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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

There are so many wonderful things about this time of year, one of them is the cold weather. While some of you might not enjoy it quite as much, for me it just makes everything feel that little bit more festive. Wrapping up in coats and scarf's and sipping hot coffee from take-away cups to stay warm is something I look forward to. As much as I love it, It can cause skin issues! One thing that can be a problem more so in Winter than any other time is chapped lips. They can sometimes be quite sore and if nothing else they make lipstick look a little rubbish, especially the darker colours.


Just over a week ago I picked up this little pot in Lush! I hadn't seen it before and after smelling it and speaking to the lovely woman helping me I decided to give it ago. It is the first lip scrub I have ever tried and I can say I love it! I use it at night before bed after cleansing and moisturising or in the morning just before I apply my make up. When ever I choose to use it I always immediately follow it with lip balm for two reasons. 1- because I feel that after you have taken the dry dead skin from your lips it is the time you will get the biggest benefit from your lip balm and 2- after scrubbing your lips they deserve a treat :)

The abrasive ingredients used in this scrub are : Caster Sugar, Sea Salt, Polenta and Popping Candy. All of these things make for a yummy scrub which I will admit I really enjoy licking off. (I may have even dipped my finger in just to eat a little)

I was a little confused by the name of this product at first. I thought it was going to smell and taste like "popcorn" that typical cinema popcorn smell but it doesn't, it is quite sweet. It has a lovely salted caramel flavour that I am a little obsessed with in more than just the scrub. I would guess that the name possibly comes from a caramel popcorn taste and the popping candy used in the scrub. That is just my guess so if anyone has a different idea or knows why it is called Popcorn I would love to know.

I am really happy with this purchase and can see myself using it for a while. The pot does say limited edition however so sadly I'm unsure of how long this will be around. I find the overall smooth lip effect lasts about a day which may not sound like a long time but I use very little so it should last me through Winter. The pots cost £5.25 and are 25g and come in four flavours or scents that are- Popcorn, Bubblegum, Mint Julips and Sweet Lips. They are really nice to use and I feel they do my lips some good. They would also make really lovely little Christmas gifts.

Shelley xx
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Monday, 26 November 2012

Origins Super Spot Remover & Apology

I would like to start this post with an apology for you all. I have been away from my blog now for around a week and a half, this has been due to a few different things that I won't go into but I would like to say how sorry I am. I felt I had to explain before doing anything else because I appreciate everyone who follows my little blog and I felt like you deserved it.

Before I stared this blog I would never have thought that I would actually miss being away from it, not only that but feel a little disconnected in a way. I am very glad to be back and I will try to not be away for so long in future...I hope you can forgive me? :)

Onto the other part of this post, the Origins review!



Before I start to talk about the product its self I should explain a little about my skin. I never really had a problem with spots throughout most of my teens, of course I had the odd one but nothing bad. Around the age of 18/19 I stared to get a couple of spots to the right side of my chin and they seemed to just stay. Over time a couple changed to maybe six or more, all in the same area and they just seemed to always be there. They got very large and very sore and left marks and scars on my skin. I then started to get them on the left side of my chin and the same thing happened, a couple turned into a few and there seemed to be nothing I could do about it.

After years of trying a multitude of different products to help with them and having nothing work I started to get very down about it and eventually I was referred to a dermatologist. I was given antibiotics and a cream to apply at night, happily I can say that they worked for me! I still get spots but they are smaller and more manageable than they were before.

Because of this I thought it was about time I try a spot treatment again to help keep them at bay. I had read a lot of good things about the Origins Super Spot Remover so I wanted to give it a go. The first thing I noticed about the product was the size of it for the price! I had only ever seen it online so I didn't realise how small the bottle actually was...It is tiny! It is a 10ml bottle for £13 and honestly that really put me off buying it. The girl who served me at the counter explained that the product has a two year shelf life once opened and the reason it has such a long life is because you use such a small amount. I was sceptical about it at first but after getting it home and trying it out I can see what she meant! You add a tiny amount to a cotton bud and dab it on the spot only, not around the effected area as with some products. I have been using it for nearly two weeks now and it looks as if I haven't used any!

