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Sunday, 31 July 2016

3-in-1 Micellar Waters: Battle of the Budget

Micellar Water Cleanser Makeup Remover Budget Drustore Cheap Review Boots Botanics Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution All Bright, Bee Good Honey & Wild Mint 3 in 1 Cleansing Water, B. Pure Micellar Water

I do love a quick skincare fix. Why spend more time removing my makeup when I can be out there testing out a bunch of new products? Current post excluded. Let's see what these budget 3 in 1 Micellar Waters have to offer...

Whilst there wasn't a huge difference in how any of the cleansers performed in removing my makeup (full face, non-waterproof mascara - FYI) they certainly varied in how the left my face feeling afterwards!

Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water*

  • Dissolves makep
  • Cleanses
  • Tones

With a whooping 4.7/5 over on the Bee Good websiteI was delighted to get the chance to test out their Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water. At £10 for 100ml the priciest and the smallest option in this review. But it's also by far the most travel friendly with both a cap and a push-top-open style lid so you won't have to worry about spillages.

The wild mint leaves your skin feeling really refreshed, which makes it a great micellar water for the morning to swipe to wipe anyway panda-eyes or to pack in your back for festival season. Unfortunately, because of the exact same reason, it's not so great for bedtime! Which is when I'm likely to reach for my micellar water the most.


B. Pure Micellar Water*

  • Cleanses
  • Tones
  • Refreshes
I firstly used and loved B. Pure's Micellar Water* (£4.99, 150ml) to correct some rushed liquid liner. The tiny hole in the cap made this process so easy as it allowed my to squeeze just the right amount onto a cotton bud without soaking it. However, the love didn't last when it came to cleansing my entire face.

Whilst the removal of my makeup went just fine; the cleanser left an oily residue which made me want to wash my face. As I typically use micellar water when I'm feeling lazy af, it has got to be a no from me. I still may reach for it it on occasion to correct my eyeliner though!


Boots Botanicals own brand Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution

  • Dissolves makeup
  • Unclogs pores
  • Removes impurities

Boots Botanicals own brand Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution retails for £4.49/250ml and is currently free with the O2 Priorities app. It's the biggest budget cleanser in terms of volume and is very comparable to the Garnier Micellar Water. The cleansing process is quick, easy and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. It's also alcohol and soap free, making it great for all skin types!

What micellar waters have you been using lately?


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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Cute in Caricature | Allie Davies Art


I'd just like to say a huge thanks to @allie_davies for designing this really cute portrait of me to use on my blog. Allie offers a mix of portraits, banners and social media buttons over on her hire me page if you want to hit her up and you should definitely go and check her out because have you seen how talented she is?!


Image credit: Allie Davies

I almost wish she made pins so I could collect all of my favourite bloggers to wear! In a totally non-creepy kind of way...  I mixed my portrait up with a little background and twitter handle for now - but as I'm so variable with my look I asked Allie to create just the portrait so I can swap out the information as often as I like.

Once again, I'd like to say a huge thanks to Allie! Keep doing what you're doing. It's ace.

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Friday, 29 July 2016

Three Things I've Learnt: July 2016

Here's three of my favourite things I've learnt this month featuring a tip for the blogger who has no space on her phone, my take on joining the yoga train and becoming more a little mindful about materialism. 

I Need to Throw Things Away

I own far too much crap. Books I never read, makeup I shamelessly hoard even after I've found it disappointing and so many decorative items just because they were cute and in stock at my local Primark. So I finished the month by gathering a giant - and rather fitting - Primark bag full of clothes, DVDs a small pile of books and a holdall full of things to put on Depop. Now all I have to do is find the time to actually drop them off! The real challenge.

Yoga is actually Great

Yoga is actually great - for my joint pain and sanity. There, I said itAnd, I now have it in writing for the next time I attempt to chicken out of doing exercise because it's bad for me. I'd take a hit of that mindful quietness any day and that spinal massage you get from rolling back onto the matt really helps with my achy ME-riddled muscles.

Google Drive is the Greatest, No Phone Space

Google Drive kick Dropbox's butt with its free 15GBs of storage - it's how I'm storying these quirky GIFs right now and has made my life so much easier when it comes to spending my day between multiple accounts. If you take a lot of pictures on your phone or are constantly finding you need to transfer files or clear your inbox - I'd highly recommend you downloading it.


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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Benefit's Goof Proof Brow Pencil - Easy, Effortless Brows

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Review - Shade 3 - Sample, Quick Brows, Simple, Fast, Easy, Effortless Eyebrows

If you want quick, effortless and natural looking brows - Benefit's newly rebranded Goof Proof Pencil is the product you need to buy. It's a one-stop, brow filling-in, taming and shaping product all in one that has left my beloved Make Me Brow by Essence (read: total Benefit Gimme Brow Dupe) to gather dust in my everyday makeup drawer. *I'm serious, I really need to make sure to clean out that drawer.*

After trying a multitude of pencils, gels and brow kits, I don't think I have ever used just one product on my brows - since the queen that is Cara Delevingne came onto the scene anyhow. Sidenote: who else is super excited for Suicide Squad? Whether it's wax and powder or gel and pencil, I could never find the right mix in a single product.

