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I really enjoyed putting together the last
Products I’ve Repurchased Over and Over Again blog post and it was actually one of my most viewed blog posts last year. So I’m back sharing 5 more of my most repurchased products and talking about what makes me want to always repurchase them.

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I’m back with another favourites kind of post, talking all about the things that I’ve been loving over the past couple of months. There’s a mixture of skincare, hair care, body care, a couple of games and a snack that I’ve become obsessed with since I started my health kick journey. 

    
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In today’s post, I’m finally sharing some of the things that I’ve been loving over the past couple of months or so. I haven’t actually done a favourites-styled blog post in ages, I think my last one was way back in Spring! So I thought it was about time I changed that. There’s a mixture of beauty, wellness, fashion and even a couple of food faves included too, so here we go… 

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Now that we're in June, I thought it was about time that I do my Spring favourites post. This year seems to be flying by, doesn't it? There's a mixture of beauty, lifestyle as well as a kind of collective fashion favourite too. So here's what I've been loving this Spring...
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I thought I'd start doing round-up beauty favourites again on my blog but not on a monthly basis, just when I feel like I have a nice selection of products that I've been enjoying and want to talk about why I like them. So here are seven products that I've been really enjoying using recently!

A Haircare Round-Up

in , , , , , by Kirsty Milward, 21.9.19
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I thought I'd talk about hair care on my blog today because I wanted to share some of my current favourite hair products. Some have been faves for a while and a couple are pretty new to me. My hair is a bit of everything, it get's greasy at the roots pretty quickly but it's also quite dry and frizzy on the mid lengths and ends. So I'm not going to lie, I do own a lot of hair products but it's just so that I can cater for the different hair situations I have to deal with day-to-day.

First up I'm talking about my three favourites from Umberto Giannini who are one of my go-to brands for affordable hair care. I've been using their 60 Second Smooth Pre Shampoo Treatment for about 18 months now and it's honestly amazing. It makes your hair feel like you've just come out of a salon. You put it through your mid lengths and ends before you shampoo and it smooths everything out as the name suggests. I can't be without it and a little goes a long way! Another products from UG which I've been using religiously for a while is their "Milk" Frizz Control Miracle Styling Milk which smells really nice and floral. I pop it on damp hair before blow drying and it really helps to protect your hair from the heat and smooth out your hair and the packaging is super cute too! The last product from Umberto Giannini which I've got to talk about is their Flowerology Rose Drops Miracle Mist... I'm not usually a big fan of mist type of products that you put on before blowing drying your hair but this is so good! It smells nice and it really does help to settle my hair down as well as protecting the colour when I've recently dyed my hair.

Two products from LUSH that I love are BIG Shampoo which is a great product if you get a lot of product build up in your hair. It can feel a bit scratchy on your hair as it contains chunks of sea salt but it helps to get rid of build up as well as helping to add volume to your hair. It also smells bloody gorgeous too. I tend to only use it when my hair needs to be dyed because I have noticed that it does seem to pull hair dye out of my hair quite easily. The second product I love from LUSH is their American Cream Conditioner. It's probably one of my favourite scents ever and I've tried to find something similar at a cheaper price and haven't found anything like it. It's a product I use when I'm having a pamper or self-care kind of day/evening because it is quite pricey. The 100g bottle which I tend to pick up is £7. But it does make my hair feels nice and the lovely uplifting scent sticks around until your next hair wash.

My current favourite dry shampoo is the new Lee Stafford Keep it Clean Dry Shampoo* because it smells like the rest of the range which I ~love~ and it doesn't make your hair feel like it's filled with powder like Batiste does. It's a lot lighter on the hair aswell if that makes sense. Will definitely be sticking to this dry shampoo from now on!

Talking of Lee Stafford I've got to talk about my favourite hair masks which are the ChocoLocks Butter Cream and Keep It Clean with Pink Clay* hair masks. They both smell amazing, make my hair feel silky smooth and easier to manage and you don't have to use tons of product each time you use them (depending on your hair length) so they last a good amount of time. Another hair mask which is new to me this year is the Josh Wood Colour Everything Mask which is so good! It really helps to lock in your hair colour when it's freshly dyed as well as making it look glossy and healthy. Another must have!

My go to shampoo and conditioner over the past month or so has been the Palmers Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. The range smells nice and fresh and leaves my hair looking and feeling less frizzy which they claim the range will do. I've even turned my mum who is basically a die-hard fan of John Frieda products into a massive Palmers fan.

