Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil, Oil (For Fine Hair)



First of all, apologies for the super long title!
Percy & Reed is a brand that I've loved for a very long time. I've tried out a lot of their products over the past few years and they never disappoint. The No Oil, Oil (we'll shorten things down this time) is among one of my favourite products from the brand and quite possibly my holy grail (gasps) hair oil.
The product contains violet extract, which leaves the hair looking and feeling soft, shiny and much more healthy. It also contains pro vitamin B5, which helps strengthen and repair the hair, whilst also providing some serious heat protection.
I use this when my hair is wet, I brush through all of my hair and split it into two sections, then I use two pumps of the oil and apply it from the mid-lengths to the ends of my hair, mainly focusing on the ends, then I just get to work on drying my hair and when I'm finished, I'm left with super silky, soft hair. It's also incredibly lightweight, so it can be used on the roots of the hair or even to tame flyaways, it won't weigh your hair down or make it look greasy.
Even the smell of this hair oil is incredible, it smells like fruit salad sweets, so when you're swishing your hair about you smell that delicious smell. 
I've actually been using the 15ml bottle as I got it in a gift set, however the 60ml bottle is £14, which I think is quite reasonable for the amount of product you get as you only need a tiny amount. There's also an option for thick hair as well.
All in all, a brilliant product by a brilliant brand, and one I will continue to repurchase again and again. 

What do you think of Percy & Reed? Have you tried anything from them? Or would you like to try anything from them? Let me know in the comments!

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Sara

Monday, 28 July 2014

Nails Of The Week | Manicure Monday




I'm showing the Maybelline Color Show nail polishes some love this week. I really like the Color Show range, I'm starting to build up quite the collection, I just can't fault them!

On my nails:

Models Own - 5 In 1 Top & Base Coat
Maybelline Color Show - Cool Blue
Maybelline Color Show Street Artist - White Splatter

What do you think of my NOTW? Would you wear it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector


The weather is all over the place in Northern Ireland at the minute. Last week it was raining, this week the sun is shining! However, this product has seen me through all weather conditions and all seasons, so I thought it was about time I showed it some love on my blog. 
Sometimes, I get quite a bad eczema flare up on my hands and it can be really irritating and sometimes painful. I don't exactly know why this happens, I know it can be related to stress and diet, but on occasion it can be completely out of the blue. 
Anyway, because so many hand creams are perfumed, I find that they irritate my hands even more, so I stay well clear of them. However, even though this has the strangest smell that I can't even compare it with anything, it has done nothing but good things for my hands. It's extremely moisturising and relieves my skin so much, this probably has something to do with the Community Fair Trade hemp seed oil in the cream. 
Also, although it's very moisturising, it's not heavy or sticky and sinks into my hands quickly. There's nothing worse than that sticky, greasy feeling on your hands all day!
To be honest, I would go as far as saying that this is one of my 'hero products'. I always go back to it and I favour it over some of my more expensive hand creams. I highly recommend it for anyone that has eczema, dry skin or just wants a new hand cream that does the job. 
It comes in two sizes, 30ml for £5 and 100ml for £11. However, I always buy the £5 one as I like to have it with me in my bag wherever I go. For only £5, why wouldn't you give it a go?

What do you think of The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector? Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments!

