Coconut Oil: Your Saviour In The Colder Months

I don’t know about you, but my skin gets really dry during autumn/winter.  I’ve always had trouble with this, and also always had trouble finding a really good moisturiser to treat it.  Sure, often you really want to treat yourself with an amazing smelling body butter, but sometimes you just really need something that will work properly and get the job done.  That’s where coconut oil comes in: this is an organic moisturister which has been raved about in the beauty community for a few years now, and I’ve just recently hopped on the bandwagon and wanted to share it with you – everything from my thoughts on it and 30 uses for it! Yep, thirty!  And, there are loads more but these are just some of my favourites.

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I use the Coco Loco organic coconut oil which I believe is from Lidl (my grandma bought it for me) and it is really good and very inexpensive, which is always a plus!  I find that you really do not need much to moisturise your whole body, and while I really dislike the smell of coconut, this one isn’t strong at all so I can totally stand the scent!  It never fails to make my skin super soft and it also doesn’t feel really greasy.

Anyway, the most interesting thing about coconut oil is that it is really versatile; it can basically be used for ANYTHING!  I know lots of people use  it as a cooking oil, and the most obvious use for it here might be moisturising, but I’m going to share with you a whopping thirty ways that you can use coconut oil in your life.  And, by the way, you should totally be doing these because they’re pretty cool and not to mention very helpful!

  1. Use it on your eyelashes – before you go to sleep at night, apply coconut oil onto your eyelashes and they should grow thicker and longer if you do it every night!
  2. Massage into your cuticles – if you put coconut oil onto your cuitcles they’ll grow healthier, stronger and softer: no more painful peeling cuticles here!
  3. All over body moisturiser – a little obvious, but though’t I’d include it anyway! Rub coconut oil all over your body to make your skin stupidly soft!
  4. Body scrub – adding equal parts coconut oil and sugar together, along with some essential oils if you’d like, can make an amazing exfoliator that will remove your dead skin and make it really soft.
  5. Put it into your bath – a spoonful or two of coconut oil melted into your bath will make your bathwater feel luxuriously silky and keep your skin nice and moisturised.
  6. Hide split ends – before you get to go for a trim at the hairdressers, if your split ends are really getting on your nerves, run a little coconut oil over them and it should mask their apperance making your hair look healthier!
  7. Hair mask – overnight or for 20 minutes, coconut oil hair masks are garunteed to make your hair feel super soft and look shiny and glossy.  Simply apply to your hair evenly and wait as long as you’d like, then wash it out thoroughly and you’ll be left with shining locks!
  8. Soothe a sore throat – adding a spoonful of coconut oil to your tea when you have a sore throat will help to soothe your throat and stop it from being so painful.
  9. Take some daily – in whatever form you choose to eat coconut oil, if done so daily it has been proven to help improve sleep, concentration, and even help with weight loss.
  10. Whip it up with shea butter – if you whip the two together, you’ll get a luxurious feeling body butter: you could also add some scented essential oils for an even nicer treat!
  11. Lip balm – I don’t know about you, but my lips get really dry come autumn/winter. Maybe it’s the cold weather, but maybe it’s all those dark matte drying lipsticks I’m wearing! To combat this, I put coconut oil on as a lipbalm all the time, especially when I’m about to go to bed; then I wake up with beautifully soft lips!
  12. Shaving cream – we all know the feeling of having softly shaven legs is the best in the world, but what if you could have super soft legs by using coconut oil as a shaving cream.  Thats right, it’s totally doable and makes the newly shaven leg feeling about a million times better!
  13. Mix it with sea salt – this can help remove the dry skin on your feet, because sea salt is coarser than sugar and so it can tackle tougher skin!  You can also lather coconut oil on your feet, then sleep with socks on to have super soft feet in the morning!
  14. Use it on eczema outbreaks – I suffer from eczema quite badly in the colder weather, my skin gets dry and itchy, especially around my elbows and behind my knees.  You can use coconut oil as a natural remedy to eczema to lessen the effects and keep the area moisturised.  Plus it has antibacterial properties and can help heal wounds quicker.
  15. Use it on your elbows – a little coconut oil on your elbows can help stop them from getting dry, flaky and cracking!
  16. Tame flyaways – if you’re tying your hair back and you’ve noticed a few bits of hair flying away, you can smooth these down with a touch of coconut oil.
  17. Oil pulling – this is something really weird that I found out about the other day, but I might even try it sometime.  Basically you’re supposed to swill your mouth out with coconut oil for 10-15 minutes every day at least five times a week.  This is supposed to improve gum health, act as a mouthwash and help whiten teeth when done consistently, and it’s totally natural.
  18. Lessen your cellulite – if you’ve noticed cellulite on your skin, you can use coconut oil on it to try and lessen it’s apperance (thats only if it bothers you, because you totally do not have to try ‘get rid’ of cellulite if you don’t want to!)
  19. Resolve acne – for some people, when coconut oil has been used as a regular part of their skincare it has been known to help with acne!
  20. Under eye cream – I told you coconut oil can really do anything!  Using it under your eyes at night can help to lessen the apperance of dark circles which makes for an all round brighter complexion!

