Sunday, 19 October 2014

Empties #8


Bath & Body

Garnier Mineral UltraDry 
Starting off with a boring product but it's a brilliant one. It smells amazing and it really does work! I think i've had this in an empties post before but I will continue to use this over anything else.
Repurchase: Yes.

Nivea Body Lotion
This was one of the best body lotions i've used. It's really moisturising and dries really quickly. Sinks in really well and leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth.
Repurchase: Yes.

Garnier Oil Beauty Nourishing Scrub
I loved this scrub so much, it smelt incredible and left my skin so soft and smooth! For a drug store scrub £7.00 is a lot but it's worth it.
Repurchase: Yes.

Lush Rose Jam shower gel
This smelt quite nice, wasn't that amazing but left my skin feeling soft and smooth as well. Just a general body wash I'd say. I can never get the last bits of shower gel out, it's so frustrating.
Repurchase: No.

Soap & Glory Clean, Girls body wash
I took this to Morocco and I realised that I had actually taken 2 conditioners with me and no shampoo so I actually ended up using this as a shampoo and on my body. Surprisingly, it didn't dry my hair out at all. It smelt nice and left my skin so smooth, but past a certain point, it's really hard to get the product out.
Repurchase: No.


Haircare

Herbal Essences Bee Strong shampoo
This smelt amazing and left my hair feeling silky smooth and really moisturised. The ends of my hair appeared less frazzled and just felt amazing in general after every wash using it.
Repurchase: Yes.

L'oréal Elvive Thickening Shampoo
Another shampoo that smelt amazing! This didn't really do anything in terms of making my hair thicker, however it did leave my hair feeling really clean and soft and the scent is just lovely!
Repurchase: Yes.

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce shampoo
Since this is a volumizing shampoo, that straight away means that it's going to strip your hair so this was great as a weekly shampoo to get rid of all the weeks build up of products. If you have smelt the texturizing spray by CW, this smells exactly like that which is an incredible scent however I don't think this is worth the price tag. 
Repurchase: No.

Yuko Anti-Frizz conditioner*
I'm just saying the same thing for everything but this smelt so good! So fruity! I took my time using this up as I really enjoyed it and I only used it as a deep treatment mask every couple of days. It made my hair super smooth and silky and felt really moisturised.
Repurchase: Yes.


L'oréal Masque Cacao
This was such a nothing product. It's supposed to be a deep treatment mask but it just didn't really do anything for my hair. I used it as a regular conditioner but it wasn't anything special. It did have a nice scent but I've smelt and used better.
Repurchase: No.

L'oréal EverRiche Nourishing Intense Mask
Hands down the best hair mask I have ever used! Having ombré hair, it can get damaged and frazzled rather quickly but this mask really sorts it out. Brings life into the ends of my hair and really leaves it feeling soft and nourished. And it smells so good!!
Repurchase: Yes (already have)

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner
I love Aussie products as they have such a strong fragrance that smells amazing and they always leave my hair feeling soft and silky. I used this on holiday and it really helped with the dryness after all the sun and chlorine abuse. However, there's at least half the product left but I just can't get it out! The tubes are so hard to squeeze and it's such a waste of product. And for that reason....
Repurchase: No.

System Professional Colour Save mask
This was another nothing product. I didn't feel any benefits from this at all and the smell wasn't even that nice. Luckily it was only a sample size from Beauty Bay.
Repurchase: No.


Skincare

Aromatherapy Hydrating Triple Rose Moisturiser
This is only a teeny-tiny sized product but I already know it's not for me. The rose scent was far too overpowering and I felt it didn't do anything for my skin. I managed to get about 4 uses out of it but I wasn't seeing any benefits.
Repurchase: No.

Clinique All About Eyes
I've had this before and it's brilliant. Although I don't have any wrinkles as of yet, I do feel that it really helps reduce puffiness. My under eye area always felt super moisturised and hydrated after using this. And a little really goes a long long way!
Repurchase: Yes.

Boots Facial Hair Remover
I'm not ashamed to talk about facial hair, everyone has it, some are just less fortunate than others in the colour of it and being one of them, I like to rid of my misfortune. I've used the normal underarm/bikini remover before for my face and it worked wonders but this one just doesn't do the job properly. It says it's a 3 minute treatment but even 5 minutes doesn't rid of all the hair, and mine is super fine! 
Repurchase: No.

