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Other | A Small Victoria's Secret Underwear Haul

Whilst I am not one to share my underwear with the world, I had to show you what I have purchased recently. Yesterday I spent 2 hours, and a whole load of cash in Victoria's Secret. You all know by now how much I love that store and if I had to work in a different retail store then you can guarantee I would be handing my CV in in a flash; I would make excellent use of that staff discount!

I went in to Victoria's Secret to buy some perfume and/or swimwear and ended up purchasing a very expensive bra and two bralettes. I know Victoria's Secret is famous for its underwear but I had never considered buying mine from there. Whilst it is all very pretty with its delicate lace and satin bows, I am aware that you can pick up a T-Shirt bra from Primark for £2 and a bra is a bra really, isn't it? But I was in a spendy mood so ended up trying on half of the store whilst using a poor sales assistant like a personal shopper for 2 hours. Without sounding too provocative, I must have spent most of the day with my top off rather than on.

The first thing I will say is that the girls working in VS are incredibly helpful and are more than prepared to run around the store fetching you bras in different sizes for you to try. They are also highly knowledgeable in the correct bra fit and before you know it, you are two sizes bigger than what you originally thought your were. Get fitted with them before you buy everything in the size you think you are as the size you are in Marks & Spencer may be 4 cup sizes different in Victoria's Secret.

The first thing I wanted was the Victoria's Secret Front Close Bralette. A mannequin wearing wings was also wearing this bralette in hot pink lace so I was pretty adamant I wanted that too, although they only had my size in a pink ombre version. It has a front close catch which I only realised after pulling it over my head like a T-Shirt but it is the comfiest bralette I have ever worn. It doesn't feel like you are wearing anything at all which makes it perfect. Also, let's just take a minute to appreciate the delicate lace back.. Swoon.

The second item I wanted was the Victoria's Secret Long Line Bralette in the ruby wine shade. Again, it is so comfortable and so flattering to wear. It is so hard to find pretty bralettes which actually give you the same support that a bra would give you but fortunately these do.

Finally, I bought the Victoria's Secret Cropped Bustier in the shade forest green. I tried it on purely to see what it looked like and before I knew it, I was handing over my credit card ready to pay. I won't lie to you, it was expensive. Not as expensive as Agent Provocateur but more expensive than what Primark has to offer. Paying £50 for one bra was a slight shock and not something I am used to after spending £2 on Primark T-Shirt bras for years but god, is it pretty. It is also a lot more comfortable than it may appear to be. All in all, I am now obsessed with bras and want to wear them all as tops so everyone can appreciate them! (Ha ha, I joke, I joke..)

So, is Victoria's Secret lingerie worth it? Absolutely. Don't get me wrong, it is expensive and I won't be throwing away my Primark bras any time soon but we all deserve nice underwear to make ourselves feel better. Someone once told me when I was a child that you should always wear matching underwear as you will never know what might happen and it is a motto I have always tried to live by!


Review | Jimmy Choo Exotic Eau de Toilette

Can you have too many perfumes? I am sure there is worst things out there to collect. I recently decided to go through my beauty cupboard and I found so many perfumes that I have hardly used yet, if at all. I decided to get rid of all of the packaging to them as they were just taking up so much space in my cupboard - it is so surprising how much packaging comes with a perfume bottle!

The newest addition to my ever-expanding perfume collection is the Jimmy Choo Exotic Eau de Toilette. I absolutely love Jimmy Choo perfumes, with Jimmy Choo Illicit and the original Jimmy Choo Perfume being firm favourites of mine, so it is no wonder another perfume within the range has caught my attention. If you like the original Jimmy Choo fragrance then you are sure to love this.

About the Jimmy Choo Exotic Eau de Toilette:
"Jimmy Choo EXOTIC is a sexy twist on the original fragrance, an addictive fruity composition which is truly evocative of high summer. Based around tiger orchids and patchouli, the fragrance opens with sparkling notes of blackcurrant sorbet and pink grapefruit, with a heart of tiger orchid and passion flower. The patchouli and velvety raspberry notes in the base offer a light gourmand touch."

I will start off by saying that I am pretty sure that this fragrance is Limited Edition which is only brought out during the summer months. This perfume has had many a face-lift, with last year the bottle and packaging having a blue theme running throughout rather than the pink theme which is significant of this year, 2016. I think Jimmy Choo should really consider making the Exotic perfume a permanent fragrance within their range as it is a wonderful twist on the original Jimmy Choo fragrance.

The bottle and packaging is very much in keeping with the other fragrances Jimmy Choo produce within its familiar rounded bottle. The 2015 version of the Jimmy Choo Exotic Eau de Toilette was turquoise whereas the 2016 is pink, which I think I prefer a little bit more. Either way the scent itself stays the same each year which I think is the most important thing.

Jimmy Choo Exotic features top notes of grapefruit and blackcurrant sorbet with heart notes of floral accord, orchid and passion flower. The base notes consist of patchouli and raspberry but overall the fragrance smells very fruity and not at all too sweet or overpowering. There is nothing I dislike more than perfumes that give you a headache and fortunately this doesn't have that affect! It is a really light, fruity scent which is perfect for daytime during the warmer periods, although I will be wearing it throughout the year!

The Jimmy Choo Exotic EDT is only available in a 60 ml bottle and costs around £44 although it is often on offer in Boots for a lot less. Exotic has suddenly become a firm favourite of mine and I urge you all to sample it and see for yourselves! 


Review | Spascriptions Brightening Under-Eye Pads

I'm not one to exaggerate but I firmly believe you could pack the bags under my eyes and go on a 10-day, all-inclusive holiday with them. For the last few weeks I have been so tired and stressed which is really noticeable under my eyes. I look permanently tired (and feel it!) so I decided a little treatment is in order. 

