Sweet dreams

sleep spray and creamI have never been a very good sleeper. I fall asleep quickly but can never stay asleep as my brain goes in to overdrive and stresses about even the most unimportant things!

My friend bought me this set for Christmas from thisworks which contains the deep sleep pillow spray and the deep sleep dream cream.

This pillow spray is amazing. It smells of lavender and really does help you relax and switch off before bed. I have been spraying it on to my pillow whilst reading before bed or if I wake in the night I spray my pillow to help get back to sleep. The cream smells similar but I am not quite sure where you are meant to use this to be able to smell the relaxing scent. I have simply been using it as a hand cream as I have the spray for my pillow.

I really would recommend this to anyone who has issues with sleep as it really does help relax you!

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The least perfect formula

Hi all

I have been contemplating trying ‘Perfect Forumula’ nail polish, and finally caved and purchased the QVC special value set last week.

I applied the base coat, 2 coats of colour and then the top coat! This has to be the worst nail polish I have tried in a long time!

The formula was very thin and was streaky even after two coats. The formula was also not plumping. All I will say is that the model on QVC must have had 10 coats on or very good lighting! I kept the polish on for one day before going back to my trusted Nails Inc! I will be sending the Perfect Formula set back to QVC and will not repurchase this brand!

I hope this helps anyone that has also been interested in this!

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Personal-planner 2016

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

I haven’t included an image of my planner as I chose a photo collage front sheet which is kinda personal!

I had one of these planners last year from personal-planner.com/EN and absolutely loved it, so knew that I would order another for 2016.

This year the quality has improved further and the front and back personalisable sheets are now made of thin card rather than paper like last year.

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The brilliant thing about Personal-Planner is that you can personalise the interior. There is the option of vertical or horizontal views and I then chose to have the background striped pink.

There are multiple options for along the bottom of the page. I chose two ‘to-do-lists’ and then ‘dinners for the week’. I also chose personalised ‘training’ boxes within each day to say how many hours I have trained for.

If you are in the market for a diary then I would highly recommend this company. It was only £20 and arrived within a week of ordering.

xXx

Nails Inc Victoria Beckham!

VB Judo White

I held off on purchasing this colour for months due to it being considerably more expensive than the normal Nails Inc polishes!

I finally caved after seeing photo after photo of this colour and realising that I need it in my life!

This is the Judo White polish. The formula is fantastic, as with all of Nails Inc’s polishes, and the colour is the perfect mix between a white and a nude. Even though the price tag is pretty ridiculous (£25) this colour is spectacular!

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My personal planner

I have seen quite a few blog posts and youtube videos reviewing this website, but as a stationary junkie I couldn’t resist ordering one and telling you guys all about it!

So personal-planner.co.uk is a website where you can design a personalised diary. There are 4 different shapes that you can chose from and each has different personalisation options. I chose the square planner as for me this was the most practical shape to fit in my handbags. I have never been so excited to receive a diary before, so the day it arrived I ripped the envelope open.

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I haven’t shown the front cover of my diary here (the image is the back cover) because I designed a photo collage and I didn’t want to put photos of my friends and family on this blog. I designed a collage using an app called ‘fotor’. You can also add a single image or have a coloured cover with your name on it.

When you open the packaging you get the planner (obviously!) and then you get a ruler (they sent two with mine for some reason), the elastic and a plastic wallet. All of the above you fit yourself which means that you can slot them wherever you want in your planner. Plus you get to chose the colour of the ruler and elastic! These are really nice additions to make it a functional planner as well as a pretty planner!

Then on to the inside of the planner……. You get to chose the layout inside. Check out the website to see the differing layouts because they vary depending on which shape planner you chose. You also get to chose the colours of the interior, so i went for the pink and green because I thought that this looked really cute.

Along the bottom of each week you can add personalised boxes. I chose to have a workout one, a do-to-list one and then a blank space for notes. This adds such a functional element to the planner and there are other useful options available such as dinners for the week or ideas.

Then at the back of the planner there are some spare pages where you have an option of what you want on them. I chose an overview of 2016 and 2017 and then some lined paper. Mine is rather boring compared to the other options available such as sudoku pages or colouring sheets.

For me there is one thing that stands out about this planner is the fact that you can add personalised dates for your friends and family birthdays. These are printed in the main diary and in the overview at the back of the diary. The best thing about this is that these dates are saved on the website and next year when I order my diary they will automatically be on there without having to re-enter them!

