Skincare hero - The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Mist

Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Mist

If there’s one thing I’m always searching for in a skincare product, it is the ability to inject some life into my skin. I want all the brightness because I just feel like my skin is dull and lacklustre. To tackle this issue, I decided to pick up The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Energising Face Mist. I’ve actually used this before, probably about 3 years and found it to be a god send then too, I think the issue I have with this and loads of products is I expect it to give more and more glow, whilst I’ve probably reached the ultimatum level of impact that product can do. But anyway, The Body Shop states that the product is:

  • For dull, tired, grumpy skin 
  • Vitamin C rich camu camu from the Amazonian rainforest, Peru and it; 
  • Refreshes and enhances natural radiance
The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Mist

The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Mist

I picked this up before a 13 days holiday that involved me travelling to 5 different cities ( 5 plane journeys + train journeys) and I knew the constant travelling wouldn’t be kind to my skin, so I just wanted to ensure I was feeding it with good stuff in my skincare routine. I used this as a toner and only that, on the website it does say you can use it on the go, which I take to mean over make-up as well, however I don’t think I would put this over my make-up as feel it can be quite tacky and doesn’t spray evenly enough for me to regard it as setting spray.

So I use this in the morning and sometimes in the evening, it’s been a week and a bit since I’ve gotten back from my holiday and I just feel that my skin just looks revived. My skin is less dull looking to my eye and just looks healthier. The application is quite smooth, but as I mentioned before it’s not an even spray so I do 3 pumps and then spread it over my face with my hands, then give it a minute to set in. It does feel a bit tacky upon first touch but once it settles it is fine, however over make-up I’m not sure how you’d remedy the tackiness as I wouldn’t rub my face if I had foundation on.

I definitely think it’s the perfect pick-me-up product for your skin and can easily be added to your routine because of the easy of product. With Autumn coming up, I feel like my skin is going to need all the moisture and radiance and I think this nifty bottle is a great way to ensure that. Being a vitamin C product, the brand have decided to ensure it smells of ALL THE ORANGES, this doesn’t bother me too much as once the spray settles into your skin you can’t actually smell it – but seems like a waste to just an orange fragrance to a product because it’s got all the vitamin C!

I think the retail price is also great you get 100ml worth and this can last you well over a month and half if you’re using it once a day. I like to compare it to my La Roche Posay Serozinc, that retails at £7.90 - £9 and is 150ml, whilst the TBS product is more expensive it serves a different purpose and has more ingredients. They are in a similar bracket to each other and although there’s less in the Face Mist, they are so close in price that I think it makes them comparable. I’m happy to pay around the £10 for toners so I really think this one is a bargain, especially as it is multi-use and can be use over make-up (if you choose). Also as this is 100ml if you're travelling with just hand luggage this is perfect as it meets the requirements. 

So good points:
- Makes skin radiant
- Easy to apply
- Budget friendly

So that’s my review on what I’m hailing a ‘skincare hero’ – I thought this might be a great thing to share especially as it’s getting colder in the UK. I’m not really trialling anything new on my face at the moment, but if I find another little gem, I’ll be sure to share.

Happy Autumn! Are there any skincare heroes for you this autumn/winter?

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Sephora wishlist

Friday, 26 August 2016

It kinda feels like yesterday when I did my American wishlist and now I'm back with another! I'm off to Europe for 13 days next week and I will be visiting 4 different cities. I also plan to hit up Sephora wherever I can and I have a few things that I have actually been lusting after. Fingers crossed they have them as I'm not sure how wide the selection is in Europe. I'll hopefully be visiting other drug stores whilst I'm there to pick up other brands.

1. Elizabeth and James - Nirvana Bourbon:  I'm ready for a new fragrance and when I saw this come up in the Sephora newsletter I was like that sounds so nice. I'm typically drawn to sweet scents and I feel the scent emodies a bit of that but with a more woody smell. I'm really intrigued to try it out.

