25/09/2016

Beauty: Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Range


Meet the new Hyaluron-Filler range* from Eucerin- a range of six anti-ageing products.

The word 'hyaluron' attracted me instantly as it's one of those words which is often talked about in the beauty and skincare sphere. Hyaluronic Acid is a substance which is formed by skin cells and one of its key functions is to retain moisture. As we age, the skin's natural ability to produce Hyaluronic Acid depletes and wrinkles start to form and deepen.

This range from Eucerin contains two different types of Hyaluronic Acid to help target and plump up the appearance of wrinkles. 

There are six products in the range - an eye cream (I love the packaging of this product!), two day creams - one for dry skin and one for normal/combination, a night cream, a concentrate (the 6 vials - this product is designed to work with the day cream) and a CC cream.

I can't comment on the long term effects of the products but so far, so good. They feel really pleasant to apply and have that traditional, fresh skincare product scent which always makes you feel like it's doing your skin lots of good! The only product I'm not so keen on is the CC cream - it's not bad, it's just a little average. My favourites are the day cream and the eye cream.

Prices start from £16.50 and you can buy the range from Boots.

07/09/2016

Beauty: The Original Beauty Blender



If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that I had bought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge as a cheaper alternative to the Beauty Blender and I really liked it. I didn't think about buying the original BB until I was talking to a group of beauty obsessives who were telling me that the Beauty Blender was in a whole different league to the dupes and just had something different about it. 

I was sold and ordered it from BeautyBay the very next day for £16. I've been using it every day since then and I am totally convinced. The Original Beauty Blender is amazing! I drench it in water, dry it with a towel and then use it to apply my foundation and concealer by bouncing it on my skin. It is so quick (a lot speedier than when I used the RealTechniques version) and leaves a gorgeous natural finish. 

I am a total convert and now want to buy it in all of the different colours!

04/09/2016

Beauty: Herbal Essences Daily Clean Shampoo


A few weeks ago I was devastated (a bit of an over exaggeration but I was totally gutted) to learn that my favourite hair build-up shampoo had been discontinued. After posting my dismay on Twitter it was clear that this was terrible news to quite a few other people too! This magical shampoo was the Boots Expert Build-Up Removal Shampoo; a bargain at around £4 and worked brilliantly. It left my hair feeling so clean and free of product and was a regular in my haircare regime.

At this point my hair was in dire need of a good build-up removal shampoo (do you ever feel like that? Like your hair is so full of gunk? I blame my silver shampoos!) so I was on the look out for a new product and after a bit of google action I noticed that this offering from Herbal Essences kept popping up - the Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Daily Clean Shampoo

It's a bargain at only £2.35 and claims to smooth and moisturise hair whilst gently cleansing unwanted residue. It's silicone free with no parabens and has a lovely strawberry and mint scent. You can also use it daily if you like so can be an every day shampooo.

So the verdict; I LOVE this. It did everything I wanted and more. I found that although the Boots shampoo was amazing, it did leave my hair a little fluffy whereas this leaves it very sleek but feeling totally clean. I am already planning to repurchase this and am so happy to have found a great alternative to the Boots Expert version!

Do you rate any other build-up removal shampoos?

31/08/2016

Beauty: Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipsticks


55 My Nude on the left, 56 Boho Nude on the right


55 My Nude


56 Boho Nude


55 My Nude on the right, 56 Boho Nude on the left

When I saw that Kate Moss had a new Rimmel collection available sharing her favourite nudes and reds, I knew I had to go and check it out. I ended up walking out of Boots with 55 My Nude and 56 Boho Nude. I only planned to buy one but it was buy one, get one half price so two purchase just had to be made.

Firstly, how gorgeous is the packaging? It's so pleasing to look at! MyNude is my favourite of the two and is more of a pinky nude, whereas Boho Nude is more of a brown tone- I think you can tell the difference in the swatch photo more. They are both a gorgeous formula - super creamy and applies like a dream. They don't last for ages but are OK for a 'drugstore' lipstick. 

I highly recommend these and am now tempted to buy 54 Rock N Roll Nude!

