Spring Favourites 2015

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As spring is here I thought I'd group together all my favourite items at the moment and basically rave about them. I personally love this time of year; there seems to be a constant supply on product launches and my interests seem to widen from makeup into reading more and loving interiors! Below are just a few things I've been loving recently that I highly recommend. 

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Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint - Coconut 
£3.99 - ASOS HERE
Barry M Gelly Nail Polishes are one of my favourite nail colour ranges on the high street - long lasting, shiny and in a ton of amazing shades. So as I was placing a little ASOS order last month I decided to throw this in there as well. I already have a few neutral shades from the Gelly range but this is now my favourite as it's one of those shades that makes you looked tanned, is great as a base to make neon nail polishes even brighter and it's perfect for nail art, plus it's also just a lovely shade. It's also not a stark white but an off white taking that harshness away. I also love that it only needs 2 coats and lasts a good 4/5 days on the nails. A perfect multi-purpose shade for both spring and summer. Side note - I now really want Rose Hip!

Garnier Oil-Infused Nourishing Lotion for Dry Skin 250ml 
£4.99 - Feel Unique HERE or Boots/Superdrug
So I'm always on the hunt for good body moisturisers because I seem to use them a lot. And finally I feel I've found a high street one that actually feels high end and luxurious! The scent of this with Argan oil being the most noticeable and then a touch of rose and almond instantly reminded me of the lovely REN Rose Gold Dry Body Oil that I adore - just a heavenly scent. As for the lotion itself it soaks into the skin well and feels hydrating and soothing almost. After using up a moisturiser I normally try something else but I know I will keep coming back to this as it's just amazing for the price. Worth picking up! Also available for very dry skin.

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EOS Sweet Mint Smooth Lip Balm 
£3.25 - Amazon HERE 
Bargain alert! Yes, a super cheap EOS lip balm on Amazon with free delivery. You know I couldn't not snap it up! I have a billion lip balm already but I seriously didn't know how good EOS lip balms were until I tried this. Firstly the sweet mint scent is just perfect; reminds me of the filling of After Eight Mights with that fresh/sweet mint flavour which also makes your lips tingle a small bit when you first apply it. This also keeps my lips from feeling dry and the sphere shape is very addictive - I find myself applying it multiple times an hour due to how it feels to use it! Love, love, love this.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer - Vanilla 
 £22.00 - ASOS HERE 
This was a little treat to myself last month as I don't normally make a habit of spending £20+ on a concealer. I decided my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer although amazing for the price and with good coverge just wasn't cutting it in the dark under-eye circles department. So I took to Google to find something everyone was raving about - and this was it! A can now totally see why, as this is now my everyday concealer even on blemishes and it really does conceal and stays put. So glad I spent that bit more than I normally would to find a concealer that does the job perfectly.

M&S Blank Card - £2 
ASDA White Photo Frames - £1.50
I'm not sure if it's due to the sunnier weather or that I've been obsessed with Pinterest but I'm currently in 'make-my-home pretty' mode. I'm currently on with trying to make a feature wall behind my sofa with lots of different prints and the above yellow print is so far my favourite, I love the saying and the yellow works perfectly with my colour scheme.... plus is was a bargain! You see I love to use normal cards as prints as they're just as good and at the fraction of the price of an actual print - you don't even need to cut them... just pop them into frames! Great places to look for pretty blank cards are M&S, Paperchase, John Lewis and strangely charity shops that have them turn-y card displays. I'm also really impressed with the Asda frame I bought for the print... cheaper than Ikea and great quality!

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#Girlboss by Sopia Amoruso
£7.49 - Amazon HERE 
Following Sophia Amoruso's story to success in her own words this was a book I picked up to motivate me.  From the reviews on Amazon I knew it wasn't going to be anything with solid business advice but I was surprised as how good this book was... well is, as I'm still reading it. A super easy and positive read. If you are looking to start up your own business or you're self employed then this is a great light read with a mix of Sophia's own journey and lots wisdom thrown in.

Hope you've enjoyed this post - love when I get to review things other than beauty products! 

Fee xo.

Under £3 Beauty Must-Haves for Spring/Summer #6

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After picking up a total bargain beauty buy last week I realised I couldn't remember when I last posted a 'Under £3' post. So I decided to have a root through some recent products and came up with a spring appropiate blog post full of bargains! 

Bargain posts like these really are my favourite to do as makeup/beauty can be a costly hobby! But there truly are some amazing products out there at the price of a Starbucks coffee.

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Marks & Spencer Nature's Extracts Collection - Lemon Verbena Body Mist
£3.00 in-store or £1.50 (half price!) online HERE
You know that total bargain buy I was just on about that prompted this blog post? Well this is it! Seriously, how cheap for a body mist... and from Marks & Spencer of all places. This is a wonderful scent for spring/summer whether you want to keep it in your handbag/gym bag or just spritz it over clothes, just so fresh and zingy. The sillage isn't the best however I think that's to be expected with body mists and for £3 I really don't mind using it more than a standard perfume. I also spotted a Coconut Body Mist from the same range that I imagine to smell amazing!

W7 Lip Bomb Lip Balm - Strawberry
£2.99 - eBay HERE   
Oh lookie here, another copycat product from W7! If this wasn't a slightly different shape I'd say this was exactly like an EOS lip balm. I love lip balms with this kind of domed shape, perfect for applying on the go without having to use your fingers. The strawberry scent is lovely and the texture really does keep the lips smooth. Now tempted to get the cherry version.  

