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23 September 2014

Mini Boots Autumn Haul


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Last week I popped into Boots and did a little makeup shopping that I felt was very Autumn inspired. So I thought I'd share it with you today!

Rimmel Velvet Matte Nail Polishes in 'Midnight Kiss' & 'Sumptuous Red' 
£4.49 each - Boots here
First in my basket were two of the Rimmel Velvet Matte nail polishes I featured in a recent wish list post. These were very blogger enabled purchases as I've seen so many swatches of the new range and loved the softer matte finish along with the rich autumn/winter tones. Expect a couple of NOTD posts with these soon as they are gorgeous! 

Palmers Cocoa Butter Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion 
£3.66 on offer - Boots here
As I've been loving the Palmers Cocoa Butter Body Oil recently I thought I'd try out something else from the brand. The Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion instantly caught my eye as 1. it was on offer and 2. however strange this may sound I thought the packaging was very American... which I liked! I've already tried this out and know I will love it as it's got the wonderful cocoa butter chocolate-y scent I love and the spray application makes it so easy to apply.

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Seventeen Chalk Dots Nail Effects 
£2.99 on offer (save £1) - Boots
I then came across the Seventeen stand and literally felt I was spoilt for choice as they have so many new products out at the moment. I was instantly drawn to the top coat nail polishes especially this one as it reminds me of Oreos and cream.

Seventeen Polka Dots Nail Effects 
£2.99 on offer (save £1) - Boots 
I also picked up a lovely multi-coloured polka dots top coat that even though isn't very autumnal will look good over so many nail polish colours. Also I haven't seen anything similar to this on the high street.

FREE Seventeen Back Lash Mascara 
Currently when you purchase 2 Seventeen products you can pick up this free mascara which is worth around £6! Not too bad at all. 

Seventeen Phwoarr Paint Concealer in 'Fair'
£5.49 - Boots here
Last but not least I picked up a concealer that I've been wanting to try for so long now. Unfortunately I have quite dark circles/veins under my eyes and my beloved Collection Last Perfection Concealer just wasn't cutting it. So after seeing some great reviews of the Phwoarr Paint I thought I'd try it out. So far so good with this, much more creamier for blending and it definitely gives better coverage. 

Let me know what you bought last in Boots! 

Fee xo.

22 September 2014

The Bare Necessities


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Today I thought I'd talk about products that I literally cannot live without and use on a constant basis. They may not be that exciting however they are my staples and I realised they never get mentioned! 

Oral-B Pulsonic Slim Sonic Rechargeable Toothbrush
£54.99 - Amazon here
First up the most essential item of all; a toothbrush. Over the years I've had normal manual brushes and electric ones and whilst favouring electrics ones they always seem to break or I can't be bothered purchasing new brush heads. However finally with the Braun Oral B Slim Sonic one it's so good that I do re-purchase new brush heads and have had it over 2 years now. Before this brush I really did presume all electric toothbrushes were very similar but this is the first brush that rotates so much faster and feels incredibly light both in your hand and against the teeth... somehow like a fast micro vibration. There are probably lots of other electric toothbrushes out there that do this but I bought this at half price on Amazon at the time and won't ever be switching to a manual toothbrush ever again. 

Remington 4-in-1 Shaver/Epilator 
£41.32 - Amazon here
Another essential is hair removal tools and this is a product I've got so much use out of. Initially I used this with the Epilator head which even though I didn't find too ouchy is a long and boring process.... also under arms is a no-go zone. So I decided to get more use out of it and swap the head for the shaver one. Now I use cheaper throw-away razors in the shower and use this as an inbetween shaver when I'm in a rush. The blades/rotating mesh give a close finish and can be used on all areas with different guards... also it had a handy light that shows up any areas you have missed. Also in the year I've had it I think I've charged it up only once! 

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 Soft & Gentle 48hr Protection Orange Blossom & Grapefruit Deodorant
£2.75 - Boots here
When it comes to deodorants I'm strangely quite fussy. I prefer aerosol sprays but nothing toxic smelling or that leaves a film that you can feel ,so my everyday one is the Soft & Gentle 48hr Protection Orange Blossom & Grapefruit Deodorant which gives enough protection throughout the day and smells and feel light - a perfect everyday essential. Then for ummm.... more sweater times i.e in summer, when I'm tidying/shopping/walking etc etc I opt for the Dove Maximum Protection Cucumber & Green Tea Deodorant (£4-5 in most supermarkets), this was a product I didn't think I'd like as it's a cream anti-perspirant however this soaks into the skin and works amazingly! The cost is a little extra than most other products but I highly recommend it if you are after full protection - it really does cut it. 

