March Favourites 2014

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I’m sorry to say it (like I do on pretty much every favourites post) BUT I can’t believe we’re into a new month already and the fact that it’s April already is somewhat scary, but not so bad at the same time. I’m really excited that Spring has started and quite frankly I can’t wait for Summer next. I’m bored with cold weather now, I want some sunshine so I can wear my dresses, baggy t-shirts with my skinny fit jeans, and my skate shoes for a slouchy look…

However this post is getting off track, this is my favourites from the last month, so let’s get on with them before I start talking about clothes! xD

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  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.

Another beauty product that my Mom has given me… I know I say this a lot but I seriously don’t ask her to buy me these things, she just buys them and ends up giving them to me to try/use as she finds another product to lust over! I love her for it though, and my skin does too. 🙂 BUT this cream is beautiful and I am really glad she gave it to me. This is an anti-aging cream and whilst I’m only 24, it’s good to protect my skin from aging now whilst I still have the chance to, so this is a great cream for that. As well as that this cream has lots of good things about it! First of all I want to comment how lovely this cream smells. I hate when face creams smell gross and chemically, as the last thing I want to apply to my face is something that has a smell that makes me gag and I have to keep sniffing for max ten minutes after applying. It has a delicate floral scent to it, and due to it being delicate it isn’t a strong smell either, which is an added bonus for myself. The cream is light and gel like but still very moisturising which I like, as due to my combination skin I hate thick creams as they never seem to sink in! Plus with a gel style face cream a little goes a very long way! This has certainly done wonders for my skin the past couple of weeks of using it and I recommend it to anyone who is after a high brand moisturiser. I love this face cream and I can see it reappearing on  my blog in the future.

  • Imperial Leather Japanese Spa Nourishing Bath Cream.

I love a good bath like any sane person and I’m always on the search to buy and try out new bubble baths to use after a long day, or at the start of the day to get myself ready for one! When this bath cream popped up in my bathroom at the start of the month I knew I would love it! I’ve used Imperial Leather’s Japanese Spa range before and I would be lying if I said I didn’t like it all that much. As regular readers will know from my Japanese Series (posts here, here, here, and here) I love anything Japanese and due to this containing ingredients related to Japan, I knew I would love this bath cream straight away! It contains green tea (yum!), rice milk and jasmine, which are all good at soothing the skin, as well as relaxing the mind, which is what I need after a long day or week after work. I love to use this one in the evenings after a close shift at work, as I’m usually shattered and in need of some TLC. After using this in the bath my skin felt soft and smooth, as well as smelling gorgeous! This smells really floral and fresh which I liked! I have another one of Imperial Leather’s bath creams in my bathroom cupboard, so I’m excited to try that one out once this ones finished. 🙂

  • The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector (mentioned here and here).

Ever since discovering this hand cream before Christmas last year, it’s been a staple for my hand bag ever since! I love this hand cream and it’s been a life saver in the mornings before work when I forget to put any hand cream on before leaving the house! Not just in the mornings though, but throughout the whole day, whether I’m working or not. It always stays in my hand bag as it’s just my favourite hand cream to go to when I’m out and about. It’s a thick hand cream, designed for people with very dry skin and due to my on and off eczema on my hands, I indeed have very dry skin! My eczema has eased a lot now that the winter months have come and gone but that doesn’t stop me from having dry hands, however Hemp Hand Protector is a life (well hand) saver and there’s nothing that beats it for me when I’m on the go! It does have an odd scent to it, but it’s nothing that I can’t handle. This is featured on My Top 5 Hand & Foot Creams post, so make sure to go and check it out for a more detailed review on it, as well as a swatch of what it looks like!

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  • Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence.

Another product given to my by my Mom! We love Philip Kingsley products in this house and as she ordered herself some new shampoo, she received this hair spray free, which she kindly gave to me. This is a lovely product to use on my hair and a real treat to be honest as whilst my hair is really long and taken good care of, I never really use hair masks, conditioners, or anything like that! I’ve been using this once, sometimes twice a week on my hair after washing it. You spray it onto wet hair through the middle of your hair and on the ends and without washing it out, use whatever heat you wish on your hair. I don’t use any tools on my hair, just my hairdryer so I apply this before I blow dry my hair. My hair feels and looks gorgeous after I use this product and it does feel like a real treat for my hair! It also smells really fresh, which I like as nasty smelling hair products aren’t exactly a treat are they… More like a torture for your nose! I feel this really does give my hair that oomph it needs mid-week and at the end of the week when I wash my hair. I think I would buy this product in a full size bottle as it’s just a lovely product to use for my hair.

