks left. Make plans, see friends and just have fun.
August is also the time to get your skin ready for the upcoming season. Here are a few beauty products you'll be wanting to reach for this month.

Guiont Glamour Sun Gel SPF 15* £30.50
A gel-to-oil sunscreen is just what you need to add a touch of luxury to your Summer. The light-weight formula glides on effortlessly leaving skin silky smooth and satin-like with a subtle golden glow. I love the sweet scent this has, it feels like a real, luxurious treat for your skin.
Wilkinson Sword Bikini Razor £10.99
Get your bum down to the beach before it get's too cold and you'll have to pack away your bikini for another year. The Wilkinson Sword Bikini Razor is a doubled ended razor which allows you to get beach-ready in a flash. One end has a trimmer and the other has a razor. Not a bad little gadget.
Cocoa Brown Lovely Legs* £7.99
This product was designed for those 'because-I-live-in-the-UK-and-the-sun-is-a-rare-sight' moments. This genius product from Cocoa Brown is like makeup for your legs. You simply spray onto a tanning mitt and apply to your legs for instantly bronzed pins. This is also water resistant so it won't streak if you get caught in the rain!
St. Ives invigorating Apricot Body Scrub £5.49
I'm such a huge lover of scrubs. I've had this chunky tub from St Ives for ages now so it is proving good value for money. The creamy formula contains fine walnut granules which buff away dead skin cells. The scrub isn't too abrasive so you can get away with using it 2-3 times a week. If you wanted a harsher exfoliation I recommend rubbing this onto dry skin before rinsing off.
Beyond Organic Rejuvenating Serum* £30.76
To help sun-soaked skin heal after a Summer of holidays, beach parties and festivals you need a restoring serum. This highly concentrated serum from Beyond Organic gives skin a slight golden glow; perfect for the post-summer months. It contains Rosehip oil, Sea Buckthorn fruit and Macadamia oil which softens and restores the skin.

What beauty products do you like to use after the Summer?

14 August 2014

ScentChips Review

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If like me you love scented candles, you're going to love these. ScentChips are little wax leaves which melt when heated and fill the air with a luxurious, beautiful scent. There are over 70 different fragrances to choose from and you can melt them individually or blend them together to create your very own unique fragrance. I've always wanted to make my own signature fragrance so I love Scentchips.

I've been burning Magnolia, Freesia and Sunflower which produces a fresh, clean scent. I used just two Scentships at first and the wax is lasting ages! I've used 6 tea light candles and I can't see me needing to replace the wax any time soon. The fragrance is very powerful considering the chips are quite small. Scentchips are the strongest fragrance melt on the market and the scent will travel over 250 metres!

Scentchips* are available at selected Holland and Barrett stores in pre-packed kits at £2.99 and will hopefully be available on their website soon.

13 August 2014

Collection Work The Colour Lip Butters Review

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collection lip butters review and swatches

These lip pencils are proving popular with beauty brands. They are ridiculously easy to apply, hydrating and are very affordable - what's not to love? Collection are the latest brand to launch their own versions. There are 4 very different shades to choose so there's something for everyone from a natural nude to a vampy purple.

The Collection Work The Colour Lip butters are a hybrid between a lipstick+lip gloss+lip balm. They have great colour pay-off, a glossy finish and are super moisturising. I love that these don't require sharpening - just a twist at the end to reveal more product. The creamy formula makes these glide on effortlessly. 

My favourite out of the bunch has to be Popping Pink, it's a very me colour. It's one of those 'pair with a swipe of mascara and be done' shades. The darkest out of the four is Perfect Plum which is a very Rimmel Kate Moss 107-type colour. Lastly is Cappuccino which is a 'your lips but a little nuder and glossier shade'. It looks very natural making it perfect for everyday wear. There's a little snap of me wearing it on IG here.

I really like the new Collection Lip Butters. They're so effortless and easy to use, great for on the go. The lasting power isn't fantastic so you will need to reapply after eating!

Collection Work The Colour Lip Butters* £2.99 from Superdrug and Boots

11 August 2014

6 Tips For Trying Out New Trends On a Budget

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New beauty trends come around every season. Magazines and blogs are full of the newest launches and trends to try out but how do you know if a trend is going to suit you? Maybe you want to try the blue eye liner trend or want to try a 'cashmere finish' foundation without spending ££. I have a few tips on how to save money when it comes to trying out the latest beauty trends on a budget!

