Friday, 29 September 2017

Goodbye Money, Hello Beauty Haul

Let's just say I've been spending money on a lot of things I don't really need over the past month or so. But there's been a lot of things I've been wanting to try out and also I've been feeling a bit rubbish lately, so I've just been treating myself to some new things because why not? I thought I'd share with you the majority of the things I've picked up recently. 

Tanya Burr Chasing The Sun Illuminating Powder - Champagne Sorbet

I own a lot of highlighters but I just fancied buying a new one and also a more glowy highlighter and by the reviews I read, a lot of people said that it was more glowy than glittery. Plus I thought it looked kind of similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Highlighters without the steep price tag. I do like this highlighter and it's a great one for paler skin tones but it's a little more glittery than I would've liked, it does give off a natural glow or can be build up to a more glazed donut kind of highlighter but it's not exactly what I was looking for but I do like it a lot and I have been wearing it a lot since buying it.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer - Light
I also wanted to try out a few new concealers because I've found that my go-to Collection Lasting Perfection has just decided to stop working for me (again!). I was going to pick up the Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer but I swatched it in store and it seemed to be very glittery which is not what I wanted, so I decided on this one instead. It does have good coverage but it is slightly sheer. It's definitely brightening which is what I need for my constantly tired looking under eyes. Plus I really like the packaging and it smells nice and fruity too.

Bilou Shower Foam - Cotton Candy
I saw this brand on Instagram and thought "I've got to try them out". I love a shower foam and I really like the packaging of these, it's cute and fun. Also this smells amazing! It definitely gives LUSH a run for their money. You can pick them up in all different scents from Tasty Donut to Coco Cocktail and more. I just think it's something different and they are really affordable at £3.99.

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Heat Protection Spray
I've been loving Lee Stafford products recently, they work well for my hair and they are really affordable too. I have reviewed some of the latest products on my blog here. I decided to pick up a heat protection spray too from the CoCo LoCo range because it smells amazing, basically like Summer and I just wanted to pick up a new heat protection spray. It works well and my hair feels lovely and soft after I use it.

LUSH Rocket Science Bath Bomb
I had to buy this because it's so cute - it has everything going for it... glitter, a sprinkle of stars and a lovely uplifting scent. Plus it's probably one of the cheapest bath bombs available at LUSH at £2.95! I have already got a few bath bombs and bubble bars to get through but I can't wait to use this one.

L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Masque Serum

I usually stick to what I know best with hair masks but you may have noticed I have been trying out a lot of new hair products lately. I do usually buy the L'Oreal Paris Elvive Fibrology Thickening Masque but I fancied a change and got this L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Maque Serum instead because I just thought it's something different to try. It's really lightweight and doesn't feel like it's weighing your hair down like some masques can feel like. If my hair feels like it needs a little bit of attention but not a heavy masque then I'll use this instead.

Rimmel Wonderwing Eyeliner
Another thing which I was intrigued about trying is this Wonderwing eyeliner. I'm bloody terrible at eyeliner, I can do my left eye pretty well but when it comes to my right eye and the awkward angle when trying to do the "flick" is where I usually fail miserably. Which is why you won't see me wearing eyeliner very often because it takes me ages and I usually get it wrong and then just give up. This has a wing stamp to make life easier but whilst I'm writing this, I haven't actually tried it properly so I can't say whether I like it or not yet.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray 
I finally picked up the highly raved about All Nighter Setting Spray from Urban Decay because I wanted to see if it's worth the hype. I decided to pick up the travel size first which is still quite pricey for 30ml for £9.99. I haven't tried it yet because I want to try it when I know I'm going to be out of the house for a long amount of time and not just popping out for a few hours. But I may do a review soon about whether or not I think it's worth the hype and money.

Zoella Snowella Body Mist
Lastly, is the Zoella Snowella Body Mist... Did I really need another perfume/body mist? Nope. But I couldn't resist the festive, packaging and cute little pom-pom, could I? I really like the scent too, it's not what I was expecting if I'm being honest, I thought it would be more spicy scented but it's very fresh and kind of crisp and I use it all of the time. Plus I think it's a good price 100ml.

