1 August 2015

Skincare | Three Cleansers, Three Formulas

Cleansers come in all shapes, sizes, scents and well, formulas. Today I thought I would share with you my current favourite three cleansers that each come in a different form...

When it comes to the (almost) every day task of removing my makeup, I always seem to reach for an oil-based cleanser. I find them so efficient and quick when it comes to taking off all the slap that has been on my face for eight or so hours. This is my second bottle of The Body Shop's Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£11) and it is one that I find myself coming back to time and time again. After applying to dry skin, the oil emulsifies ever-so slightly when in contact with water to drain away all that bronzer, eyeliner, mascara and everything else that goes along with it. It's pain-free when it comes to the eyes and doesn't strip your skin as some oils can often do.

After stumbling to the bathroom with only one eye open and in need of a little bit of a wake up, on a morning I will reach for a cream cleanser. I feel like they get rid of all the overnight grime and oils that can build up and moisturise the face so that it's all fresh and ready for the coming day. Probably one of the most famous cleansers out there is the Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish (£14) and it really is as good as everybody suggests. It's the perfect way to start a morning, but it's also great as a refresh on a night time and I'll occasionally use this when I have had a make-up free day.

Finally, when I am after some real nourishment in my skin, after an oil-cleanse, I will go ahead with something that is more of a balm. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (£39.50) is purely one of a kind with how gentle and soothing it is, whilst also being awesome at giving your face a good ol' clean. After giving my skin a good and thorough massage with only a pea sized amount of this, I notice how super supple my face is. I tend to use this a couple of times a week as I don't want to run out of it too soon (that price, yo).

So when it comes to giving my face a wash, both morning and night, those are the three cleansers that I tend to gravitate towards. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried either of these out and what your thoughts are. I would love for you to share your favourite cleansers with me too - give me some new ones to try. Thanks for reading!
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*This post contains PR samples.

30 July 2015

Advertising | Meet My July '15 Advertisers!

Hello everyone! I'm Holly, I'm 17 and I have a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog. I tend to blog predominately about fashion and person style but dabble in a bit of everything. My style is very monochrome and minimalist so if you're into that kindaa thing definitely hit me up. Scandinavian style is right up my street and I love talking about interior design too. I've been blogging for just over a year and also have a YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/c/HollyWhitee - I love doing both of them so so much and they are my little dream and I hope that they can hopefully interest you guys. I'm also a complete an utter Instagram addict and adore photography, I'm always posting photos and sneak peeks over on my account. I often post at least 5 times a week on my blog and I'm always looking for your guy's input and what you have to say. Feel free to follow me on my social media and message me any time for a chit chat! I hope to see you over on my little ol' blog v v soon! 
Hi there guys! I'm Anastasia and I blog over at Dainty Desires, a UK based blog that concentrates on fashion, beauty and lifestyle! Dainty Desires was born in 2012 when I was finishing my second year of a English degree and all I wanted to blog about books and beauty. Well, I still do blog about books and beauty but my niche has now expanded to fit in lifestyle, travel and fashion. Blogging is a lovely thing that tells you about someones life and your blog will change as you do, so if you fancy a read that incorporates a bit of everything, click on over and say hi! 

Hi everyone! My name’s Zandra and I’m an air hostess, fashion blogger and self confessed dizzy blonde from up North! My blog AZTEC DOLL is a personal style diary with some beauty and lifestyle posts chucked in for good measure! I love to travel, shop and eat (burgers mainly) . . . oh, and my fave social media is good old instagram! Clothes-wise my style is forever changing, I’m always up for trying the latest trends no matter how ridiculous, I’m sure my friends would say I’m guilty of more than a few cringe fashion moments in the past (actual bra over a rock tee, anyone?!) but oh well, I just try and werk it! At the moment you’ll see me sporting anything white, nudey beige lips and novelty socks. If you love Topshop, luxury skincare and Charlotte Tilbury as much as me then come on over! 

