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Review // Tweezerman Rose Gold Pro Curl Lash Curler

When I was in Sephora recently I bought these eyelash curlers purely because they were incredibly aesthetically pleasing. I have never used eyelash curlers before. Well, unless you include the crappy set I got free with a magazine as a kid which pulled half of my eyelashes out whenever I used them. So yep, complete eyelash curler novice over here. 

The reason why I have never used eyelash curlers before is because I didn't think it was a necessary item to have. I have survived 22 years without them but was I missing out? Yes, I damn well was!

About the Tweezerman Rose Gold Pro Curl Lash Curler:
"Expertly define and enhance your lashes with the Tweezerman Pro Curl Lash Curler in rose gold. With an extra-wide opening and narrow top bar designed to comfortably fit most eye shapes, the innovative tool reaches every lash from the root and its hypoallergenic black pads prevent lashes from pinching and crimping."

As I have never really used eyelash curlers before I wasn't too sure what to look out for or to expect. Within the pack of the Tweezerman Rose Gold Pro Curl Lash Curler box you get a few replacement pads which are thick and hypoallergenic. The curlers themselves are very lightweight. I expected them to be fairly weighty or at least have some weight to them but they are light like plastic. Obviously they are not made out of real gold (or plastic!) but of metal which does contain nickle so that is something to be aware of if you have an allergy.

The set of eyelash curlers are most suited for round eyes, something which I don't have, but they work just as well for me too. My eyelashes are very straight and I found that within just one 10-second use my eyelashes were curled wonderfully. I didn't experience the dreaded crimped eyelashes, nor did I experience pinching or half of my eyelashes falling out either which is a real bonus.

I found this eyelash curler really easy to use and I loved the immediate results it achieves. I have used this tool every day since buying it and I am still loving it as much on day 35 as I was on day 1. They are really easy to wipe clean too as I have managed to get mascara on them every now and again. Overall, I am really impressed with my first set of eyelash curlers! They are comfortable and easy to use whilst delivering on results almost immediately. Oh, and they look pretty damn good in a flat-lay too!


Review // Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub

I have probably mentioned it about a dozen times now but at the moment my skin is so terribly dry on my face. Every foundation I wear just clings to the dry patches, regardless of my moisturiser, making my face a wonderfully, dry and flakey mess. As you can imagine, I am not utterly thrilled about this so I've tried my hardest at making sure I keep my skin as smooth as possible while it heals. One way of doing this is by using exfoliating scrubs.

I recently had a little hunt down the skincare aisles in Boots to try and find a new exfoliating scrub. I have tried a few out over the last few months but none I have tried have really warranted me to repurchase them. When I buy a new exfoliating scrub, I want harsh scrubby particles. I want to make sure all of the dry skin has gone from my face but brands don't make exfoliators as harsh as I would like - purely because if they did, I am pretty sure their customers would complain about losing a layer of skin or two. If I had my way exfoliators would be as harsh as possible. Although actually, if I really think about it, I would probably prefer not to have a bloody face after every little exfoliation session.

I was torn between the Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It Facial Scrub and the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub, although I eventually chose the latter due to it smelling absolutely divine. It smells so fresh and light, almost soap like. If you like really clean scented fragrances then you will just love this.

About the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub:
"Exfoliates thoroughly while removing dead skin cells. Smooths the skins surface for an even complexion while supporting the skins own moisture balance. The formula with Vitamin E is especially mild to the skin. After use the skin is thoroughly exfoliated and refined, looking healthy and beautiful."

The instructions tell you to only use this product 2-3 times a week but I use it a lot more frequently than that - perhaps every other day. It lathers up really well and you only need about a 50p sized amount to cover the entire face. The formula is really rich and creamy with the little exfoliating particles running throughout which very gently buff away any dry skin cells.

After using the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub I found that my skin was so much softer and more refreshed than before, and whilst it did remove a small portion of the dead skin on my face, I did find that most of it had remained which is why I use the product more regularly than intended. Since battling with the cold weather in America and the recycled air on the plane, my skin has definitely suffered. Very slowly this product is taking the dryness and dead skin cells away but it does seem to be taking a while to heal fully.

I really like this product and its results but it does seem to be taking a while to work to the best of its ability on my skin. I am using it more regularly now and my skin is definitely healing what with exfoliating and heavy moisturising, it's just a pain that it is taking so long. The product itself is really gentle on the skin, easy to use and smells wonderful so I would definitely recommend it.


Review // Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil

I know I keep going on about it but I recently had horrendously dry skin on my face and I believed the only solution would be an industrial sized tube of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I had never tried any Elizabeth Arden products before but I knew how highly recommended the 8 Hour Cream is so as I was about to commit to buying the biggest tube they had, I received an email asking if I wanted to try out the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil. Er, yes please! If it has the word miracle in the title then it's gotta be good, right?

The Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil has all of the same benefits as the original 8 Hour Cream and more. The main differences between the two products is that this is in oil form and can be used not only on the face and body, but in the hair too. It is an all-rounder, multi-purpose product which is clinically proven to moisturise for 8-12 hours.