Cloud 9 - C9 Touch Hair Straighteners 
£84.15 - Beauty Bay here
Maybe not as much of an essential but definitely a hair tool I use on a weekly basis and would say I couldn't be without. I've had many hair straighteners in the past and always been satisfied with them but the C9 Touch's just go beyond all the rest with it's many clever features. My favourite is that they only turn on and instantly heat up when in contact with your hair so you can plug them in and use them instantly. Also there are two heat setting with the lowest one working by simply clicking the plates together 3 times - the setting I most prefer. These also just glide through the hair making me able to straighten my whole head within 5 minutes. I love GHD's but I love these more! 

Tangle Teezer The Original 
£7.80 (on sale) - Beauty Bay here
Still with hair I had to mention my Tangle Teezer and also the Beauty Bay Detangling Brush (£5 here) which I equally love. These kind of hair brushes are a god send for me and my knotty post shower hair. Before discovering the Tangle Teezer it would take me forever to gently tease out all the knots in my wet hair without losing too much of it in the brush! But now I simply spray my hair with a de-tangling spray and comb through with not much effort at all. This has been such a handy tool that I couldn't recommend enough if you have knotty hair.

Other bare necessities include... Dead Sea Magik Black Mud Soap (SLS-free and perfect for sensitive skin - for body & face), Cuticura Hand Serum Sanitiser (kept on my desk and not at all drying to the hands), China Glaze Ridge Filler (this hides ridges in my nails and prevents then from becoming stained). 

What are a few of your bare necessities? 

Fee xo.

19 September 2014

Friday Favourites September #3


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Friday again and I'm back with my round-up of favourites  for the week - a nice mix of beauty and lifestyle products. 

This week I've been all about yummy things with a new favourite indulgent dessert and a candle that I just can't get over, seriously the best candle I've ever burnt. As for makeup I've been keeping it minimal this week mainly relying on eye products with a great new all over eye primer and a slightly long lost mascara!

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Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur Eye Primer 15ml 
£9.99 - Boots here 
First up my new favourite all-singing all-dancing eye primer. This ticks all the boxes for me as it blurs fine lines, reduces the look of dark circles/tiredness and also acts as a base for makeup under the eye and on the lids making concealer and eyeshadows apply nicely and stay on for longer. The light silicone formula just smoothes over the eye without balling up or flaking and just peps everything up whilst also acting as an eyeshadow primer. I really couldn't ask for more in an eye primer.The only thing is I'd be curious to see how this compares to the Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur Primer as it's double the volume for the same price and of course can be worn all over the face.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara 4ml 
£15 for duo set - Beauty Bay here 
A few months ago I received this mascara in a beauty box but actually put it to one side as the formula was just too wet for my liking and messy to apply. Then when recently organising I stumbled across it and noticed how the formula had slightly thickened which prompted me to give it another go. With the thicker formula that isn't wet I've been finding it so much nicer to use and just loving the curling effect it has due to the curved brush. Also the volume it gives it just the right amount to avoid spidery lashes. For the full 8ml size the price is a steep £18 which I know I wouldn't pay however for the duo black and blue set it is a little cheaper at £15. A total favourite but Eyeko definitely need to bring their prices down.
 
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Village Candle Brownie Delight
£13.99 Large 26oz Jar - eBay here 
Since featuring this candle in a wish list post at the beginning of the week I feel like I haven't stopped raving about it! Before the wish list post had gone live I'd gone and purchased it because I couldn't resist it any longer. Then since receiving it in the post I haven't stopped burning it. I love all baked goods candles for their yummy scents but this is just out of this world... like actual chocolate brownies baking in the oven. Just amazing!

Pots & Co Lemon & Lime Posset 
£1.99 - Selfridges/Waitrose/Booths
Recently I've realised that even though I'm still dieting the odd treat won't hurt and this week I discovered an amazing new range of desserts that come in pretty ceramic ramekins (that you can re-use). I've only tried two desserts from the range so far with my favourite being the Lemon & Lime Posset. The dessert is both indulgent with it's smooth creamy texture but also refreshing and zingy with the lemon and lime flavour. I would normally opt for a more chocolate-y dessert if I was having one but this just surpasses all supermarket desserts I've tried in the past. If you are looking for something indulgent or to impress guests with then I'd very much recommend these.

