The 2014 Beauty Favourites


I haven’t written anything on this blog for a very long time, and I have absolutely no excuses. I’ve got so many half finished drafts saved, but the longer I left posting them, the more intimidating finishing them seemed- but I couldn’t let 2014 end without writing up a little something about my favourite products of the year. (Actually, the writing part of this post is almost over now. I’m still quite nervous)

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Rimmel Match Perfection- pretty much the only foundation I’ve been wearing this year. 010 Porcelain is actually light enough for me, which makes a lovely change, and the coverage is kind of light/ medium, but buildable. I plan to branch out a bit, foundation wise, in 2015 but I actually have a spare bottle of this hiding in the back of my makeup drawer.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer- another pale skin saviour! This bronzer is completely matte (so great for contouring), and you can go pretty heavy handed with this stuff without looking too bronzed. I use it with the Real Techniques Blush Brush [not pictured].

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette- obviously. I honestly cannot gush about this palette enough, so I’m just going to sneakily link you to my review and swatches post.

Sleek Blush Trio in ‘Lace’- I’m not really an big blusher fan (I’m working on it!) but this palette has been one of my most reached for makeup items this year. I’ve been using the red shade on pretty much every makeup wearing day, but they’re so pigmented that I’ve not even dented the pan. Review and swatches here.

L’oread Miss Manga Mascara in Purple- a new addition, but a very welcome one. I don’t really love mascara, and I’m actually completely clueless when it comes to what makes a mascara good (I know I like Benefit They’re Real and Soap&Glory Thick and Fast…help?) but the slightly purple tint to this one is what I love. It’s just something a little bit different, and helps towards making my, honestly, swamp coloured eyes look just a little bit more like hazel.

MAC Lipsticks in ‘Patisserie’ and ‘Plumful’- I’m honestly not sure I need any other lipsticks. These are just beautiful, and I’m not going to say much more because one of the many previously mentioned drafts may well turn into a MAC lipstick swatch-a-thon.

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks- I tend to think of these as MAC Lipsticks in gloss form. The smell like vanilla, have medium, but pretty colour payoff and they last really nicely. I actually have a series of posts about lip crayons, these included, which is right here.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant- the best lip balm ever, and a little goes a long way.  It’s also great for really dry skin and as a cuticle conditioner.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers- I’m not sure where I’d be without these. I have very straight eyelashes, and at my healthiest and most awake I look a bit dead (I’m coming across really well in this post) but these go a long way towards fixing that!

Carmex Lip Balms- another new discovery! The formula of these lip balms is actually quite similar to the Skin Protectant, but these smell a little nicer and are much more convenient for throwing in your handbag (or pockets. Or both. Out of interest, how many lip balms normally leave the house with you?).

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream- this might be the only hand cream I’ve ever used that is super nourishing, but not sticky. I’ve been using this hand cream nightly for almost a year now, and I’ve only gone through two of the full sized bottles, so it’s a really worthwhile buy. The packaging could be better- the lid isn’t the most convenient if you’re on the go, it’s definitely a bedside table thing- but it’s really the product that counts.

Manuka Doctor Skincare- that’s the Blemish Cream in the picture above, but I’ve been testing out a few products in the anti-blemish range recently (about two months) and I’ve been loving them. Skincare is definitely one of my new years resolutions (I actually hate new years resolutions and refuse to make any, but I promise I will get better at skin care!) and this range is at the top of my list of things to write a post about.

Thanks for reading! I’m going to try and get back to blogging a little bit more regularly in 2015- as I’ve been typing I’ve had a few ideas for posts that I’m actually looking forward to writing which I’m very happy about. I feel like I’ve missed loads, I didn’t even ramble about Naked Basics 2 (got it, love it, not as thrilled with the colour selection and eyeshadow quality as I was with Naked Basics, though)!

I hope you had a great year, feel free to tell me all about your favourite beauty products from 2014 in the comments! MAC Lipstick recs are also welcome, I’m obsessed again. Also blushers! What are your favourites?

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The Makeup Removing Trio


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Boots Simply Sensitive Cleansing Lotion Incredible gentle, and does a pretty awesome job of removing makeup. This one’s particularly great for removing your base makeup and eyeshadow, and all you have to do is massage it into your skin with your fingertips. And because it’s a lotion, it hydrates and moisturises the skin while removing makeup yet doesn’t leave it feeling greasy- perfect for all skin types.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water This micellar water has pretty much replaced my love for Bioderma and the L’Oreal Micellar Water. It’s strong enough to remove any eye makeup (including waterproof eyeliner on the tight line- very impressive!) but gentle enough that it doesn’t sting or burn your eyelids. I also love that it comes in a 400ml bottle because I go through makeup remover like I go through oxygen.

