29/08/2014

Sanctuary Spa Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser | Review

 I've been using this for a good few months now, so I think I have more than just a pretty good idea on how it worked for me. I use a lot of products on my face, so I'm able to tell pretty quickly which ones I like that little bit more than the rest. This is one of those products I just like that little bit more than the rest. The Sanctuary Spa Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser is such a lovely product - its so creamy and leaves your skin just feeling so soft and smooth.
It product itself is very thick and creamy, you only need a small amount - about a walnut size? - and that does your whole face. I use it as a second cleanse, for once I've removed my make-up.  
You get 125ml of product for £10.50 and you get quite a decent muslin cloth. It is a very thick and creamy product and because of this I find you really do have to massage it into the skin - but I quite like that as its like your giving yourself a mini facial. I've been using this for maybe about a month, its not yet broken me out - so I don't think it ever will. I've not tried many Hot Cloth Cleansers but I really do like this one. 
This cleanser isn't great as a make-up remover - it just can't get rid of eye make-up. So I always use this as a second cleanse. I really love the scent of this, but for the life of me I can't put my finger on what the smell actually is... Me being great with smells - as per. 
I'm hoping to try more hot cloth cleansers, but I definitely think I'll be repurchasing this in the future. 

26/08/2014

DHC Cleansing Oil | Review

If you know me, then you'll know I have stupidly oily skin - and if I'm being honest the last thing I ever thought I'd use on my face was an oil. Well now I've got an oil for my face and I adore it! When I saw adore, I really do mean adore. I got this in a beauty box recently, its 30ml and I've been using it everyday morning and night for like a month. I would say I definitely have about half of it left, so it really does last an age!
I use a decent amount, about 6 drops from this is usually enough for my face. I just massage it all over my skin, and if I'm wearing make-up then this is the absolute best way to cleanse your face. It melts everything off - I had the new Benefit liner on last week and this made easy work of it! 
Its not broke me out, and I'm pretty sure it helps my oiliness - in that I'm less oily now I think. 
My skin feels really soft after using this, and definitely not oily! I have slightly dehydrated skin so I think this has helped even that out a bit. Apply this to dry hands and face and massage in for about a minute - you'll be amazed with the results! Scent wise, its nothing overpowering but I do like it. Just kind of a pleasant smell - I really can't describe it any other way than pleasant... 

If you're in the market for a new cleansing oil, then I highly recommend that you try this one out! I'm completely in love and will definitely pick up another bottle.


You can buy the mini for £4.50 or the full 200ml bottle for £21.50. 

23/08/2014

University | My First Year Experience #1

So as I type, I'm actually uncertain on wither or not I'll be able to go into second year. I failed a couple of my exams, I was so annoyed at myself since I only missed passing by 4 marks for each of them. More on that later. So I think I'll split these up into a few different posts? Sounds good I think.
Maybe talk about first day nerves? Things you'll maybe need? Things to wear, since y'know its not like school where you had a uniform. Meeting people and such like.

So at 3am last year I found out that I met my conditions and got 2B's and a C. I'd genuinely never been happier and prouder of myself in my entire life. As the 16th of September got closer though I started to worry, as I knew no one and I'm not the best at meeting people. Luckily there are a few ways to find people on your course. I found a good few, I met all my uni friends through a facebook page and a different freshers page. Two of the people I was good friends with knew people I knew, one boy's mum worked with my mum and one of my best friends went to Primary with Jennifer - the girl I'm probably closest with in University. First thing I would say to you, is really don't be scared to add and talk to everyone you find thats on your course! You're not being weird - I think they'll appreciate it. Everyone is in the same boat as you and I guarantee that they are just as nervous at starting as you are. 

So check for facebook pages for your unis freshers, I think mine was called something like Glasgow Caledonian Freshers 14 or something like that... Another site you could use is Freshers, if you sign up with that you can find other people on your course. OH! And theres also Unii.com, that matches you up with firstly people in your uni, always nice to know more than just people on your course, and you also find people on your course and can chat to them online. 

My university held a few freshers events, and I met a few people from my course in person by going to that. It was a BBQ, but indoors cause it was pouring down. Typical Scottish weather. 

