Tuesday, 31 December 2013

LilliWhiteRose: Year in Review 2013


Happy New Year may all your wishes and dreams come true in 2014!

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Thank you to my family, friends, readers and followers you are all the best xx

Blog In Numbers:
354 comments including my replies
103 published posts
30000 + pageviews
715 followers Twitter
126 Bloglovin' Followers
64 Facebook Followers

Most commented on Post:
16 comments on Benefit Brow Bar at Debenhams

My top read posts of this year are:
1. Cocoa Brown 1hr Tan Review
2. Chicco Twist Chair
3. Guinot Hydradermie 2 Facial @ Sam McCauleys
4. Date Night Collaboration: Your Steps for Beautiful Skin
5. Hask Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
6. Overactive Thyroid & Radioisotope Therapy

Most personal post for me:
Telling you all about my treatment for my overactive thyroid during June 2013
Overactive Thyroid & Radioisotope Therapy

Highlights of the year:
I got invited to meet Marissa Carter & Team of Cocoa Brown Tan for Afternoon Tea in the Radisson Hotel Dublin and at that I got to meet some wonderful Irish Beauty Bloggers, something I didn't think would ever happen.

Meeting Samantha Kelly of Tweetinggoddess was another highlight which was filled with a lot of laughter and Samantha was so kind to give me so many helpful tips. We will be meeting again soon and really looking forward to it.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas Tag 2013

I was taking a break from blogging but when I saw this tag over on Girl Friday's Beauty Blog I just had to do it. I also want to take this opportunity to wish everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and hope you all get to relax and spend time with your family and friends. x



1.What is your favourite Christmas song?
I could name so many and I always have Christmas FM & Christmas CD's on but one that I always seems to go round in my head is Cliff Richard's "Mistletoe & Wine" (my daddy brain washed me!).

2. What is your favourite festive drink?
It would have to be Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and it's always tradition to go into town with mum, dad, hubby and now little one on Christmas Eve and treat ourselves to our festive drinky :)

3.Favourite Christmas film?
I love White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney it really sets me up for Christmas and gets me in the mood!

4. What is at the top of your Christmas wish-list this year?
I would love a Kindle Fire HD as I love my gizmos and a bit of Jewellery.

5.What is your favourite festive make-up or nail art look?
Glittery Nails, Plum eyeshadow and I am loving my Bourjois Plum Russian Colour Boost Lip Crayon (had to get it after seeing Nurse Fancy Pants review on it) so looking festive with my makeup look lately.

6.What is your favourite outfit at Christmas time? (LBD? Christmas jumper? PJs?)I love my Christmassy jumpers and then flaking out in my jim jams in the evening. I'm all about being cosy.

7.Would you rather play outside in the snow or sit inside in the warmth with a cuppa?
I love snow! We don't get it very often here but when it happens I am a child outside rolling around in it, but then there is nothing nicer than coming back inside to a warm and cosy fire and curling up.

8.Wrapping presents – love or loathe?

I'm not a huge fan. I just want to get it done and usually end up swearing at the sellotape for not doing what I want it to do.

9.Favourite Christmassy food?

I love Christmas dinner more than anything but it is what my dad does with the left overs on St. Stephens Day that just sends delight through me. Dad fry's the turkey, ham and mash potatoes very unhealthy but my goodness it is just scrumptious.

10.What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
Taking a break and spending time with family. It has been a long eventful year with a lot of highs and lows so to sit down and just take a breath is what I am looking forward to most.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

LUSH: Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt

If you remember recently I popped into LUSH and got a tiny haul and next on the list for review is Star Light, Star Bright. This is part of Lush's Christmas Collection so you will have to go get this quick before it's gone.


The Product:
A butter Melt filled with glitter for your Christmas sparkle. Ginger, Lavender and Zesty Lime to give an uplifting feel. Shea butter, Cocoa butter and coconut oil to soften your skin.