Under-eye masks have been so popular recently as an aide to reduce puffiness and swelling as well as moisturising and even promising to reduce signs of ageing so I decided to hunt some down to try for myself. I actually picked this box up at TKMaxx, of all places. I hadn't heard of the brand before but I liked the results they were claiming to offer so I decided to purchase the Spascriptions Brightening Under-Eye Pads.

About the Spascriptions Brightening Under-Eye Pads:
"Spascriptions Brightening Under-Eye Pads is a powerful facial treatment designed to improve the health and appearance of your skin. Our unique blend of ingredients contains Vitamin C which is a strong antioxidant with light whitening effect. Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis and activates skin cell regeneration. Glycolic Acid helps transform dull lifeless complexions into youthful skin that radiates!"

The idea of these under-eye pads is to place them under your eyes on a cleansed face then sit back, relax and enjoy the results. The directions suggest you leave them on for 15-20 to get the best results, as well as using them 2-3 times a week. Within the pack you get 5 eye treatments, with each treatment containing a pair of under-eye masks. I was so excited to try these eye masks so I cleansed my face like usual one evening, lit a relaxing candle and got ready to apply a pair.

As soon as I ripped open one of the packets, I knew they were going to be wet as it squirted me in the face (har har). Don't get me wrong, I thought these eye pads were going to be full of moisture but in reality, they are just soggy wet. The eye pads were stuck together within the packaging to begin with so I tore the rest of the packaging open to get the other pad out but it obviously wasn't in there. When I separated the pads from one to two I saw just how thin these pads actually are. The photo on the packaging makes the look as if they are really thick, comfortable and soothing on the face but in reality, they are thin and soggy. 

I applied them like the packaging suggests and then tried to sit down and relax but they started dripping and sliding off the face after a couple of minutes of wear and I actually found it hard to relax with them on, let alone wear them for 20 minutes. I was expecting so much from these and was so excited to try them but in reality, they don't really do much, let alone brighten. I like that they don't have any noticeable smell to them but that is about as far as it goes. I didn't experience any difference in my under-eye area at all, although I do believe that might change with regular use. Overall, I am still really interested in the under-eye masks/pads as I think they can really improve the look of the under-eye area as well as be incredibly relaxing to use but I didn't find these relaxing at all. They were slimy, wet and slide off the face before you know it! 

What are your favourite under-eye masks?


Review | Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in Shade Two

A few weeks ago Benefit were giving away their Goof Proof Brow Pencil to celebrate their new eyebrow range. Itching to try a few products from the new range, I put my name forward and here I am, with my own little Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in a sweet sample size. I love Benefit for readily giving away sample sizes of their products for people to try as I love being able to try a mini-sized version of something before I commit to buy the full-sized version. Thank you, Benefit!

About the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil:
"Presto…everyone’s an expert with this super easy filling & shaping eyebrow pencil. It features a custom, non-sharpen “goof-proof” tip, soft colour and a glide-on formula for easy & fast brow filling. Comes complete with built-in blending spoolie-brush and signature Tips & Tricks!"

When I was born I was blessed with strong eyebrows. I'm now 22 years old and I have never had my eyebrows done which I think is pretty good going, considering. That said, I do ever so lightly fill them in with the Collection Eyebrow Kit which I have had for so long I couldn't possibly tell you which year I purchased it in. Whilst I like this little Collection Eyebrow Kit, I was really looking forward to trying the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil which I managed to get in Shade Two, Light.

The full-sized Goof Proof Pencil comes double-ended with the pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other, although the sample size just comes with the pencil. This eyebrow pencil is available in 6 different shades with a really handy colour match guide on the Benefit website to help you choose which shade would be best for you. I have brown/dark blonde hair and I find that Shade Two is perfect for me.

The Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil comes in the now standard silver packaging which is fully retractable for ease. The pencil itself is angled slightly to improve application, which makes it incredibly easy to apply as the width of the angled side is the same width of the average brow (apparently) but I do find the angled side incredibly easy to brush through the eyebrow. It is also incredibly useful to use this angled side of the pencil as a guide if you wanted to 'draw your eyebrows on' without going too over the top.

I really like the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil as it is fills in your eyebrows incredibly easily with just a few light brush strokes. The pencil is very light and soft so when you fill in your eyebrows it isn't as if you were drawing them on with a Sharpie - you get a really soft and natural looking brow. Paired with the Benefit Gimme Brow Gel, your eyebrows will be definitely looking their best! I find that this eyebrow pencil stays put all day long and does not budge at all. Whilst I really enjoyed using the Goof Proof Brow Pencil, I really want to try a similar product, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz which is slightly cheaper.


Review | Victoria's Secret Noir Tease Eau de Parfum

With an old post declaring my love for Victoria's Secret perfumes and fragrances, it is no wonder that my collection of all things VS is ever growing. The Bombshell perfume is definitely one of my all time favourite scents and I am yet to find a body mist that I don't like. A recent trip to my nearest Victoria's Secret store with a £25 gift card in tow was a very exciting prospect and I knew I wanted to get another perfume. After smelling each one twice, I decided on either the Victoria's Secret Noir Tease perfume or the Victoria's Secret Heavenly Perfume. Completely torn between the two, I asked to purchase both and sadly my choice was made for me - both were completely sold out - typical!

Fast forward to last week when I found one of them in TKMaxx for less than half the price in the VS store. Yeap, it was in TKMaxx! How could I possibly refuse?! Available in two sizes in the Victoria's Secret store, either 50 ml or 100 ml, I bought the Victoria's Secret Noir Tease Eau de Parfum in a 50 ml bottle for £24.99, which is a hell of a lot nicer on the bank balance than the original £47.99 I was going to pay for the same sized bottle.

About the Victoria's Secret Noir Tease Eau de Parfum:
"The ultimate flirt: seductress meets coquette in this boudoir-inspired fragrance with a touch of lace, fishnet and a hot pink atomizer. Fragrance type: Warm. Notes: Black vanilla, frozen pear and blooming gardenia. Includes twist-on cap for traveling."

