£1.99 day and night cream – Review

Theres not a lot more that I really enjoy doing then browsing through other blogs and gaining inspiration (and a bit of jealousy!) Other than outfit posts, I love to read reviews on products. Quite often I will look online for reviews of a product before I go out and buy them (if only I did this every time I would probably save myself a lot of money, but hey ho!) So whilst I was out shopping today I picked up some new face creams and decided to try them out and review them on here.

Now, as I have mentioned before on another blog post, during the winter months I get terrible dry skin. I think its a mixture of the cold wind and central heating that affects my skin making it dry out so much. So whilst I was grabbing a few bits and pieces in Aldi (yes you read right!) I picked up a day and a night cream to try out. My mum has been using their face creams for quite a few years now (I often pinch some when I run out of my stuff, and have noticed they are good) and always raves over them, so I decided that today was the day I buy myself my own pots (your welcome mum!)

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Firstly I tried out the day cream, I popped some onto my face and rubbed it in, left it a few minutes to really sink in, then put my makeup on top. My makeup sat well on it, with no signs of foundation slipping off because of the moisturiser, it also stayed on really well throughout the day. I also noticed that the dry spots on my face where already less visible after just using it once!

Later on, just before bed, I removed all traces of my makeup and slapped on another layer but this time of the night cream. This one is slightly heavier (like all night creams), but doesn’t feel too weighty, or greasy. It sinks in quickly just like the day cream and leaves my face feeling nicely moisturised. When I woke in the morning my face was feeling a lot less dry than it has been recently and I know this is due to this cream. I really like this moisturiser and can tell it will help my dry skin out a lot as I can already see this from just two applications!

HOWEVER, this is your one and only warning and if it happens to you its your own fault! If you get this in your eye it is super stings! Think bright pink eyes and tears rushing down your face uncontrollably!! I didn’t think to take a photo of that awful moment but I’m sure you can all image that beautiful face!

But other then that, this cream is perfect for my skin in these winter months. It hydrates but isn’t greasy or super thick and I highly recommend it to everyone, especially since it costs £1.99 a pot (no that is not a typo, it really costs just £1.99!!), so you can’t really go wrong! I am planning on doing a later update as to how it’s going with my skin after using it a few more time so look out for that (will probably be in my February favourites)

I hope this post has inspired others to either go and try out these creams for themselves, or to write their own reviews on other products. If you do try it out and write a blog post, have already tried them or have been inspired to write your own review post about a different product, please leave a comment as i’d love to see/hear what you guys think about this cream too!

Thanks for reading x

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OOTD #11

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A couple of days ago me and my boyfriend decided to spend our day off in Brighton. It was a lovely sunny day so we found somewhere quite to take some photos.

This light blue jacket is so lovely for the transition period from winter into spring, bringing brighter colours as the days get brighter too! The weather is still pretty chilly so you still have to dress up warm, but this can be done in a stylish way by layering up without it even being seen (cosy and fashionable!)

Coat – Warehouse (quick its in the sale!!)

Top – Newlook (similar here)

Jeans – Topshop

Boots – Krisp (similar here)

Scarf – River Island

Rings – Pandora (here and here) and Newlook 

Bag – Aldo (similar here)

Thanks for reading x

OOTD #10

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Camel is a big colour for this season, and has been for a while now. It’s featured in everyones wardrobes and in all the shops, so why not jump on the bandwagon! I now have various clothing items and accessories in camel.

I bought this lovely coat from Forever 21, and haven’t really stopped wearing it since! It fits perfectly and is now my favourite coat! Being a rain mac it keeps the rain and wind off me. It’s not super thick so is perfect for the transition from winter into spring.