Mohdoh Mouldable Calm 50g 
£4.99 - Feel Unique here or Holland & Barrett 
A slightly obscure favourite here with something that been helping my low level anxiety recently as well as my difficultly getting to sleep at night. This is basically a less mouldable form of Playdoh that's infused with calming aromatherapy oils such as lavender and ylang ylang. I know one of the best ways to calm the mind when anxiety/racing thoughts are happening is distraction and this does exactly that. Simply playing with the dough is enough to make me tired in bed or to reduce anxiety... I'm even tempted to take it on the plane with me when I go on holiday next! Also as the dough isn't overly pliable, kneading the dough takes a bit of force which relieves tension, plus this also releases the calming oils.
 
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Models Own Diamond Luxe in Heart Red 
£5.00 - Models Own website (online exclusive for now) here
Last favourite for this week has to go to my favourite shade in the new Models Own Diamond Luxe collection. The vivid red shade with micro gold glitter/shimmer is something I could see Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz wearing on her nails - just so fun and bright. Sadly the nail swatches don't show up the micro glitter that's suspended within the nail polish that is so stunning on the nails. Love, love, love this! Launches in Superdrug stores Sept 20th and Boots stores Sept 24th. 

Hope you've enjoyed my favourites for this week and all have a lovely weekend.

Fee xo.

18 September 2014

How To Get Your Blogging Mojo Back


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Last month I came down with a case of what I like to call 'Beauty Blogger Burnout'. It's a known ailment in the beauty blogging world that can easily come on with self-pressure and also having a life... well in my case a lack of one, as I was ill! But thankfully it isn't terminal, I'm back on track now and it's given me some perspective on how to avoid it in the future and knowledge of how to get back into the swing of things.

So if you are feeling a little deflated by blogging or just lacking motivation to blog then this post is for you!

1. Ditch your blogging hang-ups
For me this was my lack of writing skills and also not being a blogger that talked about new products instantly. These insecurites though not huge have always been with me and just seemed to dwell on my mind when it came to blogging. Since get back into blogging however I've made a conscious effort to not worry about how ever sentence is phrased which has made me feel more positive about the posts I write and as a result I now write blog posts a lot quicker. As for not blogging about current releases I try to remind myself none of my readers have ever mentioned this and maybe it's something unique to my blog that people like. Whatever your blogging hang-ups I fully suggest consciously thinking of them in either a positive way or casting them aside as they only lead to negative mindset.

2. Get Motivated
When getting back to blogging it's beyond important to feel motivated and not like it's your duty to get back to it. This may be reading your favourite blogs or looking at popular posts on Bloglovin' or even just buying a new notebook to write ideas in. I personally decided to start my 'Friday Favourites' series as soon as I got back to blogging as I really wanted to be able to blog about non-beauty products on a more constant basis. This now excites and motivates me each week! It really is the little things that can help you the most sometimes.

3. Think Creatively 
Being creative is how blog posts are created; starting off with that initial idea, titling the post, photographing your products and then getting down to writing it. So it's great to have a brainstorm or sit down with a notepad and write down possible blog post ideas. Even branching out to new photo backgrounds and ideas of new series or monthly feateres. This really will make you want to get to it and be excited again to blog.
 
4. Avoid Self-pressure 
This was something I mentioned at the beginning of this post as I feel self-pressure without a doubt contributes to blogger burn out. We are all guilty of it in different areas of our lives but with blogging I feel it's even easier to fall into with the comparison of other bloggers/blogs. If you blog as a hobby there's no need to have X amount of blog posts going up per week or amazing photos that are magazine standard. Equally you don't need to be updating Twitter even daily if you won't want to/haven't the time or any social media for that matter (I haven't been on my Facebook page for over 2 years now!) or have a blogging schedule... I know I don't have one. We have enough pressures in our life from external sources so make sure to cut yourself some slack and enjoy blogging!

5. Reconnect 
If you haven't been blogging for a while you can feel out of the loop so commenting on blog posts you read/tweets from bloggers you follow are easy ways to get back in to the blogging world a bit more. Also doing tags on your blog (Blogger Love tag here and The Autumn Tag here) is a good way to be more open and personal with your readers. Plus replying back to comments can be a great way to connect with your valued readers.

Blogging can be such a rewarding hobby and is definitely worth not giving up on!

If you're experiencing a lack of passion for blogging at the moment I hope this has been helpful. I'd also love to hear any tip you may have. 