Another problem with my hair, especially since I've been put on different medication for my chronic pain is that it's quite flat at the roots. So to help lift and add volume to my roots I use the Design.Me Puff.Me Powder Mist which is a quick way to give your hair volume and some oomph. Less is definitely more with this product because if you put too much on, it goes all sticky and feels horrible so you do have to be careful. But when it's used right it's a great product.

Cake Beauty are a brand new to the UK and I've only tried two products from them so far and I'm actually blown away at how good they are, how affordable they are and how nice the products smell too. I've been using The Gloss Boss* which is a "Dry Hair Finishing Oil" which has been designed to be used on second day hair to refresh your locks and give your hair a lovely healthy looking shine. It smells amazing! I personally think it smells like a sweet cake scent with a touch of coconut and the same goes for the The Mane Manage'r 3-in-1 Leave in Conditioner* which makes my hair feel super soft and more manageable too. I can't wait to try more from them. 

Talking about leave-in conditioning treatments, I've been using the Mane 'n Tail Hair Strengthener* for ages and it's definitely one of my all-time fave products. I think it smells like Love Hearts sweets as it smells quite fruity and I just pop it in my hair either when it's damp and about to be dried or after I've dried it. It works so well on my fine hair and doesn't weigh my hair down at all like some leave-in conditioning treatments do. 

Lastly is another oil-based product that I've picked up time and time again is the Lee Stafford Chocolate Shake. It's from the ChocoLocks range as you've probably already figured out by the name of the product and it's one of those products that you have to shake to "active" as it's split in half inside the bottle. I tend to pop it on before I blow dry my hair to give my hair a bit of protection and also so that it smells like chocolate obvs. It's more of a light weight oil, so if you have thin hair or if you're scared of oils making your hair look greasy then you'll probably love this one. 

What are your favourite hair products? 

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I haven't done a favourites kind of post in literally months, so I thought I'd do a round-up of various things that I've been loving over the past month or so and share them with you. 



Zoella Jelly & Gelato Body Pudding
Nothing had really ever blown my mind with Zoella Beauty and got me really interested if I'm being totally honest but when I saw her Jelly & Gelato range I couldn't resist. I picked up a few things from the range which you can read about here. But my all time favourite from everything I picked up is the Body Pudding which is basically a body lotion in a ice cream looking tub, it's so cute. It's got little beads inside and they burst when you apply the lotion and you don't have to use tons of product. It definitely helps brighten up my skin and makes it feel so soft.

Benefit Shy Beam
I've really been enjoying this highlighter/brightener from Benefit, it is pricey at £21.50 but I bought the mini version first to see if I liked it and then decided to pick up the full size. It's not your usual kind of highlighter, it's matte but it gives off a subtle, healthy looking highlight/radiance. People also use this for under their eyes to brighten up the area. I tend to pair this up with my Benefit Dandelion Face Powder and it looks really nice and natural looking. I don't think it's a highlighter for everyone but if you're looking for a very subtle, matt highlighter then I would say give this a try (definitely try out the mini first though).

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Lightening Drops
I did a blog post about my most recent haul at The Body Shop and this is one of the things I picked up. I have so many fab foundations but they always tend to steer towards an orange-ish colour on my pale skin, even when they are the lightest shade available. I basically am as pale as paper. But this has been a godsend and saved me money on trying to find the perfect shade of foundation. It's basically a pale girl's best friend, highly recommend!



Essence Marshmallow Fireside Candle (B&M)
This candle is basically life rn. Whenever I'm in my room, it's lit. This is a new one in the photo above because the one I currently have beside my bed is almost finished. I've already picked up another one (even though I literally have a stash of candles to use!) It smells exactly as it's described, it's kind of a wintery, smokey marshmallow scent and is just lovely. It makes my room feel really cosy and ready for the upcoming months and they are only £3.99 in B&M.

Soft Box Lights 

I know people are against fake lighting for blog photos and I used to be too and always went on about how "natural is best" but let's face it, with living in the UK you can't always wait around for a bright sunny day to come along for blog photos, especially with the darker nights being here now. Since picking these up I've noticed that my photos look so much brighter (I'm still getting used to using the right angles and so on though lol) these were definitely the best kind of "investment" for my blog because I couldn't afford to pick up a new camera. If you're looking for some Soft Box Lights then these are probably the most affordable on the market for what you get (2x Soft Box Lights, Bulbs, Travel Bag). They are quite big but they do fold down into the travel bag if needed, I've got mine propped up against my wardrobe in the corner of my room and they tuck away nicely. They are £46.99 including delivery here.



Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick - Beauty, Approved!*

As you may already know, I love the brand Essence, they very kindly send me out products to review on my blog often and I just can't fault them at all. The most recent parcel I received was some of the Matt vs. Shine Lipsticks collection and out of all of the ones I was sent, this is definitely my favourite. It's so pretty and great for an everyday kind of look. I find that these Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks are quite similar to the NYX Soft Matte Lipcreams so if you're a fan of those then you'll more than likely like these and they are a couple of quid cheaper.

The Body Shop Sumptuous Camomile Butter
So I've really gotten into the whole "double cleanse" thing lately and I literally cannot be without this now. I am still a little wary of oily kind of products but this is kind of a balm which melts in an oil and my skin seems to be getting along with it nicely. Because I only use it to remove makeup or for a deep "first cleanse" I don't see it being a problem. I also have read that using oils can help to calm down and heal any present spots or scarring. This is so good, it kind of makes my skin feels plump after I use it. Plus I can tell it's going to last a while because I only have to use a tiny amount (on my moon face shape) to get all of my makeup off. It's great for eye makeup removal too even though I do love the Camomile Eye Makeup Remover from The Body Shop too and use that a lot too.

Klairs Illuminating Supple BB Cream*

I've also become a little obsessed with this BB Cream from Klairs which I was recently sent from KOJA Beauty. It's both cruelty-free and vegan-friendly which is a huge plus. It's a blemish treatment but also a tinted BB cream which universally adapts to your skin colour. It gives me a light to medium coverage and feels so lightweight. I tend to pair it up with a medium coverage concealer for natural makeup days. It's also SPF 40 and suitable for all skin types. I think it's great because it's basically the same size as a toothpaste tube so you do get a good amount of product for the price and I can honestly say it's the best BB Cream I've ever used and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.


What things have you been loving lately?


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It's almost time to say goodbye to Summer which in one way I'm happy about because, well Autumn but then I do like Summer because of the lighter nights. For today's post I'm going to be sharing the beauty trends I've been loving this Summer (and will try and incorporate into Autumn if possible too, obvs).



Glitter -
This is something I thought I'd never say, well write is that I've been loving wearing glitter this Summer. Not full on glitter but more of a shimmer/glitter kind of thing. I've been wearing more sparkly eyeshadow, I've been loving my Colourpop Supershock Shadows as they are so pigmented, I only own 2 right now which are Animal and Birthday Cake, they both are so easy to use and long lasting. I've also been wearing glitter on my nails too as it just makes them look a little different and prettier. If you're wondering where professional nail technicians get their amazing kits from, then check out Ellisons.



Bronzed, Dewy Skin
Because I've got oily skin I've always kind of stayed away from the dewy skin look, because of worrying it'll just make me look oilier and shiny. But this year I've decided to try out the dewy, bronzed makeup look and I've been loving it. I've not been going crazy - I've just been using a tiny amount of illuminator in my foundation and using a highlighter and then a little touch of Bronzer just to warm up my pale skin.

"The Hun" Half Up - Half Down Hairstyle

I don't really know if this is classed as a "Beauty Trend" it's obviously more of a hair trend but I thought I'd pop it in here anyway. My go to hairstyle over the Summer has been "The Hun" - half up in a bun and half down. It's really easy to do and works well with my natural hair when I'm having more of a lazy day too. Plus because of my hair is shorter than last Summer, I think it suits my grown out lob haircut, especially with a few added soft curls/waves.



Minimal Makeup (with red lip)
I've also really been liking minimal makeup days, even though I still seem to have to use and 15 products to get the minimal makeup look, I do like it. When I'm having a better skin kind of day (which I'll admit is rare) I've just been using a BB Cream/tinted moisturiser and a bit of concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes, mascara and a blush. Sometimes I wear it with my favourite red lipstick right now which is The Body Shop Matte Liquid Lip in the shade Sydney Amaryllis just to give it a bright pop of colour.


