Monday, 30 June 2014

Benefit The Porefessional Review



benefit the porefessional for oily skin


When it comes to oily skin, a good primer is your ultimate weapon, especially when it’s hot and humid outside. It’s fine having your fancy pants make up and applying it with you Real Techniques brushes, but that's all for nothing if your make up starts sliding down you face. The phrase, "I'm melting" comes to mind.

Having oily skin has caused a bit of a primer problem for me. Most primers targeted at oily skin dry my skin out, causing my sebaceous glands to go into defence mode and produce twice as much oil. 

Enter Benefits The Porefessional, a lightweight pro balm, aiming to smooth the appearance of lines and pores, giving you an airbrushed base to apply your foundation on. I know since this came out they've also released a second version specifically designed at oily skin, but I actually think the original works better!

The pro balm itself has an extremely unusual consistency if you ask me. It comes out of the squeeze tube looking like a cream with a very smooth texture, but when applied to the skin it feels like silk. It feels like a dry butter melting into your skin. Weird, right? My t-zone is left looking matte and my overall face has a somewhat more unified appearance.  As for pore concealing, it does work well on the smaller pores on my forehead. The pores on my nose do reduce in visibility but I still need to throw some concealer on there. 

benefit the porefessional for oily skin review


The only problem I've repeatedly had is that if you over blend then it does disappear, but if you under blend your make up will clump together. You have to gently smooth it onto your face, using outward motions works best I find. Work in sections too so you only have a little of the pro balm on your fingertips at a time! 

To further combat oil and shine, I apply a mineral finishing powder next, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, then start on the foundation. Right now Im using Bare Minerals Matte and have found the pro balm and powders work really well for a light coverage if buffed in rigorously!  My skin does look much more unified and even and my pores are less noticeable too. 

Would I recommend this for dry skin? Probably not. I get dry patches occasionally and the Porefessional hasn't blended very well at all. Normal to combination skin would get better results. And, does it work with liquid foundations? I've read online that it does, as long as you give it a few minutes to set and ensure its applied evenly!

As the day goes on, yes, I have to go over my face with a little finishing powder, that's always going to be the case if you ask me and I'm OK with that! But my pores still appear pretty airbrushed and flawless. It's in no way a concealer, but it does improve your base enough to aid your other products in their job and I can't ask for much more than that!

Have you tried Benefits The Porefessional? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next time,



Friday, 27 June 2014

La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I Targets Breakout Corrector

la roche posay targeted breakout corrector review


I've been using the Effaclar A.I Targeted Spot Corrector for a couple of weeks now and I'm beyond impressed with it. The last time I used something like this was years ago, it was Quinoderm and well, that didn't have the happiest of endings. It left me with lots of acne scars and really upset the balance of my skin for years. I've pretty much avoided products like this because of the terrible experience I had in the past!
That being said, I'd had such great results from the Effaclar Due+ that I figured it was about time I took the plunge and gave these types of treatments another go with a brand I trusted.

The targeted breakout corrector is designed to quickly dry up and prevent breakouts from turning into those little red bumps you start with into fully fledged demon pimples. Wait, I hear you say, won’t it leave you with flakey dry skin though? In my experience, no! The problem I always had in the past was that after using a targeted corrector, I found my skin was left really dry and scaly, almost peeling away from my face. Yes, the spots might have gone, but who really wants to walk around with their skin hanging off their face?

With the La Roche Posay, I’ve had no adverse, scaly skin side effects. Hurrah! I’ve found that most breakouts vanish within a day or two. Hormone related breakouts take longer, usually 3 – 4 days. They usually stay little red bumps but they don’t develop those nasty little ‘I just need to pop it’ pimple heads.
And, because the targeted breakout corrector doesn’t dry out my skin, they are much easier to conceal with a little make-up.

Talking about make-up, I can use this little beauty under make up and it doesn’t cause my foundation to clog or cake. I use mineral foundation but I can’t imagine it not working well with liquid and crème foundations too.

la roche posay targeted breakout corrector review


I’ve also found that when I use this on a breakout, I’m not left with those little brown, scar like marks you sometimes get from really nasty breakouts. Hurrah!

The targeted breakout corrector draws the impurities out from the spot, effectively stopping them in their tracks and reducing redness in the surrounding area.

A 15ml tube will set you back £11 - £15 but in my opinion it is worth it. It will last you a good long while too as you only need the smallest amount on each breakout. It’s ideal for oily and sensitive skin too. I’m not too sure how this would work for dry skin, you might just have to moisturize a little more or use slightly less on the breakout area after using the targeted breakout corrector.

It’s paraben free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, made with mineral ingredients and fragrance free. Exactly what we want to hear! I find it works very well with La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ too. They compliment each other very well.

Have you tried the Targeted breakout corrector? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,







Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Moose Coffee Liverpool - Review

moose coffee liverpool review


This past weekend, the lovely Jackie and Hannah joined me for a full on girlie weekend. The sun was shining, the city was bustling and the sale signs meant we just had to do a little shopping too, I mean it would have been rude not to!