  • Thierry Mugler Angel EDP (mentioned here).

I have to say going through my blog and finding that I haven’t spoken much about Angel on here since purchasing in 2012’s sales, is a big shock to me! I LOVE Angel and the fact I haven’t spoken about it much is rather shocking, and disappointing to myself. Angel is one of the first perfumes I smelt and fell in love with, thanks to my Mom. With my first proper job and the New Year sales shouting “BUY ME, I’M HALF PRICE!” I couldn’t resist the Angel gift set and I left the shop a mixture of excited and worried due to how much it cost at the time. Over a year later I don’t regret buying the gift set at all and I don’t have much of this perfume left, lucky for me though that I have a refill bottle! ANYWAY… I’ve been in love with Angel this month gone and have used it most days at work. It’s been rather warm lately and as it’s a perfume I can wear all year round, I decided to keep Angel in my bag for the majority of March and I’m glad I did! A couple of sprays of this and you’re good to go for most of the day and when I wear this for work I get a lot of compliments from customers. Angel is a very unique scent and one I know I’ll love for my entire life. I’ve recently been trying out the EDT version of Angel and although I don’t necessarily prefer it to the EDP, it does make a pleasant change and I can see me picking the EDT version up in the future for the summer months when I don’t want something too strong on my skin. I have a 25ml size bottle and although there isn’t much left now (MAX 20%) I can’t believe it’s lasted me over a year. Shows what a great perfume it is! 😀

  • Easy Nails Fast & Fruity Nail Polish Remover.

This isn’t a well-known brand nail polish remover pot, but it’s better than the well-known ones, that’s for sure! Just yesterday I had to pick myself up a new pot of this, as my current one is falling apart due to wear. I picked this up a while ago in Body Care for less than a £1.00 and since then I have been in love with using it. It smells of yummy peaches which is a definite bonus and not only that it ACTUALLY removes all my nail polish in max 7 twists of my nail. It has a spongy inside, as well as plenty of nail polish remover and with some turns of the pot, or your nail your nail polish will be removed! It doesn’t quite remove glitter nail polish, but I find that if I twist my glitter covered nail around in the pot for a while, remove, and then apply a cotton pad covered in nail polish remover to the nail, the glitter comes away in one easy rub. I’ve tried Bourjois nail polish remover pot before and I’m not going to sugar coat it, it’s crap… REALLY CRAP and it makes me somewhat angry that I wasted nearly £5.00 on it when I picked up this beauty for less than a £1.00 and it works 100 times better! Oh well, I guess you live and learn eh? Just so you know too if you’re thinking of picking this up, Home Bargains sell it for less than a £1.00 too, which is where I picked my new pot up from today.

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  • L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick by Color Riche in Ruby Opera (mentioned here).

I heard about these liquid lipsticks from L’Oreal a couple of months before they arrived in the UK thanks to Eating Lipstick over the pond and although she didn’t rate them highly, I still wanted to give them a go, especially Ruby Opera, which is a gorgeous true red shade. At the moment I’m loving my red shades for lips and it’s all I’ve been wearing during March! Red really does suit my skin tone and as my lips have been a tad on the dry side on and off this month I’ve found myself reaching for Ruby Opera more so than any other lip product. I don’t want to go into too much detail about Ruby Opera here as I plan to review it this month at some point so I want to save all the details for then. I will say however what a gorgeous glossy lipstick this is! The texture of this and application is more like a lip gloss than a lipstick but it has the staying power of a lipstick, this being said I do find I have to reapply this after a few hours if I’m drinking a lot, but with a lip liner underneath I have no problems. These come in a lot of shades and I’ve already got my eye on another one… Which I would have bought yesterday if I had of had 20p extra points on my Boots card! But oh well, I can keep saving those towards a new perfume. 😛 This is a great liquid lipstick and I love it so much and recommend them to everyone who wishes to try something different.

  • Models Own Sticky Fingers Nail Polish in Sweet Candy (mentioned here).

Although this is a very new purchase, I haven’t been able to stop wearing the nail polish in this set on my fingers and toes! It’s called Nude Beige and when applied to your nails it looks glossy and almost gel like. I wore this last Thursday and it looked gorgeous, I was sad to have to take it off for work the next day. I applied one of the cute little stickers on my ring finger, which refused to come off, that isn’t a bad sign but next time I’ll be tempted to leave it on there. 😛 I recommend these nail polishes to anyone who wants to try something a little different as they’re definitely that and for £5.00 you won’t be breaking the bank giving these a go. I can’t wait to wear this nail polish again and I can safely say that I think it’s going to become a favourite for spring and summer this year.