About the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil:
"A potent blend of moisturizing ingredients, including Tsubaki Oil, combine to deliver intensive all-over moisture for face, body and hair. Clinically proven to moisturize for up to 12 hours, this multi-use formula leaves skin hydrated, smooth and looking luminous, without a greasy after-feel. Hair regains its moisture and shine."

I will be honest and say I had no idea how to use this product when I first received it. I was pretty clueless. The product comes in a 100ml sized bottle with a spray pump which is easy and convenient to use. When I went to apply this for the first time I was slightly nervous. I have fairly oily skin anyway so I was very apprehensive about putting more oil onto my face. The instructions say to simply spray the product onto the face so you get a thin layer on the skin before massaging it in afterwards. I ignored this the first time I used it as I wasn't too keen on the idea of spraying it everywhere so instead I squirted a few pumps into a cotton pad then wiped it over my face - which did literally nothing for me. Second time round I sprayed a few pumps into my hand before massaging and patting it into the skin - much better!

Once the oil was all massaged in, I went off to bed greasy-faced but with high hopes. The next morning I expected to wake up with very oily, sticky skin but was left with a beautifully smooth, soft, highly moisturised face. It was glorious. My skin wasn't greasy, oily or sticky at all. I was in awe!

Whilst I haven't tried this product all over the body or in the hair, I absolutely love it for the face. It literally does what it claims and I cannot fault it for that. The oil itself is very lightweight, non-greasy and non-sticky which makes the whole experience a lot less daunting when you are having to spray it onto the face. It soaks in to the skin within a few minutes and it smells wonderful - just like citrus meaning it is incredibly fresh in scent without being too overpowering or sickly either.

I am really impressed with the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil. It is a product with many a purpose which is jam-packed full of vitamins and oils which help to moisturise, soothe, protect and improve the skins texture. Suitable for the face, body and hair, this product is the perfect all-rounder which is the perfect addition to the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour family.


Review // KIKO Smart Eye Pencil in Golden Silk

A while ago I visited a KIKO store for the first time and ended up buying a few items; a cream eyeshadow, a daily moisturiser and an eye pencil. The reason why I decided on the latter was because they had a vast range of eyeliner pencils in various shades and finishes. I have talked myself into believing that I need a red eyeliner pencil in my life and whilst I may not have found that in KIKO on this shopping trip, I did manage to find the KIKO Smart Eye Pencil in Golden Silk.

I have not worn an eye pencil since secondary school which was a very long time ago. The Rimmel Kohl Pencil was my holy grail - that and the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. I used to line my eyes top and bottom with the pencil then try and blend it out with my finger to achieve a smoky eye.. Er, it is safe to say that was never achieved. A boy once asked me why I had panda eyes and I was so offended. Outraged, even. I wouldn't speak to him after that. To be fair, he was only saying the truth.

About the KIKO Smart Eye Pencil:
"Wooden inner and outer eye pencil. Its creamy and comfortable texture provides an intense, high-coverage and super blendable line. Thanks to the innovative composition of its lead, Smart Eye Pencil allows you to create thin and well-defined lines with a long-lasting result."

This eye pencil is nothing like the eyeliners you used as a teen. I want to say its a more grown up eye pencil but at the end of the day, it is still just an eye pencil. It is incredibly creamy and easy to apply, so much so that you would believe it was gel based but it isn't. It's just a pencil. I bought the KIKO Smart Eye Pencil in the shade Golden Silk which is a gorgeous metallic bronzey gold shade with a shimmer running throughout. It is a very pretty shade, one which is perfect not only as an eyeliner but also as a highlight for the inner corners of the eyes. It is very pigmented, so much so that it actually looks pretty damn good on its own.

Like a regular eye pencil, you have to sharpen it which is to be expected. One down side I have to this eye pencil is that when I first swatched it for the photos above, the tip of the pencil just crumbled off so it is fairly crumbly in texture, although it hasn't yet crumbled off when I apply it to my eyes. It doesn't wear off, transfer or crease and stays put all day long, although I did apply it on top of my beloved MAC Paint Pot in Painterly.

Overall, I really like this eye pencil and will probably buy a few more. I am really trying to mix up my regular, every day make-up routine and I will definitely try to incorporate a few stand-out, pigmented eyeliners into it. Now, if only I could find a red eye pencil..

Review // Balance Me Radiance Face Mask

Do you remember when you were younger and your parents let you choose a magazine to buy? My sister and I would always make our choices purely down to the free gift attached to the front of the magazine. Always. Even if we didn't particularly want the magazine, we just wanted the little gift on the front which would entertain us for about half an hour. I remember once trying to persuade my mum to let me buy one of the monthly glossies when I was about 6 as it had a nice nail varnish included and I wanted it soo badly. I got a resounding no and had to get Girl Talk instead.