We started our girlie weekend off by heading to Moose Coffee. Jackie is in love with this place and I’ve been desperate to get down there and try it out so we figured a girlie brunch was a perfect excuse!

We had to wait around a little while for a table but don’t let this put you off! It was worth the wait! Plates piled high with bagels and American style pancakes kept dashing past us making our mouths water, everything looked and smelt amazing! Eventually we got a table up stairs in the corner. Everything’s a bit squished so you might have to get friendly with your neighbors. The place has a bustling atmosphere, cutlery clanking and lots of chatter in the air, it was just what I needed!

We sat ourselves down and delved right into the extensive menu. Bagels, pancakes, waffles, and a variety of breakfasts are served all day everyday, and they also sell a range of sandwiches, salads and burgers so there’s easily something for everyone. There are quite a few vegetarian options too.

After seeing all those too good to be true bagels going by I knew I had to have one but I couldn’t decide which. They had some amazing toppings on offer, from pulled pork to traditional eggs benedict. Luckily they do a combo dish, so I could have two bagels with different toppings. I went for the New Hampshire (poached egg with fresh salmon and hollandaise sauce) on one half of a bagel, and on the other half I had the New Orleans (poached egg with slow cooked pulled bbq pork and hollandaise sauce). There are so many amazing sounding things on the menu though it was tough making a decision! I was really tempted by the French toast and the pancakes too (clearly future trips are on the cards!). To drink, I ordered a pomegranate juice, but they do offer some oh so aromatic coffees and teas.

In between much catching up and chatting our food came out and boy oh by did it look good. It smelt amazing and the poached eggs were cooked to perfection (they almost beat the poached eggs I’ve had at Leaf, almost!). I dove into the pulled pork bagel first and it was lovely. The pulled pork was very juicy and so flavour full but not greasy as I’ve found it can sometimes be. I wasn’t too sure how well it would work with the egg and the hollandaise but it wasn’t too bad! Not exactly my cup of tea but it was different! I mostly ate the egg on it’s own and tucked into the pulled pork and bagel. The bagel was delicious, it tasted so fresh and wasn’t over toasted so it cut really easily. I just can’t do extra toasted crunchy bagels!

moose coffee liverpool review

I’m a bit of a salmon fiend, I’ll be honest. I love fresh salmon and would have it everyday if it wasn’t so expensive. The bagel didn’t just have some salmon on, oh no, it was piled high with perfectly pink, thick salmon slices! Just how I like it! It was so fresh and went very well with the egg and hollandaise. Out of the two, the salmon was by far my favourite and I’d order it again in a heart beat.

moose coffee liverpool review

I have to mention Hannah’s pancake stack! The pancakes are made fresh in house and…wow! These were no pancake Tuesday add water and shake style pancakes, they where huge! So thick and fluffy, just how I remember them in America. Served with crispy bacon and a generous helping of maple syrup, she said they tasted amazing. If you like proper pancakes then you have to check Moose Coffee out! I’m eyeing up the pancakes with hazelnut spread – yum!

It wasn’t until we where leaving that I noticed the glass cabinet filled with cake. Fresh, homemade cakes. The red velvet one instantly caught my eye and if we hadn’t have been leaving I’d have swiftly made some room in my stomach to fit that in there! It looked so moist and tasty, next time it will be mine!

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, whatever time of day, Moose Coffee has something delicious to offer. I will be heading back as soon as possible to check out some more of it’s delights! The place has a wonderful atmosphere and the staff were fantastic. I can see why it’s so popular and there’s a queue to get in! Line up ladies and gents, you won’t regret it!

Have you been to Moose Coffee? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,



Monday, 23 June 2014

*Oqibo #30DayChallenge

oqibo intense moisture defence review

Way back when in early May, the lovely ladies at Oqibo contacted me and asked if I was up for a challenge! How did I fancy switching out my current moisturizer and using their Intense Moisture Defence for 30 days?

Well, where do I sign?

I’d tried a small sample of the Intense Moisture Defence a little while back and loved it – but wanted to know what my long term impressions would be. I readily accepted the challenge and started just before the end of May. Yesterday marked my 30th consecutive day and the end of the challenge – so lets blog about it!

Oqibos Intense Moisture Defence is a rich moisturizer with added UV filters that deliver long-lasting hydration specifically for dry or dehydrated skin. OK, before you start, yes, I have oily skin so it’s not exactly dry but even oily skin needs hydrating! You can use the Intense Moisture Defence as both a day and evening moisturizer so, in the interest of blogging, I used it as both for the 30 days!

The moisturizer itself is super thick so, being all oily and what not, I only applied the smallest amount. Let this be said, a little goes a long way with this stuff! Seriously! I’d say 2 – 3 pea sized blobs was enough to cover my face and neck area more than sufficiently! It absorbed very quickly into my skin, only leaving behind the lightest sheen of residue.

