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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Sarah Happ Lip Scrub | Beauty

Sarah Happ Lip Scrub

Sarah Happ Lip Scrub

So Lip Scrub is a thing! I feel like this year with the Kylie Jenner over hyped lips, I have seen every huge beauty blogger using lip scrub before they apply the ultra matte liquid lipsticks. I however never really got into the matte trend, I love a nude lip and I love a creamy nude lip but matte just seems a little too much for me, considering most of my make up is kinda dewy anyway so a matte lip looks a little odd. 

However I think everyone can agree that lip care is like super important, we've all been there when we are a little lazy an forget the ol' lip balm and then you go to smile and your lip bloody cracks...the pain! Personally, I always sleep in lip balm so that I don't spend the day reapplying and then licking it off then needed to use more as I think this creates a bigger problem. I went to a work event in October and got a whole bunch of freebies and this Sara Happ Lip Scrub was one of them so I thought I would give it ago and see what all the fuss is about. 

I have to mention the scent, oh my god, Midnight Blueberry was everything I hoped it would be, smelled divine and I wanted to eat the damn thing, but you can't (booo).I must admit it did feel a little weird when I first used it because the skin on your lips is actually quite delicate and here I am using something so abrasive on it, but I tried to be a little gentle. Once you rub it all over your lips you need to remove it with some tissue, it doesn't have an unpleasant taste but it does have a kind of cosmetic zing to it. First thing I noticed was that my lips kinda felt a bit tingly, it doesn't have anything in it to make them tingle but they just felt a little weird for like 5 mins. Then I noticed that my lips looked actually quite plump, amazing! I don't have flat lips but my top lip is a little meh but after using the Sara Happ product I could kind see why now all the girls have a scrub in their lip care regime. It was really good a removing some dry skin on my lips for sure. 

I will probably use this lip scrub every now and then, for me I just can't get my head around using such an abrasive product on my lips, but I would say that if you do already use lip scrubs then you need to check out Sara Happ products, they even have a Red Velvet Cake scented one which smells delicious. I would say it was a little on the pricer side and I know that Lush does a range of lip scrubs that are a little friendlier on the ol' purse. 

What are your thoughts on lip scrubs?

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Things that make me smile | Lifestyle

Basically, I'm grumpy as hell lately and sometimes I need to remind myself of the little things day to day that might make me smile...

I mean, I can pretty much hold an entire conversation with gifs alone, they are just so damn funny and also random! You can find one to fit any mood!

Christmas Songs...
Yeah before someone moans, I know I am a bit early, it's not even December yet, blah, blah, blah but last year I was by myself ok and this year I will be back in England so I'm getting myself all festive now. In fact, I have a little life update for ya next week so look out on Sunday! 

Trail mix...
Peanuts, cashews, almonds, raisins and m&m's what more could a gal ever want...ever...ok maybe a French bulldog but until I can get that I will stick with the trail mix

Autumnal Colours...
Just UGH!!!! I swear autumn seems to get prettier and prettier each year and I don't quite know why but I am loving it! You simply cannot beat that cold chill in the air, with bright blue skies and golden leaves! Every damn walk down the street is an Instagram moment.

Phone calls...
I really love having a good chat and you know what I love even more is that my pals are literally always there for me. I can call my dear at like midnight and she will pick up. Even speaking with my dad daily makes me happy because it's just nice to check in and hear what's going on back in the UK. 

Name one thing that has made you smile recently?


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream | Beauty

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

First Aid Beauty is one that again I haven't really heard of but I feel like I have seen the brand around. This is another product I go free at an event, basically I got a whole goodie bag filled with beauty products so I though I would just write about them because I wanted to start getting beauty back on the blog! I am talking about the newly released Ultra Repair Cream and just give you guys my first impression.

I must admit, I'm a bit of a lazy moisturiser like, sometimes I either can't be bothered or just don't have time. I mean don't get me wrong I exfoliate with my little gloves everyday but the whole process of waiting for the product to absorb into your skin is just too much some times. I always moisturise after I have had a wax because obviously it's a shock to the skin so I try and nourish it a bit. This being said I struggle to find a product that I really like. I don't really have dry skin but I always buy products for dry skin because I feel it just give my skin a bit of a boost.

I got two tubs of this Ultra Repair cream and when I gave it a little smell I bloody fell in love, for some reason it just reminds me of sherbet, that sugary sweet but a little zingy kinda scent, on the packaging it says it's a vanilla and citron scent which is probably a better way to describe it than what I just have. It's actually for intense hydration and can be used on eczema which I think is fab! When I think of eczema products I think of god awful thick creams that smell vile, I don't suffer from eczema but in the past I have had a little when I was on skin medication. 

As you can see the product is super thick and creamy and I guess you would expect it to be a little heavy on the skin, well you are wrong my friend, it's almost weightless. In fact when I scooped out the cream I was so surprised, it almost has a whipped texture to it and melts into the skin! First Aid Beauty, I am bloody obsessed with this product, you don't have to wait ages for it to dry it just does the job. I don't have any problems with my skin so actually I can't comment on whether it does help with other skin conditions but if you just have normal to fractionally dry skin like me then give this product a go.   

