July Favourites

Beauty

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

I have been using this foundation for about a month and I absolutely love it. It gives me such a flawless coverage and doesn’t make me look cakey one bit. Also, a little goes a long way, so you only need one or two pumps.

NARS Highlighter in ‘Miss Liberty’

I was just browsing through all the make-up counters and realised I don’t own many NARS products. I needed a new highlighter so I decided to check theirs out. I swatched ‘Miss Liberty’ on my hand and it had such a beautiful glow so I decided to buy it. I’ve been using this highlighter all month. I love it.

Benefit Goof Brow Pencil

So, Benefit have been promoting their new brow range since about early June. Again, I needed a new brow pencil so that was my excuse for buying one from their range! I decided to go for Benefit Goof Brow Pencil in number 3. I must say, it has to be the best eyebrow pencil I have ever used. Filling in my eyebrows wasn’t hardly my best skill but with this pencil, I can almost say my eyebrows have been “on fleek.”

Skincare

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Dermalogica Precleanse

I had a sample of this cleanser for a while but did not get round to using it until only recently and I must say, it does my skin wonders. However, I use it AFTER I do my normal cleansing and exfoliating. This is an oil based cleanser and very nourishing. Highly reccomend to those who are prone to the occasional spot.

TV

Big Brother UK

The month of June and July I have been hooked, as usual, to Big Brother. It honestly has been so good this series. I loved Andy. I felt like he was very misunderstood in the beginning and kept on being up for eviction. In the end, he did get to the final and came 4th. Hughie was favourite to win but Jason won instead, which was a shocker. I’m glad he won because his time in there was ruined by Charlie and despite having a hard time in the house, and wanting to walk out numerous times, he ended up being in the final and the won!

Jackson was so annoying, especially when Georgina left. I liked Georgina at the beginning thinking she was the only normal person in the house, but since she got with Jackson, she became more angry and it came across as if she wanted to control Jackson, from his whereabouts to his clothes!

My highlight of the series was when Jason annihilated Lateysha. Oh my god, it was SUCH a shock (clip below). Since did that, he became enemy number one. He was very miserable and Ryan kept on having a go at him.

Ryan is probably my most hated housemate ever. The way he speaks, so loud, it is very annoying. The public liked Hughie quite a lot, but I just felt so annoyed by him. All he did was shout and start arguments with everyone one. However, I must say, he is probably the kink of tantrums. I call the male version of Nikki Grahame!

The dullest and the most boring housemate was definitely Alex. You couldn’t even tell he was in the house, he was that quiet and didn’t do as much. He definitely took Evelyn for a mug. My main favourites in the house was Jayne and Andy.

So, this series has now ended, but Big Brother doesn’t take a break. Celebrity Big Brother started last week and I literally don’t know most of them in there. If I get hooked onto this series of CBB, it could be in my August favourites…

Scream

I think it was around February or March time when I discovered Scream on Netflix. All of Season 1 was available, so because it was so good, I literally binged watched the whole season and finished it within four nights I think. For season 2 though I am up to date with it. It’s so frustrating waiting for the next episode for one week, just because it’s so addictive.

Without giving anything away, the series basically is situated in the town of Lakewood, where a string of murders take place by someone wearing a mask. Emma Duval, a teenage girl, is centred around this, who is somehow tied to the town’s past. It’s very spooky and when a murder happens, they waste no time in showing all the blood and gore (mainly by stabbing). Highly recommend to horror fans.

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Pokemon Go

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I’m never really the one to join the gaming bandwagon when it comes to a worldwide hype but for some unusual reason, I actually enjoy playing Pokemon Go. There’s something quite exciting about going out and hunting to catch a Pokemon, although I don’t do it on purpose. I usually catch Pokemon when I’m on my travels or simply just being in one place. Currently I’m on Level 6. I’m not obsessed, I just play when I can.

Music

These are the songs I’ve been loving throughout July

 

 
             
             

Spring Favourites 2014!

Well, it has been a while! I have been rather busy with university and final exams and deadlines but now university is over (university experience blog post coming soon) I thought I should ease my way into blogging by doing a Spring favourites as it is nearly Summer!

These are the things that I have been loving this Spring.

Skincare 

Manuka Doctor Products – My skin has been rather amazing recently and I do think it is to do with this new brand I have discovered. I needed some natural products because I have sensitive skin and came across Manuka Doctor in Holland & Barrett. I decided to buy all the apiclear range – the face cleanser, moisturiser and blemish cream (on a whim) and I have been using them for about three months now and I love it so much. They are expensive but they are so good. Ever since I have been using them, my skin has been amazing and I have had no breakouts. Amazing. This has replaced my homemade face masks that I used to make with Manuka honey. It is made with natural ingredients so amazing for acne-prone skin. I am on my third purchase of all the products and I will continue to buy them as long as it does its job! You can also find them in Superdrug.

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Beauty 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Foundation – I have changed up my foundation and found this amazing one. I will always love my Estee Lauder Double Wear but the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions foundation has been a winner for me this Spring. It gives great coverage (I may do a review on this) and feels very light on my skin. Photo-friendly too.

