31 July 2013

My America Wishlist

L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm | Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer | Urban Decay Naked Palette | Neutrogena Moisturesmooth Colour Stick | Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo Metal in Barely Branded | It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Treatment with Keratin | Butter London Nail Polish in Disco Biscuit | L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick | Make Up Forever Smokey Lash Mascara | Fresh Sugar Lip Balm | OPI Nail Polish | ORLY Nail Polish in Rage | Tarte Lipstick | L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm | Covergirl Gloss Balm | Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells | Butter London Nail Polish in Fishwife

So, next month i'll again be flying across the pond to big ol' U-S-of-A. Not only am i seriously looking forward to the break, the time spent with my family and, of course, shmoozing with the big cheese himself, but also for the shopping opportunities. Since joining the blogging, vlogging, beauty and fashion community it has been a torturous task to watch the videos of those living in the states, talking about all the amazing beauty products they have on offer. So, when i get the chance to head over there myself, it's only right that head to the nearest Target/Ulta/Sephora and shop until my heart's content. Right? That's what i tell myself anyway. I've compiled a little wishlist of what i'm hoping to snag this time around.

Yes, there is a lot of nail polish. And yes, there are a lot of lip products, but that's just where the best releases have been this year! What can i say? It's probably a problem.

I saw TalkBeckyTalk mention this L'Oreal Erasing Balm a couple of months, and it basically sounds like everything i'd want in a deep conditioner, and the fact we don't have it in the UK is outrageous! It claims to be a reconstructing balm that repairs up to one year of damage in one use, now i mean who doesn't want that? It targets split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness and dehydration which can all be implicated by dying your hair. I just think this would be really nice to test out, especially on my newly blonde hair.

As for the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, every blogger and their cat use this and, frankly, i'm jealous. It seems that it covers a multitude of sins and i could, honestly, really use that. I'm still on the look out for the ultimate under eye concealer and i've seen a lot of people say that that's what they use this for, so i'm interested in giving this a go.

Who doesn't want the naked palette? Some people say that you don't need the original and the second palette, and some people say you need both. I'd love to have both to see the difference as one is said to be warmer toned and the other cooler. I have the second palette and as much as i love, i think i'd like to give the other one a go and i think they'd be great mixed and matched together.

I love the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, my current favourite is Bad to the Bronze which i bought while on holiday last year. They currently have a gorgeous Pomegranate colour and a bright, bright purple that i've seen here in the UK. Sadly, they haven't brought my most wanted shade out here which is Barely Branded, the ultimate in shimmery champagne and that really is my go-to.

As for nail polish, i'm targeting OPI, Butter London and ORLY. There is no particular shade of OPI that i'm after, i just want them all. They're so much cheaper in America then they are here so whenever i'm over there i like to browse what's on offer, especially the new collections, and see what i fancy. I'm always looking to expand my collection as they're so long wearing, easy to apply and dry in super quick time. Butter London, however, i haven't had so much luck with in the past but everyone seems to love them and they sell some shades that i've never seen anywhere else, like the two i've imaged above: Disco Biscuit and Fishwife. You only have to google swatches of these two to realise how beautiful they are. Last, but not least, is ORLY's Rage. Last year i picked up the infamous Oh Cabana Boy and this time i'll be searching for Rage. They're just gorgeous polishes and the colours are great.

So. Many. Lip. Products. I just want them all! I've recently seen things about the Neutrogena Moisturesmooth Colour Stick, and they seem to be similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks which i love. I'd love to test them out as i'm quite a fan of the chubby stick lip products. As with the Covergirl Gloss Balm, we don't have Covergirl here in the UK so i'm interested to have a look at all their products but especially these as they're right up my alley. L'Oreal just seem to be on fire when it comes to lip products at the moment and these two are ones that aren't available here. One is highly pigmented and the other a balm product, i'd love to see the difference in them as they're packaged so similarly and how L'Oreal work out there. Tarte seems to be another brand that isn't available here but that everyone raves about, and i've seen a lot of Youtubers fall in love with their lip products. The packaging is amazing and the colour pay off is second to none, it's not a sheer wash for sure, so i'd certainly like to give them a go. Last is the Fresh Sugar Lip Balm that everyone at the end of last year started to talk about. I'm addicted to my Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm and it really does help, so i'd be interested to test this out as it's supposed to be similar to a treatment.