Peachy Pink -
Another thing I've been loving over the Summer has got to be wearing more peach shades, I usually gravitate towards more pink shades and products rather than peach shades because I worry about looking orange-y with my pale skin. But I've been wearing quite a few peach shades in everything lately - blushers, lipsticks even highlighters and I actually think they work well for my pale skin too. 


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So there's my kind of go-to Summer things, I definitely have been getting my use out of the Milani Baked Blusher in the shade Luminoso. What have been your Summer Staples? 


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March/April Favourites

in , , , , , , by Kirsty Milward, 27.4.17

So I haven't done a favourites post since February because of my Spring Makeup Shake Up post so today's post is my favourites over the months of March and April. I've tried to keep it as short as possible (it's still pretty long, not gonna lie) and pick out my main faves so I hope you enjoy reading!



Collection Primed and Ready Illuminating Primer £4.99

As you may know because of my whinging on twitter and also my Spring Makeup Shake Up post, some of my makeup favourites have stopped working for me. So I've been trying out all different makeup and this was the best primer I found and also happened to be the cheapest out of the ones I'd picked up. Because of it being "powered by Witch" it helps to calm down any breakouts. I also like that it mattifies any oily areas (My t-zone in particular) and adds a little healthy glow to my cheeks. I find it be to be similar to the Benefit POREfessional Primer. I'm not saying it's get rid of every blemish you have but it definitely is a good base before your foundation and my makeup has been lasting longer since using it.

Anatomicals Sleep Balm* £4

You can read my full review of some of the Anatomicals Skincare here but the stand out product from the review is definitely this sleep balm. I tend to struggle to sleep at night, mainly because it's when my anxiety takes over and I just can't switch off, also with me not working right now I haven't got to get up super early at like 6am. This sleep balm has definitely helped a lot. I've been falling asleep 2-3 hours earlier than usual and I've been waking up around 8-9am and I do think that this is what has been helping as well as drinking a sleep tea before bed most nights too.



Loreal Miss Hippie Mascara £7.99
I'll admit the name and the packaging drew me to it most but then after seeing people say how good it was it just made me want it more. But right now, I have a heck of mascaras and I didn't really need another to add to my collection so I thought I'd pop it on my birthday list and I got it, yay! I do like it, it definitely helps out my short, stubborn lashes that only stay curled for about 10 minutes before gravity takes a hold of them lol. The formula is a little bit clumpy but I know some people like that look, I personally don't so I tend to go in with an old Collection mascara brush which is quite spiky (I guess you could say) and just get any clumps out. I know that sounds like a hassle but I do really like this mascara, it works well for my lashes and it's definitely probably 2nd on my fave mascara list right now (I still love my Lash Sensational!).

Rimmel Rain Rain Go Away Nail Polish £2.99
I love these Rimmel nail polishes, I already own many and I don't know how I've not picked this one up before now. It's a pastel purple-grey colour and a very easy to wear shade. It compliments many colours/outfits and it does last well on the nails considering it's only £2.99 a bottle.



Reign

I started watching Reign at the beginning of last year and I just love it. The music, the costumes and obviously the drama. I know it doesn't follow the real history of what really happened but the majority of it is true.I think the casting is really good and I'm gutted that season 4 will be the last season. But If you're looking for something to watch on Netflix the I highly recommend this, especially if you like history but not the boring documentaries on tv (sorry if you're a fan, but they literally make me fall asleep 9/10 of the time).



Clique
So I saw the adverts for this before it began and thought it looked pretty interesting. So when it was aired I watched the first episode and I'll admit I almost turned it off because it is a little slow at the beginning, but the final 20 minutes or so of the first episode is what gripped me the most and because of it ending on a cliffhanger I just had to watch the next episode. It's a weird, psychological series and you probably won't understand what's really going on half of the time but it is really good and I'd also highly recommend watching it. The good news is that you can now binge watch it on BBC iplayer.

Radox Feel Lively Shower Gel £2.99
Again, the packaging is what made me buy this if I'm being honest. I also liked the concept of the scent lasting for 12 hours and I was intrigued and wanted to test it out for myself. So I picked this up when it was on at an introductory price and it just smells so nice, the peony smells so fresh and lovely but not overpowering at all, literally the perfect Spring scent. It also does as it says and you can smell the scent of the shower gel hours after using it. I wouldn't say it lasts for 12 hours but probably around 8 hours but I will definitely be picking this up again when my tube runs out!

