Wednesday, 24 September 2014

soap & glory hand food

Hi everyone!

Today's post is about something I have grown to love, but definitely wasn't love at first use - the Soap & Glory Hand Food.

Soap & Glory Hand Food

I know this is one of the most raved about hand creams in the history of blogging, but it's taken me a while to come round to it. I have been receiving the S&G Christmas sets for quite a few years now, so have had lots of tubes of this. It's been mentioned on the blog before but in general it's just been "It's okay".

However, over the last few months I have been reaching for this a lot more. For some reason I am finding that my hands - more specifically the skin around my nails - are really dry in the morning. Only the morning though, not sure why. So I have been keeping a tube of this hand cream on my desk at work, and applying it when I get in every morning.

I still find that it doesn't sink in quite as quickly as I'd like, but it is doing a great job of keeping my hands from feeling all tight and dry, and the smell is lovely. The bottle says it contains marshmallow which is probably a large part of why I like it. A little really goes a long way with this, and it keeps my hands soft for hours, so a tube lasts for a long time, which makes it great value for money.

Overall, although I'm not sure I'll ever be a complete hand cream lover, this is a great one and I've been enjoying having it to hand at work every day.

Are you one of the many, many fans of this hand cream?

Thursday, 4 September 2014

the best shower gel ever

Hi everyone!

I don't normally care much about shower gel. As long as it cleans me and doesn't smell bad, I'm happy to use whatever. So I never expected to be posting about a shower gel on my blog, but I just had to show some love for one that I finished up recently...

Treaclemoon Marshmallow Hearts

This is Marshmallow Hearts from Treaclemoon. I wasn't really expecting much but this is incredible! It smells so dreamy, like cake frosting, sweets and everything delicious! If you're not a fan of sweet scents you would definitely hate this, but for me it smells absolutely amazing. I am so sad that it's run out! I don't really have much to say in all honesty, I just wanted to recommend this shower gel to anyone who loves anything sweet smelling.

They have plenty of other scents which look delicious and I would love to try, but I'm not sure anything can beat the marshmallow scent for me! 

Have you tried this, or any others from the range?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

mua blusher - shade 1

Hi everyone!

Today's post is about a blusher I never expected to blog about. I mentioned this blusher in this post, but very briefly with a small swatch on my finger. I haven't really used it much since then, but I suddenly had the urge to and I'm so glad I did!

MUA Blusher Shade 1

MUA Blusher Shade 1

In the photo above I have the blusher on one cheek but not the other, so you can see the effect better. I really love the pink flush this gives my cheeks - I often gravitate towards more peachy shades, so this was a welcome change. It brightens up the face without looking too obvious. The formula of the blusher was great too, really soft and I didn't need much product in order to get a lovely colour pay-off.

Obviously there is one last plus point - the price! This blusher is only £1 which I think is a fantastic price for what you get. I am a fan of quite a few MUA products and I'm happy to say I can add this to my list of products I would recommend. There are a few new shades in the collection that weren't around when I bought this, which look quite nice, so I think I'll need to make some more purchases soon!

What are your favourite MUA products?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

wedding nails

Hi everyone!

So a few weeks ago I was bridesmaid for one of my best and oldest friends. I knew I wanted to do something fun with my nails, and the colour scheme helped it fall into place. The colours were orange, pink, purple, blue and green, so I went for an ombre over all my nails, from each colour to the next.

Ombre nails

The colours I used were (L-R):

Barry M Emerald Green
Essie Orange, It's Obvious
Barry M Grapefruit
Barry M Bright Purple
Barry M Guava

I'm not 100% happy with how the green blends into the orange, but that was the only way for the 'rainbow' to loop round. But overall I am pleased with how they looked, and they looked great with the bright colours of the day. It was a lovely day and I wish I could do it all again!

Hope you liked!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

wood fen lodge spa

Hi everyone!

One of the other birthday gifts I got this year was a spa day that I went to with my mum on my actual birthday. I had such a lovely time that I wanted to post about it.

Wood Fen Lodge Spa

We went to Wood Fen Lodge which my mum actually found on Groupon, so we got a great deal. When we arrived we were given drinks straight away, and an explanation of how the day would go. They actually switched our day timings around a little from what we had originally booked, so that we would end up being more on our own rather than around lots of people, which I really appreciated. 

Wood Fen Lodge Spa

Wood Fen Lodge Spa

Wood Fen Lodge Spa

To start with we had a wander around the grounds a little - the spa is set in 4 acres of countryside so there is plenty to explore. We ended up relaxing on loungers in the sun while we waited for lunch. There was a pig who had 12 three week old piglets with her, which I loved! There was also a chill out room inside which we sat in for a while too. 

Lunch was soup and jacket potato which was simple but still tasty - all the food is made with home grown ingredients where possible which I think is a lovely touch - you can see the vegetables being grown when you explore.