I wanted to pick up the Make Up Forever Smokey Lash last year but there were so many other things i was after that it just didn't make the cut. I'm in two minds about purchasing this because if i were to fall in love with it, it's not something i would be able to repurchase easily. I've got my holy grail mascara in Soap & Glory, so i don't know if to just be content with that. What do you think?

I saw Estee from EssieButton talking about this Caudalie serum, and she raved about it so it's got it onto my radar. I think we have fairly similar skin so i'm interested to give it a go. I have to be honest and i say i really do slack on the moisturising front, except for my mattifying product before i apply make up, so if this helps i'd be interested in repurchasing.

Every American youtuber and their cat talks about the Wet N Wild Walking on Eggshells palette and, honestly, i would just love to add it to my collection. They seem to have amazing pigmentation and it would just be so handy to throw in your bag, or to travel with.


29 July 2013

Top Summer Nail Polish Picks

Summer is the time of year that i change my nail varnish more than any other, i just love the way it pulls together an outfit and using brights to scream Summer. This time of year i tend to go for pinks, purples, oranges and nudes - although i use the term nude very loosely. Here are my top #8 nail polishes that happen to be my go-to Summer shades.

Model's Own Mystic Mauve | This shade is a gorgeous, simple light purple colour. It's a sort of lilac shade with a very silver undertone that waters it down a lot. It's almost completely shimmery, which makes it a very stand out shade however it's light colour makes it sort of subtle, so this really is an all rounder. It can take you from day to night, and beyond. It applies beautifully, and dries super fast even after two coats which is what i look for in a polish.

Essie Fear & Desire | This, to me, is the perfect bright orange. It really is a true tangerine colour, and it's as bold on the nails as it is in the bottle. It surprisingly goes with a lot, and is great for clashing and contrasting. It applies well and is very smooth, it dries to a matte colour but with a slight shine in consistency.

Model's Own Hayley's Comet | This looks kind of dark in the bottle but when it's applied to the nails, it's a gorgeous pink, red, blue duochrome. It's a very beautiful colour and is like nothing i've ever seen before. It kind of does remind me of a galaxy with it's beautiful colours. Like all Model's Own polishes, it applies beautifully and smoothly, and it's very shimmery when dried.

Essie Splash of Grenadine | I adore this colour and it may well be my all time favourite shade. It somewhere between a pink and a purple, and i love it. It really matches well with my current wardrobe. Like other Essie's it applies well, and dries quickly. It's a very different shade to any other i own, and if you're a pinks and purples kind of person i recommend you try this.

ORLY Oh Cabana Boy | I adore this colour, i bought it last year when i was in America because i'd heard people rave about it and i'd never seen anything like it before. However, since then i have found a great dupe for this shade that i will be sharing with you later this month. It's a gorgeous bright, almost neon pink that's super shimmery. It's a really fun shade and it's like the ultimate Barbie pink.

Model's Own Tropical Sun | This colour is beautiful, it's a peachy orange colour but it's got a golden undertone which really perks it up. It really reminds me of a tropical sunset, and it's great for Summer. It matches really well with pinks which is perfect for my wardrobe right now and it's super shimmery which seems to be my favourite at the moment. It applies beautifully, like all these shades, and dries super fast too.