Origins say that this product will "heal fight and fade it fast" and I would have to say I agree with them. After using it I would say small spots have gone completely within two days and larger spots are dramatically taken down in size to almost being flat to the skin. The product also claims to reduce the redness in the spots and help with the healing of the skin to stop scarring after the spot has gone. Again I agree with these claims! After using it large very red spots are a pale less irritated colour that makes them easier to cover with make-up if you choose too. I am finding that if it is a new spot I am not left with dark marks on my skin where it has been, and as it claims to help with post blemish darkening I have been dabbing it on marks left from previous spots and I can honestly say it is working! The marks will fade over time without the use of any product but this seems to have sped things up a little.

I have been using this a soon as I notice a spot break through the skin and it seems to so far keep everything under control. I use it at night after cleansing my face as the product suggests and that is working best for me. I have heard some people say they use it before they put make up on but personally I don't like doing that. Overall I am incredibly happy with this product, I have never come across something that has worked so well and it does it in such a short time. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has problems with spots! It is the first Origins product I have ever used and if this is anything to go on it is a brand I would like to try more of.

Have you tried origins products? What are your favourites??

Shelley xx
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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Guest Post - Clarins After Shave Energizer

Tonight will be a guest post written by my fiance Paul, enjoy everyone :)
Elle xx

Hi my name is Paul, i have been using a product for a few weeks now and Shelley asked if i would like to do a post on her blog to give it a review in the run up to Christmas as it would make a perfect gift.

The product I've been using is Clarins Aftershave Energizer, shaving is a real pain for me as i suffer from breakouts, dry skin and red patches. Before i used another product but unfortunately it is no longer available and i have been searching for a replacement ever since. I had previously used Clarins face scrubs and during a promotion at Boot's Shelley suggested i have a look around and see if i could find a new one that she could treat me to. After talking to the Clarins assistant who was very helpful i settled on the below product;


On the box it says;
"For an immediate feeling of freshness after shaving, 
this invigorating splash immediately calms feelings of
hot skin, purifies and gradually reduces skin's
irritation from shaving" 

First of all the smell of the product is very nice and clean smelling but not overpowering, its subtle and is very long lasting. When putting it on you do not rub it, you just pat it on around the areas you have shaved. There is no stinging what so ever and you feel it soothing straight away. You do not need much either i have been using this 2-3 times a week for 3 weeks and as you can see i have hardly used any so it should last a long time. Another great feature is there it does not feel greasy which a great bonus as other products i have used can feel really greasy and slimy after being applied but this seems to soak in straight away you can see it reducing redness within a few minutes of application.

Shelley purchased this for me from Boots where it cost £23 which i believe is the same everywhere that it is stocked. This is the most expensive face product i have purchased but is well worth the money in terms of quality and how long it will last.

I hope you have enjoyed my guest post review.

Thanks for reading

Paul

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Monday, 12 November 2012

My Week In Pictures...

yummy cookies / Paperchase wrapping paper 

lots of duck / lovely sky
swans / beautiful :)

poster in a wine shop / the best chocolates!
Camembert filo wraps with salad / peanut butter hot chocolate 

invisible cows?? / chocolate macaroons 
tea and Internet 

Sunday carboot sale / salted caramel latte
Sunday night in by the fire :)

This week has been lovely! It has been a week of experiments with two new recipes that we tried and tested. The first came from Jamie Oliver and that was Camembert Filo Parcels, they were yummy! The cheese was mixed with crushed walnuts and chives and then rolled up in filo pastry and baked until lovely and brown. We enjoyed it with a rocket, apple and pomegranate salad and a cranberry dipping sauce. If you like Camembert I suggest you try this out :) Our second experiment of the week was Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate! This did not go as well. I forget where the recipe came from but basically you add peanut butter to your hot chocolate mix when the milk or water is hot so it can melt. The idea sounded wonderful but sadly it did not turn out that way. The peanut butter when melted gave a very odd consistency to the drink. It wasn't pleasant, so we ate the whipped cream and peanut butter cups from the top! When driving home on Tuesday we took a wrong turn down a one way road that lead us to a beautiful lake with lots of ducks and two gorgeous swans right beside the road. They didn't seem to mind us driving so close to them, even when we stopped to take a quick picture. Today was a very early start as we went to a carboot sale, 6am on a Sunday seems earlier than 6am on any other day somehow!? We had a great time and made some money which I suppose is the real reason for going. The week has ended with a cosy night in by the fire and a cup of tea, I love Winter nights :)