Friends with benefits
Have you got a beauty obsessed friend/sister/mum? Chances are they'll already have a product you're interested in getting. So next time your looking at purchasing a new product such as a primer or a serum ask around to see if anyone already has one you can test out. Plus lucky you if you have a beauty blogger friend - take advantage of their stash!
Buy highsreet
Lower end brands such as Natural Collection, MUA, e.l.f, etc.. are your best friends when trying out new trends. I recently wanted to give the white nail trend a go but didn't want to commit by splashing out on Essie 'Blanc' so instead I picked up a similar shade from Natural Collection for just £1.89! MUA do a fantastic range of lipsticks if you're wanting to try a new shade. Collection also have a good selection of eyeliners if you're looking at testing out a daring new colour.
Visit a make up counter
Make up counters can be quite intimidating places but they need not be! Take use of their beauty expertise. Maybe you're looking to rock the new blue eyeshadow trend but you have no idea how to apply it/wear it. The beauty consultants are trained at giving makeovers so are able to demonstrate how to use certain products. Get them to try out a particular trend on you before buying. Take a friend with you to for a second opinion. 
Get samples
Ready to jump on the CC cream bandwagon? Take a small tester pot into Boots or Superdrug and fill with a sample so you can go home and try out the product before buying. If you're a bit unsure about doing this, ask a customer assistant first if it's ok. You can usually buy sample pots from the travel section in Boots.
Be loyal 
If you are reading this and you don't have a Boots Advantage card - I'm very disappointed. Loyalty cards allow you to earn points so you can spend them in store. I always save mine up to buy high end items, that way if I don't like it at least it was free! Shops such as Superdrug, Debenhams and Holland & Barretts do loyalty cards. I save my points up and buy highend items.
Free beauty product samples
Brands often have promotions online where they giveaway thousands of samples of their latest products, you just have to be quick! The best websites I've found for free beauty product samples are What's In My Handbag and Money Saving Expert

10 August 2014

My Makeup Story

Naturally beauty is a big part of my life; I spend my days writing and reading about it and my wages go on buying beauty bits. We all have our reasons for why we love beauty so much and this is my makeup story. We won't talk about my very first ever encounter with makeup which involves red lipstick, my Nana's new cream carpet and tears.

Mum knows best
I don't know if it was my mum that encouraged me to use makeup or I just stole her stuff. I do remember when I was about 5 I was walking with my Mum, I don't know where we were going or what we were doing but she turned and said to me - "I can't wait until you're older and we can talk about makeup". For some reason that particular moment stuck with me. Fifteen years later and my mum got her wish, we're always borrowing each others makeup and trying out new looks on each other.
First makeup buys
Back in the day I was all about Miss Sporty and 2True makeup. I went for cheap and cheerful products because that meant I could buy more. I started wearing makeup when I was about 12 and my first few purchases were a translucent powder, concealer stick and clear mascara. A few years on and I'd progressed onto the likes of Maybelline and Bourjois which was quite a new brand at the time. Like every teen I picked up the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in a shade that was far too dark for me.
Middle school makeup problems
In year 8 I went through a black eye liner phase. I would rim my entire eye with a black pencil from Natural Collection, not a great look. I went to boarding school and there was a strict no makeup policy. I would get told off on a daily basis for wearing mascara but that still didn't stop me. I remember getting told of for keeping my eye liner in the common room fridge, "But Miss it makes it so much easier to sharpen"...
Looking back now I know I should of worn less makeup. I think with what I know now I still would've worn a little makeup to school but just opted for more natural looking products.
Discovering beauty blogs
In 2010 I came across my first beauty blog. I couldn't believe there was a community of like-minded people out there who loved makeup as much as me. I haven't looked back since and don't go a day without reading a blog. I love discovering new brands and products. I feel very grateful that my blog has allowed me to do this.

I still get excited about buying a new products. You know when products are so beautiful you don't want to use it but instead keep it on display on your dressing table? I love having a brand new, unused lipstick and that feeling when you dip your finger into an untouched jar of moisturiser. Am I weird?

I'd love to know your makeup story and how it all started for you.

9 August 2014

Degustabox July Review

Forget about subscription beauty boxes - food boxes are where it's at. Degustabox is a unique, monthly food box service which delivers a boxful of delicious treats for you to test out. If you love food & discovering new brands you'll love Degustabox. This is my first ever Degustabox and I was not disappointed. Here are my thoughts on July's contents.