  • EOS Blueberry Acai Smooth Sphere Lip Balm (mentioned here).

When my friend Amy came to visit me in Birmingham a month ago we wandered off around Selfridges to look at MAC, Illamasqua, as well as lots of other high brands to drool over, but I gave into one of my items from my March Wish List by buying this lip balm and I’m SO glad I did! I did somewhat worry to myself that I would buy it and not use it after a while but I find that I can’t put it down and I use it at home, work, on my days off, before bed, just everywhere, whenever and however I can! It smells of a blueberry green tea I drink, which is lovely and it also feels gorgeous on the lips. It does help keep them soft and smooth, the only thing I dislike about this is the price, seeing as it’s £5.99! But well worth the money if you ask me. Aside from that, the only other thing I sort of dislike is people commenting and asking me what I’m applying to my lips, which is more annoying than anything, but with a short explanation, their questions and confusions are answered.

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  • Nintendo 2DS Handheld Console in White & Red. Captain America bought separately (mentioned here and here).

Okay now I know this isn’t a beauty related item but I HAD TO mention my Nintendo 2DS here as since buying it it has become something I play on everyday if I can, and right now I always make sure to make time to play it. I mentioned on the first post mentioned above how I had wanted one for ages and a very hungover and tired me decided to take the plunge and buy one, seeing as  my boyfriend was. Now we play on our 2DS’s together and whilst he has three games, I still have two, Pokemon X and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I already want another game and I know that won’t be the last, as the Nintendo Store has loads of games I wish to get my grubby paws on! I love my 2DS so much and I really can’t stop playing games on it. ^_^

So those were all my favourites for this month!

What were your favourite products, beauty or anything for that matter? Let me know in the comments down below!

If you have any questions about any of the products I mentioned in this months favourite, please feel free to ask.

Until next time, take care all and here’s to April, hope no one got fooled.

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October Empties

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I haven’t used much up during October and I’m not quite sure why but either way it means in the next couple of empties posts I might have loads of products to mention, so let’s get on with the post.

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  • Juicy Fruits Banana Body Wash.

This was an old Christmas present given to my Mom by a cousin. She had forgotten all about it and as the set it came in was brand new, my Mom asked me if I wanted it. I love the smell of banana so took it with both hands! This stuff is amazing! It smells just like bananas and for something that probably cost very little to make, it’s a very good body wash! The scent lasts ages on the skin, as well as leaving it feeling soft and smooth after using. My bathroom smelt like banana for ages after I’d taken a shower too, which I wasn’t complaining about! I wish I could find this to buy however, or at least an alternative as it smells heavenly. Anyone know of any banana shower gels or body washes I could buy?

  • Mandara Spa Gentle Hand Wash in Amber Heaven.

I really love the smell of Amber Heaven by Mandara Spa and I own the bubble bath version of this stuff too so when I found out they made a hand wash, I made sure to get some for the bathroom. However, as lovely as this smells I’m sort of glad to see it finished… Why, you must be wondering? Because it hasn’t helped my eczema out at all and if anything I’m wondering if it’s made it worse due to the strong perfume smell. This does smell gorgeous and for ages the scent of it would linger on my hands for ages, which I really liked. If it wasn’t for my eczema I would re purchase, but I think I need something tailored to soothing my hands, not just perfuming them. I recommend this if you like musky smells, as whilst I hate them usually, this is gorgeous and reminds me of autumn and winter.

  • Imperial Leather Foamburst Luxurious Body Wash in Moisturising Honey & Almond Milk.

This was mentioned in my September favourites and I’m rather sad to see it all finished and although I haven’t bought another one for myself yet, I’m waiting until I find some on offer to buy as I want to grab a couple of different scents to try. This was lovely and creamy and I often used it in the shower when I was in a hurry so usually after work if I was sticky from making drinks. This also made a great shave foam too and was mostly used for this purpose. The honey and almond milk in this smelt heavenly and these sorts of scents have always reminded me of my childhood. They were said to be moisturising and they definitely were. After each use of this my skin felt soft and smooth as well as feeling and smelling lovely and clean! This lasted me about a month, which seems like a decent time to me. I spoke more about this in my favourites post last month so if you would like to know more, go and check out that post. I’m definitely going to buy more of these in future, if not very soon.