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Understanding How Whiplash Claims Will Be Calculated In 2018 & How It Will Affect You *

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This is something pretty different to my blog really but I thought it would be good to write about the changes which are fast approaching in 2018 when it comes to whiplash payouts if involved in a road accident. I've teamed up with Your Legal Friend for this post and explain more about it and also my personal thoughts about the upcoming changes.

I'm pretty sure most people know about Whiplash and what it is. If not then Whiplash is a common injury that usually occurs to the soft tissue of a person's neck or upper back following a car accident.

In November 2016 the Ministry Of Justice decided to crack down on fake whiplash claims and published "Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury (whiplash) Claims Process. A consultation on arrangements concerning personal injury claims in England and Wales."

The whiplash reforms are being brought into action to stop minor, fraudulent and exaggerated claims (which even the Queen mentioned in her speech in June this year). The changes are due to start in 2018 which will introduce -

Raising the limit on small personal injury compensation from £1000 to £5000, meaning more people will be taking their case to a small claims court, without the need of a lawyer.

A fixed amount payable for the whiplash injuries which also means that it will reduce the amount of compensation you would receive if you did happen to have whiplash from a road accident. 

But this does mean that it would reduce the amount the insurer has to pay for the claim which means all cases under £5000 will be considered as small claims. The changes mean insurers will not be able to offer any settlement without an independent medical assessment of the claimant.

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Because of the fixed amount rate which claimants would receive as compensation, it would be saving the insurance industry a whopping £1bn a year. Because of the savings, it does mean that everyone would save on average £40 per year on their car insurance. But with car insurance always on the rise, is a saving of £40 actually a worthwhile when you could be losing out on possibly thousands if you did happen to get whiplash from a road traffic accident and was a genuine whiplash claim? 

The proposed tariffs are £225 (minimum) for an injury lasting between 0-3 months and compensation capped at £3725 for an injury lasting for 2 years or more. 

With still being a pretty new driver myself, I feel like this affects me both because of the whiplash claim changes and also the fact £40 saving per year isn't really all that great (an average of £3.50 per month) especially with insurance always being on the rise. I'm still not the most confident driver, I've come a long way from what I used to be like but I do worry about obviously about getting into an accident every time I'm in the car, I don't think I'm a bad driver, I'm scared of other peoples driving more than my own, to be honest.

If you are wanting to get your car insurance at a cheaper price then I personally find that is usually the cheapest comparison website. Also deleting your cookies after visiting each comparison website also helps to reduce the prices and sometimes even calling up the insurance company you're planning on joining and being a little cheeky and ask if they can get the price down a little more.

I can understand the ban on settling claims without medical evidence. But I don't really agree on the caps because it is a huge difference in the amount you should be getting and the amount you would be getting. I think it's because I know people who have gotten whiplash from a car accident and it's literally changed their life forever, to think that if they were to have the unfortunate accident next year and they wouldn't be able to be compensated for the money they did get and possibly lose out on thousands of pounds, I think it's quite unfair really.

What are your thoughts on the changes? I'm personally kind of in two minds about it.  

*this post is in collaboration with Your Legal Friend

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

October Wishlist

 I haven't done a Wishlist for a few weeks now and I think I may be getting withdrawal symptoms or something lol. So I thought I'd put one together and cry at the fact that I'm trying to be good with my money for the rest of this month and also October *sob*.
 1. ASOS Curve Coat in Vintage Faux Fur £65 | 2. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Instant Glow £49 | 3. ASOS Curve Guns N' Roses Striped T-shirt £25  

4. The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask £12 | 5. Joanie Clothing Myla Embroidered Jumper £35 | 6. LUSH Bewitched Bubble Bar £4.25

So there are some things I have my eyes on right now. I definitely will pick up a few things from the wishlist over the next few months. What things are on your wishlist right now?
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Monday, 25 September 2017

Taming The Frizz With John Frieda Forever Smooth Range

If you've been reading my blog for a while now and come across any posts where I talk about my hair then you'll know that I can't stand my frizzy, thin hair. If I don't dry my hair and leave it to air dry then my hair will resemble a lions mane. It goes big and frizzy. My natural hair state in the morning also resembles me being pulled through a hedge, you get the picture, right? It's not good. So when I got the opportunity to try out some of the Forever Smooth range from John Frieda, I was excited to give it a try and see if it'd work for me. 

