Thursday, 24 January 2013

LUSH Dream Cream Hand & Body Lotion ♡

This little pot of goodness came to me in one of LUSH's infamous gift boxes. One of my lovely friends got me one for Christmas and I was so pleased to see one of LUSH's best selling products, Dream Cream, inside.

This lovely light cream is aimed at the more sensitive of skins and aims to soothe and cool. It is said to be ideal for calming upset or hot and itchy skin. I definitely don't suffer from any sensitive skin conditions and would say the skin on my body is normal, so don't be fooled, this cream can work wonders on anyone with any skin type.
I don't know if you've already guessed but I have kind-of fallen in love with this product. I am a bit of a sucker for LUSH but this product is truly wonderful and has really impressed me. It is light in formula and sinks in to the skin quickly so you don't go through that 'tacky' skin phase and end up running around your bathroom/bedroom trying to make it sink in quicker, or is that just me? I find this happens with many body creams I have tried and it is always something that has turned me off moisturising my body on a regular basis. Despite being light and sinking in quickly it feels incredibly rich and moisturising on my skin and I can't seem to stop using it. 
I also love the scent. As this product is targeted at more sensitive skin types, it doesn't have a strong or prominent scent but it does have a hint of the lovely aromas of lavender which make applying this at night extra nice because of the scents calming and soothing properties. I'm glad the scent is subtle as it doesn't interfere with the scent of my perfume, another factor which makes me love this product that little bit more.
I couldn't recommend this product enough, it's light yet moisturising and is packed with no nasty ingredients which makes me feel as if I'm being extra kind to my skin and giving it a treat every evening. 
This pot of goodness is only £10.95 for 240g and I will definitely be purchasing the full size after I've used up this little sample pot. Maybe even sooner if I can't resist.
If you'd like to learn more about the ingredients in this product and how they can help with conditions such as eczema or if you just want to give this product an order then click here.

I hope your all having a wonderful week and are enjoying the lovely snow we've had here in the UK!

'Til Next Time,

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

♡ MAC / Rebel ♡

Rebel was actually my first lipstick and purchase from MAC. I thought it was such a unique and lovely colour, especially for the autumn/winter months being a deep purple with a pop of fuchsia  It's not quite the typical 'berry/purple' shade which is why is caught my eye.

Rebel is a satin finish lipstick so it isn't shiny nor matte when applied but the perfect balance between the two. It sticks around for 1-2 hours on me - I find lipsticks never last that well on me and tend to go patchy but this one fades perfectly leaving behind a lovely stain, which is something I really do love. Although, I do find sometimes when it's applied the colour can look 'uneven'. Some parts can look darker than others which is something that makes this lipstick a bit hit and miss for me and leaves me a bit uneasy about wearing it if I don't have much time to spend applying it perfectly. It's definitely not a lipstick you can slap on from the tube and run out the door.

I'm still so glad I have it in my collection, it really is a lovely lipstick when you take your time applying it, building it up using a lip brush in thin layers. When applied like this it looks gorgeous  especially with a gloss of the top. I recommend the Natural Collection Lipgloss in Fondant, I lovely peachy shade which is non sticky and cheap as chips. I would definitely recommend this it if your looking for a winter/autumn lipstick with a bit of a twist, I really do think this lipstick is very unique in colour and isn't something you'll find on the high-street which makes the price tag a little more bare-able  I urge you to go to a MAC store and give it a little swatch because it is a gorgeous colour in person.

As always MAC lipstick are one of my favorites (although only owning two). I think you definitely get your money's worth and they have a huge collection of beautiful shades. I'm currently lusting over Craving (I blame Helen for this!) and Sunny Seoul. 

Are you lusting over any lipsticks? What's your favorite lipstick for the colder months?

Want to win yourself some Urban Decay, Real Techniques and Essie goodies? Head on over to Helen's lovely blog to enter her 1500 follower giveaway here