Zeo Drinks
I'm a fizz fan but these were a little different to your normal soft drink. I tested out all three flavours and they have a crisp, dry taste. My favourite was Citrus Crush and I love the packaging.
Portlebay Popcorn
I was so happy to see these little bags of happiness in my box. I'd tried the Maple Syrup & Bacon popcorn once (4 times) before and I absolutely love it. I've tested the Salt & Sweet variety which is also delicious. Just need to pluck up the courage to test the Chilli & Lime flavour!
There was a total of 6 Maggi sachets in this month's box which I thought was really generous. I tried the Peri Peri Chicken sachet and was impressed with how easy they are to use. I'm not a great cook so these are perfect for me!
I wish I was into baking more as these little edible decorations are adorable! I've received some Eton Mess and Violet Crystal Sprinkles to have fun with. Now The Great British Bake Off is starting again I'm sure I'll put these to good use.
The Berry Company White Tea
Last month it was just too hot for a proper cuppa. I'm exited to try this iced tea out, it's something I haven't tried before and the peach flavour sounds yummy.
Hornsby's Cider
I'm a cider drinker and I'm ashamed to admit I let out a little squeal when I saw this. I can confirm these do taste of blueberry, a thumbs up from me.
Green & Black's Lemon Chocolate
I've tried Green & Black's chocolate a few times before but I wouldn't treat myself to it  so it was great to see it in July's Degustabox. The lemon really compliments the dark chocolate and I had this melted over a poached pear - nom.

I love the idea of trying new types of food each month and discovering new brands. Unlike beauty boxes, Degustabox uses full size products and you receive 9-14 products. It only costs £12.99 per month and I'd definitely recommend the service, plus you can get £3 off your first box with the code - 096SF.

8 August 2014

Weird lipstick names

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Actress, prime minister and makeup product name-er were just some of the jobs I wanted to do when I grew up. I'd love to work for OPI or Essie and help them come up with crazy product names. I've spoken about weird mascara brushes recently but now I'm about to delve into my makeup bag and rummage for the lipstick with the weirdest name.

Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in 'Snog'
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in '06 Pink Pong'
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 'In Love With Ginger'
Loreal Glam Shine Lip Gloss in 'Magnetic Nude Glow'
Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Tint in ' Nothing But Nude'
Loreal Glam Shine Stain Splash in 'Romy'

It seems I either own a lot of Rimmel and Loreal products or they just make lipsticks with weird names. I had to include the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet which I picked up yesterday mainly because the colour is so beautiful I had to show it off.

If you had to name your own lipstick what would you call it? It's a lot harder than I thought it would be. I imagine it's the kind of stress you go through when thinking of what to name your child or what to call your first album. It took me 2 days to think of mine - That's Not My Name. Because I've spent my life correcting people on how to pronounce my name (k-eye-er) and I like The Ting Tings.

6 August 2014

Favourite Facial Mists

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Aaah facial mists. How can something as simple as water in a can bring me so much happiness. A few spritzes pre-moisturization and my skin is left balanced and hydrated. They are also great when my skin is feeling sensitive and I need to calm it down. Or if this sunny weather is just too much these instantly cool you down. I'm going to talk you through my top 3 favourite facial mists!

La Roche Posay Thermale Spa Water and the Avene Eau Thermale spring Water are very similar products and I love them both equally. I keep these in the fridge for an extra refreshing boost. Both are perfectly hydrating and the application of which exerts that 'aaah' feeling that leaves my skin happy. I use the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist as more of a toner and spray it directly onto a cotton pad and swipe over my skin post cleanse. You can also use this as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day as it doesn't interfere with your makeup. 

Are facial mists your jam to? What's your favourite? 

5 August 2014

Rapid White Instant Whitening System Review

Rapid White Instant Whitening System review
Rapid White Instant Whitening System review
Rapid White Instant Whitening System review

I'm forever on the hunt for a at home teeth whitening kit that actually works. My teeth are naturally not very white despite not smoking or drinking coffee, what's all that about?

I've never tried dentist-level whitening (he told me not to) so I've had to put my faith in drugstore products. There is no shortage of teeth whitening products on the highstreet. I trialled the iWhite teeth whitening kit last year and also the Blanx White Shock toothpaste and now I'm back testing another teeth whitening kit in the hope for a whiter smile.