I hope you enjoyed this post – have I converted you to coconut oil or do you already use it?  Make sure to leave me a comment and tell me which tip surprised you the most! I love my coconut oil!

Soph xx

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Urban Veda Natural Skincare | Soothing Facial Oil Review

Hello, I think I am in love.

Not only that, but I think the problem of cold weather dry skin has just been solved.  And this makes me VERY excited, because dry skin is a pain.

A couple of weeks ago, Urban Veda invited me to a press launch but sadly I was in school so couldn’t make it and as sad as that was, it was largely improved when they offered to send me one of their new facial oils for review! Obviously I said I’d love to try it, and filled in the questionnaire to figure out my skin type so they could send me the right oil.  The link to the questionarre is here, by the way, and I think it’s really useful to determine what you should be buying (I got the Pitta dosha skin type).

So, I was sent out the amazing Soothing Facial oil which is 100% natural, designed for sensitive skin and skin that falls into the Pitta Dosha.  This oil includes avocado oil, shatavari and organic seabuckthorn, all of which really help to nourish and hydrate your skin.  It also includes sandalwood, which I think has the most relaxing scent ever.  Urban Veda use ancient Ayurvedic properties in their skin care to truly nourish the skin.  It retails for £29.99, and there are three other facial oils each with different properties and suited to different types of skin, for example the Vata Dosha which has a radiance facial oil.  You’ll be sure to find whatever you need for your skin with these oils.  Urban Veda is also vegan friendly and against animal testing, which is always great to discover brands like this.

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As you can see, the oil is dispensed via a pipette in the bottle, which allows for a nice controlled application that ensures you don’t use too much.  The bottle is really high quality and made of glass, and the orange label is really beautiful and super fitting to this time of year.

I really love how this feels.  It’s stupidly hydrating, which I love and locks in moisture like nothing I’ve ever tried before; my Mum really loves it too!  It is quite a heavy oil so I use it at night rather than in the morning as I don’t suspect it will sit too well under makeup, however it isn’t greasy at all.  I love using heavier moisture products, but they often leave my skin feeling greasy and clogged up, which I really hate, but Urban Veda have really managed to avoid that with this facial oil.

The scent is quite discrete yet very relaxing, and I’ve found it to help de-stress me as I’m going to sleep because you can definitely smell it on the face.  It isn’t an in your face scent, which I like as I’m not big on scented skin care as I can often find it all quite overpowering.  It’s a warm and somewhat tropical scent, but it definitely doesn’t remind me of summer.  It also hasn’t irritated my skin at all, and I’ve tried it every night for a week now, which is super impressive!

My only problem would be that the pipette, while it works fine, seems a touch flimsy, however that isn’t too much of an issue as I can’t see it breaking in the near future.

Overall, this is such an amazing product, especially for those of us with drier skin in the winter time.  You can buy it here for £29.99, which is quite pricey however I do think it is very much worth it as I reckon this improves the quality of dry skin tenfold.

Soph xx

Recent Empties!

I’ve never done an empties post before on my blog, but I actually really enjoy reading other peoples.  I think it’s really great to see what people have been loving (or not loving!) so much that they’ve finished the product.  So, today I’ve gathered up all my empty tubes and bottles in my bedroom and popped them into a post for you all to read my opinions on, and whether or not I’ll be buying them again!