The Body Shop Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil– This is a pretty new discovery of mine, and after just a few uses I can already honestly say it’s awesome. This is the first actual oil that I’ve used on my skin- I’ve always avoided them before because of my combination/ oily skin- and though using it is a little scary, it really is incredible for removing makeup. I tend to use this on days when I’m wearing a blush that stains or a higher coverage foundation. *I’ve used this to remove eye makeup a couple of times now, and though it removes, it also leaves my eyesight a little blurry. So, note to self, getting makeup removing oils in your eyes doesn’t hurt, but it is rather uncomfortable being visually impaired.*

Honorary Mention- The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter– This cleansing butter is basically a solid version of the Cleansing Oil- it does pretty much the same job, but works best when used more like a face wash. As with all of these makeup removers, though it’s is best to still use another face wash afterwards, though, just to get rid of any traces of, well, makeup remover.

The Body Shop Seaweed Skincare | Review


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Seaweed Pore Cleansing Facial Exfoliator £9.00 ‘Oil-balancing polish to deep cleanse pores and reveal smooth skin’. The scent of this exfoliator is somewhere between beachy and soapy, and I really don’t know how to describe it but I definitely like it. It’s smells far better than Lush’s Aqua Marina cleanser, in case your wondering, so don’t let the idea of seaweed flavoured skincare put you off. This exfoliator is quite harsh so I’ve only been using it once or twice a week, but when I do use it, I find it leaves my skin really soft, much brighter and far less oily. I absolutely love this and I’ll definitely be repurchasing it!

Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask £12– ‘Purifies, cleanses and controls excess oils’. This has been my first experience with clay masks (I’m not sure why, since I’m constantly complaining about having oily skin) and I absolute adore it. I’ve been using this every three days and my skin is definitely more in the ‘normal’ zone because of it- always a good thing! Like the exfoliator, this mask leaves my skin really soft and brightened, and the only thing that I don’t love about it is that because it dries, it’s kind of a pain to get of your face and sometimes the lid gets stuck. Apart from that, I think this mask is brilliant and I am completely obsessed with it.

Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream £10– ‘Moisturises dry areas, controls excess sebum and shine’. I’ve been using this moisturiser every single day since I bought it, and I think that pretty much says everything. I’ve never really liked the idea of moisturisers because of my oily skin, and apart from my occasional obsession with The Body Shop Tea Tree Moisturiser, I never really bothered. Apparently, this Day Cream has changed that- it’s hydrating (because even oily skin can be dehydrated, which is kind of confusing), soothing, and though it’s not 100% matte, it does leave a kind of natural, satin finish that’s nothing like the oiliness I get from other moisturisers. Love!

Have you tried any of The Body Shop’s Seaweed range?

Featured in The Body Shop hauls here and here, and Currently Loving #2.

The Body Shop Haul


Again? Really?

40% off when you buy 4 or more products at The Body Shop

Theres a new range of Blueberry scented things at The Body Shop, and there’s hair chalk! Maybe just one more order… Can I? Do I have a problem? I think this is a problem. Anyway-

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Pink Grapefruit Body Butter…of course.

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Testing out some Chocomania– it smells utterly gorgeous.

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Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, so exited to try this! It smells really fresh and soapy.

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Pink Grapefruit and Shea Beautifying Oil– these seem pretty cool. I can’t wait to try these out on my hair, since I’ve just run out of my beloved L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil.

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Vitamin E Eye Cream, because I’m loving the matching Night Cream.

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Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz– I thought this would be good for throwing in my bag to use when I leave the house because that always makes me so goddamn stressed. It smells awesome, too.

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Some more Seaweed stuff, because I have horrendously oily skin, particularly when the Winter weather goes away.