I received the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo* and the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth Conditioner* to try out both priced at £7.99 each. According to the packaging and concept behind the Forever Smooth range is that the products build frizz immunity for smooth and manageable hair, which sounds great to me! 

The shampoo lathers up nicely and smells lovely and fresh. I noticed I did have to use a little more than I usually would with my normal go-to shampoo to get a good lather going but my hair felt squeaky clean after I'd washed it all out and ready for the conditioner. The conditioner again smells lovely and it's very lightweight and not heavy at all, which is great for my thin hair. I don't like heavy conditioners apart from hair masques a few times a week if my hair is in dire need of a deep conditioning. I tend to focus on the mid-lengths and ends of my hair and then use the remainder conditioner left on my hands on my roots like I usually would do. After rinsing out the conditioner I can already tell that my hair felt smoother, which sounds kind of weird, I know. It kind of feels like there's a serum or something left in my hair (not in a bad way). Once blow-drying blast drying my hair, my hair definitely looks a lot smoother than it usually does after I've quickly blast dried it. It's not hair-salon smooth looking but it definitely tames the frizz. 

Even when styling with my hair straighteners or curlers, it looks and seems more manageable than normal. I do personally think that the conditioner is the winner out of both of the products in my eyes, I'm going to try the conditioner alone with a different shampoo and see if I still get the same results. Overall, I like the products, I do think that they are on the pricier side for drugstore shampoo and conditioners but I do think they are worth it and would recommend giving them a try if you struggle with frizzy, natural hair like me.
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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Foolproof, Glamorous Curls With The xtava Twist Curling Wand | + GIVEAWAY!

I've been styling my hair with hair tools since I was about maybe 12 or 13 years old but I've never tried a curling wand where the barrel is different sizes on either end. I tend to wear my hair curly or wavy due to the fact that my hair is quite flat and thin so I like to make it look more healthy and full of volume. Today's post is all about the super affordable, xtava Twist Curling Wand* with a 1 - 1½ inch wand which I've been using over the past few weeks. I also have a giveaway for you to enter at the end of this post too!

The curling wand comes in a stylish geometric print box and with another presentable box inside with all of the contents inside - including the curling wand, travel case, instructions and heat resistant gloves.

You can buy the wand in different sizes depending on your hair length or desired look. The 1 - 1½ inch wand is the largest wand and I decided to choose the larger wand to try out because I tend to go for large beach waves when I do style my hair and I like quite big bouncy waves. 

There is many fab features which come with the curling wand including a 24-Month Warranty, 28 temperature setting between 90 - 210 C, an easy to read LCD digital screen, universal dual voltage, a 60 minute automatic sleep function - which is great for me because I always get that anxiety feeling miles away from home thinking "Oh god, did I turn off my straighteners/curlers?" so the automatic sleep function is really handy for forgetful people like myself.

The wand is also ceramic coated with a cool tip so you can avoid accidentally burning yourself and it also has a swivel cord and a long wire for easy use. 

I've been using this for a few weeks and I really do like it, it's lightweight and easy to hold, I also really like that it has a long 2.5-metre wire. I think because the thicker part of the wand is to be used closer to the roots, it gives my hair an instant lift and then the mid-length curls look more defined as the wand gets thinner. So it's basically a fool proof curling wand for me. It's definitely one to use if you're in a rush but want full-of-volume curly hair. The best part of this wand is that it's only £20 so it's a complete steal, a perfect treat for yourself or as a gift. it's available to buy on Amazon here.

