Saturday, 31 July 2010

Avon + Peacocks Goodies

I placed a little order with my local Avon rep a couple of weeks ago - my goodies came this afternoon :) The main thing that I ordered was the Skin So Soft Soft and Fresh Replenishing Dry Oil Body Spray
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I always take some of this on holiday - it is brilliant for keeping the mosquito's, and flying things away - they don't seem to like the smell hurray:) It's also really moisturising and leaves your skin with a nice sheen.
I also ordered one of the new Color Trend Shimmering Lip and Cheek Balm in the shade Icy Petal - This is a lovely pink colour - I love this type of product they are really easy to use and they are so versatile
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In my brochure the Color Trend products were on buy one get one for a pound so I got a Gemstone Liquid Liner in Diamond - a lovely shimmery silver shade
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Me and my mum popped up to Matalan this afternoon to have a look at summer clothes but it was so crowded and all the good stuff appeared to be long gone bar if you were a size 8 or 10 which neither me nor my mum are. So we headed home stopping to pick up a new Argos catalogue on the way and to have a tiny look in Peacocks - there was some nice stuff but I just got a couple for pairs of jersey shorts (pics from Peacocks )
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I'm not a million percent sure about the colours but they should got with most of the sun tops that I own - any colour pretty much should go with white, and I am picturing the mint ones with white, yellow or black. It's so hard to find jersey shorts in a longer length - I have a few pairs of the short, shorts but I'm not feeling overly body confident at the moment so I wanted a few pairs of longer ones, just in case. My New Look order also came so I'll try and show you some pics of my order tomorrow xx

Bye July

Another month is over and yet another spending disaster eek News of my holiday gave seemed to allow me to go crazy I stopped counting at £81+ eek never mind I do need a few more bits for my hols but I am going to keep trying in August.
Trimming my stash has gone so, so this month I finished 12 items

Clear Beauty Deep Cleansing 3 in 1 Facial Wipes - 25 Wipes
Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover 150ml
Eyeko Glitter Body Lotion 250ml
Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel -75ml
The Body Shop Rich Plum Body Butter 50ml
Lovea Bio L'Argan Shine Shampoo 200ml
Veet In Shower Hair Removal Cream 150ml
The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Body Scrub 200ml
Butter London Powder Room Nail Polish Remover
Pro Strong Pro Quench Barrier 2.7g
Soap & Glory Spa Peachy Cream Big Butter 300ml
Leighton Denny Renovate 10ml


I have a few items there or there abouts including my GOSH Primer which has about 1 application left in it and some Lemon Cheesecake body wash which has about 1 use left in it - so hopefully August will start well. Make up items are another story just when you think something is nearly finished it turns into the magic porridge pot of a make up item i.e. never ending!
So that just about sums July up - must do better in all areas - I'm definitely going to keep at it though fingers crossed I can do better on my spending diet this month especially since I am going to the Metro Centre next week -eek not a good start
I also have another challenge this month and that is to wear more colour on my eyes i.e. not neutrals, browns, or beiges - I started well with my purples yesterday so we'll hopefully see me stepping out of my comfort zone more in August :)
Thanks for all your comments and support of my challenges despite the fact I have the willpower of a slug xxx

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Hot Off The Press MAC / Rodarte

Well, they didn't let us down - MAC has agreed to donate their entire global profits from the MAC / Rodarte collection to the newly formed "Women and Girls of Juarez Initiative" You can read more from the lovely Temptalia here We did it!! A huge thanks all round to everyone who did a blog post or signed a petition, and particulary to the ladies that got us motivated - we proved that it's always possible to make a difference -Thank You

NOTD - A Hint Of Summer

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Well it seems at the moment the weather can't make up it's mind what it wants to do. It's pretty warm today but it's more on the humid side than the pleasant side and it looks as though it's going to rain argh Never mind I painted my nails last night in a colour that makes me think of summer, it's the perfect combination of bright pink and coral, perfect with a tan. The colour is question is Boots 17 Fast Finish Nail Polish in Pink Grapefruit - alas I'm not sure that this is a permanent colour I got it one of the recent 17 freebies but I imagine it will be pretty dupeable - enjoy x
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Tuesday, 27 July 2010