Overall Verdict:
As much as I love Lush products this was not for me. The glitter was horrendous when I picked it up in the shop and I walked out like a disco ball, but I got over that and thought it will be fine in the bath. The fragrance was fantastic and uplifting and when you ran it under the water it revealed a white star with blue goo in the middle which stained my hands and had to be scrubbed off. The glitter looked pretty in the bath but took days to clean from the bath tub and I ended up having a shower once I realised that everything I touched after the bath got glitterfied. It also took another shower the next day to fully get rid of all the glitter of myself. The shea butter felt greasy and you could scrape it off with your fingernails which did not leave me with a great experience with this bath melt. The fragrance was lovely and the colour of the bath (sky blue) was pretty but that is all I liked.


Price:
Approx €4.80

Rating:
1/5

Monday, 9 December 2013

The 12 Films of Christmas

This is my 100th blog post and the journey to this has been amazing. I asked my hubby if he would like to collaborate on this piece with me as it was his idea for me to blog in the first place (Thank you hubby). We came up with The 12 Films of Christmas because we both love films and I love Christmas (Hubby has tendencies of being a humbug). I hope you all enjoy and thank you for your support since I started this blog last May! Hope you enjoy the movies we picked...

One of the many things we love about Christmas is sitting by the fire with friends and family and watching some films. I mean, who doesn't like that? So as a little challenge we've come up with what we feel are twelve films that deserve an airing over the few days of Christmas and, as a guide, what time they're best viewed at. Ready? Here it goes: 

Christmas Eve

Morning: Miracle on 34th Street (Original)
Given the day that's in it, this is too good not to feature. Perfect for getting the family ready for that last minute trip into town.

Afternoon: Muppet Christmas Carol
So you've made it back home from town in one piece, with a lighter wallet. What better to take your mind off things than what we feel is the best version of this classic story. It's got Muppets, Michael Caine, and some cracking songs. After all "there's only one more sleep 'till Christmas"

Evening: Home Alone
In a time before we had youtube, this was what you watched to see people injure themselves in a hilarious manner. In all seriousness though this one is a Christmas classic, with a fantastic soundtrack and some great characters. An easy film for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

Night: Die Hard
The stockings are hung, the kids are in bed, and Santa's milk and cookies are left out in the dining room. Before the madness of the following day, the adults in the house could do worse than unwind to this (unorthodox) Christmas favourite. "Not a Christmas film" you say? It's set on Christmas Eve, "Let it Snow" plays over the end credits, and it's about a family reconnecting at this, the most magical time of the year. What more do you want?

Christmas Day

Morning: Elf
A relative newcomer to the Christmas movie scene, this is the perfect film for the Christmas morning madness. While the adults are tidying up and preparing for possible visitors and Christmas dinner, the kids (and big kids) can take time out and enjoy one of Will Ferrell's best films. Chances are any kids in the house will be as hyper as Buddy himself, so this might settle them down.

Afternoon: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
The "Harry Potter" films are becoming a staple of Christmas TV, so why not embrace this fact and revisit the first in the series. It's probably the best one to watch for a number of reasons. First off, the films tend to get darker as the series progresses, and you don't want to be dealing with that on Christmas Day. Secondly, there may be a few relatives over, so putting on the first film in the series negates a lot of explaining who certain characters are and explaining plot points from previous films. 

Evening: It's a Wonderful Life
After dinner, this film is the perfect dessert and a great way to end the kids day before bed. A slight variation on the "Christmas Carol" theme, this one is a joy to watch thanks in no small part to James Stewart's classic performance. 

Night: Skyfall
It wouldn't be Christmas without at least one showing from James Bond. The most recent addition to the canon is a great one for parents to unwind to after the end of what tends to be the busiest day of the year. It's a throwback to the classic Bond films that those of us of a certain age grew up watching. So pick apart the last of the selection boxes, and enjoy.

St. Stephen's Day

Morning: Toy Story
No better way to celebrate the arrival of some new toys than with Pixar's classic from 1995. Chances are everyone knows every word of dialogue at this stage, but it never gets old and there are as many jokes for kids to enjoy as there is for adults.

Afternoon: Mary Poppins
Another Christmas staple is this Disney classic that is choc full of classic songs, and a great turn from Julie Andrews. When I was growing up, I never even questioned Dick Van Dyke's over the top cockney accent.