Garnier Micellar Water
This stuff is heaven sent, it's brilliant. Although I prefer Bioderma, I also much prefer the extra pennies I save for not buying Bioderma so I will continue to buy this once I have run out. This removes make-up effortlessly and it's the only high-street brand that I've found that removes waterproof mascara...with a bit of jiggling.
Repurchase: Yes.

Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make-up Remover
This is the third bottle of this stuff and I've nearly finished the 4th. It's just brilliant and removes all eye make-up! Even the most stubborn of waterproof products comes off easily with this.
Repurchase: Yes.


Nailcare

OPI Nail Envy Original
I don't think I could possibly rave about this anymore, it's just brilliant. Must have bought about 8 over the 4 years that i've been using it. It's made my nails so strong and they grow so quickly now as well. I will never sway from this stuff ever again (see below)
Repurchase: Yes (already have)

Orly Spritz Dry
I used to love this as it does make the nail polish dry a lot quicker than if you weren't to use it. However, since I've become obsessed with the Maybelline SuperStay gel nail polishes, I haven't had the need to use this anymore.
Repurchase: No.

OPI Start To Finish
I bought this one instead of Nail Envy once because they were sold out. It was rubbish to say the least. It's supposed to be a base coat, top coat and nail strengthener all in one but it just isn't. My nails had become so weak after using this for a couple of months. Never again.
Repurchase: No.


Fragrance & Make-Up

Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh sample
I loved this scent! I bought it for my Grandma a couple of Christmases ago and so it reminds me of her too. It just smells so fresh (haha) and it's a great day time scent.
Repurchase: Yes.

DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom
This was such a lovely scent, so fresh and florally and perfect for spring/summer days. It took me so long to get through though! The packaging is very bulky so it makes lugging it around a pain but it was nice. I would much prefer to try a new scent now though.
Repurchase: No.

YSL Volume Effect Mascara
This was the worst mascara I have ever used. After one use it had dried out and started to smell. It made my lashes clump together something rotten. I will definitely be sticking to drug-store mascaras from now on.
Repurchase: No.

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
One of the best mascaras I've ever used and it's cheap! It does what it says on the tube, no clumping! It also defined the lashes whilst staying curled all day. Amazing stuff. Such a shame it's only available in the US.
Repurchase: Yes (if I could get my hands on it)

MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage
Not to sure what to say about this product. I bought it back in my MAC obsessed days and it's taken me about 2 years to finish it. I've never really gotten on with any primers before (except my Clinique redness one) It didn't really offer a lot for my skin and didn't prolong my make-up either.
Repurchase: No.

Rimmel Match Perfection concealer
This concealer is one of my favourites. It's brilliant for covering up dark circles as it illuminates the area as well as offering great coverage. It also doesn't creaase!
Repurchase: Yes (already have)

Maybelline Baby Lips - Quenched
This is the first lip balm that I have used up fully in under a year. It was brilliant for holidays as it contained SPF, it smelt lovely and it left my lips feeling super moisturised. 
Repurchase: Yes (already have, even though I own most of the BabyLips line, I just had to have it again)


Face Masks

Montagne Jeunesse Manouka Honey Mask
This is my favourite mask from this brand, it really hydrates my skin and leaves it feeling soft and plump. The peeling is also fun to do...in a weird way! Any products with manouka honey now grab my attention as it's such a great ingredient for dry skin, perfect for hydrating dull skin.
Repurchase: Yes 

Montagne Jeunesse Nut Oil Mask
This mask smelt really horrible but left my skin feeling so smooth and soft and hydrated!
Repurchase: Yes.

Montagne Jeunesse Stress Release Mud Pac
It was a nice mask but it wasn't anything special. My skin felt soft but I've used better masks in the past.
Repurchase: No.

Montagne Jeunesse Blackhead Mask
This mask is aimed at men but I liked the sound of it. I felt that it did help my skin with blackheads and really enjoyed using it.
Repurchase: Yes.

