Saturday, 29 September 2012

My Favourite Avon Products

Hey lovelies, sorry for my lack of blogging this week I have had my first week as a 3rd year and it's been so hectic. I have been in Uni everyday and even went to the woods on Thursday making fire, toasting marshmallows and hammering leaves, what a crazy day. But yes this is the life of a Primary Education student ha! So my posts may not be as frequent over the next few weeks as I'm settling into 3rd year. But I want to say thank you to all your lovely people following me I can't believe I have over 300 followers, wow I'm so grateful and I read all your lovely comments and I'll definitely get around to checking out all of your blogs. So today I have a post for you all about my favourite products from Avon. I have posted about Avon before and seriously their products are lovely and are such good value for money. I have just received a new brochure with the Christmas gifts in and it's got me all excited now. If you don't shop with Avon I recommend you checking out their website where you can buy products online or find your nearest avon representative who can bring a brochure straight to your front door.

Avon Naturals Juicy Watermelon Hand & Body Lotion £1
I bought this body lotion from the reduced brochure which you occasionally get with the avon brochure for £1. It smells so nice it's sweet but such a lovely watermelon smell, even better than the smell of the avon watermelon products. It's a thin body lotion but is great for everyday moisturising and it's working perfectly keeping my skin moisturised in the transition of Summer to Autumn/Winter. I know I'll need to use my thick body butters in Winter but this is great for now.

Advanced Techniques Daily Shine Dry Ends Serum £2.50 (normally £5.50)
This serum is amazing for split ends. It's so cheap too but the packaging looks really expensive. It's a glass bottle with a pump which dispenses the perfect amount of product. I smooth this onto the ends of my hair after I have washed it then dry as normal. It doesn't make my hair greasy but it significantly reduces frizz and dry ends. Such an amazing product which I always go back to.

Advanced Techniques 360 Nourishment Morrocan Argan Oil Leave-In Treatment £3.50 (normally £5.50)
This is a new product which I saw a review of somewhere and knew I had to get it. It contains the highly raved about Argan oil and it looks similar to the dry ends serum (above) which is why I bought it. You apply it to the ends of your hair and it's supposed to help split ends and make your hair softer. I have only used it once but again it's packaging looks so expensive and my hair looks shiny and feels softer already. I'm going to keep going with this and I'll let you know how good it is. But for £3.50 you have to try it, it's so cheap compared to other Argan Oil products.

Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Foundation in Golden £7 (normally 12)
I have reviewed this before and it's still an amazing foundation. I haven't been using it as much due to my perioral dermatitis so I have stuck to using minerals but as soon as it's cleared up I will be going back to this. It's a medium coverage but is no way cakey and just as the name says your skin does seriously look flawless. It's beautiful packaging again better than the Mac bottles as it glass and has a dispensing pump. They have a really wide range of shades too which is great and at such a good price I so recommend it.

Advanced Techniques Daily Mirror Shine Spray £2 (normally £5)
I have tried almost every shine spray under the sun and I always come back to this one. I like it because it's not an aerosol so you don't choke yourself applying it lasts quite a long time too. I spray it on the mid-lengths and ends of my hair, so my roots don't get greasy and it does have a mirror shine appearance. It's quite hard to get the shine on blonde hair as brown hair reflects light better, but with this spray everyone always comments on my shiny hair. The bottle is also a good size and lasts around 6months.

Avon Naturals Coconut and Lemon Grass Linen Spray £4
I've had this spray a while so I'm not sure if they do the same scents but they always change them around. I spray this on my bed and curtains and it's smells gorgeous. As you know I love the smell of coconut and this spray just refreshes your bedding and makes your whole room smell nice. You can also use it on clothes or cushions it's so lovely. I've tried their other sprays too and they all smell yummy so definitely one to try. Avon usually have offers on like 4 for £5 too so you can stock up on lovely smells.

I hope I have convinced a few of you to try Avon. They have a really wide range of products and at amazing prices, I just think a lot of people haven't heard enough about them before. Have you tried any Avon products before? Can you recommend any for me to try?

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Friday, 21 September 2012

My Everyday Makeup

So today is a bit of a different post as I usually do reviews, but I figured I haven't really posted many pictures of me so here goes. This is the makeup I wear on an everyday basis, although some days I don't wear makeup to Uni, especially if my eczema is bad. I stick to neutral makeup and only wear big eyemakeup and a heavier coverage foundation on nights out. This makeup takes me 2-5 minutes and just makes me look awake and more human! 

Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser
Collection 2000 Concealer in Medium
Avon Smooth Minerals in Sand Beige
Loreal Paris Touche Magique
No7 Eyelash Curlers
Maybelline The One by One Volume Express Mascara in Black
Hoola by Benefit Bronzing Powder

P.S. I ordered some foxy locks extensions and they arrived today, but they don't match the bottom of my hair just the top, so today I'm going to get some peroxide to lighten the bottom of my hair. I will let you know how it goes (finger crossed, please match my extensions).

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A Whole New Shopping Experience - Mallzee

I was so excited when Mallzee got in touch with me about their new website opening later this year. I didn't know about Mallzee before and now I'm so glad I do! Basically Mallzee are creating a whole new shopping experience in which you can choose your favourite brands and shops to create your own shopping mall (Mallzee). Their software is then able to find products which suit your personal style and requirements, how good is this! You are then able to showcase your Mallzee with the products you like and your facebook friends can buy items from your Mallzee and as you're the owner you earn money from their purchases! To me this is internet shopping at it's best.

Mallzee currently have over 200 brands signed up including New Look, St Tropez, Urban Outfitters and Feel Unique. I can't wait to see the rest of the brands on the website. I so can't wait for this website to launch as I hate trawling through shops and different websites looking for clothes. It's so much easier having all of your favourite brands in one place.

So if you're loving the idea as much as me head on over to where you can sign up for the exclusive pre-launch. There is also an amazing competition in which you can win £100's worth of shopping vouchers when you share with your friends on facebook and twitter. So get your self signed up and be sure to follow on twitter @MallzeeHQ to be first to know about any launch information!

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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Sunday Sparkles - Barry M Silver Multi Glitter

Recently I have got such a big obsession with glitter, in particular glitter nail varnish. I'm lucky as I have seen glitter is pretty on trend right now, especially with the accent nail trend right now. So I have been so obsessed with glitter varnish and when ASOS has 25% student discount I was so quick to check out their nail varnishes. I love Barry M nail varnish it's cheap and I like the shape of the brush and they have a lovely colour range, but I had never seen their glitter nail varnish. I think on ASOS they had 4 colours and I was torn between the silver multi glitter and an aqua coloured glitter. I purchased the silver multi glitter and it is lovely to apply I only have 2 coats on and it is mainly silver with speckles of red and blue. What I also love about glitter nail paint is that they don't chip easily and I my current manicure has lasted 4 days with no chips and no top coat, SUCCESS. After ordering this I then read Sandra's post from the black pearl blog about the aqua nail glitter and I really need to go get this colour it's so nice!

Barry M Silver Multi Glitter 338
Can anyone else not get enough of the glitter nail varnish right now? What's your favourite glitter colour?
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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment

I have seen this treatment on so many blogs and for some reason I never thought to buy it. Until I went into my local boots and found the Lee Stafford range on 3 for £12 and I had to get it! I have been using castor oil to help my hair grow as it's at the funny below the shoulder length and refusing to grow any further. The castor oil is great but it's gross putting it on and takes so long to rinse out. So this product is like a godsend for me, it describes my hair perfectly 'for hair that never grows past a certain length'. So here are my thoughts on this product...

The first thing I do when I buy a hair product is smell it and this smells gorgeous. It's a pretty unexpected smell as I usually have products which smell like coconut but this is a flowery scent which I can't describe well but yes it's sooo nice. Lee advises to use it in between shampoo and conditioner.The consistency is similar to that of a conditioner and it basically says to apply an egg sized amount right from the ends of your hair and onto your scalp too. I find an 'egg size' a bit too much and if I used that much I wouldn't have any left. It's important to squeeze all the water out of your hair too before you slather it on as water dilutes the treatment. Once I've put it all over my hair I massage it into my scalp and then brush it through with my tangle teezer and leave it in for a good 5-10 minutes. It's best to apply in the bath as you need to leave it on a while in order to work and you can grab a good magazine whilst you're waiting.

So does it work?
I've been using this for about 2 weeks now and I already have at least an inch and a half root regrowth, I only got it highlighted 3 weeks ago too so I can definitely see an improvement. The tub also lasts longer than I thought as you can see below this is how much I have left after 2 weeks use, although I do only wash my hair 3 times a week. My hair is so much softer and shinier too (see photo of my shiny hair!) and I find it easier to brush and just manage in general. The lovely smell of the product lasts on your hair too I always find myself smelling it because it's gorgeous. The treatment hasn't made my hair greasier or anything either which can be a problem with the castor oil. Overall I really love this product and I wouldn't go back to castor oil anytime soon. I hope it continues to work and I'm going to keep it up, seen as I have another 2 tubs to go anyhow. Obviously it's not going to grow 2 inch over night but this stuff works. I'll let you know if I wake up with rapunzel hair anytime soon!

What Lee Stafford products do you own? Do they all smell as gorgeous as this does? Hope you're enjoying your weekends lots of love...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

My current skin routine

Today is a post all about the products I currently use on my face. This isn't a daily skincare routine as I have eczema and dry skin I don't get oily/spotty skin so I don't feel I need to wash and cleanse all the time, sometimes I just need moisture. I have perioral dermatitis around my mouth, which has cleared up a lot now and is just a little dry sometimes but I keep it moisturised and it's ok. So these are the products I currently use...

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap - Mild
I love clinique products even their makeup products are lovely. I tend to use this product daily/every other day but as it's mild it doesn't dry my skin out so it's a good one for my type of skin. It has a pump at the top too which is really good for getting the right amount out and you don't get the messy lids like with some bottles. Me and my Mum both use this and it's lasted us months! I would definitely recommend clinique to anyone with skin problems or dry skin like me. I always buy clinique when it's 'bonus time' too as you get a little makeup bag and freebies too!
Superdrug Clarity Blackhead Cleanser
I'm not too sure whether superdrug still sell this as I've had it ages, but I'm sure they have something similar. I don't get spots very often but I do have blackheads which are so annoying and don't look very nice, so I apply this product on my nose and chin and it really helps clear them up. This is another product I only use every other day and I don't apply it to my whole face but it make my face feel really fresh and tingly which I like. I like the dispenser at the top of this as it's like a pop up lid (which I can't explain very well) but I'm sure this is only cheap to purchase and it works for me so I'm not complaining.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating Scrub
I use this product around once/twice a week never every day as it's too harsh for using everyday. It has little beads in and foams up really nice on your skin. I apply it to all of my face, except around my mouth as this would cause havoc with my perioral. It has a nice smell too which is always good and makes my skin feel really fresh. It has reduced the appearance of my blackheads as now they don't look so black but they haven't completely gone. I'm sure you can get this from any drugstore or supermarket and it wont be too pricey.
The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream
I bought this when I first started getting dry skin around my mouth way  before I went to the doctors. It is lovely and gentle and not too thick so you can apply it then put your makeup on over the top. I chose it for the aloe soothing properties and the fact it's not perfumed like some face creams. You can't go wrong with body shop and their ethos is so good. I also have the night cream in this but it's a bit thicker and I tend to use that in the winter.
California Baby Calendula Cream
So I bought this cream after researching what helps to get rid of perioral dermatitis. The cream is from America and I could only get it off Amazon. Calendula cream is known for it's skin healing properties and it's antibacterial aswell. I apply this around my mouth everyday and night and it does really help my dry skin. It has more or less cleared now but flares up when I get stressed which isn't good. I would recommend this if you have dermatitis, eczema or you can even use it on nipples when breastfeeding. I think I got this for £12 and it's only a little 50ml tub but with the amount I put on a day I think it will take me up to Christmas.
Have you tried any of these products? What's your daily skincare routine?
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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

September Wishlist

Hello lovelies hope everyone has had a good weekend. This week I've got to do lots of work and organising for uni which I start back at on the 25th. Although I might slip in a little shopping trip, but I'm quite addicted to internet shopping right now. It's so much easier than shopping on the highstreet I may have been converted. So today's post is my clothing wishlist, they're going out pieces as freshers is approaching we all need a nice dress to go out in right.

I was browsing facebook the other day and came across this lovely designer who makes bodycon dresses. I absolutely love bodycon dresses they really suit my body shape and there is no way I would ever wear a shift dress they just don't suit me. So Alice makes the dresses according to your body measurements and you can choose the fabric, length of the dress or change features such as how backless you want your dress. Check out her website anyway she has some gorgeous dresses and I really want one!

I love this asos dress the length is perfect for Autumn/Winter and I love the colour! I think I just love everything about this dress it's gorgeous. The lace is making a comeback too this season so I'm definitely considering purchasing this beauty.
So at this price I would definitely snap this dress up straight away but sadly asos doesn't have it in stock in the black and white colour. I don't know what it is about this dress but I just really like it, I haven't seen anyone with one like this before either which is always good. Please bring it back into stock ASOS!!