 

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SKINCARE

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I only have three skincare bits for this whole post, which is weird as I thought I’d have more, but it seems I don’t!  I must be accidentally buying lots of face washes when I haven’t really run out of my current one!

Rituals – The Ritual Of Sakura Body Cream

I’ve finished  this product with much sadness!  I totally loved this body cream. Over the summer I’ve had really dry skin, I’ve been peeling from sunburn and  the Duke Of Edinburgh practice walk literally wrecked my feet.  However, after a little while, all of those problems were gone when I used this body cream!  It’s really moisturising and smells SO GOOD – it has a floral scent, which I’m not usually the biggest fan of, but this scent of rice milk and cherry blossom was super delicate and gave your skin just a hint of a scent.

Would I buy it again? Considering I got this in an M&S advent calendar last year and have loved it so much, I probably would buy it again.  It’s £6.00 for 70ml, which isn’t too bad considering that this is truly amazing!  I would love to check out some more of the rituals range!

Neutrogena – Oil Free Moisturiser

I love this moisturiser!  I actually have quite dry skin a lot of the time, and I find this to be really hydrating even though it is ‘oil free’!  I use this every morning and evening, and my only pet peeve is the packaging.  When you get close to the end, nothing comes out because its hidden in places it cannot be squeezed from! I always have to cut open the tube, which I’ll be doing after this post so I can get all the rest of the moisturiser out!  I also really love the packaging, it looks very modern and slick.

Would I buy it again? I’ve been using this moisturiser around two years now, and it’s never failed me yet so I will be buying this again very shortly.  I do sometimes think it might be nice to give my skin a bit of a change, but when you know something works you want to stick with it!

Neutrogena – Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub

This scrub isn’t the worst, don’t get me wrong.  When I first started using it, I used to quite like it.  For a while, it made my skin feel really soft and did help with blackheads to some extent, but by no means did it make them vanish.  It wasn’t really all that gentle either, and my skin isn’t even super sensitive.  After a while, it just stopped working for my skin; it didn’t cause me any problems, it just didn’t do anything good.

Would I buy it again? Plain and simple, no I wouldn’t.  I’ve found a much better neutrogena scrub now that’s more gentle, makes my skin feel soft and also smells of cucumbers!

MAKEUP

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara 

Ahh!! I love this mascara and cannot rave about it enough! It’s the best drugstore dupe for Benefit’s Roller Lash, and makes your lashes so long! I have had this for a while now, and it lasted me a long time.  I also really love the shape of this brush, as it basically hugs your lashes so it coats them really evenly and well!  It’s well loved, as you can see by the picture: practically unrecognisable!

Would I buy it again? Considering that this mascara is one of my favourites ever, I would definitely buy it again, and also recommend it to anyone who’s looking for an affordable drugstore mascara that works!

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 

This is my absolute go to concealer.  So creamy, so blendable and the coverage is completely insane.  This is with me everywhere I go; I have one in my school bag, one at home and I wear it every single day.  It lasts really well, but also runs out very fast.

Would I buy it again? It’s an absolute favourite of mine, so yes I would, I always have one in stock anyway!

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer 

Not for me.  I really don’t like this concealer.  I bought it out of desperation when I couldn’t find my usual concealer, and the only thing I liked about it was that it was pale enough.  It didn’t blend well and the coverage was really poor.

Would I buy it again?  I hated this one so much, I wouldn’t buy it even out of desperation again!

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer 

Do my concealer empties ever end?  I enjoyed using this concealer.  The shade was really good, not bad coverage and stayed on for a long time.  However, it did have weird glitter particles in it which I assume were to make your face look more awake and glowy, but really they just annoyed me.

Would I buy it again? Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t totally hate this concealer but it wasn’t my favourite thing ever.  I don’t think I’d buy it again though.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

I really like this as an eyeshadow and concealer primer, and the fact that it’s two in one is really convenient.  Also, if i was feeling lazy, I could just put this on my eyes and look a bit more awake.  The coverage isn’t full, but it’s a good medium and really blendable, plus it does hold eyeshadow and concealer on really well!

