Rituals Rice Scrub Calming Shower Cream Scrub Review

Thursday, 23 April 2015

I'm not one for bath products, I use my Dove cream thing and then I'm done. However in order to be "summer ready" (and give myself a mini pamper) I have started to exfoliate and stuff to get my skin into better condition. I really wanted a body scrub, I know scrubs have a bad rep but hey I like stuff like this and I feel like the skin on my body can handle it.

I was on Feel Unique buying god knows what and decided to purchase this one. I really wanted something from Rituals because I've heard so many good things about the brand and I really wanted something I could use to pamper myself with too. I didn't however, want to pay frikkin £20 for it. So I decided on this, just under £10 and what a delight this product is! It smells lovely, it's not over powering or weak but has just the right amount of potency that a fragranced product should have. It has small scrubby particles (the rice I assume) that leaves my skin so so soft. I use this on my shoulders and arms as they are my troubled areas, and after I've washed the product away my skin feels baby like. There is no other way to describe it. A little goes a long way with this, all I need is one small squeeze and then I apply it to my damp skin and massage it in, add a little water and it foams up slightly and spreads.

I do feel like I've had a mini pamper session after I've used this and it's bloody quick to do as well. I've used this about 5 times because I'm just loving the smell and how it makes my skin feel. I seem to get little spots that crop up on my arm and shoulders, and because I work out I'm also concious of sweat building up and causing more spots, so I think this product is a perfect solution to combat that.

This is a great treat to give to yourself after a long day as well, as the name suggests it should help to calm you down. I feel like the rubbing motion you do to get the product working also helps to calm you down. Definitely one worth trying out, especially with the low(ish) price tag.

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Empties #3

Monday, 20 April 2015

So I am back with another empties post, I haven't done one since December, so I thought now would be perfect. These are my favourite kind of posts to write and read, and watch on YouTube because I feel you always get people’s honest opinions on a product! Even though I love writing them I do get annoyed at hoarding things I no longer need to keep, so I’m very happy I’ve been able to use up a bunch of stuff and share them with you today.

Dr. Jart+ V7 Cleansing Foam – I got this in my November Birchbox (btw I no longer get Birchbox after terrible service around Christmas time) and remember talking about it here and saying that it reminded me of those bar soaps you get for your hands. It still does. I actually used this entire product up but it’s not something I would purchase again, it didn’t leave my skin dry or break me out but I just did not like that feeling of dryness when I rinsed it off.
Would I repurchase? No

First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser with Red Clay - I’ve already done a full review of this here and whilst I enjoyed using this product, I honestly thought it was a bit pricy for the “results” I achieved. I didn’t think it dramatically helped my skin, but it didn’t leave me with dry skin or break me out. I think it is good for doing a deep cleanse like the name says, but for me personally it’s not something I feel I need to buy again.
Would I repurchase? Maybe

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads - Another First Aid Beauty product, I was sucked into this by the hype but honestly for me it didn’t do anything! I do enjoy experimenting with acid toners but in all honesty this product does not contain a high enough amount of acid or have the right PH levels to really exfoliate your face. I get that it’s made for sensitive skin, and I don’t have sensitive skin, but it is not effective enough in general especially with such a price tag. That said I loved that it was soothing and didn’t sting my face. It also lasts a long time, especially if you’re not using it every day.  
Would I repurchase? No

Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner - I purchased this because I read on someone’s blog that it was a good alternative for the Pixi Tonic Glow (after doing my research I won’t be buying Tonic Glow anyway). I can’t say if that’s true, but this is a good toner. I don’t think there is anything special about it and I couldn’t tell if I actually got any brightening effects from it but the bottle lasted me a long time and it really did help to restore moisture to my skin after I washed my face. This is an inexpensive and inoffensive toner that does a good job, it’s gentle and as it’s not marketed as an acid toner it’s perfect for everyday use.
Would I repurchase? Maybe

Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil - I was really excited when I got this product, as I’d heard so many good things about it and it was meant to be really good for hyper pigmentation. I actually really love this product, I really like the smell, it is an odd one but I just really like it. I spoke about in my ‘Journey with Serums’ post and how after a week of good results, I didn’t really see anything else from it. I know it takes a while for something like this to improve hyper pigmentation and after 3 months I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge differences, but I do feel like this oil injects a good amount of moisture back in to my face. I even took to using on the top of my shoulders to help with some of the marks on shoulder. I think it’s a great product and it last for a long time, but you have to be prepared to wait a while for the results.
Would I repurchase? Maybe

Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream - I purchased this cream at the same time that I bought the above toner. At first I didn’t like this cream, I kept thinking it was making my skin oilier, but after a while I really grew to like it. It’s the first moisturiser that I’ve used that contains SPF 15, so yay for me in that department. I like this cream because it’s moisturising enough for my skin and actually it doesn’t make me any oiler. I personally don’t think it mattifies my skin; it just makes it look normal. It’s so inexpensive and perfect for my face in the morning in the summer and in the winter. This has become a staple in my skincare routine.
Would I repurchase? Yes, I already have!

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion - Ahh I LOVE this product. My friend actually uses this for her skin but I’d never noticed it until after I purchased it. I actually bought this after watching Shirley B Eniang’s video when she said that it helped with some marks on her arm. I have marks on my arm and tbh it didn’t help me with that, but what this did do was fix an annoying patch of dry skin I developed about three months ago. I never get dry skin, but for some reason (it could be my bra) I developed a rash between the area of my boobs, it just got worse and even though I went to the doctor it still did not go away. One day it got really dry and cracked (I moisturise every day btw) and it was so bloody itchy, at that point I put E45 on it just to soothe it. Then I got this cream to help with the dryness and it saved my skin! That area between my boob’s looks like it did before I got the rash and I’m just so impressed by this cream. I’m not used to having dry skin anywhere, but I did use this all over my body for a while just for that added moisture, if you have dry skin this will be great for you.
Would I repurchase? Yes. This is actually my second tube of this cream, so trust me I love it.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo - Shampoo is something that you’ll rarely see me talk about on this blog because my hair is in a weave most of the time, but I just had to talk about this wonderful product. For the past two years or so I’ve noticed that when I’ve had a weave in the front of my scalp would get these scabs on them, and me being me means I would pick at them and then end up with a bloody and raw scalp. I know you’re thinking how did I get to my scalp through a weave? I’m determined trust me! Even when I took a break from weaves, I still had a little bit of that issue. I was also getting quite a bit of dandruff and my hair is incredibly dry so I did some research and came across this product. I’ve been using this for over a year and it’s made such a huge difference. I actually can’t remember the last time I would have picked a scab off my hair. This product is great because it’s a deep cleaning shampoo and as I don’t wash my hair very often it does such a great job of removing dirt and build up. Its sulphate free and most importantly it’s targeted to all the issues I face with my hair. It’s a bit expensive but it’s last me for such a long time that I really don’t mind. I purchased mine on Ebay, but you can now get it in Paks, or probably any other African hair shop, no idea if it’s Boots etc!
Would I repurchase? Yes, I'm going to get it with the conditioner this time.

So that was long but I hoped this has helped you if you've been thinking about getting any of these products. 

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Birthday Wish List

Monday, 13 April 2015

So next month it’s MA BUUURTHDAY. I am one of those people that hates birthdays, they usually just serve as a reminder that another year has gone by since I was born and I have not accomplished the 1,000’s of things I’ve set myself to do. Seriously why am I not in the best shape of my life, relatively loaded, with my dream man and going on holiday all the time? Eh, but anyway this year I decided I would take a better approach to my birthday and actually celebrate it, rather than dread the day. 

One good thing about birthdays is you get gifts, typically I just say “get me whatever.” However this year I’ve somehow managed to come up with a list and I’ve already sent if off to my family and friends because you know what this year I’m doing things differently aren’t I? Following that I thought I’d share the list with you lovely lot just because they could inspire someone and because looking at pretty make-up/clothing/accessories is one of my favourite pastimes.

Nike Air Max Thea – Ahh these beauties. If you read my ‘Lust, Save, Get’ post you’ll know I have wanted these for a while. I even tried to get my mother to track them down when she was in America but she had no luck. To be honest I really could have purchased it by now, but no I spend all my money eating in restaurants. I’m fortunate enough to know that my mum is gifting me these for my birthday, so I’m over the moon! I really hope I like them.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Chocolate Cherry - I’ve never owned anything from Bobbi Brown but I’ve always lusted after a few things. I’m really into blush at the moment and after doing some research on blush for darker skin, this Bobbi Brown pot found its way to me. I love that you can use it for the lips and your cheeks and I’m also really intrigued by it because it’s a cream product. I’ve only ever used powered blush.

