Thursday, 29 September 2016

September Favourites

September Favourites
So long, farewell to yet another month honestly I could have sworn I was only writing my August Favourites last week. So as we say goodbye to another month we are finally saying farewell to summer and hello to autumn. I love the weather change it excites me as I can finally start digging out my knits and stock up on LUSH bath products. I decided to conclude September with a favourites post on all the bits and pieces I have been enjoying recently and why.

LUSH Big Sea Salt Shampoo - My hair desperately needs cut so to prevent paying £30+ for a trim I decided to pick up a volume shampoo from LUSH in the hope it will give my hair some temp-life (until payday). I surprisingly love this shampoo I mean, the salt grains did freak me out a bit but once rubbed into your scalp it's quite relaxing. This leaves my hair smelling amazing and really helps restore some life to my hair without having to blow-dry upside down for volume. I actually really like this shampoo so I will definitely be checking LUSH's hair care range out more in the future!

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation - I mentioned in my Drugstore Makeup Tryouts post (here) that I was starting to not see the benefits of Double Wear foundation so I opted for a cheaper alternative. I've never tried L'Oreal foundation before and since purchasing it I have been wearing this on my face almost every day since, it is amazing. This gives you a medium coverage with a light finish that doesn't melt off throughout the day. I love how light and healthy this feels on my skin, it has really made me think twice about splurging on high-end foundations as often.

Gold Makeup Brushes - I discovered these Zoeva dupe type brushes here on Aliexpress and decided to try them out. I never thought I would like them as much as I did but they are amazing! I find my eyeshadows blend in so nicely and there are so many brushes to play around with. I have been using some for highlight, powder all sorts! They are so inexpensive as well I think its £2.50 for like 12 or something.

St Tropez Instant Tan - I think I got this in a magazine one time and only now have I started to really get into it. I have been applying this tan all over my body for that instant tanned look. It is very blendable, natural and builds up so nicely, I am never left with any streaks, orange patches and when it washes off in the shower it all washes off nicely. I really like this tan and I can definitely see me purchasing the large version.

Nivea Micellar Water - Every time I look up micellar waters this one is always recommended, I have tried pretty much most of the drugstore brands apart from this one so I decided to give it a try. This takes my makeup off so much better than other brands I have tried, it definitely gets the job done quicker. I do find I go through this bottle a lot faster than the likes of Garnier but, it does leave my skin super hydrated and clean. I really like this product it doesn't dry my skin out and gets the job done fast.

Other Random Bits - Other things I've been loving this month includes chokers I am really digging that 90s vibe at the moment. I think they are so trendy and really help bring together a simple outfit. I've also been enjoying a documentary on Netflix called 72 Most Dangerous Animals in Australia, I've really been getting into that and discovering stories behind each animal.

What have you been loving this month??

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

September Degustabox

September Degustabox
As I type this it's currently the 25th of September, not to alarm anyone but 3 months until the big man gets here, but hey who's counting? I can't believe I am writing about September's Degustabox already, it feels like yesterday since I talked about August. This month's box is filled with a variety of foods some of which are unknown to me so I was excited to try them out.
Cape Drinks
Cape Drinks 2 x £1.59
Cape is a sparkling blend of anti-oxidant packed Rooibos Tea and delicious fruit juices with added vitamins, ginseng and natural botanical extracts. It is made with all natural ingredients and contains no refined sugars. Both of these flavours really appeal to me I love fruity, refreshing drinks that don't leave you feeling bloated or unsatisfied. I rarely drink fruity drinks but because these are packed with vitamins I might have to give them a go.
Chia seed
Chia Bia Seed Sachets 2 x £1.00
Chia seeds are something I have in my diet daily, I always sprinkle them onto my porridge, in a bottle of water or in my salads. They are tiny black seeds that are added to foods to boost nutrition, they are packed with omega 3, fibre and is also a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals. These have no flavour to them whatsoever so they are really easy to consume.
Hartleys jelly
Hartley's Jelly Pots 4 x £0.50
Who didn't used to eat these as a child and always have one popped into their pack lunch? These non added sugar jelly pots are great snacks to brighten up any lunchbox. I haven't had these in years so when I tried one it brought back so many memories as a child. So yummy!
Metcalfe's Popcorn Thins £1.00
These deliciously light and crispy popcorn thins are made from corn so they have a unique texture and crunch to them. I always like to snack on these if I am craving some chocolate but don't want to indulge into a chocolate bar. These are so addictive and perfect for healthier snacking alternatives. They are great for popping in your bag for on the go snacking too.
Miso Soup
Miso Taste Soup £3.65
Soup is one of those light lunches I always have with crackers or some bread, and these little sachets will come in perfect for when I am at work. Miso Soup is made from 12 month fermented soybeans and rice with a hint of Japanese shchimi spice. These sachets come with two separate packs for an authentic flavour, they are suitable for vegans and only contain 45 calories! I can't wait to try these out!
Cirio Borlotti Beans £1.89 (pack of 3)
Cirio beans contribute towards a healthy, balanced diet and contain dietary fibre, vitamins, vegetable protein and carbohydrates. I personally have never tried these myself they just look like your standard beans, I am not entirely sure whether I would like this but I would imagine they'd be nice mixed into a sauce or some sort.
Get fruity
Get Fruity Bars £1.00
This is an award winning fruit and oat bar that has a high percentage of the named fruit making it authentically fruity. Containing gluten free oats and virgin coconut oil with no added refined sugars, produced on a nut free site and is 100% natural. These just sound incredibly good. I have tried one of these before and thought they tasted delicious so I was excited to receive one in my box. They are great for on the go snacks or if you are feeling a bit peckish.
Mrs Crimble's Fusilli £1.99
This is gluten free corn fusilli pasta with a gourmet mushroom and cream sauce, perfect accompaniment to meat or fish. I have never tried fusilli pasta before not that I am aware of anyways but I hate mushrooms so I know I won't eat this. I do like how it is gluten free though, perhaps I will check out the brand for other flavours.
say yes to no bread
Say YES To No Bead Chips £1.49
I have had these in a box before I am sure and I thought they were nice but a bit drying so perhaps I'll top them with a dip of some sort. These do taste really good and don't leave you feeling bloated like some snacks do.
Teisseire Sirop £2.99
For water worth savoring, add a dash of this stuff to still or sparkling water. The soft and fruity raspberry taste, boosted by the freshness of the cranberry flavour, gives an extraordinary experience with zero sugar. I like the sound of this drink it sounds really refreshing and great to spice up water so I can't wait to try this.

