July favourites

DSC_0020Wow we’re in August already?! Is there anyway of stopping time so I can get off of this ride and take a break?

In a month I’ll be starting my post-graduate degree at university, which I’m excited for! I’ll also in a weeks time have been with my boyfriend for two months (oh how soppy!) which has just flown by and I can’t wait to spend more months like the previous two with him.

I’ve loved so much this month, but I only wanted to mention six things, so here are my favourites from July!

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  • Mandara Spa Amber Heaven Moisturising Bath Essence.

This stuff like some sort of evil spirit came out of nowhere in my bathroom. I came home after a long weekend at my boyfriends to find it sitting on the side of my bath, tried it out and instantly fell in love. My Mom later asked me if I’d used the “goodies” she had left on the side of the bath for me, to which I promptly explained how I was miffed as to how they got there, not even telling her how much I enjoyed this product. This just smells like heaven in a bottle to me, I usually stay away from musky scents but this is just wonderful and I can’t wait to use it when the colder months start to show. I lathers up beautifully when poured under the hot tap in the bath and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. I used it earlier today as a body wash and it’s left its gorgeous scent lingering on my skin, as well as continuing to leave my skin feeling baby bum soft. I don’t know where my Mom bought this from, but I wish to try more from this range!

  • Sanex Dermo Sensitive Shower Cream.

Another product to randomly appear on the side of my bath, thanks to my Mom. This Sanex shower cream is lovely, which is comforting going by all the issues I have had with Sanex products over the years. One of their old shower products caused me to have a terrible allergic reaction and their deodorants have let me down so many times. My Mom loves Sanex though and I can safely say she’s passing on some of that love to me. This shower cream is great for if you’re in a hurry in the morning and don’t have time to pop any moisturiser on as it has skin moisturisers in it that does all that extra work for you. As well as that this re-balance which restores your skins natural balance. I really like this product, even if it does smell like old ladies, clean ones of course.

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  • Macadamia Oil No Tangle Styler Brush.

As you know, I bought this hair brush at the VintSetFest event a few Wednesday’s a ago (posts here and here) and since buying this brush I am in love with it! It brushes my hair without tugging or pulling at my head and thus leaves my hair soft and smooth, with no pain involved. Even my boyfriend likes this brush, so it’s definitely a great product! It’s only £9.95 and has a handle, unlike the Tangle Teezer so you can have a firm grip onto something whilst you brush your hair. This is also great on wet hair and I’ve found since using this brush that I’ve lost a lot less hair than I normally do, even though it is normal to lose at least 100 strands of hair a day due to old hair falling out to make place for new hair. I love this brush and I’ll soon be writing a review up for it!

  • Angel EDP by Thierry Mugler.

I’ve mentioned this perfume on here time and time again I’m sure and it’s because it’s just amazing! It’s one of my favourites and for that reason it has made its way into my favourites this month. Whenever I’ve been off out in the day or going to my boyfriends this is the perfume I’ve reached for mostly this month. Whilst it seems like a warmer scent for autumn and winter, I think it works beautifully for summer evenings and is really strong so I don’t have to keep reapplying it either. Everyone recognises this too, so it’s nice to be complemented on it every now and again.

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  • Jelly Pong Pong Irish Cream Pavlova Lip Frosting.

I’ve had this lip frosting a while now after my friend Poppy gave it to me back in November time, she said she just couldn’t work with it and thought I might have a better job, so I gave it a go and I love it. I hadn’t been using it much before this month as in autumn and winter time I prefer to wear my MAC lipsticks, whereas in spring and summer I opt for a nice lip gloss, due to the humid weather. This is really easy to apply with your ring finger or a lip brush. It smells absolutely amazing, but I can’t put my finger on exactly WHAT it smells like, which is annoying! It’s a really pretty strawberry pink shade and looks great on its own or layered over a coral lipstick, but I tend to use it on its own. It isn’t sticky and lasts for ages on the lips, whilst tasting great too. These cost a lot of money to buy and I know Poppy received hers in a Glossy Box. I don’t think these are even available to buy anymore after being discontinued, which is a real shame. I’m sure you can pick these up on blog sales and eBay mind!

  • Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm.