I'm sure most university's have induction weeks, and most (mine didn't) have lots of fresher nights out in their unions. I can't stress enough how much I think you should go to these! I missed out and didn't do much during freshers week - I missed out big time actually for my whole first year. I'm going to put myself out there so much if I get back into second year. 
I would say the induction week is a must do, mine was so boring and most of it was just them talking about the same thing over and over again. 

University is such a different experience to high school, everyone is so much more mature. And the whole environment is just so different! Bag wise, your really going to want to get something really really practical - it needs to be sturdy as most days you'll probably be lugging around note books, textbooks and various other things (lab coats, purses ect). The textbooks you need to buy depends on your course, I only needed two this year. But both books were insanely heavy and took up so much room in my bag. I opted for a backpack - I got mine from Urban Outfitters. 

Stationary wise, you absolutely will need pens, pencils, notepads, calculator (depending on your course) and other bits and bobs. I also got myself a organiser, a lot of my stationary came from Wilko and Paperchase. They have really lovely things and they are (at least Wilko is) fairly affordable. I went all out and got myself several notebooks, organiser, pens, pencils and of course a pencil case. I didn't notice anyone else using pencil cases, but lets face it - its practical to have one. 

The last thing I'll talk about is what to wear, and the answer to that is really what ever you want! I always tend to go for something really comfy and casual, Joni Jeans are good but sometimes a high waisted jean isn't the comfiest when you've been sat in a lecture hall for 2 hours. I really like the Topshop Treggings for lectures, they're comfy and look fairly fashionable. Having a jumper with you is usually a good idea though, as lecture halls are really cold - even more so in the winter months! 

The next post I write, will be maybe about the classes and exams and such like. Next time I post this - I should know if I'm a second year student or not. 

20/08/2014

Too Faced Melted Lipstick | Melted Ruby Review

 Every time I saw these online I wanted to buy one, but I kept holding off, because firstly £19 is a lot for a lip product and secondly I hadn't seen any reviews. Then Michelle from Thou Shalt Not Covet posted a fair few reviews on the Too Faced Melted lipsticks, and I was instantly in love. I didn't actually make a purchase though until "National Lipstick Day", cause y'know Debenhams had £5 off any lipstick. Any excuse really to buy a new lippy. Did I really need another red, probably not but I now don't think this is like the other reds I own, lets talk about why shall we? 
So first of all, I don't have a lipstick that is housed the same way as this. Also I don't think anything in my collection is a similar formula - yes there are the Rimmel Apocalips, but they don't feel the same and they certainly don't apply as easily as the Melted lipsticks. I initally thought the colour would be similar to the colour of packaging, a nice pillar box red. Its not, but I quite like that its not. The colours different for me.
I think this is most definitely more of a pink toned red, and I think it does look a bit more pink toned on the lips. I really don't think the pictures do it justice, but I really do like the way it looks on. They do last a fair while, just like with most products the colour began to fade after awhile but it just went to lots of different pink shades - really purdy. I don't notice it clinging to the dry patches on my lips and transfer to cups and such like is totally minimal. 
My puppy does not look impressed, she had just had a hair cut ( I lol'd at her when I saw her all short) and I think she was a wee bit grumpy and tired. 

What do you think of these lipstick/stains? 

17/08/2014

Whoops I Seem To Have Another Haul...