Would I buy it again? Having found urban decay’s primer potion, I think I prefer that and I’m not sure that I’d buy this again.  There are some slightly better primers on the market than this one.  I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it enough to buy it again.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder

I haven’t got that much to say about this powder, other than the fact that I love it and it’s basically the only one I’ll use!  It’s really good at keeping your face oil free and matte all day, it’s perfect for wearing to school!

Would I buy it again? I use this every day, and will continue to do so forever! I would definitely buy this again!

So, that was all my empties for this post!  If you liked this post, make sure to tell me and I can do some more in the future!

Soph xx

My Skincare Favourites: Sensitive And Dry Skin

My favourite skincare products with some horrible pictures – better ones are to follow!

I’ve never done a post specifically targeted to drier, more sensitive skin, which seems odd to me considering that is my skin type.  Typically, I have dry skin which is pretty sensitive, although (luckily for me!) I don’t break out often.  While some may experience breakouts when it comes to using the wrong products for their skin type, I tend to just experience dryness or redness, or a stinging sensation, especially around my eyes.  Anyway, over recent months I’ve managed to compile a selection of skincare which is PERFECT for any of you dry/sensitive skin sufferers around here!  Hopefully this will help you if you’re looking for some products to add moisture to your skin, or a new favourite product even if you don’t have the need for sensitive skin tailored products  – seriously, who doesn’t want some super moisturising, gentle skincare once in a while!

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So, starting with my more moisturiser related products, I have the Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mask.  I had reviewed this a while ago, but I just want to reinforce the point; this is so amazing for stopping dry skin right in it’s track.  I totally love to use this, and when it’s soaked in I’ll wash it off with the scrub I’m going to talk about in a bit and it makes your skin so soft and it is so gentle!  It’s a win win situation.  Sadly for me, I get dry skin pretty much all over my body, especially my legs and this Nivea Creme is something that I feel has been around for ages – I have some memories of it from when I was younger, which is just weird!  I guess it shows that it sticks around, probably because it works.  I lather this on quite thick whenever I have dry patches of skin and leave it on overnight: by morning, my skin is smooth and soft!  My final dry skin saviour here is the Nuxe Paris Multi Purpose Dry Oil, and I love it.  When my face is really dry, I tend to use this under my moisturiser and it’s guaranteed to fix my issues!

 

The next thing I’m going to talk about is right in the back (sorry you can’t see because these pictures are so horrible!  I took them last night, bad lighting etc, I’m going to take some better quality ones very soon and update the post!) and it’s the Garnier Soothing Vitamin E Enriched Toner.  This is such a gentle yet effective toner, and it really helps even out my skin after washing.  Toners are really important after you’ve cleansed your skin to rebalance your pH levels, and so I always make sure to use one – this Garnier one is really refreshing and I look forward to using it every day!

Finally, from what I think is one of THE BEST high street skincare brands out there, the Neutrogena Spot Stress Control daily scrub.  I love this so much, it’s a gentle scrub which really helps to keep my skin soft and it claims to keep spots at bay – I use this daily, so perhaps this is the saviour to not having too many spots at the moment.  It smells very refreshing, like cucumber, and so is very calming on the skin.

I hope this post maybe helped some of you find some new skincare favourites!  Have you got any skincare holy grails?  Make sure to tell me in the comments!

Soph xx

February Favourites

I feel like I haven’t blogged in a while which is probably true as I have missed a week, but it was my first week back at school and I had lots of tests and quizzes (all of which I did okay on, even getting an A in Chemistry which is my weakest subject so I was so happy with that!).  I should be back into the swing of things after this week, as I sit my Food Technology GCSE on the very day you are reading this – in fact, I will have done it by the time this is posted.  I can’t wait to have it over and done with and I really hope I can achieve the merit or better still distinction I am hoping for.

Onto the actual post, I’m coming at you with a February favourites and what I’ve been loving in this month.  I’m not sure how everyone feels about favourites posts – I feel like they can end up all too common at the end of the month, every man and his dog are doing them and your readers are littered with very similar posts.  Nonetheless, they can always be interesting to see what someone has been loving! Make sure to tell me in the comments if favourites posts are something you’d like to see more often.