MAC Rodarte Latest



Hello Ladies and Gentlemen too, yes there are a few of you of you out there ;) I am sure you have all read the latest on the MAC Rodarte collection. MAC have agreed to change the names of the offending products and donate $100,000 of the profits to relevant organisations. Is this enough, I'm not convinced $100,000 dollars is enough for a such a large and successful company (lets not forget MAC is part of the Estee Lauder empire). I also think MAC could do more to raise awareness of the situation in Juarez similar to what they with Viva Glam. If you agree with me please sign this petition here - we've already shown we can make a difference, lets see if we can make a bigger one xx

A Little Haul

I popped to my nearest small town with my mum today so she could get her passport photos taken - £5 it costs now eek. I had a few parcels to post today so I went with her and managed to pick up a few goodies whilst I was there. I've done a video for You Tube but I thought I'd show you here as well :) As well as a few bits for gift and swaps I got some bits from Boots, and Superdrug. First of all I got some Veet In Shower Hair Remover Cream - I really like this for when I can't be bothered to wax, it's so simple and takes less than 5 minutes. I also picked some more Botanics eye make up remover, and some of the orginal formula Damask Rose Skin Tonic, some Flight Ear Plugs, and some Gold Shimmer Batiste :)
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I also got a Hello Kitty Superstar pack from my local newsagents - yes I know a bit juvenile but so cute you get a little trinket box keyring / phone charm, a little paperclip, some mini stickers, and some large stickers :)
I also went to the Factory Bargain Shop - I love this shop it has bits of everything it - they actually had some nice summery clothes :) I got this skirt from a brand called Kushi - it a lovely pale blue crinkled cotton, with pale blue sequins on the pleats. I think it would be good for day or evening so it definitely going in my suitcase
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I also picked up another pair of jersey harems this time in Navy, I already have a couple of black pairs and some charcoal ones coming from New Look I love these for this times of year they are soooo comfy
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So that's more spends down the drain, whoops a diddle never mind it's nearly August I can start again lol

Monday, 26 July 2010

Sleek Circus Palette and A Giveaway - CLOSED

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Your probably sick of posts on the Sleek Circus palette but just in case your not I thought I'd show you mine :) The Circus palette is the latest limited edition release from Sleek, like all the previous palettes it contains 12 fabulous eyeshadows, only this time it's a mixture of matte and shimmery shades, in red casing
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As per usual all the colours are really pigmented, the mattes especially the white and lilac maybe less so, but if you like bright colours this is a good palette to get - I am really going to try and be more adventurous with colour this summer I promise ;)
Anyways my lovely mummy was kind enough to order me the circus paletter but not being very internet savy we ended up with two palettes - whoops! If you remember rightly I also told you a few months ago I won a Sleek competition on Facebook to win the entire collection of Sleek palettes, well I already had a few palettes so instead of sticking them on ebay I am going to give you, my lovely followers a chance to win one.
I have 5 palettes to give away, as well as Circus you can also win Acid
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Graphite
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Safari
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or Curious
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These pics are of my palettes, the ones you will get are brand new and have never been opened. There will be 5 winners receiving one palette each. All you need to do is to tell me which palete you would like to win, and tell me the perfect product you are still looking for and why, for example mine is a pore minismiser because nothing on the market ever seems to work. You must be a follower to enter (I will check up on you). You can enter more than once to win a different palette but you must therefore leave more than one comment - I will be picking the winners by writing down the palette names and in order of posting the names of the people who wanted to win them, and then I will be picking the numbers via random.org. I will post abroad and erm I think thats about it. I will keep this giveaway open for one week - it will end at 6pm BST.
Once again thank you all for following and thank you so much for your lovely comments, you really have lifted my spirits during some tough times x

