Saturday, 29 June 2013

Garnier Pure Active Make-Up Remover Purifying Gel

I've been using this cleanser for about 2 weeks now and so far I'm really impressed! What sold it to me is that it is a 2 in 1 product that can be used for face and eyes and removes even waterproof make-up. It is also formulated for oily skin that is prone to imperfections so it really is a multi-tasker! It is a foaming gel cleanser that contains salicylic acid as well as 'soothing make-up removing agents'. Foaming cleansers can be drying but this doesn't leave my skin feeling tight at all. It also doesn't sting my eyes and removes make up very well-even stubborn waterproof mascara. Normally products for oily spot prone skin can be quite harsh but this is surprisingly gentle whilst still being effective. I haven't had any breakouts since using this. I use this in the shower and it really does save time as I hate faffing around removing my eye make-up separately before hopping in. I highly recommend it!
I got this for £4.99 from Boots.

Andrew Barton The Frizz Tamer Tame It Mask

I love trying out hair masks and treatments as my hair can get really dry and bushy. Attractive. It's also gotten worse since I had it highlighted again and I'm really struggling to get a brush through it once I've washed it! So anything that can can make it a bit more soft and sleeker is very welcome!
I found this sachet whilst having a mooch in Home Bargains. I've lost the receipt so I'm not sure how much it was but it was definitely under 50p. I'm hoping to go back and get a few more today so I'll put in the price later! **they're 39p!** This mask is part of the Shiny Happy Hair collection- 'a collection of no fuss, no nonsense hair products, that work.' I noticed on the back it says that it is produced exclusively for Asda so it's more than likely a discontinued item. The packaging also tells me that this treatment contains rice bran oil and pomegranate seed oil as well as shea butter to help fight frizz. I used all of the 20ml sachet when I tried it but if you have shorter or finer hair then you could get a few more uses out of it. I wasn't crazy about the scent but it wasn't awful and really, as long as it works, I'm not too bothered about what it smells like. Thankfully it did work and I was left with softer and more shiny hair. It also didn't leave my hair feeling heavy like some masks can. Overall this was really effective and makes a great cheap treat for your hair!
Sorry for the crappy dark photo!


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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Vie Dream Lashes Maximum Impact Mascara

After my little whinge yesterday about the Benefit mascara, I have nothing but praise for today's! I got this at Home Bargains for a pound, I think! Well it was a quid or £1.99-still very cheap! Vie Dream Lashes mascara has a primer on one end and the actual mascara on the other. I got this in Black/Brown as I just assumed they were all black but it's still pretty dark, especially on my fair lashes. The instructions say to brush on the 'Volumising Primer' and let it dry and then go over with the 'Enhancing mascara'. It says to avoid contact with the inner eye, probably due to fibres in the primer. It's also not suitable for contact lens wearers. This is a bit disappointing but I wear my glasses more often so it's not a big issue. The peachy coloured primer really does seem to help beef up my lashes and make them longer and the mascara glides on afterwards smoothly with no clumping. I was surprised at how much volume and definition it gave after just one coat. Overall for the price you really can't complain and I would definitely recommend checking it out. I haven't tried it yet but I also picked up a Vie mineral powder foundation there too. I'm hoping I'm as impressed with that as I am with this!

I really wish I could have gotten a picture of it on my lashes but my camera is too rubbish at close ups!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Hyped Up Products I Don't Rate!

Benefit's They're Real! mascara and Dr Jart Water Fuse Beauty Balm. Two products that have been very popular in the blogging world. Sadly these two just didn't cut it for me and I'm not that impressed with them. They're both sample sizes but I've tried enough to say that I'm definitely not that keen.
My biggest issue with the bb cream is that it's too orange for me. This surprised me as I'd heard it was good for paler skin tones but on numerous occasions I've thought I've blended it out enough and then later on discovered the dreaded tide mark! The texture is also quite unusual in that as you rub it in it becomes watery,  for want of a much better description! This isn't necessarily a bad thing but on top of a moisturiser, which I need as most foundations/bb creams cling to my dry areas, it just doesn't seem to sit right and it can end up looking quite patchy. I'm hoping to use this up when I've got more of a tan as really my main issue is that it's too dark for me. I won't be repurchasing, especially as it's quite pricey!
Now I was really looking forward to trying the Benefit mascara as I'd heard it gives amazing results, but for me, it's rather average. It doesn't seem to give much volume at all and I can't build it up and put on multiple coats without it looking awful. It does define, in the sense that it makes them darker at least, but for what I'm looking for I much prefer Seventeen's Doll'd Up mascara and Clinique High Impact mascara. I'm also not a fan of the brush as it's quite spikey and I always seem to poke myself with it!