Whilst I don't make my magazine choices down to the free gift included anymore, it does make a nice little surprise when the magazine you were going to buy anyway has a little something something included. With this months Glamour magazine they are giving away one of three Balance Me products with every purchase, unless you are one of those really annoying people who take the free gift out of the magazine in the shop.. I remember when a magazine had little travel sized Benefit products included a couple of years ago, someone had gone through every magazine in Asda and had taken every product out. That was annoying. Try not to be that person.

With my Glamour magazine this month, I had the Balance Me Radiance Face Mask included which was very exciting. I have really wanted to try this face mask for ages ever since reading a few reviews on it so I was really looking forward to trying it out.

About the Balance Me Radiance Face Mask:
"What does the Balance Me Radiance Face Mask do? It removes impurities, brightens dull complexions, exfoliates dry skin and buffs away dead skin cells. Why do you need it? For dull skin: Skin-brightening fruit acid complex gives a gentle enzyme exfoliation whilst ground walnut spheres gently buff away dead skin cells. For oily/combination skin: Purifying kaolin clay draws out impurities and rebalances skin, leaving it hydrated and comfortable."

You receive a sweet little 30ml tube of the product which makes it perfect for travelling with, although after using the tube up I will definitely be buying the full sized version. I absolutely love using this mask. It smells really familiar, a scent which I can't really put my finger on. I think it smells like a Lush bath bomb, although I can't remember the name of which one. It smells very lovely and warming.

The Balance Me Radiance Face Mask is a very lightweight clay-based mask which has little walnut pieces running throughout. Not only is it a mask but it is also an exfoliator which makes it the perfect 2-in-1 product! You just need the smallest squeeze of the tube to cover the entire face so a little goes a long way. When it comes to application it is very creamy and easy to apply, although it doesn't have the usual characteristics of a face mask - it doesn't really dry on the face, it kind of soaks into the skin and disappears. The instructions state you are to leave it on for 5 minutes then wash away with a warm cloth. By that point most of the face mask has soaked into the skin and completely disappeared.

After I had used the Balance Me Radiance Face Mask, my face was so soft and appeared much more hydrated and brighter than before. I applied the face mask before bedtime and the next day my skin looked so much healthier and perkier before! I don't know if it was a mere coincidence or if this face mask helped improve my skin pretty much instantly, but I will be keep using it to find out. 

I really recommend this face mask. It doesn't make your face feel tight nor does it harden like a usual face mask. You also don't need to sit around for about 15 minutes waiting for it to dry either! If you want to give it a try then get down to a newsagents and grab a copy of Glamour magazine, you won't regret it.


Haul // An American Drugstore Haul

I'm still harping on about my holiday! Did I mention I went on holiday?.. Today's turn is the American drugstore haul. A couple of hours before I had to fly home I decided to head to CVS to buy a few last minute essentials. And by essentials I mean a few lipsticks, a mascara..

Whilst I didn't go in with a shopping list, I did want to swatch a few of the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors as they aren't yet available in the UK. I love the packaging of them and the variety of different shades on offer but every bottle had been opened by some over-eager fellow beauty hunters and as I am a little bit funny about that sort of thing, I decided to wait until they made their appearance here instead.

I must have spent about an hour walking around CVS. Honestly, it was an utter joy. I was really surprised that they sold Makeup Revolution in there, as well as the price of it. It was so expensive! We are talking double/triple the price of the UK. I am going to do a post soon on if it is any cheaper buying make-up in America as I think you will be surprised at the cost of certain items.

Let's talk about what I did buy rather than what I didn't! The first items I picked up were from Covergirl. I remember reading a few blogs a while ago which raved about Covergirl mascaras so I decided to buy the Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara in Very Black. I don't want to go into too much depth about each item as I will be reviewing them individually but oh my goodness, this is the best mascara I have ever tried, and I have tried a few!  The next item from Covergirl I bought was the Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Champagne which is a wonderful brown based nude. I could have actually bought a few more of their lipsticks as they had a wonderful selection of nude shades but I decided to limit myself to just one. Obviously I regret that decision now.

The rest of the items I bought came from the NYX stand. I know NYX is slowly becoming more accesible for us in the UK but I couldn't help myself nonetheless. I couldn't find any of the Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks but I did manage to pick up a couple of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in the shades Stockholm and Prague, although I could have quite easily bought nearly every shade in the range. The next items I bought were the NYX Studio Finishing Powder and the NYX Wonder Pencil. I don't currently have a finishing/setting powder so I am looking forward to trying the NYX Studio Finishing Powder out, even if I did buy it thinking it was something else entirely! I also purchased the pencil as you can use it in three different ways; to brighten, to line and to conceal. I have only used it on the waterline so far but I am interested to see how well it conceals. I love the idea of multi-purpose products so I happily put one of these in my basket as I walked to the till.

I will be honest and say I could have purchased a hell of a lot more but I tried to be good and control myself. In fact, I spent so much money during this holiday that my bank actually cancelled my card as they thought it had been stolen! 