Let's immediately talk about the bottle. I can see why it would not be to everyone's tastes but I do think it en captures Victoria's Secret as a whole brand in one perfume packaging. It certainly stands out on the shelf, that's for sure! When you first open the box and find the perfume within, the pump isn't intact with the bottle and instead there is a plain black twist-on cap which is suitable for travel. I immediately put the pump together with the bottle and found that the box then became useless as the pump and the lace netting is so big that it doesn't fit back in the box. This isn't much of a big deal and I suppose this is why you get given a travel cap but I don't see why they just didn't make a bigger box for it to save the hassle of it all. 

This is the first perfume I have owned which has the old-school atomizer to release the product with. When I see these types of perfume bottles, I immediately think of old Hollywood films with glamorous ladies in their boudoir's spritzing perfume all of themselves glamourously. Whilst I don't have the same poise and grace as those ladies, it is quite the novelty using the hot pink pump to release the product with. I find that it works just as well as the push-down perfume top we are all used to, although I do think the hole the product comes out from is slightly smaller than usual.

The Victoria's Secret Noir Tease Perfume smells absolutely divine. Whilst I find it very hard to describe scents, I would say this wasn't a light scent, nor is it a deep, night time scent either. It smells a mixture between floral/musk without being overpowering, sweet or nauseating. I have worn it for a few days now and each time I have been complimented on it which is rather flattering. Someone asked me if it was the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Perfume so if you like that then you may like this too. The bottle definitely en captures the scent perfectly. 

The next time you are in a Victoria's Secret store then you definitely need to sample this perfume. It smells so wonderful, although you may just have to take my word for it! I think we have learnt two things from this post - one, Victoria's Secret continue to produce wonderful scents and two, your local TKMaxx store may be selling your favourite perfumes for half the price so get down there!


Review | NYX Wonder Pencil in Light

All the way back in February I went to America for a little holiday and bought so much make-up that I genuinely forgot what I had purchased. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I found a whole stash of un-used, un-loved make-up shoved into a bag in a cupboard in my bedroom, it was like Christmas! Inside the bag was a whole load of NYX products which I know we can get quite easily in the UK now but at the start of the year, we still had to fly to the US to get our NYX fix.

Can it be considered a gift if you bought something for yourself, forgot about it then rediscovered it again? Inside the bag of goodies was the NYX Wonder Pencil in Light. I remember buying this as there was a whole display on this product saying how wonderful it was and how whilst it was just a pencil, it had multiple uses. Because I wanted to see for myself what it was like and because I hadn't spent quite enough at that point, I bought the Wonder Pencil in the shade Light, although there were two other shades within the range.

About the NYX Wonder Pencil in Light:
"Wonder Woman meet the Wonder Pencil; the essential pencil that fulfills all of your beauty desires. Conquer 3 critical make-up tasks with one product: CONCEAL flaws and blemishes with creamy precision; LINE your lips against lipstick bleeding and fading; and BRIGHTEN your eyes along the water line. Will wonders never cease? Not with the Wonder Pencil in your bag!"

So the idea for this nude pencil is that it can brighten the eyes like an eyeliner, it can line your lips like a lip liner and it can conceal blemishes, just like a concealer. It claims to do quite a lot, but does it work for all three of those jobs?

Let's start with the packaging and what you see is what you get. It's a nude pencil and it looks like a nude pencil. You can sharpen it with a sharpener, it has a lid - what more do you want?! I first tried the NYX Wonder Pencil by using it for the job I expected to use it for, which is brightening the eyes. Gone are the days of using a stark white eyeliner within the water line to brighten the eyes, it's all about the neutral eyeliner now. The pencil is really smooth to apply and doesn't tug or pull at the skin. It is hard to describe it without saying that it feels just like the usual, standard cosmetic pencil - but that is just what it is, although maybe slightly creamier. It is easy to apply in the waterline and it does brighten the eyes considerably - perhaps even more than the white pencil we are all guilty of using!

The next role this pencil claims to fulfill is that of a lip liner. The idea is to use this pencil to sharpen up a messy lipstick application or to use it in preparation to blur away the lip line so you can overdraw the lips, if that was your thing. NYX also state you can use the pencil as a concealer to cover blemishes and whilst I can see why they say this - after all, the pencil is creamy enough - I don't think it should be used for that. Whilst is does cover very light blemishes, if you want to cover any spots or dark circles then I would recommend using your usual concealer instead. I have found another purpose for this multi-use product which is to clean up a messy eyebrow application and to highlight the brow bone.  It helps to create a clean and sharp arch underneath the eyebrow and because it is in pencil form, it means you can be much more precise with it than if you were using a brush.

I am slightly torn on this product. Whilst I like that it has multiple purposes and it could be good for travel where you have limited space, I don't know why you would want to use a nude coloured pencil to cover up your spots with - just use your usual concealer. What I do like this product for is brightening the eyes and cleaning up messy make-up applications as you can be really precise with it. Whilst I like this pencil, I don't think you really need a multi-purpose nude pencil as let's not forget - it is just a nude pencil after all!


Review | Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Susperia

Sorry, but these matte liquid lipstick posts just keep on comin'! Today I am going to show you my third, and final, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. The first shade within the range I tried was the famous Lolita, a chesnut rose colour which made me look very washed out and very dated. I didn't find Lolita to be very long-lasting at all and actually, really didn't like it. I then tried its sister shade, Lolita II which is a terracotta nude which is very orange-based neutral, completely different to it's namesake. Whilst I still didn't find Lolita II to be as long-lasting as the Kylie Lip Kits, for example, it did last a lot longer on the lips than Lolita did, which seemed to wear away tremendously within an hour.