I can't find them online at Boots but you can purchase online from Superdrug here.

28/08/2016

Life: The Best Water Bottle by HydrateM8


I am so in love with my new water bottle. It's by HydrateM8 and as you can see, it has the times of the day down the side so you can make sure you monitor your water intake. As well as the handy measurement system, it's a great water bottle and has one of those brilliant straws that suck water up super easily.

I keep mine in the office and since having it, I have been drinking SO much water. It's been an absolute game-changer for me. I always struggle to drink enough water which is probably why I get headaches and feel tired a lot, but this makes it so easy and it goes down super quick. It also brings out that competitive element of keeping up with the times. 

The downside is that it's making me need a wee a million times a day! But I'm hoping that my bladder will get used to it so I'm not having to visit the bathroom as much.

The HydrateM8 bottles are fairly pricy at £13.99 but so so worth it - the website also has super quick delivery - mine came the day after ordering!

20/08/2016

Beauty: My favourite summer scents


Gosh, I am so sorry for going a bit AWOL on my blog. Life has been busy recently and I seem to have lost my blogging motivation.

But I'm back today, and sharing a couple of new perfumes which I have been loving this summer. The first is Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder, a limited edition perfume which comes out every summer. I have had my eye on it for a while and decided to buy it at the airport before we went to Florida in April. I love it when a perfume reminds you of a holiday or a moment in time, and so wanted this to be my holiday scent. 

It smells divine - described as a sun-drenched blend of Bergamot, warm Amber and Vanilla combined with creamy Coconut it is a scent which is so completely 'summer' in a bottle. It smells like sun cream, holidays, sunshine and happiness. I am quite obsessed.

The second perfume I am rather enjoying is from the Rosie for Autograph beauty range in Marks & Spencer. It is called Summer Rose Eau de Parfum and is a light, airy but fruity scent. It smells very rose-like to me but isn't overpowering at all. It's also really handy in this size as easy to take with you on travels.

What perfumes have you been loving this summer?

17/07/2016

Life: 5 Ways to Keep Positive


Photo from Unsplash

I have always been a glass full kind of girl. I find that having a positive mental outlook helps me so much with dealing with difficult situations. I am a worrier though and like to stress out about the smallest of things- luckily Chris doesn't worry about anything and has a very straightforward outlook on a situation which helps me. He said today that if someone asked us to drive from A to b in a straight line he would go straight there and I would go all around the houses. A very accurate description of us!

Anyway, here are five things that I do to keep myself feeling positive:

1) Always look at the bigger picture. This is a big one for me - sometimes I will worry about the smallest thing and I have to remind myself that it really isn't a big deal. It's good to take a step back and ask whether I will be thinking about this a year from now, and also to think about how in the grand scheme of things my life is so teeny tiny in comparison to this huge, amazing world that we live in. It sounds strange but I like to look at these images from the Hubble Telescope as they are amazing, and just show how small we all are. If something small goes wrong at work does it really really matter? 

2) Appreciate the little things. Life has lots of big moments, but so many more smaller moments which make it happy and wonderful. It's important not to focus to much on the next big life thing and to really appreciate a weekend away with friends, a hot bath after a long day or those times when you laugh so much you cry. 

3) Appreciate your life in general. I remember listening to a TED talk which looked at happiness and said that if you appreciate your life, rather than look at the negatives you will feel so much more content. It sounds simple and it really works. Every day I feel thankful for my life and feel so fortunate to be happy, healthy and to have loving family and friends. I really try not to take my life for granted.

4) Learn what makes you happy, and do it again and again. I've realised over the past couple of years that hanging out with my family and spending time with my lovely friends makes me so happy - and so I make sure I do this as much as possible. I think that's why we've been to Florida so much- it's guaranteed happiness so why wouldn't you do it as much as you can?! The beauty of being in my late twenties is that I've realised what is really important! 

5) Take care of yourself. It's so important to look after yourself and to take time to make sure you're doing ok. I like seeing friends and having evenings out but I also need a few nights a week where I just stay in and 'recharge'. It's ok to say no to stuff.


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