So y'know when I said I wasn't going to spend as much? Well that lasted all of about 3 days before I actually purchased something a whole bundle of things. I was in town with my brother earlier on this week and I basically spent a whole bundle that I didn't need to. 
 The first things I got were from Boots, I've been meaning to get these Revlon shadows for ages, I thought they connected into squares and such like but it looks like they will only connect in a line... Anyhoo, they were on buy one get one half price and I had a points booster (which didn't even work...) so yeah, I got 4. The colours I got are Gunmetal, Cocoa, Taupe and Plum - Plum is my favourite so far. 
 I also got myself, what I think are a couple of new releases from Indeed Labs. The new Hydraluron Moisture Jelly has been on my radar for a little while, I had a £5 off voucher that worked with the deal they already had and I had a 300 extra points voucher. Points make free things! The Exfoliator looks to be very similar to the Dermalogia one - you know that powder one? It looks like it could be quite good and I hope it is nice to my skin. 
So I got my face done by a girl at Benefit, and she showed me this, a highlighter and the new eye liner. Since I'd been wanting this for awhile I thought I'd buy this with my points - also Laura from A Scottish Lass showed it in a haul and instantly made me want to go out and buy it. I did kinda like the liner, but I didn't notice it set properly and one of the eyes didn't look overly great, sigh. 
 Next place I went to was the good and brilliant TK Maxx. They had more than a few products that I wanted to buy and I had to actually restrain myself from going completely overboard. They had an Elemis eye cream but I decided to just go for the Dreamy Sleep Night Time Moisturiser. I really like the smell of this, it smells kind of like Lavender - good I suppose for helping you fall asleep. I've never had a night time moisturiser but I've wanted to expand my regime for awhile now and this seemed like a good way to start, especially as it was reasonably affordable at only £9.99. I went a bit moisturiser mad, and bought this Good Things Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser. Not sure why I bought this - just one of them impulse buys, but it was a cheap impulse at £3.99. 
 I'm not sure if I've mentioned, but I love my Stylfile. £4.99 though for one nail file seems a bit steep for me. My brother found this though, it was £5.99 but you get the nail file, a travel one and the buffer (I think it kind of like a 4 way styler). I'm really happy with this - its a complete bargain. Barielle Essentials Base Coat, another thing my brother found me. Bless his wee soul. My nails are so so so brittle and I basically bought this just to try strengthen them and help them grow a wee bit. For £2.99 I couldn't really turn my nose up at it. 
Dr Bronner's Magic Soap
My brother totally understood why I bought this, my mum not so much. Okay, right so I bought this to use when washing my make-up brushes. I'd heard it was really good for cleaning brushes, so yaaah. It smells really nice, they had a citrus one in as well but I opted for the Dr Bronner's Magic Soap 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint version. It just smells so good! It was £3.99 so pretty cheap I think. 

14/08/2014

Beauty | July Favourites

So I'm a little late with the favourites post this month, even my YT video favourites has gone up a wee bitty late. Apologies, I just don't have much time during the day to write up posts since I'm cramming for my exam resits. I'm praying I can manage it - pray for me please? 
Anyway, as I type its just after 1am and I'm trying to rack my brain to think of the products I've been loving this month. It wasn't actually that hard this month to think of products I've been loving, a few in fact all of the products I've been loving are new and I think for the most part not properly featured on the blog? 
First up is something I got either at the start of July or end of June, either way its something I've used every time I've applied foundation. This product is the absolute wonder that is the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush - oh dear amazing brush goodness. I genuinely believe that this is better than the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, as much as I love the Buffing Brush I do just think that the UD brush just feels softer on the face and applies a wee bit better than the buffing brush. It costs £20, so its not cheap - but neither is buying the whole set of RT brushes just for that one brush... If you're looking for a new foundation brush I would highly highly highly recommend trying out the Urban Decay Optical Blurring brush - its just perfect. (insert heart eye emoji here)
Next up is a product I got at the same time as the UD brush, this product is the Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel - what a mouthful, eh? My skin recently has just gone absolutely mad, I have no idea whats up with it but I have never been so spotty in my life. I kid you not, its not even like they are on my forehead like they usually are. They've taken to popping up on my cheeks, chin and around my lips!! They are such a nightmare, big red angry spots that hurt like nobody's business!!!! I bought this in a last bit of hope to try get my skin back to a normal amount of spottiness, and my oh my has it helped my face out. I do still have a couple of spots but they are on their way out. At first I was just applying this to the spot but recently I've been popping it all over my face and it feels lovely. They spots have been dried up, the redness is gone and they no longer hurt - YIPPEE! I basically went and bought this because I remembered seeing a post on Gemma from Miss Make-up Magpie's blog (I'll link the post here) and I guess it just stuck with me, she is such an enabler but I really trust her and her posts. I'll be doing a full review on this soon, so look out for that if you want to know more!
Another fairly new product to my collection is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara that I bought from a blog sale recently. I am so so so glad that I did buy it, the big fat wand just makes your lashes look so black, long and thick. Very big and fluttery, everything I want and more in a mascara. I absolutely love this, it gives quite a good curl as well. So much love for this!
I've had this for about half a month, and I love it. There is a review coming - or is it up now? I think it might be up now. Anyway, I just find that this is the best and nicest dry shampoo I've ever tried. No white residue, lovely smell, soaks up oil and gives a wee bit of volume. I won't go on about it too much since there is or will be a new post up soon. 
Ah, the Wet Brush. I saw my hairdressers was selling them and decided to get one since my dog now has my tangle teezer... I never got on overly well with the Tangle Teezer, I'm not sure if it was because the bristles weren't long enough or that it didn't have a handle, but anyway - as soon as I tried this I fell in love! It's so easy to brush through the hair and it doesn't pull at the hair. 
The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is just perfection. I've been using this ever since I got this in the Latest In Beauty box, morning and night come rain or shine this gets applied. Its so lovely on the skin, leaves your face feeling really soft and just melts make-up off - even eye makeup. I recently tried the new Benefit liner and this little beauty just melted it off. Just magical. 
Final product now, the EOS lip balm in Strawberry Sorbet. Another blog sale purchase, its so moisturising and really hydrates your lips. I take this basically everywhere with me, I kind of though that these wouldn't be great and would just end up being another overly hyped product - but its really not! They are really lovely and they smell amazing! Totally worth trying if your able to. 