When applying this in the morning, I admit I did have to blot my skin with some blotting papers as my t-zone looked a little shiny, but after that, I had no problem. My skin was no oilier than usual as the day went on, if anything, my forehead and chin stayed more matte than usual.My nose needed a blot now and then throughout the day but that's pretty normal!

I loved using this as an evening moisturizer more than anything! When I woke up in the morning my skin felt so soft and supple, it was divine! I couldn't stop touching it! My skin was really matte when I woke up too which was a big surprise!

oqibo intense moisture defence review

Now, I know this is a face cream, but, I have actually used it as a hand cream a couple of times too! It’s so thick, it leaves my hands feeling luxuriously soft and, as the hands are known to show signs of aging easily, a little UV protection sounded like a good idea to me! It does leave my palms feeling the slightest bit greasy but it dries in soon enough.

The moisturizer is a thick, white cream with a smooth liquid texture. It smells really fresh, reminding me a little of the scent of E45.

My current skin care routine has changed quite a bit and I’ve been getting a fair few compliments on how clear my skin is looking these days. I’d say Oqibo deserves a big thank you for that! I rarely change my moisturizer for any length of time but I am seeing more visible results from the Intense Moisture Defence than I ever saw using my Olay beauty fluid!

In all, I’d say it’s been a success. Oily skinned ladies like myself tend to steer clear of thicker, intense moisturizers so I’m pleasantly surprised by how well the Intense Moisture Defence works with my skin. As the days are getting warm and the sun is beating down I’m not too sure it’s the best choice for day wear, but once the evenings cool and Autumn falls upon us, I can see this being my immediate go-to product!

Have you tried anything by Oqibo? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,



Friday, 20 June 2014

Organic Lip Service – Organic, hand-made lip balms for summer.

Organic lip balm


I’ve always been a lip balm kind of girl, it’s quick, it’s easy, and who doesn’t love a set of moisturised smackers? I’ve worked my was through various brands over the years; Vaseline, Nivea, Carmex, you name it, I’ve probably puckered up with a layer or two at some point!

This year however, I’ve been tip toeing into chemical free beauty and skin care, making a tentative attempt at going organic where possible in my life! Lip balms, it seems, are the easiest place to start!

Green-Bubbles Handmade Lip Balm.

Green Bubbles was introduced to me at the NorthWest Bloggers meet in early June. They offered a wonderful selection of handmade beauty and skin care, from green tea infused scrubs to hand made after sun bars and Lego shaped vanilla soaps. Everything was so cute, hand made, organic and smelt divine. They even had bubble wands! I was like a kid in a beauty sweet shop and I couldn’t hand over my money fast enough. I opted for a simple Lip Service set, as I still had body and hair products back home I needed to work through before I could buy more! Lip balms, however, you can never have too many of! 

green bubbles organic lip balm

I picked out the lip balms tinted cherry and spiced berry, then found a third watermelon in my goodie bag! All the lip balms have pretty much the same, pronounceable, ingredients, so there’s no harsh chemicals here. Olive oil, beeswax and shea butter make up the basic lip balm which is super moisturising and nourishing on the lips. And they all smell amazing too. Spiced berry reminds me of Christmas, were as watermelon is summer through and through! Tinted cherry smells like a bakewell tart – delicious!

I find these lip balms to be very matte on the lips, great if you don’t like that greasier feeling you get from the likes of Vaseline. I always keep one in my bag and top up throughout the day. And yes, I keep trout pouting to smell my lips – strange looks a plenty haha!

They retail for £1.50 a balm.

Hurraw Earl Grey Lip Balm

Maybe this is me taking my love for tea a little too far but I am head over heals in love with this organic lip balm made from premium raw and vegan ingredients. I had no idea what to expect, or if raw, vegan lip products existed but they do – and this one in particular is amazing!

hurraw organic lip balm

Hurraw comes in all kinds of wonderful flavours, including coffee bean and green tea (that’s the one I’ve got my eye on!) and they’re in the cutest slim line packaging, perfect if you’re only taking a small wristlet or clutch out and about for the day. I’ve even discovered they do a SPF15 lip balm and a bed time lip balm made with soothing chamomile.

The Hurraw balms are so creamy in texture and really helps to sooth weather beaten lips. Though USA based, there are a number of UK retailers selling them from £3.99.           

If you’re looking a simple way to introduce organic products into your daily skin care routine but don’t know where to start, try lip balms! I rarely reach for any of my drug store brands these days since these little handmade lovelies came into my beauty routine!

Is there anything in your skin care routine that’s organic that you can recommend I try? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,



Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Birchbox UK June 2014

birchbox uk june
 

Let me start this post by saying - don't read subscription box spoilers!

Seriously.