Coat – Forever 21

Jumper – Zara (similar here)

Jeans – ASOS (similar here)

Shoes – ASOS

Belt – Newlook

Clutch – Urban Outfitters (similar here)

Rings – Newlook and H&M

Watch – Fossil (similar here)

Thanks for reading x

Slendertox Tea – Review*

Just before Christmas I received a lovely package in the post from the people at Slendertox Tea. They were kind enough to send me a 14 day teatox for me to try out and review on here. I didn’t start it until the new year because Christmas is never the time to be dieting! I had some time off in January so thought this to be the best time to start, as it tells you to start on a weekend due to the ‘colon cleansing’ properties, you may not want to stray far from home (TMI I know!!) I didn’t suffer from this problem because I drink green tea everyday already but anyone that doesn’t be a little bit aware of this at the beginning of the teatox.

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Teatox’s are fast becoming the new way to lose a few pounds and as soon as I heard I wanted in! Teatoxing is a way of ‘detoxing’ the body using teabags with certain properties in them, they aid weight loss and cleanse the body too.
The Slendertox tea comes as a 14 day (like the one I had), 28 day or 3 month plans. These both come with a day tea, taken once a day in the morning as close to waking up as possible, and a night tea, taken every other night a couple of hours before going to bed.

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As someone that drinks green tea a lot the taste didn’t bother me. However, a lot of people have said they don’t like it so they just drink it really quick. I don’t necessarily think that’s the best idea but whatever floats your boat. The teas come with optional meal plans if you want to stick to it rigidly, however I decided to try to eat sensibly on my own because I found the meal plans too strict for me (Bread is my weakness and as soon as I’m told not to eat something I instantly NEED it!!)

I was so pleased with the result of this teatox – I lost 8 pounds across the 2 weeks! I will definitely be using it again because it made me feel a lot less bloated as soon as I started drinking them. I didn’t really experience any of the bad side effects that I had heard about before starting the teatox.

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To anyone reading this and are debating whether or not they want to start it, go ahead, try it for yourself and don’t let other peoples views on it stop you. Everyones body is different and you can only find out how your body will react by testing it yourself. For me it worked fantastically! So well that I will be purchasing another 14 or 28 day course to take on the run up to my holiday in July.

Thanks for reading, if you have any questions or comments feel free to ask x

January Favourites

I for one cannot believe that it is already the last day of January, this year is already going so fast! But to sum up my first month of 2015 i’ve selected a few of my favourite products that i’ve been using this month.

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Picking my favourite products of this month hasn’t been too hard, as I always stick to the same brands because I have such faith in them (but also because i’m a creature of habit!)

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My first favourite of the month is the Simple Illuminating Radiance Cream. I use this under my makeup or alone on the days when I’m giving my face a break. It’s a lovely hydrating moisturiser that contains multi-vitamins, light reflecting minerals and an SPF15. I think it gives my face a perfect base but is also super good for my skin and makes it feel really smooth.

The second and third favourites are also both made by the Simple company. I use the Revitalising eye roll on with my moisturiser in the morning to de-puff and wake up my eyes. The other Simple product is the Eye Make-up remover, I use this along side the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water when removing my make-up. I use the eye make-up remover on my eye make-up (duhhh), it works really well even on waterproof eye make-up and the Micellar Cleansing Water to remove the rest of my makeup and cleanse my skin at the same time. Both work really well with sensitive skin too!

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Tangle Teasers are now a common sight in any womans handbag and so it has to be part of my favourites because I use it so much. I think it handles my hair so much better than most brushes and never pulls or rips my hair.

The Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes were on my list to try out for so long, so with my Christmas money I decided to give them a try and am now converted. I love them so much and think that they are the perfect balance between natural and obviously fake (weird combo I know, but I only wear eyelashes on nights out or special occasions so want them to be dark and thicker, but not like the hideous spider legs some people wear!!) I bought the Ardell strip lash glue as well because I think it is really strong and long lasting.

I am a big believer of you get what you pay for with some make-up however, without a lot of numbers in the bank, it’s often really difficult to obtain these lovely expensive products, so I have to do with drugstore versions (but these are sometimes just as good!) The only product that I fork out for on a regular basis is my foundation. I use Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Ecru 1N2, it is quite expensive but I really think it’s worth it! I often describe this foundation as ALMOST waterproof, it lasts so long and doesn’t smudge or come off on clothes either!