Lush and The Body Shop Haul and The Body Shop Haul

What do you think of what I’ve picked up? Have you tried the hair chalks or the Blueberry range? I am this close to doing another order…

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Lazy Makeup Days

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo £13

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream £10

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 10 Beige £32

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Veloute De Peche £7.99

Real Tecnhiques Powder Brush £12.99

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent £3.99

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers £20

Urban Decay Primer Potion £16

GOSH Round Eyeshadow Brush £6.99

Barry M Shadow and Blush Palette in Natural Glow £7

Rimmel Scandeleyes Liner in Black £3.99

Soap&Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm £5

I’ve been incredibly lazy with my makeup recently. I’ve pretty much been wearing the absolute minimum on days when I actually leave the house, or just using lots of skincare when I’ve been staying at home.

The products I’ve been getting the most use out of are La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, which I just dab onto spots two or three times a day. I’ve used nearly a whole tube of this, and I still can’t decide if I love it, but I’m planning on trying Effaclar Duo Plus when this runs out so maybe I can pull together a review. The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream (haul) has become an absolute favourite in my skincare drawer- it leaves my skin soft and moisturised, but not at all greasy. On days when I need to wear makeup, I’ve been blending Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua over my skin, just for that little bit of coverage. This shade (the lightest one available) is too dark for me, so I just use a tiny amount and really blend it with my fingertips. At this point, I use a little bit of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion over my eyelids to make the eyeshadow application a little easier. I’ve then been using the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply a little bit of Bourjois Veloute de Peche onto my cheeks, just so I look a little bit more alive, and then using a couple of matte eyeshadows from Barry M’s Natural Glow Palette (review) with a GOSH Eyeshadow Brush on my eyes for a little bit of colour and definition. I then curl my eyelashes with my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (of course) and tight line my eyes with the Rimmel Scandeleyes Liner in Black, just to make my eyelashes look a little thicker.  I then dust a little bit of Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent all over my skin with a Real Techniques Powder Brush to set everything, and then finally been using Soap&Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm for a little bit of shine.

What do you love for lazy makeup days?

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Lush Skincare Review


I mentioned a while ago in a Lush Haul that I’d picked up some new skincare, and it’s been a couple of weeks now, so I thought I’d write a quick review of my thoughts on what I’ve tried.  I’ve pretty much fallen in love with Lush again at the moment, so I’d love it if you let me know what your current favourites are!

*I have ‘combination’ skin. I have a super oily t-zone, but the edges of my face can be very dry. I generally have quite a few small spots on either side of my nose and on my chin, but apart from that my I don’t get too many breakouts. My skin is also quite sensitive and it can look very red.*

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Alright, starting out with the one that I don’t like, just to get it out of the way- Aqua Marina contains aloe vera, sea salt and seaweed and claims to cool and soothe the skin. Sounds great but it smells so awful that I can’t use it. I’ve tried it twice in a kind of desperate hope that the effects would outweigh the tuna like scent, but it didn’t seem to do anything for my skin. Maybe long term use would have a better effect but honestly, for me, it’s not worth it.

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Angels on Bare Skin contains rose absolute, lavender and chamomile blue to even out skin tone and give a natural glow. This one smells really nice actually, it’s very herbal and a teeny bit overpowering, but as Lush scents go it’s quite un-offensive. Lush recommend you take a small piece of this, mix it with water to create a paste and then use it as you would any cleanser. That doesn’t really work for me, I’ve found that it doesn’t form a paste- it’s more like a crumbly mess. I like to take a pound coin size amount, warm it between my fingertips, apply it like a mask, and scrub off with a muslin cloth. This face is wash is very gentle and moisturising, but it seems to leave a slightly oily residue on my skin.  It’s not too bad,  but I think next time I’ll be trying out Dark Angels.  

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Grease Lightning contains tea tree and witch hazel and promises ‘zap zits before they show themselves’. The packaging comes with a pump, which keeps the application really hygienic. I usually put about half a pump onto the back of my hand, and then use a q-tip to dab the clear gel straight onto any spots. Like it says, it works better on spots that haven’t full appeared, and within three or four applications the spot will pretty much have completely cleared. I do like this product, and I’m a big tea tree/ witch hazel fan, but you do have to catch the spot before it appears to have any kind of effect. Also, the formula feels kind of drying (like PVA glue) when it’s on your skin. It’s not the most comfortable feeling and you definitely can’t use this under makeup, because it will just peel off. If you have a lot of no-makeup days, though, and you feel like you’ll remember to keep applying this, I think it’s pretty great.