The May Bircbox UK was the first time in the history of my subscription box subscribing that I have ever knowingly gone looking at spoiler posts and videos. Seen as though all my boxes so far have been amazing, I didn’t think there was any harm in knowing what was coming in the June box, because, it was going to be equally amazing…right?

I see people un-boxing beauty blenders and Caudalie and I get so epically excited it’s ridiculous. That’s just what we do when we see great products in these kinds of boxes. I’d even received emails from Birchbox with spoiler alerts in the title for the beauty blenders so I was convinced I’d get one.

So, we all know what happened don’t we? Let’s take a look inside my box…

birchbox uk june


Embroyliss Lait Crème Concentrate
I’m loving my French beauty products right now but this is not a brand I’ve ever heard of. It’s the tiniest 5ml sample too so I doubt I’ll get much use out of it. It’s a moistruiser that when layered up, doubles up as a face mask. RRP £12.99

birchbox uk june


Silk & Honey Shea Butter Hair Mask
I’ve found myself with a few hair masks recently but I’ve yet to give them a try. This is a deeply nourishing mask to soften hair and fortify elasticity. It’s got a really short expiration date on it too so I’m assuming it’s full of fresh ingredients. RRP £55 (for a full set)

birchbox uk june


OPI nail Varnish Mini – The Brazil Collection
I love OPI mini varnishes, they’re so darn cute! I received the shade A59 – Next Stop Bikini Zone, a really light purple colour with bronze undertones and lots of mini glitter specks.  Not exactly a colour I’d pick when thinking of Brazil but it’s cute none the less. RRP £11.95

birchbox uk june


Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipstick in Marron Glace
I’m not a big lipstick lover but this feels more like a balm when applied. It’s super moisturizing but smells really waxy which puts me off. There’s some shine to it, but for me, it’s definatly a ‘your lips but better’ kind of shade, very sheer indeed! RRP £9.90

birchbox uk june


Naobay Body Radiance lotion
A lemony fresh organic body lotion, I started using this right away as my E45 had just run out! It’s made with lots of skin loving ingredients, such as; shea butter, olive oil and avocado. It’s a decent 30ml sample that I got 3 full body applications out of but it wasn’t anything special. RRP £14

birchbox uk june


Brazil Inspired Keyring
I love a good lifestyle extra, but I kind of wish they’d put in some chocolate or Propercorn or, I don’t know, a beauty tool of some kind? The key ring isn’t something I’ll be using, World Cup or not!

I’ve got to say, even if I hadn’t read the spoilers for this months Birchbox I’d have still, for the first time, been pretty disappointed in this months offerings. I know, not every box can be perfect, but they’ve all been amazing so far for me, so this was a real let down! The OPI mini is probably the best thing in the box for me, the rest, not so much!

What did you get in this months box? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,




Monday, 16 June 2014

Hot Cloth Cleansing: Pros and Cons

hot cloth cleansing for oily skin


Hot cloth cleansing has been around for some time now, but I’ve only recently gotten into it and made it a part of my daily skin care routine. I found that using my Clarisonic twice a day was becoming a bit of an over kill but going back to regular cleansing without a tool of some kind didn’t leave my skin feeling quite as clean.

Back in my May Birchbox I received the infamous Liz Earle hot cloth cleansing balm and a muslin cloth. In the name of beauty, blogging and skin care I gave it a try and to see for myself what all the hot cloth cleansing fuss was about. I’ve got to say I was impressed…but then my lovely little Liz Earle sample ran out *cries* and all I had to hand was my ever willing ever ready Simple gel face wash.

It was then I received a Washi cloth in my North West Bloggers goodie bag…and boy was this a whole different kind of cloth-experience! I thought all hot cloths were made of a thin muslin, but the Washi cloth was completely different. Unlike it’s muslin buddy, the Washi is made from 100% natural cotton. They don’t have that ‘bed sheet’ smooth finish but I do find they cleanse a little deeper into the skin and, unlike the muslin cloths, they come out of the washing machine in picture perfect condition!

So, why should you bother with a hot cloth?

The cloths, when submerged in hand-hot water, retain the heat, so when you use them to remove your cleanser, they open up the pores and gentle exfoliate your skin, cleaning deep down and removing any left over make-up, oils and dirt. This pretty much doubles the cleansing power of your cleanser!

liz earle muslin hot cloth
Liz Earle Muslin Cloth

But, do you have to use specific hot cloth cleansing products?

Honestly, I don’t think you do. Don’t get me wrong, the Liz Earle hot cloth cleansing balm was divine and my skin loved it. But since that ran out I’ve been using my Simple gel face wash – in no way is this a hot cloth cleanser, but I’ve noticed a big difference to taking off the cleanser with a cloth than just rinsing it off with water. I’d say as long as your chosen cleanser has some sort of foaming quality, it will work really well!

Pros of hot cloth cleansing!

