Saturday, 23 June 2012

Power of Botanics!

Apologies for the lack of posts i've been working at a summer school so i've had no internet for the past week and a bit, but i'm back now! For the past couple of weeks i've been trying a new day cream and I thought i'd do a review on it now. It is the Botanics Radiant Youth Protecting Day Cream with SPF 15 from Boots and it was £7.99. I couldn't find it online so maybe it's only available instore?!

First of all the packing is nothing special to be honest, although I do like the box it comes in, but its just a white plastic pot but that doesn't bother me too much as it just sits in my bathroom. You get 50ml of product which I think is pretty good and a little goes a long way with this product which I like, I much prefer lighter moisturisers than really heavy feeling products.

This acts as a great base for make-up and i've definitely noticed that my foundation and powder stay in place a lot longer than without this cream, so that's been a huge plus while i've been working long days, I haven't had to worry about reapplying and the SPF has worked a treat (well on the two days of vague sun we had last week!). My skin has felt much better as well, not as tight and the dry patches on my cheeks have cleared up which i'm really happy about. The only thing negative about this product is the smell when it you first put it on, I cannot describe it but I really don't like it at all, however it doesn't last long which is good, but it is slightly offputting to start with, however i've persevered because it has really helped my skin a lot. So all in all I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a light day cream suitable for young adult skin and i'll be repurchasing this when mine runs out.

I hope everyone is well and having a lovely weekend.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Return to The Body Shop!

So today I decided to go a do a bit of shopping and to be honest it was mainly just window shopping just to see what was about. I must say there are some nice things about, i'm particularly liking H & M and Zara at the moment! I could spend a lot of money in both shops! Anyway I was walking past The Body Shop when I noticed they were having a sale, now I used to get bits from The Body Shop as a child (did anyone else have the animal shape soaps? So cute!) but as an adult i've never really shopped in there. Mainly due to the fact that in my hometown its really out of the way and I tend to forget it exists! So today I decided to have a look and was pleasantly surprised. The smell of the products in there remind me of childhood and birthdays, which is nice and they have certainly increased their range vastly since I last looked in there. So after browsing for quite a while I bought two products and they were both in the sale!

The first is the Fuzzy Peach Bath and Shower Gel which was £2, such a good price considering they are normally £4! This smells amazing, its quite sweet and reminds me of Robinson's peach squash which might be off-putting to some but I love it! It's soap free and contains peach extract and Community Trade aloe vera, so good stuff! I'm excited to use this and I think I will take it with me when i'm working at the summer school next week as its a good size to fit in my suitcase.

The second product I bought was the Cucumber Freshening Water, also £2 down from £4. This is branded as a toner that refreshes and cleanses, which sounds good to me and its for all skin types, so I would imagine its quite gentle. I'll probably do a full review on this after using it for a while. Anyway this also smells lovely, cucumber is such a refreshing scent, it almost smells cooling if that is possible so I think this will be nice for hot days (if England ever sees any!!). So i'm pleased with both products, and i'm definitely going to heading to The Body Shop more often now especially when they are having sales, and if anyone has any Body Shop product recommendations i'd love to hear them!

Hope everyone has had a good day :)

Giveaway winner!

Congratulations to Clare at Happy Go Lucky who has won my giveaway!! (I've sent you an email) Thank you to everyone that entered and I will be doing more of these throughout the year so don't worry if you didn't win this time there will be more opportunities!

I am finally over my cold/flu and will be posting again later on today and tomorrow. I hope everyone is well and having a good week!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Little shop and the dreaded flu!

First off I apologise for the lack of posts recently, I've been really busy over the Jubilee weekend and am now pretty ill with some sort of cold/flu type thing. Its actually driving me mad now, I hate being ill! I hope everyone else is well and had a good weekend/long weekend if you're in the UK! I celebrated the Jubilee first at a dinner party on Saturday night and then me and boyfriend did a massive BBQ for his family which was nice. Yesterday was my sister's 21st, unfortunately we were both pretty ill and spent most of the day on the sofa watching dvds, I had to go to Bristol in the morning for some work training, I'm an ambassador for my university so in a couple of weeks i'll be doing a summer school, which will be good but having to travel yesterday feeling like death warmed up was not fun! Anyway my sister had a good day regardless and didn't seem too disappointed that she spent the day inside with the tissues so thats alright. Anyway last week I did a bit of shopping so I thought I show you a couple of bits I got. Nothing amazing but I just wanted to write a post.

The gemini necklace was one of my sister's birthday presents, I found it in Topshop and really liked it, its simple but cute and also it doesn't look horribly cheap like some of the jewellery in there, it was £7 which isn't too bad and the chain is a good length, I hate it when they are really short! My sister liked it which is good!

The nail varnish was from Urban Outfitters and was £6, so a similar price to the Topshop polishes, i'm undecided about whether I like this or not to be honest. Its called 'Twinkie' and its a clear polish with tons of holographic glitter in and pastel pink and turquoise stars. It looks so pretty in the packaging which is what made me buy it but actually getting the stars out and on to your nails is a bit of a mission! They don't stick well to the brush so I have a feeling that the more I use it the more i'll just end up with a load of stars at the bottom of the jar which is disappointing! However it does look lovely over pastel lilac nail polishes! Oh you will need a good topcoat over this one, otherwise the stars will disappear within a couple of hours!

Okay now i'm a bit ring mad to be honest, and I should probably stop buying them, however I couldn't resist this one! Yes its huge as you can see from the below photo.

However I love it! It was £2.99 from H&M, absolute bargain if you ask me, it feels weighty, not cheap and the stone is set nicely and doesn't sound hollow or loose if you tap it. I love the detail on the silver (e.g. some kind of metal that looks silver) as well. I've worn it a lot already so i'm really happy with that!

So thats just a couple of bits i've purchased recently, I will hopefully be feeling better soon so I can post more, me and boyfriend are meant to be going to Brighton this weekend if i'm better so i'll hopefully get some photos and maybe do a bit of shopping so I can post about that! I'm pretty excited to go to the lanes to shop and to try some of the vegetarian restuarants there! If anyone has any suggestions of where we should go let me know! Hope everyone is having a good day, ooh and remember to enter my giveaway if you haven't already!