My third shade I have to show you is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Susperia. Susperia is a beautiful bright lavender. If you are a fan of the MAC Matte Lipstick in Heroine then you will love Susperia. I know it isn't a shade that everyone will love straight away but it is definitely a shade that is more wearable than it appears in the tube! Whilst a bright lavender lipstick won't be my first lipstick of choice day-to-day, my gosh is this lipstick beautiful.

About the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks:
"A long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish. Now in 28 bold shades, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick gives lips long-lasting wear and high-pigment color. Its creamy, color-rich formula glides over lips like a gloss but dries to a true matte finish. It's infused with natural comfort-enhancing ingredients, including Vitamin E and sunflower seed so you can flaunt lasting matte color that leaves lips feeling comfortable."

All of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks come housed in a 6.7 ml tube which comes with a  doe-foot applicator which is wedged into the twist-up lid. I like the thinness of the tube as it makes it easy to store but I find the whole application process rather messy due to the applicator. It is quite long and thin, which you would expect to make the job easier but I find it makes it harder somehow! I find using a lip liner really helps with application as when used without, the lipstick is smeared all over my mouth which is strange considering I was very good at colouring in when I was younger. 

Out of the three Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks I own, I would say that Susperia is my favourite shade although it is probably the least wearable day-to-day. It's a shade which applies rather evenly and opaque without appearing streaky. Application is okay with the formula being more creamy in consistency rather than thin, although I do find a lip liner an essential when applying these Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks otherwise you can get a rather messy application. Longevity wise, I found Susperia to be rather long lasting and lasted well over 6 hours before showing signs of slight wear, although I did find it transferred onto cups and glasses a little. Susperia is definitely much better wearing than Lolita, which I found very disappointing.

Overall, Susperia is definitely my favourite Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, overtaking Lolita and Lolita II which I wasn't too keen on. Whilst the vivid bright lavender lipstick isn't the most wearable lipstick shade, it is still seriously pretty and a shade I think more people should try. MAC Heroine fans will love Susperia, although it does show very, very slight signs of wear throughout the day.


Review | Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

Tissue masks are so popular at the moment but ask me a year ago what a tissue mask was and I would not have been able to tell you. I first saw tissue masks in Sephora and I really wanted to try one but each store I went to had completely sold out of them all, which goes to show how popular they are. I forgot all about them until recently when I went into Boots and saw that Garnier have brought out a new skincare range which included, yep, you guessed it, a tissue mask. The best bit? They are £1.49 each! 

About the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask:
"Super-hydrating revitalising mask for dehydrated skin. Intensely rehydrates skin, reduces the look of fine lines, and revives radiance. Enriched with pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid, and plant serum.
Is Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask right for me? Yes, if your skin is dehydrated, shows the effects of time and your lifestyle (dullness, irregularities, fine lines...), and if you are looking for an effective solution to rehydrate and revitalise the radiance of your skin. In 15 minutes: Skin is intensely rehydrated, Skin looks smoother, Complexion is radiant. Fine lines appear reduced, Skin looks plumper, Skin radiance is revitalised."

I really love the idea of tissue masks, you unfold them, line them up against your face then sit back, relax and let them work their magic. I was so excited to try the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask as I've never used one before and as everyone loves them so much, I thought I would do too. I followed the instructions on the back of the mask packaging which tells you to apply the mask to a cleansed and dry face before carefully unwrapping the one-size-fits-all mask, applying the white side of the mask on your face before peeling the blue protective layer off, smoothing the mask down then allowing 15 minutes for it to fully re-hydrate your skin. 

The first thing that struck me when I tore open the packaging was how big this mask is. Obviously it's one-size-fits-all but wow, is it big. I don't have a particularly small face but because the mask is so large, I found it quite tricky trying to align the mask to the contours of the face, so much so that I kept putting it on then peeling it off again as I just could not find a comfortable enough fit. In the end I decided to just stick with it so my left eye was completely covered by the mask but hey, that's okay. 

Other than awkward application, I must mention the texture and the feel of this mask. I didn't know what I was expecting the mask to feel like but it is very wet. Very wet. Verging on slimy. It's strange, I haven't felt anything like it! Once I had shuddered at the texture, applied it rather cack-handedly and battled with the protective layer which is also supposed to be pulled off, I tried to find the relaxation within the mask. I tried to relax with it on but I didn't find it at all relaxing and I couldn't wait for it to come off. It just felt so...wet! I was very aware that it was on and whilst it wasn't uncomfortable or tight on the face, the wet, cooling feeling set me on edge. I kept it on for the desired time then happily peeled it off before rubbing in the excess moisture from the mask into the skin then splashing my face with a bit of warm water. 

 Do you want to know the best part? It works. The mask actually works - pretty much instantly. My skin felt so soft and so much more hydrated after just 15 minutes on the skin. My cheeks get really dry at times and after using the mask I found that those patches were much more hydrated than before which shows that the mask does do everything it claims to. The next morning my skin was even softer than the night before and it looked much fresher and more revitalised. 

Whilst I don't particularly like the feeling of the tissue mask and found the application tricky, I absolutely loved the results the mask gave after just 15 minutes on the skin. I would definitely use the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks again and I'm hoping next time I will get used to the slimy feeling on the face and find the whole process a little more relaxing!


Other | The Home Essentials Lust List

I don't know about you, but I am so over living at home. I can't wait for the time when I can finally get my own little house or flat - a place which I can decorate to my own tastes, a place where I can fall onto the sofa after a long day at work and not feel like I have to move to a position which isn't lying down as I don't want to get in the way of someone else. It's the little things, you know? Plus I'm a big girl now - I can look after myself!

My constant longing for my own home isn't helped by old school friends renting flats, buying houses, having mortgages whilst I am still in the box room in my mums house. Now don't get me wrong, if my mums house were to be on Tripadvisor I would be sure to give it a 5* review but I am definitely ready to fend for myself. I find myself at work dreaming about which shade of white I would paint my walls, this is the level I am at!