What have you been loving this month? Also are there any cleansing oils or facial oils you'd recommend? 

11/08/2014

OOTD | Red Jumpers and Black Vans

I'm getting into the swing of things with outfit posts, I've kind of stepped up my game when it comes to what I wear. I'm tending to not wear jeans as often, the skirts I own were being a little neglected. 
Anyhoo, today it wasn't overly hot but it was a dry day so I thought I'd wear a skirt (and tights y'know it is still a little bit cold). I'm not really sure how to describe this outfit, maybe girly grunge...? Emmmm, who knows. Anyway, my top is from Asos, I got it in the sale for about £8 or there abouts - my brother laughed at me cause Obey is a skater brand or something. I'm digressing... It has quite low arm holes, so I tend to always wear a jumper with it. The jumper I'm wearing - my absolute favourite jumper fyi, its like my safety blanket - is from Urban Outfitters, I got it years ago for Christmas, I think it was from their renewal range. Its seen better days though as it now has a few holes in it but I've never loved a jumper more and I can't bring myself to throw it out! The skirt is also from Urban Outfitters, I got it in the Christmas sales, I think it was around £18. I've got this skirt in a different colour but that one doesn't fit the same, its a really nice fit this one though. It zips all the way up and has an elastic bit on the back of it, just to give a bit extra room in it. My shoes are Vans, they are the suede ones, and I again got these in the sales. The watch I have is a Casio one, I got it for my birthday and I really love it. 
I thought I would quickly mention what my lip colour is, its new and I love it. It's one of the new Melted lipsticks from Too Faced, this is the shade Rudy (I think) and its quite a pink toned red. 


08/08/2014

Aussie Dry Shampoo | Colour Mate

I literally love everything about this product, from the way it looks to how it makes my hair feel. Aussie products are something that I've really never dived into, but I really want to try more from them now - this dry shampoo has seriously impressed me. I bought two of these, different types though, this one for coloured hair and one for oily hair. They probably do the same thing, but y'know with my hair being a dyed dark brown I went a bit mental for coloured hair products. I love the packaging though, its plain but it just works. I love the sort of sarcastic saying and such like on the can, sarcasm makes me happy. "For coloured hair, funnily enough"
Another little sarcastic thing on the can, "Shake before use (it, not you)." I LOVE SARCASM! 
Sarcasm aside, this is a phenomenal dry shampoo. A billion times better than Batiste. I'd found recently that Batiste made my hair feel a bit like it had a layer on it, kind of making it feel more dirty than it was to start with... 
I find that this dry shampoo is just perfect in so many ways: it smells lovely; doesn't leave your hair looking white; cleans hair up a bit; and finally gives a good wee bit of volume. Everything and more that you could ever ask from it. Give the can a good shake before you use it to make sure that absolutely no white residue comes out, even if a little bit does come out then its easy enough to get rid of - quick massage and a brush and its gone. I find when I use this, my crazy oily hair can go from needing washed everyday to being able to have day 3 hair. Pretty impressive if you ask me. It just soaks up all the oil and makes my hair look less greasy. Love love love love love love love (should I add more loves?) this dry shampoo. Its £4.99, but its 1/3 off currently in Boots. So stock up while you can!! I know I'll be going back for a few more cans before the deal ends. 