The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter £15

The Moringa Shower Gel is probably my favourite product from The Body Shop but because I tend to just use the same body moisturisers and butter (Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter is my fave!) I don't really change it around and buy others, so when I won a Body Shop Giveaway and this was inside I was really excited about trying it and I was not disappointed. It's really creamy but absorbs fast and obviously smells lovely!



New Look Embroidered Bag

So I got this from Depop for just £8 (+£3 delivery) and the seller said she had only used it once. It's got lots of space and I really like that it zips up because since getting my new phone, I've been paranoid about it falling out my bag so I'm getting rid of bags which haven't got a zip purely for that reason. I obviously love the embroidered piece on the front and it looks so detailed in compassion to the Primark ones that I was eyeing up before getting this. Overall, I can't fault it and it looks lovely with my go-to denim jacket.

Simple Dual Effect Eye Makeup Remover £4.49
Because I've been wearing more eye makeup lately and actually putting more of an effort into trying out new eyeshadow looks and so on, I've realised how amazing this stuff is. I did do a full review on it when I first picked it up last year and you can read that here, but I just had to pop it on this list because it's just great, it removes a full on eye makeup look in literally seconds, it doesn't sting my sensitive eyes at all or make them red, it hasn't got any scent and it doesn't break me out so it's ticking all of the boxes for me. 110% recommend!

Coconut Oil £1
This is a short and sweet favourite, but I used to love coconut oil and I don't really know why I stopped using it. I picked this up from Home Bargains for just £1 and I've been using it on my mid lengths and ends of my hair either the night before/hours before I wash my hair just to make my hair look shinier and add a little bit of moisture. It's definitely helped a lot and I think it does look in a better condition.

So there are my favourites from over the past few months, I know I said I'd try and keep it short but let's face it, it still was a big favourites list lol. Hope you liked reading this! What have been your favourites over the past month or two? 

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I can't believe February is over! I will admit, I've had a pretty uneventful month and I'm looking forward to Spring. I did go a little crazy on my January Favourites so I've tried to keep this favourites list as short as possible. 




Superdrug Style Expertise Salt Spray
So since having my hair cut into a kind of long lob (if that makes sense? lol) I've been wearing my hair with natural looking curls/waves but because I wanted my curls/waves to have some texture I decided to try this salt spray and I love it. It smells nice and a little goes a long way. It was only £2.99 too.

Schwarzkopf Got2b Playful Primer 
I don't usually use a primer on my hair, I usually use a heat protection spray and then styling sprays but since having my hair cut, I've changed up how I wear my hair. So now I tend to wear it wavy/curly and instead of using my heat protection sprays (which are usually for making your hair straight/sleek) I've decided to opt for a primer and then using the salt spray to style afterwards which I mentioned above. I love this Got2b primer, it smells like coconuts and it makes my hair feel smooth but heat protected. Plus it's in a cute little bottle. 




Riverdale

So I started watching this because I kept seeing people tweeting about how good it was on my twitter timeline. I totally get why people say "If you like Gossip Girl then you'll like Riverdale". It's not exactly the same but its got the bitchiness, secrets and mysteries, like Gossip Girl. It's available to watch on Netflix and a new episode is added every Friday.




My Mad Fat Diary

I know I'm a few years behind but My Mad Fat Diary has been something I've been meaning to watch for ages and this month I've finally got around to watching it. If you haven't watched it then it's set in the late 1990's and is focused on a music obsessed girl named Rae who has just been released from a psychiatric hospital after having a breakdown. She bumps into a old friend named Chloe who thinks she's been away in France and whilst Rae has been away "in France" Chloe made new friends and tries to get Rae in with the new gang. It's so funny! If you liked Skins then you'd definitely like this. The box set is on all4 if you feel like giving this a watch!




Garnier Skin Active Pure Active Sensitive Clarifying Tonic
I thought I'd try this for when my skin is oily/dry (like I've said before my skin type changes often). I've been using it twice a day, after I've cleansed my face and it takes off any remaining residue from the cleanser and it smooths my skin and tones it. It's not like toning water, it's more of a gel and It smells so nice! Definitely recommend it. 