Hello! I’m Katrina, I’m 19 and I’m from Birmingham. I am obsessed with penguins, pretty nails and beautiful bags. I tend to blog about a little bit of everything, but my favourite posts to write are fashion and personal style. Currently you can find a lot of beauty reviews up on my site; I’ve been trying out a lot of new products recently! I put a new post up every Monday and Thursday; occasionally they’ll be a bonus post when I have a little bit more to say. Feel free to say hello – it’s always nice to meet new bloggers!
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My other very gorgeous advertisers in July have been Emily UnderworldDungarees and Donuts and The China Doll Diaries make sure you go head over and give her a read too! If you'd like to advertise me in any further months, you can find out all information, statistics and prices here.

28 July 2015

Lifestyle | A Little Ol' Book Haul

Like I mentioned here, being off University for the summer has allowed me to pick up some more books that aren't Marketing journals for once. Here are some that I've picked up recently...

My favourite place to purchase books for a decent price is Amazon. As much as I love browsing the isles of Waterstones, their prices just do not come close to those on Amazon, where you can get the exact same books for a third of the price. One particular night I had a kind of spontaneous moment whilst browsing the Top 100 Books on Amazon and decided to purchase five books - I also asked on Twitter for recommendations of your ultimate favourite books also! All of these came to just over £30, which is a bit of a bargain in my eyes...

The first one is a classic, and rather appropriate due to the new book release, but it is To Kill A Mockingbird (£3.85). I can't quite believe that I have not read this book as it seems that everyone has but me! I then opted for two books that I have seen the names of creeping up everywhere, Lolita  (£6.79) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (£5.59). I have began reading Lolita first and am currently unsure of what to think so far, 50 pages in. But alas, I will wait until I read it all to give my final verdict! The last two books were based on random recommendations - because you never really know if you are going to enjoy a book until you read it now, do you? The first being I'll Give You The Sun (£3.85), which is supposedly along the lines of John Green's books - which I enjoy! Finally we have Leave Your Mark (£9.79) which is completely different to all of the other books. It's almost a biography-come-sassy-kick-ass-at-your-job-and-life book. & I like that shizz.

So those are the books that I have picked up to read over the next coming months. Do you spy any of your favourites? I would love for your to leave your ultimate favourite books in the comments below - for future purchases! Thanks for reading!
Check out my July advertiser - Simple Things!

26 July 2015

Beauty | Can A Mascara Really Be Better Than Sex?

Obviously a product with a name like 'Better Than Sex' is going to turn a few heads and catch a few eyes. Everyone seems to love it, but is it really as good as everyone says it is?

I am not going to lie, I have lusted after this mascara for a long time; Hearing everyone rave about how amazing it made their eyelashes look just made me want it more and more and now, it is finally mine! (cue evil cackle or something or other). Much like the ever-loved Benefit's They're Real, the packaging is packed with figures and stats describing just how fabulous it is, but c'mon, always take that with a pinch of salt.

My first impressions were somewhat different to what I had hoped for. First off, the actual mascara is about three times heavier than your usual. The metal casing is really pretty and pink, but pretty friggin' heavy. In regards to the wand, it is an unusual shape and rather on the large side, which when applying the product I found caused my to get mascara all around my eye area. I didn't see any noticeable improvements from using my regular favourite mascaras, so my opinion was a bit 'meh'. However, after people's recommendations of letting it dry out, I kept on persevering with it and could begin to tell a different a week or so down the line.

I find that the best way to work with this mascara is slowly, starting right at the root and wiggling it way up to the tip of the lash. This way you not only get additional length, but amazing volume and the curl to match. Although I don't think it's the 'most amazing mascara I've ever tried in my friggin' life', it is quite alright in a lot of departments. I'll keep it in my stash and use it regularly and see how it improves as it dries out even more so - however, at the price tag for what it actually does, I'm not sure it is worth of repurchasing status.

Let me know in the comments below whether you have tried this mascara and which side are you on? Do you love it? Or do you hate it? What do you think of the name also, I would love to know your thoughts! Thanks for reading.
Check out my July advertiser - Simple Things!

*This post contains PR samples.