I also use the 17 Phwoarr Paint in Fair, a heavy duty under eye concealer. I believe this to be a perfect drug store version of the Benefit Boi-ing concealer. I team this with the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer in Light (I forgot to photograph this). I kept seeing this product being featured on loads of blogs so decided to try it out for myself and haven’t put it down yet! Teamed with the 17 Phwoarr Paint it gives the perfect coverage and finish on the days after a late night.

To apply my foundation, concealers and any other cream or liquid make-up I love to use sponge applicators. At the moment I use the Nanshy 4-in-1 Marvel make-up sponge (which I reviewed here) and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge as well. I now use these instead of brushes where I can, as I believe they give a much more flawless finish.

For my eyebrows this month I am using the Maybelline Browsatin pencil in medium brown. It has a pencil on one end and a sponge with powder on the other. It allows you to outline the perfect shape with the pencil and fill in with the powder to give a very natural look.

Finally, on my lips I am currently obsessed with the No7 Precision lip pencil in Nude. To me it’s the perfect nude shade but is slightly darker then a normal nude. I feel it suits my colouring a lot better then a lighter nude.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my current favourite products. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to leave me a comment, thanks for reading x

Nanshy Marvel Makeup Sponge – Review*

After taking part in the #BHTwitterParty a couple of weeks ago, I have been talking to Nanshy who kindly sent me this lovely makeup sponge to review on my blog. For those of you that have never heard of Nanshy, they are a UK based beauty brand producing high quality makeup tools that are always 100% cruelty free (great in anyones books!)

I received this lovely 4 in 1 makeup blending sponge. As a girl that try’s to never touch my face with my fingers (I know thats weird..) I was more than happy when I received this little one in the post.

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At first glances this looks like any other makeup sponge available on the market at the moment (popular choices being the classic Beauty Blender or Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge). However, the Nanshy makeup sponge dons 4 in 1 features on the one sponge (1 more than the others on the market!) It has a pointed tip, which is perfected for getting the smaller, harder to reach areas but is also good for blending in corners. The second point is the flat edge, which is perfect when used for wide-flat stippling and is great for the contours around the eyes and nose. A third point is the waist that makes the sponge very easy to hold. The last feature is the rounded bottom, this makes blending in large areas a lot easier.

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The sponge is very soft and remains lightweight, even when wet. It has a micro-pore formulation, that allows the sponge to remain damp throughout the application, and stops the sponge picking up too much product and wasting it (something that I was first worried about before using this sponge). Not only does this Nanshy sponge have so many other features but it is also latex free, odour free and also non-allergenic.

How to use the Nanshy sponge –

1. Firstly place the sponge under running water or submerge in water.

2. Squeeze out the sponge to release any excess water, but remains damp.

3. Either place foundation on the back of your hand or take straight from the pot (whatever your preference) and dab the sponge into the foundation and apply to face. I think it creates a much better finish if you use a stippling motion to apply the foundation.

You do not however have to stick to just using the sponge to apply foundation. I also use it to blend concealer, and also cream or liquid highlighters, bronzers and blushes.

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This makeup sponge leaves a lovely flawless finish, better then many of the brushes I have used before. This is now going to be something that I use with my everyday makeup routine. It costs only £5.95 (wow!!!) and can be bought from Nanshy.com.

Thanks for reading x

OOTD #9

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Im not a big fan of the weather at the moment. One second its all beautiful sunshine, and the next its pouring with rain (Not good for those of us with curly/frizzy hair!!!) Which makes planning to take photos for my blog extremely difficult at this time of year. So I apologise for the lack of and randomness of the timings of my blog posts, but I’m currently working on making that better!

Longline cardigans are good for any weather and are a great transition piece to take us from winter into spring. I absolutely love faux leather in any shape or form, so this dusty pink skirt is perfect for me. As always I’ve incorporated certain items that I wear all the time, like my ALDO backpack and my Forever21 flats.

Longline Cardigan – TK Maxx

Top – F&F at Tesco

Skirt – River Island

Scarf – Warehouse

Shoes – Forever21

Bag – ALDO

Necklace – H&M

Rings – H&M and Pandora

Thanks for reading x