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2 September 2014

Dupe Alert - Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths X Yes To Grapefruit Exfoilating Wipes


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Never thought I'd be reporting on a dupe for face wipes but here I am doing just that. I couldn't not after getting hooked on some pricey face wipes and then stumbling across a much cheaper alternative.

Earlier this year I discover the most amazing face wipes - Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths (here), the only problem was the price - an eye watering £6.00 for 10 measly wipes. Why so amazing I hear you ask? Well never have I come across such a refreshing face wipe with a zingy orange scent... these literally wake up the skin and leave it feeling and looking fresh. I swore only to repurchase them to take away with me on holiday  and went back to trying out different face wipes. 

I then luckily came across the Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Face Towelettes (here) which also offered Vitamin C and a brightening effect. Also the much cheaper price of £3.91 for a pleasing 25 wipes without a doubt lured me in.

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Now this isn't a perfect dupe however for the price difference and similarities they are worth giving a go. Much like the Ole Henriksen wipes the Yes To Grapefruit brightening wipes are a great pick-me-up for the skin due to the zingy fresh scent and feel. The OH wipes are definitely more orange scented but probably too overpowering for most people, where as the Yes To Grapefruit wipes just have a zingy edge that makes using them really enjoyable. 

As for brightening effects no wipes are going to transform the skin but both wipes do somehow make the skin appear more awake and fresh, great for applying makeup onto or freshening up with when travelling/on holiday in a hot climate. 

Both sets of wipes are great but I'm so thrilled I came across the Yes To Grapefruit Wipes. 

You can't beat saving money and getting more product!

Fee xo.

1 September 2014

Latest L'Oreal Loves


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L'Oreal is a brand I surprisingly haven't tried much from. I've babbled with their face products and a little skincare and always been impressed, but as for makeup I've somehow managed to try very little!

This may have been due to my love of cheaper high street products but finally in the past few months I've tried more from L'Oreal and been suitably impressed due to the quality of the product and overall appearance. Here are a few of my current L'Oreal loves...

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L'Oreal Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick 
£8.99 - Boots here
This is my first ever liquid lipstick that has a glossy finish and I'm loving it! More pigmentation than a lip gloss and with amazing staying power, I'm actually wondering how I manage to miss this range. 

Tangerine Sonete as you can see is a vivid orange shade that is perfect for the end of summer but also a shade that will look great come autumn. Application is super easy with the doe-foot applicator and the smooth non-sticky formula. As this is so glossy and pigmented I was expecting it to bleed or not last overly well but I was amazed on both fronts. Will definitely be look at some deeper berry shades for autumn/winter for sure.

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L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil 
£9.99 - Boots here
L'Oreal like to use their 5-in-1 claim with a lot of products and I generally don't full believe it, however with this specific hair oil I definitely do as it's such a multi-use product. You can use this before showering as a pre-conditioner, on wet hair whilst blow-drying to give shine, strength and to de-frizz and also on dry hair to smooth fly-aways and ends. Before this I was using Moroccan Oil which I truly love but for 25ml of product it's a pricey £14.00 compared to £9.99 for a huge 100ml with L'Oreal. Yes, the oil is thinner than Moroccan Oil but gives such similar effects that I'm certain I won't be straying back to Moroccan Oil or anything pricey again. Amazed by this! 

L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder 
£6.99 - Boots here 
I mentioned this BB powder last week in my first ever Friday Favourites post here. I personally love the L'Oreal Magique range (favs being the pen style concealer and foundation) and this also impresses me... a lot! The BB Powder gives the skin a soft velvet matte finish which is just right but it also diffuses pores and even redness! A great product that gives more than expected.