Fee xo.

17 September 2014

Royal Mail Restricted Beauty Goods Explained


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Recently I was sending a parcel containing beauty items and realised I wasn't up on the fairly new restrictions that have been set by the Royal Mail. 

After researching I thought I'd share it here in more layman's terms as to what you can't send and what can happen if you don't comply... because that is quite tempting I know! 

Firstly Royal Mail have always had a prohibited goods list, because... well you can just be sending anything and everything. But a while back they revised that list and put a limit on the quantity and volumes you can send with both nail polish and perfumes/aftershave. This is important if you are sending eBay items, doing a makeup swap or just sending a gift to someone.

But exactly why is it important? Well Royal Mail do random checks where they X-ray parcels and if you are over the quantity/volume restrictions your parcel will be disposed of in whole or in part i.e. Julie in the RM office will be enjoying painting her nails. 

So here is a simple guide to what you can and can't send... 

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Sending Nail Polish 
When it comes to nail polish you can now only send 4 nail polishes per parcel that cannot exceed 30ml (though most are no more than 15ml anyway). You must also package them well in strong outer packaging and secure inner packaging so they cannot break or leak.

Still want to send larger amounts of nail polish? Hermes is definitely the way to go if you want to send a larger amount of nail polishes, say if you can sold a large lot via eBay or Depop. You can send as many as you like however the compensation is void due to type of item it is. I've used Hermes for larger items in the past as a parcel costs only £2.99 for upto 1kg in weight and I would recommend them.

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Sending Perfumes/Aftershave
For perfumes again there is now a limit of no more than four perfumes per parcel and this includes all strengths of perfumes including alcohol-free perfumes. Volume per item may not exceed 150ml and has to be in it's original retail bottle. Royal Mail  also require you package perfumes/aftershaves in strong outer packaging with inner packaging being secure so that no items break or leak. 

Unfortunately perfumes are also one of Hermes restricted items and cannot be sent through them at all.

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With all nail polishes, perfumes and toiletries a label called a ID8000 will be applied to the back of the parcel you are sending which is roughly 10cm x 14cm in size so it's worth making sure your package is larger than this as a lot of post offices will be fussy and require you to re-package your items so that the label will fit onto the parcel (a standard jiffy bag is generally the best option). Also a return address must be clearly visible on the parcel. 

Hope this makes things clearer if you are thinking about sending either product in the future! 

Fee xo. 

15 September 2014

Autumn Comforts Wish List 2014


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Colder days are creeping around the corner and I for one am excited about that fact. I enjoy summer but I love nothing more than feeling cosy and a little excited for Halloween and Christmas! But no talk of the holidays just yet as there are more than enough new products to suffice my buying needs at the moment! 

Here are just a few products that I'm eager to get my hands on for Autumn...

Sarah Waters The Paying Guests
£8.00 Hardback - Amazon here
Nothing says autumn like a new book. Especially one you've been waiting to be released! The Paying Guests is Sarah Waters latest book that I'm so looking forward to. I've loved many of her previous books and by the synopsis of her latest books I really don't think I will let down at all. An intriguing and vivid read that I can't wait to get hold of. 

Le Creuset Mug in Cerise
£13.00 - John Lewis here
Another thing that feels very autumnal is a chunky mug, though I have more than enough mugs for my non-great love of hot drinks. However come colder months I do enjoy the odd creamy coffee or hot ribena so I feel a new mug is allowed. The red Le Creuset mug has been something I've been tempted to buy a few times but decided against due to the price tag. However I've decided that it's a staple mug that I need in my collection i.e I want to be frivolous. 


A Little Princess - Puffin in Bloom Edition
£9.00 Hardback - Amazon here 
Back to books with a very special one from the new Puffin in Bloom series which features four classic reads all illustrated by the wonderful illustrator and founder of Rifle Paper Co; Anna Rifle Bond. All the covers just look so beautiful and unique and would make a perfect gift for a book lover. Out of the four titles my favourite would have to be A Little Princess which I'm now more eager to read as only yesterday I re-watched the DVD version and loved it all over again. Also I discovered that the title was actually published in 1905 which I find amazing.  

