Wednesday, 31 July 2013

July Instagram

My boy graduated :) | Celebratory chammpers | Summer bloom | Amazing piece from the H&M sale | Canary Wharf in all its glory | Refreshment of the Summer | Day at Bournemouth beach | Night of the storm | One year on from London 2012 | Sleeping like a baby..

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

GlossyBox: Seaside Splash

ALTERNA HAIRCARE Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist
My hair is extremely heavy and thick so it tends to look weighed down and flat if I don't use styling products. I always try to create a tousled, beach hair look with volume but fail on most occasions simply because of the thickness of my hair. It takes A LOT of product to make any difference which ultimately leaves my hair sticky and greasy. I'm really intrigued by this texture mist but as I predicted it just isn't powerful enough to style my locks into place with a long lasting hold. The mist itself is delicate, not too tacky and has a fresh scent. I have noticed it has worked for others who have much lighter hair than me so I won't knock it down.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Empties of the Month


BOOTS EXTRACTS Coconut Body Butter
This Summer I have gone crazy for all things Coconut! Coconut cocktails, Coconut ice cream, Coconut milkshakes and now Coconut body butters. This one is from the 'Extracts' range found at Boots and can be purchased for a pleasing £8. I absolutely adore this body butter, so much so it literally only lasted a single month in my grasp. It's the perfect scent to wear on sun bronzed skin and it instantly uplifts my mood. The product has a deliciously creamy consistency and melts well into the skin.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Boots Beauty Bargain Haul

On a recent browse through Boots I came across these nifty reductions which in total would regularly retail at over £36 but instead I purchased for just under £6!

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Cleansing & Perfecting Milk - £4.38 66p

I've been hearing a lot of good things about the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Cleansing Water and how it comes in close comparison to the all famous Bioderma, this however is the Skin Perfection Cleansing & Perfecting Milk which aims to remove make up and banish imperfections. The consistency of this product is like a facial moisturiser, much thicker than I was expecting, but feels weightless and gentle on the skin. To apply I use a 5p sized amount on a cotton pad and work into my skin in circular motions, removing excess dirt and make up around my face. I prefer to use this after washing my face and before applying a toner.

Soap & Glory 'You Won't Believe Your Eyes' - £12.50 £1

Personally I don't suffer from dark circles or puffiness around the eyes so initially I ignored this product but then it came to mind that I should probably grab this for my other half to try. Unfortunately for him, he has very visible dark shadows around his eyes and has tried various products to tackle the issue so like the good girlfriend that I am I took him into consideration. This eye serum regularly retails at over £12 so we were both expecting it to deliver good results. The product is light weight on the skin and gives a cooling sensation around the eyes. It has a thin, non sticky consistency and has a very subtle fleshy pink colour to it which is visible if not completely blended in. After a week or so of using the product it seemed that there had been no improvement and no sign of 'brightness' around the eyes. 

Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Toner - £9.18 £1

I'm not afraid to venture unfamiliar brands which is why I thought I'd pick up this toner by Eucerin, a brand I had not previously been aware of, and see how it works for my problematic skin. This particular toner is targeted at acne prone skin and so I figured this would tackle my regular break outs and keep my blemishes at bay. I have been using this daily, morning and night, to remove oil and dirt from my skin and so far I have found it to be quite promising. At the moment I'm in the process of giving my skin some 'time off' make up, allowing it to breathe and recover with this toner becoming essential in my routine. My imperfections are slowly reducing over time and I am hoping my skin won't out grow the benefits of the product. The only small downside to this product is the smell of it which I can only describe to be like toilet cleaner but it's not incredibly off putting so I'm still happy to continue using it.

Neutrogena Multi-Defence Daily Moisturiser SPF15 - £7.99 £1

Currently I'm sorted for facial moisturiser but of course I couldn't ignore a bargain and so I picked up this one from Neutrogena for just £1. This is a daily moisturiser with added SPF which has come into great use throughout these weeks of blazing summer sunshine. It has a delicate scent and leaves my face feeling soft although I must admit it's a pretty average moisturiser and doesn't differ from any others I have used before. I probably wouldn't ever consider repurchasing this in future as it isn't entirely suited to my oily complexion. 

Trevor Sorbie 'Beautifully Straightened' Protection Shampoo - £1.99 50p
Trevor Sorbie 'Beautiful Brunette' Cool Coffee Conditioner - £1.99 50p

Trevor Sorbie has never struck me to be a 'go to' for hair care, I'm happy enough using my regular brand preference but I thought I'd be silly not to grab these travel sized Shampoo and Conditioner. They are sure to come into good use when going on holiday or to take on an over night stay. I have already given these a try since I bought two of each, both products have a lovely fragrance and leave my hair clean and shiny however I was a little disappointed to find that the conditioner didn't rid my locks of tangles. Another thing I would criticise is the packaging, the bottles are rather stiff which makes it difficult to squeeze the product out from within.   

Tamara x

Thursday, 18 July 2013

LUSH Dorothy Bubble Bar

Lush 'Dorothy' Bubble Bar - £2.99

With this heat wave we've had for the last fortnight or so there has certainly been no need to draw a bath however I've been meaning to use my 'Dorothy' bubble bar, which I got it back in May and still hadn't found the time to use, so I ran a nice cool bath instead and gave it a try. Like all Lush bubble bars you crumble as much as you desire under running water and watch as hundreds of bubbles fill the tub. 'Dorothy' has beautiful vibrant colours of blue, yellow, orange and red but unfortunately these don't transfer into the bath water and I was slightly put off by the murky appearance it gave instead. Nevertheless it does give a lovely aroma of Ylang Ylang and Orange flower that will please the senses and take you 'over the rainbow'.