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  • Montagne Jeunesse Iced Crystal Face Mask.

I bought this mask to try as it sounded like it would really work with my skin as it’s a scrub and mask in one, which seemed like a nice idea! It contains spearmint and dead sea salt so I know it would leave my skin feeling lovely and clean as well as soft. I used this in the bath, as I knew it would be hard to rinse off and apply what with all the scrubbing I would need to do when applying, as well as washing off. This mask worked like a charm and I already know I want to buy some more. It’s a clear light blue gel texture with plenty of pieces of sea salt and felt really cooling on my fingers. I splashed my face with some warm water and applied the mask onto my skin in a rubbing motion, it felt tingly and cool on my skin, which I really liked. The salt in this mask isn’t harsh but enough that you can feel it working when you’re rubbing it on your skin. After I felt I’d done enough scrubbing I relaxed for 15 minutes and finally gave it one more gentle rub around my face before rinsing off. My skin felt really soft afterwards and I made sure to splash my face with some cold water before getting out of the bath. My skin has felt lovely since and the spots I had on my skin the day and days before using this vanished a day after use, so I’m really glad that it worked for my skin. I’m going to definitely be using this in future, it’s a lovely face mask and a real treat!

  • Original Source Shower Gel in Tea Tree & Mint.

This (as you can probably see) is a little travel size shower gel and was bought for when I first started to go to my boyfriends. I felt bad using his shower gel so I thought to myself, “Hey! If I take my own then I won’t be using his up!” but alas this ended up with me using his anyway! This shower gel smells gorgeous, mostly of mint and leaves a lovely scent on your skin after use. It also foams up lovely in a shower scrunchy, which I really liked! This shower gel is really nice, but may I add only during the hot months as due to the mint it leaves a tingling cold sensation after use. I’d been using this for the majority during the warmer months so I hadn’t noticed this before, but more recently upon using it, I’ve been left in my shower shuddering from the cold feeling this leaves you with. I won’t be re purchasing this shower gel again until summer approaches us! This little travel bottle wasn’t cheap and in Boots cost more than it would for the full size bottle in Bodycare, which pissed me off a little bit. I won’t be buying travel bottles again, I’ll just take a full size one instead!

So those were all my empties for this month!

What products did you use up during October? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all.

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August Empties

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Wow, I don’t think I have ever used up so many products for an empties post before! I used up loads throughout August because I want to try and bring in some nice new things to try when the colder months start to come upon us soon. Plus I want room around my bath as well as in my cupboards. Glad to have the extra space now to be honest. 😛

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  • Imperial Leather For Men Purify Hair & Body Wash.

Yes I know this is for men but this is such a lovely shower gel to own. It reminds me of when I was little and would smell all my Dad’s various aftershave and lovely smelling men. It only costs a £1 and lasts for quite a while. It has a very fresh masculine smell and I tend to use this if I’m feeling tired and grumpy as it just gives me that energy that I need to get me through the day. The smell lasts on your skin for ages too. I usually pick one of these up for my Dad as this is actually his, not mine but I finished the bottle off for him the other day as I plan to buy him a new bottle next week. Get this if you like masculine smells or if your boyfriend/husband keeps using your shower gel.

  • Imperial Leather Precious Night Blooming Jasmine & Cotton Milk Body Wash Gel.

My Mom actually brought this up to the bathroom after saying she didn’t want it anymore and thought I might like trying it. It was okay, but I don’t know if I would but this myself. I’ve used Imperial Leather’s body wash gels before and they’re really nice and easy to use if you need to quickly have a wash or want to shave your legs with something nice. I tried to shave my legs with this and it was terrible, the gels aren’t as good for this as they used to be. It smelt really nice and was a real treat to use after a busy day at work if I just wanted to jump in the shower and jump back out again. I remember seeing that Imperial Leather have a lemon and lime version of this, I’d love to try it so I think I might pick one up to try in the future. Glad to see the back of this though, was clogging up the side of my bath!

  • Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser For Dry Skin.

This was mentioned in my May favourites and although I loved it back then, I’m glad to see it in my bin! This product was great to be perfectly honest and was an essential when I was getting ready to go to work and out and about. I didn’t need to worry about moisturising everyday and took a weight off of my mind. However after a while this just seemed like a chore to use and it got left for a while. I remembered it this month though and thought it was time to finish the bottle and throw it away. I didn’t have much left and I’m rather glad. I have considered re-purchasing this but I think I need to stop being so damn lazy and just start moisturising my skin again. I do recommend this to people who don’t have time to moisturise as it’s a great product!