I hope you have all had a lovely week!
Good Night 

Shelley xx
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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Wedge Trainers

This trend has been around for quite a while now, well...at least in the UK. I'm not too sure if it has become quite so big everywhere else in the world??

Even though we have been seeing them for some time I still can't decide how I fell about them. My love and hate of wedge trainers seems to change almost daily! On days when I like them and consider buying a pair I am going against my long running dislike of trainers...except when working out of course. I have never been a trainers kind of girl, I am a lover of ballet flats! Ballet flats, boots and heels are the things that you will find on my feet so wanting a pair of trainers feels odd to say the least. Although I will say that I like these particular shoes a great deal more than the stiletto trainers that were around a few years ago...I had a real dislike for them!

My issue with this footwear trend came up again last week when I was styling a friend of mine for a trip she was taking to Holland. She knew that she wanted a pair but wasn't sure on how to wear them or even what colour to go for. We had a good look around and we decided on a pale brownish grey coloured pair from Office. They were lovely and would go with most things - in terms of colour not style. I put a few outfits together for her and the overall look was gorgeous.

Since then I have been looking at them a lot more, I feel as if I am coming around to the idea of trainers as my day to day footwear. My better judgement tells me that they are a trend that will pass and not be around forever so not to bother with them. I don't think they are a classic wardrobe essential that I will always turn too or will last me years but fashion is about fun so the odd, sometimes silly purchase is aloud.


This navy pair is from Dorothy Perkins and costs £45, a lot cheaper than some of the designer options! I think this is the style I prefer from the ones I have seen. I'm not too sure what colour I would go for to get the most wear from, black possibly?

I'm still unsure if I will ever be 100% sold on them, which to buy them I will have to be! I do think however on the right people or styled in the right way the do look amazing. One of my favourite ways I have seen them worn is with leggings and a over sized or baggy top. It just looks so casual and comfortable. Finished off with a huge scarf or snood and leather jacket I just think it looks lovely. But then a leather jacket does go with everything!


What do you think about this trend?
Do you have a pair? If so how do you wear yours?

Shelley xx
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Monday, 5 November 2012

My First Chanel!


Rouge Coco Shine in 55 Romance to be exact!

I have wanted one of these lipsticks for quite some time now! Every time I have walked passed them I have stopped to look but ultimately walked away without one after convincing myself it would be a totally unnecessary purchase. After all...I don't think I can say honestly that I need a Chanel lipstick!

Last week I was walking through John Lewis on my way home and I stopped to have a look. This time I finally did it! I bought one :) After looking at the all the colours I like I decided on Romance. It is such a pretty pink. It is bright but not garish so is perfect for day time if your not someone who would normally choose a bright lip.

The packaging reads "Hydrating Sheer Lipshine, Water-light Feel" but I was still a little surprised but the texture of this lipstick. It is a much thinner consistency than I was expecting. I thought it would be creamy like most lipsticks but it wasn't and I agree with the description that it has a water like feel. This is what gives it its lovely shine, almost gloss like when you have put it on. It is also very hydrating as it states. I have worn it with and without lip balm and my lips haven't felt as dry as the sometimes can with normal lipsticks.

The staying power is quite good for a thinner textured lip product. When not eating or drinking I have had it on for around two hours before having to reapply. When I am eating and drinking however I find that it doesn't last too long.

Overall I am really happy with the lipstick. It is lovely to wear and the fact that it is hydrating is great for this time of year, anything to help with dry lips is good to me :)

Thank you for reading, hope you are all having a happy Monday



Shelley xx
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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Some Favourites from October

Well October has officially gone and we can now welcome November and all that it brings with it. First thing that comes to mind is Bonfires night! I love fireworks, there is something so exciting and wonderful about them. I still find them fascinating to watch!