Review // Bath and Body Works New York Beautiful Day 3-Wick Candle

If you were to pick up a candle that is named after one of your favourite cities, New York, what would expect it to smell like? I wondered this as I walked around Bath and Body Works recently. They had multiple shelves dedicated to candles named after and inspired by cities such as Paris, Venice, London.. London was the first candle I picked up and I expected it to smell like dashed dreams, hot and sweaty commuters and smoke from all of the pollution. Unsurprisingly, Bath and Body Works hadn't quite managed to incorporate that into a candle. Instead, it smells like tea and lemons. I can see where they are coming from with the tea but lemons? I wasn't a fan. I put the London candle down and quickly picked up the Bath and Body Works New York Beautiful Day 3-Wick Candle which I can confirm smells nothing like New York but it does smell lovely all the same!

About the Bath and Body Works New York Beautiful Day Candle:
"Experience the perfect spring day in New York City with sun-kissed apple, daisies and pink peonies."

I adore the smell of this candle and bought it purely to burn in the spring/summer time. It smells so light and fresh without being too overpowering. It is the perfect Spring scent! I have had a little Google and it turns out that Beautiful Day has been out in many different forms over the last couple of years, from home care to body care so it is a scent that has a massive following. As I don't live in a country that has Bath and Body Works stores, I am not familiar with the scent of it but I can definitely see why it is so popular. 

If you ever find yourself in Bath and Body Works then I definitely recommend picking up the New York Beautiful Day candle and giving it a little smell. I have a good few Bath and Body Works candles now, most of which are the Autumnal scents, but I definitely think this scent is my favourite out the bunch! You can get the majority of your favourite scented Bath and Body Works candles in a few different sizes, with the 3-wick candle being the largest size they offer. It costs $22.50 but you do get between 25 - 45 hours of burn time so you can burn it to your hearts content. 


Review // Elizabeth Arden Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream

If you have been following my little blog for a while then you will have read about my issues with dry skin. I never used to have dry skin. Instead, I had oily/combination skin which, whilst I didn't particularly like having a shiny face every day, I found that I could control it easier than the dry skin I currently have. Every time I apply my foundation it just seems to cling to the dry patches which I absolutely hate. I have tried so many different moisturisers and face creams but nothing has really helped. Not until now.

When I was in America I went to TJMaxx which is the American version of TKMaxx and I decided to buy the Elizabeth Arden Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream. I hadn't heard of it before but I liked the idea of applying the cream before I go to bed, letting it work its magic over night then waking up to baby soft skin in the morning. I think I paid about $15 for a 50ml pot which isn't very expensive at all but in all honesty, I would have paid a hell of a lot more. When I stepped off the plane and had the chance to look in a mirror, I was utterly horrified at my own reflection. Even more than usual, anyway. The air on the plane had dried my skin out completely and my foundation was flaky and gross.. I think I may have actually cried but I do think that was a mixture of exhaustion, travel sickness and jet lag, not just my general appearance! 

About the Elizabeth Arden Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream:
"Elizabeth Arden's Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream is an intense moisturising and calming night time treatment that assists with the skin's repair in appearance and the recovery from daytime damage to look and feel firmer and more resilient. Helping to moisturise and restore your skin, while the soothing aroma of lavender and honeysuckle surrounds you as you fall asleep, taking full advantage of your night's sleep cycles for maximum effect."

I was so excited to try this product because not only had I never tried an Elizabeth Arden cream before, but because my skin sure needed some TLC. Firstly, the cream smells lovely and fresh, with the scent of lavender definitely coming through. It is a really light smell, perfectly soothing for night time. Consistency wise, it isn't lightweight like a day time moisturiser - instead it is thick in consistency but it isn't heavy on the skin, nor does it sit on top of the skin or feel sticky on the face.

I cleansed and exfoliated my skin before going to bed then applied a rather generous layer of the Elizabeth Arden Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream before closing my eyes and letting it do its magic. When I woke up the next day it was like I had swapped skin with someone else. My skin felt so soft and hydrated - it was like the Elizabeth Arden Good Night's Skin Restoring Cream had actually nourished and repaired it, putting my skin back together again. Within one use I could notice a big difference and with multiple uses my skin was back to normal again, dry skin all gone. Can you tell I was impressed?

I will say that I think it is a product that once you start using, you should continue to do so. I stopped using it for a few days and my skin could definitely tell that it had stopped being applied so I would say it was definitely a product to apply every evening before bedtime. I found that it soaked in to my skin fairly quickly, although it did make my face appear shiny/greasy however it didn't feel oily or greasy to the touch.

I was after a thick, creamy, nourishing night cream to repair my skin and I found one in the Elizabeth Arden Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream. The downside? It has been discontinued. Wah. After a little Google I have found that the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Night Cream has pretty much the same ingredients in as the Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream, so we can assume that this is the next best thing!