Beauty Atelier #Perfectionist Blender Sponge*
I'm usually a die-hard fan of the Real Techniques sponges but since I tried this #Perfectionist sponge, I haven't used any of my Real Techniques sponges. This doesn't waste any product (like the RT ones do a little) and it applies make up and gives me a dewy, natural look. You can read my more detailed review about the make up sponge here

LUSH Charity Pot
I love this moisturiser. I did receive this pot for Christmas but I have bought it beforehand and I'd run out. It's smells lovely and it also dries quite fast which I like. Obviously the money goes to Charity too which is always a good thing! It's £3.50 for 45g / £13.50 for 240g (or you can buy a trial tin for just £1)



Fab Little Bag*
I was sent these fab little bags to try out. They are a discreet, stress-free bag to use when it's that time of the month. You can pop your used tampon/pad into the bag when you're out and about or are having one of those situations when you've gone into a bathroom with an overflowing bin or no bin at all! Another reason why I love these is because they aren't too noisy to use, they can be opened with one hand, because of the loops and they have a peel off sticky strip to secure the bag and they are also environmentally friendly. I just think they are a great thing to have in your bag during the time of the month just to avoid any disposable problems you may run into. 

You can pick them up in store at Waitrose or Whole Foods or online on Amazon or Ocado. They range between £1.99 and £3.50 depending which pack you buy. They offer a bathroom pack or a handbag pack.


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I've been a huge LUSH fan for a few years now. So I thought today I'd share (current) my top 10 favourites. I did do a LUSH favourites post when I first started my blog last year, but it was products which are available all year around. This post is going to include some products that are seasonal as well as products available all year around. 



Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb
SFTS is probably my favourite Christmas bath bomb. It's been around for a few years now. It smells so nice! It's the same scent and It's Raining Men Shower Gel. Which smells like honey and toffee, yum! 

Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion
If you have trouble sleeping or suffer from anxiety (especially at night) then you need this in your life! It helps me so much. It smells like lavender and chamomile, it's really calming. Also, it's good for sensitive skin (plus it helps loads with my eczema which I get on my elbows sometimes too).

Twilight Shower Gel
I picked this up when it was available in the Lush Kitchen. But it was also available in the Christmas range last year. This is another calming scent which has lavender, ylang-ylang and also tonka in it. I often use this at night to help me relax.

Silky Underwear Dusting Powder
First of all, this stuff lasts for ages! I'm still using a bottle which I got for my birthday last April (yes, really!) I use it after I have a bath or shower. It smells very delicate and floral. I'm all stocked up on this for a while now because I got another bottle for Christmas.

Hottie Massage Bar
This is really good when you're feeling really achy and sluggish. (Also really good when it's that time of the month, to use on your lower back)  It contains ginger and black pepper oils to give a warming effect. 
It's basically a little miracle worker. I wouldn't be without it.



Rose Jam Shower Gel
I probably wouldn't have ever picked this up, but back in 2015 when LUSH was doing their annual boxing day sale, the website kept crashing (surprise, surprise) and I just added whatever I could to my basket and checked out. It included the "Home For Christmas" gift set and Rose Jam was inside. I don't think I've ever been without something Rose Jam-scented since. It's not your usual rose scent because it has Cocoa Butter, Geranium oil, Lemon oil included and obviously Rose oil.

Rose Jam Bubbleroom
Another Rose Jam product, I know. But this is my favourite bubble bar. I break it the bubbleroon apart and then break it in half again and it makes tons of bubbles. It's very moisturising and obviously, has the lovely Rose Jam scent.

Coalface Facial Soap
Coalface facial soap is one of my holy grail skincare products. It's helped my skin so much. It's especially good for people with oily/combination skin. A 100g bar lasts for ages as well. Definitely recommend it, if you suffer from breakouts and redness. 


American Cream Conditioner
I use this as a little hair treat. It is quite pricey for the amount you get, but it smells so good! It lingers in your hair for hours after you've used it. 


Karma Solid Perfume 
This another one of my favourite scents by LUSH. I've got through a few Karma soaps and I thought I'd get the solid perfume because I love the scent so much. It's a very uplifting, happy scent. I will admit, the smell doesn't stick around for long but it's travel size and if you're feeling a bit crap, it's a nice scent to pop on and hopefully cheer you up.



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I actually can't believe I'm writing my January Favourites post already. Where has this month gone? Not that I'm complaining because, to be honest, I want these next few months to go by, purely because I'm missing the sunshine. I'm so sick of seeing dull, cloudy weather the majority of the time. Anyway moving on... I've got a mixture of things this month on my favourites list. I didn't do a December Favourites so I guess you could say it's a December/January Favourites really. Here they are...




