Tuesday 31 January 2012

Fresh, Clear Skin With Living Nature - A Review For My Pure

I admit it when it comes to certain products I'm a real, well there's no better word for it whore! I chop and change, always eager to try out the newest and best on the market, shampoo, mascara, and face masks, you bring out a new one and I'm there. I love face masks, I have a few that I continuously repurchase, but I'm always keen to try new ones. Despite being in my 30's now I still have combination / oily skin, I have an oily t-zone, and I'm still prone to the odd breakout. I love the occasional brightening or radiance mask but my true love is a nice deep cleansing mask, to make my face feel super clean. So for my December / January My Pure reviews I decided to go for a face mask from a brand I've really grown to like, Living Nature

Living Nature's Deep Cleansing Mask is quite unlike anything I've tried packaging wise. Yes we're all familiar with the single dose mask sachets that you can pick up in the chemists or the supermarket, but with this mask you get a box of 10 sachets. Each sachet contains 5ml which is enough for a single application. I have to say I actually prefer this idea to a conventional tube, the sachet contains just enough for your face and neck , so ultimately your still getting 50ml of product but you getting a lot less wastage.

Containing Manuka Honey, white clay, Macadamia, and Almond oils, grapefruit, and lemon extracts, this mask is designed for all skin types, to deep cleanse the skin and refine the pores.

The mask itself is slightly off white in colour, and has a thick but creamy texture, and a citrus / lemon based smell.

The mask spreads easily onto the skin, and dries hard within 10-15 minutes. It's then rinses away fairly easily with warm water, and either a sponge or a muslin cloth - scary picture time!

This mask says it for all skin types but personally I think it's better suited to a combination, oily skin because of the lemon and citrus ingredients. I have to say it felt really nice on the skin, slightly cool but not at all tingly. After removal my skin was left feeling super clean but not red, sore or dry. I have to say I liked this mask a lot the one thing that puts me off is the price, £17.99 for 50ml of product in total doesn't make this a cheap option, but if you have an oiler skin and you can afford it, I would definitely give it a try. If you have any questions please ask x Living Nature Deep Cleansing Mask Retails At £17.99 for 10 x 5ml Sachets from My Pure.

(Living Nature Deep Cleansing Mask Was Provided By My Pure For Review Purposes)

Sunday 29 January 2012

Blog Sale and Ebay Haulage

I really should have stopped spending this month I am so far over my limit it's untrue, but it couldn't resist another few purchases including some goodies from my fellow bloggers. I love blog sales, they are a great opportunity to pick up some bargain goodies whilst helping out your fellow bloggers at the same time - first up a couple of nail varnishes from the lovely Lottie 

Boots 17 Fast Finish polish in Peacock is a gorgeous shimmery teal blue shade, and Rimmel 60 Seconds polish in 606 Purple Reign, is a lovely bright purple, with a hint of shimmer.

I also managed to pick up the NYX Champagne and Caviar palette from the lovely Stacey's blog sale page - This has been on my wishlist for ages - I needed another neutral palette like a hole in the head but this is a really nice one

Both ladies were kind enough to include loads of extras including lip products, eyeliners, shadows, face masks and more - It was so unexpected but so kind of both of them and really appreciated.

Finally I received another nail polish that I ordered from ebay - Isn't it gorgeous?

Nubar G150 Hologram Glitter is an amazing silver hologram glitter, I'm loving colours like this at the moment if it has shimmer or sparkle I'm all over it lol

So that was my mini haul - I'm so pleased this month is nearly over it's been a total fail spending wise I really need to get myself back on track. As per usual if you have any questions or if you would like any reviews please leave me a comment x

Friday 27 January 2012

My Nail Polish Collection - MAC

We all now about my love for MAC make up, you don't ? well stay tuned for a series of posts on my MAC collection but what you maybe don't know is that I also have a bit of a thing for MAC nail polishes. The quality sometimes isn't all that I admit but they certainly make up for it in colours, and textures. I have to apologise in advance that the majority of these colours are now discontinued, in fact the first couple of polishes are so ancient they come in different packaging (from 1999 - 2001 ish!) eek - lets get started and don't forget to click the polish names to see some nails of the days.

From left to right Shag and ???