  • Deep down cleansing and exfoliating.
  • Gentle on the skin, no pulling or tugging – reducing the production of wrinkles and lines.
  • Better for your skin (and the environment!) than a face wipe!
  • Great alternative to harsh exfoliators – perfect for sensitive skin.
  • Boots circulation to the surface of the skin and removes dead skin cells.
  • A much cheaper alternative to the likes of the Clarisonic.

Cons of hot cloth cleansing!

  • You have to keep your cloths clean otherwise you’re massaging previous days dirt and dead skin back into the skin.
  • You need at least 2-4 cloths so that you always have a clean one to hand when others are in the wash.
  • Some types of cloth, especially muslin cloths, will need replacing every couple of months.
  • If not cleaned properly, the cloths can end up home to bacteria which is very bad for your skin!

washi hot cloth
Washi Hot Cloth


For me, the pros far outweigh the cons, and as long as you keep your cloths clean and fresh you should never have a problem. There are a ton of different brands of cloths out there so shop around and fin the one that suits you best! I do prefer the more ‘flannel’ style cloths but for sensitive skin, I’d suggest something more like a muslin cloth.

How do you wash a hot cloth?

Just put it in your regular washing machine with your towels etc then allow it to dry au natural. Job done!

I use my hot cloth as part of my daily skin care routine, using it in the morning when I don’t need as deep a cleanse. It leaves my skin smooth, supple and ready for my lotions and potions!

DISCOUNT CODE!

The wonderful Louise of Lucrislimited.com has kindly provided me with a 10% discount code for all you lovely people so you can pop along, say hi, and start your hot cloth journey! These cloths are amazing and come in the cutest packaging! Mostly, they’re supplied to hotels, spas and salons so you’ll be brining the luxury of a treatment right into your own bathroom! Your super special code is:

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Have you used a hot cloth cleanser yet? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Friday, 13 June 2014

Current Skincare Routine: June 2014



oily skin care routine


Oh wow, I can’t remember the last time I actually did a skin care routine post! I’m pretty sure I’ve only done one so far in the history of Saloca in Wonderland! Things have changed a little since that post so let’s just jump right into it!

My skin is oily/combination with some mild to moderate adult acne. Since January I’ve been making a point of going outside of my skincare comfort zone and trying new products. I was once of the mindset that using new products would make my skin worse, not better so I was very cautious when it came to the products I would reluctantly try.

Blogging and a little knowledge have changed all that and now I’m much more open to trying things I would have normally ran screaming into the hills away from.

AM:

I’ve been cleansing in the morning with Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel and a Washi hot cloth. All I’m removing is products applied from the night before and whatever sweat has built up as I’ve slept so I don’t need any harsh, in depth cleansers at the start of the day. Next up, I apply La Roche-Posay Physiological Soothing Toner with a cotton pad in circular motions all over my face and neck. Toners have come a long way over the years and some, such as this one, are not as bad for oily skin as they once used to be! I then apply La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ to my t-zone and jaw line. This has really helped control oil production without drying out my skin. I’ve noticed a huge difference in breakouts, as in they’re very few and far between since using this! If I do have any spots popping up I use the La Roche-Posay Targeted Breakout Correcter. I dab the tiniest amount onto the offending spot and it really helps to clear it up without drying out my skin like these types of creams usually do!

For my eyes, I use No7 Protect & Perfect Eye Cream. I’ve been using this for a couple of months now and I love it. It’s easily absorbed, not greasy at all, and takes good care of the delicate skin around my eyes! Can’t ask for more than that! Finally I finish up with Oqibo Intense Moisture Defence. I use the smallest amount of this during the day as it’s really thick and I don’t want my skin getting that greased up like a frying pan look! Smoothed along my neck and face then job done!

PM:

Right now, the only thing that changes of an evening is my cleanser. I alternate between using my Clarisonic Mia 2 with my Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel or, I use a scrub. I’ve been using a couple of different exfoliating scrubs lately, alternating quite a bit because I can’t settle on one right now. I still find myself going back to my trusty St.Ives Apricot Scrub but I’ve also been using Elemis and Oqibo scrubs. I use a little more of the Oqibo Intense Moisture Defence of an evening than I would in the day time. This really helps to repair any environmental damage caused during the day! I cover my lips in Aloe Vera Vaseline and the job is done!

Once a week I use Glam Glow Super Mud face mask too (review coming soon!). I've been using this since April and it's amazing! I love The Body Shop Ionic Clay Mask as a more affordable alternative. Both are brilliant for deep clearing the pores and removing excess sebum. Great for oily skin! 

Right now I’m pretty happy with this routine, my skins been in a good place the last few weeks and I don’t want to do anything to upset that! My evening routine needs some work and there’s a few bits and pieces I’m looking into trying, so as soon as anything changes you’ll be for the first to know!

Do your AM and PM routines differ much? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,



Wednesday, 11 June 2014

May Favourites 2014

favourite beauty products


So, I kind of skipped my favourites post for April as I surprisingly had nothing to share with you all. I was still using and loving everything from my March favourites and didn’t think anyone fancied reading the same post twice!