The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream probably isn't one used use daily, but every now and then when your skin needs a bit of a pick me up, you should try it out.

What are your favourite skincare products?

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Finding the perfect Fragrance | Lifestyle

Fragrance is a tricky one right? I growing up I long to be one of those girls who carries around a little bottle to spritz every now and then but my problem was finding something I actually liked. 

Even when I was young, perfume of some sort would be on my Christmas list and not because I actually liked it or that I had ever smelled it before but because I liked the adverts or it was in Elle magazine and I so desperately wanted to be as sophisticated as the women in Elle. For the first few days of having the perfume I would spray it and then about a week later I would hate it. The problem is I find so many fragrances just to strong and chemically. All the popular fragrances in Boots seemed to smell the same, too sweet or too bitter. My best dear Vernia loves a scent, that girl is always spritzing and always smells incredible, she has a very good nose for scents. So this year I thought, you know what I am just going to go on a proper hunt and I'm dragging her with me.

I went back to the UK in March and met Vernia in London and we went into a Jo Malone store so we could have a little smell. Let's face it Jo Malone has reached cult status in the blogging world so of course I tried some scents that my fave bloggers liked but they just didn't suit me. I would smell one, give it to Vernia and she would give me her opinion, we spent quite a lot of time there but I genuinely wanted to try everything because I fee that Jo Malone has a lot of unique scents that aren't stereotypically women's or men's if you know what I mean. I ended up settling on Peony and Blush Suede which in itself just sounds like a bloggers dream but the reason why I picked this one was because it wasn't too over the top with floral scents or too sweet or too heavy it was just right, sounding a bit like Goldilocks there aren't I? I opted to buy the smaller version of the bottle because I just know what I am like. 

Once I started using it I loved it and then a week later I started to hate it. I was so annoyed because I was sure that this would be my scent...so I just carried on using it, but I started adding it to my bed sheets or just putting it on my clothes as opposed to wearing it on my skin and then I started falling in love with it again. I think my problem is that I need to get used to the scent, I needed to find my way of wearing it and the next thing I knew I had used the entire bottle so it was time for an upgrade.  

I think when finding the fragrance that's right for you, don't look at the ads, don't look at what everyone else is wearing just use your nose, spend 20 mins in Jo Malone smelling every product, go to Boots and try everything, try something unique like the Library of Fragrance scents. 

What is your favourite scent?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

SheaMoisture Shampoo and Conditioner | Beauty

Shea Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Shea Mositure

SheaMoisture is a brand I have never heard of before, I picked it up in the US as a freebie but you can get some SheaMoisture products from Boots I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the shampoo and conditioner from the Fruit Fusion range.

I always feel that it's so hard finding a good shampoo and conditioner for fine hair, because most products really cling to my hair weighing it down and just making it look super flat. Another thing that doesn't help my hair is that I was it too frequently which means I strip the natural oils from it making it very greasy even after one day, I can't bear to have dirty looking hair. The first thing I noticed about the SheaMoisture shampoo and conditioner was that it's for fine, wavy curly hair...like that's 3 different types of hair all needing different types of products, curly hair tends to be drier a needs deep conditioning, I would never be able to use the same products on my fine hair. This said, I was still super excited to give it a go. 

The thing that I really love about these SheaMoisture products is that they are so conscious to the planet, I mean look at the list of things these products don't have, no added nasties that we have just become used to having in all of our hair and skin products. Not only this, on the side of the bottles it's proudly listed that it's a family owned and operated company, that the ingredients that are used are fairtrade and sustainably sourced and points out again that they are cruelty free, I mean this company is seriously talking to the millennial in me, like who wouldn't want to try this out?

I was obsessed with the scent, because though it has coconut water in it and you know I bloody hate coconut scents, you really can't tell it. There are subtle undertones but the fruity and vibrant scent wins and I love it. 
I actually wash my hair backwards with conditioner first and then shampoo and with my conditioner I only put it on the ends, never on the scalp because it would never wash out of my hair, I learned this mistake long ago

When I first used it my hair looked and smelled incredible only after one use, I was so happy and telling people about it. However my excitement didn't last long. Every time since I have washed my hair which is probably about 20 times now my hair feels awful, the product doesn't properly wash out of my hair an leaves it looking so greasy. When I try to use less, it doesn't actually wash my hair so whilst I don't have any product left in it, it hasn't cleaned my hair properly so when I dry it, it still looks a bit dull and dirty. I just think that the shampoo doesn't work well with my hair and it's so disappointing. 

Moving onto the conditioner though, this is the real winner here, it is super thick and super creamy, it feels luxurious. This conditioner I can so get on board with and doesn't stay in my hair at all  it washes out perfectly and definitely leaves my ends feeling smooth. The scent is exactly the same as the shampoo and I love using it in the morning I just wish the shampoo worked with my hair. I would totally try more from this SheaMoisture as they have such a lovely history behind the brand. 

Have you used any SheaMoisture products before?

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