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick 
£8.99 - Boots here 
On to makeup now with Bourjous liquid lipsticks that have been oh so raved about by bloggers in the past few months. What appeals to me the most with these is the formula which is apparently comfortable to wear but just doesn't budge - perfect for me as I always fear my lipstick is everywhere with a statement lip. These are a bit more than I'd like to pay (yes, I'm a scrooge) but hopefully I will be able to find them on a 'buy 1 get one half price' offer as I really want 'Grand Cru' and 'Frambourjois' (shades seen in image above) both perfect shades for autumn/winter.

Rimmel Velvet Matte Nail Polish 
£4.49 - Boots here
New onto the shelves from Rimmel are a range of softer matte nail polishes that I didn't expect to love but after seeing swatches want to snap them all up! The velvet matte effect is just slightly softer than standard matte nail polishes and the shades just scream autumn/winter. Very tempted with 'Sumptuous Red' a perfect oxblood shade and 'Midnight Kiss' a chic dark navy. 
 
Village Candle in Brownie Delight 
£12.99 - eBay here
Last but not least I had to feature the most heavenly candle I have ever smelt... I actually don't know how I walked away without buying it (don't worry I bought it online the next day). The candle is from a company I've never heard of before but they are U.S based and apparently give Yankee Candles a run for their money, which I can totally see. I of course smelt the whole range but as soon as I came across Brownie Delight I was in love... I've just literally never smelt a candle that's so true to scent before. It literally smells like the Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Brownies by sister bakes at Christmas which are just a-mazing. Can't wait to get burning this now! 

Hope you've enjoyed this very autumnal wish list. 

Fee xo.   

12 September 2014

Friday Favourites September #2


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Friday is finally here again and as usual I have some lovely favourites to share with you. 

As I took the photos for this post I realised how much I'm loving my 'Friday Favourites' posts. It may have only started 3 weeks ago but I love this new set end to the week where I can share both beauty and lifestyle products I've been loving  - just a nice balance. So in a way this blog post series is a Friday favourite of mine! 
 
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The Time Traveler's Wife 
£6.79 - Amazon here  
 This is my current read and even though I've been taking my time (the way it's wrote is perfect for picking up and reading a few pages of) I've been thoroughly enjoying it. This is like no other book I've read for I guess it's time travelling structure and even though that sounds like it would be hard to grasp it really isn't and quite an easy read. Also I'm loving the love story that's real and gripping. Just a perfect read for the earlier nights or tucked up in bed. 

Free Printable Calendar 
from Coco and Mingo here 
I'm one of those people that look at free printables online and love them but then never actually print them out. But finally I have done - woohoo! This is a lovely simple calendar from Coco & Mingo that you can chose to print out just the remaining months of the year so I have 5 calendar months printed which I'm going to buy a nice clip board for and hang in my makeup room. Think I will definitely be printing out more free printables from now on especially for Halloween and Christmas! 

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner
£14.80 - Escentual here
Finally I have found a primer that is also skincare and won't be breaking me out from daily use! I've been using this product for 3 weeks now and pretty much use it every time I wear makeup, on a instant level it works great as a light primer to diffuse unsightly pores and leaves a matte finish to apply foundation onto. But what I'm loving most about this is that it's actually making my skin less combination/oily and my some of my larger pores have actually become smaller! I really didn't think I'd be that amazed by this product but finally my primer problems are over. 

Reese's Flavoured Lip Balm 
£1.50 - Primark  
I have a vast array of lipbalms that I really don't need and this is my latest one which I'm obsessed with. Novelty lipbalms can be very hit and miss but this is a goody with an amazing sugary chocolate/peanut taste/scent. Also it does a pretty good job of keeping your lips soft. I've found myself apply this constantly this week... especially when I'm hungry! 

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Sleek Blusher in 'Rose Gold'
£4.49 - Superdrug here or in-store
I mentioned in a recent post that Sleek Rose Gold blush was my favourite blusher for autumn as it's so warming to the skin with a lovely shimmer - perfect for wearing higher on the cheeks so that the glow highlights the cheekbones. So this week I've began using it again and I'm straight back to loving it. Sleek offer some great blushers, another favourite is 'Pomegranate', that are well worth £4.49 each.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in 'Sweet Plum'
£16.70 - Escentual here
Another makeup favourite is this beautiful Clarins lipstick that's a great transitional shade from summer to autumn. I love all Clarins lipstick formulas as they are so pigmented and comfortable to wear and this doesn't disappoint. A lovely juicy shade with a high shine that makes the lips look fully. Certainly a new handbag essential.

Hope you all have a lovely sunny weekend! 

Fee xo.