Now for the exciting giveaway! All you have to do is follow the instructions below to enter. The giveaway is open to UK only (sorry!). Good Luck! x 

Win the xtava Twist Curling Wand #2

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A Little Skin Indulgence: Feeling Your Best In Your Own Skin*

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If we are totally our honest, our skin can say a lot about how we feel, don’t you agree? If your skin looks tired and a little grey, perhaps less plumped and radiant as usual, then the chances are you are actually feeling tired and less energetic yourself. If your skin is showing signs of problems like acne, then you could be eating the wrong things, struggling with your diet or generally stressed over something. It says much about our current circumstances in life, and that is because we can often take our eye off the ball with skin care, enabling life factors to take their toll. However, life's stresses will always be sent to test us, and there will always be days that we feel less energetic and more tired, but our skin doesn’t have the give the game away.

You may be wondering how you even go about that? But it is simple, consistency and taking better care of yourself as a whole will have a greater positive impact on your skin condition and your tone. I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can handle things a little better. Some may be obvious, others not so much, but as a whole, these tips should help you gain better control and improve your skin condition.

What you put into your body affects your skin
Have you ever heard the saying what you put into your body is ultimately what you get out of it? There is some truth to that because it can definitely show signs of your lifestyle through your skin. For example, having a weekend where you have been out both Friday and Saturday, perhaps drinking a little too much and not getting enough sleep. Craving junk food and sugar to peak your energy levels, and perhaps gauging on way too many carbohydrates and definitely not drinking as much water as you should be. Come Monday you may feel a little better having gotten over the hangover, but your skin will only begin to start showing the effects through dark circles around your eyes and maybe a few surprise guests in the form of spots. While we all deserve those weekends every now and again, doing this consistently means that is the output you are going to get from your body.


Drink plenty of water
Water is nature’s natural detox, and it is certainly something we are preached about a lot. It is recommended that we drink two litres of water per day, and while that may sound excessive, it really isn’t that hard to do. Water hydrates your skin and enables new skin cells to form, so it is vital as part of your everyday lifestyle.

Eat the right food
Just like water is important, the diet you have is equally just as vital. Your skin needs essential vitamins and minerals to make sure that it gets what it needs to regenerate. But it can also help with problematic skin, especially if you are prone to spots. Leafy green vegetables are great, and while it’s fine to indulge, just make sure in turn that you are consistent with a well-balanced diet.

Exercising is a great way to maintain your skin condition and skin tone, not just in your face, but your entire body. Make sure that you keep up with regular exercise even if it is just walking a few times a week. The difference it can make to your overall lifestyle is amazing.

A decent night’s sleep is important for skin. You may not agree, but overnight is when your skin is working the hardest and regenerating. Repairing and replacing lost skin cells. This is why it is always a nice idea to use a specific night cream at night as your skin can absorb the extra hydration.


How you deal with problematic skin
We can all struggle with problematic skin from time to time. Be that an ongoing thing, spots when we are feeling stressed or rundown or even some of the most common signs of ageing that we all have to look forward to at some stage. However, you don’t need to let these issues take over your life as some can be dealt with very easily.

Eczema or dry, itchy skin
Eczema is a common issue amongst may of us where your skin can become inflamed or irritated. It can appear everywhere or on certain parts of your skin, and it can be quite distressing. Of course, there are specific treatments for eczema you can pick up from your local pharmacy or doctor. Some people more commonly can deal with dry and itchy skin conditions, and this is where you may need to consider other creams or soaps to ensure that you don’t irritate these areas any further. You can buy an emollient for dry, itchy skin that can help to alleviate some of the discomfort caused. Whether it is serious, or minor, you need to ensure that you use products that don’t make the situation worse or cause the areas to become more irritated or painful.


The crows feet near your eyes, those frown lines that don’t seem to disappear as fast. Even the lines around your cheeks when you smile. These wrinkles are all signs of aging and can be quite frustrating for some of us who would rather not embrace them as much. Wrinkles are part and parcel of getting older, and while there are many things you can do to freeze those signs of ageing, the most common thing is to remain consistent with your skin care. Thankfully, you can buy some great anti-wrinkle creams and serums that can boost the collagen in your skin to help reduce the signs.