Evening: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Like James Bond before him, no Christmas is complete without catching up with the adventures of Indiana Jones. At the moment, and this changes monthly, this is my favourite of the Indiana Jones trilogy (the fourth film doesn't exist in my world). The relationship between Indiana (Harrison Ford) and his father Henry (the original Bond, Sean Connery) makes for some great comedy, and the action scenes are still as spectacular now as they were back in the day.

Night: Titanic
What would Christmas be without watching at least one three hour long film somewhere along the way. We've gone for James Cameron's "Titanic". Hugely popular on it's initial release, it's been the butt of many jokes since but undeservedly so in our opinion. Don't start it too late though, or you'll be up until all hours!

So there you have it. The twelve films of Christmas, according to us. Now, we're not suggesting that you monopolise your free time over the festive season watching films, but if you do find yourself with some downtime you could do a lot worse than check out some of the films above. Yes you've probably seen them many times before but then again, they are classics. You've got nothing to lose.

You can check out my husband's blog over at Small Screen Saver where you can get your fix of reviews.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Guinot Hydradermie 2 Facial at Sam McCauley Beauty Salon & Spa

I was recently invited by Sam McCauley to review the Guinot Hydradermie 2 Facial at their Salon in Redmond Square, Wexford. To say I was a excited would be an understatement! I haven't had a facial in over 5 years at this stage due to bad experiences and the fact that I've never been easily pleased by facials, so I have to say I was nervous about this, especially as a current is used across your face! However I had no need for worrying as this was the best facial I have ever had!



The Brand:

Guinot was founded in France by René Guinot over 40 years ago who was a well known chemist (get me and my facts! Who knew?). He wanted to create a treatment that would be focused on the skin which led to the creation of Hydradermie. This resulted in René Guinot creating products that could be used by woman at home to compliment the professional treatments.

Picture Credit: Sam McCauley Chemists 

The Setting:
Sam McCauley Beauty Salon and Spa have a wonderful salon on their first floor of Redmond Sq. In all my years I have never stepped foot in it until last week. There is a fresh, yet warm welcome feeling to the salon when you walk in and the staff are extremely friendly. I had to fill in a form about medication and allergies and once that was done, I was led down a hallway to a room. I did mention to Michelle (beauty therapist) that I could breath properly for the first time the minute I walked in. The oils that were burning were just so relaxing and seemed to help my breathing. The treatment table that I was on was heated and blankets put on me and so it begins........



Guinot Hydradermie 2 The Super Star Treatment:

Michelle asked me questions about my skin and asked if I had any concerns or problem areas on my face, so I explained about my health and medications that I am on and how they are playing an effect on my skin. So from there Michelle customised the treatment I would be getting for my dry skin/eczema. I needed my skin to be hydrated again!

Unique to Guinot is the Hydraderm machine which helps along the Guinot products which deep clean, oxygenate, and regenerate the skin. With regular treatments this will offer immediate and lasting results to give you a healthy complexion. This exclusive treatment uses galvanic (electric cell energy. Think of a car battery.) and high frequencies. The double ionisation penetrates the active ingredients into the skin for optimal results.

This is customised to the clients needs so it doesn't matter if your skin is mature/normal/dehydrated/oily or sensitive, there is something for everyone.



The Process:

Once my treatment was customised and products chosen, my skin was cleansed and exfoliated and the machine then comes into play with its galvanic and high frequencies. The little roller balls (sorry I have no idea if there is a proper term for them) were then rolled along my face and neck to oxygenate and create an antiseptic effect (Sorry to Michelle if I got that wrong, but I was so relaxed at this stage). I found it to be very relaxing and soothing on my skin. Michelle did ask (and warned before treatment began) if the frequency was to high as it can feel like the hairs (especially the one around the eyes) are being pulled and can be a little uncomfortable. As far as I can remember, I only once asked for it to come down a notch. The rollers are + and - which are done 4 times across the face, neck and decolletage with two switch overs so both sides of your face are evenly done (hope that makes sense to you all).