11 September 2014

Five Blogs To Follow This Fall


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Autumn is the season to snuggle up and read more blogs. I personally love discovering new ones that I can delve into the archives of and enjoy for hours.

 So here are a few blogs I've recently come across and think you'll also love...

That Grace Girl 
With a laid back style Grace's blog makes for a perfect evening or Sunday read. I love blogs with a mix of everything and you certainly get that with That Grace Girl. From Beauty & skincare to fashion, reading and even baking, mmmm. Also I'm just in love with the simple layout. 

I love international blogs and this is just a perfect one. Ttilles is a Swedish blog wrote by Matilda who I actually first came across on Instagram. Ttilles offers short posts with beautiful photography with my favourite posts have to be Matilda's stunning nail posts.

Possibly the most creative blog I've come across in a long while and one I'm in total awe of. Make Nice in the Midwest is wrote by Mandi, or that girl with the floral tatoo as it's gone pretty viral in the past few years. This blog feels like a personal diary with a heap of DIY, outfit, baking and family posts all with wonderful photography. If you love A Beautiful Mess then you will adore this blog.   

Little Winter 
Little Winter was a blog I came across last month and I remember thinking to myself what a perfect blog to snuggle up and read because there's just something a bit magical and whimsical about it. Each post just feels like it's wrote with love and isn't trying to be anything or keeping up with the blogging world. One to enjoy on rainy 'indoor' days. 

Beauty Blogmark
 A true makeup blog here that caters to my makeup obsession! Beauty Blogmark is a blog that makes me feel spendy, generally for high-end products so I have to try hard to resist but for me that a sign of a blog I trust. Just a blog full of great product recommendations and again, perfect photography. 

Hope you've found some great new reads here.

Fee xo.  

10 September 2014

Current Bathroom Picks


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It feels like forever ago that I talked about what I've been loving in the shower/to moisturise with so with lots of products I'm loving so so much I thought I would. Also a lot of the products feel quite suitable for colder weather with warm scents and rich formulas. 

So here are my favourite bathroom picks going into Autumn...

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Philosophy Candied Pecan Salt Scrub 
Past holiday collection - Find on eBay 
Now this is such a tease of me as this scrub is so hard to get hold of in the UK but I just had to include it because it's been making my showers so enjoyable lately. If I could describe the scent it would be that yummy smell of fresh out of the oven gooey warm biscuits - literally heaven. I actually sometimes just open the pot when I'm in the bathroom to just inhale it - it's that good! I don't really rate any other Philosophy shower products as they contain SLS's and come with some pretty scary warnings on the label, but this is thankfully free from such nasties and is a lovely scrub. 

OGX (previously Organix) Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo 
£6.99 - Feel Unique here or Boots/Superdrug
A few weeks ago I decided to finally try out the Organix brand as all their shampoos are sulfate-free and I'm soooo pleased I did! When it comes to cheaper SLS-free shampoos they can be less foaming and quite drying (which equals tangles galore) but with this I was amazed. This foamed so easily like any standard shampoo and was so hydrating making it amazing for dry/over processed hair. I have a crazy amount of shampoo in my shower but this is the one I've been using religiously for the past 2 weeks. Also it comes in a huge 385ml bottle making it very worth it's money. 

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner
£4.99 - Boots/Superdrug/Tesco 
This was a recent re-purchase after not having it for a few months and now it's back in my life I'm obsessed with it. Yes, it's mainly for the amazing bubblegum scent that I can't get enough of but it's also a great deep conditioner that really helps the ends of the hair. Also the clever squeezy non-cap end is very handy indeed.

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Palmer's Moisturising Body Oil
£3.04 - eBay here or £5.09 Superdrug/Boots 
Now this very much feels like an autumn/winter body product with the yummy cocoa butter/chocolate-y scent. I've had this in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it so as I was feeling very autumnal last week I decided to pick it up again. The oil is light and spreads easily over damp just-got-out-of-the-shower skin, leaving a nourished and moisturised feel plus you will smell amazing. A must buy is you love a warm chocolate-y scent.

Organic Surge Sweet Blossom Body Cream
£7.50 - Organic Surge here
Organic Surge get it spot on with so many products and this is one of them. The Sweet Blossom Body Cream is light and sweet in scent, which is just incredible and unique, with the most luxurious feeling cream that is strangely light meaning it soaks in a treat. One of my favourite creams to apply when I feel my skin is a little dry and in need of some TLC that is definitely free from nasties.

What are your favourite products to use in and out of the shower at the moment? 

