Friday, 30 March 2012

Human + Kind All-in-one Body Oil

Another Review today! (let me no what you think of my reviews and whether you like them or not in the comments please)

When I first saw this product I was very excited I thought it seemed like a great way of getting ready for summer! (or should i say spring... I can hear your thoughts saying ITS ONLY MARCH!) The product information says that this body oil is a

"a supercharged, multi-tasking body oil, specially formulated to hydrate, tone and rejuvenate dry or lackluster body skin, making it instantly soft and luminous. This miracle worker is crammed full of intensely nourishing, but lightweight, natural essential oils, minerals and vitamins- Ideal for targeting uneven skin, scars and even stretch marks."

I've tried a few oils in the past not to tackle any specific areas but more as a moisturizing product as I do have very drying skin, and its always nice to have soft, smooth, and moisturized legs. Seeing as its about the time mine start to come out from winter hibernation, I thought I would give this a go. It did not let me down! I've used baby oil in the past and although its good it was very runny and was running off my hands before I got to rub it in. Bio oil was a little better (a bit thicker and obviously a better quality product for someone my age aka. not a baby!) But this is just way beyond both of those in my opinion of course! 
Its a thick enough product that its not running everywhere before I can rub it in but its still of the oil consistency. I quickly worked out that it kept a lot more moisture in if I applied it straight after a shower, maybe even better with semi wet skin. Applying it to dry skin, it disappeared very quickly into my skin and although it was moisturizing it was way more effective after the shower.

This product is also hypoallergenic and suitable of sensitive skin so great for someone like me with super sensitive skin! Its also "Crammed full of healthy, natural nutrients... Organic Sun Flower Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, cold pressed wheat germ Oil, natural vitamin E, Arnica Oil." which all help to tackle such things like Cellulite and Scars.
I haven't rely seen its effects on cellulite yet mainly because I've only been using it for a week, I only have a bit of light cellulite around the tops of my legs so I didn't expect it to do much to that. However if you have any scars this is perfect for them as its packed with vitamin E which helps to heal. I had a operation on my back last year, after I fell in the snow so i'm going to try it on my scar and I will get back to you, if it makes a dramatic change.

I love this product and would definitely repurchase! Its got a slight kind of bergamot smell which I love! and is Great for those that like oil products and have dry skin or skin in need of a bit of TLC. Big thumbs up from me though! This product is €14.95 which although to some could be seen as quite pricey for what it does its definitely worth the money in my eyes! Its available HERE! and in pharmacies and health stores nationwide. 

What do you think to oil products? 

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Percy & Reed London- Hair Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish

Just thought I'd do a quick review today on this product which I got free with a magazine that was around €2-3... As its a full sized product what a bargain!! There's still some available in newsagents around Dublin (As far as I know!) And there is four to collect Shampoo, Conditioner, Mask, and Finishing polish. I picked up the finishing polish as its unlike anything else I have.

I expected it to be a serum like product but its actually more creamy like a moisturizer and melts away into the hair. The product is described as "Flawless is a big word, but this little bottle delivers. This gentle styler containing horse chestnut extract gives you a soft, flexible hold while while sunflower wax gently moisturizes. Knock 'em dead" 
Your supposed to use a small amount to tame the hair. Now I wash my hair every day (i no i no its bad for my hair!) Because i just hate the feel of it after a day it feels greasy. Therefore this product wasn't the best, I found it made my hair look greasy just after styling, not exactly what I wanted! as I only used about a pea sized about I had hoped it might just give me extra shine, but no it made it look over styled and greasy. 

I can see how this would be a great product for everyone with normal to dry hair! especially if your hair is prone to fly away's. I can't complain due to getting it free with the magazine, but I definitely would not repurchase this product. Its just not for me!

Have you used this product? Have you tried any of the other products from the line?

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

DIY: Scrap book!

Last week was mine and my boyfriends anniversary we weren't going to get each other much as we're saving at the minute as we are hoping to move again in the next couple of months! 
I thought a nice idea would be to make a scrap book including pictures of us when we were small, our families, how we met back in 2006 and adventures/trips we've had. I brought the Scrapbook in Papercase I got one with black pages and wrote in white pen in the book, but they come in so many colours and designs you should find one to cater for all! 

What you will need:
- a book/scrapbook
-Photographs/ photo paper
-Sticky tabs

Step 1: I began by choosing Photographs that I wanted to include, I then categorized them and made out a contents page on the first page of the book. I used white pen to show up on the black paper.

Step 2: I next made headings for ever chapter page (a title for each group of photographs, a section which would be under the contents page). Doing this I choose the theme of scrabble letters and designed each heading around this! I cut and measured squares of card rounding off the edges and drawing on the letters. I also googled the letters to find out the score value for each letter.

Step 3: I then applied sticky taps to each letter and stuck it down

Step 4: When the title page for the section of photographs was completed. I cut the photographs to how I wanted them to look. Cutting some into shapes, others to the persons shape, or landscape.

