Saturday, 18 April 2015

ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT CHARCOAL MASK

Hi everyone, hope your all well! Recently I picked up some Origins products to try out. I've never tried anything from the brand before, but the face masks have always been the one product that intrigued me the most. I'm a complete sucker for face masks, I'm pretty much addicted! I picked up clear improvement mask which is aimed towards oily and blemish prone skin.


 "Clear Improvement gets to the bottom of skins overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activate Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental pollutants, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that "stuff" down there, skin "breathes a sigh of relief." 

 I really love this mask as its completely different to others that I've tried. The consistency is quite thick when initially applied. However, a little bit goes a long way. I leave this on until it has completely dried before washing it off with warm water. One of the best things about this mask is that although it has a sort of clay consistency, its so easy to remove, I hate having to faff about whilst removing the product!

After I've removed the mask I can notice a great improvement in the size and appearance of my blemishes, everything is much more calmer and the redness has gone down. As well as helping to clear blemishes it also helps to clear pores from any dirt and excess oils which could potentially cause breakouts.

Overall I really enjoy using this mask. I've seen noticeable improvements in my skin after frequent use (I like to use it around 2-3 times a week, normally after a workout when my face has been sweating. I feel like it helps to really deep clean my skin.) I really would recommend this if your after a new face mask, its super fun due to the colour and really helps. If you have blemish prone or oily skin defiantly try this out, although origins do claim that it is suitable for all skin types!

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

A DAY IN BRIGHTON

Hi everyone, hope your well! Recently me and my friends hopped on the train for a day trip down to the seaside in Brighton. It was so nice to have a day out somewhere different and it was also the perfect break from revision! The weather was brilliant so we defiantly took advantage of it and sunbathed by the sea. Most of us had been to Brighton before so we knew roughly where abouts we wanted to go etc. (pretty sure this post is going to be very picture heavy)

Nice and early train journey down to Brighton! *squeals with excitement*


Once we had arrived and after a much needed toilet break (that train journey was quite long) we headed down to some of the lanes. We all wanted to visit Choccywoccydoodah and get a hot chocolate but unfortunately the cafe was full! 


After we had visited some of the little stores we headed straight down to the sea. It was soo warm! We found a perfect little spot and set up our little area for the afternoon. It wasn't too busy which was perfect!



We the headed down to the pier to get henna and muck around in the arcade like four year olds which we all probably enjoyed way too much!


Overall we had an amazing day and I know we'll defiantly be going back during the summer!


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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

ORIGINS GIFT SET

Hi everyone, hope your all well and had a lovely Easter. I have soo many chocolates and Easter eggs to eat, out goes the healthy eating routine I've been attempting. Even though Easter isn't a massive occasion in my family, it was soo nice getting to see all the family. I have quite a few relatives I don't get to see as often so its always nice getting to catch up! 

If you know me, you'll know I'm massively into skincare. As someone who has shit bad skin and suffers from acne and scarring I love trying new products. However, one brand I am still yet to venture in is 'Origins'. Apart from their 'super spot remover' I haven't tried any of their products. The Origins face masks have always been the one product from the brand that intrigued me. They always look so amazing and I've read thousands of great reviews. So recently I decided that I wanted to purchased one. The 'clear improvements' mask was always at the top of my list, especially recently as my skin has been breaking out like crazy.  When I popped into town I went to my nearest Origins counter and had a browse. I spotted this gift set (which doesn't have a name) and the products in side looked fab for my acne prone and very dry skin. -(I know the strangest combination, yay)


In this set you get the 'drink up intensive overnight mask' the 'clear improvements' mask and the 'modern friction' face scrub. Inside the little box there is also a face brush which you can use with the stub to really help exfoliate and deep clean your skin. I thought this was a fab set of products and great for me personally as it gives me the opportunity to try out a few Origins products. This set was also pretty good value for money costing £30, when one face mask costs £23 it works out to be quite the bargain!

I've yet to try out these products properly. However, there will be some full reviews up soon so keep your eyes out for them! Overall I really like the masks, they do exactly what they claim on the tube and they are such good quality! P.S. Shoutout to Mumma Parker for holding the tubes for me whilst I was taking pictures.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

THE BEST AND EASIEST SMOOTHIE

Hi everyone, today I thought I'd show you a super easy and tasty smoothie recipe. If you should call it a recipe, it only contains fruit and yoghurt. Anyway I love this smoothie as its super easy and quick to make and tastes delicious. Im not a fan of really fruity smoothies, which sounds ridiculous I know, which is why I like this smoothie as its super simple and doesn't contain too many ingredients. However, you can add as many or as few as you'd like.