Clinique Even better essence lotion 3, 4 – I’ve tried hunting this thing down in stores for the past month, but it actually seems that they don’t sell it. A lot of the sales assistants that I spoke to at the counter just seemed to think I was talking about the serum. As I’ve wanted it for ages and now it’s coming up to my birthday, I thought I might as well bung it in my gift list. Things always feel 100times better when you don’t pay for them!

Blank Canvas E23/24 Double Ended Pencil/Flat Shader Brush – In a bid to get more into eyeshadow, I have been lusting after this brush. It isn’t even expensive but I just haven’t got round to purchasing it. I don’t have a flat shadow brush in my collection, which is super annoying, I also don’t have the pencil brush for going on my waterline so I love that this is a double ended brush.

Pandora Charm – I got a Pandora bracelet for my 21st birthday and have a few charms on it. I don’t actually wear the bracelet that often but lately I’ve been wanting to and I thought some charms from those that I cherish would encourage me to wear it more often. For the sake of the images I’ve chosen a random but, obviously I’d take any charm given to me. I think charms are lovely because they are personal.

Vagabond Dawn Low Heel Chelsea Boots – Here’s me wanting more expensive shoes. I just bloody love the look of these and I’m always on the lookout for boots that I think will last a while. I’ve heard really good things about Vagabond and I love that this is a heeled boot and a Chelsea boot in one. I’ve had in my shopping list for months and I think I may just need to make it mine at some point…

I have a few other things dotted about in my head, but if I’m honest I’d be happy with anything for my birthday. I don’t have incredibly expensive taste , so I hope you enjoyed my simple list!

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L'Oreal Perfection Brow Artist Plumper (Dark Brunette) Review

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Ahh the search for perfect brow product continues. I've been looking for this product for AGES, every Boots and Superdrug I went in to for about two weeks straight, only had transparent one or was completely sold out. I finally managed to get it in Boots near Bond St Station.  So was my search worth it? 

Not really. I always like to have something to set my brows in place, and I like it to have some colour in it. After trying the Revlon Brow Fantasy (I hate it) I decided I wanted to try this because I'd heard so much about it. Is it the best brow product ever? No. But what I do like about this is the wand, it's small enough to comb through the hairs and ensures you don't put the product outside your eyebrows. 

As for the formula, I'm not convinced. The reason I hated the Brow Fantasy was because once it dried it tended to turn my eyebrows gray or ashy, and the Brow Artist Plumper does this as well. It only does it slightly, so I can actually live with it, but I just cannot stand to look in the mirror and see ashy looking eyebrows. The colour is a good match for eyebrows, so I'm happy about that. 

Overall I would say this is a good product, but you've just got to be aware of that ashy/crispy effect that can settle in after. I'm so looking forward to going back to my Maybelline Brow Drama, although I'm going to use the want for this with it so I can finally have my perfect brow product! 

I'm thinking of having my eyebrows tinted because I'm convinced they are too light for my face! Has anyone had any experience with this? 

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Missguided Wish List

Monday, 6 April 2015

I don't think I've ever purchased anything from Missguided, but lately I've been browsing their site continuously. I was surprised to see that I actually have an account with them, so I decided to gather some things together into my wishlist, simply because I'm actually terrible at remembering what bits of clothes I actually want.

one // two // three // four
five // six // seven // eight 

one & two & three: I seem to have a duster coat obsession, aswell as an obsession with the colour mustard. I can't wait to get my hands on one of these, it will be perfect for when Spring actually stays in the UK. I get so hot commuting on the tube and I feel like a duster coat will be the perfect thing for keeping me warm outside and cool in the tube. 

four: I used to wear skirts all the time, and then 4 years ago I became a jeans girl and now I rarely ever wear skirts, but this beautiful piece just caught my eye. I love love the colours. 

five & six: When I look at this top I just think of that girl band 'The 411' and it gives me a proper throwback feeling. I feel that this would just be such a simple top for summer (NOT a dress like they say it is). I love the plain white tee because of the cut and how they've dressed it up, I have loads of necklaces and I think they would all go so well with this tee. 

seven & eight: This dress kinda reminds me of a bin bag, but I'm just drawn to it because it has two different textures, I imagine it would be perfect for summer because y'know wearing black in summer is the way forward. I would love the white top for work, it's smart and and effortless.