Sunday, 25 July 2010

The Saga Of The Missing Parcel

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If you follow me on twitter you'll know that this week I got a bit of a surprise in the post. Way back when I agreed to forward a parcel to the lovely Lydia from Alice In A New Wonderland from the equally lovely Michelle aka Lipstick Rules. Italian customs, postal services in both Italy and Canada had almost rendered these lovely ladies swap an impossibility. Given that I'm in the EU too the general consensus was that it would be easier for me to get it to Lydia. So on the 12th March Michelle posted her parcel in Canada to me in the UK, well I waited and waited, and waited. Eventually we all came to the conclusion that the parcel was lost, disappeared, gone. So you can imagine my surprise when I received a parcel from Canada on Friday date of posting 12/03/10 where on earth it had been I really don't know but after over 4 months it showed up!! I contacted Royal Mail and spoke to my own postman but they couldn't offer any explanation since it didn't have a tracking number only apologies for any delay I'd experienced - argh - has anyone waited longer for a parcel ? My own postman said he had once waited 3 for something coming from the USA but over 4 months - argh.
Anyways alls well that ends well- everything appears to be in one piece, and once I've got a few bits for Lydia myself I will be posting it off to Italy. Myself and lovely Michelle are both in the middle of another swap at the moment so fingers crossed this one goes with out a similar hitch - Royal Mail you suck !!!
As well a Lydia's parcel Michelle was also kind enough to include some bits for me for sending the bits on
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She kindly sent me a full sized Marcelle concealer palette and mascara, some GWP samples of Origins Modern Friction, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, and YSL Perfect Touch Foundation, and a sample of Benefits Erase Paste - Thank You so much Michelle I am excited for so many new things to try - as per usual if you want any reviews please let me know x
Oh and if all this talk of new goodies has got you excited don't forget to check back tomorrow I might have a treat for you ;)

Lovea Bio Le Monoi Moisturizing Body Milk - A Review For My Pure

As well as the A'kin conditioner My Pure were also kind enough this month to send us a body lotion by Lovea to try out. You may have already have read my Lovea shampoo review (click here if you haven't) but for those of you who don't know Lovea is a French company that has only recently became available in the UK via My Pure. A completely organic brand they avoid parabens, artifical colouring and scents in all their products.
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The product I was scent was the Lovea Bio Le Monoi Moisturizing Body Milk. Packaged in a similar basic style of packaging to the shampoo, the lotion comes in a pump action dispenser. Again the majority of ingredients / instructions are in French but this doesn't really bother me.
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As well as moisturising ingredients such as sunflower and coconut oils the key ingredient in this lotion is Tahitian Monoi Oil. For those of you that know me or that read my recent Zuneta post you'll know I love this ingredient whether it's in the oils by Elemis or Hei Poa, or in this lotion. Tahitian Monoi Oil is a much prized, traditional ingredient from the South Pacific, the flowers of the Tahitian Tiare plant are soaked in pure coconut oil to produced a delicate floral smelling, multi use product. Although this lotion contains only 2% Tahitian Monoi oil, it is the real thing - the production of Tahitian Monoi oil is now a protected industry as there are so many imitators, but the origin guaranteed logo is on the bottle.
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The pump action dispenser is ideal for this product - it does have a true body milk texture with a light but creamy texture, which spreads easily and is easily absorbed. It definitely leaves the skin feeling softer but perhaps it wouldn't be enough for dryer skin, where you may need a thicker textured product.
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What sells this product to me though is the smell, one of my favourite candles in the
whole world is Yankee Candles Tahitian Tiare fragrance - I love the smell and this is exactly what this body milk smells like. A subtle but heady floral fragrance that screams holidays to me. That is why I will definitely be repurchasing this - it's a good daily body moisturiser and the smell is amazing :)Lovea Bio Le Monoi Moisturizing Body Milk retails at £6.99 for 200ml exclusively in the UK from My Pure

(I was kindly sent this product by My Pure for review purposes but that has in no way affected my opinion - this is mine and mine alone and I love it )

Saturday, 24 July 2010

A Clothes Haul Or My Spending Diet Is Broken But I Do Have A Good Reason - Honest