May was different. I actually used some new things and fell back in love with some old things too! So let’s get on with it already!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Picked this up in my May Birch Box UK and started using it before I’d even wrote my what’s in the box post! I was super excited to finally get to try this infamous hot cloth cleanser that had been winning awards left, right and centre! This stuff really lived up to the hype surrounding it and has had me looking more into hot cloth cleansing methods! Smells amazing and my skin felt so clean and soft afterwards, I’m tempted to treat myself to the full sized version!

Molton Brown Enlivening Toko-Yuzo minis

I’ve been working my way through a whole bunch of the Molton Brown minis I picked up in York back in March. The shower gel was easily my favourite, especially first thing in the morning. Your senses are blasted by the citrus giving you a huge energy and mood boost! It’s also packed full of skin loving nutrients and anti-oxidants. Molton Brown never fail to amaze me and make my showers a little more exciting!

Rituals Mild Eye Make-up Remover

Picked this up in Barcelona when I realised I’d forgot to pack any eye make-up remover. It was so gentle, my eyes didn’t get irritated at all. It took a little longer to work on water-proof mascara but cleaned everything up nicely. I only wish I could have brought a bigger bottle home with me!

Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment

Another Barcelona purchases from Sephora. As soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I was going to be spending my euros on! I’ve seen so many reviews and heard so many great things about this face mask that I couldn’t not go back to the UK without it! I’ve already gotten a couple of treatments out of this little tub and there’s still a ton to use! Very impressed so far, it really draws out the impurities and dries up any excess oil. My skin feels exceptionally pampered after using this!

E45 Moisturising Lotion

An oldie but a goodie. I started to get these really odd patches of dry skin so I decided going back to a fragrance free, no fuss moisturising. E45 is what you’d call an old faithful of mine and no matter how many fancy pants moisturisers I use, this stuff always finds it way back into my beauty drawer!   

Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

I found myself using this once again when on holiday in Barcelona, and kept using it once I got home. Simple was one of the first skin care brands I really fell in love with, but you know how it is. You’re constantly looking out for the next best product and find yourself trying out all different ones, but always coming back to the ones you originally started with. I’ve been using this on and off for years. Sometimes it’s the best thing for my skin, other times it makes no difference. Right now is a good time and my skin has been loving this one!

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Started reading this a while back, it’s the Trilogy of Four and is taking me some time to get through but I’ve been loving it. It’s the perfect companion when sat commuting to and from work everyday! Who doesn’t wish they where off on a space exploring adventure instead of the Arriva to work?

Believe

Not a tv show I thought I would like, if I’m honest! It sounded like a combination of Touch, Taken, and anything else that involves all American style kids under 10s with powers and more empathy than Mother Teresa. All that being said, I’ve actually gotten pretty into it. It’s nothing new or particularly special but it’s an easy watch and the characters are developing nicely. Nothing complicated (yet) and enjoyable so far!

Hannibal

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for the second season to start…and once it did I got so caught up in other programs that I’ve only just gotten round to watching it! I’m about 3 or 4 episodes in now and thoroughly gripped, freaked out and contemplating becoming a vegetarian after every episode! Very well written, superbly talented cast and visually, grotesque and gripping. As long as I have a pillow to hide behind and don’t eat any meat whilst I’m watching it we’re all cool!

That’s everything I’ve been loving this last month, now what about you? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,




Monday, 9 June 2014

Boots Opticians & My New Glasses!

eye test and glasses at boots


I'm still pretty new to the whole wearing glasses thing. I started wearing them around 2 years ago when I accidentally stuck my hand out to stop a van thinking it was my bus coming up the road.

I'm short sighted which means I have issues with seeing things from far away. Well, when I say far away, I can't read the tv-guide on the television if I'm sat on the couch, so make of that what you will!

My eyes have steadily been getting worse over the last year or so, even wearing my glasses, I couldn't tell what bus was on its way up the road and was struggling to make out faces from across the road...if I ignored you I'm sorry, I genuinely didn't see you! *face palm*

Insert Boots Opticians. I was due for an eye test and Mr.Man had such an amazing experience with them I went ahead and booked myself in for an eye test. Did you know you're suppose to get your eyes tested every 2 years? I was a little over the 2 year mark when I booked in. An eye test with Boots costs £25.

The Test

Last time I had my eyes tested was in the Asda Opticians. They made me look into a contraption at a picture of a house, then they put these Harry Potter style glasses on my head and some guy got all up in my personal space doing what can only be described as intergalactic dance moves. Nobody had fun that day. Boots was a very different experience.

They started by testing my peripheral vision. For this, I had to stick my head into a machine and count dots as they flashed up on the screen. I then moved onto another machine where I again, looked at a picture of a house until it came into focus. My head was then stuck inside this very daunting looking tent where bright UFO style flashes not only blinded me, but took fancy pants pictures of the back of my eye balls. They then tested my current glasses to find out what my current prescription was, then I went into a room with a more specialized assistant.