I can’t recommend this website enough. The quality of the diary is fantastic and it is so nice to be able to personalise all aspects of your planner!

xXx

November Birchbox

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Laura Mercier Body Butter in Fresh Fig |£26 for 170g| Sample is 30g so worth £4.59Packed with nourishing shea butter, grape seed oil and protecting aloe vera gel for silky, scented limbs | This body butter smells fantastic. It is a lovely thick creamy texture, however, would I pay £26 for the full-size? I don’t think so. It’s a lovely treat to use but there are other body butters on the market for a much cheaper price tag

Weleda Replenishing Oat Shampoo | £8.95 for 190ml | Sample is 18ml so worth £0.85 | This gentle shampoo contains nourishing organic jojoba oil to smooth, reduce breakage and improve suppleness | This is a very disappointing sample size especially when it is one of the 5 main samples. I have not tried this shampoo as it does not say whether or not it is safe for coloured hair so I don’t want to risk it. Even if I had tried it, it would have been difficult to give a true review as with my long hair I would be lucky to get 2 shampoos out of the tiny tube. 

Chella Highlighter Pencil |£15.95| Presumably the sample is full size | Brighten and add glow to areas you wish to accentuate | This is a peach toned highlighter pencil. This is not a good colour match for my pale skin so I will not be using this as a highlighter. When I applied this it did not seem to highlight much at all after you had blended it. However, on the plus side, it would make a good waterline highlighter (however I wouldn’t recommend this as I am not sure how safe it is to use actually as an eyeliner). 

Lilla’lli Line Define Fill in Blackmail | £10 | Presumably sample is full size | A waterproof pencil to define eyes | I received the black eyeliner. It is a lovely soft, creamy pencil and the pigmentation is fantastic. However, it smudges very easily and did not last me all day. Definitely not a contender to replace my Rimmel black eyeliner!

English Laundry Signature For Her EDP | £16 for 10ml | Sample is 2ml so worth £3.20 | A divine delicate fragrance with elegant notes of quince, jasmine petals and musk | This is a beautiful feminine fragrance. It is sweet and floral at the same time. This would be a lovely summer fragrance. I will definitely consider purchasing the full-size of this. Or maybe put it on my christmas list. 

Lifestyle Extra | Pukka Herbs Teas | £2.29 for for 20 teabags | Sample was 3 teabags so worth £0.34 | I quite liked this as a sample as I love trying new fruit teas. Unfortunately because I am very fussy with my teas I gave the earl grey and the cinnamon to my mom, but the elderberry and echinacea was very nice. If they sell them in my local supermarket I would definitely consider buying them.

Beauty Extra | Pencil Sharpener | £3 | This would have been really useful a week age when I had lost my sharpener and had to repurchase a new one. There’s not much else to say about a sharpener, they’re much of a muchness!

Total Box Value = £34.73

The box was good value, however, there were a few disappointing products in there. I would prefer to see some more well known brands and better sample sizes for some of the products  

Autumn Lip Essentials

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Blistex Relief Cream | This is definitely my number 1 winter lip essential. This cream is designed to relieve cracked lips but is also for use on cold sores. I use this when my lips are in their worst condition and have cracked. This has quite a menthol/medicinal taste but really works. A product for those days when nothing else will cut it. The only criticism I have is that due to the metal tube, it is not handbag practical. If the tube gets squished, when you open it it just keeps coming out so is a huge waste of the product.

Hawaiian Tropic Lip Gloss in Mango Papaya | This will seem like a strange product to have in an autumn post. For those of you who are not familiar with the brand, Hawaiian Tropic produce sun cream. However this lip gloss tastes so god damn good that it is an all year round essential. Plus it has spf 25 so you’re keeping your lips protected all year round!

Lanolips Lemonaid | I held off buying this product for months due to the price. It is £8.99 which seems ridiculous for a lip balm. I finally succumbed to temptation and do not feel at all guilty. This lip balm is amazing. It so so thick it really does moisturise your lips for hours after application. This would be a fantastic product for overnight moisturisation, however due to the pretty shimmer I prefer to use this during the day as I don’t normally wear lipstick.  It tastes amazing and it has a slight pretty shimmer. There’s nothing else to say. A fantastic product!

Lush Mint Juleps Lip Scrub | This is the perfect accompaniment to all the other products listed. Lush’s range of lip scrubs are made from sugar so you lick them off after scrubbing. I use this before AM and PM and follow with either Lanolips or my 8 Hour Cream. No mess and they taste amazing. My favourite is the mint juleps one which tastes like mint chocolate, however all the other flavours are divine. This gives the perfect base for applying lip balm and lip colour. 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream | This is a cult beauty product and certainly lives up to its reputation. I use this overnight to keep my lips hydrated. I have to confess that I have an awful habit of biting my lips when i’m stressed so this really helps to repair them overnight. You can also use this product on other areas such as the cuticles or patches of dry skin. Quite pricey but lasts for ages!

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist | I bought this product purely for the name but was pleasantly surprised. I don’t normally wear much colour on my lips at all so I went for the nudist shade. This is a gorgeous natural shade with an edible vanilla scent. These apply nicely and last for a few hours. An added bonus is that the packaging is handbag friendly. 