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Tanya Burr Lips & Nails – I love Tanya Burr and have been watching her on YouTube for years. She has brought out a lip gloss and a nail polish range and I decided to buy some. I gravitate towards red lip and nail colours so I bought the red nail polish in ‘Riding Hood’ and the red lip gloss in ‘Heart Skipped a Beat’. I love the lip gloss and wear it everyday now. I love the colour of the nail polish and how it looks on my nails however, it chips very easily and by about two to three days, half of the colour is gone. So that was quite disappointing but I have been loving the lip gloss and may buy some more of the lip-glosses.

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Music

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots – Damon has finally gone solo anda few weeks ago he released he debut solo album called ‘Everyday Robots’. It is absolutely beautiful. My favourite songs from the album are ‘Hostiles’, ‘The Selfish Giant’ and ‘My Tembo’. 

Lily Allen – Sheezus – Another new album. I have been really loving Lily’s comeback album called ‘Sheezus’. It is really catchy, very funny and quite cool too. I love the songs ‘Insincerely Yours’ and ‘Take My Place’. 

My Pamper Evening Essentials

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What I like to do every week is to have a nice pamper evening to relieve stress and just have some ‘me’ time. I know how stressful you can get when you have studying to do, a job or kids to look after. That does not mean you cannot treat yourself now and then. A break is what you need to recharge your batteries. In fact, pampering yourself does wonders to your physical and mental state and makes you feel so much better. I always like to have my own pamper evening once or twice every week and this is what I usually do…

DSC00822Relaxing bath –  A pamper evening always should include having a nice relaxing bath. It will not be a pamper evening if a bath is not included because that bath is what relaxes and soothes you the most. Recently, I have been buying bath bombs from Lush because they are amazing and makes you feel fresh and lovely. You need something special on a pamper evening. My favourite bath bomb is the Avobath made with avocado, olive oil and lemongrass and it smells amazing.

Exfoliating Face Mask – An exfoliating homemade face masks are the best for a pamper evening. My favourite is definitely my Manuka Honey and Sea Salt mask. Great for acne-prone skin.

DSC00785Candles – I love candles. I burn them while I study too. They put you in a rather relaxing mood. Yankee Candles are expensive but they last a long time and get the whole room smelling lovely. I was looking for the Christmas Cookie recently but they were all sold out, so I settled for the  Strawberry Buttercream instead. It is absolutely gorgeous. I burnt it only once and everyone says it got the whole house smelling nice let alone my bedroom. Scented candles are a must for a pamper night.

Clean and Tidy Bedroom – Along with that, I always make sure I have a tidy bedroom and some fairy lights turned on. It just makes me feel so much relaxed and cosy. Below is my bedroom – well half of it anyway.

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Book – I love cosying up in bed with a good book. I am currently reading Madness by Marya Hornbacher for the second time.

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Nail Polish – Something rather girly! A pamper even will not be a pamper evening without painting your nails. My favourite is the Essie ‘Fishnet Stockings’. A lovely deep red. It looks beautiful on. 13249384

I think I will have a nice pamper evening on New Year’s Eve. Perfect way to end 2013 don’t you think?

Beauty Review: Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

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I have been using Dermalogica products for over a year now because they specifically cater for sensitive acne-prone skin and work very well on my skin. I usually make my own exfoliating mask with honey and salt (see post here) however, I felt like my pores were getting quite large and I just wanted something new to try out and so I felt like buying a really good exfoliating product.

Obviously, I have to really research into a product before I buy it because my skin is very sensitive and because Dermalogica products work really well on my skin without breaking me out, I automatically gravitated towards their website and discovered the Gentle Cream Exfoliant.

So, because Dermalogica are a high-end brand, I decided to buy the travel size version of the product. I would however, recommend going to a Dermalogica counter yourself and getting a free sample (Liberty London in Regent/Carnaby Street have one) but in my case, I took the lazy option and decided to purchase the travel size product.

On their website, it says “Dramatically improve skin texture with this two-in-one masque/exfoliation treatment. Non-abrasive formula contains Lactic Acid and Hydroxy Acid to help detach dead skin cells, increasing cell renewal while improving texture for dramatically smooth skin. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.” 

I was quite wary of the fact that it is a chemical exfoliant because of the nature of my skin but because it said it was non-abrasive, I decided to give it a go.

The formula is a rather light and thin consistency almost moisture-like but when you apply it, it becomes very dry on the skin. I lather it onto my face, mainly concentrating on minimising those pores and I then leave it for 15 minutes. I then wash it off with warm water.

I have used it twice now and straight away after I have washed it off, my face feels rather smooth, the pores becomes dramatically smaller and it seems to kill those dead skin cells, which is the result I was looking for! It did not break me out one bit, so it is definitely a good product for those who have sensitive skin. You really notice the difference straight away.

The product is £37.90. I know it is very expensive and probably not worth it but if it does the trick, then why not buy it? Also, you only need to use it once or twice a week so therefore, the product will last you quite a long time.

*This is not a sponsored review.*