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L'Oreal Skin Perfection Instant Blemish Balm in Fair
£8.66 - Boots here
Lastly my current BB/foundation of choice and a product I've been using and loving for the past 2 months. This won't be a product for everyone but if you love a light base that peps up the skin than this is certainly worth giving a go. At £8.66 for 50ml with is great value for money and only a little is needed. The creamy product smooths over the skin with ease, concealing pores and small blemishes whilst evening out skin tone nicely. What I love most is how it just cannot be detected on the skin but makes it look so much nicer and healthier. I may also be slightly in love with the pink ombre packaging! 

L'Oreal really have impressed me recently so I'd love your product recommendations if you have any favourites from the brand! 

Fee xo.

29 August 2014

Friday Favourites #1


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Today I thought I'd kick start a new feature which hopefully I can stick to! I love favourites posts both beauty and lifestyle so have decided a merge of the two as a weekly post would be good and fingers crossed an interesting read. 

So to start off the feature here is what I've been loving over the past week... 

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L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder 'Light' 
£6.99 - Boots here 
  A few weeks ago I picked up this powder, which I certainly didn't need, in the L'Oreal Buy 1 get the 2nd half price offer in Boots making it a bargain at £3.49. I certainly wasn't convinced that it would be a 'BB' product or that it was 5-in-1 but as soon as I tried this over my foundation I was suitably impressed. Firstly this gives a soft matte look to the skin and feels silky soft however what impressed me the most was that it diffused pores and any remaining redness in my skin, something I really didn't expect from the powder. This is without a doubt a powder that gives more than a matte finish to the skin and may have even budged my favourite Clarins powder out of the way on my dressing table!

Illamasqua Lipstick in Rosepout
£18.50 - ASOS here 
This was amazingly a product I received in the Glamour Beauty Edit Box (review to come soon but you can find the box here for £16.95) and oh, how I'm in love with it! I love nude lipsticks in general and feel I'm on a constant mission to find that perfect nude the suits my skin tone perfectly, but I may have to abort that mission as Rosepout is the most beautiful pink nude I've come across thus far. The tone is warm but also neutral and soft and buttery... and yes, it's just all kinds of perfect. I should have shown it off with lip swatches I know but hopefully you can see how pretty the shade is by the swatch above. A pricey lipstick at £18.50 but a perfect one.

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Melissa Minnie Mouse Ultragirl Spotted Pumps 
£46.00 - Daniel Footwear here 
When it comes to shoes I'm all about flats and comfort. Long gone are the days where I use to have to buy pumps every few months from wearing down the backs... why you ask, well I discovered the wonders of plastic shoes, or should I say Melissa shoes. I now have quite a large collection of Melissa shoes as they are just too pretty but most importantly last for years! My most recent addition are these lovely Minnie Mouse collaboration pumps that I've been absolutely loving, especially because of their clear finish which makes them look so different when worn with tights or bare feet (that seems an odd way to phrase it... I'm sure you know what I mean). I never purchase Melissa shoes full price and always seem to find bargains on Daniel Footwear, Yoox and Schuh. Highly recommend Melissa shoes if you love to wear flats but hate how quickly they can wear down.... plus the plastic of Melissa shoes is actually scented!

Apple iPad Mini 16GB Wi-Fi 
£197.00 - Amazon here 
I finally craved and decided to buy myself an iPad Mini. I without a doubt didn't need one as I use my phone for everything but hey ho I decided it would be nice to view things on a bigger screen. So far I've been loving it for watching Youtube videos and looking through Pinterest but my favourite apps have been Zinio as I have a few online magazine subscriptions through the website and viewing them on an iPad mini is such a similar size to a physical handbag sized magazine. Plus I've also been loving taking advantage of my Now TV Movies subscription with their app, meaning I've been watching endless films in bed (mainly Disney and 80's/90's classics)!

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Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner 
£4.99 - Boots here 
Finally this week I stocked up on my favourite smelling conditioner (amazing bubblegum). Not only is this a seriously yummy smelling conditioner but it also works wonders on damaged/dry hair making it soft and smooth. Will be remembering to purchase this again once I run out!