Saturday, 8 June 2013


I didn't really know what to call this post as it's just some things that have been on my mind lately. Nothing groundbreaking of course but just a peek into my little life at the moment!

* What a difference a year makes. This time last year I was really unhappy due to a crappy (in hindsight) relationship on top of the stress of job hunting and getting a lot of rejections. Now though I am the happiest I've been in a long long time- I've got the loveliest boyfriend ever, who came into my life rather unexpectedly but made it infinitely better. We've only been together for about 5 months but I feel like I've known him much longer and I feel so comfortable in his company.

*Now that I've got a job in a school 5 mins away from my boyfriends flat, I have practically moved myself in and have quickly cluttered up his place with girliness and general mess! I love having my own space again after moving back home after uni. Now that I'm being paid and can contribute, I'm thinking about having a massive sort out and moving more stuff in than a couple of holdalls. I'm a bit of a hoarder so this desperately needs doing. I'm going to have to be ruthless but hopefully it will be quite a cathartic experience! I'm looking forward to buying some storage (now that's a bit of a sad sentence) and other homeware bits and bobs together.

*I am longing for a holiday sooo much and lately me and Stu have been looking up cheap deals online. He has actually been getting very stressed out about it all, bless! It doesn't help that I can't take any term time leave so everything is more expensive. I just want some sunshine and a change of scenery. I'm not too picky on where we go, though Stu would beg to differ on that one..Anyone got any recommendations on where to find good deals?

*I've been at my new job for a while now and whilst I do enjoy it, I can't help but feel I'm going to wreck it for myself down to my lack of confidence and overall shyness. I don't think people realise how hard it is being shy sometimes and how much of a barrier it is. I'm trying to push myself but it's not easy when you feel like you regularly make an idiot of yourself! Don't suppose anyone else feels like this? 

Anywho, this is what I've been thinking about of late and I hope you didn't find it too trivial and boring!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Oh I do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!

Last Sunday I spent a lovely day at Llandudno with my dad and boyfriend. I don't live with my dad so it's nice to spend time with him and to get him out of the house as he doesn't drive. Llandudno is only about an hour away from me
It was a gorgeous sunny day and though my boyfriend wasn't completely taken with the place I enjoyed myself and the typical seaside resort tut shops and arcades. I just think he was in a grump coz he didn't get to grab an angry bird and lost to me at air hockey! There was also a Punch and Judy show which I found both creepy and amusing. Have to love a sausage stealing crocodile after all! We had a walk along the promenade and pier and munched on hot dogs and ice cream. Simple pleasures! I also had to have a blue slushie. Impossible to resist those on a hot day!  You do have to eat fast though there as the seagulls are cheeky fooks and will swoop down and help themselves. I saw a very pissed off man have half his hot dog snatched from him! Evil seagulls aside I really do like it here and will probably go back in the summer some time.

Next time I'm hoping to go up the Great Orme.

Out of focus nobbly bobbly. <3 


Obligatory sneaky stuffing face pic for lolz.

Cool Alice In Wonderland  carved wooden statues were all around  the place

Have you had any nice day outs lately? Where's your favourite seaside location?

L'Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

Once again time has ran away from me and I've neglected my little blog. I've been pretty busy lately what with working at school as well as playscheme during the hols-any spare time has just been spent lounging on the sofa doing sod all! I will try and make more of an effort though as I hate leaving it so long between posts. Now onto the review...
Mornings are a bit of a rush for me and I'm always so tired when it comes to bedtime that doing a full cleanse tone and moisturise routine is just far too much effort. I usually use wipes but I wanted to see if a micellar cleanser would be more effective and gentle. I've been tempted by them for ages but they always seemed a bit on the pricey side so when I saw this offering from L'Oreal for about £4 I thought I might as well try it. This has been all over the blogisphere lately and I'm sure you're pretty familiar with it so I won't ramble on! Basically it's a gentle water like solution which removes makeup (including eyes and lips) leaving no residue. I've been using it for a little whilst now and overall I'm pleased with how well it works. It doesn't leave my skin dry or oily feeling and removed my makeup, even stubborn mascara, easily. My skin can be a bit temperamental but so far it hasn't broken me out. Here's hoping it stays that way! What I will say though is that I hate the bottle design. Is it just me or does anyone else find that it gets everywhere when you try and put some on a cotton pad??
Anyways, this works well and I will probably repurchase as it really does take the fuss out of cleansing when you really can't be bothered!