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Sara

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Happiness


Okay, I feel as if it's about time I addressed this and I don't really know how to as this is my first ever proper personal post and I don't want to say too much. 
First of all, you may or may not know that I have anxiety and panic disorder, I also don't like to talk about this which I know is the completely wrong thing to do, but I'll maybe talk about that another time. 
So, basically, over the past couple of months, I've had a really rubbish time. As a matter of fact, it all started before I began my blog a couple of months ago, then it all really kicked off around the time I began my blog and I've been using this as a distraction and creative outlet. I'm not going to say exactly what happened as I feel as if that would be too much information and I don't ever want this to come back around on me, but the majority of people will have went through the exact same experience.
Do you ever just feel as if you completely trust someone with your life? Then, they slowly start to turn into the person you'd never thought they would of become? A completely different person, no longer caring or considerate, just a complete personality transplant. Then you start to think is it something you've done wrong? Maybe you're not good enough? Yeah, that was me, over-thinking a situation as usual, except I wasn't.
I live in the countryside, so I was glad I didn't live in the town and I was more than happy to stay in the house, go on my laptop and listen to Ed Sheeran's new album all day, every day, which at the time was me in my comfort zone. My best friend tried to encourage me to leave the house for a bit and go into town for a bit of shopping to cheer me up. Even then, I got so worried and overthought situations that I could be in that I brought panic attacks upon myself, which made me feel even worse. The phrase 'worried sick' is an actual term and I'd never seen my panic attacks as bad before.
However, a few months on and I'm feeling better than I ever have in a very long time. I've been leaving my comfort zone behind, I've been worried about very little and I've even been on a few nights out with my friends, which was a rare occasion before. It just goes to show you how much one person can have an effect on your life. Then, it shows you how much they shouldn't have had an impact on your life. I haven't been this happy and contented in a very long time, I'm looking forward to events with my friends and I can't wait until uni starts again at the end of September, not only to see all my friends again and to see what we'll learn this year, but because we were even thinking about living in the student/party central area near my uni, which I thought I'd never do. I'm just trying to say yes to as many opportunities as possible and doing all of the things I never had the chance to before.
Waow, that was a ramble! I don't even know if I'm going to publish this, but I'm going to leave a few tips on how I like to stay happy, just incase anyone is having a particularly rubbish time at the minute.

Time

Have you ever heard the phrase, "Time is a healer.", well that is another true phrase. No matter how bad things seem at the time, it will pass.

Friends & Family

My close friends and family are the only people I can truly rely on when something's going wrong in my life, so keep them close, confide in them and they'll do their best to help you.

Remove Negativity

This ties in with the point before, but if there's someone or something in your life that doesn't make you happy, remove it. Yes, it's easier said than done, but you'll feel a lot better after it. 

Space

My space when I'm feeling down is particularly important to me. If I have all my stuff tidy and organised, it will help me focus on everything else. If everything's a mess, I get more stressed. I need my quiet place to take some deep breaths.

Food

I wouldn't say that I have a completely healthy diet, but eating healthier makes me feel better on a day-to-day basis. However, if I'm in a bad mood I'm more likely to order and pizza and go on a sugar spree, so if it's going to happen, that's okay, I'll be fine the next day.

Exercise

I'm the last person that you'll see exercising if I have more important things to do, but if I'm feeling particularly annoyed I like to get rid of the frustration by going on the cross-trainer or treadmill. If I'm more calm, I like to do some yoga and stretches or go a walk along the beach if I can as it calms me down and helps me to think more clearly. 

Sleep

Sleep is so important, on average you should be getting 8 hours of sleep a night. However, if I'm unhappy, I can't wait to get to bed and then I'm awake all night because I over-think. The best way I've found to get to sleep is by turning off my phone, laptop etc., light a candle, listen to music and just think about the words, or else read a book. Then whenever I feel sleepy, I lie down and try to sleep.

Music

Some people listen to sad music when they're sad, some people listen to happy music when they're sad. To me, it doesn't really matter, just find something that you really love listening to and just think about the words. For me, I love to listen to Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Bastille, Passenger, Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Rey, etc. no matter what mood I'm in, but sometimes I just get that horrible lump in my throat at the more meaningful songs and I have to turn it over. If I'm angry, I like to listen to You Me At Six, Blink 182, Sum 41, Mayday Parade, etc. and it gets me pumped up to do some exercise.

It's Okay Not To Be Okay

I'm not one to cry, it's always been that way. I didn't even cry at The Fault In Our Stars! But if you need to cry, you need to cry. It will get it out of your system and you'll feel so much better after it. 

Just Be Who You Are

You want to start a blog but you're worried what people will think? Do it anyway, you never know where it will take you. You want to wear that dress but you're worried people will stare at you? Do it anyway, they're probably thinking how great you look. If you want to do something, do it. Don't let anyone dictate what you can and cannot do. You are your own person, it's your life and the right people will support your decisions.