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Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara
£3.30 - Wilko HERE or in-store 
For me Essence is an amazing budget brand and thanks to Wilko stores (and online) it's now accessible in the UK. My current love from the brand, though I'm always picking up their amazing XXL Lipglosses, is this beautifully packaged volumising mascara. As you can see the wand is of normal size and with a slight bend to it; perfect for getting right to the roots. This doesn't give huge amounts of volume but does add a slight amount the to base of the lashes and then fans them out. Really feminine and pretty. A great budget mascara that also looks lovely on a dressing table!

Batiste Eden Dry Shampoo
£1.62 (half price) - Superdrug HERE or in-store
As a huge fan of dry shampoo I seem to always be picking up a new can and so last week I decided to try out the new Eden scent which has a longer lasting fragrance and an oh so pretty design to it. The longer lasting scent I can definitely vouch for and the sugar melon scent is really nice compared to others I've tried in the past. Love Colab Dry Shampoo a lot but this is a total bargain right now!  


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Collection Field Day Lipstick - Tulip 
£2.99 - Boots HERE or in-store
Last but not least a lovely lip colour that's perfect for Spring/Summer! Quite a bit brighter than my swatch this gorgeous lipstick is creamy and vivid and already becoming a favourite of mine. As this is fairly bright I'm currently preferring to use it just dabbed on the lips as a tint of colour but come summer this as a bold lip will look amazing. There's also two other pretty shades in this collection both worth checking out. Got to love Collection lipsticks! 

Hope you've enjoyed this post and discovering some bargains! 

Fee xo.


With Regret Beauty Products

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We've all purchased products that have turned out to be rubbish! It's a sad time. But what's even more harrowing is when you have high hopes for a product and they're shattered into a million pieces and you're then torn between casting it off to a friend in hope that they will like it and throwing it in the bin. 

Below are 5 products I have that current dilemma with as they just aren't usable to me personally! Looking at them as a collective my heart weeps (okay, slightly dramatic) as they really should have been products I loved, but alas it just wasn't meant to be.

Kardashian Beauty (Khroma) Au Natural Lip Set 
For the longest time I've wanted to try out something from the Kardashian Beauty range, so when I spotted this lip set in TK Maxx at only £7.99 I snapped it up. I have a love of nude lips and was in need of a good nude lip liner. But sadly as soon as I started to use said product it snapped... then it snapped again, and again. I used it with an even lighter hand but still it would just snap off against my lip. So I gave up! But at least I had the lovely nude lipgloss I told myself. But no... that also sadly turned out to be a big fat fail. For one it was honey scented... have you ever tasted a honey scented lip product? No, neither had I up until that moment and there is a reason for it... the taste/smell of honey in a makeup product is just wrong. I'm going to say it... it smelt granny-ish. Not good. Not good at all. That aside, if I could put that aside, it was also pretty sticky and just too light in colour for my lips. Unfortunately such a fail of a product for me!

The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine 
When it comes to anything containing coconut or more importantly coconut oil I have to have it. So when I saw this on The Body Shop website with countless amazing reviews it went straight into my basket. But now after many months of trying to like this product I have to admit... I just don't get it. Essentially this hard oil is supposed to be worked under the fingertips to warm up and liquify it before being run through the ends of the hair to add shine and tame frizz. That just didn't happen for me, it left my hair looking slightly greasy and a bit lank. I also found it was tricky to use the product by just rubbing my fingertips over the solid oil. I'm sure this is a lovely product for many but it sadly didn't work for me.

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Rodial Super Food Multi Balm Multi 
This is a bit of an unusual one as it was actually a free gift with a magazine so in reality it cost me £4.50 however the normal price of the product is a whopping £25! So knowing this and that Rodial are a pretty good high-end brand I was expecting wonders. Sadly this didn't deliver wonders, just a thick heavily scented cream that I certainly didn't want to use on my face or lips. I actually tried it as a lip balm and instantly had to wipe it off due to the potent smell of rose essential oils - just awful. Unless you have seriously dry skin then I really can't see the point in this product.

Burts Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Scrub
Oh Burt, how you have failed me with this product. This is a body scrub that I'd been umm-ing and ahh-ing about for months every time I was shopping in Boots, but then I thought I'd treat myself (it is £12.99 after all) with summer coming up. But, oh how badly this product sucked... I mean really. Firstly the sugar scrub is way, way too thick and course. Then there's the fact it seems to be mixed with this heavy gloopy oil that just sits on the skin even once you're dry. And then if that wasn't enough, the scent, which I imagined to be a wonderful mix, smelt well a bit sour and tart and just not that pleasant at all. As I was so surprised at how rubbish this scrub was I took to Makeup Alley to look at reviews and there I saw page after page of 1 and 2 stars reviews very much similar to this one. This is sadly now being used as a costly foot scrub *sigh*

Colab London Volume Dry Shampoo  
Lastly a product I feel I have only myself to blame for. You see I always persuade myself into trying yet another volumising dry shampoo in hope that it will be some light and airy miracle product that will puff up my roots and give me Kim Kardashian-esque hair. But in the back of my mind I know it will virtually be the effect and feel of backcombing mixed with hair spray - product-ful, itchy and stiff. So sadly this was just another volumising dry shampoo I ended up using once and then ditching into my ever growing box of hair products I haven't got on with. That said I kind of didn't want to include this product as the original Colab Dry Shampoo range is amazing and is leaps and bounds ahead of Batiste! And if you love that backcombed/hairspray effect you will probably love this product. I personally hate it! 

Would love to hear what you thought of any of these products if you've tried them out! 

What is your own current fail product? 

Fee xo.

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