 I can find a name on the bottle of the poor colour on the left so I felt it deserved an nails of the day in this post - I love purple :) (The lovely Charlie - Lady of the Lane has suggested this may be Grid and do you know what I think it is!- thanks lovely xx)

Now back to modern day packaging :)

From left to right  - On The Prowl, Dry Martini, Seriously Hip and Bad Fairy

Again from left to right - Formidable, Kid Orange, Beyond Jealous and Biker Blue

Finally the newest kid on the block - MAC and Gareth Pugh - Ascension

Yet another colour that I think deserves a nails of the day in this post x It's looking quite lilac / purple here but it's shot through with golds, greens and blues

I've also took a few slightly out of focus pictures in different lighting so you can see how it changes x

The quality of MAC nail polish can be a bit hitty missy some apply like a dream some not so well. For a cosmetic brand nail polish thought they aren't badly priced, at £9.00 for 10ml, (although in recent collections I have noticed a price rise boo) maybe Chanel could learn a thing or two from MAC. Do you have any MAC nail colours ? and what do you think?

Thursday 26 January 2012

Nails Of The Day - I Need To Escape

Hello my loves it's time for another nails of the day post. This wasn't the colour I'd planned to wear but that seems to have disappeared into thin air in the last 24 hours which I have to say haven't been the best, Mummy Lou has had a bit of a setback so it's unlikely she will be home today :(  but the good news this morning is that she should be able to come home tomorrow. Anyways the colour I went for was a newbie.

Avon Nailwear Pro in Blue Escape, featured in my haul earlier in the week, I'd initially intended to go for something dark and brooding to match my mood but this cheery blue caught my eye.

I don't see how this colour could be anything other than cheerful, it bright and it reminds you of beaches and sunny skies. Like most other Avon shades it applies like a dream, but it did need 2 coats - I love it - What do you think of Blue Escape?

Wednesday 25 January 2012

It's Giveaway Time - CLOSED

It's time for the post that you've all been waiting for ! Computer problems, illness and various other trials and tribulations meant a pretty big delay to the LouLouLand Christmas / New Year giveaway but I'm OK, online, and raring to go :) I'm giving away two prize packs on my blog all bought by me :)- both of these packs do include Christmas sweeties but I have checked the sell by dates and there fine ;), so what else can you win

Prize No. 1

A Cath Kidston Style Book Bag
MUA Make Academy Pro Immaculate Collection Eyeshadow Palette
MUA Blusher - Shade 1
Maybelline MNY Eyeshadow 148A (a gorgeous silvery grey)
MUA Out There Plumping Lipgloss - Pink Sugar
MUA Nail Polish Duo - Shades 2 & 8
2True Limited Edition Crystal Nail Polishes in Shades 1 & 2
Maybelline MNY Nail Polish 126A
Bag Of Chocolate Coins

Prize No.2
 Label By Boutique Cream and Black Panda Hat
Avon 6 in 1 Eye Palette - Neutral Eyes
2True True Colour Blush - Shade 1
MUA Mascara Shade 5 
Boots 17 Magnetized Nail Polish Grey
MUA Nail Duo - can't see the numbers but pink and coral
Johnsons 24 Hour Moisture Extra Rich Body Wash 50ml
Johnsons 24 Hour Moisture Extra Rich Body Lotion 50ml
Johnsons Pink Shower Scrunchie
Chocolate Snowman Shapes

Giveaway Rules
You must be a follower of my blog
Leave me a comment telling me one thing your looking forward to in 2012 :)
Please leave me your email address or blog address so I can contact you 
2 winners will be picked from all the comments received using random.org - the first number drawn will win 
Prize 1, the second number will win Prize 2 
The giveaway is open internationally 
This giveaway will close at 9pm UK time on Sunday 5th February 

I'm also holding a little giveaway on my You Tube channel, watch the video below, and subscribe to my channel for a chance to win a Hello Kitty Liberty Smokey Eyes Kit

What are you waiting for? get entering for 3 chances to win x Good Luck x

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Dorothy Perkins, Avon Goodies, A Mini Review And An Update