OPI Glitzerland | As the name suggest this one is packed with glitter, but it's very finely milled so it makes it look intensely sparkly. This is what i would consider a neutral, and if i needed a colour to go with a lot of different outfits this is the kind of shade i would go for. There's no need to keep changing it because this matches with so much. OPI is also really great for not chipping, so i can leave this on for a really long time without having to worry. What i like about this colour is that it isn't a horrible, yellow gold it's really true to the colour, it's a true gold.

Essie Buy me a Cameo | I spoke about this in my June favourites, so you can see what i said there but again this is my idea of a neutral. It's, again, super shimmery and it's a kind of buttery beige colour. It comes out a lot lighter than it looks on the bottle, which i love and again it matches everything. Perfect.


27 July 2013

#OOTD | Skeletal

Skirt: Topshop | Cami: H&M | Top: New Look | Tights: Tesco | Shoes: Topshop | Necklace: LLROK

I really enjoyed wearing this outfit for lunchtime drinks with an old friend, it was the perfect mix of comfortable, light and cute. Like i said last week, i adore these skirts. They are so easy to just throw on and they're also really soft too, which just adds to the comfort. Like i said, i love the fact they're a sort of skater style but they don't have the structure, i think that makes them a little more relaxed for occasions like lunches, etc. I love the colour too, i originally bought this one to wear in Winter but when paired with the white i think it lifts the deepness of the colour and brings it into Summer.

Talking of this top, i've had it for a long time maybe one or two years, and i think i picked it up in the New Look sale for not very much. It's such a quirky piece and it's really easy to pair with a variety of things. It also looks really sweet with a pair of jeans and sandals for a relaxed daytime look. It is a nightmare for jewellery and nails though, you have to be careful not to snag the fabric as it's fairly delicate. And as for the necklace, i've had this for many, many years. I got it from what used to be Lady Luck Rules OK, and the lovely owner Leona had a cute little boutique on London's Brick Lane. I bought a lot of things from her online store too, however, and this was one of them. She did a set of personalised pendants and i got in there fast for the first batch and got my little Anchor. (It actually says Legs on it too!) It was originally on a shorter chain, but i much prefer something a little longer so bought another to slip it on.

Plus, we all know these tights came off. Ain't nobody got time for tights in this weather! I'm just always chilly early in the morning.


25 July 2013

#REVIEW | Good Things Blemish Control Gel Mask

As you probably all know, i have oily, sensitive, acne prone skin so any product that's marketed to assist said skin type, i'm all for. As soon as i saw this new release announcement on the Good Things Twitter & Facebook pages, i knew i certainly had to get my mitts on it.  So, when i saw this gel face mask being advertised as "anti blemish" and "oil clearing" with my favourite ingredient salicylic acid added, i was on my way to Boots to give it a road test.

When i think of gel masks, i think of the thick, gloopy kind that usually ends in a really dry result and a peel off. However, this was not what i was expecting. It's actually a lot thinner, and runnier than i had imagined and also asks you to clean it off using a warm, damp cloth like most masks. It also doesn't dry completely either, staying almost tacky on the skin. Despite all this, i actually really enjoyed using it. I'm a clay, mud mask girl through and through so i have to admit that i do get a little stuck in my rut when it comes to face masks. I rarely like to step out of the clay mask family as when i have, in the past, i've usually been underwhelmed or disappointed. I mean, who likes to take off a face mask and think: 'Well that did nothing'. Like many, i think of face masks as not only a great skincare tactic but also a luxury product.

This turned out to be very different to my usual mask, but i still enjoyed the experience but in hindsight i would probably use it in a different way to a mud or clay option. I think this would be a great option for a more clarifying mask, rather than using this during a Sunday pamper session, i think this is the kind of thing i would slip into my usual skincare routine about twice a week. I didn't feel like it deeply cleansed my skin, but there are very few masks i've found that claim to do so and actually follow through. However, i actually came to love what this did for my skin. Because it's not as heavy as a clay, i didn't tighten my skin quite as much which was actually a refreshing change, as often after using a clay my skin is uncomfortably tight and dry. This leaves my skin feeling clean and treated without being harsh.