October Birchbox

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The theme of this months birchbox is ‘Beauty Buzz’

For any of you that have not heard of it, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sample subscription.

It costs £12.95 per month including postage

In each box you get 5 samples plus a lifestyle extra, but this month there was also a beauty extra

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I have to say that this month I was especially excited because I finally got the pink bag! 

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KMS California Curl Up Wave Foam Mousse|£15 for 200ml| Sample was 75 ml so worth £5.62 This wave enhancing mousse encourages curls, while protecting hair from heat | I haven’t actually used this product as I haven’t had the time to let my hair dry naturally to get the best results. 

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance |£28 for 50ml | Sample was 15ml so worth £8.40 The universal pearl tint creates a soft focus effect to minimise the look of imperfections with a radiant finish | This is a fantastic primer. It has a lovely radiant finish and is a fantastic primer for foundation. It’s nice to see a high-end brand such as this. 

Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant | £67 for 60g | Sample was 7.5 g so worth £8.37 An exfoliant that brightens all skin types, reduces the appearance of fine lines, acne marks and discolouration | This is a beautiful exfoliator. It has fine grains which really make your skin feel super soft after use

theBalm cosmetics Stainiac | £10 for 0.3oz | Sample was 0.04oz so worth £1.33 | This easily blended two-in-one lip and cheek stain gives a natural, understated flush | I have only tried this product on my lips as I am not a fan of cheek stains. The colour is lovely and looks perfect with a lipgloss on top

Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips | £11.50 for 15ml | Sample was 3ml so worth £2.30 | Versatile lip balm that started life as a nipple balm! Hydrates and repairs dry flaky skin, sealing in moisture | I was really excited to try this product as lanolin based lip products are normally good. However, I could not get any of the product out of the tube. The product is so stiff that it is impossible to get out. I definitely will not be purchasing the full-size of this product 

Lifestyle Extra | UltraDEX | £8.15 for 75ml | Sample was 15 ml so worth £1.63 | This award=winning line kills bacteria, lifts stains, whitens teeth and freshens breath | I will not be trying this product as there is not enough fluoride in the toothpaste to meet my dentists recommended amount. My dentist recommended only using toothpaste’s with a minimum of 1400ppm of fluoride whereas this toothpaste only has 1000ppm

Beauty Extra | Egyptian Magic | £29 for 118ml | Sample was 3 * 3ml sachets so worth £2.21 | A cult multi-purpose healing cream made with just six all-natural ingredients | I haven’t actually used this product yet but am very excited to try it as it can be used on the skin and the ends of the hair 

Total value of box = £29.86

I think that this was a good box this month. I love the inclusion of a Laura Mercier product and apparently there is another product by this brand in November’s box. Even though there are a couple of products that I won’t use I still feel this is great value for money. 

Autumn/Winter Nail Polish Favourites

 

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From left to right:

OPI Lucerne-tainly look marvelous

Nails Inc Piccadilly Circus

Nails Inc Redcliffe Road

Nails Inc Shoreditch Lane Leather Effect

Nails Inc Boltons Place

OPI Stay the Night Liquid Sand Effect

Nails Inc Victoria

OPI Mrs O’Learys Bbq

Nails Inc Motcomb Street

Nails Inc Tate

I like to wear darker colours in the winter and brighter colours in the summer

The best thing about dark colours is that they look fantastic with a glitter topcoat to transform them from day to night

It is important to use a good top and base coat, especially with darker colours. My favourite is the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar set. This is so important as chips show up more on darker colours plus darker colours look better when glossy rather than matte.

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OPI Lucerne-tainly look marvellous
Gunmetal with silver flecks

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Nails Inc Piccadilly Circus
Pinky Red

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Nails Inc Redcliffe Road
Deep plum purple

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Nails Inc Shoreditch Lane
Deep red leather effect

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Nails Inc Boltons Place
Muted grey

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OPI Stay the night liquid sand effect
Deep red with red glitter

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Nails Inc Victoria
Deep burgundy red

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Nails Inc Motcomb Street
Deep navy

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Nails Inc Tate
Classic red

 

 

 

 

 

It is important to use a good top and base coat, especially with darker colours. My favourite is the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar set. This is so important as chips show up more on darker colours plus a darker shade looks better glossy rather than matte.

I should point out that I am not a fan of the liquid sand effect, however I love this colour so much that I add my Nails Inc Gel effect top coat over the top to smooth down the effect.

 Mrs O’Leary’s Bbq by OPI is my number one favourite colour for autumn/winter. It is just the most beautiful burgundy colour!

OPI Mrs O'Learys Bbq Deep burgundy

OPI Mrs O’Learys Bbq
Deep burgundy