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Oh my god, this face mask is amazing. Mask of Magnaminty is peppermint-flavoured, doesn’t have to be kept in the fridge, and seriously helps with break outs. If, like me, you get lots of little spots that are actually more like bumps underneath your skin, then I am pretty sure you will love this. It feels really cool and refreshing, it’s a little bit exfoliatey and I find that it just heals my skin, calms the redness and makes me look really healthy. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one when it runs out, but you only need a small amount every couple of days so I’m thinking this tub will last a while.

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Cupcake is a fresh face mask for oily and teenage skin. It smells utterly delicious (think chocolate cake batter and a little bit of fresh mint) and it actually does wonders for my skin. It controls the oil levels, clears my pores and really helps with redness and spots. It has to be kept in the fridge (which is kind of a pain) but that does make it really refreshing to apply. The only downside to this face mask is the use by date. I don’t like to use face masks more than twice a week, and for some reason this tiny pot seems to last forever so I’m a little bit worried about it going off. I reckon you can get a good 8 uses out of this tub, probably more like 10 if you only use it on your t-zone. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one, too!

Have you tried any of these? Do you have any recommendations for me (particularly in the fresh face mask department) because I’m really liking Lush’s skincare but I find their online shop incredible overwhelming.

Favourite Lip Care


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The Lip Scrub

Lush Lip Scrub £5.50 – I’m currently working my way through Santa Baby, Lush’s cola-flavoured Christmas scrub, but Mint Julips, Bubblegum and Popcorn all work brilliantly (and taste yummy). I generally use a lip scrub once every three days, or just before using a matte lipstick. If you don’t want to spend to money on Lush’s fancy packaging, you can mix a little bit of caster or granulated sugar with some honey or olive oil and keep it in an empty lip balm tub.

The Nighttime Lip Care

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free £22.10 – 8 Hour Cream is genuinely awesome. I spent so long putting of buying it because of the price, but a little goes a long way. It works for everything, and it really is a long-term fix for damaged lips.

Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm £1.65 – The ultimate super-cheap lip balm- I’ve been using this one for years and it’s still one of my favourites.

The Body Shop Lip Butters £4 – These leave a kind of pale cast on your lips, so there perfect for using overnight. They really are like butters, and they smell amazing. I’m utterly in love with the Coconut and Shea ones.

Tinted Lip Balms

Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Balm £1.99 – I love the Palmers lip balms- they leave a kind of satin, almost matte finish (rather than the normal lip balm glossiness) and the Chocolate and Cherry one has a gorgeous red tint.

Revlon Lip Butters £7.99 – (review) My ultimate favourite lip butter is Juicy Papaya, but all the shades are pretty and moisturising. They’re pretty much my everyday lip colours.

The Body Shop Lip Balms £2 – pretty colours, gorgeous scents, super moisturising. I’ve actually ended up with every shade (whoops) but my favourites are Raspberry (strawberry laces!) and Passionberry.

The Lip Gloss

 Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Butter £2.99 – Don’t be fooled by the name- this is no lip butter. This is a dark chocolate and peppermint flavoured, non-sticky lip gloss which really conditions your lips. I can’t get over the scent of this, it’s absolutely amazing. The packaging makes it great for throwing in your handbag, too.

The Body Shop Haul


I’m so sorry for writing ‘haul’ in the title. I hate doing that, but I can’t think of a better word for it while keeping everything search-engine-friendly. Is ‘purchases’ too pretentious?

The Body Shop *currently 40% off everything when you use ‘14665’ at checkout!*

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Eau de Toilette in Honeymania, Pink Grapefruit and SheaShea Body Butter, Pink Grapefruit Showel Gel, Hemp Hand Protector, Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream.

This order literally only just arrived, but so far I’m really happy with everything. It all smells beautiful, as always, and I can already tell that I’m in love with the Hemp Hand Protector. I did another Lush & The Body Shop Haul very recently, so I’d love it if you had a look at that! Have you tried any of the things I’ve picked up recently, or is there anything you think I might like?

Lush & The Body Shop Haul


I’ve done a little bit of sale shopping recently, and every year I find that the most rewarding places to stock up at are Lush and The Body Shop. Lush almost never cut their prices so I love making the most of it when they do, and The Body Shop have a sale going on as well as their normal deals. It’s awesome.

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Lush

Prepare yourselves- I did a Lush order which included absolutely no bath bombs, bubble bars or soap! I’m actually really proud of myself for that because I’ve literally picked up all new things that I’ve never tried before.