Acne is most commonly associated with teenagers, but actually, as an adult, your skin can change, and you can suddenly become prone to spots and issues with your skin. It can be quite frustrating, especially when you feel like you are doing everything right. The truth is, remaining consistent with skin care products that are not irritating your skin is vital. However, acne can also be brought on by a hormone imbalance, so it is definitely worth getting checked out by a doctor to ensure there is nothing untoward happening. Other than that you can see a skin specialist who can recommend skin care products that can help with your skin type. Sometimes the flare-ups can be brought on by a product that just isn't suitable for your skin. For example, an oil-based serum when you have oily skin already.


What you could be doing?
There are, however, things that you can do regularly or daily to help ensure that your skin stays looking youthful and vibrant. Of course, we have covered your lifestyle, which not only has positive effects on your skin but can also impact your life in other ways as well, for example your energy levels increase and you feel good on the inside. But specifically for your skin here are some of the things you can do to ensure that it looks and stays as vibrant as you feel.

A decent and consistent skin care routine
Consistency is key in many factors of your life, and your skin is one of them. Bouncing around from product to product or forgetting to do simple tasks like taking makeup off, or not being consistent with a  routine can all have negative effects on your skin condition. So it’s important to find products that are appropriate to your skin and to be consistent in the routine you have. Often, it is the simplest of routines that provide the best results. Cleansing and moisturising morning and night is a great point to start off with, and it should be easy to stick with.

Exfoliation and face masks
It is also important to do other things that don’t need to happen daily but equally give you similar results. For example, a deep cleaning face mask once a week can be a great way to ensure that you have gotten rid of anything lurking in your pores. However, other masks like a skin plumping or hydrating mask can equally be as rewarding. Exfoliation is something we should do to help our skin regenerate new skin cells. Adding these things into the mix are a great way to keep your skin in tip-top condition.


DIY remedies
There are some amazing DIY remedies you can try if you like using natural products. Creating face masks from things you have in your fridge or cupboards are a great one. Avocado and coconut oil are amazing for your skin and is definitely something that you should try to include into your routines. There are some amazing ideas on Pinterest of other things you can create like exfoliators made from coffee granules or using other ingredients like honey. It is nice to get experimental with your skin regime, and if it is good for you on the inside, then it is sure to be good for you on the outside.

I hope that this has inspired you to consider your daily skin care and what else you can be doing to improve it.
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Friday, 22 September 2017

Essence Matt vs. Shine Lipsticks

Earlier this month I received an exciting package from Essence with a variety of their Matt vs. Shine lipsticks. As you may know already if you have read my previous posts about Essence, I love the brand as a whole, they're super affordable, easy to pick up in Wilko (in store and online) and best of all they are cruelty-free! 

Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss 

First up is the Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss, they both smell lovely - kind of like a sweet, cake scent. They are just £2.30 each and I would say they are quite similar to my favourite lipsticks which are the NYX Soft Matte Lipcreams. They do move around a little but not too much, you do need to reapply a few times throughout the day but it's totally worth it for the price and the fact that there are so many gorgeous shades to choose from. I received 04 Ready, Set, Impress! which is a bold, red shade which if you read my post about some of my favourite makeup looks then you'll know that I've been wearing minimal makeup with a red lip to give it a pop of colour and this works so well for that look. I also received 02 Beauty, Approved! which is the perfect, everyday nude shade. I've been wearing it quite a lot since I received the package, it applies beautifully and feels almost like velvet and it actually suits my pale skin nicely too.

Shine Shine Shine Wetlook Lipgloss

Lipglosses are usually at the bottom of my list when I'm looking for new lip products just because I prefer liquid lipsticks because of their staying power and I find most lipglosses are really sticky. But if you're looking for an affordable, non-sticky formula which glides on well then I'd definitely recommend these from Essence. There's also a wide range of shades to choose from and they are only £2 each which is a complete steal. They also smell nice, similar to the Matt Matt Matt Lipglosses. I received a pretty, everyday nude named 10 Dress Up Our Lips! which I would say is very similar to the Matt Matt Lipgloss in the shade Beauty, Approved! but in lip gloss form. I also received the shade 09 One-Woman Show which is a bright pop of pink, which I think is more of a Spring/Summer shade for me personally. It's definitely an eye-catching shade.