Then a mask is put on which is left in place while I had a relaxing massage! I was then left for 10 minutes to relax or in my case doze off. To finish off the whole experience a moisturiser is put on.

Beauty Prescription:
When I was finished I was talked through the products that were recommended for me and written on a prescription which I took for future reference (or to leave around for hubby to see, brilliant idea love it!). I was also given a key fob for Beauty Bonuses. This means I can earn points with my next facial or treatment and build up the points for some beauty treats.



Overall Verdict:
I have to admit I didn't hold out much hope for this as I have never had a good experience with facials but straight after having it done and looking in the mirror I did notice a definite improvement in my skin. I was told not to touch my face for as long as possible so as not to put bacteria on it, and let the products do their work.

So the next day I could not believe the major improvement in my skin. It looked like a year of illness and sleepless nights had disappeared and my skin was glowing and looked plumper, younger and overall just healthy. I had the treatment done just over a week ago and I'm still happy with the results. I had no redness or spots since then and my skin still has a glow, skin tone even, and really fresh looking. Another thing of note is that my makeup is going on flawlessly. I am so happy with this that I have booked in for another facial! I couldn't afford this all the time especially as it is recommended to get this done every 4-6 weeks, but my goodness this was a brilliant experience.

Duration:
1hr 15mins of pure relaxation

Price:
€56.95 or for a course of six €279.95

Rating:
5/5

For a list of treatments at Sam McCauley Salons you can click here & book online.
You can also follow Sam McCauley on Twitter and Facebook.
Guinot are also on Twitter

Picture Credits: Guinot http://uk.guinot.com/

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Shopping with The Early Years Boutique

I came across The Early Years Boutique on Twitter and quickly followed after I checked out their website. I then got chatting to ??? from The Early Years Boutique and discovered there is only a month between our two toddlers. My little girl is turning two on Saturday and Emma was really helpful in suggesting a few pressies that she might like, so I thought I might share them with you........

The Early Years boutique provides an Online Marketplace, through their website, where small businesses, craft makers and mumtrepeneurs can sell their products.

1. The Musical Princess Box £14.99 by Little Buttons Boutique @ The Early Years Boutique


Cutest little Princess'
 I collect musical boxes/globes for my little girl so this was must and it was something I haven't come across before and thought it was so cute! It plays Brahms Lullaby which my mum always sings to Lillibug so it's very fitting. When you wind it up the princess' dance/spin around on top and just know that LO is going to love watching and listening to this music box!

2. Personalised Sleepsuit £10.00 by The Early Years Boutique

 I have to say I was nervous at purchasing this because it only went up 18-24 months but Emma put that doubt out of my head when she told me they are big fitting and her little one who is also tall for her age still has plenty of room so I went ahead and put it in the basket. When it arrived I was delighted and the material is so soft and a very big fit. The stitching is really well done and can't see the letters fraying even after months of washing, it is so well done.

Both the items I got arrived wrapped so nicely that I didn't want to open them, but alas they had to be and I am just delighted with what was inside as you can see from above.



I will order again without a doubt from The Early Years Boutique and I have already earmarked a few things for next order. When living in Ireland and ordering from a U.K website everything is in sterling and sometimes it's hard to know what exchange rate a company use but not with The Early Years Boutique. They show the exchange rate at checkout so there won't be any surprises when you check your bank statement, which is something I really appreciated as an Irish customer.

You can check out The Early Years Boutique website http://www.teyboutique.com/
You can also follow The Early Years Boutique on Twitter https://twitter.com/TEYBoutiqueHQ
and of course Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheEarlyYearsBoutique

Monday, 18 November 2013

LUSH: Luxury Lush Pud

I was in LUSH heaven last night when I tried out my new bath bomb!

Luxury Lush Pud
The Product:
A Lush bath bomb just in time for Christmas! This is a Lil' Pudding is just beautiful with it's pastel colours and relaxing lavender. The shop assistant told me this is good just before bed to help with relaxing. The bath bomb itself looks really pretty and christmassy just to help get me in the spirit.