Most of what I bought is skin care, actually, with a couple of little shower gels thrown in. I’ve never really been wowed by Lush shower gels and I’ve never even tried their skincare so I thought it was about time I gave them ago.

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Happy Hippy, Dirty, Rose Jam (LE), Ponche (LE)

*These have been oh-so-casually organised into Spring (HH), Summer (D), Autumn (RJ) and Winter (P). Ahem*

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Happy Hippy- My new all time favourite gel. There, I said it. It’s perfectly grapefruity- not too sour, not too sweet and the scent lasts forever.

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Dirty- This one is intensely menthol. It’s lovely, but it literally smells like tooth paste. It’s a bit much for this time of year but I can’t wait to use it when the weather warms up a little.

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Rose Jam- I love this scent so much. It’s my favourite bubble bar and one of the nicest shower gels I’ve tried too, I actually reviewed this a while ago. It’s limited edition and I think it’s gone (for now) but go and pick up the bubble bar!

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Ponche- This one’s released every year at Christmas and I can’t believe I never tried it before now! It’s smells delicious, it’s kind of a warm citrus scent.

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Angels On Bare Skin- Ok, I’ve only used this three times but I think I might be a little bit in love with it. I’ll do a better review soon (probably) but I’ve found that it leaves my sensitive/ oily (nightmare) skin feeling soothed, hydrated and ever so slightly less oily. It smells quite nice too, very floral and nature-y.

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Aqua Marina- I’ll admit it, I bought this because there were only love/ hate reviews. It’s a seaweed cleanser that claims to soak up excess oils and soothe the skin, which I thought sounded perfect for me. I have used this one once already as well and it seems to work quite nicely- but the smell. Oh my god, stay away from it. I don’t know why I find it so offensive because I love Lush’s seaweed soap, but to me this cleanser looks and smells like tuna. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to continue to use it, but if you think you can stand the smell then definitely give it a try because it’s a really lovely cleanser.

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Mask of Magnaminty- I’VE FINALLY TRIED A LUSH FACE MASK OMG. This one smells like peppermint and is supposed to be great for breakouts and spots (of which I have had many, recently). I’ve only used it once but I really loved it and I reallyreallyreally want to try it out again.

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Cupcake- The face mask designed for teenage skin. I haven’t used this one yet but I’m so exited to! It smells like ever so slightly soapy chocolate cake- that’s a good thing, by the way. I’m currently debating whether I really do have to keep it in the fridge. The little black tub looks so pretty on my make-up cabinet!

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Grease Lightning- Again, I haven’t this yet but I thought it looked really interesting. I’ve only ever come across a couple of reviews but I seem to remember that they were very positive. I’ll hopefully have this in a review soon, too!

The Body Shop

*Currently 30% off everything online*

I logged onto The Body Shop the other day to order one item. ONE ITEM. And then I see a lovely little ‘Spend £50, get £25 Off’ sign on the homepage and it’s like I have absolutely no will power. NONE.

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Honey Bronzer- So here is the lovely item which I was originally going to buy. I’ve seen this featured in so many  ‘Favourite of 2013’ videos, and I can already see why. It’s the lightest matte bronzer I have ever found and I AM SO HAPPY.

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Lip Balms- Oh look at that, I bought ten new lip balms. What a surprise. I now own 37 lip balms (not including ones which I refuse to believe are lost). This is a genuine problem and I am worried for my own health- somebody comfort me.

*UPDATE- my mom just asked me to order her all these lip balms because she loves them. It’s nice to understand but also worrying because it’s clearly a hereditary disease.*

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Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel and Body Mist- And so begins my obsession with the Body Shop Pink Grapefruit. With Grapefruit scented things in general. Did you notice the Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter? Happy Hippy? They all smell beautiful.

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Tea Tree Lotion & Muslin Cloth- Finally, a few little boring things. My favourite moisturiser (if you have oily skin you simply have to try this) and a muslin cloth which is great for removing cleansers. Actually, it’s great with the Lush cleansers I was talking about.

And that’s everything! I’m actually really pleased with my sale shopping so far, I’m still waiting for some other things I’ve bought to arrive but this stuff is all awesome. Have you picked up anything good?

Also, I have to mention- this is the first time I’ve ordered from both Lush and The Body Shop (there are real shops literally seven minutes away from where I live) and I’ve been seriously impressed with them. With Lush I’m mainly just impressed with the super careful packaging- but they do charge a ridiculous amount for delivery which is slow and still ended up being to delivered in two parcels. The Body Shop, however, comes in a Body Shop Bag in a box, and literally arrives within the next two days with free shipping. A* to The Body Shop.

Dry Skin Solutions


I honestly have the most annoying skin, ever. It can go from really oily, to really dry in a few days. It’s insane, but over the past year or so, I’ve built up a pretty fool-proof collection of products that make my skin a little more normal.

So, think of this as part one, because there’ll be an ‘Oily Skin Solutions’ post in a few days, hopefully! I’m also thinking of doing a favourite skincare post, too- sensing a pattern? I go a bit skincare-crazy when I don’t have to leave the house (wooooo school holidays). Just so you know, this isn’t going to be insanely detailed, it’s just a list, really, of what products I use:)

Hair

OK, I have really long, thick, dark hair (nightmare), so in summer it gets crazily dehydrated. I have honestly seriously considered chopping all my hair off because of this. Seriously, the other day I was just standing in front of the mirror, with a pair of scissors ready to cut my hair to a chin-length bob (ironically pretty popular right now), before I managed to snap myself out of it. Luckily, I’ve found some pretty great products.

  1. About half an hour before I wash my hair, I’ll cover my hair in conditioner, normally Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. I’ll cover all of my hair with this, even the roots, which can be pretty scary. If your scalp is dry, it’s going to start producing more oil, which will cling to the roots of your hair but not really effect the scalp, which is why you can end up with the dreaded dry scalp/ greasy hair combo. So, to get rid of this, you have to moisturise the scalp- hello conditioner. Terrifying, but when you rinse it out properly, it’ll do wonders for your hair;)
  2. Anyway, after the 30-minute-condition, I like to use E45 Conditioning Shampoo. It smells kind of funky, but it really does the job. Then just rinse, dry and style like normal;)! Yeah, that’s right, I condition then shampoo. Crazy. Drastic times, drastic measures.
  3. I’ve been loving the VO5 Hot-Oil Treatments, too. It’s great for dry, damaged hair and makes it super soft and shiny.

Body

I think we all have dozens of moisturisers, body butters, and lotions stashed away somewhere. They’re annoying, but I swear, these ones work. I’ve included my fave body wash in the list too;) –

  1. If you have dry skin, E45 Cream is your friend. It’s not fancy, it doesn’t have pretty packaging and it doesn’t smell amazing, but it’s probably one of the best dry-skin-fixes there is. I normally use this before I go to bed because it’s so moisturising.
  2. Nip + Fab Body Butters= amazing. They smell great, they soak into your skin and I don’t find the perfumes in them too harsh for sensitive skin.
  3. This is one that I’m not sure many people use for dry skin, but Bio-Oil. Because, you guessed it, it’s an oil. Basically, last year I was pretty ill, and lost a lot of weight, but then I started running and eating and stuff so I gained a lot of muscle very, very quickly. This, of course, meant I got stretch marks on the back of my knees. I started using Bio-Oil, but then I realised how amazingly moisturised it made my skin feel, so I’ve just kept using it.
  4. Sanex 0% Body Wash for dry and very dry skin- I go through this stuff like it’s oxygen. Just buy it.

Face

For lack of a better title. To make things awkward, I always manage to maintain my teenage-skin-oily-t-zone, but I sometimes get very dry skin on the rest of my face. So…

  1. First thing in the morning, I clean my skin with Bioderma. I can’t say enough good things about Bioderma, it’s awesome. It doesn’t really ‘treat’ skin, but it is going to make it nice and clean.
  2. I use two moisturisers in the morning, but for now I’ll just talk about Clinique Moisture Surge. It is amazing. It’s one of those products that just feels expensive, and I’d recommend it to anybody.
  3. Make-up as normal! Luckily, when I’ve used a moisturiser, I don’t have any problems with my make-up, but if you do, then definitely look for a foundation formulated for dry/normal skin.
  4. At the end of the day, I’ll remove my make-up with Bioderma (again) and then use a really creamy facial wash, like Soap&Glory Peaches and Clean, before using Moisture Surge again, and going to bed.

And there we have it;) Those are some of the products I use for dry skin. The next post (Oily Skin) is going to have spot treatments and exfoliaters in there, too;) Let me know if you like Skincare Posts!

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On a completely different note, this is what I did to my hair a few weeks ago before I cut it. Apparently, my hair’s pretty resistant to bleach.

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