Overall I would say this box was good but not my favourite I did like how their was a lot of brands I haven't tried before but, a lot of the bits didn't really appeal to me. The popcorn thins were definitely my favourite as they are a great healthy snack alternative.

I would really recommend people who enjoy food and want to try new brands out to give this box a try. Who doesn't love the element of surprise especially with food?! It is like Christmas every month. You always come across some amazing brands and try some yummy recipes too!

If you want to find out what other yummy treats Degustabox send out their website link is here, or you can find them on Twitter or Facebook for more information. 

If you are interested in trying this yummy box out they have kindly sent me a £6 off discount for you all, using the code: BLDEG15

Last Two Month's Boxes:
August Degustabox

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Top 3 La Roche-Posay Products

My Top 3 La Roche-Posay Products
When this skincare brand first came about the beauty fanatic that I am was all for trying the oily to spot prone skincare range out. Some of the range has really made a difference to my skin over the years and some of it I still use in my daily routine to this day. La Roche-Posay have recently launched the Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant Light* which is a blemish control efficacy with sheer coverage, proven to reduce the appearance of imperfections and unclog pores. I have been trialling this out and already I absolutely love it, so I've decided to write what my top 3 LRP products are.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant (light) | 
I was really unsure about this product when it popped into my letterbox, a tinted product that also controls imperfections? Hmm. This little beauty not only helps diminish the appearance of imperfections, redness etc like the original Effaclar Duo does, but it also adds a tint of colour to your skin too. I have been applying this on those days where I want to let my skin breathe but, want something on my face if I leave the house for a bit. I've also been wearing this occasionally to the gym if my face is feeling a little rough. I apply this with my fingers like I would with the Duo and it blends into my skin instantly, the colour is perfect for my skin too. It definitely helps reduce the appearance of imperfections, I've noticed any spots or redness isn't as noticeable when I wear this. Overall this is an amazing invention and exactly what I've been looking for!

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Mist | Full Review here
Having mentioned this before I won't go into too much detail but basically this is a mist that you spray onto your face if you have oily to blemish skin. I absolutely love this and I am always spritzing this on my face to freshen up with. It has definitely helped calm any access oiliness that my skin my have down and kept my spots at bay. I love this mini bottle that has been launched too, it is perfect for travelling or popping into your bag especially if its really hot and your skin is feeling this humid weather the UK has suffered with recently. Overall I would recommend this mist if you have oily to spot prone skin as it definitely makes a difference plus it's a lot quicker to apply than creams and oils.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo | 
I am sure you, your mam, your grandma and everyone else you know is using this product by now it has definitely been raved about on social media over the years. When this first got launched I was obsessed with it, I was seeing results after day one and it definitely helped with my scars. I still to this day like to use this whenever I have a bad breakout or any redness/scars that a previous blemish might have left me with. This is basically the Unifiant Duo but without the tint so you can imagine how good the tinted version is. Overall I would definitely say everyone should have a tube of this in their skincare cabinet if you suffer with the occasional breakout as it does wonders.

