Wednesday, 23 February 2011

DOTD:£12 for £30 Body Shop Spend

I must, must, must draw your attention to the Groupon offer today. 
For a voucher costing £10, you are entitled to £30 worth of goods in The Body Shop including a free "Love your Body" loyalty card, which by itself normally costs £5 and entitles you to further discounts, free gifts and treats.

I'm already sold but if you need more tempting, when you spend £10 or more over the Groupon value you will receive a further free gift.

You can only use one voucher per visit but can buy up to five vouchers to use before the end of May, so if you're an avid Body Shop fan you can stock up on all your favourites and save yourself a whopping £90!!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Blue My Mind

I have been eager to try out Rimmel's 60 seconds polish, could a nail varnish really answer all my prayers and dry that quickly?!

The 60 seconds range is priced at £3.49, given the vibrant shades of these polishes I decided to go for shade 810 "Blue My Mind."
I made sure to use a base coat, as I didn't want to risk staining my nails which tends to happen with these darker shades.

According to the packaging, the brush is a "1 stroke Xpress brush", which gives "1 sec application". I have to be honest, they're correct.  As the brush is wider, it was so much easier to get an even line across the top of the cuticle and as you glide the brush down the nail, it widens out to give even courage.

I applied the blue 60 seconds polish, and waited a minute before apprehensively testing to see if it was dry. I was sure I would so my usual trick of  leaving a big fingerprint impression by testing it so soon but I was wrong, my nail was dry to the touch.

They claim only one coat is needed, one would perhaps have been enough but I like to make sure I get a good depth of colour so added a second.
The shade is gorgeous, it's a really vibrant midnight blue with a purple hue and the finish is long lasting.

A fantastic nail polish, great price, gorgeous shades in the range and your nails will be dry before you can say "big fat gypsy wedding!"



Thursday, 17 February 2011

Fondant Fancy?

I've been searching for a decent nude lipgloss for ages, so whilst browsing in Boots at lunchtime I thought I'd give one from their Natural Collection range a try.

At £1.99 you really can't go wrong in my opinion, I tried "Fondant" which looked like a good pinky neutral shade to try.
On application, this lipgloss glides on and is not sticky at all, which is a personal "hate" of mine and the consistency is thick enough so that shade on your lips is the same as it looks in the tube.
Yes OK, the packaging is pretty basic but it's what's inside the tube that counts.

Good quality for the price, I think this is a fantastic nude lipgloss.

Purchase of The Week!

My Purchase of The Week has to be my new bachelorette pad!

I'm so excited as I've never had my "own" place before.  It's two bedrooms (which means I can house my shoes, handbags, clothes and make-up in the spare room), a garden (so I can have the girls round for BBQ and Pimms in the Summer) and a garage (so I can throw all my junk in there).

I have to say as much as I'm really pleased that I'll finally be on the property ladder, it's very scary to think that money-wise it is all down to me.  I'm worried won't have as much disposable income to spend on my favourite things so I'm going to have to be overly nice to the boss and hope for a nice pay rise this year!

As you all know, I've not had the best year so far (two deaths and a break up) so I really feel that this is a turn around point for me and I'm so glad you'll all be there to share with me, my journey into property owning and singledom!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy V Day

Happy Valentine's Day to one and all.

I will be spending the evening doing what I love best,  being with the girls in Pizza Express, drinking pink fizz and gorging on an American Hot pizza.   


Ladies this Valentine's Day, whether you'll be having a candlelit dinner for two or a chinwag and a gossip with the girls, remember to love the most important person of all ........yourself!

Feeling Grey

I'm making an effort to keep my nails immaculately painted at the moment but I hate it when you have to sit there for hours, waiting for them to dry (life's too short) so I thought I would try one of the polishes from Collection 2000's Hot Looks range.
At £1.79 you really can't go wrong and I've been dying to try a grey shade for ages so I went for Wham.


The brush is thicker than I normally come across which actually made application really easy.  I painted on two coats, the polish went on really evenly and to be honest I probably could have just applied one coat.  The product dried really quickly, it was dry to the touch literally after about 5 minutes and had a lovely glossy finish so I didn't need to apply a top coat.



Wham is a grey shade with very subtle blue undertones and I will be sporting this polish often over the next few months.

There's No Therapy Like Retail Therapy

Apologies for the lack of blog for a few days, in between funerals and flat-hunting, life has been pretty hectic but I promise blogging is back on track.