Now these shoes are literally to die for. If I had them I would put them on a shelf and admire their beauty aaaaall the time. They are gorgeous and in the sale, but sadly only in a size 7 :( I wouldn't buy them at £160 but if they were in sale and stocked in my size I think I'd have to buy. I can't believe how pretty they are I think I'm going to go to the KG shop and try them on and take a picture and act like they're mine ha (sad I know).
P.S: ASOS has 25% off for students until the end of today!!!

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Friday, 7 September 2012

£50 Boohoo Blogger Challenge

Hello everyone, hope you're all enjoying the month of September so far. So today's post is a competition in which have launched to celebrate the amazing fashion website making it into their top 10 fashion money saving websites! You can take a look at the list and do some cheeky Internet shopping here. So the competition is to put together an outfit for any occasion which comes in at £50 or less. I love little challenges like this and boohoo has some seriously amazing items. It's also pretty amazing that there were so many choices of outfits to decide upon which were all under £50! So this is the outfit I have put together...

Billie V Neck Cap Sleeve Bodycon Dress: £15 (Yes you read that right only £15)
Ayana Black Suedette Studded Toe Platform Heels:£35

Total: £50

I absolutely love the dress and I have seen similar ones on the high street but for nowhere near as cheap as this. I love the colour as well as it's something different from the usual black dress. These studded heels are gorgeous too and I think they look very Kurt Geiger. I saw some lovely dresses as I was looking through which I'm thinking of buying myself and even better offer student discount, so this outfit would come in at even less. I'm amazed by the value for money of and if you fancy trying the blogger challenge head over to Enjoy your weekends! xx

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

What I've bought

Hello lovelies, hope you are having a good day and welcome to any new followers. I have noticed that recently all my posts are about hair. Ok so I am obsessed with getting my hair to grow and in good condition, but I thought today I would do a different post (although it does contain a hair product ooops). So this is what I have bought recently..

Lee Stafford hair growth treatment: for hair that never grows past a certain length
I have read about this on so many different blogs and I don't know why I have never bought it because it explains my hair dilemma exactly. I found these in boots for 3 for £12 how amazing is that. They are normally £7.99 each so I snapped up the last 3 on the shelf and saved myself over £11. So if you're wanting some of this get to Boots.

Spotty Blouse H&M: £14.99
So as I am studying Primary Education I have to go on placement to teach in schools. I'm going into my third year and have my biggest placement yet, so I am stocking up on teacher clothes so that I don't have to worry about not having appropriate clothing when I'll have so many other worries on my mind. It's a lovely blouse and I'd even wear it with some jeans.

 H&M Knitted Jumper: 19.99
This jumper is so snug and perfect for the Autumn/Winter weather which will soon be approaching. It's available in other colours too but you can't go wrong with this colour and it's not a really tight fit so it doesn't get itchy like some jumpers.

Nike Pro Combat Capris: 16.99 at Costco
So I have taken up running again and needed some appropriate attire to run in. I found these in Costco (of all places) for 16.99, that is pretty good going for Nike. They are the nicest capris to run in too I think they make me more streamlined and they allow your skin to breathe but don't get wet like some cheap gym clothing.

River Isand @Asos sequin back top £15
I found this top in the Asos sale and it was reduced from £25 to £15. The sequin detail on the back is so pretty and I think it will look so nice with some high waist shiny leggings or American Apparel's disco pants. I can't wait to wear it and I think it will be lovely for the fast approaching party season.

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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Tresemme Split Remedy

A few weeks ago I won a giveaway at annalittlefashion and received this along with lots of other goodies. I was really looking forward to using the tresemme split end remedy range as I have thick split end prone hair and really struggle with trying to grow it due to the ends splitting all of the time.
This is a technical explanation behind the remedy:
'Because split ends are negatively charged, the positive charges of the gel body attach to the inside of the split. During the drying process, this then contracts to bind split ends together — leaving you with a smooth, frizz proof look and a just-cut feeling.'

In the sample pack I got the shampoo, conditioner and leave in treatment. The shampoo and conditioner lasted me two washes and the leave in treatment has lasted me weeks! I'm really impressed with the leave in treatment it reduces frizz and I have seen improvement in the amount of split ends I now have. I will certainly go on to purchase the larger size in this which currently has a 1/3 off in boots along with the rest of the range. I'm not sure I will buy the shampoo and conditioner as I don't find that shampoos ever really make a difference to my hair but the intensive treatment which I didn't receive in the sample pack looks really good too. I have also heard about the keratin range of products out which I really want to try, does anyone have any of these products ? Or have you tried any of the split remedy range? Hope you have all enjoyed your weekend, I have been to the most amazing wedding in which I'll be posting about sometime this week xx

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