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask
After using this mask, my skin felt so soft and clean and really smooth. It's such a shame it's so pricey as I would love to use this more.
Repurchase: Yes (if it were cheaper)

Friday, 17 October 2014

More from Makeup Revoltuion


I needed to make an order from Makeup Revolution as I am doing a swap with Alexandra from The A Style which obviously meant it was a good excuse to pick up some bits i've had my eye on for a while. Any reason to buy make-up....

Flawless palette - Ever since I set my eyes on this palette it has been on my wish list. After using and loving the Girls on Film Salvation palette, I couldn't wait to try this. I adore the other palette and the idea of having 32 shadows, 32!! I couldn't resist. All for £8.00 as well, total bargain. So far I have used it about 4 times and I am head over heels for it.

Brow Dual Ultra Brow Arch & Shape - Brown* - I was asked if I wanted to try this and since my beloved Pixi Brow Duo has just finished, I said yes. Anything from this brand is always welcome. It's a slighter darker shade than what I am used to but matches my brow colour perfectly. It has a felt tip on one end and a pencil on the other. It's amazing at creating perfect shaped brows and stays put all day! I will be reviewing it fully soon so watch this space.

I <3 Makeup All Day & Night eyeliners - I saw these on their Twitter page and as soon as I saw swatches I needed them. I love creamy eyeliners and especially ones with colour, however I picked up two basic shades for now. Channelling My Inner is a pretty bronze/brown shade and One Sin Too Many? is a standard black. They are really pigmented and so creamy. I've used both so far and they stay for roughly 3 hours on my eyelids, further testing will commence though.

Have you picked up anything from Makeup Revolution recently? Any recommendations?

*PR sample

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

HOW TO - Sweet Potato Fries


When I went out for a meal a couple of months back, I decided to try some sweet potato fries as they are a healthier version to normal fries. Needless to say, I feel in love with them, best fries ever! I went straight onto the internet to find out how to make them myself and thought I would share with you all how I do it. 


You will need - 

Sweet potato
Cornflour
Olive Oil
Seasoning of your choice - I chose black pepper, salt and chilli
Sandwich bags
Silver foil


Step 1

Turn the oven onto gas mark 7

Leave the skins on the potatoes as this gives them extra flavour, just make sure to wash them before you start.

Start by cutting up the sweet potato into reasonably thick fries (make them thicker as they do shrink in the oven.) 
Place the cut up fries into a sandwich bag, and add in 1 tablespoon of cornflour. Shake the bag around until the fries are all coated in the cornflour.


Step 2

Prepare your tray with silver foil, with the dull side facing up. Cover the foil in a light layer of olive oil and cover the oil with the seasoning that you want to use.


Step 3

Place the fries onto the the tray making sure that they have a little gap in-between them. 


Step 4

Drizzle a little bit more olive oil on the tops of the fries. You can also add more seasoning now as well. I like my fries really flavoursome so I always add more.


Step 5

Once all the fries are covered, place them in the oven for 15 minutes


Step 6

After cooking for 15 minutes, take the tray out and turn each slice over. Then place back in the oven for another 15 minutes

They smell blooming amazing when they are done and taste even better. It took a few trials and errors before Brent and I finally found the way we love them. They are slightly crispy on the outside and really soft inside which is perfect for me, they taste so good! Every time I have them with a meal, I can be full but still want to devourer more sweet potato fries, I always look for them on every single menu when I go out for a meal now too!

My next recipe is going to be the salmon meal that I have these fries with, and it's the best meal of the week, I enjoy it so much so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Previous recipes - Quick Healthy Breakfast Idea & Dinner - Healthy Noodles.

Will you be making sweet potato fries?

Monday, 13 October 2014

LUSH Haul


I usually wait until LUSH Boxing day sales before I make a big order and I rarely pass a LUSH store as there sadly isn't one local to me. Recently LUSH products have been all over YouTube and blogs and they seem to have bought a couple of new products out which meant I just had to make an order.


