Sunday, 29 November 2015

Weekly Snapshots


  • NOTW: Nails Inc - Porchester Square & Orly - Hair Band.
  • Burgundy and gold.
  • Gingerbread snowman.
  • Octopus illustration.
  • What are thooooose!?
  • Gold, glittery deer Christmas decoration.
  • Golden crunch doughnut. 
  • Fluffy pyjamas are completely necessary.
  • Sleepy Major.

How was your week? Is there anything that you're looking forward to in the week ahead? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Dove DermaSpa Range*


As the days are becoming increasingly colder as the seasons change from Autumn to Winter, it really does have a huge impact on my skin. Whether this is down to the increased layers, having the heating on or just the general sharp, icy air that's sweeping across the country at the minute. Even though my body is hidden away under many layers during Autumn and Winter (because I can't resist buying cute jumpers) it's still important to look after my skin to prevent it from becoming dry and irritated.

This is when the Dove DermaSpa range steps in. Dove is a brand that I've trusted for many years as their products are effective, yet affordable and have featured many times on my blog before, such as the Refresh & Care Dry ShampooSummer Glow Body Lotion and the entire Oxygen Moisture (For Fine, Flat Hair) range. So, whenever I heard that they were releasing the new DermaSpa range, I was very keen to see how the products would trial.

First of all, there's different collections within the DermaSpa range, such as DermaSpa Goodness³ and DermaSpa Uplifted+, but there's also the DermaSpa Summer Revived Body Lotion and the DermaSpa Intensive Hand Cream.






I actually gave the Uplifted+ Body Oil and the Uplifted+ Massaging Body Roll-On to my mum because they're targeted for improving the skins elasticity and firmness, so she dibs on these two because she would get more use out of them, but as far as I can tell, she's a fan of both!

The Goodness³ Body Oidoes exactly what they say on the bottle, it transforms dry skin and leave it feeling silky soft. I like to apply mine straight out of the shower because it sinks in straight away and doesn't leave a greasy residue on the surface of the skin. 

The Goodness³ Hand Cream keeps dry skin at bay due to the velvety formula, which sinks straight into the skin. However, the Intensive Hand Cream is a step up, as it soothes and repairs dry hands, which is much needed in the cold weather.

Finally, I had high expectation for the Summer Revived Body Lotion (Fair To Light) since I love the original Summer Glow Body Lotion so much and I'm pleased to report that it hasn't let me down, as the luxurious lotion glides onto the body with ease, absorbing quickly and providing a subtle tan overnight with no streaks or smudges, which is perfect for festive parties if you don't want to wear fake tan.

My stand out products from the range are the Goodness³ Body Oil and the Intensive Hand Cream as I've been using them every night since I got them and I've noticed a huge difference to the condition of my skin. Another mention has to go to the Summer Revived Body Lotion (Fair To Light), as I use it on special occasions and it gives my skin a light glow without being too much, which is perfect for me because I don't suit the heavy, fake tan look because I'm naturally so pale.

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What do you think of the Dove DermaSpa range? Would you try anything from it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Weekly Snapshots


  • Tea, digestive biscuits, fluffy blanket and Netflix.
  • The cutest little slipper socks ever.
  • Obsessed with these yogurts.
  • NOTW: Maybelline Color Show - Wine Shimmer.
  • It's officially bobble hat weather.
  • Getting into the festive spirit.
  • Cotton candy grapes are finally back.
  • Got myself a Kate Spade phone case.
  • Tropicana multivitamins to fight off this cold.
How was your week? Is there anything that you're looking forward to in the week ahead? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Friday, 20 November 2015

Mini Lush Haul



Last month, around the middle of October, I went on a shopping trip and popped into Lush to look at the Halloween collection, so it was no surprise that I had to pick a few little treats up! In fact, I'll need to plan another trip soon to pick up some of the Christmas collection, because who can resist Lush products at Christmas time!?



The Comforter Bubble Bar is one of the best selling products in Lush and if you've used it, or even smelled it, it's pretty clear to see why. With a concoction of Cassis Absolute, Bergamot Oil and Cypress Oil, it gives the distinctive scent of blackcurrant which provides a comforting, yet uplifting sensation. I actually prefer bubble bars to bath bombs as I find them a lot more moisturising and I get much more use out of them. For example, I usually break The Comforter Bubble Bar into pieces of 4 or 6, which obviously provides 4 -6 lovely pink baths! As well as being a Lush favourite, it's definitely one of mine that I'll buy again and again. 
I also highly recommend checking out The Comforter Shower Cream, which I've used up, so I'll definitely have to repurchase that next time I'm in Lush, or placing a sneaky order online.