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So, first off I’ll start with makeup products.  There isn’t too much here but definitely some things I have really been enjoying!  First up is the NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade ruffle trim.  This is a more recent purchase which I bought in Bournemouth at the weekend, but i have been wearing it ever since and it is becoming a staple in my lip collection!  It’s a very natural colour, a dark pinky-mauve-nude and I will say one thing; it is very, very matte.  And with extremely matte things not only comes a gorgeous look but insane dryness of the lips.  I try not to use this too often just because it does in fact make my lips feel like the Sahara desert (a good lip balm is very necessary – I reviewed these ones the other week which I’ve been using and they’re great!) however I’m willing to sacrifice my lips to it because it’s so damn pretty!  The formula dries matte very fast and is very lightweight so not noticeable at all apart from if you smack your lips together, which is when it can be quite sticky.  The applicator is long and quite thin which makes it relatively hard to apply, unlike a doe foot applicator, however it is still rather easy.

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Then I have this lipstick from Jack Wills which I got for Christmas from a friend but have just recently started to use as it is a very pink-nude spring time colour and although right now the UK is not screaming spring (thanks Doris for ruining my week!), I for one cannot wait for warmer weather, which naturally I reflect in my lipstick taste!  It’s very moisturising and the colour payoff is lovely – it does tend to look bad on chapped lips so do make sure they’re treated with lip balm for a few days before you wear this.  The packaging is a matte navy with silver accents which I think is very chic and appropriate for Jack Wills.

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Last is not a lip product but actually an eyebrow gel by Pixi.  I never before realised just how crucial an eyebrow gel can be in your makeup routine until I got this in my M&S beauty calendar and have used it ever since.  I think it really polishes off a makeup look, and the copper lettering on it (although it has slightly worn off now) is absolutely gorgeous.img_3993

Next up is skincare.  I’ve recently been using the Neutrogena grapefruit face wash and not only is the bottle very aesthetically pleasing, the product is amazing!  The scent really wakes you up on a morning, but isn’t strong enough to irritate even the driest, most sensitive skin (aka mine).  It makes your skin feel very soft and super clean!  I’ve also been using the Superdrug hydrating face mask which you can see my review on here , but it has totally been my skin saviour during these freezing storms we’ve been having.

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Next up is the Garnier Micellar Water which I’ve re-purchased and been using again.  I cannot get over how amazing this product is, it’s hyped up in the beauty world for such a good reason – it hydrated your skin whilst literally removing makeup with one stroke.  It’s such a miracle product, everyone needs this in their skincare routine.

In my apparent hunt for spring, I’ve been loving fresh, fruity scents.  I’ve been using the body sprays from hollister more and more often than usual this month and one which I often use is Pallisade Beach.  This smells so fruity and tropical, very reminiscent of summer for me!  I always have one in my school bag and a couple at home and I seem to go through these like wildfire – it’s a good job that hollister have offers of 3 for 2 on them more than often.

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Last but not least is my diary. I got this for Christmas and have loved using it to help me organise my week and all the homework I have.  I think that especially for GCSE students, a diary is essential.  My school uses an online homework facility but as great as it is for accessing it anywhere and a good functioning tick list system, it never keeps me fully organised.  I love to use my diary to plan every aspect of my week, from school work to blog posts to what I’m doing at the weekend.  I’ve also included a picture of what a typical weekly spread in my diary might look like, although it’s not super artistic like some you see!

Hope you enjoyed this post – do we have any of the same favourites this month?  Sorry about the appalling pictures, it was dark when I took them and that was the only free slot of time I had to write and produce this post.  I’ll update them by the weekend when I’ve got much more free time!  Wish me luck on my GCSE, lets hope it went ok!

Soph xx

My Holy Grail Face Mask

My skin is naturally quite dry, but certain factors can make it a lot drier; cold weather being the main one, which is why I’m looking forward to summer so much!  As you can imagine, the UK in February isn’t exactly boiling so my skin tends to get a lot drier, especially if I’m trying out any new skincare products which my face might disagree with a little.  At this point, I pull out my favourite face mask to tend to the issue.

The Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask is amazing, and at only £2.95 it’s a total bargain.  I love everything about this mask, from the packaging to the way it makes your skin so soft and moisturised.  This mask just really does it for me.