Elizabeth Arden Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream


Review // Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Golden Sugar

I'm not really much of a blusher kinda gal. I'm either too heavy handed or I choose a shade which just makes me look permanently flushed. I used to adore cream blushers but I've since fallen out of love with them which is a shame as I have so many of them, as well as powder blushers. I recently went through my make-up collection and was shocked at how many I own and don't use!

For Christmas I received the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Golden Sugar and, oh my gosh, look how beautiful. Each shade bar one in the 8 shade palette has a shimmer finish to it so not only can you use them as a blush but also as a highlighter too. In the palette is a mixture of blushers, bronzers and highlighters so its not just an 8 pan blusher palette, which I originally thought.

About the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Golden Sugar:
"Introducing our third offering where we explore the most amazing collection of bronzers, merged blushers, baked bronzer and 2 merged baked highlighters."

Each shade in the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette is beautiful. When swatching them I kept saying "wow, how beautiful!" as, well, that's the kinda person I am. As much as I love eyeshadow palettes, I was a bit unsure as to how I get on with a blush palette. I can find palettes a bit hit and miss - there is always one or two shades in the pan that I know I would never use which turns out to be wasteful but luckily with this palette, that isn't the case. I think I love every shade in the palette. Each shade is incredibly pigmented and easy to blend with no fallout whatsoever.

I really didn't expect to enjoy or love this palette as much as I do! It is incredibly versatile with each shade perfect for use as either a highlight, a blush or even an eyeshadow. The matte brown shade (which is the mid-tone brown on the bottom row on the right) could also be used for contouring although as it is strong in pigmentation, perhaps a light hand will suffice. My favourite shades in the palette are the pearly white highlighter, the soft peach and muted pink on the top row as well as the rose gold shade on the bottom row. Each shade is beautiful as a highlight as well as blush and as they are so pigmented, you only need a soft hand as a little definitely goes a long way.

Another little bonus to this £6 palette is the packaging. As the product isn't so expensive I don't usually expect too much packaging-wise but this definitely delivers. Not only is it sturdy but there is also a mirror inside which covers the entire inside of the lid of the palette which makes it perfect for touch-ups on the go. At £6 each shade within the palette is 75p which definitely makes it sound like you got a bargain!


Review // Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

Philosophy products are a pure luxury for me. Each Philosophy product smells so divine that it is hard to choose between products. There is something about Philosophy products that makes me love them so much. I love the whole branding concept with the recipes on the front of every bottle and whilst other brands such as Possibility try and incorporate that style into their own branding, why buy the imitation when you can treat yourself to the real deal?

Whilst in America I went to the US version of TKMaxx which is called, er, TJMaxx. I don't usually step into TKMaxx as I find it a bit of a jumble but oh no, not TJMaxx. They sell Kate Spade handbags, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney... Honestly, it is all rather overwhelming/bizarre. On my most recent trip there I was looking at the beauty products and found a whole section of Philosophy. If that wasn't exciting enough, everything was around $3.99 which is about £2.82. £2.82 for Philosophy! I couldn't find any of my favourite Purity Cleanser but I did find something equally as exciting - the Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath.

About the Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath:
"there is nothing more sweet (or sinful) than a soft, gooey cinnamon bun that melts in your mouth and fills your senses with its sugary sweet cinnamon scent. experience the joy of this decadent indulgence 100% guilt and calorie free every morning with philosophys cinnamon buns ultra-rich, award-winning 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. feel your body and your grogginess melt away like sweet icing, and perk up your senses with cinnamon buns spicy cinnamon scent. since these cinnamon buns will rinse right off your hips, there is no reason why you cannot give in to your cravings, making your mornings a whole lot sweeter."

Unsurprisingly, the Philosophy Cinnamon Buns 3-in-1 product smells like..cinnamon buns. It is a rather sweet scent but I wouldn't expect anything less. You can really smell the cinnamon which, as a cinnamon lover, is a real plus. I know the scent of cinnamon is a bit like marmite, you either love it or despise it, but if you are a lover rather than a hater then you will probably love this too. I love cinnamon buns, cinnamon bread, cinnabons.. anything with cinnamon really so I am quite the cinnamon connoisseur and fortunately, this product doesn't smell too synthetic or sickly sweet.

This product is multi-purpose and 3-in-1. Whilst I wouldn't use it as a shampoo or necessarily a bubble bath, this product is divine as a shower gel. It lathers up well, smells absolutely wonderful and lingers on the skin for a little while too. You don't need too much product when using as shower gel so a bottle will last quite a while. The Philosophy Cinnamon Buns 3-in-1 product has instantly become one of my favourite products, one which I would purchase for the smell alone!


Other // Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Giveaway!

When I went to America I knew I wanted to buy a few beauty products for a blog giveaway and it definitely didn't take me long to choose which items I would be giving away. I chose something that I would want to receive or win, which is why I chose the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II. Luckily I don't have one to give away, but two!

I wanted to buy a beauty product that isn't as easily accessible in the UK which is why I chose the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks. That plus they are well sought after, which is why I had to go to three different Sephora stores before I found either Lolita or Lolita II. Nearly every shade was out of stock so I gave myself a little pat on the back when I managed to get hold of two of one of the most popular shades.