Other than the colour of my walls, I often lust over the other home essentials which will definitely be a permanent fixture within my new home. Here is a little inspiration for me, and a little inspiration for you, too.

001. Panasonic 4K TV* / In the words of Joey from Friends, if you don't have a TV then what is your furniture pointed at? I'm pretty sure when I wake up our television is on and when I go to bed, our television is on. When you buy a TV you definitely get your moneys worth so why not go for a Panasonic 4k TV? The resolution is 4 x better than that of HD, you can access the internet through it, have a personalised home screen with apps of your choice and I am pretty sure it can make you a cup of tea in the morning too ;) Oh, and you don't have to worry about the 4K not working on your favourite Netflix programmes as this very smart TV has a built-in decoder so you would be able to watch The Spice Girls Movie in 4K quality too. Sounds good to me!

002. DFS Krystal Sofa / One of the most exciting things about having my own home would be going sofa shopping. My favourite thing to do is to sit down so the sofa is v v v important. I am envisaging a comfy grey recliner sofa but again, I would definitely have to try before I buy. (Who are those people who buy a sofa online?!)

003. Sealoe Dear Guest Print I absolutely love this print! What a great idea. How often do you get people come to visit you and before they step through the door they are already hassling you for your wifi password? Just show them the way to this print and you won't need the hassle of remembering a 13-digit number off by heart again.

004. Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Candle / If you are yet to smell Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone then you are in for a treat. It smells utterly divine and whilst this candle is incredibly expensive, it will be a decorative candle as there is no way I would be burning this beauty! I would buy the Pomegranate Noir Room Spray as the scent to welcome my guests in with - and if anyone even lights a match close to this candle I would be very angry indeed!

005. Peonies In A Fish Bowl Vase / Peonies are mine (and thousands of other bloggers) favourite flowers so you can expect to see a few bunches around the house. They smell so beautiful, they look so beautiful and they make a lovely Instagram photo too.
001. Willis & Gambier Bed / How comfy does this bed look?! I have only ever had a single bed before so a double bed would be rather heavenly. I like to keep my bed simple as I am not too keen on loads of decorative pillows which get pushed to the floor come bed time but I'm sure a grey pillow here and there won't affect me too much.

002. Sealoe 24K Breakfast Print / Sealoe and their prints feature quite a lot throughout this post but I am utterly obsessed with each one they have to offer. This print would look so lovely on a plain, blank canvas wall. I love this rose gold within the photo, which is why my bedroom will be a hell of a lot of white and grey with the odd rose gold accent here and there.

003. Dwell Gracias Table Lamp / Rose gold and marble in one item? Gah, heaven. It may be just a bedside lamp but it's a pretty damn attractive bedside lamp!

004. H&M Soft Blanket / I absolutely love blankets and whilst I wouldn't say I needed to use one to get to sleep, I do sleep better with one rather than without. Is there anything better than snuggling down with a blanket and watching a film? I don't think so!

005. Dwell Carter Dressing Table / One of the main plus points to me moving out is that I get to have a dressing table. I have always wanted a dressing table, somewhere where I can sit and do my make-up each morning without worrying I am getting my foundation all over my carpet. I also can't wait to organise my make-up in the little drawers and display my perfumes in a marble tray.. There's the dream people, there's the dream.
001. Dwell Madison Office Desk / I really love the look of this desk for an office. It's rather expensive and I am sure IKEA's are just as good but money is no object in this lust list! When I have my own flat/house I will definitely have an office in there - a peaceful place to send emails, write blogposts, read the Daily Mail online, that sorta thing.

002. Apple iMac / Well I will need something to read the Daily Mail online with, won't I?

003. Sealoe The World Is Your Oyster Print / Every now and then you need a motivating quote to perk yourself up with and this is definitely mine. I love the gold effect of the print, although you can get it made in just plain colour. Sealoe have such an amazing range of printed quotes, I feel like I will need one motivating speech in each room to cheer myself up with on a down day.

004. Dwell Nexus Tall Office Chair / All of the office chairs I have ever owned have been so uncomfortable. If you spend long periods of time sat in an upright position then you need to be comfortable so a really comfy office chair is most definitely an essential. Plus it should look nice.

005. Diptyque Electric Diffuser / I really want a diffuser for my home to pop oils in to make the fragrance slowly dispense into the room. Obviously you could just use a candle but diffusers are safer as you don't have a burning flame to keep an eye on, although perhaps I might not purchase this one with its eye-watering price tag!

006. Bodum Coffee Glass / I love caffeine. I couldn't go a day without having a cup of tea or a coffee and this coffee glass would be perfect. Plus it looks nicer than a mug.

Those are my home essentials, what are yours? I really can't wait to move out. I've bought a rose gold clock for my house so it's a little start. I just need to get the house now!

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Review | L'oreal Pure Clay Purity Face Mask

When I saw that L'oreal had bought out three new face masks, each offering to deliver different results, I was very excited. I have never been much of a face mask fan, purely because I can't seem to enjoy having something harden on my face. I hate the tight, stiff feeling masks give you when drying, although I am rather guilty of leaving them on for much longer than you are supposed to. The almost cement-like feeling when a face mask hardens makes me feel rather uncomfortable so the recommended twice weekly applications dwindle down to twice monthly.. If that. 

But I am a changed person, because I have finally found a face mask that I love. With the new L'oreal Clay Face Mask range offering three new masks, each offering to either purify and mattify, detoxify and clarify and brighten and exfoliate, there is no reason not to buy all three. I recently bought the L'oreal Pure Clay Purity Face Mask and after a couple of uses I am ready to declare that I am now a face mask convert.