2. Sunday Riley - Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner:  I have a desperate craving for something by Sunday Riley and watching a video earlier this week about on the of oils has only cemented that. However I am in great need of a new toner and I'm hoping to pick this up (hopefully in duty free). I love toners and I think this will be the one to give my skin that extra bit of hydration this winter.

3. GlamGlow - Tinglexfoliate Mud Mask: I actually picked up this mask when I was in NY, but the smaller version and I loved it. I want to repurchase the smaller version again as it last me a while and I'm too stingy to fork out for the larger one with everything else that I want. If you haven't tried anything from the GlamGlow range I recommend this one!

4. Peter Thomas Roth - Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash:  I've become really obessed with this brand, especially after my 5 mask purchase in NY. When I learned about this wash I was super intrigued - glycolic acid in a face wash?! I know a face wash doesn't stay on your skin for very long but I still think this product will be beneficial.

5. Clinique - Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief: I am in desperate need of a new moisturiser. I don't need it to have an SPF in it because I use a separate factor 50 one, but I just need something that will keep my skin hydrated and not make me oily. Clinique seems like a good brand to depend on and this moisturiser has been making the round in blogs recently so I think I need to snatch it up for myself. That or the HydroBlur one.

6. Make up For Ever - Artist Rouge Lipstick: I actually want a particular shade of this lipstick but I couldn't seem to find it when I looked, but as soon as I got the mailer from Sephora I thought, 'I have to have that colour.' Hopefully I'll be able to hunt it down and pick up a few others, as well as a foundation from MUFE. I tried to get one in NY but they didn't have my colour.

So that's my little wishlist. Knowing me I'll probably end up with 10 more things that weren't on the list and curse myself when I will be eating noodles for the next two months. Let me know if there's anything I should keep an eye out for when I'm in Europe!

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Bedroom inspiration - bohemian themes

Saturday, 16 July 2016

I love Pinterest for all the wonderful ideas it can give you for just about anything. Although I'm not largely fussed about interiors I do have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to the ones I come across because they can always be saved for future use. The one thing I have found myself gravitating towards recently is bedroom interior, particularly those with a  bohemian theme. The colours and the patterns are just so warm and inviting to me, I've always been admirer of these things but it's something that never translated through to my personal style or living area because I just prefer to keep things simple. However after looking at loads these designs, I've decided it's time for a little rehaul. I'm starting small though and just starting with my bedding, in all of the ones I've come across it's the bed area that's always got me. It makes jumping into bed much more inviting!

Credit: one | two | three | four 
            five | six | seven | eight 

So I did a bit of searching and thought I'd share some of the things I've found incase you're inclined to get some bits for yourself!

Where to find it: eBay | Royal Furnish | La Redoute
I found loads by just typing 'mandala bedding' or 'mandala sheets'

You can follow me on Pinterest here. I can't wait until I have a place of my own to start really doing some interest stuff!

Let me know if you're on Pinterest too and what your favourite boards are!

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My NYC trip

Monday, 30 May 2016

So I wanted to share a few snaps that showed my trip to New York. I've decided not to do a rundown of what we did on different days (I'm sure are things that I shouldn't even mention) but I will split the pictures by location/activity. I absolutely loved New York and I felt so fortunate to be able to celebrate my birthday there with some wonderful friends - I seriously cannot wait to go back! There was so much that I didn't do so another trip will have to be on the cards!

My birthday! 

Times Square

Empire State Building

American Museum of Natural History
I spent the morning of my birthday here - I felt like a little kid but I absolutely loved the place. 


Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty

The ones that don't fit in anywhere else

This had me and my friend in stiches

On our first night we stumbled across this place called The Blind Barber

View from the hotel room opposite the memorial centre

Last drink in New York at The Rum House

Yankee Stadium

So that's my trip - 5 epic days of no sleep, loads of walking and feeling really blessed.

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