When you first apply it smells very minty, almost mentholy, which i personally like a lot, as my current treatment wash is similar. I have to admit that for the first minute of wearing it did become very strong in feeling and scent. Now, i really do love a product that tingles so you know that it's working, and doing something for your skin, but for the first minute after application this really did make my eyes water because of it's strong menthol scent. This didn't particularly bother me as it did disappear with wear, i was just a little surprised. It definitely tingles and you can feel it working it's magic on your skin, which i like but it's not for everyone.

Once i left it on for the full ten minutes, i originally left for a further five to test out how the mask set and as i said previously it doesn't particularly dry but stays semi-tacky. Afterwards, i washed it of using a warm, damp facial cloth and wiped the product gently away and i liked how it had made my skin look, and feel. It felt very clean, and cleansed, and at the time of testing i was enduring a rather bad break out. Although it didn't magically clear up my skin, it did help to prep the skin for further break out prevention and took away any soreness or puffiness which is always a bonus.

Overall, i actually really liked this mask which, after discovering the consistency, surprises me. However, after road testing it for a few tries it leaves my skin feeling great, and it now features often in my usual skincare routine.


23 July 2013

Top Summer Scents

There are so many things that remind me of the Summer: The countdown to your next holiday, having all of your bedroom windows wide open at night, the need for a cold shower when you get in from a long day; but isn't it funny how a certain scent can totally take you back to somewhere totally different? Today, i'm going to share with you some of my favourite Summer fragrances and where they take me.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Parfum | I have to say that i adore this fragrance, and not even just during the Summer, but this for me is the epitome of my Summer scent. It's light, floral and fragrant, and as an eau de parfum it lasts all day and all night. With it's top notes of Wild Strawberry and it's heart notes of violet, it's just a beautiful combination of fruits and flowers. It totally engulfs you when you do the classic shimmy through your perfume cloud, and yet it's not overwhelming or heavy. It's light, and just sits there waiting to be noticed. This reminds me of Summer nights, spritzing this on my top and through my hair - anybody else do that? - before leaving the house and heading to dinner, or a movie, or just for a night in with the girls. It reminds me of setting suns and long Summer nights.

Zara Woman Apple Juice Eau de Toilette | This is a newer scent to me, and one that i actually got for Christmas in my Secret Santa gift - after a lot of hinting, of course. My lovely friend gave this to me after an afternoon of sniffing all of Zara's affordable, but still lovely perfumes. This one really stood out to be with it's classic fruity smell, it's just so juicy and delicious. It has top notes of Apple and Grapefruit, with a middle note of Rose to balance this out. This is slightly heavier in scent than Daisy but as an eau de toilette it slowly fizzles out through the day and works off of your clothes, leaving a faint aroma. Although i began using it in Winter, it works best as a Spring/Summer scent but it's memories are of friends, and of laughter. Cocktails and girls' nights, feeling carefree and having fun.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine Edition Eau de Toilette | This is actually the newest addition to perfume collection, as it was a lovely 21st birthday gift. This little guy is the cousin to my original Marc Jacobs Daisy. The sunshine edition really is full on Summer, as it's top notes include Red Currant, Guava and Mandarin with Violet, Lychee and Lily-of-the-Valley running through it. It's a gorgeous scent, that somehow reminds me of sun cream. This really is Summer through and through, and i'm yet to make many memories with this one as it's only just getting a look in. So far it takes me to the sunshine and a lot of fun, as i'm usually doing a quick spritz as i walk out the door for a drink with friends.

Victoria's Secret Vibrant Peony Summer Freshes Fragrance Mist | Last, but not least, is something i picked up on holiday last year so it's not going to be took shocking where this takes me. This is pretty similar to my other Summer picks, with Peony and Orange Blossom being it's top notes, it's a gorgeous mix of floral and fruit but leaning on the floral. It's just so light, and lovely for day to day when i don't want anything too much. It's lovely for when you grabbing lunch with a friend or doing a spot of shopping, i most often go for this when i'm just heading into university. This just reminds me of holidays, and the sun beating down, not to mention the beautiful Victoria's Secret stores too.