We went right through my eye-boggling history, family history, the issues I've been having and it came to light that my sight had altered somewhat dramatically since my last eye test. Explains why I was stopping the wrong buses. She explained that with short-sightedness, your vision tends to plateau in your early to mid 20s...not generally get worse, like mine has done. There are different levels and in two years, most peole go up one, at most 2 levels. I had gone up 4 levels. She said it was nothing to worry about, unusual yes, but my eyes are perfectly healthy. We looked at the photographs of the back of my eyes and she explained to me that everything was fine, no bursting veins or signs of anything nasty. Everything was a-ok, I just needed a much stronger prescription!

The Not So Harry Potter Experience

I expected to be fitted with the Harry Potter frames next and have lens after lens switched back and forth until I could see the ridiculously tiny letters on the wall. No. No frames. She lowered this contraption down in-front of my face and started pressing buttons on a panel in front of her. The lenses where inside the contraption and everything was remotely controlled by her panel of buttons and nozzles. Talk about modern technology! Nobody was busting  funky moves up in my space this time around!

After much 'better or worse', 'red or green', I could finally see the teeny tiny letters clearer than ever before! It was like somebody had switched on the high definition reality vision!

Picking The Frames

I had a chat with one of the sales girls, my new prescription in hand, and we talked through my options, from Boots own to designer frames, special coatings and special offers. I had a mooch and tried on a few but knew I needed a second opinion so decided to come back that weekend with Mr.Man in tow.

In the end, I picked out two pairs of Boots own brand glasses and a pair of Nine West sunglasses. I've been after a pair of prescription sunglasses for as long as I've needed to wear glasses and had a half price voucher from my Boots card in my purse just waiting to be spent! I had a quick consultation, some measurements of my head were taken, and I was told to come back in a week to pick everything up!

The Glasses

glasses on sale in boots


These are the ones I picked. I wanted a light, 3/4 frame, much like my previous pair but in a more neutral colour. The arms are nowhere near as wide as my last ones so I can sneakily look out of the corner of my eyes and actually see now without having to do some awkward head movement. They're so light to wear I barely notice them on my face. The lenses are much wider too so I've got a larger, clearer field of vision! These will likely become my 'going out' glasses.

glasses in boots


My second pair, picked out by Mr.Man are completely different! Full, black rimmed frame, square and a little wider than I'm used to, don't they just look smarter, hehe! I was a little skeptical at first, I've never been a full frame kind of girl. The more pairs I tired on, the more I kept coming back to these. They really grew on me so they became my second pair. They're a solid frame, perfect for a bit of a clutz like me. They're solid and much heavier on my face. They're tighter too so don't move around at all on my face. Perfect for work!

prescription sunglasses nine west in boots opticians


Now these are my favourite! I've been after prescription sunglasses for so long! Being able to actually see where I'm going on holiday is going to be a pretty big advantage! Mr.Man picked these ones out and I instantly fell in love with them. They're so comfortable and well fitted, I could easily wear these on a roller-coaster and they wouldn't budge an inch! I love how they're not too big on my face, my face is pretty small! I can't wait to try these babies out if we ever get any real sunshine here in the UK!

My glasses were ready and waiting for me after a week. I tried on every pair and they made some adjustments here and there to tighten them up and bend the bars a little more so they fitted snugly behind my ears. 

Walking out of Boots with my new glasses on was amazing! I couldn't believe how much better I could see now! I knew my eyes had gotten worse but I didn't know just how much worse until I put my new glasses on!

Have you been to Boots Opticians? What are you're thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,


Friday, 6 June 2014

The Lion King at The Liverpool Empire


 
Well over a year ago, we booked our tickets to see the breathtaking The Lion King show when it finally made its way in The Liverpool Empire theatre. Some people think I’m crazy for booking theatre tickets so far in advance but for a show like this, there is no such thing as a too advanced booking! The only problem I had was having to then wait so long for show night!

The show is full of energy from start to finish, with dancers bouncing around on and off stage, belting out huge numbers and working these huge mechanical animals. It’s an intense spectacle from start to finish, you’ll be on the edge of your seat and singing along, that’s for sure!

So, if for some really obscure reason, like maybe you’re from a different planet (hello!) and you don’t know what The Lion King musical is about…it’s the reproduction of the all time Disney animated classic, brought to life on stage that has been performed for close to 15 years if not more! It follows the tale of Simba, an energetic head strong little lion cub who for tear-inducing reasons has to leave his pride and go off on a coming of age adventure. There’s singing. It’s awesome. I cried. Twice.

I was lucky enough to actually see The Lion King on its original stage at the Lyceum in London when I was 11 so I was keen to see not only what I remembered, but what they’d changed over the years and just how the heck they where going to recreate the infamous Pride Rock in the Empires stage?