But with it's conveniently angled, soft tip which had a thin tip for filling in and a fatter base for shaping your brows, and a magical formula with just the right amount of pigment and hold; I just can't seem to reach for anything else but Benefit's Goof Proof Pencil

 have nothing else to say except - if you love your brows you really should treat them to one of these. What brow products have you been loving lately? Extra points if the come in auburn!

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

DIY | Upcycling with Rust-oleum

Upcycling Upcyle DIY Rustoleum Spray Paint Sunset Orange Gloss 1
Upcycling Upcyle DIY Rustoleum Spray Paint Sunset Orange Gloss 3
Upcycling Upcyle DIY Rustoleum Spray Paint Sunset Orange Gloss 1

As part of June's National Upcycling day, I challenged myself to upcycle a few household items to create some chic storage solutions. First up, it was time to take care of that untidy pile of gaming controllers and remotes that were cluttering up my living room using Rust-oleum's All Surface Spray Paint in Sunset Orange (Gloss)*.

After sanding down this cheap crate I picked up from Poundland to create an even surface, I wiped it down with a damp piece of kitchen roll to remove any excess dust before spraying on an even coating of Rust-olem's Surface Primer* - making sure to leave the crate to dry thoroughly before flipping in over and repeating the process using Rust-oleum's All Surface Spray Paint in Sunset Orange (Gloss)*, leaving a day or so in between coats.

I'd definitely recommend doing any and all spraying outside with the proper protection, aka a plastic dust sheet, as the paint is particularly potent and I still managed to occasionally miss the sheet and drip paint across patios - front and back - and coat some of my grass in the process. Still definitely better than the carpet.

The entire project shouldn't have taken more than a couple of days to complete - drying time included - as it only requirs a couple of coats to create an opaque finish. However, with my luck, a few days of bad weather, even worse timing and a couple of impromptu trips cross-country; the half-finished DIY became somewhat of a feature in my living room for a couple of weeks!

But it was well worth the wait as now I have a fancy place to store all my remotes and controllers, rather than precariously stacking them on the television stand like some kind of weird Jenga.

If you liked this post, make sure to follow me on Bloglovin' so you don't miss out on my next upcycling project for your home office! Have you upcycled anything lately? Or do you just have an endless list of ideas like me?

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Friday, 8 July 2016

The Power of the To-Do List and Tips for Sticking to it



I don't know where I would be without my trusted to-do list. Or, should I say lists. I have notebooks for work, organisational boards for projects, checklists on my phone tied to handy little reminders, and even sometimes a bit of gentle yelling. I plaster my walls, my desk, the depths of my handbag with to-do lists so I'd like to think I know a thing or two about crafting the kind you are going to stick to.


One Doesn't Cut it

In all my years of to-do listing, I find that one never cuts it. I either end up with an overwhelmingly long lists of demands that, quite frankly, looks terrifying. Or there aren't enough colours and coding in the world to break up my week into the stuff that I need to do for work, need to blog about, need to buy, e-mails I need to send - yada, yada, yada - you get the picture.

Which is why I highly recommend splitting your to do lists up to cover different genres of task. For example, my list of unusual house chores (things you don't do every week like clean behind the fridge, fix that thing you keep meaning to fix, etc.) is stuck to the front of the fridge. Where as my work to-do list remains neatly on my desk - where I don't have to look at it until Monday morning.


Handwritten or Digital?

It also helps to mix the handwritten with the digital. For example, I know I need to do the laundry, but I don't need reminding about it as much as I would, say, to water my insanely needy Venus Fly Trap. At the same time, I don't want to bombard myself with an endless list of reminders - because that's no fun, a girl - is no one, GoT has kind of ruined that phrase for me - needs a night off.


Start Listing Early

I have a never ending to do this - I mean this in a literal sense rather than as a figure of speech. As soon as I'm nearing the end of the tasks for one week, I'll make sure to start noting down the things I have to do for the next. Sometimes well in advance, for example organising advertising spaces on my blog. That way I remember everything I have to do and when I have to do it.


Checkboxes are Hella Satisfying

For me, to-do lists rarely work unless I have that gold star moment of self-satisfaction that involves checking a check box. Putting a line through it is just never the same and I might get judged hard if I tac an actual star chart to my wall...