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Starting with the actual application of the mask, it at first had me a little confused: it says to massage it onto a cleansed, dry face and allow it 10-15 minutes to quench the skin, patting the remaining residue off with a tissue.  I decided I didn’t like those rules, so adapted it a little to meet my needs.  I apply it either quite thinly as a normal face mask or a little thicker and let it sit on my skin for as long as I can keep it on for (usually ends up being about an hour because I literally have nothing to do with my life other than sit with face masks on and stare at a computer screen) and then I tend to just wash it off or wipe away any of the residue with micellar water.  It does absorb really nicely into the skin and leaves it feeling so soft and supple and left my complexion looking so glowy and fresh.  It doesn’t have a super thick or super thin formula so it moisturises amazingly without clogging up your skin, making it oily or feel heavy.  It smells really nice but isn’t so scented that it will irritate your skin.

I love the packaging, it’s really sleek and the actual size of the product makes it nice and travel friendly – I use this a good three times a week so I’d need it if I were to be away from home!  It’s great value as a little definitely goes a long way so it will last for ages; I’m sure you could get at least ten masks out of this which is amazing for £2.95!  Superdrug also have a de-stressing aloe vera mud mask and a cucumber peel off mask that I’d love to try out and intend on doing so, if they’re anything like this one I’m sure I’ll love it!

Soph xx

T-Zone Nose Pore Strips Review

I love sharing products with you guys that I’ve found which I think are really good, and it occurred to me that I don’t ever really share anything I don’t really like.  I decided to bring you a quick extra post explaining why I don’t like the T-Zone Nose Pore Strips.

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I purchased these for £3.00 whilst in Tesco, and I was excited to try them as I thought I’d potentially found a really good budget beauty product which I was looking to incorporate into my routine.  I have pretty dry skin, and because these seemed a little more ‘natural’, what with the tea tree & witch hazel ingredients, I thought they’d be nice and gentle unlike other nose pore strips I’d read about.

These did nothing other than dry out my already dry skin!  They barely stuck down to my nose at first, so it was a real task trying to get that to happen and when it finally did it still kept peeling away at the edges.  It didn’t feel like it was doing anything at any stage, and when I lifted it off (after much struggling over the bridge of my nose, it was practically glued on) it hadn’t removed any of the dirt and oil it claimed to remove.  All it did was make my nose look red and the skin on and around it feel dry and tight for the rest of the week.  I have actually found an amazing face mask from superdrug which is curing this dryness but it was really annoying to find this happen.

There’s not very much I liked about these, considering they didn’t do much for me.  They smell quite nice and clean and fresh which was nice and the packaging seemed quite luxurious for the price with each strip being individually wrapped in it’s own packet.  That was a nice touch.  The shape of the strips themselves fit quite comfortably on my nose

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Overall, these nose pore strips are good value however they don’t really do much – I’ll be trying some more soon from brands I’ve heard great things about so make sure to follow me on twitter here to keep up with how I got on with those.  I wouldn’t recommend these, though if any of you have had more positive experiences with them then I’d love to hear about it in the comments.  Maybe they work better on oilier skin?

I hope you enjoyed hearing a more negative opinion on something on my blog for once and enjoyed this sneaky extra post – I’m on my half term so I’ll be posting a little more frequently this week.

Also, a quick thing to ask you guys very kindly if you’d nominate me in the teen blogger awards which you can do here.  Of course you should also go and nominate all your other favourite teen bloggers (13-19), I know I have!

Soph xx

Bee Good Review

Recently I was sent some amazing products by Bee Good, a company which is against animal testing, and as the name suggests, helps British bees, using British honey, propolis and beeswax in all their products.  Their products are super natural, really well priced and suitable for many skin types – they have lots of ranges for both sensitive and normal skin.

I was sent two wonderful products from Bee Good.  The honey & propolis cleanser, which you can purchase here, and the raspberry and white chocolate lip balm, which you can purchase here.  I’ve been using both these products for almost a week now and thought it was the right time for me to do a review on them having seen the (wonderful) effect they’ve had on my skin.

