Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Veet Spray On Hair Removal Cream - £7.49 // Boots
Completely useless is the phrase that comes to mind when thinking about this product. The idea is that you spray the product on until it lightly covers the area you want to remove the hair from, then use the plastic spatula to remove it. You can only leave it on for up to 6 minutes. I tried removing it after 3 minutes - no result, 4 minutes - no result and finally 6 minutes - no result. I just found it to to be a total waste of time and something I won't bother to try again.
No7 Beautiful skin Pore Vacuum Mask - £14.00 // Boots
I'm so pleased I didn't pay full price for this. Thankfully I used a No7 voucher to get £5, but even at £9 I think this is an incredibly rubbish product. I'll admit that when I picked it up I didn't realise it was peel off (my own fault, I should have checked), instead I thought it was a plain mud mask. I applied it evenly all over my face and waited the allotted time before trying to remove it. All I can say is that it was bloody painful! I mean seriously "oh my god how am I going to get this off?!" painful. It clung to the tiny vellus hair on my face and practically ripped it out. It was just a total nightmare from start to finish.
Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my Sensationail kit. It's amazing and I wouldn't be without it. This shade however, is just terrible. I'm a die hard coral fan so I thought this would be gorgeous and totally up my street. Instead it's just a very tacky looking shade of pink that made my nails look really dirty. You know how some polishes just don't flatter your skin and make your nails look in worse condition? That's exactly what happened with Coral Sunset.
Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes - £25.00 // Look Fantastic
I can't remember exactly how much I spent on these when I was in America but it was definitely around the $15 mark. I can't get my head around why these have received such high praise. I've been trying to cut out products that have fragrance and these smell so artificial. I'll continue to use them until they're gone, but it's not something I would repurchase and something that I really don't understand the hype for.
Other than these four products I've been quite happy with everything else I've bought recently. I'm making a conscious effort however to use up some beauty products I've got lying around. It's got to a point where I've got far too much and need to do a serious 'project use up'! What products have disappointed you recently?
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Fedora (Next // £20 // HERE)
I've been wanting a fedora for so long and think they make the perfect Autumn accessory. I don't know if I can get away with wearing one yet so I think I need to try one on in store first. I like this one because it's so plain and simple.
Ankle Boots (Clarks // £69.99 // HERE)
I practically live in ankle boots during the colder months and am definitely due a new pair. For the past two years I've got my ankle boots from Clarks as they're so incredibly comfortable. I'm going to wait until they have some sort of discount code as they tend to do about 20% off every few months.
Chunky Scarf (Zara // £25.99 // HERE)
I think nearly all of my scarfs bar one or two are from Zara. I got a gorgeous grey tartan one from them last year that I'll be digging out. I'm going to buy another one, but in a lighter colour like the one below. I don't know if you've ever bought a scarf from Zara, but they practically double up as a picnic blanket they're that big.
I've got an old pair of Hunter wellies that are looking a bit past it now, so I'm thinking of splashing out on a new pair of Joules wellies. I like these because they're my favourite colour, navy, and because I think they look simple, but stylish.
Long Camel Coat (Zara // £159 // HERE)
I'm warning you now, don't step into a Zara unless you plan on doing some serious credit card damage. I think Zara do so well in the colder months and I'm drawn to everything in store like a moth to a flame. I've been after a camel coat for some time. It's one of those pieces that has been on my mental investment pieces list for a while. This one is quite pricey, so I'd want to check out the quality in store before buying.
Relaxed Striped Jumper (Oasis // £38 // HERE)
I love me a Breton stripe! I like this jumper because it's a little bit different and has a splash of colour. My wardrobe is so monochrome so I'll take any hint of colour I can get. Oasis do really good knitwear judging from the pieces I've bought from them in the past. I've found moths love it though, so if you buy anything from them make sure you put some lavender sachets in your wardrobe!
*Post in Collaboration with Joules
Saturday, 13 September 2014
At the moment I seem to want ALL THE THINGS! I've got a wish list on my phone that's about the length of my arm. There's something about autumn that makes me want to refresh and revive my beauty stash and wardrobe.
Paula's Choice Toner, SPF, BHA 1% Gel & Moisturiser (Paula's Choice // HERE)
I recently got in touch with one of the Paula's Choice experts and explained how about 5 months ago my skin broke out in horrible under the skin blemishes and bumps and nothing I've tried to get rid of them has worked. They sent me some sample sachets which would last me about 2 days to try the products to see if I liked them. All I can say is that I'm absolutely blown away with the results. The bumps under my skin have all but disappeared in the space of 2 days. I'm dying for pay day to hurry up so I can buy the range.
Sensationail Polish 'Espresso Bean' (Boots // £15 // HERE)
I'm obsessed with my Sensationail kit and can't wait to add some more colours to my collection. I'm thinking this dark chocolate shade with finely milled shimmer is perfect for Autumn and would be really flattering.
Vaseline Spray & Go Cocoa Radiant (Boots // £3.99 // HERE)
I've got so lazy with moisturising my skin recently. As the colder months start to creep in I don't want to get crackly, dry skin so I'm thinking a quick spritz of this once I get out of the shower in the morning should help keep dry skin at bay. Has anyone ever tried this? Is it any good?
Bare Minerals Pure Skin Serum Foundation (Feel Unique // £22.88 // HERE)
I received a mini sample sachet of this in my latest Red magazine and was instantly hooked. I love the Bare Minerals original foundation, but sometimes it's nice to use a liquid so I'm chuffed they've brought this out. I have some Selfridges vouchers that I got from my old office so I might treat myself to the foundation and the unique brush.
Dead Sea Mineral Face Mask (Etsy // £4.42 // HERE)
I refuse to pay a fortune for mud masks. Mud is one of the cheapest ingredients to source in the beauty industry so I won't pay over the odds for it. Any high street mud mask will do, but I've got my eye on this one on Etsy. I think Etsy is a little bit of a hidden gem when it comes to beauty. You can get some lovely hand made bits and pieces on there. In fact, I might do an Etsy beauty post at some point.
I guess my wish list sort of shows that samples really do work! A message to all beauty brands out there - samples will boost your sales. What's on your beauty wish list at the moment?