What is your favourite LRP Product??

Monday, 19 September 2016

Brand Focus: Benecos Makeup

Beneco makeup
I mean, who doesn't absolutely love a budget friendly, au natural makeup brand right? I was kindly sent a lovely surprise package from Benecos filled with stunning makeup products to try out. I have heard and mentioned Benecos in a blog post before so I was so excited to try more of their range out.

This is a natural cosmetics beauty brand that is animal friendly, BDIB certified and have a colourless eco look. If I'm being honest when I read the term 'natural' I do sometimes make quick judgement and assume they won't be as wonderful as some brands, but this really made me think differently.

Bronzing Duo £4.15 | Link
This bronzing duo did take me back a little since I am quite pale and this doesn't look like my shade. However that didn't stop me trying it out, it reminds me of Solar Powder by S&G in the sense it blends in so nicely to how you want it to look. That rose hues shade with the warm brown gives you a lovely sun-glow effect perfect for a sunny holiday.

Natural Lipstick 'First Love' £3.90 | Link
This lipstick really excited me as the shade is something I tend to reach out for quite often. These wonderfully creamy lipsticks nourish, protect and soften your lips with active ingredients including jojoba, sunflower oil and organic beeswax. This lipstick shade really matches my skin tone well which makes it the perfect everyday lip.

Natural Lip Gloss 'Natural Glam' £3.73 | Link 
Not the biggest of fans of lip glosses but this shade really struck me to give them a try more. These are wonderfully nourishing lip glosses that gives your lips a berry-tone gloss and don't leave you with a sticky texture. I think this is perfect for those 'no makeup' days or over a nude lip, I really love this gloss!

Mono Eye Shadow 'Forget Me Not', 'Apricot Glow' and 'Soft Vanilla' £2.49 Each | Link
I think out of everything the eye shadows were what I was skeptical about since I've found a lot inexpensive shadows tend to not be as pigmented or stay in place for long. These softly shimmering eye shadows are the perfect subtle shades for a natural look. These are very powdery and go onto my lids so easily without having to reapply. I love the soft vanilla shade as a base eye shadow I use this all the time now and it just stays in place all day. I can see these being a staple in my everyday makeup routine.

Nail Polish 'Hot Summer' £3.23 | Link
The nail polishes are not a natural cosmetic product from Benecos but that didn't stop me from trying it out. This shade is perfect for summer! The shade is very rich and looks lovely on my nails, it somehow makes them look healthy. It dries fairly quickly and stays in place for a few days without chipping.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Top 10 Fashion Hacks

Top 10 Fashion Hacks
I am always on the lookout for simpler solutions to everyday things whether that's beauty, fashion or even health related. When it comes to beauty I've pretty much hit the nail on the head for conquering those crafty little hacks so I decided to take my hacking brain elsewhere and move onto the world of fashion. 

I have found these hacks online, in books or word of mouth.

1. Blow-dry Tight Shoes
This is a hack I've picked up from working in fashion and it's such a good tip to know for breaking in those shoes. If you pop fluffy socks on and blow-dry your new shoes this helps stretch out any tight shoes. So always go small never big on shoes!

2. Spray Hairspray On Tights
Nothing more irritating than discovering you have a ladder going up your leg and nothing to fix it with. Spray your tights with some hairspray especially the areas prone to rips, I am sure nail polish does this hack too.

3. Pretty Tights Under Ripped Jeans
I haven't tried this hack myself but I think this would look so pretty when the weather gets chilly. Some lace tights under a pair of ripped jeans sounds quite stylish and unique!

4. White Wine To Remove Red
This is a classic hack every girl probably already knows if they love wine and have experienced a spillage on their favourite dress. If you spill red wine onto your clothes try applying a bit of white wine to neutralize the colour and stop it from absorbing. Happy drinking!

5. Nail Polish Stains
So you have some lovely silver rings that are starting to rust, pop some nail polish on the inside of your rings to stop them from turning green.

6. Hide Your Bra With Clips
Triangle bras are bang on trend at the moment so why not paperclip the back of your bra straps together to create the illusion of a stylish bra, also this just helps disguise the bra straps.

7. Pop Your Necklaces Through A Straw
Despite this looking absolutely hilarious and random if you pop your necklace through a straw it stops it from getting tangles which is such a pain!

8. Razor Those Bobbles
Wanting to wear your favourite jumper this winter but it is covered on bobbly bits? Not to worry just grab your razor they will remove all the bobbly bits!

9. Shaving Cream Removes Makeup Stains
Nothing worse than wearing a clean white blouse and by the end of the day you find makeup stains all over. Apply shaving cream to the makeup stains and it'll help shift them!

10. Heel Blisters
Apply clear deodorant to your heel if you ever feel as though you are going to get a blister!

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