What dry shampoos do you love? 

05/08/2014

Not Another Boots Haul

I keep telling myself I'm not going to spend anymore money, and almost as soon as the thought has occurred it seems to get chucked out my brain by the compulsive shopper in me. I'm telling myself this was an okay shop as I'm pretty sure the whole thing came to less than £8 due to most of it being clearance. Does the items being reduced mean theres something wrong with them? 
I've been meaning to try the Naked shampoo range for ages - I first noticed them when I was working in Boots back in October, they were a talking point for a few other people that worked there. None of us had tried them but all of us agreed that we wanted to. I'm not sure how much these are full price but I bought this one for £1.50, I mean how could I turn my nose up at that? This is the Naked Detox Peppermint and Sorrel Leaf 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner. It smells fairly nice, I don't smell much of the peppermint - I get more of a herbally grassy kind of smell. I don't think this will get used everyday, maybe once or twice a week as it is basically just a cleansing shampoo to get rid of build up. Its free from Sulphates, parabens and petrochemicals. So yeah, its good for your hair...
I think this was also £1.50, I'm such an impulse buyer. I think I only really bought this because I was of the impression that John Frieda is quite expensive. Just me trying to justify being a spendaholic. This is the Strength and Restore Shampoo, it claims to give your hair strength without weighing it down. Loads of shampoos seem to have on them now something along the lines of "doesn't weigh hair down". This is for breakage prone hair, this is something I definitely have. I have stupidly oily roots with really really dry split ends. When my hairs at its worst I can tug at the ends and the hair just snaps off. Joy. Maybe this will strengthen my hair - even if its just a wee bit. Its safe for coloured hair so I'll be safe with this then. 
 I love Boots Botanics range, I've tried a few parts from them and I'd been meaning to get a moisturiser from their range for awhile. And now I have one! And I only shelled out £1.75 for it! Bargain, yaaaaas! I'll be interested to see how long this controls my shine for - my Origins one doesn't give much shine control, which is a shame as its so lovely.  
I think I only bought this because it was on a deal and I had a triple points voucher. Actually, no, I'm 100% certain thats the only reason why I bought it. I don't need another mascara, this will most possibly just sit in a drawer until I eventually get to it, I've got more than 10 mascaras - and theres no need for that. 

Fingers crossed there wont be another haul of any kind for a little while, I'm jobless and fast becoming penniless. 

01/08/2014

OOTD | Grey Tees and Floral Prints

Apparently I don't wear shoes... The last couples of outfit posts I've done I haven't worn shoes in them - odd right? This outfit is from one of the days last week when it was actually sunny, come back please sunshine, the rains just depressing and makes everything look dark. 
My top is the most comfy thing ever, I found it in TK Maxx a few weeks ago - I love it! I think it was only like £6/7 so super affordable. I really think I should have bought a few... My skirt is from Dorothy Perkins (I think), its actually meant to be a lot longer than I wear it, its just a little bit to baggy on - I keep meaning to take it to a seamstress, hopefully they can take it in for me. Its meant to be a mid length pencil skirt but it currently looks more like a mini bodycon one. I really like the print on it, it makes a simple plain tee look so much nicer. I have a lot of plain tops. The kimono just like in the previous outfit post is from Primark, I think I should invest in some more kimonos - any idea where does nice ones? 
I find outfit pictures kind of hard to take, I feel I just look a bit odd or frumpy... Let me know if you like me doing these posts, cause some of the pictures make me quite happy. Something that makes me very happy is that its my birthday in 20 days!!!