Ingredients
  • Fruit of your choice (I went with a handful of strawberries and one whole banana) I like to add in raspberries as well but I didn't have any left.
  • Any plain or flavoured yoghurt. (I used Onken vanilla yoghurt, I personally love this one as its fat free and fairly healthy) You can use any of your choice! You can put as much yoghurt in as you would prefer -I tend to use around 6 table spoons!
Method
  • Chop up your fruit into small enough sections so they will be blended properly.
  • Add fruit and yogurt into blender
  • Blend, blend, blend




That is literally all you have to do and takes me around 5 minuets. Its so quick and easy, I always take a smoothie to school with me as they are actually quite filling! This is my first recipe post so I do apologise for my photography, but I do want to include more lifestyle/cooking posts. You can change this recipe up if you wish and add fruit juice instead of the yoghurt, but I personally prefer the thicker texture. 

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

CURRENT WISHLIST

Hi everyone, hope your all well. Sorry for the lack of posts recently I've been really busy with a lot of school work and revision. Exams are coming around a lot quicker than I would like! Since getting a job at the end of last year I have really been able to treat myself every now and again and my list of things i'd like to purchase just gets bigger and bigger! -Heres what I'm currently lusting over!



current wish list


As you can probably see I have a few gym items on my wish list, i've recently been going to the gym a lot more and I now feel the need to purchase some new clothes and trainers. I'm defiantly one of those people that likes to have nice gym clothes on whilst I work out. (I know I'm not the only one, right?) I'm also after a pair of Birkenstocks this year I brought a cheap pair last year and loved them to pieces so i'm defiantly going to get some for summer and my holiday abroad. Makeup wise I'm lusting over Charlotte Tilbury. Her makeup and packaging just looks beautiful!

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

MARIO BADESCU SKINCARE

Hi everyone, hope your well, if you read some of my previous posts you'll know I've been trying out some Mario Badescu skincare products. Ive heard so much about this brand and I was so excited to try some out!



Incase you didn't already know my skin type,  I suffer from moderate acne and acne scarring. Like mentioned above I've heard so many good things about the Mario Badescu range and how great it is for spots and blemishes. I firstly picked up the 'drying lotion' which is one of the main products I had seen being spoken about everywhere, on blogs and youtube! It consists of salicylic acid and camomile which aims to clear up any blemishes overnight. To apply this you have to dip a cotton bud into the pink powder at the bottom and then apply to any areas. What I liked about this is that once you've applied it onto your face it dries almost instantly, so you don't have to worry about it getting onto your bedsheets or clothes. It stings a tiny bit when first applied but calms down pretty quickly. I always notice a difference when I wake up at the size of the blemishes which are clearly reduced. 
I then picked up the 'drying cream' which has a pretty similar application. Apply it onto any blemishes before bed (which is what i normally do, or during the day if i'm not going out) or they claim you can put it on under makeup to help conceal and treat the blemishes. I haven't tried the latter of the two so can't report back on that. If my face is feeling more sensitive that normal I will use this as its less harsh and doesn't sting my face. I also find that this helps to reduce redness and inflamation better than the drying lotion.

Overall, I'm really enjoying using these products, I have defiantly noticed a difference since I started using them. I will defiantly be trying out some more products from the brand! I really want to try the whitening mask!

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

THE BEST BRONZER? SOAP & GLORY SOLAR POWDER

Hi everyone, hope your all well. I have mocks this week at school and to say I'm worried is an understatement, but I've been revising hard so hopefully ill be fine! if you know me you'll know I'm a big bronzer gal, its defiantly one of my favourite things when putting my makeup on in the mornings. I feel like it really finishes my makeup look off. I'd heard so many good things about the Soap & Glory 'solar powder' and i'd been meaning to try it out forever.Although, in my local boots in always seemed to be sold out. However, a couple of weeks ago i saw it and instantly picked it up.


Initially I was a bit worried as it did look a bit shimmery. However, its so subtle and actually really pretty! I love the cute packaging on all the soap & glory products, its always so fun! The bronzer is a mix of a lighter and darker shade -which I swirl my brush in both to create the perfect colour. I love this as its subtle enough to use as an all over bronzer (I then follow up with Benefit' Hoola if I want to contour) This has been my current go to bronzer and I am in love! So happy I managed to get my hands on it!

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