I got this lip balm free in my goodie back at VintSetFest and I can safely say I am in love! I’ve always heard great things about Carmex but never bought anything by them myself as I thought they were a tad expensive, but now I can see why! It reminds me of Vaseline due to it being petrolatum and it smells really minty and menthol, which surprised me. I thought that I must have an allergic reaction to this product as it makes my lips tingle and feel as if they’re being plumped up, but after getting my boyfriend to try some, he agreed it does this. So yeah it’s a lip balm and lip plumper all in one! What’s not to love with this product? It’s really thick too, which I like. There’s nothing worse than a watery lip balm that just gets everywhere! I’ve purchased another Carmex lip balm since receiving this one, but I opted for the strawberry flavour. I don’t know if it was due to the heat or if the product is just different to this one, but it’s watery as hell and it’s annoying! Love this lip balm though, I carry it with me everywhere now!

So those were my favourites for July! Apologies for them being a couple of days late, but I’ve been super busy since Wednesday night and haven’t had much time to finish off writing this from that night.

I hope you enjoyed and have found some products you want to try in August! What were your favourites in July? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care and I hope you all have a great week, I know I did!

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#VintSetFest goodies *warning image heavy again*

Hello again, as I mentioned yesterday my VintSetFest post was going to be split into two, the first one being about the event itself and the second being about the awesome goodie bag you received when attending the meet up, as well as the stuff I bought and made (yes made!) at the meet up too.

As well as stands selling amazing little bits and pieces and making your make up, nails and hair look pretty, there was also a crafting stall there, where you could make something of your own for free. Yes, completely free!

I decided to give it a go and instead of just making one thing, I decided to make two.

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You had the choices of making a sunglasses case, a collar and a bracelet, I decided to go for the collar and bracelet. I wanted to go back to make my best friend a bracelet too but by the time I went back, they were getting ready to leave, which was a real shame.

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The first I decided to make was a collar, as I was one of the first people to sit down and have a go at this there was plenty of materials and such to choose from.

I decided to go for a white-collar and cover it in studs. I was going to cover the whole thing in studs, but it took long enough just to apply 5, so I left that idea out. The ladies who were working at the craft stall were lovely and extremely helpful! They came over to everyone one at a time as the stall began to get busy, ensuring and making sure that everyone was getting on okay. I’m really pleased with how my collar turned out, and although I’m unsure of how I’m going to wear it yet, I WILL be wearing it throughout the autumn and winter season as I think it’ll go well with grunge and punk outfits.

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The second thing I decided to make was a bracelet. These were easy to make and can be made at home, which I liked. You gather together three different materials, cut them to the desired shape and size, put together and sew the top of the bracelet to create one of the tassels. Then putting the sewed side underneath something heavy, you begin to plait the materials together, as tight as possible. It was fun to make one of these and even though it’s chunky, it looks awesome! I’m going to start making these with little pieces of thread to wear like surf bracelets for when autumn and winter come along.

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Sadly, not every thing was free but I didn’t mind for the prices I paid for these things.

I picked up two bracelets from The Vintage Set and Love Without Measure. The black and silver peace sign being from Love Without Measure and the green and gold bird one being from The Vintage Set, which was also a special edition bracelet for VintSetFest, so I knew I had to pick one up while I had the chance! They were both £4 each and I haven’t stopped wearing them since buying them.

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Macadamia Hair were at the event selling some of their products for less than they would on their website, so I thought I would pick up one of their No Tangle Styler Brush for £10. Although it is retailed on their website for £9.95, I got a free sample of their Deep Repair Masque and a 10ml bottle of their Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. So I got quite a bit for my money, which was nice.

I love this hair brush so much! It’s just like a Tangle Teaser, but it has a handle so it’s a little easier to use. I’ll be writing a review about this in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I also picked up a 75ml can of Catwalk Work It hairspray, as it was only £2.50 and I thought it would give it a go for such little money! I can’t wait to use it when I start making my hair curly and wavy again.

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Finally onto the goodie bag that I received when I arrived at the event! It was so generous of them to give goodie bags away and I can tell you, for my first one it was amazing! Full of things I know I’ll enjoy trying out and possibly buying in the future. I know I’ll be reviewing most of them, for sure! I’m going to make sure to talk about everything I received in my goodie bag, just so you guys know what amazing products I got.

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L-R: Neal & Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Daily Conditioner. Both for all hair types. Macadamia Deep Repair Masque. Goody Good Stuff Sour Koala Gummy Bears. Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads.

Neal & Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Daily Conditioner. This stuff sounds amazing and right up my street for the type of shampoo and conditioner I would choose to use on my hair. I can’t wait to try this stuff out and as it’s for all hair types I won’t have to worry I’m using something wrong on my hair type.

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque. My hair could do with some repairing lately as I haven’t had time and I’m not lacking funds to go and get it trimmed, so I’ll definitely be giving this a go soon on my hair and as I received a free sachet of this with the brush I bought, I can give it a couple of goes, or maybe even give a sachet away to my Mom or a friend to try as well.