Halloween
There seemed to be a lot of new products from the Halloween line and I was intrigued to try them out. I picked up Lord of Misrule which is a bath bomb and described as a spicy herbal blend and smells so nice! It does remind me of another product, but I can't figure out which one. Sparkly Pumpkin is a bubble bar which I don't always fancy, but I could probably get 3/4 baths out of this which is great. It smells so cirtusy too which is lovely. The following 2 products are both bah bombs which are my favourite things to get. Northern Lights just looks so beautiful in the video clip on LUSH's website I just couldn't resist. The mixture of jasmine and ylang ylang just smells incredible too. Sparkler looks more like a Fireworks Night product but nonetheless, sounded great. It contains popping candy which is always fun. I saw Zoella use it in a vlog recently and it looks really pretty. 

Christmas
I bought these two bath bombs last year and they are my all time favourite products from LUSH. I did like Cinders but these two have taken over. Shoot for the Stars and Luxury Lush Pud both smell blooming amazing and are so beautiful in the water, especially Luxury Lush Pud. I have reviewed them both which you can read - Shoot for the Stars and Luxury Lush Pud

I couldn't resist picking up Granny Takes a Dip as I have seen a couple of posts reviewing it and it just sounds so lovely, also looks really pretty too! It smells amazing, very lemony. A random item that I picked up was Ambrosia which is a shaving cream. I sometimes suffer with shaving rush and this is supposed to help stop any soreness after shaving. It smells quite bad but if it works, I don't mind.

Have you picked up anything from LUSH recently?

Friday, 10 October 2014

Organisation Tips | How I Stay Organised


I've never pinned myself as a blogger that deserves to give tips, I'm still trying to figure out how to grow my blog myself and I read countless posts that other bloggers write to get some help and ideas. I just don't think I know enough about how to grow and maximise your blog just yet, but one thing I am good at is organisation. I often get referred to as Monica from Friends and Brent always laughs when I ask for a label maker...he thinks I'm joking!? I recently posted a picture on my Instagram of myself blogging and what not and had a few comments saying how organised I was and then a lovely lady asked me to write a post on how and what I do to keep organised. So...here you go!


Stationary

As silly as it sounds, for me pretty stationary automatically means I will stay organised as I love to write and doodle in my pretty notepads. Everyone went crackers for the Martha Stewart notebooks/journals from Staples (the blue journal) I can't find them online anymore but I know they are still in-store. It's so big which means there's plenty of room and also, looks great in blog photographs too. 

The mini "Notes" Notebook is a recent purchase from Tesco for £3.00 and it's really handy, it's also pretty.


Organisation

Ideas Notebook  - I use the small notebook for post ideas and reminders. Once I have done the bullet point, I cross it off so I can clearly see that it's either been done or scrapped. Because it's so small, this is great for carrying around with me for any ideas that pop in my head during the day.

Finalised Notebook - This is the big blue notebook that I use. I use it for only posts that I am planning to write up, if I do change my mind, I cross it off, however I try to stick to my original ideas. 

In this notebook, I section it into four columns. These are - 

  • The title of the blog post.
  • Pictures edited.
  • Post written.
  • Post uploaded

This way I can clearly keep track of what I have and haven't done for each post. I simply tick it off as I go. For a PR product, I jot down next to the title to remind myself.


At the back of the big blue notebook, I also write all the information down regarding PR samples, guest posts and sponsored posts

PR samples -  I write down the name of the person who contacted me, their email address, the name of the products, when they arrived and when I reviewed them. This lets me know when a product is fully completed and I don't need to worry about it anymore. 

Sponsored posts - The details of the person who contacted me along with a section where I can write the date that I uploaded the post.

Guest posts - This is similar to the above, just information about the person I am guest blogging for, and a date I sent the email with the post in.


On my laptop, I have a folder named BLOG. Each blog post I write has it's own folder and inside the BLOG folder I have more folders with the following categories - 

  • Done  - For all the blog posts that are completed.
  • Edit - All the pictures for new posts that I need to edit.
  • PR - All PR products go into this folder so they aren't lost.
  • To Write - All the posts that I want to write but are still testing out/haven't used yet.
  • Upload - Once a post is written in draft on blogger, I move the folder here.
  • To Write Soon - This is for posts that I need to get up as soon as possible.

If you weren't bored of the word folder you definitely are now! I really hope you have found this post helpfully and not confusing. I tried to write it as simply as possible as I get confused so easily myself but this is everything I do for my blogging organisation.

What are your best tips for staying organised?

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