Beauty Bay Large Detangling Brush 
£4.00 - Beauty Bay here 
Dare I say I may have come across a brush to rival my beloved Tangle Teezer and at only £4.00! Yes, I do love the Tangle Teezer but the lack of a handle isn't the best design so I was interested to try the detangling brush from the Beauty Bay Collection. This comes with different length plastic flexi bristles just like the Tangle Teezer and is great is you still have knots after washing your hair. I've been opting for this over the Tangle Teezer all week and think it may be my new favourite brush for cutting through pesky knots without tugging at the roots. 

Hope you've enjoyed this first post. Let me know if you also love any of the products I've mentioned here!

Fee xo.
  

28 August 2014

Autumn 2014 Wish List


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I'm back! After an impromptu blogging break due to being ill I'm finally back and very much in need of a blogging structure to get me back to blogging 5+ times a week again. Anyone else wonder how other bloggers manage to blog so frequently whilst balancing other jobs and even children?!

Anyway at least I'm back! To get back in to the swing of things I thought I would share with you a few wish list items (some of which I may or may not have bought already) that are slightly autumn themed. 

New Look Lip Print Snood 
£4.50 on sale - ASOS here
Whilst being ill the Asos sale has been very much tempting me with autumn goodness. Something that went straight into my basket was this lovely snood. Snoods like this are ideal for chilly days in Autumn as they are lightweight but do add warmth and look nice with or without a coat. Also I kind of feel this will add a touch of colour to whatever I'm wearing... which is generally black or grey.

New Look Metal Clip Heeled Boots 
£22.00 on sale - ASOS here 
Another already purchased item are these lovely boots that are even nicer in real life! Boots are another staple for me come Autumn and I was definitely due a new pair so I snapped up these bargain ankle boots. The strap and hardware detail to these boots is just perfect and the short toe and wide ankle really give an elegant look, especially if you don't have the most slender of legs!

W7 The Honey Queen Honeycomb Blusher 
£3.59 - eBay here 
Over the last few months I've definitely been converted to W7 makeup (I use to only stick to their nail polishes) and now have my eye on so many products I want to try out. The Honey Queen Honeycomb Blusher is at the top of my list as I love boxed blushers and the swatches of this look particularly lovely. Also at £3.59 how can I resist?

Ciate Tweed Effect 'Meet Me In Mayfair' Nail Polish 
£6.00 on sale - ASOS here 
I'm currently thinking about autumnal nail polish colours and this beautiful feather effect nail polish from Ciate is something I'm dying to purchase. I have a few feather effect polishes and love how they can be used as a top coat or built up to a textured opaque feather finish and know this specific polish would look great over so many shades as well as worn alone. I always feel guilty for buying more nail polish but this is a nail polish I need for Autumn.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler 
£4.87 paperback/£1.80 kindle - Amazon here 
This is a book that I keep hearing about and for all the right reasons! The synopsis of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves gives little away but with great reviews and a beautiful front cover I had to pick it up. I'm currently reading The Time Traveller's Wife so will be making it my next read just in time for darker nights with a blanket. 

Palmer's Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner 473ml 
£5.99 - Amazon here 
A product with no relation to the change in season but one that I'm curious to try out. I'm unsure if this is co-washing product aimed at people with curly hair but even if it is you can still use it as a conditioner after washing hair normally. Definitely something I will give a try as a no-lather option that doesn't strip the hair. 

Eylure DyBrow 45 Day - Brown 
£5.69 - Amazon here 
 A bit of a boring one here but my standard dye kit that I need to pick up, especially at such a cheap price. I use to have my eyebrows and eyelashes tinted in a salon but now opt for doing it myself at home. Eylure have recently over gone a packaging makeover making everything look a lot sleeker but the products are still the same. This is the one that I find works the best and would always recommend. 

I sense a haul post coming soon! 

What are you looking to buy for autumn? 

Fee xo.

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