Thursday, 1 December 2016

BLOGMAS: DAY ONE.

So for day one of Blogmas, my challenge was to test and review a brand new moisturiser that I had not tried before.

Product of Choice: Olay Complete Lightweight Day Fluid (sensitive). As I have quite sensitive skin, I normally opt for Simple when buying skincare products. However as I had to review something new, this Olay (sensitive) moisturiser seemed like the perfect choice.

Packaging: The packaging stood out to me as it is primarily yellow - this had a sunshine-type feel to me which I really liked. The packaging was also very useful in advising me as to whether this product was right. Claiming that it has 'multi-layered technology' with 24hr hydration, SPF 15, vitamins B3, E,& PRO-V B5; this moisturiser really stood out in terms of meeting my skin's needs in these brisk winter months! Also I was really impressed by the fact that it is dermatologically tested with aloe vera to calm dry sensitive skin; whilst still managing to be lightweight on your skin. Lastly, the packaging was helpful in suggesting how best to use the moisturiser: apply liberally and gently massage into your face and neck. Overall, my score /100 for the packaging is 80.

Price: The price of this moisturiser when bought from Boots was £2.99 (100ml), reduced from the RRP of £5.99. I was pleasantly surprised with this product for the price of £2.99. I think that for this price it is an extremely good buy for anyone who has sensitive skin and needs extra protection during winter months! However in comparison to my usual Simple moisturiser (125ml) which is only £4.19 in Boots; I am not sure that I would spend the extra money on Olay if it hadn't been reduced. Overall, my score /100 for the price is 70.

Product: When testing this product, like the packaging claims, I have found this moisturiser to be very lightweight on my skin. I found that my skin absorbed the moisturiser almost immediately and kept it very supple and soft throughout the day despite Plymouth's freezing wind! The moisturiser appeared to be unscented - personally I do enjoy a slight scent to my beauty products however I can understand that the moisturiser may have been kept unscented in order to keep its' sensitivity. Finally, my only slight negative would be that the actual bottle size was slightly smaller than I imagined due to its' larger packaging - this is a bit disappointing for me, but nothing that I am too worried about. Overall, my score /100 for the product is 87.

 Fancy reading more from #beautybrawl16? Check out Tori Daniel's review at www.powderedandpolished.com 

And finally... Happy Christmas! x


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Tanya Burr Cosmetics: Advent Day One.



As you may or may not have seen from my Blogmas post (if you haven't, go and check it out after this one!); today I am excited because it's December and December means Christmas and advent calendars! As you may have also seen from my Tanya Burr advent post, I am even more excited than usual because this year I treated myself to a beauty calendar.

As promised, I intend to blog about each day of my calendar... so here goes!

Day One: Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lip Gloss in 'Candy Cane'.


Despite not usually wearing lip gloss, I was really pleasantly surprised with this product. Firstly, I just LOVE the packaging - I mean who doesn't love rose gold?! I thought the packaging was really cute and was very festive - perfect for December 1st (eek!)

I also love how the lip gloss didn't appear to be downsized in any way - I got the impression that this is the size of the lip gloss as it would be sold in the shops. As this calendar is one of the cheaper beauty advents on the market; this was a nice surprise that I am very happy with! Perfect for slipping in your handbag when you're on the go.

Finally, I usually find most lip glosses very sticky, however this one felt more of a lip stick; yet with the shimmery colour of a lip gloss. The colour itself is a sort of subdued hot pink - nothing too brash. When I first saw the product I was a tad worried that this colour would be too bold for me, however upon trying the lip gloss I found it to be a really lovely shade of raspberry! A great colour when you want to add something a little bit extra special to your outfit without going OTT.

Have you tried any products from Tanya Burr Cosmetics? What's your favourite? x


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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Monthly Favourites: November.

1. Bonfire Night


2. Mulled Cider


3. Beach days


4. My cats and their ADORABLE paws


5. The beginnings of Christmas treats

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Alternative Advent Calendars: Tanya Burr Cosmetics.


So this year, I finally decided to bite the bullet and treat myself to a beauty advent calendar. I can assure you, this was no easy decision and due to the hefty price tag of most calendars, I deliberated over this a lot.

With my budget not extending to the likes of Charlotte Tilbury's beauty advent (£150) or The Body Shop's (£60-£99 range) or even Benefit at a significantly lower price of (£34.50); I resorted to browsing google in the hope that my prayers for a cheap-ish beauty advent would be rewarded.

As it turns out, Superdrug was the one to answer my prayers. Despite the RRP for Tanya Burr's calendar being £25, Superdrug were selling it for £15. In comparison to the price tag of other calendars on the market, I was really surprised at how cheap this calendar was.