To be in with a chance of winning one of two Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. I'm afraid it is only for people who live in the UK so I'm sorry about that.

Good luck!


Haul // A Small Sephora Haul

When I hopped on the plane to America I had a long shopping list of make-up I had intended to buy from Sephora safely tucked away in my purse. I envisaged myself being weighed down on my return journey with my suitcase full of exciting new make-up to play around with but in reality, it was mostly full of food.

I love Sephora. I have never received bad service in there. Everyone is always so helpful and friendly but I literally could not find anything on my shopping list! Every Sephora I went to was out of stock of everything I really wanted to try so I was a bit disappointed but never mind. It's not the end of the world. I will just have to buy it online and pay the crazy import tax fees. *sob sob sob*

I did manage to buy a few things during my jaunts to Sephora. I am so glad I managed to pick up a few of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, even if I did have to go to three different stores before I finally managed to find Lolita! I really wanted to get Noble and Bow 'n' Arrow but they were completely sold out everywhere which goes to show just how popular they really are. 

I bought three Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, one for me and two to giveaway but I will talk about that later. I also bought the Tweezerman Rose Gold Eyelash Curlers which I bought purely for the look alone. I have never used eyelash curlers before so I wasn't too sure as to what to expect but so far so good. They make a great addition to a flatlay too! Next up is the Sephora Lotus Sleeping Mask which I cannot wait to try. The idea is that you apply it in the evening, sleep with it on overnight then remove any excess in the morning. The next day your skin should be more hydrated and softer whilst any signs of fatigue should have been reduced. There were so many different varieties in the Sephora Sleeping Mask range so I regret only buying one. 

Finally, I bought the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Cherry Blossom which is a lovely, everyday matte lip stain. I could have quite easily bought pretty much every shade in the range as they were all so pigmented and at only $14 each which is about £10, I should have bought a couple more.

If you have only continued reading as you saw that I was having a Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick giveaway then keep checking back in the next couple of days as two of you lovely people can win a Lolita II each!


Recent Purchases // The Chloe Faye Look-A-Like Bag

Oh how I wish I had £1,190 to spend on a Chloe Faye Bag. For years I have lusted over designer handbags. I dream about them, imagine myself wearing them and wonder when I am going to win the lottery so I can go out and purchase the hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of designer handbags that I can only dream of. My most lusted over are definitely the Celine Luggage Bag, the Givenchy Antigona Tote and the Chloe Faye Bag. Luckily I have managed to find a dupe for the latter. The best bit? It costs £20.

I was in Forever 21 on the hunt for a 'Blogging All Day' tee that I had seen in another store when I saw this bag sat on a little table all on its own and had to do a double take. It instantly reminded me of the Chloe Faye Bag and I was so excited. Of course it isn't up to the same high standards as the original, nor is it made out of the finest leather but I do love a dupe and I love this look-a-like. I have only ever seen the black version in store but the UK website has the tan version which I think I love even more.

Inside the bag is a long black strap as well as a short gold chain strap. I didn't know what the gold chain was for originally but I know now it is for dressing the bag up for nights out rather than using the long black strap which makes each strap detachable. I really like this idea as it is essentially turning the bag into 3 bags in one.

I have just seen that Missguided have an even better dupe for the Chloe Faye bag on their website which you can shop in the widget below!


Review // L'oreal Paris Skin Perfection Soothing Gel-Cream Wash

Does anyone have an 'in-shower' skincare routine which is completely different to the usual morning or evening routine? I do. This is purely down to which products are closest to hand whilst showering as I can't say I use them outside of the shower. One of the skincare products I use 'in-shower' is the L'oreal Paris Skin Perfection Soothing Gel-Cream Wash which, actually, deserves to be used outside of the bathtub as well as inside of it.

About the L'oreal Skin Perfection Soothing Gel-Cream Wash:
"L'oreal Paris Skin Perfecting Cleansers are designed for dry and sensitive skin. They are proven to remove make-up, impurities and reveal a better texture. The rich gel-cream texture removes impurities and smooths skin whilst revealing silky soft skin."

This facial wash ticks all of the boxes. Firstly I love the pretty pink packaging with the pink pearlescent accent on the bottle. It is definitely noticeable on my bathroom shelf whilst I am trying to see through the misty haze which is confined to my bathroom. This pink pearlescent shade is also transferred onto the product itself which is really creamy in texture whilst remaining lightweight in consistency. I dampen my face slightly before squeezing a 10p sized amount into my hand then massaging it into the skin. It lathers up nicely and feels really creamy and nourishing on the skin, the perfect facial wash!

It doesn't have a detectable scent to it, not one that I notice anyway. It also doesn't leave you with that horrible tightness to the face like some facial products have a habit of doing which again, is a massive plus. There's not too much else to say about it really, other than it does the job and it does the job well. It cleans the skin and freshens it up - as facial washes go, you can't expect any more than that!