Step 5: I laid out the photographs on the page to see how they fitted together before sticking them to prevent any mistakes. I next stuck them down.

Step 6: I then continued this process, decorating and adding in writing as I was going. 

Have you ever made a scrapbook as a present? 

Saturday, 24 March 2012

No7 Beautiful Skin- Hot Cloth Cleanser

First off I had read so many reviews on this and was super duper excited when I got my €7.50 off No.7 voucher to spend towards it, I didn't even have to think twice about what to spend it on! My skins been a bit worse for ware recently and I was considering a different Hot cloth cleanser from another well known brand but when I saw how many good reviews this had gotten, and at a fraction of the price I just had to give it ago!

It comes in a pump bottle which I love as I hate putting my hands into products for my face. It also comes with the muslin cloth which was great. The product its self feel like a luxury night cream, and got a rely thick and smooth consistency.

To use this you just pump some product out onto your hands and massage it into dry skin, you then wet the muslin cloth under hot water (making sure its at a comfortable temperature), then lay it over your face and relax. After which you can use the cloth in circular motions to wipe away and product, polishing the face.

This product left my face feeling really clean and seriously soft! I saw a lot of reviews on this before i brought it and a lot of people said they found the muslin cloth to be quite scratchy on their face, i actually didn't find this to be the case. But like an exfoliater if you have very soft/delicate skin i wouldn't recommend using this more than twice a week. 

I would defiantly recommend this to anyone who's interested in skin care my face feels rely fresh and clean after use (but don't forget to follow up with a good moisturizer as the cloth does have exfoliater qualities).Also as a cheap alternative to a well known and popular brand this Hot Cloth cleanser has not compromised on quality! I got mine in boots normally priced at €13.47 but with my No.7 €7.50 off voucher I got it for €5.97. So If your in need of any other toiletries its well worth it to pick them up in their just to get the money off voucher even if you use it on their makeup range!! 

Have you tried the Hot Cloth cleanser? What do you think of No.7 products?

Friday, 23 March 2012

Sleek Wishlist

I've wanted to try Sleek makeup (HERE!) for the longest time! But at €9 for shipping to Ireland I'm trying to be good and hold out till there's a deal on shipping (Facebook and Twitter pages often tell you if there's a deal on!). For now though I wanted to share with you my wishlist! Please leave me your thoughts and feeling on the brand I would love to hear about your wishlist or favorite products!

Have you tried Sleek Makeup? what did you think of it? 
Happy Friday everyone! 

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Happy Mothers Day!

I just wanted to wish all the mummy's out there a very happy mothers day!
Its my 15th year without my mother so love to those watching over us as well...
Hope you all have a lovely relaxing day with lots of pressies and cuddles.

Friday, 16 March 2012

St Patricks Day NOTD

Its St Patricks Day this weekend which means lots of fun for us In Ireland and worldwide. I wasn't going to do a whole makeup look, instead I went with the quirky Paddy's day inspired nails. I'm going to make this a quick post as there is lots of celebrating to be done! I used masking tape to create the flag sections in the background, to give clean lines. I also used a cocktail stick to create the raised shamrock!

Hope you all have a wonderful St Patricks Day, How are you celebrating? Don't forget if you live in Dublin to get down to the parade its great fun and hey you might pick up a green ice cream afterwards!


Wednesday, 14 March 2012

DIY: Love felt cushions

Im thinking about doing more DIY posts in the future and with another move on the cards at the end of June maybe a few home DIY's.
I made these cushion covers basically just to liven up the room a bit as our room is just magnolia and then we have turquoise accents through the room (mirror, set of draws, embroidered bed sheets, candles). I got the cushions on a trip to Ikea a couple of months ago for around €1 (you can find them HERE!) I then set about trying to find a nice enough cover for them and there was very little in the colour I wanted that i like. And the DIY project was born.

Step 1: 
I brought these cushion covers on sale in penneys for €0.50, they were dark navy when I brought them. So I began by soaking the covers in bleach for 24 hours. I then rinsed and washed it off.

Step 2:
Once bleached of there previous colour I then brought a cheap hand dye from Hickeys for around €3 in the colour I wanted. I soaked the cushions in the dye for another 24 hours to make sure they were completely covered and dyed. (I added salt to the dye to increase its staying power!). I put it through a quick wash in the machine afterwards to make sure any residue was washed away.

Step 3:
For the decoration LOVE, I picked up some felt in Hickeys for a couple of euro and drew on the back of the fabric the letters I needed. Remembering to draw them back to front, so that the right side of the fabric was not drawn on.
I then created a blanket stitch around the outside of each letter in black thread. It an easy stitch to do and there are plenty of sites that offer instructions if you need any help. (HERES! one I found that explains it well)

Step 4: 
The cushion cover was slightly to big for the cushion so I sewed along the side and top to fit it properly.

I did a few invisible stitches every couple of mm to attach the letters to the cushion cover and hey presto its finished!