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  • Tesco Gentle Cleansing Bath Bubbles.

This was an amazing product and I know I’ll be re-purchasing ASAP. I could be less of a stingy bitch and opt for Johnson’s Baby Bubbles but I thought these did a great job for the money. It smells just like Johnson’s and reminds me of when I was a little girl, something that is comforting to bathe in after a rough day. After a while I was using this as a shower gel and then eventually as a shaving gel/foam. This lathered up really well on the skin and made shaving easier than it usually is. I’m actually rather sad that this has run out now, but as I said I’ll be buying a new bottle as soon as I can.

  • Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo.

I’m really sad to see this finished, especially as I can’t afford another bottle. When my Mom gave me this I couldn’t wait to see the back of it as I just couldn’t get along with it, but after a while I realised what I could do to make it work and key presto, we worked together in harmony. This shampoo was lovely and smelt just like oranges and lemons. You didn’t need much to get a good lather, just very wet hair and a 50 pence piece amount would go all over my hair (which as you know is really long and thick!) which makes a really nice change. I would buy this shampoo again in future, but I’ve got my eye on one I really want to try out when I next have money. But this left my hair soft, smooth and with lots of shine.

  • Tesco Moisturising Bath Bubbles.

This is pretty much the same as the gentle bath bubbles, only not as universal. I tried to shave using this and it didn’t work whatsoever and left me with that horrible, uncomfortable pain you get with dry shaving. This was lovely to use in the bath too, as this left my skin baby soft and the same was accomplished when I used it as a shower gel too. I might re-purchase this in the future, but I’d find myself going for a scented bubble bath over this one to be honest. Not a bad product though!

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  • Carex Nature Protect Hand Wash.

As regular readers will know, I love Carex hand washes and I also have eczema so I’m always on the search for a hand wash that will calm it down a little. This hand wash smelt amazing as it contains manuka honey and oat milk, which is a smell I love quite frankly but its “moistursing action” as it claims to have on the back, was none existent for my skin. From day one of using this hand wash my hands continued to be dry and flaky, which isn’t an attractive thing at all! I couldn’t wait to use this up and as soon as I found the Cola Bottles and Strawberry Laces versions by Carex this hand wash was quickly finished and replaced. Won’t be buying it again as it just did NOTHING for my skin, infact I feel like it made my hands worse as since it being in my empties bag my skin has improved. I’m sure this is just my skin trolling me and not the actual product by the way.

  • Carex Cola Bottles Hand Wash.

I’ve mentioned this before on an empties list here  and it’ll continue to find its way here until the sad day comes upon us when Carex discontinue it… Which I hope isn’t soon. It smells just like fizzy cola bottles, makes my skin look and feel nice and it’s just perfect for children. Nothing more I can say about this really and I know I’ll continue to re-purchase it!

  • Simple Kind To Eyes Soothing Eye Balm.

I LOVE this eye balm and I can’t wait to get my hands on another tube. This stuff is quite pricey for a 15ml tube but it lasts absolutely AGES! It’s a cooling balm that leaves your eyes feeling more awake and cooled, perfect for if your eyes are tired and ache after a crap nights sleep. You need the tiniest amount underneath your eyes and just gently dab into the skin using your ring finger. I’ll be reviewing this in future as it’s just too good not to. I have mentioned this before on my March and June favourites if you would like to read more about it.

  • Montagne Jeunesse Crystallised Honey & Passion Flower Face Mask.

This mask was VILE and by far the worse one I have ever used. You warm it up, apply, leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash off. I decided to have a bath when I used this so left it in my bath for about 15 minutes whilst I shaved and washed my face ready to pop the mask on. The mask was a gel textured when warm which I thought was odd, so I popped it on. After wearing the mask for 5 minutes I tasted something sweet on the corners of my mouth and when I looked in the mirror to see if it was the mask, I was shocked to see the whole mask was melting off of my face! I immediately washed it off and two days later I broke out in terrible spots. Thanks a lot face mask. I won’t be buying this again, that’s for sure!

So those were all my empties from August! I’m not sure if I’ll have that many again for a while, but I’m sure I’ll have enough to make a post in October.

I can’t believe it’s September already, can you?

What products did you use up this month? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care and I hope everyone has a good weekend!

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