OK I promised you a haul so I guess your wondering why I have seemingly abandoned my spending diet this month after promising to stick at it and not go mad. Well the truth is I'M GOING ON HOLIDAY - whoop, whoop OK I'm not going until October but still woot woot. My and my mum had pretty much decided to have a staycation this year but we have both been so down about things lately we decided a nice break was something for us both to look forward to. The summer looks as though it's possible going to be a wash out, I mean how cold was it yesterday I spent the afternoon at my godparents and I was literally shaking with cold - It's July not January!! Anyway in October we are heading off to sunny Cyprus - I have been loads of times before and I love it - we've been to the hotel before but they have had a 6 million euro refurbishment over the winter so we can't wait to see what its like - Sunshine,Halloumi, and Feta bring it on.
Anyway providing I can manage to lose a little bit of weight my holiday wardrobe is pretty much sorted - I probably have enough swimwear, tops, flip flops and stuff to last me a life time, but still a few little bits have caught my eye :) First of all dresses I really wanted a plain black maxi dress and I recently saw this on boohoo
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It's so nice its made of a lovely jersey fabric, with silver ring detailing on the strap - I am picturing it with some black flip flops, and maybe a long silver flower necklace I have - it's really simple and really easy to dress up and better than that it was only £15 - they had a lovely cobalt blue one which I fancied too but they don't seem to have that any more :(
I also showed some more ruffled top love with this beauty - exactly like the ones I got from Dorothy Perkins but it's in black and has a lovely white / cream removable corsage - that was £15 too
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You know me I also love anything with New York in the design so I also got this grey vest
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and these cute navy shorts
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I pretty much have enough clothes now I think to pick a holiday wardrobe from but we'll see the only things I definitely want now are maybe a pair of grey jersey harems, some tan accelerator Maui babe or zhuzh , and maybe a media case for my ipod and earphones so expect these to pop up in some hauls in the near future along with maybe some other purchases....No this month has been an abject fail but I'm going to try harder come August as I am going to need to save if I want any spending money - so onwards and upwards I'm going to need some serious willpower for both that and to lose a bit of weight eek what have I done ;)

(all pics taken from boohoo.com)

Friday, 23 July 2010

A'kin Jojoba & Lavender Light Conditioner - A Review From My Pure

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At the end of June I received my second review parcel from the lovely people at
My Pure containing two lovely products to test. I'm a bit late to it this month so I'll try to get both reviews up over the weekend starting here. One of the items in the parcel was the A'kin Jojoba and Lavender Light Conditioner. I've already talked about A'kin in a previous review for My Pure but this fabulous Australian based brand prides itself on using organic, natural predominantly botanical ingredients, free from sulfates, parabens, silicones and other nasties, and that is certainly the case with this conditioner
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A clear ingredients listing shows the presence of extracts such as Avocado and Jojoba oils both of which are excellent at providing moisture to improve the condition of your hair and scalp. It also contains lots of aromatherapy based oils and plant extracts such as Lavender, for healing and normalizing hair and skin, Geranium which is again anti-bacterial and also calming, and Rosemary which as well as being anti-inflammatory is also often used to promote shiny hair. Again A'kin have chosen their ingredients carefully for this light shampoo for normal, fine and oily hair
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The bottle itself looks quite rustic, and the product dispenses easily from the flip cap with a little bit of pressure. The conditioner itself feels light but creamy
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I applied to my hair after washing and lightly towel drying. It applied easily right through my colour treated hair from root to tip (if you have oily hair A'kin advise just to apply the product to the ends). I then left it for a couple of minutes before rinsing
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It rinsed out easily leaving my longish hair tangle free, soft and smelling amazing. This product really does have a lovely smell the combination of the floral extracts of lavender, rosemary and geranium are particularly evident. Mummy LouLou also tried this and I have to say even as self confessed conditioner hater she loved it - she said that hair coarse, colour treated, curly hair felt softer and not as though it was coasted in anything (probably due to the lack of silicone in this product, something which is included in a lot of hair conditioners). I think this is a really nice daily conditioner - it smells nice, and does the job whether it would be suitable for very dry hair I'm not convinced you would probably need something a bit thicker but it's nice for use on normal hair, and it's even gentle enough to be used everyday. The A'kin Jojoba & Lavender Light Conditioner is available from My Pure for £7.49 for a generous 225ml