Now ladies, you will all know the time old tradition of retail therapy to get over a little emotional turmoil, I well and truly abused this tradition last week.  One hour, a trip to Liz Earle and £102 later left me feeling on top of the world.
What can I say, I was like a fat kid in a sweet shop and with all the emotional turmoil I've had so far this year I'm sure I deserve it (well at least that's my excuse).  Reviews will be written shortly but I just had to share my hoard with you all.

In the upcoming weeks look out for my reviews on:
  • Superskin Eye & Lip Treatment
  • Superskin Bust Treatment
  • Superskin Concentrate
  • Brightening Treatment Mask

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Bad Things Come In Threes!

So it's true what they say, bad things really do come in threes.

So far in 2011 I have had two very dear friends of mine pass away suddenly, two funerals in the space of a month doesn't make for a cheery start to the year and to be honest I really don't look good in black.

The third piece of bad news, my other half and I are breaking up after four and a half wonderful years together.  Desperately sad as we are madly in love with one another and have a great relationship but we just want different things in the future.  It's a shame but you have to be adult about these things.

On the upside, I've had my three for the year so the only way is up.  Exciting and scary times ahead, wish me luck!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Pore and Cleanse

I was looking forward to trying Soap & Glory's Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser as a cheaper option to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. 
Soap & Glory's option is priced £7 in Boots and comes with a muslin cloth which is a saving considering that the Liz Earle version costs £11.50 for the same sized tube (100ml) but without a cloth.

This is a thick cleansing cream, made with panthenol, sweet almond, orange and lavender oils, the lavender fragrance comes out the most.  You rub in the cream for 60 seconds, paying particular attention to the nose and chin and then wait a further 60 seconds.
After the 60 seconds, you press the cream off with the muslin cloth which has been run through warm water.  I was worried that my skin would feel very dry after using this product but not so.  I think the combination of ingredients in this cream leave your skin feeling really soft and moisturised, as well as spotlessly clean. The pores on my T zone are definitely smaller.

My skin definitely looks more bright and radiant this morning, I'm not sure whether that is due to the massage, the exfoliation or the cleanser itself but this will definitely be replacing my Liz Earle.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Feeling Mint

I love E.L.F cosmetics (http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/).  Their affordable products mean that make-up addicts like me can buy copious amounts without going into serious debt.  With free delivery in the UK for orders over £30 you can't go wrong.

Last week I bought this Mint nail polish in the sale last week for £1 because of course it wasn't cheap enough  before the sale at £1.50.
You do get what you pay for here, you will need to apply at least two coats to get a nice solid colour but it did dry pretty quickly.  I was able to paint my nails on a Saturday night and not have to go to bed with my arms hanging off the side of the bed.
The colour is lovely and looks like my nails have been dipped into a tub of mint choc chip ice-cream.  Unfortunately, this nail polish didn't do very well on the chip test as it was already chipping a day or so later but then for £1 I still think this is a great nail polish.

Going Back To My Roots!

So I did it, Saturday morning (with a slight champagne hangover) I went back to my natural hair colour.  I'm really pleased with the results, it looks much shinier than before but I do still get a shock every time I look in the mirror.

I hadn't told anyone at work I was getting it done, so it was really entertaining to see everyone's reactions this morning.  What do you all think?


Purchase of The Week!

I hadn't actually intended to go shopping this weekend but the girls wanted to pop into Matalan before our usual Sunday Sermon.  I should point out that Sunday Sermon consists of sitting in a quintessential British pub for the afternoon, drinking wine, gossiping and reading the Sunday papers, I'm afraid it does not consist of anything holy.

Anyway, back to Matalan and the Purchase of The Week.  This dress is one of their Papaya range and was an absolute bargain at £16!  I love the pretty ditsy bird print and I know I'm going to wear this dress to death come the warm weather.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Maybe She's Born With It ..................I Wish!!

I don't have the best eyelashes in the world, in fact let's face it, we all wish we had been born with a set of false eyelashes already attached.  Unfortunately God didn't provide on that count but luckily for us companies like Maybelline are helping us on our way to having eyelashes like Snuffy the mammoth from Sesame Street.
Superdrug are currently running a 3 for 2 offer on all Maybelline products so whilst in there yesterday I decided to give their Falsies mascara a whirl.
The revolutionary spoon shaped brush curves in the middle, application was really easy and I was able to get right to the corner my of eyes as the brush was curved like the shape of my eyelashes.  I only applied one coat which in itself I feel gave good results, so imagine the dramatic results were I to apply more.