Overall Verdict:
The whole bath bomb fizzed up really quick and gave beautiful swirls of pink, yellow, blue to finally make up a gorgeous deep pink. The lavender was ever so relaxing and I struggled to keep my eyes open the whole time I was in the bath and after. When I went to bed I was gone in 3,2,1 Zzzzzz! Then woke up with a toothache but sure these things are sent to try us. I will buy more of these before Christmas and give it a big thumbs up. Anyone that follows me on twitter may know that I struggle with sleep but have to say this really helped. I was worried with the colour been so deep that it would leave a stain on the bath but it didn't just a tiny bit of residue at the bottom of the bath that was easily washed away. My skin was also really soft after it too so extra bonus points for that! 

Final Colour of the Bath Bomb
Price:
€4.40

Rating:
5/5 without a doubt!

To see what else I got in my Lush Haul and coming up for review soon check out here.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Lillibug's Clothes from Mothercare

Lillibug is going to be two at the end of November, so I picked up a few bits in Mothercare for her. She is in between sizes at the moment meaning 18-24 months are either too short or tight and 2-3 is too long and loose.


One thing I have noticed where I live is that you can't get a pair of jeans for my little girl that aren't skinny. Lillibug hasn't got skinny legs for them and they pinch her knees and thighs which is not nice for a child, so I was delighted when I saw these bootcut jeans for €12.50 and it has an elastic waist.


Now that we are getting into the colder weather we were in need of long sleeved t-shirts, which were 2 for €10.00. They are really cute and can't wait to put the Santa one on her.



I went onto the Mothercare website when I got home hoping to order another pair of jeans but they have very little clothing on their website which I was disappointed with. Hopefully they'll change that in the near future!


LUSH Haul

I was up in Dublin Thursday which is a rarity and knew that I had to make a pit-stop into LUSH on Henry Street. I like to be quick when I go in because all the smells together give me a whopper of a headache, so I knew what I wanted in advance. When the girls came up to me and I told them what I was looking for I was out in 10 with no headache but glittery hands and an extra item on the list!

Lush Mini Haul
1. Luxury Lush Pud
The sales assistant told me this is meant to be good if used before bed because of the Lavendar going through it so I grabbed this with both hands! Going to try this one out tomorrow night.
Review of this up already right here.

2. Shoot for the Stars
The main ingredient is bergamot and this bath bomb smells delish! The colours are so pretty so can't wait for them to swirl around my bath.

3. Star Light, Star Bright
It's a Christmas Bath melt and it was my mum who told me all about this! This has Shea butter and is meant to make my skin all soft, which is exactly what I need right now. Be warned this is loaded with glitter and was all over me much to my little ones amusement :-)

4. Santa's Lip Scrub
I am a big fan of Lush lip scrubs and usually go for Mint Julips but decided on something different as it's nearly the season to be merry. This is a red coloured lip scrub and is cola flavoured.

5. Ponche Shower Gel
This has orange juice and a shot of tequila. It's just a pity it's not for drinking! It smells fruity and tropical and is inspired by a Mexican Christmas punch. "Boozy, fruity, and uplifting" is it's tagline. The girls sold me on this when they mentioned tequila so it went straight into the basket!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Charity Reindeer Car Accessory; I'm going to fly my way up the M50!*

I first saw these two years ago on my way to Dublin on the M50 and I searched high and low for it but they were all sold out. So four weeks ago I saw these in an Apple Garage and just had to buy it. It cost €10.00 and even better €1.00 goes to the LauraLynn Children's Hospice!


You stick the antlers on the window and the nose on the grill of your car and your ready to go.

  
How cool does that car look dressed up as Rudolph?


*It does say that you should not drive at more than 40mph which I think is 64.3km but please don't quote me on the conversion, but if that's right I can just keep to the country roads around where I live and it should survive.

I saw these in Heatons yesterday too if your interested in getting some for your car or from the LauraLynn online shop here!