Wood Fen Lodge Spa

Wood Fen Lodge Spa

Wood Fen Lodge Spa

Wood Fen Lodge Spa

After lunch, we were taken into the spa area. This is a separate building with a sauna, steam room, changing rooms, a relaxing area with seats and magazines, and a jacuzzi outside. As I mentioned earlier, they shifted the timings around so that me and mum were the only people in this area, which was really lovely. We spent time in each of the different areas, just relaxing, chatting and enjoying ourselves.

Wood Fen Lodge Spa

It was then time for our facials - I went first and I had a much better experience than I was expecting. I've had one facial before, at another spa, and it seemed to be over very quickly, nothing seemed tailored to me and nothing was really talked through with me - it just felt like they were getting through people as quickly as possible. This time felt the complete opposite. The facial was half an hour long, beforehand Catherine asked me how my skin was and any concerns I had, and at the end I was given a 'face mapping' sheet which showed the condition of the different areas of my face, which products she used on me, and any additional advice she had for me - namely to drink more water! I was really pleased with my facial and the tailored experience that I received.

All in all, I had a really lovely day, it was a great way to spend my birthday! Wood Fen Lodge have plans to expand in the future, one of which being to add in a pool which I think will be a great addition. I thoroughly recommend going there, and would love to go back, especially once there is a pool.

This is only the second spa I've ever been to, but I think I've caught the bug now! Which spas would you recommend?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

my mac makeover experience

Hi everyone!

Last week was a busy one for me, but a great one. I had a couple of days celebrating my birthday, and then it was two of my best friends' wedding. I hope to have more on that soon.
Last Tuesday I went to Cambridge with my mum for some lunch, shopping and wandering. One of the birthday presents I got the day before was an hour long MAC makeover. It's something I've mentioned to my mum before, but never been quite sure if I wanted to do. The timing was perfect though, with the wedding coming up - I did both my own makeup and the bride's - I took the opportunity to get a few tips and ideas.

MAC Makeover

I sat in the chair and explained to the makeup artist what I was looking for, what sort of makeup I usually wear, and so on. She then went off and chose the products she thought would be best, and we got started. Something I wasn't expecting but really liked, is that once she had done a step on one eye, she let me have a go on the other. I thought this was a really nice touch as it helped me learn skills rather than just watch them being done. After every step she checked I was happy and didn't want to change anything.

I do have a few photos to show you but they aren't great - one was taken by my mum in the shop but I clearly wasn't ready for it to be taken! And the others are taken a few hours later once I got home, on my phone. Sorry I couldn't get better photos.

MAC Makeover
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On my face is:

Oil Control Lotion
Natural Radiance Primer in Radiant Pink
Studio Fix Fluid in NW10
Select Cover Up in NW15
Select Pressed Powder in NC15
Mystery Eyeshadow (brows)
Painterly Paint Pot
Showstopper Palette (Oh My Darling, Jest & Showstopper)
Rapid Black Liner
Splashproof Mascara on my bottom lashes (I have eyelash extensions on the top)
Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Dark (used as bronzer)
Fleur Power Blusher
Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish
Prep & Prime Lip
Dervish Lip Pencil
Please Me Lipstick

Once the makeup was finished, the makeup artist then laid out in front of me everything that was used, and I got to choose what I wanted to take home. This was the hard part! On all MAC makeovers the price you pay is redeemable against products, which I think is really good. For me it was an hour, so that was £30. In the end I chose the Showstopper eyeshadow palette as I loved my eyes the most from the whole look. This was the same palette I ended up using the day of the wedding. I was also given samples of the foundation and primer which I thought was a lovely touch, as these are often products that you don't know if you want to buy until you have tried them out a little.

MAC Makeover

She also gave me this sheet with every product listed, and the products were actually used on the face sketch which I really liked, it was so handy to refer back to!

Overall I really enjoyed my experience, I think it was great timing but even so I would have loved it anyway. I would highly recommend getting one of these MAC makeovers, especially if you are looking to purchase items anyway, as a sort of 'try before you buy'. So a big thank you to Elly in the Cambridge MAC for a lovely birthday experience :)

Have you had one of these makeovers? Would you like to?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

nail polish storage

Hi everyone!

Monday marked a month since we moved into our new home. I thought this would be a good time to show you the 'housewarming' present my lovely fiancé made for me.

The house is 3 bedroomed, so we have a spare room, our room, and then I got a makeup/dressing room (squeal!). I knew I wanted to have my nail polishes on display as anyone who knows me will know how often I paint my nails different colours. I have known for a long time what I wanted to do, I saw this post (I think it was a video initially) from Dulce Candy and loved how it looked. 2 years on, I have one of my own!

Nail Polish Rack

Nail Polish Rack

Nail Polish Rack

I am so happy with it! You can see in the first picture there is room for one or two more shelves on the bottom, which I'm sure will be needed eventually! I'm still not entirely pleased with the order of colours at the moment, but that will come with time I'm sure.

Anyway, I don't have much more to say. I just wanted to share this with you as I'm so pleased with it and also wanted to say a big thank you to my fiancé, if he reads this, for building it from scratch for me!