Tamara x

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

M&S Moisturising Body Butters

Marks & Spencer Nature's Extracts Body Butters - £5 each *currently on offer, buy one get one half price

I don't often give my attention to the bath and beauty section of M&S, admittedly I usually only consider it when searching for a last minute Christmas gift, however I happened to pass through my local branch last week and noticed an inviting selection of scrumptious body butters. This season I have become rather obsessed with body butters and lotions so it was even more pleasing that they were on a 'buy one get one half price' offer, the tricky bit was choosing which two I wanted. These butters are part of the 'Nature's Extracts' range and come in a variety of lovely fragrances to suit your personal taste.

It was no question for me that I would choose Coconut first since it has become my favourite scent this Summer. It smells gorgeous on the body and soothes sun kissed skin. I prefer to wear this scent for day time wear as opposed to the evening which is why I chose Shea as my second choice as I personally feel it's better suited to apply at night before bed. Both butters have a wonderful, long lasting scent although they have quite a thick consistency so it takes a bit of  effort to work the product into the skin evenly. Needless to say they are really nourishing and moisturising on the body without leaving a heavy, stickiness to the skin.

These body butters are incredibly affordable, at only £5 a tub they're a much cheaper alternative to The Body Shop butters which currently sell at over twice the price!

Tamara x

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

NYX Peach Bellini & Orange Soda

NYX Cosmetics LSS - Round Lipsticks - £4.00 each

Literally ALL my favourite beauty gurus have raved about NYX Cosmetics and it has taken me a ridiculously long time to purchase from the brand myself. NYX products can only be purchased online and I'm usually a bit hesitant to buy beauty over the internet as I find that things don't always appear as I expect them to off screen. 

I came across the recent BOGOF deal for the LSS Round lipsticks and since I had wanted the shade 'Orange Soda' for so so long I decided to make my first NYX order! There are so many shades to choose from that I was slightly over whelmed when deciding what my 'get one free' should be, I'm a sucker for peach lippy so on a whim I picked 'Peach Bellini' and honestly it was a complete coincidence that both are named after beverages...

'Peach Bellini' isn't so peachy after all, as you can see it's much more of a coral pink which isn't at all like my usual lip colour preference. I noticed that this lipstick has a slight blue under tone with a hint of sparkle, to be honest I'm not a fan of sheer, shimmery lip products and would rather that this had a matte finish. Nevertheless the colour itself gives a real pop to the lips, it's incredibly bold and certainly suited for Summer. I'm not exactly sure if I can pull this off since it's so out of my 'comfort zone' of peach shades but I'd like to think I could at least get some wear out of it. It's a vibrant and bright lipstick that fits this season perfectly and the added touch of shine would be great to wear on the pool side. 

I had craved 'Orange Soda' for quite a while after noticing beauty YouTuber Suzi wearing it so often in her videos and it looked like such a perfect nude/peach. In reality it is a lot more nude than I had hoped and when applied on my lips I appear extremely washed out. I would probably best describe it to be a flesh toned colour which does admittedly give me Kim Kardashian worthy 'foundation lips'. I am gutted that this shade doesn't work for my skin tone, even with a tan it just doesn't seem to suit me, I'm curious to try this later in the year to see if it works better when my skin isn't so sun kissed. This is definitely a shade I would have loved to try before I bought it, but of course that's the risk you take with online shopping. 

Generally the formula of both lipsticks is really creamy on my lips, they're so smooth to apply and have intense pigmentation. I would recommend to use a lip balm prior to application as I found the products to be rather drying throughout the day. 'Peach Bellini' has an unusual soapy taste to it which becomes a little irritating after a while, whether that is a fault with the product I'm not entirely sure. 'Orange Soda' has really worked for toning down and lighting other lipsticks so it has come in use after all. Although my first NYX experience wasn't a complete success, I am still curious to try more products but next time I will definitely do a lot more research before hand!

Tamara x

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Facial Scrub

St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Facial Scrub - £4.29 (150ml)

St. Ives is a brand that I know I can always put my trust into, I have used their products for quite a few years and I am especially a fan of the facial wipes and scrubs. I received a sample of this particular facial scrub a week or so ago via a give away on the brand's Facebook page. The product has a lovely fruity scent with a creamy yet gritty consistency which initially I thought would act as a great exfoliant and leave my skin smooth and polished. However I was completely horrified to find that my skin had broken out terribly over the week that I had been using this scrub, I had angry under the skin spots forming on the sides of my face and white heads across my chin and T-Zone. I haven't been using any other new products so I can only assume that this product is to blame. I can't figure out why this may have happened, the scrub is oil free and suitable for all skin types. My face is still in the process of clearing up but it has been left with awful blemishes and a little scaring. I am aware that some skincare may cause breakouts before giving results but I didn't want to take my chances so I have stopped using this scrub entirely to avoid further spots developing.

Although my experience with this scrub was a complete disaster I'm not going to knock it down, I have seen a fair amount of positive reviews so it obviously does work for others.

Tamara x