So, there we go, my first ever proper personal post. I did get into a bit of a ramble in parts and there's so much I had to cut out, but it's been a big relief for me. What do you think of this more personal post? Do you have any tips on being happy? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Monday, 21 July 2014

Nails Of The Week | Manicure Monday




For some reason I'm totally drawn to pink nail polish at the minute. I don't know why, but I just keep reaching for all of the pink shades! So, here's my super pink, super girly pink manicure for this week!

On my nails:

Models Own  - 5 In 1 Top & Base Coat
Rimmel Rita Ora - Don't Be Shy
Models Own - Roman Candle

What do you think of my NOTW? Would you wear it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Sunday, 20 July 2014

the Balm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette







I've never tried anything from the Balm before, although I always read such good reviews about their most popular products, one of which being this eyeshadow palette that I had to cave in and buy it eventually. You may have seen this on my blog before because I featured it in my ASOS Haul when I had a 25% off discount code for students, so I thought why not treat myself after a long, hard year of being a student. *cough*
As the name suggests, this palette contains 12 utterly gorgeous nude shades, 4 matte and 8 shimmer shades. There's not one bad shade in this palette, I've used every single shade now and they are all just as highly pigmented and blendable as the next one. The quality and colour payoff of these eyeshadows are insane, so a little goes a long way as too much can cause some fallout, especially with the shimmer shades.
I've just been loving using this palette along with my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette every day since I got it. Some of the shades in this palette are actually so similar to some of the shades in the Naked 3 palette and I'm really enjoying using the two palettes together. It also reminds me of the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette, which is next on my hit-list as I've been wanting it for ages now.
My personal favourites from this palette are 'Stand-offish', 'Selfish' and 'Seductive'. I also think that 'Sassy' is great for an inner corner and brow-bone highlight.
The packaging is among some of my favourites as well, funny without being crude. At £26.50, it's also fairly cheaper than the Urban Decay or Too Faced palettes and I get the most use out of this palette more than any others I own. I just can't wait to try out more from the Balm now!

What do you think of the Balm? Have you tried any of their products? Let me know in the comments!

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Sara

Friday, 18 July 2014

Charles Worthington Strength & Repair Longer & Stronger Hair Masque



Okay, let's take a breather after saying that really long title name! I picked this up during my Boots Haul on a whim, I never planned to get it, I just saw it and thought "Why not!?" and I've been pretty impressed with the results! 
I've been using this once a week for a while now and I saw results even from the first time I used it. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and nourished for the entire week, and super shiny as well. I don't know whether my hair has grown much since using this, but it has made my hair stronger and reduces the amount of tangles and split ends I get, which will in turn make my hair healthier and (hopefully) grow a little bit more.
I don't follow the instructions on the label (like the bad-ass I am), I just start by rinsing my hair, putting this all over and leaving it to work it's magic for about 5 minutes. Then, I just rinse it out and follow it up using my shampoo and conditioner. However, it's light enough to use in-between shampoo and conditioner as it doesn't weigh your hair down or leave it greasy if you wanted to do that. It isn't as thick as some hair masks that I've tried before, but that's not necessarily a bad thing because it feels as if you've completely rinsed it out whenever you're ready to.
Can we also talk about what an amazing lid this has as well? There's nothing worse than trying to put the lid back on a product when your hands are wet and you've got a scoopful of product in your other hand! The flip lid is just so convenient and stops any water getting into the tub, it makes me wonder why more expensive brands don't do this!
I really like this hair mask and I'm really surprised by the results considering it was only £5.99! It can definitely rival some of the more expensive hair masks I've tried and it's earned a good place in my shower.

What do you think of Charles Worthington products? Have you tried any? Let me know in the comments!

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Sara

Monday, 14 July 2014

Nails Of The Week | Manicure Monday




White nails are everywhere at the minute, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and give myself a little white manicure this week. 'Coconut' is actually more of a milky, creamy white, so you can avoid looking as if your manicure has been done with Tipp-Ex. So simple, so glossy, so pretty!