Sheer and Shine Lipstick 

I also received a Sheer and Shine Lipstick in the shade 07 Sparkling Miracle priced at £2, which comes in pretty packaging and it's a subtle kind of everyday shade. It does contain some glitter but it's nothing over the top and it's just a nice shade to wear if you're going for a natural kind of look or new to wearing makeup.

Matt Matt Matt Lipstick

Lastly in the package I received is a Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in the shade 08 It's a Statement and it's definitely got the right name. It's a statement lip for sure, it's a deep purple-red shade and perfect for the upcoming Autumn/Winter months and I really like it. I only found out that I love a wintery, purple lipstick last Winter because I used to kind of shy away from darker shades because I think my lips are too small to pull off a dark lip but I'm definitely going to be wearing more statement lipsticks this year because now I have my PMD Kiss* to plump them up for hours. They stay on well too and they are only £2.30 each.

L-R - It's a Statement, Sparkling Miracle, One Woman Show, Dress Up Our Lips, Beauty, Approved! and Ready, Set, Impress!

As I always say when reviewing or writing about Essence products, you can't go wrong with them. If you're on a budget but fancy picking up some new makeup or if you're wanting to go cruelty-free but on a budget, I'd definitely say start with Essence. 
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A Late Night Problem Skin Meltdown | Skincare Haul

Yes, weird title I know... I thought I'd show you my haul of skincare products I picked up whilst having, well, kind of a meltdown over my skin at around 2 am in the morning towards the end of last month. My skin has been a lot better since using my PMD* which you can read about here, but I had probably the worst hormonal break out I've ever had when Aunt Flo was due/in town.  Even whilst trying to hide it with makeup I was struggling, the makeup wasn't sitting very nice on my face and the spots and bumps were still showing through really bad and I just felt horrible and my confidence was at rock bottom and just ugh basically. So I did a "little" haul the night of the meltdown and also in the following days so I thought I'd do a post to show you what I got. 

LUSH Just To Clarify Jelly Face Mask

Since seeing the new jelly-based releases from Lush I've really been wanting to try out the face masks. I decided to pick up Just To Clarify which contains papaya juice, bamboo stem, grapefruit and bergamot oils and fresh orange juice. I felt like it's the one which would work for my skin the best. I haven't really seen any reviews for this jelly face mask and everyone seems to be reviewing and talking about the other jelly face masks so I kind of bought this blindly. I've only tried it once so far but I am going to do a review of this face mask in the next few weeks just to put my two pennies worth in, just in case anyone else is thinking about trying out the mask.

Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Vitamin C Facial Wash
I don't think I've ever tried anything from Soap and Glory's skincare range (I don't really know why either). I tend to just stick to what I know from Soap and Glory like Clean On Me Shower Gel, The Righteous Butter and so on. But I thought I'd try this - I love its 3-in-1 concept and that it states it's suitable for all skin types. I also really like that it smells nice too and not clinical scented like some other hyped up cleansers. I really like this and it's definitely one I'll be repurchasing.

Superdrug Natural Radiant Glycolic Toner 
I was going to pick up the Pixi Glow Tonic that everyone seems to love right now but whilst browsing Superdrug I came across this and I thought it sounded kind of similar to the Glow Tonic but with a cheaper price tag at £5.99. It's highly concentrated in Glycolic Acid (AHA) and it states that it refines pores, retexturizes the skin's surface and smoothes out fine lines. It also states it will provide you with a brighter, healthier and more youthful complexion (which is the same as what Pixi Glow Tonic states it will do for you) again I may do a kind of review/dupe kind of blog post soon. 

