Wednesday, 22 January 2014

my favourite dry shampoo: Dove Refresh + Care

Being a fringe clad girl, dry shampoo is an essential some days; if I ever need a bit of a refresh or a bit of volume, I got for the miracle worker. 

Having mainly just used the Batiste line of dry shampoos and my latest bottle running out, I decided to give this Dove one a go. I had heard nothing but good things about this little bottle so I was determined to try it. I really like the packaging as it's simple and a 'no fuss' kind of product, it does what it says on the tin (bottle). 

I love Dove shampoos and the conditioning sprays as they all smell so good and this dry shampoo is no smells divine!

As well as keeping those pesky greasy hairs at bay, it creates quite a bit of volume with a few spritz and it certainly gives my hair a bit of "oomph"! 

Overall I've been really impressed with this product and considering Dove products are normally on offer, it's definitely one to keep an eye on!

Monday, 20 January 2014

London, meeting Estée & Salted Caramel hot chocolate.

I had a very eventful weekend just gone, which is very unlike me; I tend to do things on a Saturday and slob about on a Sunday (shh don't tell anyone). I went to London to see friends and to meet Estée (Essiebutton) which I have wanted to do for a little while now (and still can't believe I have now). Without realising too much, Estée really helped me back in February when she amazingly mentioned me in one of her videos, and from there my YouTube subscribers have kept creeping up.

I took a few pictures (not the best as I was trying out a new point and shoot camera I've just got) so I thought I would share them with you. Estée and I were planning on going to Bill's in Covent Garden but when we got there it was a twenty minute wait and with our impatient belly's growling we headed to Shake Shack instead!

We munched on our burgers, in between freezing our butts off outside and chit chatting away. After a horrific moment of losing my train ticket and Estée encouraging me to go back to SS and check it was there (which is was, under my chair- thank you!) we headed to Oxford Street for a spot of shopping. I had the best time meeting Estée and she's truly inspired me to keep on going with the ol' blog and YouTube. 

After departing with Estée I met up with Anna and Lydia and we headed to Carnaby Street, visited Monki (my second time that day) and went to a cute little cafe and had Iced Chocolate (basically a Nesquik!). After more perusing of shops we went for a Starbucks where I had my first Salted Caramel hot chocolate which was lovely but was also served by a man (a MAN), called Fay...which he seemed to find highly amusing. 

Anyway after a fun filled weekend and a day at work, I'm definitely ready for a bath! 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Origins GinZing Moisturiser

Today’s post is focusing on this scrumptious little beauty; Origins Ginzing Energy-boosting Moisturiser. When this was realised I was immediately struck by the sound of it as everybody was raving about the gorgeous orange scent and the ability it had to make you feel awake.

I didn’t quite fancy splurging on it myself so I asked for it for Christmas and thankfully Dan got it for me. The cute, sleek and vibrant packaging didn’t let me down and I was even more entranced when I opened the lid to smell the gorgeous orange scent.
The moisturiser is oil-free which is always a plus as my skin can border on being oily; it contains skin-boosters like Panex Ginseng and Coffee Bean which is what gives it the awakening effect.
I love the texture of this moisturiser, it’s not too thick and feels really light, without it being runny and transparent. It sinks into my skin perfectly and immediately creates a subtle tingling feeling, making me feel refreshed.
I have been using this moisturiser morning and night because I love it so much. I can’t see it running out any time soon because a little goes a long way.
Has anybody else tried this or wanting to?

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine pro powder

I'm sure a lot of you have witnessed the hype of this new Benefit Cosmetics product, as it's being doing the rounds on the ol' beauty blogs. Benefit Cosmetics were kind enough to send me the new POREfessional Agent Zero Shine, 'shine vanishing PRO powder' to give it a try. 

I must say I was really impressed with the neat little design and how compact the whole product is; the idea is that the powder and brush come together, making it easy to carry around in your handbag if you need that bit of powder help throughout the day.  The product has been created to work well with the Benefit POREfessional primer, although I'm unsure if it works any better with that primer than with any other. 

One end of the product twists off to act as the powder pot so you can tap some of the loose pro powder out and the other end unscrews to reveal a mini kabuki style brush which expands slightly to make application easier. A quick swirl with the brush in the lid and you're good to go. The shade of the powder seemed a little dark for me but it was fine once applied and I think it would be a great match for most skin tones. 

The claim of the powder is to reduce pores, much like the POREfessional primer but I'm unsure if I noticed this particularly. I personally think the product works best for a handbag addition as I always struggle to fit my normal powder and kabuki brush into my handbag. Although I think the price is slightly high, I think it's a nice little product to have in your collection but I wouldn't use this every day, it's just a great addition to my bag for those much needed touch ups. 

What do you think of the new POREfessional: agent zero shine pro powder

Monday, 6 January 2014

primark haul in pictures 2014

Pink blouse- £8*
White embellished blouse- £12*
Skirt- £5*
Black jumper- £12*
Denim dress- £12*
Miffy PJ bottoms- £4*
Miffy slippers- £2
White boyfriend t-shirt- £2
Skinny joggers- £7*
Dressing gown- £10*
Socks- £2*
Touchscreen gloves- £1.50
Combs- £1*
Umbrella- £4

I may have been shopping in Primark again...woops! I've been a couple of times in the last week so I thought I would take some pictures so you can see what I got. As you can see I'm loving collard items at the moment and Primark are doing well with their items. 

If you'd rather watch my Primark Haul video and see the items in more detail, you can HERE

I hope you like the bits I got!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

New Year's Eve in Brighton

If I'm being honest, Dan and I are not major party people; don't get me wrong, I love a good dance and a good get together but I've come to the realisation that clubbing isn't for me (I know, I'm 21 going on 61). We decided this New Year's Eve we wanted to go away somewhere, away from the pressure of having to have a good time on NYE; I have always really loved Brighton so we started planning. 

We stayed in a lovely B&B called Meadow Cottage which was just outside Brighton, as central Brighton was just too expensive. I loved the room and the bathroom was amazing, not to mention the yummy breakfast!

We headed for Brighton straight away, before going to the B&B and as it was lunch time we were pretty peckish. We started walking, battling against the rain and came across Bread and Milk, which I had been hoping to find; it's a really cute, quaint and rustic cafe. I went for the pumpkin spiced soup which was UHmazing and Dan went for a traditional baguette; we were both impressed with the food, not to mention the price which was extremely reasonable. 

We spent most of the day walking round the lanes, window shopping and generally taking in the atmosphere...even if it was a bit wet! 

We wanted to book dinner for later and we came across a restaurant called Coast which looked really good from the outside, so after a bit of googling we decided to book. We were slightly apprehensive because it hadn't been recommended to me but it ended up being a lovely restaurant and the food was really good; as you can see we went for whitebait to start, ribs and then yummy chocolate brownie. Again, it was really reasonable because we went for the set menu so it was £12.95 for three courses. 

We then headed for ice skating at the Royal Pavilion, which we had pre booked, and it was really fun and a lovely setting. We continued the evening with more roaming of Brighton and finished our night off settled back at the B&B.

Our day and evening might not have been to everyone's taste but I had a seriously lovely time and it beat sat at home watching TV, feeling guilty that I wasn't out "having fun". We decided to head to see Walter Mittey on our way home from Brighton and that was a good film to end my couple of days. Overall it's been a great way to end 2013, here's to 2014! 

What did you all get up to?


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