Goody Good Stuff Sour Koala Gummy Bears. I didn’t expect to get sweets in my goodie bag and I’ve been fighting off the urge to eat them before making this post on my blog. I offered them to my boyfriend late last week and he declined. What a silly boy because these taste delicious! I’ll be checking out this company for what else they sell, as I’m trying to diet right now and these sweets will be perfect to help me ween myself off of Haribo.

Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads. As regular readers will know, I don’t wear make-up… Well apart from lipstick and nail polish, that’s all. These won’t be much use to me, but I know they will be for my Mom and maybe to me when I next wear a lip stain, as I only find that make-up removers can get them off clean without scrubbing for ages.

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L-R: Argan Oil Healing Shine Treatment and Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. Macadamia Oil Revitalizing Shine Hair Treatment and Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil and Smoothing Deep Conditioner.

Argan Oil Healing Shine Treatment and Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. This stuff sounds like a spa treatment for my hair! It strengthens dry and damaged hair, which is what I need right now due to this hot weather we’ve been having lately, and as I mentioned above, it’ll help my split ends that I need to get trimmed off ASAP. I had a sniff of the oil and it doesn’t smell amazing, but it isn’t unpleasant either. I’ll soon see what it’s like when I pop it onto my hair.

Macadamia Oil Revitalizing Shine Hair Treatment and Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. This isn’t as appealing to me as the Argan Oil, but it still sounds really good and will would work wonders over the cold winter months when my hair is getting damaged from being under hot and cold, over and over. The oil smells absolutely amazing! It smells like sweets and I really can’t wait to use this on my hair soon.

Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil and Smoothing Deep Conditioner. This stuff will help my hair loads with its split ends until I can get it cut and even after I have, it’ll continue to keep my hair strong and prevent it breaking. The oil smells really nice, it reminds me of oranges and lemons. I can’t wait to try this one out either, although I’m going to wait until after I get my hair trimmed to try it.

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L-R: Green People Sun Lotion in SPF 15. Little White Lie Tanning Lotion in Lighter.

Green People Sun Lotion in SPF 15. This is an organic sun lotion, which i think is a really nice idea! I’ll be using this on my face while we have some nice weather to enjoy. It smells like lavender and isn’t heavy on the skin at all, thus it doesn’t take too long to rub into the skin and sink into the skin too. I’m excited to try this out!

Little White Lie Tanning Lotion in Lighter. I won’t be using this, nope not even on my pasty white English legs. Why? Well why not? I hate self tan, if you want a tan go out and get one. I can sympathise with people who burn as soon as they enter the suns rays, but for people who can get a tan, go and get one if you want one that bad. I’m sick of seeing people resorting to fake all the time and plus it looks orange and horrible, even when done properly. I’ll be giving this away to my Mom to try out.

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L-R: Polaroid Contacts Pod Pre-Filled Contact Lens Case. Dylon Fabric Dye in Navy Blue.

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Polaroid Contacts Pod Pre-Filled Contact Lens Case. Oh how I wish I wore contact lenses right now, even if they were for a cosplay or for Halloween, as it looks like this contact lens case is going to be wasted, unless I find someone who will give them a good home. Either way this looks amazing and if and when I do wear contact lenses, I think I will invest in one of these.

Dylon Fabric Dye in Navy Blue. I really can’t wait to try this fabric dye out! I wish I could have got a different colour, as out of everything bloggers received in their goodie bags, this was the only thing that was different from each others. But I can’t complain, this stuff will be fun to try out and I’ll probably try and do some dip dye with some shorts, t-shirts and cardigans.

I completely forgot to take a picture but I also received a Carmex Lip Balm Tube, which was really nice to get and since VintSetFest, I’ve used it everyday! I’m hooked on this product and not only will it be featuring in my July favourites, it’ll also be getting a review in the future. It’s just that good!

So that was everything I bought and received at VintSetFest.

I can’t express how much I loved this meet up and I can’t wait for next year to do it all over again, as it did so well, I would be very surprised if they didn’t do another one next July.

I met a couple of lovely girls there too, but sadly didn’t exchange details, but I hope through writing my two posts, that they’ll find me here and say hello (I won’t bite!).

I want to thank The Vintage Set and Tiger Bam who organised the event, got everyone involved and sent out all the invitations to beauty bloggers alike!

I’m really pleased to have been a part of it and excited to attend more blogger meets in the near future.

Did you attend VintSetFest? If you did let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care and continue to have a good week.

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