Friday, 31 October 2014

My first ever empties post - and would I repurchase them

I'm a tad OCD so my empties go in the bin/recycling straight away usually. And then, when it's too late, I think "oh...should have blogged about that" but there's no way I'm fighting the spiders that live in my bin, they can have those empties! But, luckily for you I managed to save some empties to share with you. Though they went straight in the bin after the photos were taken!

So what have we got here:

This is my absolute favourite shower gel. Yeah, sometimes I switch it up a bit and buy another flavour/scent, but it's always Original Source. It smells luscious! Really cheers me up in a morning - I'll definitely be repurchasing this. Ok, ok, I already have a stock pile...

Well, if you've read the review you'll know I'm a fan. But, I haven't repurchased this yet. It's the best colour match I've found for my skin tone so far. I just get through it far too quickly, so I decided to try some other options. I'm not ruling this out in the future, as I do love it. But perhaps if they made it in bigger tubs.

I loved this. It went way too quickly for a £12 moisturiser though. But the smell is divine, and it made my skin lovely and soft. I'm a big Soap & Glory fan - you'll know that if you've been here a while. I will probably repurchase at some point, but right now I'm shopping my stash. 

I love this too. It's coconut scented. I'm now using up my Lush D'Fluff, but I'll definitely be buying some more of this in the future. The only issue is it's only online at the moment, though they stock the men's range in larger Tesco's, so hopefully they'll stock this soon.

As much as I love a Lush bath, this is my all time favourite bubble bath. It's cinnamon!! This was introduced the other year as a limited Winter edition. Luckily they never stopped making it, and I can't walk past a bottle without buying some. I'm definitely repurchasing. Alright, you got me, this also features in my stockpile...

I've been on the look out for cruelty free hair care for a while. I've been mostly using Superdrug's home brand. But, it leaves a little to be desired in the detangling stakes.So when I spotted this in Boot's I just had to grab me some. But this was a bitter sweet experience for me, because this has done wonders for my hair and I desperately want to repurchase. But Naked have vanished from social media, their website is down, and the majority of their lines are now out of stock at Boot's. I fear the worst. If I see it again, I'm buying it. But I'm not holding my breath. 

I think this is the only one I wouldn't repurchase. I don't understand Primer. Shock horror - from a beauty blogger! My pores did look a bit better when I used this, but I also found it made some areas of my make up look a bit patchy, like it had stuck in some, but not in others. Also, the tube didn't last too long. I normally love elf, but you can't love everything. 

Have you tried any of these? Which ones would you repurchase?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

What's on my nails

Now, I've told you many a time I'm not a fan of a nude nail. I just want a bit of impact. But, maybe my tastes are changing as I really like this. It's my first experience of Crabtree & Evelyn too - so far so very good!

This is Petal Pink. It retails at £6 and is currently 3 for 2. You can grab one here. The consistency is a little watery initially, and the colour is quite pale. However, I've managed to build the colour up to something I'm happy with. This right here is actually 5 coats, yes 5! But, they dried so quickly I had these done in no time. Plus, as it's a thin varnish, it doesn't look gloopy like a lot of varnishes can with that number of coats.  Frankly, I didn't mind doing so many coats with the speed it dried, and as it got the colour I wanted, I'd be more than happy to do so many coats on a regular basis. 

To give this a fair trial I didn't use a base coat or top coat - I only have them by other brands, and I didn't want them to impact on the performance. Now, my nails chip a lot. All the time. So the fact I've been wearing this since Sunday and there's only a teeny tiny chip on the thumb (which you can just see above) I am so impressed. I've washed my hair - which always chips my nails, and nothing. I've tried to take the back of my mobile, which usually rips huge chunks off my nails, again nothing. 

It dries quickly. It doesn't chip. The colour, for a nude, is pretty damn cute. I honestly don't mind layering it up. In summary, I'm getting me some of that 3 for 2 action! What's not to love?

Have you guys tried any Crabtree & Evelyn nail varnish? I'd love some shade recommendations. 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday Musings: Is being a beauty blogger a superficial hobby?

Blogging has fast become my guilty secret. Not because I'm ashamed as such... I'll happily tell people I blog, but it's the looks I get when I answer "So, what do you blog about?" that makes me reluctant to tell people. Make up. Beauty. Is it a bit superficial? To me - no. But to others, quite possibly. 

I love make up, but I'm not reliant on make up. I don't wear it every day. I wouldn't consider myself a girly girl either - not that being a girly girl is a bad thing. But make up makes me feel girly. And what's more make up makes me feel pretty. I love the process of putting make up on. I love imagining how my latest purchase will help me achieve that look I've been planning. But if I had to stop wearing it I could. 

I don't think any of this makes me superficial. You either love make up - in which case you hear me - or it's not for you. And generally, if it's not for you - in my experience at least - you think those that wear it are shallow. Superficial. Obsessed with their looks. Not that I'm putting words in your mouth, but this is generally the view I've gotten from people. 