21 July 2013

#OOTD | Versatile Cami


Skirt: Topshop | Top: Topshop | Tights: New Look | Shoes: Topshop | Necklace: LLROK | Sunglasses: ASOS

I love this neon pink cami from Topshop, i think it's so fun and so versatile. Prepare to see it in other OOTDs i'm sure. It fits really nicely and is great for dressing up or down. I've worn it tucked into skirts or out over jeans and it can totally transform an outfit from day to night.

When the weather's a bit nicer, i love to wear skirts and dresses - mainly because i don't get much oppoortunity the rest of the year - but these skater style skirts from Topshop are great. They're made from a really soft material, and i like that they're not as structured as a skater skirt and it's kind of got more of a straight look but it's still got all the volume. I was unsure when i bought this grey number because i wasn't sure how much use i would get out of it but it's actually a nice alternative to black, especially when the sun peeks out.

I really like this look altogether, i think it's nice and Summery and i feel comfortable and confident in it. I think a high waisted skirt and top is an easy, fun look for the Summer. Plus, it's easy to throw on and there are hundreds of combinations. I took this pictures fairly early in the day, but later had to whip off the tights! Who knew England knew how to be so warm?!


19 July 2013

Current Skincare Routine

I don't think i've ever done a proper Skincare routine. I've certainly, more recently, done a Skincare Shake Up and a while ago i did a What's in my Shower? which featured some skincare but i thought it about time to share what i have found to really work for me. Everything i use to help target my oily, blemish prone skin with frequent breakouts.

I should probably share now that along with this routine, i regularly take a tablet given to me by my doctor to help my skin sort it's bacteria out as it seems it's fighting a lot, however i will only need to take that for another few months and this routine will continue after that.

Clean & Clear Dual Action Oil-Free Moisturiser | If you're someone who likes a product you can feel working, then this is a good one for you. I probably wouldn't market this as a moisturiser, because it can dry my skin out a little, but nothing drastic, however it is a nice all over covering if you're having problem skin in more than one area on the face. This creates a slight tingling sensation on the skin, which to me only means that it's working. I sometimes keep this on over night and it really seems to improve the skin in the morning. I usually apply this after i've cleansed and exfoliated, etc and this is the last step before i go to sleep.

Good Things Stay Clear Anti Blemish Cleanser | This is my cleanser of choice, and i usually use this in the shower as part of my skincare routine. This is probably the first step in my routine, after cleaning most of my make up off using wipes. I put this all over my face and you can just feel this cleaning deeply into the skin getting all the remainder of the dirt and grim off of my skin. It's full of superfruits, which i really like, and it isn't packed with paragons, sulphates, mineral oils or animal ingredients which is great.

Superdrug Aloe Vera Deep Cleansing Mud Mask | I was on the look out for some new face masks to give a go and i just happened to be looking in Superdrug, and spotted this range. I'd never seen it before and thought i might as well test it out. I picked up this one as it's my favourite style of mask; a mud mask that dries when you leave it on for a certain amount of time. I've use some of these before and they really dry out the skin, but this is the style that works best for me. What i like about this one is it has Aloe Vera in, so it hydrates the skin even when it's drying. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and looked after, which is great.

Boots Skin Clear Ultra Treatment Wash | I love this product and it's probably the newest addition to my routine. I picked this up on a total whim, i just happened to be browsing Boots because i had some vouchers and i saw this and it had some great claims. This has really worked for me, and it's another product that you can really feel working. It has a sort of tingly, menthol type of feel when you work it into the skin and once it's washed off it leaves a cool feel to the skin. When it's washed off it seems to treat and calm the skin, while blurring my acne scarring and blemishes. It has really worked with my skincare routine and i'm very happy i gave it a go.