The design of Tanya Burr's calendar is a gorgeous mix of blue and pink pastels, complimented by a white, snowy shimmer and rose-gold bows and trim. This colour scheme really drew me in as despite it not following the conventional Christmas colours of red/green; it definitely has a wintery, 'baby it's cold outside' type feel. I also really loved how the illustrations on the calendar are drawn so that it gives the impression of Tanya's house. This was a little touch that I felt made it more unique.

However the most important thing for me was what would be inside the calendar. Personally, I have never tried any products from Tanya Burr Cosmetics; however whenever I have seen them advertised online, I have always thought how pretty they look - especially as she appears to have incorporated a rose-gold theme throughout most products! As this calendar had £10 off and the possibility of finally sampling Tanya's products - ranging from lipstick to eye-shadow - I decided that I couldn't say no.

As I am one of those people that loves Christmas presents etc to be kept a surprise until the day comes, I have not opened my calendar yet so unfortunately cannot offer my opinion on what lays inside. The only negative I do have about this calendar, is that it is only twelve days of Christmas as opposed to twenty-four. Personally I would have preferred a calendar that lasted throughout the whole of advent; however this would have understandably made it pricier therefore I can see why it is limited in its days.

**As I open up my calendar, I will review each product with my personal opinion so make sure that you keep up to date :) **


Have you got a beauty advent calendar / would you like one? x
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Happy Tuesday.

Just a quick post today about positivity and living life to the full. At the moment, a lot of people have been joking around saying that 'No Money November' is going really well for them - and with that, I can absolutely relate.

With Christmas on the horizon, it isn't surprising that a lot of people (including myself) are feeling hard done by on the money front. Not too long ago I was stressing about lack of funds vs the price of presents I had planned to buy my family and friends.

However scrolling through Pinterest today, I came across this quote: 'some people are so poor, all they have is money' - and it made me think. Surely it is better to be rich in happiness / laughter / friendship / love / adventure and health than money? So for anyone stressing abut something actually quite trivial such as money, take a second and remember what you are rich in.


Happy Tuesday :) x
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Monday, 31 October 2016

PYO Pumpkins: Halloween 2016.



Happy Halloween! Unlike most years, this Halloween has been slightly different (and dare I say  slightly more adult) for me as I am not going out tonight! Instead, as I happen to be home and not at uni, I went to Millets Farm to do pumpkin picking.

The idea of getting into the Halloween spirit through pumpkin picking really excited me and today was such a gorgeous day it seemed like it was fate! Millets Farm previously held 10,000 pumpkins that you could choose from - when we went there were obviously far less. However
this didn't bother me much as there were still plenty to choose from and everything was reduced to £1 - bargain!

Having picked our pumpkins - Pascal and Patricia - we decided to head home for carving. I always forget how difficult pumpkin carving can be, but today I was reminded and the novelty soon wore off after I accidentally chopped off Patricia's tooth for the third time.

Not wanting to waste any of the pumpkin's flesh, we decided to cook a pumpkin and cranberry tagine with almond, coriander and lemon couscous. In previous years I have also made pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup.

How have you spent your Halloween? x 



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Monthly Favourites: October.


1. Autumnal walks in the countryside


2. The one and only, Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte

3. House parties
 

4. Autumnal breakfasts 

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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Monthly Favourites: September.

Hello again, (wow it has been a while, hasn't it?!) Firstly, I am just going to begin by being honest and admitting that despite promising to keep up to date with my blogging schedule - and in particular, my 'monthly favourites' schedule - considering that today is October 1st (wahoo!), August's favourites are pretty much a write off.

It was only earlier that it suddenly dawned on me that if I didn't get my act together, September's favourites would also be firmly flushed down the pipeline.

I often associate September with a second 'new year' - for many people, it's the start of a new academic year and for me personally, I always love to associate this with new beginnings, goals, hopes and dreams. So this is me renewing my blogging promise... fingers crossed I'm not renewing this promise again next year.



 1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S Fest

 2. Adam's Graduation
 

3. Thailand


                                                                            
                                            



                                          


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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Monthly favourites: July.

This is a regular post that I have been meaning to start for a while - from now on, each month I will post my monthly 'favourites'. I love reading other bloggers' favourites - I hope you enjoy reading mine just as much!



1. Butterbeer

2. Holiday planning
  

3. The Mae Deli

5. Freshly cut flowers

5. Pizza Express' Honeycomb Cream Slice 

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Recipe: Lotus Biscoff Sandwich Cake.

                                                                                             For the cake you will need: