Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

Me and primers have never really got on, half the time I find their formula's seem to curdle on my skin leaving me looking like I have coated my face in PVA glue and then rubbed it off, then the other half of the time it just makes me feel greasy and like it doesn't help my make up stay put. Even though I seem to have this trouble with them I am sill out there looking for my perfect primer as I want beautifully smooth skin with a poreless look.


Let me first start off by telling you that I like the packaging and that's about as far as it goes for me! I wanted to love it as I had read many a review of people loving it and it doing wonderful things for them but for me I think its up there with one of the worst which I didn't expect as I normally love Maybelline products.

For me the formula felt very greasy and non soft and velvety like most primers do, when I applied it to my skin it did that curdling bitty PVA glue thing and just didn't really give me much pleasure in applying it. I did persevere though and tried again hoping it was a one off thing which it isn't but it isn't an all the time thing so I think it depends on my moisturiser. Although it felt greasy once applied onto the skin it didn't actually feel greasy and blurred out some pores but not on a level I would of thought it would due to other reviews I've seen and my skin was barely smoother than when I started, it also didn't improve any sort of make up wear time on the several occasions I have tried to make it work.

I think I shall stick to my L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer which does everything I want it to and is the perfect primer apart from the fact its illuminating, I would like a plain one because sometimes I just don't want to be too glowy!

What is your favourite primer? Do you have any recommendations for me?

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

To Tweet Or To Eat? - National Bed Month

I am one of those people who can never get a good nights sleep, no matter how comfortable I am there is always something going on whether its a crack of light peeping in, thoughts running through my mind or the fact that my phone isn't too far off so I can have a little nose to keep me busy and awake. I'm always exhausted in the morning and most times I start my day running on empty because I feel I just simply don't have the time and want to make sure everyone gets out the door on time. 

Last month Silentnight were celebrating National Bed month and teamed up with Warburtons to help people get a great nights sleep as well as a great good morning as most of us find everything else to do like checking our emails, tweeting, facebooking and even watching telly instead of actually eating then using the excuse of having no time which I am quite clearly guilty of 99% of the time.


I was sent a sleep and breakfast kit to help me try and get a good nights sleep as well as getting into the habit of eating breakfast. To be honest since I received this I have been eating breakfast at least 5 days out of 7 which is a massive vast improvement and I have been trying to steer clear of my phone for at least half an hour when I get up so I can just take some time to eat and do things that I need to instead of spending 30 minutes browsing through Instagram, twitter and facebook as they can all wait. 

Silentnight's research showed that when it comes to the mornings the UK can be broken down into four types of persona's for the morning

Robotic Risers - Loves a routine and rarely snoozes the alarm. Everything is done in the same order at the same time every morning, if the routine is disrupted they are left feeling panicked and rushed

Serial Snoozers - Loves the snooze button and prolonging their sleep as they are a slow riser who has usually been up late the night before. Often relies on caffeine to gain energy to rush out of the house at the last minute.

Opportunistic Nappers - Will get up early and on time but still feel the need to rely on naps throughout the day. They normally sleep well at night but are more restless throughout the day.

Energetic Early Birds - Up bright and early, normally in the gym at the crack of dawn. By the time most of us are waking up the energetic early bird will have already eaten breakfast and be ready for their day ahead.

I am definitely a Robotic Riser as I like to do everything down to the very last minute, I hate it when I'm getting ready and ask someone else the time as I want to know the exact time not a half past when its really 28 minutes past! Those minimal minutes are crucial to my routine and can ruin my whole day if I don't stick to it. Because I've had this routine for ages adding breakfast into the mix has been hard but I've found that because I don't spend as much time on my phone now I have swapped it for breakfast.

I now have a wind down process where I take around an hour just to relax at night before bed and try to use a pillow mist and a sleep mask as much as I can as I found I do get a better nights sleep from that. 

So my question to you is...

Do you tweet before you eat?


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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bed Head by TIGI On The Rebound

As most of you know by now I have seriously curly hair that's on the verge of nearly being a huge afro thanks to my parents who seemed to bless me with all their multi ethnic genes. I am always on the lookout for the perfect curl product to help make my curls more defined with next to no frizz because trust me the dreaded frizzy hue that surrounds my head like a bright red halo when I embrace my curls without any product is something I don't want to live with.

I picked this up on a whim when buying a new shampoo and conditioner because I liked the way it sounded and hoped it would live up to what it promised which was to have beautiful shiny defined curls that spring back into shape even when braced with humidity.

First off I love the bright bold packaging which I do with all Bed Head products as they make me feel just a tad happier when doing my hair, the product inside is a non sticky cream that has a slight berry scent to it.

You apply a walnut sized amount of product to damp hair which I do by popping it onto my hand rubbing my hands together and then scrunch the product into my curls with my head tipped over taking extra care to make sure my whole head is covered. I then personally let my hair air dry as I hate using heat when I decide to wear my hair curly but you can use with a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer for faster results.

When my hair is dry it feels like my curls have been given a whole new lease of life, they are bouncy soft and well defined. They also have a good level of hold with no frizziness even if I run my fingers through my hair, they just seem to separate and fall straight back into place. You can also just revive the curls the next day by spraying a fine mist of water in your hair or scrunching in some water from your hands to give the exact same results as it did the first time around.

I am so impressed with this product and I can hands down recommend it to any curly haired girls out there, I actually don't know how I have lived without it and am embracing my natural hair a lot more than I was.

Have you tried this? What is your favourite hair product?


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Sunday, 23 March 2014

What Would You Do With An Extra £1000 A Year?

So since I posted my blog post on the beauty benefits of stopping smoking I realised that over the course of time I had been smoking and the amount I was smoking it has cost me over £11,000. Now when I see this figure like that I can't help but think that I could of bought a lot of nice things with that money, granted it was over a very long period of time but its basically £1000 a year so I thought I would compile a little list of things that I could have with a spare thousand pounds every year.

1. Take an extra holiday a year
2. Put it into savings
3. Buy a designer handbag
4. Go on a massive shopping spree
5. Redecorate my house
6. Buy a flight to see my sister in Australia
7. Learn how to drive and put the rest towards a car
8. Take Tapanga to Disney Land

Now there are so many other things that I could do with it but these are things that I really want to do as soon as possible, obviously I still pay out money for my electronic cigarette that I am still using when I feel the need to but in comparison I am not spending a fraction of what I did. It just goes to show that if you do smoke you really do rack up the pounds without even noticing it, I mean I was always complaining of having no money but could easily fork out nearly £8 a pop for a box of cigarettes when now I shall pay on average around £8 a month on refills for my e-cig just to keep me going as I don't even feel the need to smoke that much.

If you had an extra £1000 a year what would you do with it?


*This is a partnered post but all views and opinions are my own

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Tapanga's River Island Wishlist

I have noticed recently that Tapanga has been spending a lot of time on my iPad looking at various websites, finding things she loves and is starting to form her own little style... She spends ages bookmarking and taking screen shots of clothes that she likes so that she can show me with hope that we can go shopping and buy them. With this in mind I thought I would do something a little different today and post a wishlist from Tapanga from the girls range at River Island, she had loads of say as to what was going into her wishlist and she only chose one thing out of every category she had as she wanted to 'keep it simple'.


I absolutely love the things she has chosen and I think come payday she will probably get treated to a few pieces as she has been really good this month and now the weather is getting warmer she needs some new clothes.

What do you think of Tapanga's River Island Wishlist?


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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Gliss Express-Repair Conditioner and Colour Shine Tonic

Every now and again I look for a quick fix to help improve the condition of my hair and give it the high shine that I always crave. I have tried many expensive products that promise me the world and which I love but for me I would just like them to be a little cheaper! About a year ago I thought I would try these offerings from Gliss to see if they could help me get the hair that I wanted at a fraction of the price and have re-bought them a couple of times now over the last year so I'm quite surprised I haven't reviewed them before now.


First up is the Express-Repair Conditioner which is a spray leave in conditioner with liquid keratin, it has one clear layer and one creamy milky looking layer which needs to be shaken together before you spray it onto towel dried hair although it can also be used on dry hair. It smells almost candy like which I really love and its a really lightweight spray which never weighs my hair down even when I get a little spray happy, it leaves my hair feeling really nice and feeling really light and airy with a definite improvement of the texture and look of split ends.

The Colour Shine Tonic is in theory just a shine spray for coloured hair but its aim is to keep your colour looking brighter for a much longer period. It sprays out a really even fine mist which is more matte like than greasy but it does leave a lovely shine to the hair, I actually like the fact that it sprays out a non greasy substance as there are so many times when I've sprayed a shine spray just a little too much and my hair looks a bit lank and greasy. I can't comment much on the colour staying brighter for longer as I haven't really seen much difference but I do use a lot of products that help to prolong the colour of my hair which overall does help.

Over all I really like them both and will continue to buy them as they do help my hair to look the way I want it to.

Have you tried any products from the Gliss range?


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Friday, 21 March 2014

Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Mask

I feel there is nothing better than giving yourself a nice little pamper here and there, I like to scoop my hair up, pop on a face mask and paint my nails while the day or evening just passes me by. Because I do this at least once a week I do get through a majority of face masks, I normally buy ones I absolutely love in tubes for money saving purposes and the fact that I will want to use them time and time again then for a little treat or to try one out I shall buy a sachet. I read the front of the Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Face Mask and knew from the offset I wanted to try, it boasted to cleanse dirt and oils from deep within my pores leaving my face looking clearer and brighter, not to mention I was betting it would smell like a Terry's Chocolate Orange.

The mask is a self heating one which I really love as I feel they are working their magic because you can feel them heating up. I applied it to wet skin using a very old but clean foundation brush as this stuff is so thick that you will want something else to spread it with other than your hands or it gets everywhere. 

On opening the packet the smell of pure chocolate orange hit me, it was absolutely beautiful although it did leave me craving chocolate for the whole time it was on my face and a little while after. The scent stayed throughout the whole time I had my mask on although I can't say the same for its heating properties which only lasted about a minute when you first applied.

When I removed the mask it was a bit of a nightmare as it turned back into the thick chocolate paste I had applied to my face in the beginning but after it had all got thoroughly wet it washed right off, I could already feel my skin was so much softer. After drying my face I didn't see much of a visible difference in my pores but I did notice that my skin felt smoother, hydrated and looked plumper which was great.

In all honestly I probably would of bought this again just so I could smell it because it is to die for but seeing as it does have some added benefits even if its not the ones it boasts and for a pound I cant go wrong with buying another one and floating off to chocolate heaven.

Although you can pick Montagne Jeunesse Masks up on their website they are also sold in places like Boots, Superdrug, Tescos, Sainsburys and some local chemists so they are easily available and very rarely rise above the pound mark.

Have you tried Montagne Jeunesse masks? What do you think of self heating masks?

As always I love to hear your thoughts


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