Good Things Deep Pore Anti Blemish Cleanser | I use this when i'm lazy, which sometimes can be a bit often. I swish this over my skin to give an extra clean after i've gotten rid of most of my make up. It tingles which makes me think, again, it's doing something great for my skin and it just really cleans up.

St. Ives Blemish Fighting Facial Scrub | This has been my choice of scrub for quite some time now, and i think at one point it was defintiely too harsh for my skin. I was using it every wash but that began to take it's toll on my skin and make it worse, now i use it every other wash and sometimes even less then that and i find that that is perfect for my skin. It just helps to get rid of stubborn dirt and deeply cleans, helping to get rid of breakouts. I've found that the sensitive version of this just isn't good enough for my skin so i just have to use this carefully.

Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel | Everyone love this Origins treatment. It really does help me combat my spots, and if you've got a few single lone blemishes, just pop this on top and it totally dries it up reducing the size and redness. Just beware, being too liberal with this can really dry up the area and you can end up with a dry spot but otherwise, if you're careful and pop it just on the spot you'll be good to go.

The Body Shop Facial Brush with Lid | This little beauty is what i thank as the most active step in my skincare routine, i definitely think this is what really gets the products into my skin. It's basically a hand held, cheap Clarisonic as it works exactly the same way. It just really works products into my skin and helps clean deeply.


17 July 2013

Pamper Me Pretty: At Home

After yesterdays write up of my lovely Guinot facial experience, it got me thinking about how you could take some time out and pamper yourself pretty at home. I can't say that this style of pampering would come out any cheaper than grabbing yourself a salon session, but there are a lot of pros to doing things this way. For example: you can take your time, you don't have to feel judged by a salon worker - however, i personally have never felt this way, and this way you can do things head to toe. Here, i've prepared the products i chose to use for an at home spa experience.

Candles | For me, candles are one of the most relaxing things about a spa day. Whether it's the scent that you love or just the calming atmosphere of the flames, they're a great addition to help you relax. These two are my current favourite scents that i've been burning in the evenings, to help me wind down. I've always been an avid Yankee Candle collector, they're probably my favourite and go to candle supplier but they can be a little pricey. I actually bought this large two wick tumbler in a sale, and this is one of my all time favourite scents from the brand. It's actually new this year, and perfect for the Spring and Summer months. Wild Passion Fruit is deliciously fruity, my favourite kind of scent, but it's not heavy. The Pink Grapefruit & Lime is from the TU line at Sainsburys. This is a delicious scent, i love pink grapefruit but the lime really cuts through and makes it citrusy and light. I love candles even in the Summer months; i don't think there's anything as lovely as having your windows open, looking out at the beautiful Summer sky while having your candles flicker in a dim room. 

The Body Shop Body Butter in Cranberry Joy | These body butters are not new to me by any means but i've just recently gotten back into them, and i'm not sure how i lasted so long without them. They are deliciously thick and hydrating, perfect for day to day moisturising but my favourite way to use them is after shaving my legs as they finish off my shaving routine nicely leaving my legs feeling silky smooth. They come in a variety of scents, and honestly my favourite Body Shop is Satsuma, which you will later see, but this Cranberry butter caught my eye in their sale. It's supposed to be a Christmas scent but it's not at all like a usual Christmas smell, it's not at all spicy which i was worried it would be but with a sniff in the store i fell in love with it's divinely fruity aroma. It's not at all sickly or heavy but actually very light and fresh.