I went along with my family for Mum an Dads anniversary outing for the Saturday evening show. Our seats were 3 rows from the front! Smack bang front and centre! Well done Dad on selecting the seats! We held our breath as the lights went down and the entire theatre was transported to the heart of the African Savannah.

The show opened, much like the original film, with Circle of Life. Nobody in the theatre knew where to look, there was something happening everywhere. On stage, up in the boxes, in between the aisles, even above our heads, ‘animals’ where making their way to the stage, upon which my questions about Pride Rock here being answered. From what I can remember, the original Pride Rock in the Lyceum rose out from under the stage but they couldn’t very well go digging up the foundations of the Empire to do the same thing. What they did do, however, was pretty damn impressive. Pride Rock was built before my eyes, swirling onto the stage and slowly transforming, growing in grandeur until it reached its peak. It looked phenomenal!

My favourite scenes had to be those in the elephant graveyard, they hyenas were outstanding and hysterical! The lioness hunt was so well choreographed too, the synchronicity was mesmerizing. When they went ahead and created Mufasas face in the stars, I had tears in my eyes.
As for the music, anything that involves Elton John is always going to be a winner in my books. The cast had the most amazing voices, especially the little kids playing young Simba and young Nala! They did a fantastic job! The only thing that let me down slightly was the lack of audience participation. OK, it’s the theatre, it’s very proper and what not, but how can that many people not sing a long to Hakuna Matata?? I mean I did…just you know…quietly.

I knew the show was going to be good, amazing even, but it was so much more than that! Part of me wishes I’d bought another set of tickets for a later date because who knows when it will leave the West End again? The Lion King will play at The Liverpool Empire for 50 days, most days twice so if you haven’t got yourself a ticket yet…what are you waiting for?!

Have you seen The Lion King yet?

Until next time,






Wednesday, 4 June 2014

North West Bloggers Event June 2014


North West Bloggers Meet Up


This past weekend I attended the 2nd North West Bloggers event, organized by the always lovely Hannah. We descended upon Revolution on Matthew Street, a stunning bar with a delicious cocktail menu and a variety of specialty shots too…not that I partake…often….ok, maybe that’s a little white lie, let’s just gloss over that!

Onto the event! I headed into Liverpool with my bestest blogging buddy Jackie of Just Add Ginger. We grabbed some iced teas, it was unbelievable hot and sunny for a change and went in search of some free Wifi so we could hook up with some of the other bloggers attending and figure out just where exactly we had to go!
Eventually we found ourselves in Revolution…at the bar, where we met up with Bethany, Chloe, Roxanne, and Rachel. Bring on the cocktails, the chats, the laughs and the ‘I think that’s such and such a person off Twitter BUT I’m just not sure’, yeah, that happened a lot! Eventually we headed upstairs and the meet up began!


North West Bloggers Meet Up

The afternoon was spent talking blogging with a whole bunch of lovely ladies, some I had met before, some I had twitter stalked (c’mon we all do it!) and some who I was just meeting. What I love about these events is how lovely everyone is, there is always a really friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and just when you think you’re the only nervous person in the room, you realize that you’re all in the same boat and things become a lot easier. As the day went on (and the cocktails flowed) it was much easier to go up to people and say, ‘Hey, I think you’re such-a-body off Twitter?’.

North West Bloggers Meet Up
Me, Kelsey, Jackie & Bethany
We spent much of the afternoon talking about our passion for blogging, swapping tips and advice, giving each other ideas and sharing PR horror stories. It’s great not having to continually explain to people what ‘blogging’ is or why you do it, these girls just get it because they’re doing it just as much as you, and they all have a very obvious passion for it too.


North West Bloggers Meet Up Goodie bag

The afternoon was spent taking Krispy Kreme selfies, making purchases from Green Bubbles and Tear Drop, receiving beauty treatments from Urban Calm, having make-overs by the amazing Rebekah Treherne, raffle prizes, more cocktails, sweets, hanging off a balcony and waving to passers by, and laughter. Lots of laughter.

After the event a group of about 10 of us stayed back and had a good ol’ chin wag for a while, took part in happy hour, then headed to Nandos! Everyone was feeling a little giddy (ahem, Hannah and Leanne!) and as we walked across Liverpool one or two mean Girls quotes might have been thrown about…loudly…! Big shout out to the other Nandos ladies; Sara, Sophie, Kelsey, and Jess

After some much needed food and making fake 90s headset microphones out of straws we all said our goodbyes and headed home, goodie bags on arm and good times had by all.


North West Bloggers Meet Up

The 2nd North West Bloggers event was a huge success and I can’t wait for the next one! I met some amazing ladies who I hope to catch up with again soon! 

Big thanks again to Revolution to hosting the event, to all our sponsors, to those who took the time out to attended and of course, to our lovely Hannah for making it all possible!

Did you attend the event? Have you attended bloggers events in the past? Let’s continue the convo below!

Until next time,


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