 The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Shower Gel
You may have already read about the Vanilla Chai shower gel in my Boxing Day Haul post. Well since writing that post, I've fallen in love with it even more. I've been having a few on and off kind of days lately and my moods have been all over the place, but getting into my shower or bath and using this has made me feel tons better. It smells really sweet and warming and it's perfect for winter time. Also, I find it very moisturising too.

Cover Shoot Cosmetics Nail Polish Remover Twist Pot
I haven't used one of these in so long. I usually just use a basic bottle of nail polish remover. I picked this up in Poundland and surprisingly it's the best one I've used. It gets rid of stubborn colours so fast and it doesn't smell too overpowering either. Plus it's a good sized one for travelling.

Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day Conditioner
I got this for Christmas and I hadn't really thought of buying it and trying it out myself, if I'm being honest. But I'm glad I've had the chance to try it because I bloody love it! It smells really fresh and fruity and the smell lingers for hours. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and manageable. 

Candescent Lip Balms *
I have a blog post coming next week all about Candescent Shop and their lip balms. So I'm not saying much, other than I do really like them!

B&M Tangle Teezer Hair Brush Dupe
I'm not sure what they are actually called as I threw away the packaging but it was only 99p and it's basically a cheaper tangle teezer. Makes my hair feel so much softer and makes it look lovely and shiny too.


The Body Shop Shea Body Butter
I received this free in a order I placed before Christmas because of a promo code that was available. I will admit I don't love the smell of it but I don't hate it either... but because it's one of the most moisturising body butters I've used, I've added it to my January favourites.

Creightons Frizz No More Miracle Serum
I picked this up from B&M a while ago and I've only just really started using it. I think it was around £2. I use this on damp hair and pop it on my mid lengths and ends before blow drying. It makes my hair feel super soft and look lovely and shiny. It smells nice and fresh too!








TIGI Bedhead Styleshots Epic Volume Conditioner

I've been using this on and off for a few years now. I got a new bottle at Christmas and I just love it. It makes my hair look and feels so much better. It gives my hair lots of volume which is definitely needed and it doesn't weigh down my hair. Plus it smells like strawberries and cream. Yum!

Nivea Visage Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream 
I always struggle to find a good moisturiser which suits my skin and doesn't break me out loads. But I bought this on a whim because it was in the sale and because the fact that it's oil free. I use this either in the morning or in the evening and it's definitely one of the best moisturisers I've used. I switch between this one and a Garnier one at the minute which I will be talking about soon in a upcoming skincare post.

LUSH It's Raining Men Shower Gel
Something else I received for Christmas... If you have ever used the Shoot For The Stars or Honey Bee Bath bombs, then this shower gel smells exactly like them. If you haven't tried those bath bombs then it smells like honey and toffee together *heart eyes emoji* It's super moisturising and the smell lingers all day. Definitely one of my new favourite LUSH products! 

Simple Dual Effect Make Up Remover
This had to be on my January favourites! This is a life saver. It removes my eye makeup in about 2 minutes, I'm not even kidding! All you have to do is shake the bottle (it'll go all bubbly inside) and then pop some on some cotton pads and place over your eyes, whilst moving in small circular motions and it literally just melts away your eye make up. So good! If you'd like to read my full review about it then I'll leave the link here.

Audible / Alan Carr's Alanatomy
So I decided to sign up to Audible when they offered me 3 months for free in November. Basically, I got 1 credit per month to choose any Audible book I wanted to listen to. I tend to pop it on an hour or two before I plan to go to sleep or when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep, and it really relaxes me. This month I have been listening to Alan Carr's Alanatomy and it's so funny! It's literally made me laugh out loud in the early hours in the morning. Definitely recommend picking it up in book form or on audible.


So there's my January Favourites!
 What were your faves? 

 Also if you've done a January faves too post, link me! I love reading them :)

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I'd say 2016 was a good year for discovering new make up and skin care products. Everything here is from the drugstore, so it's not going to cost an arm and a leg to try some of these for yourselves. I've linked all of the products, just to make it easier for you too. So here's my 2016 faves!



Seventeen Brow Sculpting Pencil
So I'm going to get straight to the point: My eyebrows are rarely ever "on point". They're like a pair of bickering sisters and one always looks more angled and angrier than the other. Obviously it's because I have really fair eyebrows and trying to get them to look somewhat similar is bloody hard work. But when I use this eyebrow pencil, they do seem to look better and the pencil isn't too dark and harsh looking on my brows.