On my nails:

Models Own - 5 In 1 Top & Base Coat
Barry M - Coconut

What do you think of my NOTW? Would you wear it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Daniel Sandler Baby Jet Mascara



I've been using lots of different mascara's at the minute, I'm just really enjoying trying out some new ones that I've bought as well as rediscovering some old favourites. However, this one has been standing out from the rest for quite some time now. 
I think this is mainly to do with the super tiny brush. The micro-fine wand catches even the smallest lashes in at the corner of my eyes and it applies with no mess whatsoever because the formula is not too wet and not too dry.
I especially love using this for my bottom lashes, it catches every single lash without making them look too clumpy or spider-like. It just gives both upper and lower lashes a really natural look, so it's lovely to wear on it's own or with your normal mascara. Usually, I would curl my eyelashes, use this on my top lashes and bottom lashes, then go over my top lashes again with Benefit's They're Real Mascara if I want a really defined mascara look that day or night.
At £12.75, you could buy other mascara's with larger wands at this price, but I think having a smaller wand in your collection is definitely worth it because it just makes such a difference to the overall look of the mascara, giving a brighter, wide-eyed look all round.

What do you think of Daniel Sandler's Baby Jet Mascara? Have you tried it? Or would you like to try it? Let me know in the comments!

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Sara

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub





Easily, I'd say that this is one of the best smelling things I own. Think of freshly made pancakes and porridge, mmmmm.

Anyway, I bought this during my Boots Haul because it was 3 for 2 on Soap and Glory, I needed a new body scrub and this one was the winner for me. It's definitely one for you if you like sweet scents as it contains honey, banana, golden sugar, almond, oatmeal, shea butter and natural capuacu bio scrubs. 
It gets the job done at being an exfoliator as it's scrubby and gritty, but not too much that it's harsh on the skin. After use, skin is smooth, soft and smells incredible.
This is a body scrub that won't be leaving my shower anytime soon and I'll be repurchasing this again and again. I would even go as far as to say that it's my favourite body scrub ever. Also, it's only £8!

What do you think of Soap & Glory's Breakfast Scrub? Have you tried it? Or would you like to try it? Let me know in the comments!

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Sara

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil



I've never used an oil cleanser before, I'm all about cream cleansers as they work best with my skin. However, I've seen a lot of people raving about this and promising that it didn't break them out or react badly with their skin (which was my worst fear with oil cleansers), so I decided I would be brave and give it a go.
First of all, it comes in a handy pump bottle, so it reduces the mess of having to pour the oil into your hands and reduces waste as one pump gives you the right amount of product. 
I always use this on days when I'm wearing make-up and it's the first step in my night-time skincare routine as my make-up remover, then I usually follow it up with a cream cleanser as I'm enjoying double cleansing right now!
I use this simply by using one pump and rubbing it over dry skin in circular motions until I can just feel my make-up becoming loose and dissolving away. Then, I just use a normal face cloth and warm water to swipe it all away. I use this in the same way for my eye make-up and it has never caused my eyes to blur or be irritated. It even removes the thickest coat of mascara and eyeliner!
I've been using this for a while now as I've wanted to give it a proper trial and every time it has never left a greasy residue of film over my face, it hasn't broke me out or caused my sensitive skin and eyes to become irritated in any way. This is most likely down to the fact that it contains camomile, one of nature's natural ingredients that is proven to care for skin, and that's exactly how my skin feels after using this, cared for.
I really do love this cleansing oil and it's definitely changed my opinions about them, but I don't think I'll be straying away from this one anytime soon as it just simply works at removing all my make-up and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. Also, at only £10 for 200ml of product, I would consider it to be a great bargain buy.

What do you think of The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil? Have you tried it? Or would you like to try it? Let me know in the comments!