Before and After:
This mascara was really easy to use, it delivers on colour (I used black), has no clumps and each eyelash was separated.  A thumbs up from me.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

D.R.U.B.

Just a very quick post about D.R.U.Bs.  You know, the bruises you acquire but have absolutely no idea when or where you acquired them from.  I found this one on my right buttock.
I suspect it may be a result of last Saturday night, so if anyone can enlighten me as to how I got my Drink Related Unaccountable Bruise, I would greatly appreciate it (oh and Mum, if you're reading this no of course I wasn't drunk)!

Back to Black (well brunette anyway)

Despite my bleach addiction since the age of 17, I have decided that it's time to go back to my natural colour. The reason behind my decided to take this sudden course of action? This picture from my birthday last weekend.

Note the smile on my face as I recreate the "bend and snap" scene from Legally Blonde. What I fail to realise is that my roots give me a certain brown halo, not a classy look.

As soon as I saw that picture, I emailed my hairdresser. She's been colouring my hair for over a decade now and she knows how much I love a bit of bleach, so was pretty surprised. The colour will take time to build up, so I'm going to have to be patient as it will take four trips for it to get to a beautiful, rich dark brown colour.

There may be one stumbling block, my hair is depressingly thin and the risk with dark hair is that my scalp will show up more making me look like I have even less hair than I have. We're going to have to wait and see what happens.

I've always loved being a blonde but I have to say I won't miss the dry ends and I especially won't miss my brown halo.

Pictures will be up on Saturday ladies!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Birthdays, Frying Pans and Elemis

Last week it was my birthday but given that I am now firmly into my thirties, celebrating on a school night makes for a guaranteed hangover. Instead, I opted for the much more sensible option of partying on the weekend to give me a day to recover.

I have to say that presents wise I was really spoilt by all my friends, well apart from Verity who had accidentally left my present up in Nottingham so she was punished accordingly:



So anyway, I thought I'd work my way through reviewing my gifts, we'll start with one from the other half. Now at the beginning of December we'd had a romantic weekend at one of the Bannatyne spas, we treated ourselves to a fantastic and very relaxing hot stone massage. Whilst sat in the reception, sipping water afterwards I happened to mention how much I love the Elemis products.

Now imagine my shock and horror, when last week I unwrapped the Elemis Exotic Spa Secrets gift set. Shock: because he had actually listened to something I had said to him, which as all girls know is a rarity amongst men and Horror: because he had listened to what I had said and actually thought about putting it to good use!



The set is in a beautiful red velvety gift box and includes:
  • 400ml Skin Nourishing Milk Bath
  • 200ml Exotic Frangipani Monoi Bath and Shower Cream
  • 100ml Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt

I know it's rude to look up the value of gift but this is for review purposes. We'll start with the Milk Bath, this isn't cheap at £39 for 400ml but given that one cap full was enough for a bath full, the bottle will last a very long time.

The product looks like milk and the fragrance, although similar to milk, is somehow so much better. This is a bath soak so does not create bubbles, in the bath the water feels really silky on your skin and when I got out of the bath, my skin felt so soft I could have gotten away without using a moisturiser. In summary, better on my skin than any other bath product I have come across.

Next the Exotic Frangipani Monoi Bath and Shower Cream at £20.50 for 200ml. The product is slightly thicker than a moisturiser, on application a thin layer remains on the skin rather than sinking in and the product does not lather up at all. The fragrance in the tube and on application is divine, sweet and floral but the scent doesn't last on the skin at all. Also, as a final side note on this product, I just didn't really feel like I had had a good wash after using it if that makes sense. So it's a thumbs down for this one, £20.50 I don't think so.

And finally, the Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt at £29 for 100ml. You immerse the bottle in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes to make the product into it's oil like consistency. Once you are out of the bath or shower, you apply the pol to damp skin. The oil comes out of the bottle in droplets, so it's really easy to take out just the right amount and not waste any. A few drops of the oil seems to go a long way, so the bottle will last a long time.

The oil smells gorgeous, slightly coconutty with a hint of the Frangipani flower. The scent lingered on my skin but wasn't overpowering. The oil sinks into the skin very quickly so doesn't leave you feeling greasy. A really fantastic product, pricey but the length of time the bottle will last outweighs this.