The only bath bomb I picked up and yet another Lush best seller was the Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb. It looks simple enough from the outside, but when placed in the bath, it disperses colours of pink and green, then eventually breaks down into a gorgeous orange with pinky red petals floating on top of the water. Due to the Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Oil and even Popping Candy, it leaves your bathroom smelling like the most amazing lemon sherbet in the world.



The only thing I picked up from the Halloween collection was the Sparkly Pumpkin, which is now sadly no longer available on the Lush UK website. However, I highly recommend picking it up next year as it's the one product I'm sure I will buy every time the Halloween season rolls around. Not only does it look incredible, it smells incredible as well, boasting the typical Lush cocktail-like scent, due to the blend of Juniperberry Oil, Grapefruit Oil and Lime Oil. Just be prepared to be seriously glittery whenever you come out of the bath!

What do you think of my mini Lush haul? Would you try anything from it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Laura Geller Baked Balance N' Brighten Foundation







I've surprised myself that I haven't done a review of the Laura Geller Baked Balance N' Brighten Foundation before now, as I just can't seem to stop going on about it! This year seems to be the year of good foundation discoveries for me, as I'm either wearing this or the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation. Granted, I only wear the L'Oreal foundation when I want my skin the look super flawless, so like special occasions or if I'm doing something when I know there's going to be photo taking involved.

First of all, this foundation has a powder to cream formulation, which means it goes on like and feels like a fine powder, but has the coverage a cream foundation. It feels absolutely weightless on the skin a provides a flawless luminous base, due to the colour correcting properties within the foundation. 

I'm always glad whenever companies make foundations that are actually light enough for my skin tone. I use the shade Porcelain, which as you would probably guess, is a very light shade with peachy pink swirls throughout it. Again, due to the colour correcting properties.

When looking at the ingredients on the back of the foundation one day, I noticed that it contains an ingredient called Centella Asiatica and White Tea Extract. I had no clue what the skin benefits of these two ingredients were, but after some research I discovered that they both provide antioxidant protection, which I've actually noticed is making a positive difference to my skin because I've had fewer breakouts and blemishes since I've been using this.

I can't even begin to explain to you how easy this is to apply, there's no faffing around with which brush or sponge to use with it as I bought the Laura Geller Retractable Baked Powder Brush to go with the foundation and it makes application so easy. I shorten the brush so that the bristles are more dense in places I need more coverage, like around my nose and chin, and then just lengthen the brush out again to dust over the rest of my face, so all in all, it takes me around 30 seconds to a minute to do my foundation in the morning, which is extremely important for those extra minutes in bed now that it's started to get colder in the morning.

I've honestly never used something quite like this before, I've went through 3, nearly 4 containers of this foundation since I discovered it, which is a testament to how much I love it. No matter what foundations they release in the future, I'll always have one of these in my make-up stash.

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What do you think of the Laura Geller Baked Balance N' Brighten Foundation? Would you try it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Weekly Snapshots


  • So much love for the GOSH Velvet Touch Lipliners lately.
  • Layering season is officially upon us.
  • A different way to wear a poppy.
  • Peppered chicken, mashed potato, tobacco onions and peppered sauce, heaven!
  • Pavlova is just my most favourite dessert ever.
  • Very Autumnal sky one morning.
  • Tea and a spot of reading.
  • Lush - Dragons Egg bath bomb.
  • Finally got my hands on one of the Clinique lipsticks in the Glamour magazine. Also, can we just discuss how amazing Tanya looked on the cover!?


How was your week? Is there anything that you're looking forward to in the week ahead? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A Little Catch-Up


You may or may not have noticed that's it's been a week or two since my last blog post. This is because I decided that I would take a little break because October is one of the busiest months in the year for me, as there's so many birthdays to celebrate and also Halloween. Plus, we all need a little digital detox from time to time.

  • Birthday make-up, hair and the most glittery dress ever.
  • Turning 21 feels so strange, I don't want to grow up!
  • Blowing out the candles on my very mature birthday cake, a caterpillar cake.
  • Chocolate brownie and vanilla ice-cream.
  • Halloween make-up and overly backcombed hair.
  • Halloween buns, brownies and cookies in work. 
  • Lush - Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar.
  • I love sparkler season!
  • A much needed haircut, it looks so short! 

What have you been up to lately? Let me know in the comments!

Sara