Fee xo. 
 

9 September 2014

The Glamour Beauty Power List Box with 12-Month Digital Subscription!


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The Glamour Edit Box is back and better than ever! The new beauty box contains 7 products worth over £80 for only £15.99 here. Plus included with the box is a 12 month digital subscription to Glamour magazine!

What's included
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - 30ml 
James Read Sleek Tan Mask - 25ml 
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara - Full size
Maybelline Stripped Nudes Lipstick - Full size (1 of 5 shades) 
Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence - 60ml 
Eyeko Eye Makeup Remover Wipes - 10 wipes 
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - 30ml with muslin cloth 
Plus 12-month Digital subscription to Glamour Magazine (ipad/iphone) 

There are definitely some great products included in this box with my favourite picks being the Laura Mercier Primer, Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and Maybelline Nude Lipstick. Plus some interesting products such as the James Read Sleek Tan Mask and Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence.

An amazing box that's worth snapping up! 

Fee xo.

8 September 2014

Under £3 Bargain Haul!


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Recently you may have noticed that I've been liking a bargain... but then again who doesn't?! I think for a moment there I got a little deflated with high street prices especially when it came to beauty products but with clever buying I realised you can still get some pretty great products, I mean who would have thought most of the items above only cost £1-3!

So here's what I've been buying recently...

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 Little Mermaid Wash Bag 
£3.00 - Primark in-store
How amazing is this makeup/wash bag?! This was love at first sight when I spotted it in Primark last week. Anything Disney is a winner for me in Primark, they just seem to get it so right. I may have too many makeup bags now but I intend to put this to good use and use it as my holiday makeup bag when I go away in October/November.

Reese's Flavoured Lip Balm 
£1.50 - Primark in-store
Another fun Primark buy with a yummy Reese's Peanut Flavoured Lip Balm. I'm a sucker for novelty lip balms and being a huge fan of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups I had to pick this up. The lip balm is surprisingly nice with a strong sugary/nutty taste and keeps the lips soft. Feel I'm going to be getting addicted to using this!

W7 The Honey Queen Honeycomb Blusher 
£2.99 - Amazon here 
Finally I picked up this boxed blusher from W7 and I'm pleased I did. Not only is the packaging and honeycomb pattern to the blush amazing for the price but the shade is just perfect and warm, ideal for Autumn.

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in Autumn Spice 
On clearance £2.50 (was £6.49) - Boots 
Last but not least for beauty I picked up this reduced Revlon nail polish in Boots. I'd been tempted by the Parfumerie range when it came out but at £6.49 I was a little put off so I was thrilled when I spotted this perfect autumn shade on the clearance shelf. Nail of the Day post to come soon.

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Yankee Candle Wax Tarts 
£2.00 each - eBay here 
Come colder months I love to get out my little Owl Oil/Wax Burner and burn yummy scents in the evening. I've tried a few different brands now but by far the Yankee Candle Tarts are my favourite with such strong scents given off. I picked up Strawberry Buttercream, Vanilla Chai and Manderin Cranberry. The latter two being perfect scents for Autumn and Strawberry Buttercream being my all time favourite. So excited to start burning these! 

Copper Candle Holders 
£1.99 each - The Range 
Recently I've been updating the decor of both my living room and dining room opting for warmer tones for autumn/winter. Which is why I picked these gorgeous glass candle holders in a metallic copper finish with an intricate art decor style pattern. For only £1.99 these are just amazing.

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Primark Accessory Hanger 
£1.50 - Primark in-store 
Back to Primark with one of those last minute throw-in-the-basket purchases. This is a handy coat hanger that allows you to organise and hang accessories onto it from scarves to necklaces and belts. I've recently re-organised my wardrobe so this will come in handy to keep accessories neat.

Fine Bone China Cat Mug 
99p - 99p Stores 
Last but definitely not least I picked up this ultra cute cat mug for the amazing price of 99p! I'm not even much of a cat lover but couldn't resist the pen-style illustrations especially with the extra detail inside the cup plus bone china just feels lovely. Another one to add to my ever growing mug collection. 

Hope you've enjoyed this haul! 

Fee xo.

5 September 2014

Friday Favourites - September #1


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It's finally Fridayyy! And I'm back with my favourites for this week. From some new bargain non-beauty buys to my favourite nude lipsticks that I can't get enough of.

I feel like I need to ramble about all of them so I'm going to get straight into it! 
 