Don't Aim for Completion


I know this sounds uninspiring - but I can't remember the last time I actually finished a to-do list. Firstly, I'm the kind of person who always bites off more than they can chew and secondly, unlucky enough for there to always be some sort of spanner-in-the-works situation which prevents me from finishing my list like rain or insane bouts of fatigue. At least this way I don't beat myself up about it.


Do you have any tips for sticking to a to-do list? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Haircare | Damaged and Dry Hair Treatments

Damaged Hair Treatment, Dry Hair Treatment, Dry Ends Treatment

Over the last month or so, I have totally transformed my dry, damaged hair using just two treatments by Umberto Giannini and Lee Stafford. So, after raving about both of them in my recent May Favourites videoit was only right I gave them a spot on the blog.

After colouring my hair with bleach for the past eight years - moment of silence whilst I mentally calculate just how many towels, pillow cases and bathrooms I've ruined in the process - my hair isn't in the best condition, with the dry ends and damaged mid-lengths.

But I just never have tie time for major upkeep. You know how it is, you vow to do better, hope to have more time to spend sat soalking in a deep conditioning mask or to rinse the overnight coconut oil out your hair... However there just aren't enough hours in the day - and my locks are the ones that are suffering. Which is where these no-fuss, hydrating, dry and damaged hair products come in handy.


Slowly but surely, Umberto Giannini's Overnight Beauty Moisture Balm has been transforming the lengths of my hair. I apply this to the most damaged, mid-end sections of 4-5 times a week before bed - that is, when I'm not allowing my hair to dry naturally in my sleep and/or forget about it completely in favour of my duvet. Or, as a last-minute frizz tamer before I head out the door and don't have the time to raid my haircare stash. It instantly calms and nourishes my hair leaving it hydrated, yet lightweight, and instantly easier to tame. Plus, it smells like a good trip to the salon, which is alway a plus.


For a more concentrated, leave-in treatment Lee Stafford's Breaking Hair Leave In Treatment* is the way to go. Not only does it smell divine but it makes a noticeable difference in the condition of my hair in a matter of minutes.

I apply a brazil nut sized amount to wet hair - in my case after a liberal spritz of my Got2b Mind Blowing Xpress Dry Styling Spray - by parting my hair down the middle and combing through the mid-end sections with my product-covered fingers before blasting it dry with a blow dryer. I tend to do this right before bed - Sunday night papmer sessions are the best time - although, with its frizz taming and super scent abilities I would highly recommend using this before you leave the house for that post-salon feel.

Do you have any haircare holy grails?


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Monday, 4 July 2016

CelluBlue | The Anti-Cellulite Cup Review

Cellublue Anti-Cellulite UK Review Cellulite Cup Blue

Today on the blog we're talking cellulite. According to some hastily googled numbers, 90% of women have cellulite. It's completely natural and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Mine is situated on my hips, left over from a teenage growth spurt. It's faint, white like a scar, and probably almost invisible to anyone who is not me.

Whilst its presence doesn't actively both me, I don't feel the need to cover it up or the wish to never wear a bikini again, when CelluBlue - now available in the UK - got in touch asking if I wanted to trial one of their fabled blue cups I jumped at the chance to see if something millions of women are hung up over could be removed in as little as 21 days. C'mon CelluBue, the Anti-Cellulite Cup*, let's see what you're made of.

The Process

The process is simple, and explained in a series of handy diagrams over on the CelluBlue website. But the basic principles are this: rub a few drops of your favourite body oil over your skin - I'm using Grinif's Rawganic Jojoba Golden Oil* (available on eBay), for reference - and massage the cup bottom to top on the affected area for 5 minutes daily.

Is it painful? No.

The cup causes a slight suction but there is no pain. It's kind of like getting a firm massage. Although I did manage to anger a blood vessle by accidentally rubbing the cup from top to bottom (instead of bottom to top) whilst I was on autopilot. But not to worry, it disappeared within a couple of days.

Is it awkward? Sort of.

Because of the location of my cellulite, my "cupping" process was a little awkward, you can read more about how it works here. I found the best method was to lie on my bed in a nightshirt before bed and massage the cup over my hip, leaving me free to start watching the latest series of Orange is the New Black for 10 minutes every night. Total chore - am I right?

Does it work?

Definitely. I could notice my marks almost imperceptibly fading after as little as 4 days out of a recommended use of 21. But before you rush out and purchase your very own please bear in mind that my marks were faint the begin with - so much so I couldn't get a good enough picture - and I was using one of my favourite body oils to accompany the process - Grinif's Rawganic Jojoba Golden Oil* (available on eBay) which is packed with skin-loving ingredients.

Whilst I can't see it working miracles for those uffereing from moderate or extreme cases, I would definitely recommend the CelluBue Anti-Cellulite Cup* to anyone who is suffering from mild cellulite and wants an extra little boost of confidence when donning a bikini this summer.

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