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed! Deep Pore Detox Mask, Simple Deep Cleansing Face Mask, Superdrug Mud Therapy Aloe Vera Deep Cleansing Mud Mask and Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Peel Off Face Mask | Now, i don't know about you but my favourite part of having a pamper evening is the face mask. I would probably do my usual skincare routine, featuring my Good Things Cleanser, St. Ives Scrub and Boots Treatment Wash but i won't go into that as you'll be hearing about that next week, and then let me skin settle down a little while i'm doing something else, and then apply a mask. These are my favourites, but the Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed! is actually a new one for me that i'm indifferent about so far. If i get any great opinions on it, i'll be sure to review it but for now i'm not too sure. The Simple Deep Cleansing Mask is lovely and light but i have to admit that it's my favourite type of mask, as it doesn't dry. It stays wet and i'm sure it does hydrate my skin but the main reason i like to use masks is to improve my acne prone skin, which is why i plump for drying, usually clay, masks. That's why this Superdrug Mud Mask is my favourite of the lot. Despite it being a drying, clay mask it's so soothing and you can really feel the Aloe Vera getting to work from when you apply it. Sometimes clay masks can really dry out my skin but with the added Aloe in this one, my skin just comes away feeling equally refreshed and treated. As for the Peel Off, although this is a really easy option and when you want a quick fix to treat your misbehaving skin this doesn't do enough for me if i'm really taking the time to pamper myself.

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel | Sometimes, if i'm not in the mood for taking a bath and i'd rather just go all out in the skincare stakes then i'll just go for a warm, relaxing shower. This is my shower gel of choice, it's lovely, rich and lathers nicely. As for the smell, it's just delicious. It's so potent and fills the entire bathroom with a gorgeous, fruity, Satsuma scent. It just feels so luxurious!

Philosophy Holly Berry Bubbly | If, however, i am feeling like a bath then these are my bubbles of choice. Philosophy is well out of my price range, because lets me honest - who wants to spend £15 on bubble bath? So, i hit it up when it's having a sale. My all time favourite scent from them is Holly Berry. In the Winter i have everything from Holly Berry reed diffusers, to candles, to room sprays because i just cannot get enough of the scent. I use this all year round because i love it so much, i just love how fresh it is, it's not heavy but it really does fill the room.

Essie Buy Me a Cameo, Splash of Grenadine & Fear or Desire | Something that i love to do when i've got down time is paint my nails. Usually, i would just take my old polish off and re-paint but if i'm really taking my time i like to do it right with anti bacterial, hand cream and cuticle oil. These three are some of my favourite colours for this time of year. It's nice to paint, let them dry and finish with a good hand cream. Luxury.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius |  This really is a luxurious product for me because i don't do this very often, mainly because i never remember. Heel Genius is a gorgeously thick, minty cream that you massage into your feet just before you go to bed. Once applied put on some socks and let it work it's magic. I don't have particularly problem feet but i always notice a difference when i use this product.

Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream | This is my chosen hand cream, and i really love this one. It's thick and takes a few minutes to really soak in so i usually use this just before bed or after nail painting when it's got time to really work it's magic.  It has the classic, fruity, fresh Soap & Glory scent which i particularly love. 

Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion | If i really am going all out, then i'll plump for my most luxurious moisturiser for post mask moisturising. That would happen to be this Benefit Facial Emulsion that i won at a Debenhams beauty event. I'd never tried any Benefit skincare but this really suited me, especially as it's oil free. It's applies so smoothly and is a very silky product, it really feels luxurious on the skin which is perfect to complete a pamper evening.

L'Oreal Paris Ever Riche Nourishing Intense Mask Pot | If my hair feels like it needs a pick me up and i really have set aside all evening to pamper myself, then i'll take the time to use my favourite hair mask. This instructs you to leave it on for about five minutes but if i'm really going for it, i'll get out the shower and leave it on for about fifteen minutes. That really does treat my hair and leaves it feeling ultra smooth and soft, but you already heard me lark on about this one last week, didn't you?

Victoria's Secret Vibrant Peony Summer Freshes Fragrance Mist | Lastly, if i'm really going all out then sometimes spritzing a little of your favourite relaxing fragrance in the air. However, what's better then the smell of Summer?

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