Out of curiosity, does anyone else have a different skincare routine from when they are in the shower or is it just me?!


Review // Victoria's Secret Mango Temptation Fragrance Mist

As much as I love perfume and own many a bottle, there is something about body sprays/fragrance mists which makes me always go back to them. That said, I do believe my Charlie Red and Impulse body sprays are perhaps behind me!

If I'm not wearing a perfume then I will be wearing a Victoria's Secret fragrance mist. I have dedicated a whole blog post to my love for them, as well as the Victoria's Secret Bombshell Perfume which I utterly adore. I know the first thought when you hear VS is underwear, swimwear or pajamas but they do have a wonderful, vast range of body care products which work incredibly well and are made of a high quality.

The most recent addition to my never-ending collection in Victoria's Secret fragrances is the Mango Temptation Fragrance Mist. Described as a floral and fruity scent, Mango Temptation features notes of mango nectar and hibiscus with aloe vera and chamomile extracts used for skin softening. It is a sweet, fruity scent which smells more like a mixture of tropical fruits rolled into one rather than mango on its own. I am not a massive tropical fruits fan but I really love this smell. You all know how I feel about sickly sweet scents and whilst yes, this is sweet, it isn't sickly sweet nor is it nauseating. Some people have said Mango Temptation smells quite sour or tart but for me, this is just perfect.

If you were after an everyday, fruity scent then this will be perfect for you. I have lots of the Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mists and so far, I think Mango Temptation is my favourite. You get a rather generous 250ml for your money which is certain to last you a very long time indeed. I found a good few spritz on the body is plenty and whilst it isn't as long lasting as perfume, it does last a couple of hours on the skin which is about right for a body mist.

You can now purchase Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mists at Superdrug which I think is rather handy to know - saves the trip to either America or one of the few Victoria's Secret stores in the UK, although more do seem to be popping up.


Other // Case-Mate Rose Gold Karat Phone Case

Important news: I have finally entered the 21st century. So to speak. After years of using my sisters old hand-me-down phones, my credit card has finally seen light of day and I spent an eye-watering amount on a new phone recently. Of course, I am only human and immediately went for the rose gold version. I purchased the iPhone 6s at Duty Free in Heathrow Airport on a bit of a whim. I knew I wanted a new phone - god knows I have needed a new one for a while - and before I knew it I had accosted a salesman and told him I would buy one but could he be quick about it before I changed my mind?

I really wanted a cute phone case to match my new phone but I didn't want to completely hide the rose gold casing. There is no point in buying a pretty phone if you hide it all away, is there? When I was on holiday in America I went into Best Buy to try and find a pretty phone case and I did, straight away. Say hello to the Case-Mate Rose Gold Karat Phone Case. Look how beautiful. Yes, I really am bigging up a phone case!

I actually ended up buying this from Amazon as it was cheaper than buying it in the US so I had to wait until I got home to see it in all it's glory and I am so pleased with it. I have forced it in everyone's face since being home and everyone has told me how lovely it is, although I would say it were more copper than rose gold, not that it matters too much. 

I paid £29.99 for the phone case which I guess is fairly pricey when you consider you can buy one for a couple of pounds from eBay but I liked it and I was in holiday mode so I were definitely more relaxed when it came to spending money. Usually my debit card doesn't see light of day! 

Case-Mate do lots of other phone cases for a whole variety of smart phones so if you are after a pretty, sturdy phone case then look no further. I have found about 5 other cases that I absolutely love so who knows, maybe once I have paid the phone off I can get another!


Review // Bourjois Colorband Ombre Eyeshadow & Liner in Gris Graffiti

My recent post on the Bourjois Colorband Ombre Eyeshadow & Liner in Mauve Baroque went down really well, which is great considering I have so many more to share with you! Today is all about the blue toned dark grey shade which has a wonderful silver glitter base - Gris Graffiti. My first immediate comment will be that I am not entirely sure what the correct name to this crayon is. Superdrug says Gris Graffiti, Boots says Grid Graffiti, I thought it was Girls Graffiti.. Who knows? Either way it is shade 6 so lets stick with that.

About the Bourjois Colorband Ombre Eyeshadow & Liner:
"High pigmentation colour that lasts 24 hours! Its soft, creamy texture glides on for an effortless blend of colour with the precision of a liner. The long-lasting waterproof formula won't crease, smudge or fade. Available in 6 different easy-to-wear shades, perfect for day-to-night glamour."

Once again, the Bourjois Colorband Ombre Eyeshadow & Liners are likened to the ByTerry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadows. Whilst the previous shade I have tried, Mauve Baroque, is considered a dupe for the ByTerry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock, I don't think Gris Graffiti can be considered a dupe for any of the Ombre Blackstar range. You can wear the Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow & Liners either on their own or as a base for another eyeshadow and they perform brilliantly for each task. Each Eyeshadow & Liner is designed to last on the eyes for 24 hours whilst remaining waterproof and crease-free and once again, they live up to their claims.