'Til Next Time,

Saturday, 12 January 2013

NEOM Luxury Organics Travel Candle in Serenity ♡

 I've been lusting over the NEOM candles after hearing many other beauty bloggers talk about them. They seemed to ooze luxury and all of the scents sound divine. I was so happy to receive one of their travel candles from my parents at Christmas, they really must know me well.
I received the Serenity candle which I think NEOM sum up the scent of perfectly. It's a definite vanilla with a deep edge and it smells divine, it's definitely a very unique scent, I have never smelt a vanilla like this. I love burning this candle whilst I'm revising as it really helps to calm and relax me and fills my room with it's beautiful scent. This is something that I think is soo impressive for such a small candle (75g), even my mum commented on how lovely it made my room smell. What I love about this candle is that the scent is strong but it doesn't feel like it is 'choking' you. I've had problems with Yankee Candle's in the past where I've felt that some of their scents have made me throat swell and I feel choked which makes me uneasy about burning them and I usually end up wasting a candle. 
As you can see from the above picture NEOM's candles are made from a blend of 100% natural vegetable wax and pure aromatherapy oils. They don't contain synthetic frangrance which is why I think they don't affect my throat or breathing which makes the slightly expensive price tag worth it to me. They won't leave black marks around the glass jar which means I'm not breathing in any soot, unlike many of the Yankee Candles I have tried.
NEOM say that their travel candles burn for around 5 hours but I would say mine lasted around 10 hours which really impressed me. The travel candles don't last a really long time considering they have a £15 price tag (especially if you burn it all day like me) but I think its a great way to try out the candles before you splash out on the larger, 3 wick size. They are also such a pleasure to burn that I think it's worth it. 
I also can't wait to use the jar for little trinkets and jewellery once I've cleaned it.
This candle retails for £15 for 75g and the full size (300g) retails at £39.50, but both are currently on sale  here and here. I'm praying that they aren't discontinuing this scent.
I can't wait to repurchase this lovely candle in the full size and also try out some more of their scents, I am currently after the happiness candle and the treatment candle.

Have you tried any NEOM products? 

'Til Next Time,
p.s. sorry for the lack of posts, January exams have taken over, but my last one is on Monday so blog posts will be more regular from next week. Yay. 

Sunday, 6 January 2013

MAC Morange Dupe ♡

If you are a regular reader of my blog you may have noticed I am a little bit in love with MAC's lipstick in Morange. It's featured in both of my recent outfit posts and it has a whole post dedicated to it here, it's safe to say I am a little bit obsessed with it so naturally I have been on the hunt for a dupe and I think I've found one, introducing Topshop's Mexican Wave.

I found Mexican Wave recently in the Topshop sale for a bargainous £3. Unfortunately it was part of the Louise Grey collection so I assume they are discontinuing it, but there were loads in store when I visited a few days so I'm sure you can still get it. Also, I believe Topshop will probably re-promote this shade as it is so gorgeous and I have seen similar shades before this one was released. I will be sure to update you if they do bring it out again.

As you may be able to notice from the photos, Mexican Wave is a slightly more pinky/red shade and is not as neon and orange as the Morange, which I barely noticeable on the lips. The formulation of both lipsticks are very similar. They are both creamy to apply but gradually get more matte. Morange is a teeny bit creamier and smoother than Mexican Wave but both apply beautifully. I would say they both last between 1-2 hours on the lips which is standard for me. 
They are both very similar so if you want to try Morange but you're a bit weary of the price then this is the perfect lipstick for you, just snap it up quick before it sells out.

Do you have any MAC dupes?

'Til Next Time,

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

★ Hello 2013 ★

Shirt // New Look
Jeans // American Apparel 
Necklace // Topshop
Shoes // H&M
Nails // Topshop (Hidden Treasure)
Lipstick // MAC Morange 

I hope you all had a wonderful new year whether you went out and celebrated or had a night in. I went to the pub with my boyfriend and his family and it was really nice. Lots of kisses and hugs at midnight and it was nice spending time with my boyfriend's family.
I didn't wear anything too fancy but I really love this shirt from New Look that my mum got me for Christmas. It has such a lovely print and is super easy to style. I just popped it on with my Easy Jeans as I love them and can't take them off. Sometimes I feel a little self-conscious in them as they do show up everything and I'm not the smallest of people but I still love them, I want to get them in a darker shade as I think my 'lumps and bumps' won't show up as much then. I then threw on these chunky heels from H&M. These are my go-to heels as they are so comfy but still look really good. H&M do some of the best heels for comfort.

So, what are your plans for 2013? This year should be a good one for me as I'm turning 18 and learning to drive and hopefully going on holiday too. I don't have any resolutions as such just to be a little more positive  I'm starting with that by buying the 14,000 things to be happy about book and leaving it on my desk so I can flick through it when I'm feeling down. I also want to put my all into my AS levels. I want to work really hard so I can feel like I deserve a pat on the back by the end of them. My first exams are in a few days so sorry if blogging becomes a little sparse, I am trying to revise like crazy. 
I also want to grow my blog throughout the new year. I'm looking forward to what 2013 holds for my little blog and I'm really hoping I can create my own little slice of the web. I really want to make it even more enjoyable for myself and really invest some time into it so you guys get great content that I've really enjoyed creating. I've been reading Blog Inc and I am really enjoying it so far. It's really made me think about where I want to take this blog and how I'm going to do it. 

What are your new years resolutions if you have any? What does 2013 hold for you?

Thank-you all for being such amazing readers throughout 2012 and wish you all love and happiness.

'Til Next Time,