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Sara


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

L'Oreal Color Riche Mono Eyeshadows




I've seen these little beauties mentioned on a few blogs before and they all had great reviews, so when I saw them in Boots I was interested in picking a few of them up for myself.
First of all, I would just like to mention how gorgeous all the shades are in real life, so I would really recommend seeing them in real life as they just look so much better. It was hard for me to only choose three!
I'm definitely the kind of girl that would choose a matte eyeshadow more than anything, however these metallic looking shadows were just too beautiful to ignore and I've been wearing them ever since I got them. 
I picked up the shades "201 - Cafe Saint Germain", a pink/purple brown shade, "205 - Sable Lame", a light golden shade and "204 - Golden Nude", a dark golden bronze shade.


201 - Cafe Saint Germain




205 - Sable Lame



204 - Golden Nude



I was actually so surprised by the quality of these eyeshadows, each one is so highly pigmented and the texture feels so soft. I actually find that they give a better finish when applied with my fingers as opposed to an eyeshadow brush, and even then they give an even finish with no fallout, even without primer! 
Even the packaging is on point, L'Oreal haven't messed about with adding in those foamy applicators, so you're just paying for the product, which isn't going to break the back either at only £5.49 per eyeshadow. Also, they are so slim and compact, so they are perfect for carrying in your make-up bag instead of a palette.
I've seriously fallen head over heels for these little eyeshadows and I've already picked out a few more shades that I want to pick up when I'm next in Boots, I just can't get enough of them!

What do you think of the L'Oreal Color Riche eyeshadows? Have you tried them? Or would you like to try them? Let me know in the comments!


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Sara

Monday, 7 July 2014

Nails Of The Week | Manicure Monday




It's so dull, grey and rainy in Northern Ireland at the minute (no change there then), so I wanted something bright and cheery to remind myself that it's still summer, so what better colour than orange! Although, my camera doesn't pick up just how bright and glossy this actually is!


On my nails:


What do you think of my NOTW? Would you wear it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Sunday, 6 July 2014

NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm



This seems to be the lip balm that every beauty blogger owns and raves about, so naturally I was keen to try it out. Apparently, one is sold every 28 seconds throughout the world, so it must be good!
It claims to repair, nourish and restore suppleness and comfort to dry and chapped lips. This does just that, leaving my lips softer than they have ever been.
It contains ingredients such as honey (which is what it smells like), plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence, all of which are proven to improve and repair the skin. 
The texture is thicker than other lip balms I've tried, so I normally just put this on at night along with my skincare routine and I wake up with the softest, smoothest lips. Although it is thick, it's not sticky or uncomfortable to wear, which is ideal if you want to wear this throughout the night.
This really is one of those cult favourites within the beauty community, and I can see why. However, it's definitely the most expensive lip balm I've ever bought, retailing at £9.50 per pot. Although, you do get a lot of product for your money as a little goes a long way. I can definitely see myself repurchasing this whenever I've finished the one I have.

Have you tried the NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm? Or would you like to try it? Let me know in the comments!

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Sara

Friday, 4 July 2014

Day At Dublin Zoo


My best friend is a volunteer at her community youth club and they organised a trip for all the children to go to Dublin zoo for the day. There was a few extra seats on the bus and they were looking for some extra helpers because there was so many children to look after, so when she asked me if I wanted to go, being the animal lover I am, of course I said yes. 
Now, I've never been to any other zoo before apart from Belfast, so I was excited to see what another zoo would be like. I'd just like to say now that I don't totally agree with zoo's, I know that the majority of zookeepers take good care of the animals, but sometimes the animals just look so sad to be there and act strangely, especially with lots of children running around, screaming and banging the glass at the animals, that really grinds my gears. Anyway, rant over, I'll get on with talking about my day!

It was an extremely long journey, taking us three hours to get there, so by the time we got to the zoo we were ready to eat our picnics that we brought with us, then we headed around the zoo. It took us three hours to get home again and after a long journey at the start of the day, walking around all day and looking after hyper children, I was glad to get on that bus to head home. 
Thankfully, the majority of the children were just as tired as the adults were, so I was able to pop in my earphones and listen to Ed Sheeran's new album (X) on repeat until I got home. All in all I had a great day, luckily it wasn't raining, we didn't lose any of the children or have them fall in with any of the animals and I didn't get any blisters from my pumps, success!


























Have you had any day trips recently? Let me know in the comments!

Sara