About the L'oreal Pure Clay Purity Face Mask:
"For the first time, the L'OrĂ©al Paris laboratories have selected three pure clays and combined them with eucalyptus extract, known for its purifying properties. The creamy texture works deep into the pores, leaving skin purified and matte-looking, without drying it out. A powerful blend of 3 pure clays: Koalin - A highly effective natural clay, known to absorb impurities and excess sebum. Montmorillonite - Rich in minerals, a clay recognized for helping to eliminate imperfections. Ghassoul - A pure clay highly concentrated in minerals renowned to help clarify complexion. Instant and lasting, visible results. Immediately: skin is fresh, clean and purified."

Each L'oreal Pure Clay Face Mask comes in a 50 ml glass pot which is supposed to last you 10 applications. I chose the Purity face mask over the Glow or Detox face masks because I have fairly oily skin so I thought the mattifying benefit within the Purity face mask would benefit me more than the other two. If you are unsure as to which face mask out of the three which would benefit you the most, at the moment Boots is offering little skin tester sheets so you can see which mask is most suited for you. The sheets have three tabs which you push out, each tab for the t-zone, cheek and chin. The idea is that you press each tab to the three parts of the face then match the results to the example on the sheet, thus telling you which mask would work for you the best on different parts of your face. For example, when I did it my results told me that I have an oily t-zone and chin which would benefit from the purity mask but my cheeks are dull, so they would benefit more from the glow mask. It is a really good idea, especially when you are uncertain as to which one to purchase. Of course, if each of your three results match all three examples then you may as well just buy all three!

I found the smell of the Purity Face Mask to be rather light and refreshing - it hits you as soon as you open the outer packaging. The mask itself is really thick, creamy and cooling, although I do find the consistency to be rather sheer when applied. I found that I had to use quite a lot of product to cover my face on first application as it didn't seem enough. Once applied quite thickly, I left the mask to set for the desired time of 5-10 minutes and then washed off with a warm muslin cloth where my skin was left feeling much smoother, softer and any shininess/oiliness had disappeared leaving me with a matte finish.

I really, really like this L'oreal Pure Clay Purity Face Mask. It smells nice, it's deep cleansing and it leaves the skin feeling smoother, softer and any oiliness is kept at bay. Whilst I know face masks aren't an immediate cure and need to be used frequently in order to get more permanent results, I will definitely keep on using this face mask, as well as giving the other two in the range a try!


Review | Collection Precision Contouring Contour Stick in Light

I recently posted a review about the Maybelline Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick and as much as I liked it, I find the duo side of it very tricky to use as the beige, highlight side doesn't really do much for me. Instead, I am much more interested in the chocolate brown contour shade and ever since, I have been on the hunt for a solo brown contour stick which doesn't share its packaging with a silly lighter shade. After a very small hunt, I found one from the drugstore and from Collection. It costs just £3.99, is available in three different brown tones and is called the Collection Precision Contouring Contour Stick.

About the Collection Precision Contouring Contour Stick:
"Luxe textured cream contour sticks. Easily blendable formulation to create contours and sculpt features. Slim line applicator makes contouring hard to reach areas like the nose and the eye socket easy. Twist up stick, Perfectly portable in size for a natural glow on-the-go."

The premise of this Collection Contour Stick is just like every other - twist the retractable stick up, glide the big, slim crayon onto your face wherever you so wish then blend out with either the brush of your choice or with a beauty blender. The packaging is very basic but as it is a fairly cheap drugstore brand, I wouldn't really expect much more. The colour on the outer packaging indicates the shade within which I find really handy and the retractable section works really well. 

I purchased this contour stick in the shade Light as opposed to Medium and Dark but I don't find these shades to be a true representation of their names. Each shade is actually a different toned brown, for example the shade Light is more of a taupe-based brown as opposed to the Medium shade which is more of an orange-based brown which I think is a dead ringer for the Maybelline Master Contour Duo Stick in Light.

I really, really like this contour stick and I actually find it much easier to use than the Maybelline version. Because the stick is thinner it means you can be more precise with it than you can with the Maybelline Contour Stick which is much fatter and chubbier in size. The consistency of the Collection Contour Stick is quite firm but still creamy, making it easy to apply and to blend out. I found that it lasted all day long and for that, I definitely have no complaints! For £3.99, if you were after a contour stick then I definitely recommend choosing this one. It does exactly what you want it to and you can get change from a fiver. Another great product from a much rather over-looked brand.


Review | The Konjac Sponge Company French Green Clay Facial Puff Sponge

Still on the hunt for healthy, natural and cruelty free skincare products, today's post is all about a sponge. But not just any sponge, mind. A Konjac Sponge! But what is so special about one of those, do I hear you wonder? Well, it is a plant based sponge, made from the Konnyaku (or Konjac Potato) Plant which is native to Asia. The sponge is made up of natural, vegetable fibres meaning it is 100% cruelty free, suitable for vegans and it works wonders for the skin! I recently had the chance to try out The Konjac Sponge Company French Green Clay Facial Puff Sponge* and, *spoiler*! I love it. I love this sponge. And the only sponge I usually love is of the baked variety. 

I will be honest and say I hadn't heard of a konjac sponge before. If you, like me, didn't or don't know what a konjac sponge is then it is a completely natural facial sponge which cleanses, exfoliates and refines pores which is supposed to leave you with a glowing and radiant complexion. There are a few companies out there which sell konjac sponges but mine is from The Konjac Sponge Company, which offers their facial puff sponges for all sorts of skin types as well as offering products for newborn babies, tattoo aftercare, gentlemen's shaving as well as for pets! With a massive range of products all derived from the konjac plant, you are bound to find a completely healthy and natural skincare product to help not only your particular skin type but also a product to suit all the family!

About The Konjac Sponge Company French Green Clay Facial Puff Sponge:
"The perfect facial sponge for combination and oily t-zone skin, our Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay tightens pores, tones the complexion and revitalises damaged skin cells. Blended with the finest French Clay this naturally draws out impurities and toxins, to reveal a smoother, fresher complexion."