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Starting with the Raspberry & White Chocolate Lip Balm, I have really enjoyed using this product! I’ve had a horrible cold this week, and I’ve been in desperate need of a intensely moisturising lipbalm – this really hit the spot! The smell of this, as you can imagine from reading the name, is amazing.  It smells so yummy and if it weren’t a lipbalm I’d have already eaten it all – whoops!  It’s a super strong smell which is great because I’ve been able to smell it through a blocked nose, yet when it goes on your lips it doesn’t smell too strong.  Personally I really like this as it doesn’t seem as sickly, however if you wanted a strong scent on the lips you might not love this product.  It always makes my lips super soft, and whilst it’s on, it gives a glossy look which is always a huge plus.  It isn’t a sticky lip balm as well which is great, because the wind, long hair and lip balms never mix well!

Another thing I adore about this product is the packaging. Not only is the design subtle yet very pretty and fresh, but the fact that it is a squeezy tube of lip balm makes it perfect to go in your school bag or handbag.  Also, tub lip balms are such a pain because it always ends up all over your fingers, and you have nowhere to put it!  This tube ensures you haven’t got this issue.

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Next up I was sent the 2-in-1 Honey & Propolis Cream Cleanser.  This came with a muslin cloth, which I thought was a really nice touch.  I was really intrigued about this product – I’d never tried a cream cleanser prior to this, and I’m really glad I got the chance to test one out.  Basically, you apply this to dry skin and it claims to remove all your makeup and cleanse your skin at the same time.  Whilst I’ve never done this whilst using it, and always removed my makeup first, I really do think it would remove all your makeup.  It is extremely powerful and still remains natural and gentle enough for the most sensitive of skin.  It has always left my skin feeling extremely clean and removed any remaining traces of makeup.  This smells amazing whilst still managing to be filled with skin loving natural ingredients.  My skin can get quite dry and sensitive during January as the temperatures get even colder, and this had managed to keep it super moisturised and not irritate it, which is such a godsend! The muslin cloth it comes with is slightly scratchy, and I found it increases redness and irritates my skin a little, but i’m sure on normal skin this would be fine.  Using this with just a regular flannel will work just fine.

I haven’t found that this cleanser really clears up my skin much, as my spots are still quite prevalent, however it does increase the moisture in my skin and stops it from feeling so dry.  However, I may stand corrected after using this for longer than a week or so!   It’ super natural though, so I doubt it will create any further spots – my skin seems to have reacted well to this, which is always great!

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Thank you so much to Bee Good for sending me out these products to test out – I’ve really enjoyed using them.  I urge you all to go check them out, they have some amazing and affordable skincare especially for those of you who have more sensitive and dry skin as these are all really gentle and natural.

Soph xx

 

 

 

What I Got For Christmas 2016!

Hi guys,

Are you proud of me for getting a blog post up on Christmas Day?  Nope, probably not considering I failed dramatically on blogmas!  Sorry about that (note to self: never do blogmas again!).  Anyway, today I’m here to do something for you all which I am really looking forward to sharing with you guys; What I Got For Christmas!

Just as a quick disclaimer, I am so greatful for everything I got.  I may have gotten more or less than other people but I still feel so happy and loved, and I am not trying to boast or show off in any way by doing this post.  I’m just sharing what I’ve got with you all!  Christmas is a time for family, no matter how annoying yours may be (*hint hint**cough cough*mine)!

I got this perfume from Coach which I asked for as I was out with my friends and smelt it and really liked it, and so I got my parents/santa to buy it for me for Christmas!  I love this loads, I’ll be wearing it all the time so I’m glad I’ve got the big bottle.

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Next up is my new diary and fountain pen.  I’m such a stationary junkie, and this fountain pen was so lovely and I couldn’t just ignore it!  And every year I’ll get a new diary in hopes that it will keep me organised, it never does but lets hope 2017 brings organisation!

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After this I opened my pyjamas in a bag from Boux Avenue.  Honestly, Boux do the best pyjamas and when these were on a buy one get one free offer I couldn’t pass down the opportunity and I’m so glad I got them.  I have a blue, red and white checkered set & a navy background with gingerbread men and candy canes set, both of which I love!  Boux does the most amazing giftwrap ever too, so it’s reason enough to get anything from there just for the giftwrapping (which is free at checkout by the way!).