The Rapid White Instant Whitening System consist of 14 dissolving tooth whitening strips, a brush-on tooth gloss and an instant whitening toothpaste. Immediately, the tooth whitening strips appear to be UK's answer to the Crest Whitening Strips. The Crest strips aren't available in the UK because they have a higher % of Hydrogen Peroxide than what is legal in Britain and most of Europe. I've never tried the Crest strips myself because of this so I was really excited to see Rapid White were launching their own version that are safe to use in the UK.

The whitening kit is designed to be used over 7 days and claims to whiten teeth up to 4 shades. I have the Max Effect kit but they also make one specially for sensitive teeth. I used all 3 products in conjunction for one week and have mixed feeling about the product.

Tooth Dissolving Strips
The strips are transparent and flexible making them easy and simple to apply. Once stuck on your teeth they won't budge and you can talk easily with them on. I have a really small mouth so sometimes struggled to apply the strip without it sticking to my lips. I ended up cutting them in half before applying and that made it a lot easier for me (#smallmouthproblems). These claim to have a minty flavour but once they started to dissolve I had a horrible dentist-like taste in my mouth. You can avoid this by spitting out once the strips have dissolved. After leaving on for 7-10 minutes you rinse your mouth out with water a follow with brushing your teeth.

Instant Whitening Toothpaste
You use this toothpaste like you would with any other. This promises to instantly whiten teeth up to 1 and a 1/2 shades lighter after one use. The formula safely removes stains,plague and polishes the surface of the teeth. The toothpaste is also sold separately so I tested this out for one week prior to using the whole kit. After a couple of uses I started to notice little white specks on my teeth and noticed the looked a lot brighter. I love how fresh this left my mouth feeling. It has a blend of PVP and Pentasodium Triphosphate working together to remove stains and prevent tartar build up.

Brush-on Tooth Gloss
The only product I really didn't get on with. This gloss is designed to seal in shine. You brush it onto dry teeth which does leave them looking shiner however, I only used this twice as both times didn't go well. On the first occasion I used this in the morning after brushing my teeth. Later on in the day I went out for lunch and had a Coke and almost immediately I could feel the texture on my teeth had gone really rough where I had applied the gloss. When I got home I looked in the mirror to discover my teeth had been stained brown from the Coke. Luckily I only tried the gloss on my four front teeth so I could quickly scrap off any excess gloss. The second time I applied it at night. The following day I was at work and had a cup of tea and couldn't feel any difference in the texture this time. Nevertheless, when I checked on my teeth in the mirror they were stained with an unpleasant dark brown shade which I had to scrap off again.

Apart from the brush-on gloss, this isn't a bad little kit. It's not going to leave you with computer-paper white teeth, it does only claim to brighten up to 4 shades. You will get a healthy white smile and teeth that look brighter then before. I doubt many of my friends and family would notice a difference in colour but they look whiter to me. Because I didn't get on well with the brush on gloss I wouldn't purchase the kit but I would buy the tooth whitening strips (£22.99) and toothpaste ( £7.99) separately.

Rapid White Instant Whitening System* £34.99 available from Boots. 

4 August 2014

15 Tips For Blogging Everyday

Last month I took on the challenge to blog every single day. I've never attempted to do anything like it before, I normally post about 9-13 times a month. I wanted to prove to myself I could do it and find out just how hard it would be.
Fast forward 30 days and I survived it! I now have a new found respect for daily bloggers and hope to continue blogging once a day throughout August. I picked up some tips along the way which you might find helpful if you're also wanting to blog everyday. 