The Konjac Sponge Company offers their facial puff sponges for an arrange of different skin types, with each sponge infused with different ingredients to help that particular skin type. I went for the sponge which best suited oily/combination skin which is blended with green clay, although I do love the sound of the Green Tea Facial Puff Sponge which is for purifying the skin, as well as the Bamboo Charcoal Facial Puff Sponge which is suited for oily and acne prone skin. 

I will start off by saying that this product is the strangest thing I have ever used. The only way I can describe this facial cleansing sponge is by saying it is like a crumpet attached to a tea bag string. I'm not selling it well but bear with me here! The facial puff sponge arrives in a little clear package and the sponge itself is rock solid. It is so hard that you wonder how it could possibly be cleansing and soothing on the skin. The directions say to rinse and wet the sponge before use then either use it on its own or with your favourite cleanser before massaging the sponge into the skin to cleanse, exfoliate and refine pores. When wet, the sponge softens massively and then has the texture of a crumpet. It is the strangest feeling on the face. When I first used this konjac sponge, I used it on its own without any cleansers and it really did take away any lasting scraps of make-up and dirt whilst cleansing the skin deeply, making it feel lovely, soft and clean afterwards. 

The next day I then used a really creamy cleanser with the sponge to see how well it cleansed with another product working alongside it and I was even more impressed. You get such a deep clean with this sponge, my skin felt so much softer and smoother than before, even more so than it usually feels after using that same cleanser. It is just like using a Clarisonic, only without the high price tag and instead of an electronic hand-held tool, you are using a completely cruelty-free, vegan, natural plant-based sponge. I am definitely sold! 

There are so many benefits to the Konjac Sponges, for example, they are completely biodegradable, naturally sustainable and packed with minerals and antioxidants. If you are after a completely natural way of cleansing and exfoliating your face without using harsh chemicals and nasty things then this product will be wonderful for you.


Review | Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Normal/Combination Skin

Liz Earle is a marvellous lady. All of her skincare products are made up of natural ingredients which aren't tested on animals, something which I am starting to become very aware of when purchasing beauty and skincare products. As I get older I am trying to turn to more natural ingredients within my skincare products in order to, hopefully, combat the ageing process without the use of botox for as long as possible. I know I am only 22 but I started using anti-ageing cream at 14. Prevention is better than cure people, prevention is better than cure!

I recently tried out the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser which is very much worth its cult status. It is very soft and gentle on the skin whilst removing all grime, dirt and make-up left on the skin at the end of the day. Because I loved using the product so much, I decided to try another daily must-have: the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Normal/Combination Skin.

About the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser:
"This perfectly balanced moisturiser softens, smoothes and conditions skin for a naturally healthy glow. Rich in natural actives, including borage oil (a rich source of the essential fatty acid GLA) and natural antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin E to replace lost moisture and help protect normal/combination skin."

Available in two different versions depending on your skin type, normal/combination or dry/sensitive, the moisturiser comes in a 50 ml pot which may sound quite small considering the price of the product but a little goes a long, long way so that 50 ml pot will be with you for a while, let me tell you. The packaging is very similar to the rest of Liz Earle products with its soft mint green coloured packaging and its twist-up lid. But enough about that, let's talk about what's inside!

The moisturiser itself is more like a balm in consistency rather than a cream. It is creamy but it still has a bit of a stiffness to it, if that makes sense. The moisturiser smells really lightweight and refreshing without being overpowering. It's a lovely scent which you wouldn't mind applying at the beginning of your day as well as at the end of it. Once applied to the skin the scent disappears completely and the moisturiser itself sinks into the skin really quickly without making the skin feel greasy or sticky at all. It is a really lightweight moisturiser which smoothes the skin whilst moisturising it. What more could you want?!

Overall, I really love this moisturiser. It is crammed full of natural ingredients including borage and avocado oils which moisturises the skin whilst smoothing it and it does the job wonderfully well. The Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser has a wonderfully light and refreshing scent to it which doesn't linger on the skin. The lightweight moisturiser isn't sticky or greasy and it sinks into the skin really quickly, making it perfect for underneath make-up. The price may seem quite high considering you only get a 50 ml pot but it is really worth every penny considering it is filled with natural and healthy ingredients. Once again, Liz Earle have produced another cult product for me to keep on repurchasing! 


Other | Are Kylie Lip Kits Actually Worth The Money?

The Kylie Lip Kits. I've spoken about them so many times now that I'm starting to get sick of talking about them. You all know by now how much I love them - well, with the exception of Kourt K of course. By are they actually worth it? Are they worth all of the hassle? All of the customs fees and shipping charges?

The Packaging
I could talk about the packaging but we all know what it is like by now. We know it is pretty and unique. We know the colour on the outerbox resembles the shade within the lip kit and it is all very nice. It is unlike any other brands packaging out there and it is instantly recognizable. Hell, even the box it arrives at your door in is recognizable, which is probably why they had to change it due to the theft of the boxes of peoples doorsteps. But enough about the packaging, let's talk about the good stuff.

The Price
Within each Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit you receive one 3.25 ml tube of liquid lipstick as well as one 1 g lip liner which is the perfect accompaniment to the lipstick. Each lip kit costs $29 although you can buy each product individually with the liquid lipstick costing $17 and the lip liner costing $14 so it is actually cheaper to buy them as a set rather than individually. If we were to put this into ££ then it would be around £21.72 per lip kit or £12.73 for the lipstick and £10.49 for the liner. If we were to compare this to MAC for example, then the Kylie Lip Kit is a lot cheaper than if you were to go and buy a liner and lipstick from MAC.