The giant crayon makes it so easy to apply, either as a full-on wash of colour on the eyelids or as an eyeliner. If you are wanting to apply the crayon as an eyeshadow you should be aware that the formula sets very quickly so you have just a few seconds to buff it out with either your fingers or with a brush as once they are on, they are on! They do not budge, crease or transfer at all and they most definitely live up to their waterproof claims. Just like Mauve Baroque, I also wore Gris Graffiti on its own without a primer to see how well it would last without a primer and it lasted all day long without wearing or creasing which is amazing considering I have oily eyelids. 

In fact, they last so long that you need a bit of a good scrub to get them to come off so you definitely cannot knock their longevity. I am so, so impressed with the Bourjois Colorband Ombre Eyeshadows. The only one down side would be that you do have to sharpen them which if done slowly, ensures you don't waste any product in the sharpener. I have to remind myself of this as I can get a bit carried away when it comes to sharpening! They work just as brilliantly as eyeliners too as the tip of the crayon ensures you can get a definite, precise line on the eyelid and on the waterline.

For £5.99, the Bourjois Colorband Ombre Eyeshadow & Liner's are worth every penny. They are definitely a dupe for the ByTerry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadows which, at £29 each, don't come cheap. If you were looking for an affordable cream eyeshadow come liner, then look no further!


Haul // A Bath and Body Works Haul

When I think about going to America I immediately think of three things - Sephora, peanut butter confectionery and Bath and Body Works. My love for Bath and Body Works is ever-lasting. If I could open up my own store in the UK then I sure as hell would do. I feel like everyone should get the opportunity to try out the never-ending hand sanitizer scents, as well as the numerous hand creams, candles and body lotions available - oh, and don't get me started on the holiday products!

On my first day of being in Washington DC, I had one main aim and that was to go to Bath and Body Works. I'm not shy when I say I have a massive problem when it comes to hand sanitizer. When I say problem, I mean I am addicted. I apply it countless times a day, to the point where my hands actually bleed. But this post isn't about that. It's about the fact that I bought twenty more. Yes, twenty. To be fair though, Bath and Body Works do have around 60 varities of their PocketBac Hand Sanitizer, all varying in colour and scents so I did restrain myself quite well in only buying twenty!

Because my hands were so dry due to the combination of the dryness of the 8 hour flight there, the wintery cold weather outside and my constant application of hand sanitizer, my hands were terribly rough and dry. I was in desperate need of a very thick, ultra moisturising hand cream to soothe my sore hands so I bought the Hydrating Ultra Shea Body Cream in A Thousand Wishes and Limoncello. I decided to go for the body cream over the body lotion or the hand cream purely because the consistency was so much thicker and creamier. Within a couple of uses my hands were back to normal which was remarkable considering they were in such a state.

Finally I raided the candle section and stumbled across their selection of candles which were inspired by cities. I picked up the London candle which apparently smells like tea and lemon.. Right. I decided to look past the names of the cities and just smell the candles so I ended up purchasing the 3-Wick Candle in New York, which smells like apple, daisies and pink peonies. It is a really fresh, light scent which I thought would be great to burn during spring/summer. I could have bought a few more candles as they all smelt utterly divine and unique but I had to remind myself that I had to get them all home and with only 23kg of baggage allowance, I didn't want to chance my luck. Next time I go back I will definitely be taking an empty suitcase, just for hand sanitizer alone!


Review // Essie Nail Polish in Mod Square

When I find a nail varnish that I fall in love with I will wear it weeks on end - which is exactly where you will have found Mod Square by Essie recently. I am honest when I say I have far too many nail varnishes, so much so that I hardly ever wear the same nail varnish twice. Whenever I go and choose a nail varnish from my collection, it is just like going shopping. I discover items I never knew I had or existed. It's great.

Whilst I am a girlie girl, I'm not a bubblegum pink fan. I own one pink item of clothing which is only to be worn during the summer period - the rest of the time you will find me in grey, dark grey and, er, black. To find a pink nail varnish on my nails is fairly rare but I fancied a change of the usual dark or nude tones. Mod Square is a fairly deep, muted bubblegum pink. It isn't too vibrant or in your face but it is still pink although it is nowhere near as bad as Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze which is definitely the most vibrant nail varnish shade I have ever seen.

Mod Square is fairly middle of the road when it comes to consistency and you need a good few layers to get a fully opaque colour on the nails. I applied a base coat beforehand (as always) but I didn't apply a top coat as I wanted to see how long lasting it was and I was really surprised. It lasted nearly a week without chipping which is pretty remarkable, especially considering it doesn't have 'chip-resistant' or 'long-lasting' splashed all over the bottle like most brands try to claim when in reality they chip within 2 hours. We've all been there.

I have a few Essie nail varnishes now and I definitely want to get a few more. I love Mod Square and have worn it for about four weeks now. More importantly, the best bit? I have only had to re-apply it twice!