1.Take your photos in bulk. My day off is usually on a Sunday so I grab all the products that are going to be featured on the blog soon and get snapping. 
2. Use Pinterest to pin the posts you have loved reading and look back on them when you need some inspiration. 
3. Keep a little notebook with you and write down any post ideas. Getting a notebook has been the best thing for my blog. 
4. Plan your posts for the week. I have a dairy where I plan the majority of my posts for the upcoming week. Some days I leave blank so I have the freedom to write about something spontaneous. 
5. Have 2-3 backup posts for days when you've forgotten to create any content or if you're stuck for what to write about that day. I have a couple of product reviews in drafts which I can publish whenever I need to.
6. Read blogs/magazines/books for inspiration. I spend about an hour each evening reading my favourite blogs and websites and writing down any blog post ideas. 
7. If you're unsure what to write about I wrote a list of 22 blog post ideas which may help. 
8. If like me you work as well as blog you might find scheduling your posts useful. 
9. Don't forget you can schedule tweets too. I rarely do this but when I do I'll use Hootsuite. 
10. When there is no wi-fi or 3G keep a notebook on hand so you can write blog posts. I'll write up whole posts on the train or on my lunch break and type them up on blogger when I get home. 
11. Switch up what you write about. Talking about beauty everyday can get a little boring so throw in some lifestyle or fashion posts! 
12. Be extra organised and plan a month in advance. You don't have to plan every post but jot down a few ideas for next month.
13. Stress can be good as it keeps you on your toes but don't put pressure on yourself to write everyday. It isn't doable for everyone so try it for a month and see how you get on. 
14. Having a blogging timetable helps to fill the week with content. Tuesdays could be review days and Fridays could be saved for tutorials. 
15. Create a series so you have something regular to write about each week. My series is called #BeautyDebate which I post about every Sunday. 

I hope you found these blogging tips helpful. I'd love to know if you've tried blogging everyday and what your tips are! 

Other blogging tip posts you might find helpful:
22 Blog Post Ideas
Blogging Tips For New Bloggers

3 August 2014

Cream or Powder Blusher?

This weeks #BeautyDebate is all about blusher. Are you a creamy kinda gal or do you love using powder? I enjoy using both but day to day i'm all about the powder. I find it easier to apply and not as messy. However, I do like how natural cream blusher looks, plus I think it's great for summer. If I'm in a rush I'll opt for just a 3 product face; concealer, mascara and lipstick. I dab a pyramid of dots onto my cheeks with lipstick then blend in and I'm done in under 3 minutes. I asked you guys on twitter what you prefer and here's what you had to say!

Make sure you're following me on twitter so you can get involved with next weeks Beauty Debate. Let me know if there is anything in particular you would like me to discuss! 

2 August 2014

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse Review + Before & After Photo

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cocoa brown tan before and after

As you can tell from yesterday's post, I'm a fake tan kinda girl. Gone are the days of orange-looking, biscuit-smelling fake tans; you can now buy fake tan that looks so genuine nobody would question that 'sunkissed olive' isn't your natural colour. The latest one I've tried is the Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse.

Despite hearing lots of good things about the brand, this is the first thing I've tested out from the Cocoa Brown range. The 1 hour Tan Mousse claims to provide a golden tan in just one hour.

The mousse foam is slightly tinted so you can see where you've applied the tan. I found this easiest to apply with a tanning mitt which Cocoa Brown also make. I tested this out on my legs at first leaving the tan on for one hour before rinsing off. The result was a very subtle but still noticeable. I prefer my tan a little darker so a few days later I tried again this time leaving it on for 3 hours for a deeper colour. The result was a lot darker yet still very natural looking. You can build up the colour by applying more tan before rinsing off. As you can see from the before and after photo's above it doesn't look orange or fake at all. Also, this doesn't have that horrible fake tan scent - yay! The colour continues to develop once washed off and lasts around 5 days.

I'm really happy with the results of this. I'll be putting my trusty Xen Tan Mist Intense on the back burner for now as this is just as good and a fraction of the price. I'd recommend this for fake tan newbies as it's super easy to apply and natural looking.

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse* £7.99 available from Boots, Superdrug, Feel Unique and Primark. 

1 August 2014

7 Tips To Help Prolong Fake Tan

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My fake tan game goes up a notch in the summer. I stop just tanning the body parts that are going to be on show and go for a full body tan. I've tried a lot of different self tanners and have had enough cringey experiences to be able to share with you some tips. Here are a few ways you can prolong your fake tan.

- Apply your tan using a mitt as it will help to buff the tan into your skin for a deeper colour. Use small circular motions.
- The morning after tanning take a shower to remove excess and even out the colour.
- Avoid harsh shower gels that dry the skin out and strip away your tan.
- Take lukewarm showers as hot water will cause your tan to fade faster.
- The day after fake tanning apply a moisturiser paying attention to dry areas such as elbows. This will help seal in the colour. Do this step daily.
- Use an exfoliator specially designed for using with fake tan. This will allow the tan for fade evenly without it going streaky.
- Your face tends to lose colour quicker than your body so keep a bronzer on hand and use a gradual tanner on your face to keep it topped up.

Are you pro-fake tan like me? Share your tan tips below!

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