I had heard of the LauraLynn Ireland's Children's Hospice and the wonderful work they do but truly started to understand more after reading The Life Story of an Irish Baby Called Victoria and Beyond
LauraLynn provides respite, home support, crisis and end of life support for sick children aged from birth to 18 years.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

MikaB Teething Jewellery

I have always struggled to help my little one with her teething woes and now that I have a wisdom tooth about to pop up I feel like such a wimp compared to my little Lillibug. She goes though it with grace and ladylike precision unlike her mother who wanted someone to knock me out with a frying pan and wake up when the pain is gone. So when Dominika from MikaB Teething Jewellery contacted me to try out her jewellery I jumped at the chance.

MikaB Teething Jewellery

The Product:
Safe for babies to chew on and help with their teething and a fashionable piece of jewellery for mum, you will be getting a multi-functional product here!

There are 3 different pieces of jewellery to choose from: Pendants, Necklaces and Bangles and each comes in a range of colours to choose from. They are made of non-toxic food grade silicone which is also what bottle nipples are made from as well as soothers, and all the jewellery is BPA free. The jewellery is very simple to look after, as it just needs a quick thorough wash with soap and warm water and it's ready to go again. If you start to see wear and tear then it's time to discard your jewellery. The pendancts and necklaces come with a breakaway clasp for added safety and comfort and complies with EN71 toy safety standards. 

Breakaway Clasp

The Packaging:
Each piece of jewellery comes in a clear plastic pouch which I have been reusing to keep them safe when not in use. It stands out because you can see the jewellery straight away! It also contains a little information card inside. The whole package is really attractive.

MikaB Teething Pendants & Bangle

Overall Verdict:
I really like wearing these and thought they were really handy for keeping little on occupied she especially liked the bangle which she puts on to play with but as with anything she was never left unattended. Unfortunately she never took to chewing on them even with two painful molars making their way up. 

I asked a friend of mine who has a little girl of 10 months to try out one of the pendants but her little girl didn't take to chewing on it either. My friends said that it "Would be great for a baby that likes to be carried around".

I would buy this for any new mum as I think it is a wonderful concept that would work on babies from birth that are been held and like to chew on things for comfort or to relieve teething pain. If I was doing it all over again I would buy this for newborn. So for now they are a wonderful distraction for Lillibug. The breakaway clasp also worked when Lillibug yanked it from my neck and it didn't hurt at all. It has been wonderful to wear some jewellery again without the worry of a burned neck from it being pulled off our losing bits of beads from a chain that can become a choking hazard. For mums with very young babies this product would be a great little investment.

Prices:
Bangles €9.50
Pendants €12.50
Necklaces €16.50

MikaB Teething Jewellery http://www.mikabteethingjewellery.ie/ 
Follow Mika B Teething Jewellery on Twitter https://twitter.com/MikaBtjewellery

Sunday, 3 November 2013

November Wishlist

Oh how I can dream of one day winning the Lotto! 
I can't believe we are into November now so to me that means the countdown to Christmas has well and truly started (to my hubby's dismay and my mum's but dad is on my side as well as Lillibug)!
I have been looking online so much the last few days for gift ideas and I was just bowled over by the 4 products I have on my wishlist. A girl can always dream, can't she?!



1. URBAN DECAY
Debenhams Online Exclusive: 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil Vault
This has 40 different pencils and I absolutely love URBAN DECAY eye pencils I find them really easy to use and wish I had more in my collection. The vault is worth €720 so it is a really good offer, just need to win the Lotto!
 €290.00

2. URBAN DECAY
Debenhams Exclusive: The Mother Lode
I really wish you were all here to see me nearly fall off the couch when I saw this beauty (my poor laptop nearly got squished). This has 68 shades and a four pan "build your own palette". I love the packaging and it has the same design as the Vice 2 Palette. If you bought all the shades separately I believe it would cost €1224. Yikes!
 €523.00

3. Elizabeth Arden
Untold Eau de Parfum 100ml 
Every time I pass this at the perfume counter I just have to smell it, and I love the bottle it's really unusual and would look so pretty on my dressing table.
€90.00 Debenhams

4. this works
No Wrinkles Sensitive Moisturiser 48ml 
My husband calls them my laughter lines but I know better! I haven't tried anything from this works before but I have heard good things about this moisturiser.
€56.25 feelunique.com

Total: €959.25



Thursday, 31 October 2013

October Favourites

Hi Everyone, hope everyone had a great October and please please be safe at Halloween there are dangers lurking! I have loved everything this month from the cosy weather to all the beautiful autumn makeup that has been coming out. So I thought I would bring you my favourite items for October!