The Product
Kylie is bringing out new and exciting lip kit shades every couple of weeks or so and at the moment, there are 16 different shades out there, although some are limited edition. I own 5 shades and I am in utter love with 4. In my experience, the tubes I have received have been filled right up to the top although I do know that some people have received empty bottles but I will talk about that more in depth down below in a different paragraph. The formula to the liquid lipsticks is rather thin without being watery but it still manages to be creamy in consistency. They are easy to apply and deeply pigmented so one swipe of colour is plenty to cover the entire lips. You can layer the lipstick up if you wanted to but I wouldn't advise it with Kourt K as it can flake a little, as well as feeling slightly uncomfortable which I haven't experienced with the other shades I own. The lipstick itself does have a strange, synthetically sweet scent to it which I personally do not like but I know others don't mind it. Fortunately it doesn't linger too long on the lips. The lipstick lasts quite literally all day long. I have worn Candy K for 10 hours and it is still in the same place in the evening as it was in the morning. You really cannot fault its longevity. They are also incredibly comfortable to wear considering they are a matte liquid lipstick and as a suffer of dry lips, I don't find that they show up dry areas of the lips which is remarkable. It is also worth noting that the lip liner is incredibly creamy and easy to apply as it doesn't pull or tug at the lips. It is definitely the creamiest lip liner I have owned.

The Shipping and The Customs Fees
I have found the shipping process to be rather quick and rather reasonable in price considering it is coming from overseas. The shipping costs $14.95 (which is £11.20) regardless of how many products you buy at once. For this I would recommend buying all of the products you wanted at the same time to make the price worth your while. The shipping is sent via the United States Postal Service which then goes to the Royal Mail in the UK. You get given a tracking number right from the beginning so you can keep tabs on your parcels whereabouts, although if it states it has been delivered when you haven't received it yet then it is because it has been sent to Royal Mail where you have to pay the customs fees. When the Kylie Lip Kits first came out, there was a 50/50 chance of having to pay a customs fees but now it is 99% certain that you will have to pay the charges. If you live in the UK, the customs charges are broken down like this - £4 per product plus an £8 Royal Mail handling fee which I think is very unkind. When you purchase a lip kit, you must take into consideration the customs charges which will increase the price of the product significantly. For one lip kit, the price would change from £21.72 to £33.72 and if you add in the shipping fee as well, it changes from £33.72 to £44.92. When you take everything into consideration, from the price for the lip kit, the customs charges and the shipping fee, £44.92 for one lipstick and liner is pretty expensive.

Like most products out there, there is a dupe for everything. Even the dupe has a dupe! The Kylie Lip Kits are no exception. If you want a like for like dupe colourwise for the Candy K Lip Kit, then buy Colourpop's Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bianca immediately. It is $6 (£4.49) and the colour is exctly the same. I own both and I literally cannot tell the difference. Here are some more dupes for a few of the other shades!

Candy K
Colourpop Ultra Mate Liquid Lipstick in Bianca
MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
OFRA Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena
Milani Matte Lip Creme in Adorable
Stila Liquid Lipstick in Baci

Koko K
Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Midi
Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Lip Colour in Creme Brulee
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Melancholia
NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment

Dolce K
Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Chi
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow & Arrow
Lime Crime Velvetines in Buffy
Lip Land Liquid Lipstick in Aventus

Posie K
Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Clueless
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Mother
Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lilac

True Brown K
Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Limbo
Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick in Dominatrix
OFRA Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Brooklyn
Lime Crime Velvetines in Salem

The Controversy 
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Kylie Cosmetics, from the lipsticks down to unfulfiled orders. The Kylie Lip Kits have nearly the same ingredients in as the Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks which is strange but it was revealed that the company who produces Kylie Cosmetics also produces Colourpop. Whilst they have nearly the same ingredients, I do believe there is a difference in formula between the two with Colourpop being much thicker and creamier in formula whereas Kylie's are a lot thinner in consistency.

Finally, the customer service side of Kylie Cosmetics has really let them down. Considering how many orders they send out each day and the amount of customers they must have, it would seem customer service is pretty much non-existent with lost orders, orders arriving with no product inside the box, lip kits arriving with empty tubes, broken applicators.. I feel that Kylie Cosmetics weren't ready to become a massive brand so quickly and weren't prepared for the uptake and the customer service side that comes with selling things. If you have a complaint you want to be able to contact someone within that company to reassure you, not to send out an automated email in response. It was reported that each time Kylie launched a new product she made 1 million dollars which, without sounding bitchy, perhaps she should put that into customer service rather than new cars.

The Verdict
There is no doubting that the Kylie Lip Kits are now a cult, status product. The girl could bring out a bright yellow matte lipstick and people would still buy it. Just take her 4th of July limited edition lip kit in Skylie - it was bright sky blue for gods sake and it still sold out! Kylie is definitely onto a winner with her Lip Kits and now that she is branching out into eyeshadow palettes, cream eyeshadows, eyeliners and goodness knows what else she has up her sleeve, I think her cosmetic line will be around for a very long time. At first everyone bought her products because of the name associated to it but these products are good. More than good. They don't need the name associated to it to sell. Although it helps. The one thing Kylie needs to change the lack of customer service aspect to her company as it is really letting her down. If people have a bad experience with a company and there is no-one there to reply to their queries or if they do get a response, deny all responsibility, that customer will go elsewhere and I can't say I blame them.

So, are they worth it? Yes. I know they are very, very similar to the Colourpop liquid lipsticks but I believe Kylie's version is better. They're longer wearing, more comfortable to wear and they don't transfer at all. The Kylie Lip Kits last all day long and I literally cannot fault the product. What I can fault is the overall price when you take customs and shipping into consideration. I think it is only worthwhile buying Kylie Cosmetics products when you are ordering more than one product. It is not worth buying just one as no matter how many you buy, you will still pay the same shipping and customs handling fee. I'm not saying buy loads, just get your money's worth out of those shipping and customs fees because, lets face it, they may end up being the most expensive lip products you own!