But, did anyone ever stop to think that to some make up is a security blanket. It makes them feel better. I've said it myself, it makes me feel prettier. I know I'm not alone in that. It can be a tool in beating insecurities. And yes, perhaps it's not always used to the best of it's abilities - some of the most insecure people I've met look like they've applied make up with a trowel. But, I understood. They didn't feel pretty in themselves, and they'd obviously used make up successfully in the past to feel better. So, naturally they added more make up in an attempt to feel even better. There's logic there. Don't believe me? Have you ever watched Snog Marry Avoid? There's your proof right there. The majority of the girls on that show are naturally very pretty. But they take their make up to the extreme. And the deeper you probe, you realise it's all down to their insecurities. They believe they need the make up to look normal. And perhaps I'm no different. I can go without make up. But I prefer not to. At the very least I need a little mascara. And, if you ask why, I'll tell you I look like a boy without it. It's a phrase I've uttered many a time. The boy tells me her prefers me without make up, but in all honesty I find this very hard to believe. I don't think I'm at the Snog Marry Avoid extreme, but I do think that make up enhances what nature gave me. Why shouldn't I improve on it?

Now, an argument often cited in discussions about make up is that by wearing it you are conforming to gender stereotypes. Being girly. Bollocks. Excuse my french. I don't wear make up to attract others. I don't wear make up so other people think I'm pretty. I wear it so I like what I see in the mirror, and because I enjoy the process. I don't think I'm conforming to anything. Though some may argue that the stereotypes are so ingrained in society we've stopped noticing. That by thinking I need it I'm embodying a stereotype. But I don't think so. I think you can be girly with make up. Or girly without make up. Wearing make up, or liking make up does not make you girly. Or even a girl for that matter. I wear make up because I like it essentially. I don't wear make up because society says I need to look a certain way. I've been known to wear blue lipstick, and I don't think society's ever been down with that. (just so we're clear, that was back in my goth days)

So, a love for make up does not equate to being shallow or superficial. Sometimes quite the opposite. And blogging about something I enjoy as a hobby is just fine. Maybe society needs to be a bit less judgey. 

Also, back to Snog Marry Avoid - that show doesn't promote a zero tolerance on make up. It just tones down the extreme. The make unders still feature make up. So, even a show that demonstrates and possibly mocks extreme examples still isn't against make up. 

What do you guys think?

Are you a beauty blogger? Do you know the looks I'm talking about? The "Oh, I thought more of you" looks. 

Do you think make up makes you shallow?

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Help a girl out

I'm always wanting to make this little corner of the internet a better place, and I'd really like your help with that. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog. What you'd like to see more of. What you enjoy reading. What you're not so keen on. 

And, to make things a bit easier, I've created a survey. It'd really help me out if you could spend a couple of minutes filling this in for me. And - if it means you get more of what you like then it's win win right?

Please, help a girl out. Survey link here.

Huuuuge thank you to all of you who take the time to do this. 

Friday, 24 October 2014

You Beauty Discovery Box October 2014

Do you remember me telling you about my You Beauty Discovery Box back in September? (you can find it here). 

The deal with the You Beauty Discovery Box is:

It's cheaper - just £6.95 including P & P
You get a choice - you pick two products out of a list of ten. I like having a choice.
You get some freebies on top of your choices.
You get discount codes from some the brands in the box. 
It's all about discovering new brands - and I've found loads. 

Well back in September I was pretty impressed that I'd bagged myself two Pixi products for just £6.95. But things have got even better. The Pixi products - as fab as they were - were minis. October saw some full time versions making their way to me. 

So, what did I go for?

I couldn't resist the Halloween features - I love Halloween. Anyway... Have you spotted them??

Yes, that's right I got a full sized Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Petal Pink worth £6 AND  a full sized Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Buff worth a whopping £18. Then the freebies/samples this month were Cowshed Anti-Ageing Perfecting Night Serum - a full bottle is worth £48, but this is just a little sachet. And there was also a bottle of Gold Collagen. The price of the full sized products alone would be £24, which is considerably more than the £6.95 I paid. I think I got away with quite a bargain. 

So, starting with the freebies:

Gold Collagen is an anti-ageing liquid beauty supplement that contains hydrolysed collagen. There's different types depending on the treatment. Personally I'm not sure how I feel about this concept, but if you fancy giving them a try use the discount code DISCOVERY5 before October 31st.

Cowshed is a wonderful British brand, I've received some their products in my discovery boxes before - and I love them. They're fairly pricey though. Now, I'm the right side of 30 so I tend not to worry about lines, I'm not sure if this is something I would buy for myself at this point. But I'm looking forward to trying it. Now, if you fancy buying this yourself  if you buy before October 31st you can use this code PNSCOW to get a free skincare starter kit with every anti-ageing perfecting night serum bought. 

And the ones I chose:

Illamasqua Glamore in Buff - I'm loving this. It's fast become my go to lipstick. It's probably my most expensive make up item in my collection. As soon as I saw I had the chance to bag this beauty for £6.95, and still get something else, I just had to. I spent ages refreshing the page trying to get this. Now, the shade was a complete risk, as I had no idea what would arrive. But buff is lovely. See my full post on it here

And Crabtree & Evelyn's Nail Lacquer, again the colour was a complete risk, but I'm so happy with what arrived. I'm yet to try it out, but I can't wait. Petal Pink looks to be a fantastic shade. I'll do a full review when I've had the chance to do my nails!

So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a box here

Have you tried the You Discovery Box yet?

What's your favourite Subscription box? Is it worth it?