Morning Everyone - I hope your nice and warm where you are it's freezing today! I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who messaged me on twitter or on Facebook yesterday. Mummy Lou had her operation late on Monday afternoon so I was feeling more than a little bit stressed especially when she was sound asleep every time I called the ward - needless to say I'll be lucky if I've had 4 hours sleep! Anyway she rang me this morning and the operation has gone well, she had a bit of reaction to the pethidine which explains the sleepiness, but she's had some breakfast and she's feeling much better - phew I feel a lot more relaxed now I've spoken to her!
Now on to more cheerful things - haulage! I mentioned in Saturday's haul post that I'd placed a little Dorothy Perkins order - well it came yesterday and there I was expecting to send half of it back, but do you know what typically I liked everything that I ordered, so I've ended up keeping it all - whoops!
Dandelion Print Shrug £7.00 was £24.00

Animal Print Shrug £7.00 was £24.00

Black Floral Print Shrug £5.00 was £24.00!!!

New York Design T-Shirt - £16.00 Full Price - Booo

Indigo Jeggings - £23.00 - Also Full Price

Stone Cat Print Scarf -£7.00 - Full Price
Close Up Of Print 

Tan Star Clasp Belt - £6.00

So yeah I spent £75 including P&P but look what I saved ;) I don't have any excuses really - I'm a big fat fail when it comes to spending diets aren't I !! It could have been worse but my lovely mum was kind enough to pay for my Avon before she went into hospital - I only got 2 things including the True Colour 6 in 1 Neutral Eye Palette, I got this for £6.50 instead of the usual £10.50 so it was definitely worth picking up. It comes in  super sleek black shiny packaging which is of course fingerprint prone!

The palette features a large sized mirror, and 6 neutral eye shades, 2 matte and 4 with shimmer

The shadows have a lovely soft, buttery texture, and the pigmentation isn't too bad. Typically though the two matte shades (the two far left colours) aren't as pigmented as the shimmers why is that always the case?

I'm not sure I would pay £10.50 for this palette, It's nice but I don't think it's any better than the MUA Heaven and Earth palette which is cheaper and contains more shades (keep checking back to see a full overview of the MUA Professional range), but if neutrals really are your thing, then look out for special offers rather than buying it at full price. If you want to get your hands on one of these Avon palettes though don't forget to check back tomorrow I might have purchased one as a part of my giveaway ;)

Despite the lack of nails of the days with them, I'm really liking Avon nail polishes at the moment and I took the ordered one of the new Spring colours

This is Blue Escape, as you know I love blue nail polish, this one is a tiny bit darker than it's showing here and it has a tiny bit of shimmer in it. It's a proper ocean blue, love it :)
So that was my ickle OK big haul as per usual if you have any questions or you would like any reviews please let me know, and I'll see you tomorrow with my long awaited New Year giveaway x 

Monday 23 January 2012

Tell My What's The Flavour

Well the first week of my diet is officially over and I've managed to lose a massive 7lbs !! Yup the meal replacement shakes are doing their job. The thing I like about the Slim Fast programme is that you can have a little snack everyday up till the value of 200 calories, the first part of the week I was good and ate lots of fruit and raw veg, the second half of the week however was a different story - my snacks were crisps! still a little bit of what you fancy does you good ;) What flavour crisps did I have? well strangely enough I don't really know.

I was kindly sent 6 bags of yummy crisps from the lovely people at Walkers. This week sees the start of a super exciting competition called What's The Flavour?, and the launch of three new varieties of Walkers Crisps.

No your eyes aren't deceiving you, the new varieties are actually called Mystery Flavour A, B, and C. It may seem a strange idea buying crisps when you don't know what flavour they are but it's well worth a risk, all the flavours were yummy, and not only that but if you identify the flavour correctly you could win £50,000!!

Believe me this isn't as easy as it sounds but me and Mummy Lou had good fun trying to pick out all the different aspects of each flavour, Mystery Flavour C was a bit spicy and my personal favourite while Mummy Lou preferred B which had a definite dairy hint.

Walkers Mystery Flavours are available in single bags,and  in a Mystery Flavours 6 pack. You can also get Mystery Flavour A in special Cheese and Onion 6 packs, Mystery Flavour B in special Ready Salted 6 packs, and Mystery Flavour C in special Salt N Vinegar 6 packs. For more information on the competition and to enter check out the Walkers website or their Facebook page . Any questions please leave me a comment xx

(Walkers Mystery Flavours Were Provide By Walkers For Review / Promotional Purposes)