There are SO many bits on Missguided that I want, but as I don't have the confidence for crop tops, I thought I'd show you guys stuff I'd actually wear. What are you lusting after? 

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Simple Revitalising Eye Roll-On Review

Friday, 3 April 2015

To work full time and to not get enough sleep means you get bags and your eyes constantly feel tiiiired. And luckily for me I get dark circles and have deep set eyes, so I always look like I've slept 1 hour! So I'm always in need of all the eye products, although I just never buy them! Anyway...I picked this up on a whim as Boots were doing their 3 for 2 offer and I had already found the two things I wanted, so I spotted this and thought great, I need something to make me look awake and something that had a cool end to help me feel more awake. 

This little tube is a bit of a life saver. Now, first off I will say I don't know much about good the formula is and I haven't been using it long enough to comment on that. What I will say is that this thing just instantly wakes up my eyes and makes me feel less tired. 

Simple states: 
Smile, it's Simple. When your skin's happy and fresh faced, you feel healthier and happier too! Simple's Revitalising Eye Roll-On contains a refreshing eye gel formulated with cucumber extract and vitamin goodness to wake up and reduce puffiness and revitalise tired eyes. The innovative roller ball applicator instantly cools and gently massages the delicate eye area. Perfect for even sensitive skin. (source)

My eyes aren't puffy so really I can't comment on this, but my goodness it really does revitalise. The roller ball means that you'd get that cooling sensation instantly, which I guess just shocks your eye area into being awake (much like splashing cold water on your face), and it also just feels SO relaxing. I've always used it on the days that I don't wear foundation, so I'm not too sure if it would interfere, but I would think that you'd just smooth any excess product out around your eyes gently.

If like me your eyes just feel so tired during the day, I'd definitely recommend this for waking you up. Apologies that this is so sort and says nothing about the actual formula, but I thought this was too good not share.Absolutely lifesaver and inexpensive too!

What eye products do you use? Any life saving products I should know about?

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April Book List

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

So I managed to read all 4 books! After I finished Sula, I had about a three day break of not reading anything because I kept forgetting to pick up Incendiary. Thankfully I really enjoyed it and was able to read it in three/four days. Out of all the books I read this month Incendiary was definitely my favorite. Before I Fall and Where the Truth Lies were both YA books and although it was nice to dive into it for a while, it all became a bit samey in the end. Sula was a good read, but also a book much about nothing. Incendiary was just a whirlwind of a book and I really enjoyed it. I have to say after really liking Chris Cleave's book The Other Hand/Little Bee, I didn't expect to like this just because typically you like a book from an author and then you read another one by them, and it just doesn't live up to your expectations.

This month I've gone back to to being sucked in by the Kindle Daily Deals! I haven't read a book on my Kindle app for a while, although I have read bits and bobs from The Secret on it because I've been having a tough month. Anyway I picked up a couple of books during March in order for my March reads, even though I still have LOADS (40+) books in my 'to-read' list.

I did actually pick up two physical books, but I'm only going to add one to this months reading list. As usual expect this whole post to go down the lines of 'I don't know why I picked this up, I'm just a sucker for deals'.

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - I've heard so much about this book, that finally I decided to buy it. I'm really intrigued to see how I'll find it, I don't know if I'll find it ranty or annoying because I've never read a book in the genre before and just generally I find some people who mouth off about feminism etc a bit annoying and privileged but we will see.

The State We're In by Adele Parks - If I'm honest I have no idea why I picked this one up. Even after reading the blurb I'm still sat here like ummmmmm. I think it's because I had an urge to spend money and was aware that I had not bought a book for my Kindle in a while. This has mixed reviews so, I'm hoping that I like it! 

The Photographer's Wife by Nick Alexander -I just loved the sound of this when I was reading the blurb. I love a book that has a bit of a mystery surrounding it and this is just right up my street!

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga - I read The White Tiger by Adiga last year I think, and I really really enjoyed it. I found myself laughing at loud at some bits and story was actually really interesting. I like the turn the story took as well, if anything I also found that funny and was really intrigued to see where it would go. I don't seem to read many books that focus on Indian culture or the country, so for me it was such a lovely insight to Indian fiction. When I say this book on the Kindle Daily Deals, I instantly snapped it up because I liked his other book a lot. The story does seem like it could be interesting and if The White Tiger is anything to go by, I'm sure it'll be full of funny bits.

What books are you reading this month?

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