Because it is the start of a new month I wanted to do another monthly favourites...this time for October. Lets start with...

Skin Care


Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish - I really love this product! I have no bad things to say about it at all and after a couple of weeks of using it I have just fallen deeper in love with it. It annoys me a little that I have taken so long to try it out but at least I have it now. It feels lovely taking your make-up off with this after a long day or a day of being out in the cold weather a lot.

Nivea Milk and Honey Lip Balm - I will admit it now that I am a bit of a lip balm junkie! Not that it is a bad thing as there are much worse things I could be addicted too. I would say its the beauty/skincare product that I buy the most. I hate my lips feeling dry or cracked especially if I want to wear a lipstick...its not a good look. Nivea Milk and Honey is one of the best I have had. As much as I love my Burts Bees lip balm I think this one is a lot more hydrating. It feels like a thicker more nourishing formula and it isn't shiny or glossy so it works well under lipsticks.

Nivea Rich Regenerating Night Cream - I have said before that my skin can get a little dry sometimes and if you have the same problem I would urge you to try this range from Nivea. On days where it has been really cold and my skin feels like it needs a little extra something this is what I use. I replace my usual night cream with this whenever I need it and it seems to work very well. As it is starting to get really rather chilly now this is something I have been using more and more and my skin seems to thank me for it.

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream - I have had a little sample of this for a while now, it came in a glossy box. Because I already had an eye cream open and out on the dresser this was forgotten about. I decided to look it out last week after reading a few different reviews on it, I really like it so far! I don't think I have used it long enough to give an opinion on whether or not it does what it claims to do but I am enjoying it.

Make-Up



Clinique Even Better Foundation - As we are having less and less sun my skin is getting lighter and lighter and I wasn't that tanned to begin with, not even in summer. I have gone back to one of my all time favourite foundations Clinique Even Better in Linen. I used to have it in Alabaster but Linen suits my skin much better. It is a gorgeous foundation and isn't heavy on your skin. It gives good coverage but instead of being a heavy full coverage foundation it just gives you a more even complexion - as the name suggests.

Rimmel Stay Matt Powder - This stuff is really good especially for the price, it was only £3.99! I have the powder in transparent and I have been using it pretty much every day. I get a little oily around my nose and this is great for dealing with that. It is also helps minimise the look of pores but what I like is that it doesn't look powdery on your face.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable - Other the past month I have really been enjoying the colour Cherish. It is a light bright pink shade. I have been wearing it over lip balm so it doesn't give as strong a colour, it looks really lovely with a few different looks but isn't too full on.

Fashion 


Grey Boots - They may be getting a bit worn looking now as I have had them for nearly 2 years I think, but they are still just as comfortable as they have always been. I have a thing for grey clothes and accessories, I really quite like the colour even though some of you might find it a little dull. For casual days and cold days these boots are great. They are really comfortable to walk around in and keep your feet nice and warm. For VERY cold nights though they do need more than one pair of socks! I learnt that last year.

Grey Faux Fur Snood - As I just said I like grey, I got this a couple of weeks ago and it is incredibly soft. It's short so you just need to pull it on and that's that. It keeps your neck nice and warm and it a nice change if you normally just wear knitted scarf's, it also looks really good layered up.

Mittens - This is the first pair of mittens that I have ever owned...as far as I can remember that is. They are so cosy and warm and I think they look adorable on. The only downside is that they are not as practical as gloves. You have to take them off to do most things but they are gorgeous so I will forgive them that

Everything Else



Hot Chocolate - I have been a little hot chocolate crazy over the last month, I might have had a few more than I should have but they have been good.

Patisserie Valerie - This lovely place has been one of our first choices for treats over the past few weeks since finding it. The desserts are wonderful and it is a lovely place to sit and have a nice warm drink.

My Onesie - It is my favourite thing to wear around the house. It is so warm and comfortable and just the perfect thing for cold night, I see this being a favourite all throughout Winter. If only I could wear it outside...?

What have been your favourites this past month?

Shelley xx
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