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Complete Cleanser
I also picked up this in my haul along with the Glycolic Toner above, I think they are both new to the range because I've never seen them before and I do already own a few products which I love from the Naturally Radiant Range. I didn't really need yet another cleanser but I know I do like the range and there was an offer on which was Buy One Get One Free so I thought why not? It's a foam cleanser, which I didn't realise until it arrived but you only need about two pumps and you have more than enough for a good cleanse. It smells so nice and it really refreshes my skin and it does give off a lovely glow.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ 
I picked this up because I wanted to see if it's worth the hype, this is definitely one of the most talked about products that people recommend if you have spot-prone skin. It is pretty pricey at around the £16 mark but I did pick it up on LookFantastic for just over £10 whilst it was on offer. I'm going to do a "Worth the hype?" kind of review about it soon, so keep a look out for that if you're interested in what I think about it. 

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray
Along with the Effaclar Duo+, I got this Serozinc Spray, it is the travel size version just because I wanted to try it before I jumped in the deep end and picked up the full size which is £10. This was also on offer and I think it was around £3. It's to spray on after cleansing just to kind of tone your face and also mattify and it's aimed at oily, spot prone skin so I thought I'd pop it in my basket and try it out.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter
Along with the Pixi Glow Tonic I was going to pick up the Double Cleanse too, but because it's on the pricier side at £24 and I don't know if it would work for my skin, I decided to pick up this instead for £10 and it's basically like a buttery-balm which melts into an oil to use to take off your makeup. It smells lovely it's really gentle and it kind of makes my skin feel like I've had a facial. I really like that you only really need to use a small amount for your whole face too.

So there's my most recent skin care haul! Have you picked up any skincare products lately which are new to you? 

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Retro Looking Curls In Minutes With Lee Stafford's Chopstick Styler

As I've mentioned before on my blog I really like the beachy waves hair kind of look and that's how I've been wearing my hair a lot over the past few months when I wear it down. I was recently sent the Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler* and I really excited to try it out and see if the smaller, corkscrew kind of curls would suit me. My hair is quite thin and flat naturally so I do tend to go for curls more. I do like to change the way how I wear my hair a little each season, so I don't get bored. I might get it cut in a different way or just style it differently and so on.

The wand of the styler is kind of strange looking, it's a rectangular wand and super thin. Weird, right? Then the rest of the styler is a hot pink with and on/off button with an LED light indicator and a safety stand underneath, so it's pretty simple and super easy to use. It also have a swivel cord which is really handy because it drives me crazy when some electrical appliances don't come with a swivel cord, it just makes everything more awkward. It also heats up really fast to a maximum temperature of 200c. 

They are described to give you Beyonce kind of looking curls but I think it depends on the amount of hair per section you curl. I've personally been sectioning off my hair in quite thick sections to give me more of a retro 80s kind of look. I tend to section my hair off in 3 parts and work through each section then at the end I carefully run my fingers through my hair just to loosen up the curls a little so they don't make me look poodle-like (lol). I then pop in some of the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Hair Oil RRP £7.99* to give my hair some shine and definition and also to make it smell lovely (believe me, if there was a CoCo LoCo perfume, I would buy it in a heartbeat). I do think the curls are little bit on the crazy side for me on their own and they kind of emphasise my round face more so I've been wearing my hair in the hairstyle I've been wearing most during the Summer - "The Hun" which is basically half of my hair is up in a messy kind of bun and the rest of it down. I think the curls being a little bigger and voluminous rather than the beachy waves I tend to go for makes the hairstyle look different and kind of more fun. I also think the curls look cute in a high ponytail with some of my hair pulled from the ponytail to frame my face a little.

Overall the Chopstick Styler is a great way to create smaller curls for your hair, it literally takes me around 10-15 minutes to do my whole head of hair. So I guess you could say it does make it look like you've put more effort into your hair than you really have (lazy girl hack!). Plus the curls last for a couple of days and can easily be refreshed and touched up with some dry shampoo at the roots. They are super affordable at £19.99 and you can get them in Argos, Superdrug and more. 

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