(This product was provided by My Pure for review purposes - this has in no way affected my viewpoint - this is my opinion and mine alone)

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Lip Combo Of The Moment

I just thought I'd show you my favourite lip combo of the moment - a gorgeous shimmery nude featuring from left to right - Boots 17 Mirror Shine Lipstick in Nudist Peach and Smashbox Lipgloss in Luminous - enjoy x

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NOTD - Nails Inc / Diet Coke

This was one of the polishes featured in my recent greige / taupe comparison post and this was the one I had the most questions and comments about. The polish in question is the Nails Inc Diet Coke Polish in the colour London. Alas this was a free gift from the Nails Inc / Diet Coke promotion in Boots which is unfortunately no longer available but the closest one in my collection is Leighton Denny and Supermodel. Any questions please ask x
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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

My Long Promised The Brush Guard Review

Ok I have to say I'm sorry I promised this review ages, and ages ago but other posts took priority, and then again a fortnight ago, but as per usual life has got in the way - I've had a couple of 'bad' days this week where I've felt pretty down and lacking in motivation. I've had a few long chats with my mum and we are looking at things I can change and things I can do to improve things - sorry if this is a bit vague but somethings are best left private - never mind I feel a little bit more together and settled now which has to be a good thing.
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So onto my review - I first heard of these much earlier in the year - lots of bloggers and You Tubers raved about them and I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I have to admit my main make up brush collection isn't the most expensive - I have some MAC, some Sigma, some Ruby and Millie, and Bare Escentuals, - you get the idea - any I wouldn't say I cared for them that badly or come to think of it that well - probably somewhere in the middle. I wash them pretty often, I usually use a daily brush cleaner spray (the ELF one atm, please reintroduce this ELF I only have one bottle left), and I tend to store them in a huge Bare Escentuals brush roll. The only problem with brush rolls is that they can sometimes crush the hairs on the longer, most delicate brushes, add to that 3 kitty cats who like nothing better than to steal my drying brushes (I miss you Laura Geller retractable kabuki!), and I think you'll understand why I was so interested in trying this product.
The Brush Guard is in essence a plastic mesh tube which you slide over your brushes starting from the handle till it covers the head and bristles of the brush. Because they are made of a breathable plastic mesh they can also be used to protect the bristles and to help to reshape brushes after washing.
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The Brush Guard comes in four different sizes as you can see here
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You can choose from 4 different sized packs which contain between 5 and 10 brush guards per pack - an extra small for eyeshadow brushes, a small for larger shadow brushes and small blusher brushes, a medium pack for larger blush and foundation brushes, and a large pack for powder brushes and kabukis. You can also buy a variety pack which contains 6 brush guards in various sizes - this in my opinion is the best pack to start with as you can judge what sizes you'll need the most of.
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Just to show you here are three of my different sized brushes with their brush guards on a Sigma SS131 , a Sigma SS252 , and a 207 angled liner brush - sorry I don't know the brand I received it in a swap - I am not 100% sure which guards are pictured here I think it's an extra small, a small and a large.
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What do I think ?- well I have to say I like these especially on smaller brushes - the protect the bristles from damage, dust, and they seem to discourage my furry friends. However I have found a couple of issues with some of my larger brushes especially, Particularly when using them to dry my brushes I've sometimes noticed that the bristles have splayed or they haven't quite dried in the shape that I've wanted. I've also noticed that the guards tend to fray a little bit at the edges, The Brush Guard say that this is normal and moderate fraying won't alter the effectiveness of the product but I do wonder how long these would actually last with regular use. Never mind I do think this is a useful product which I would recommend if you store your brushes in a roll to prevent crushing or in a holder to keep the dust etc. off your brushes. I purchased most of mine from Just Beauty Direct for around £5.50 a packet, but you can also find these on ebay x Any questions please let me know. I'll hopefully manage to post again in the next few days - so you can look forward to a NOTD, an A'kin conditioner review, and maybe a haul - whoops! ;)