Makeup Revoulution Iconic 2 Palette
I think everyone and their mum probably owns this because it's a dupe to the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. This is definitely the eyeshadow palette I've used most in 2016. Very pigmented and easy to work with, I just love it. You can do so many different looks with just this palette and it's only £4!

Rimmel Brow This Way - Dark Brown
I bought this whilst trying to budget and see if it's similar to the Benefit Gimme Brow, which I love so much, but I definitely don't love the price! So I got this and the product itself is really impressive and a pretty good dupe to Gimme Brow but it's a tiny bit darker than the Deep shade. The brush that comes with this is huge! Unless you have Cara Delevingne's eyebrows then you'll definitely need to use a different brush. I just use my old Gimme Brow ones and it seems to do the trick.

Makeup Revolution Brow Kit - Medium/Dark
This little miracle brow kit has saved the day so many times for me this year. I do find it harder to work with powders because of me having such fair eyebrows and no patience. But this is only £2.50 so I couldn't not put it on my faves list. It has 3 shades and a wax to set your brows in place and it just does the job. People who find it easy to work with powders will love this. It's travel friendly, has a mirror and  it comes with a cute little eyebrow brush and some tiny tweezers for when you're on the go.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Fair
Me and the Lasting Perfection Concealer have been good friends for years now. Hiding my dark, under eye circles and raging, red spots. Can't fault this concealer! No matter which concealer I try, I always go back to this one.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - Very Black
This has pretty much been the only mascara I've used since I got it. I have received an Soap and Glory one in a gift set for Christmas, so I'm looking forward to trying that but I don't think I'll be parting ways with my Maybelline Lash Sensational for a while. Without this my eyelashes aren't very long and they don't stay curly, but this has helped them tons. It's a bit of a pain to get off but I've found a new eye make up remover in the past few weeks which I'm loving and going to be writing a blog post about soon.

Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen - Carbon Black
I'm not one of those people who can do an perfect, winged eyeliner look under a minute. It takes me ages. So as you can guess, I don't do winged eyeliner all the time (unless I have about 6 hours to do it in lol) But I have found that the Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner makes it more easier to apply and it lasts all day with no flaking or loss of colour. 


When I first got this foundation I hated it. It clung really bad to any dry skin and I found the coverage to be very light instead of medium/full coverage, which it stated on the tube. I just felt like I'd literally thrown money down the drain. But since changing some skin care products and using a different primer, I love it and lasts all day. It's definitely my favourite foundation right now and the shade suits my pale skin. 

Seventeen - China Pink
This is the blusher I've used most this year, if you have a heavy hand whilst applying blusher then you may look a little, well, pink. This is a very pigmented blusher. But I apply it lightly and it gives enough colour to my cheeks without looking too over the top. I used this pretty much every day in the summer. It doesn't fade throughout the day and is only £2.99 at Boots. I find this blusher to be quite similar to the Natural Collection ones but you get more product.

MUA Matte Lipstick - Fancy Fawn
This is quite a newbie to my make up collection but since buying it about 3 weeks ago, it's barely been off my lips. It's a very lovely nude shade, but not too nude against my pale skin. It's only £1 from Superdrug. You do have to apply it a few times throughout day but for the price it's not bad.
NYX High Definition Blusher - Taupe
So I don't use this as a blusher obviously. Because of being a pale girl, I struggle bad when it comes to finding a contouring product. Even with a light hand, pretty much any contour "for pale skin" is still too orangey for me. I can't remember who recommended using this for pale skin but whoever it was, thank you! When I can be bothered to contour, I always use this and it does such a good, natural contour.  Plus if you're travelling lightly, you can use it as a eyeshadow too.

Collection Speedy Highlighter - Pearl Sheen
I posted about this a few weeks ago and I did say it would be on my 2016 favourites post! I don't usually wear cream highlighters (or blushers) but this is bloody brilliant. It's not glittery or over the top. I wear it with my everyday make up just to make my skin look a little more glowy. You can read my full review about this here.

+ Other Favourites



So there's my beauty favourites which I discovered or rediscovered in 2016. 
I'm looking forward to trying and discovering new products in 2017! 

 What are your beauty faves from 2016? 



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