So what do you think? its a bit home made shabby chic! but it saved alot of money on expensive covers, and gives a nice homey touch to the room...

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

A hairy situation!

Hey everyone!

I've wanted to do something different with my hair for a long time now! its annoying me so much and I just tie it up at the minute because its between lenghts and annoying. I've had a bob for a long time now and only now it has reached my shoulders but is still shorter at the back in the bob cut. Its also endured years of me dying it black and dark browns which are around my natural colour this is to cover the greys :( This means its pretty much black due to colour build up!

Heres my hair at the moment (complete disaster im well aware lol)
an awful picture but just wanted really to show you just how dark it is!

So I've finally I've found two looks I like but I'm still really unsure. I would really like to try blonde but I'm a bit apprehensive. So the first picture is a bit more of a likely option: 

Picture credited to: 

Picture credited to: 

I did a bit of messing around on Photoshop just to see what it might look like on me here's the results... what do you think?

So what do you guys recon to ombre v's Blonde?? Or is it too much for me? 

Friday, 9 March 2012

February Glossybox

Back to the normal design (light pink box!), which I have to say is definitely my favourite. It took along time to get to me again but its finally here. I have to say I think this is a rely good box this month. It also came with the usual leaflet, one on fashion week and a little business card (expect the unexpected) which we now know is about the limited edition Harrods box for march. Can't wait to see whats in that box!

Ok so in this months box:

1. DUWOP Venom Gloss:
I generally don't like any plumping lip gloss because I find them uncomfortable and they rely sting my lips (im not sure if this is anything to do with the fact i already have sensitive skin, but I find it more uncomfortable than the average person). However this product although it came with a warning about a 'light tingling' I found this ok and i really liked the colour. I got Buttercup.

2. DR BRONNER magic liquid soap:
Mine is the Citrus orange smells nice enough not overly keen but rely like that it made with fair trade ingredients

3. PAUL MITCHELL round trip:
I don't have curly hair but I do like Paul Mitchell products so I will give it a whirl next time I curl my hair and do a separate post on this.

4. BM BEAUTY pure mineral Eyeshadow:
I hate to say that I'm not that impressed with this pigment I got it in Noir. Now, I have nothing against the colour but I would of preferred a more wearable colour. The black is obviously useful as it can be used for a night out or wet as a liner. I can't say its not very pigmented because it is a pigment, but it just doesn't have as much colour pay off as you would want from this type of eyeshaddow. when applied it smokes out but is a lot like rubbing coal on your eyes as it becomes very transparent. 

5. COMO SHAMBHALA invigorate body lotion:
Not tried this yet but it smells OK and you can't rely go wrong with a body lotion.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Death Of A Dear Friend

Please all bow your heads in remembrance of Nikon. You have properly noticed the terrible quality of photos on my blog (I would say for a while but its been a lot longer than that now!) This is due to the death of Nikon my camera. He was working fine one day and then the next the light had gone from his eyes. 
Now its a bit to early to go replacing Mr Nikon, he has only been dead and buried for a few months (too expensive!). So please bare with me as I grief for my loss and be patient until I come to terms with the fact that I have to find a replacement. 

God rest his flashy soul! 

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Time for a new design??

Hey everyone,

I have been unsure about my blog layout for awhile, im not sure if its too bright etc!
I'm thinking about giving it a spring clean maybe new header or layout/design??
Would love your feedback, what do you think??

Hope your all having a great weekend! 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Just Add Alcohol! (Saving cracked or broken powder makeup)

This post is for any of you out there that have cracked or broken powder makeup that you were just about to throw out, don't! we can fix it! A pet hate of mine is powder makeup breaking up after a weekend away in a makeup bag. I brought this bronzer a few years ago and it has been unusable for about a year due to the fact that it had cracked and broken beyond use. For some reason i held it back and didn't throw it away. Last week while doing a bit of reading i discovered this method of fixing it... and it worked!!

You will need:
Your cracked or broken powder makeup
a pot 
Rubbing Alcohol
cotton buds

Step 1: Take your cracked makeup and empty it into a pot

Step 2: Crush up the makeup the make an even powder (not necessary to crush it rely well i just think it makes for an even and better looking finish in the pan)

step 3: Clean the pan and packaging of the product. Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to powdered makeup in the pot. (rubbing alcohol is anything about 70%. However i used 40% vodka as the sale of rubbing alcohol is restricted in Ireland. you can get it over the chemist but it is costly, and it is not necessary for this to work it just means the drying time will be longer!) 

Step 4: Mix the alcohol and the product it makes a lumpy paste, don't add too much or it will be really wet and take ages to dry! transfer it to the pan press and smooth it down ( a spoon will do this trick). Leave to dry for at least 24 hours or longer depending on the alcohol content used. It may not look as pretty as it used to but one completely dried it will work as well as it did when first brought!!

So what do you think? worth a go or would you just throw it out?

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