Sunday, 30 June 2013

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Google Reader is shutting down on July 1st 2013 and that certainly has an impact on us little bloggers. I stopped using Goggle Reader a few years ago and switched to Bloglovin'. I found it a lot easier to keep up with my favourite blogs. So if you like my blog and would like to keep following me then hop on over to Bloglovin'. It's super easy to set up and to help you guys out, here's some instructions on how to transfer your existing blog list across. Hope this helps and I shall see you on the other side! :)
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Monday, 24 June 2013

More from Viridian...

A couple of weeks ago us Brits got some absolutely cracking weather and well I had to make the most of it. I got myself down the beach to lap up all the lovely rays. I did manage to burn myself, eep! Then I realised that I had the Viridian Skin Repair Oil* in my cupboard just waiting to be used. Fantastic. The oil itself is clear and runny, absorbing straight into the skin. It also smells delicious, very lavendery (definitely a word). After using this my skin felt smooth, hydrated and on its way to being healthy once more. This will definitely be coming with me when I hop across the pond to America in September. 

Next up is the Viridian SPF Skin Pro-Factors*. These remind me of the Viridian Ultimate Beauty Complex. They don't taste so good, so it's best to get them down the hatch asap. These are to be taken ahead of and during the Summer months. They help to strengthen one's skin and therefore reducing sun damage. I took these supplements alongside using sunscreen, so it's hard to definitely say whether they work or not. Like I said previously, I still managed to burn myself slightly! I believe these would be more beneficial to the lucky people who actually have a Summer, unlike us over here in Britain. Plus, I'm really forgetful when it comes to taking supplements so I think I'll just stick to my sunblock!  
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Saturday, 22 June 2013

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water

I definitely jumped on the Micellar bandwagon last year. At the time, the only product available was Bioderma. It was expensive but I really enjoyed using it. I was pretty gutted that there were no other alternatives but that's all changed now. When I found out that L'oreal had released the Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution I was over the moon. I soon snapped it up at my local Boot's. 

It's a fantastic product, a definite staple in my skincare routine. I use this as a pre-cleanse at night to remove makeup and again in the morning to freshen my skin up. My skin is left feeling super soft, hydrated and clean. It leaves no residue behind, dries quickly and allows your skin to drink up any moisturiser you put on afterwards. All in all it works really well with my dry, sensitive skin. I honestly couldn't recommend this enough!

Next on my "To Buy" list is the L'Oréal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil.
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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Mane N Tail V. FAST (Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner) Before and After Pictures!

Mane N Tail V. FAST (Shampoo and Conditioner)

I've been growing my hair out from a pixie cut for 9 months and to be honest I got fed up of waiting. So I did a bit of research and I came across Mane N Tail and FAST shampoos and conditioners. Both products are meant to keep one's hair healthy as well as achieving a longer/stronger 'do'.

To begin with I started using the Mane N Tail, I ordered this from Ebay and cost me around £8. Both bottles contain 355 ml and lasted me about 2 months. The products themselves were quite basic, they reminded me of Tesco's own brand hair care. They cleaned my hair well, but weren't anything special.

Then I moved onto FAST, I ordered this from Boot's online for £25. These bottles only contain 300 ml and lasted me about a month and a half. I really thought that the FAST would be luxurious due to the steep price tag. Oh how I was so wrong, the shampoo reminded me of washing up liquid and the conditioner wasn't any better. Also it says to use the FAST everyday, no chance, that would strip my hair of all it's natural oils, not good! 

However, since using these products I've had so many compliments from my friends, family and work colleagues. They've all told me that my hair has grown really fast and is looking in good condition. So here's the before and after pictures...

Overall, I am really happy with my hair growth. It has definitely grown A LOT, yay! I'm back onto my nice smelling Aussie products at the moment but I will repurchase the Mane N Tail at some point.

Have you guys tried and of these products? What are your thoughts?
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Topshop 'Hippy' Sandals

New In. Topshop 'Hippy' Sandals

I was just browsing the other day in Topshop, minding my own business, when I came across these gorgeous sandals. I've been looking for a tan pair for absolutely ages. They're TOPSHOP's 'Hippy' Sandals, made from super soft real leather, making them really comfy to walk in. And what's even better is that these bad boys only cost £24, what a bargain. They're really popular, as none of the stores around me had them in stock, so I had to order them online.  I know I'm going to get a load of wear out of these this Summer. They are so versatile and will definitely be coming with me on my holibobs to Florida :).
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Monday, 10 June 2013

Mac Dollymix Blush

This Sheertone Blush from MAC is a doll like medium pink with subtle shimmer running through. I picked it up from my local Cosmetics Outlet on a whim, just to see what it was like. It swatches beautifully and is just as nice when applied to the cheeks. The formula is pigmented but blends seamlessly into the skin. This blush is best suited for tanned skin tones, which is perfect for me at the moment as I have some colour, thanks to the lovely sunshine we've been having :). 
I like to wear this on a "no makeup" day, just foundation, mascara and this. It really brightens my face up, leaving me with a natural healthy glow on my cheeks. Dollymix can be purchased for £17.50 from MAC. 
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REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

I'll admit, I've never really dabbled in face masks, usually I only bother with a quick cleanse. However, I was kindly sent the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask* to try out. I was so excited when my little package arrived on my doorstep. Well, why wouldn't I be? After all the raving reviews surrounding this cult product... 

The mask claims to renew complexion by removing dead skin cells, improve skin tone by combating blackheads and blemishes. And overall, just make one's skin much more healthier. The bottle contains 50ml and comes with a little muslin cloth. 
The first thing you'll find is that the product smells absolutely delicious, quite fruity in fact. I apply a generous amount to cleansed dry skin and allow 10 minutes to pass by. The mask is of thick consistency but goes over the skin well. I found it to feel quite sticky and heavy on the skin but bearable. Once the mask has worked its wonders I remove it with a dampened muslin cloth.

This product leaves my skin feeling healthier and full of life. It is definitely a good pick me up product for tired and dull skin. It's not the cheapest at £30 but is nice to have for the occasional pampering session. The REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask can be purchased at £30 from RENSKINCARE.COM.
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