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I then got some shared presents for me and my brother, which included a popcorn maker, a jigsaw & board game, and something we’ve both been wanting for ages, which is a little sad that I, a fourteen year old, would want to watch this, we got Ice Age 5!  We’ll be watching Ice Age tonight with yummy homemade popcorn and i’ll be wearing my new pyjamas!  Very excited!

My parents/Santa also gave me £200 pounds as this year I had decided to get £100 worth of presents and £200 cash as I am going to Bristol shopping tomorrow to go and raid the boxing day sales; I’ll be doing a haul if I get much & if you guys want so make sure to leave a comment if you want to see that!

My Grandparents on my Mums side gave me £50 which is amazing and will greatly contribute to my shopping tomorrow, as did my Grandparents on my Dads side.  My Grandparents on my Dads side also got me these!

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Too faced is my favourite high end makeup brand so I’m totally delighted with this!!  I got the Love At First Kiss set, which consists of a mini Love Flush blusher in the shade Love Hangover, which I used today – it is perfect – and a mini lipstick in the shade Naked Dolly.  I’ll for sure be wearing that to hell (school, for you normal people who actually enjoy it!) when I go back in the New Year!

They then got me the Merry Kissmas ultimate liquified lipstick set.  This has three melted liquid lipsticks one of which is the melted chocolate ones in the shades Chocolate Honey, Chihuahua and Fig and then what got me most excited and what I’m wearing today is the melted matte in Lady Balls. It is honestly the most perfect bright yet deep red I’ve ever worn!

My Grandma also got me and my Mum an beauty advent calendar to share which of course was a little wrong to give at the end of advent, however I have discovered some amazing brands and products because of it & some I’d like to try more of!  If I could recommend any from here, I’d say the Pixi eyebrow gell is amazing, the eyeliner by eyeko and of course the Burts Bees lipbalm!  I am also really excited to try the Rodial super acids x-treme acid rush peel though it does sound a little harsh, however I will be giving it a go soon & may do a review if I’m liking it.

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From my auntie and family I also got £20, which was so nice of them!


Thats all I got for Christmas this year, but I’ll be adding to it tomorrow in the sales I’m sure!  Thank you so much for reading, what did you get for Christmas this year?

If you want to see what I got last year, then click here!

Off to enjoy Christmas Dinner with my family now!  Merry Christmas to all of you, enjoy the rest of the day!

Soph xx

Garnier Micellar Water Review

Hi guys,

12th December!

Sorry I didn’t blog over the weekend; I was at a sleepover where I got around half an hour of sleep at about 7am, and then was tired all of Sunday so I slept on the sofa and had a mental breakdown about my biology which I think *touch wood* went okay, and my English which was a creative writing mock GCSE assessment and considering I wrote about talking gorillas that didn’t go as well as I’d hoped.  Anyway, I’m not here to rant today, I am here to continue blogmas as I should do!

Whilst today’s post isn’t very Christmassy, I still wanted to do it for you.  I recently bought the Garnier Micellar Water and I thought I’d do a little review because I really rather like this product and I guess that I’ll add to all the reviews online raving about it for you!

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Okay, so firstly packaging.  I got the pink one, which is the on the go size, even though I’m sure they do the big one in pink, but I swear there are other colours.  Anyway, aside from the different colours thing, I really like the packaging.  It’s really pretty and its also very sturdy.  I had it crammed into a washbag this weekend and to my surprise it didn’t burst or leak!

The formula is really nice.  It’s very powerful but also soothing and cooling, so I think it would be totally fine for sensitive skin.  I have quite dry skin in the winter time and I found it to be really quite moisturising and not drying like some all in one/all over makeup removers can be.  It really cleans your face, which makes it great for travel and for those of us who despise skincare routines and want things over and done with very quickly.  It removed all my face makeup with barely a few swipes, and my eye makeup came off so easily with this, no rubbing or horrible oily solution in your eyes which prevents you from seeing properly.  I had lots of mascara on too which came off with ease, and to that I was so very happy.

I only got the 125ml bottle, which wont last me ages but will last me a long enough time, and next time I will be buying the large bottle – this makeup remover is wonderful. Anyone looking for a refreshing, quick makeup remover should totally go for it.  If you’re doubtful, get the smaller size like I did.


Have you tried the Garnier Micellar Water?  If you have, leave your thoughts in the comments – I’d love to know what other people think!

Soph xx