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Ciate Meet me in Mayfair Nail Polish 
£6.00 - Asos here  
I featured this lovely nail polish in a recent wish list for autumn and decided to snap it up while it was still reduced. Since getting it it's been on my nails all week over Revlon Autumn Spice but I'm so excited to see what it looks like over different nail polishes... I can see it looking amazing over grey/greige shades to really show off the different coloured strands. This just feels like such an autumnal top coat because it reminds me of wheatgerm... I know a strange comparison!

Hobbs Mini Tablet/iPad Holder 
£10 (was £39) - Hobbs here 
After getting an iPad Mini I was in dire need of a case, but when it comes to cases/covers I'm picky. I considered a hard case from Ted Baker as they are so pretty but at £35 they are a little pricey. I then decided to look on Shopstyle - an amazing website for searching hundreds of websites in a single search, and found this amazing one from Hobbs for only £10! I was so pleased as I'd have never looked on the Hobbs website. The case is amazingly well made and I just love the copper tumbled leather finish. I'm now tempted to get this matching e-book holder for my Kindle!

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Pink Toned Nude Lipsticks 
After years of buying nude lipsticks and then deciding they were I've too dark or too light I've finally discovered what tone suits my pale skin perfectly - rose/pink nudes. At the start of the week I re-organised my lipstick storage and realised 70% of the lipsticks I selected to be out of my desk were nudes and on swatching them on my hand it twigged... all my favourites are pink toned! It should have been obvious all along really but I'd never put them all together and seen how similar all my favourite shades are. So with re-organising my lipstick collection I've been opting for all my favourite nudes (shown above). Maybe a nude lipstick collection to come soon.

Swatches from top to bottom - Kiko Exotic Skine Lipstick in 01 (no longer available), Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Rosepout (£18.50 here) and Urban Decay Revolution in Native (£13.50 here).

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Paperchase Postcards 
60p each - Paperchase stores or Selfridges concessions 
Last week I took a little trip to a Paperchase concession in Selfridges and picks up these lovely postcards that I intend to use as small prints either framed or pegged up on string. I was so impressed with the amount of typography postcards they had and have to pick up a few, I especially love the 'Be Cheerful' postcard, I also picked up two B&W photo postcards that are just lovely.

I already have a few prints from Paperchase in some ornate frames which I love (from Homesense) and think it's a great budget way to add interest to a shelf or fill a wall. 
Now I just need to pick the right frame for the prints/postcards but I am planning an exciting trip to Ikea very soon so I'm sure I will find something there.

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 Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser 
£7.99 - Boots here 
Just when I'd given up hope on ever finding a quality primer on the high street I discovered Maybelline's weirdly named Baby Skin Primer. In the past I've complained about high street primers doing so little (I'm looking at you Collection and Seventeen) but finally a little faith has been restored. The Maybelline primer is a lightweight silicone formula that lightly diffuses pores and creates a silky base to apply foundation over. I've been trying to minimise my use of it however due to primers breaking me out in the past but as I've been loving it so much I've used it 4 times in the last week or so and haven't had any problems! My only concern is that it wouldn't suit oily skin types as it does feel a little greasy on the skin.

Women's Health Flat Belly Meals Limited Edition Magazine
£7.99 - Most supermarkets (picked up from Tesco) 
Over the past 7 week I've been losing weight... and enjoying it! However in the last 2 weeks my weight loss has slowed down somewhat so I decided instead of letting it deter me I would use it as a way of getting motivated again. So along with seeking out motivation through Pinterest and YouTube I picked up a book I spotted last month but decided against buying because I told myself I didn't need yet another recipe book. How wrong I was... this has to be the best thing I have bought so far for my weight loss journey (yes, I just called it that and now I'm cringing), well that and my Breville Blend Active. 

This is just so much more than a recipe book... though the recipes are great! I've already learnt so much about nutrition from it when I really thought I knew a lot and I'm even re-evaluating how I feel about low-fat products. As for the recipes I've already tried Morning After Eggs; a yummy combination of new potatoes, spinach and egg with a chilli kick (only 158 cals) and a breakfast rice pudding that's so quick and yummy (under 200cals). As for this week I'm already planning on cooking Chilli Chicken & Mushroom Burgers and an amazing sounding Chocolate Souffle that's only 126 calories! Would highly recommend having a flick through this if you're in to healthy yummy eating! 

Hope you enjoyed my favourites for this week and have a lovely weekend! 

Fee xo.

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