Sleek Palette i-Divine in Vintage Romance
The Vintage Romance Palette is the first item I have ever bought from Sleek, which I got from Cloud10Beauty earlier this month. The colours are out of my comfort zone but I have loved doing Autumn eye looks with it. The pigments is just beautiful and I have a feeling I might hit pan on the berry colours by the end of November!

Hask Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioners.
Hask gave me an amazing opportunity to try out their new Argan Oil Shampoos and conditioners and I am loving them a lot and they are a bargain at €4.50 from Pennys. Review here.

Sleek Blush in Antique
Another Sleek product that I have been loving is the Antique blush, also out of my comfort zone for a blush but is gorgeous on my pale Autumn skin and goes really well with the looks I have been achieving with the Vintage Eye palette.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter
I done a review of this already and you can check it out here! I think this cleanser is brilliant I think I will be using this for a long time to come.

Stars Blanket
My mum got this for me and I am using it a lot, it is so warm, cosy and super soft. You can usually find this on the couch during the evening time with Lillibug and I under it and then I use it on my bed at night. Thanks Mum your the best!

What have your favourites been this month? Let me know in the comment section below :)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop

I'm not sure about you but Camomile always reminds me of my childhood. With all the rashes and allergies I had, my mum would dollop Camomile all over me and I would be instructed not to scratch or forever be scarred! Yes of course I scratched, and yes I have been scarred for life. Oh why didn't I listen! So when I saw Girl Friday's review of the collection I was brought right back to those memories and just needed to try out what The Body shop had to offer.


I decided to go with the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, as I have been wanting to try a cleansing butter for awhile now.

The Product:
A cleanser that effectively melts away makeup and impurities to leave your skin silky smooth and soft. It is suitable for all skin types. The texture is butter-like, but it reminds me of melted wax from a candle.

How to Use:
Apply to dry skin and massage in. This results in the butter melts into your skin. Either rinse away with warm water or use a wet muslin cloth for a deeper clean.


The Packaging:
A simple, durable, silver tin that you unscrew to reveal your cleansing butter.

Overall Verdict:
I absolutely love this. It is my go to cleanser this month and I really want to get more of the products in the Camomile range. I was a bit worried about using a butter thinking it would make my skin greasy and I already have an oily T-zone but I was so wrong! This calms my skin and makes it silky smooth. My skin looks less red around my nose and chin area which I am putting down to using Camomile. Overall I am delighted with how my skin is looking since using this. A little goes a long way so it is really worth the money.

Price:
€14.95

Rating:
5/5

Friday, 25 October 2013

Review: Hask Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Imagine my joy when the lovely people of Hask sent me these beautiful goodies in September and now I get to bring you the first of my reviews on these products. These may have been sent to me but regardless of this, I will always give my honest opinion.

Oh! What is peeking out here :)

The Product:
Hask now brought us Shampoo and Conditioner to their range of Argan Oil from Morocco, which claims to strengthen and restore your hair. I absolutely love how these are sulphate and paraben free, no artificial colours and also not tested on animals. It is meant to calm your frazzled hair and restore your damaged hair, leaving it silky soft, glossy and frizz-free. It smells gorgeously sweet and fruity but not overpowering. So that all sounds promising!


The Packaging:
Both come in a brown 355ml plastic bottle with a sky blue cap, I like how it compliments the Argan Oil Vile and 2-minute conditioner sachet. I love the sky blue border framing the writing too.


Overall Verdict:
This summer I was all about looking after my hair so I didn't think I could do any more for it, but I was so wrong......
The shampoo is divine and lathers quickly and feels like your getting a deep clean so clean that it's squeaky! The scent lasts in between washing which has now gone from every day to every second day for me. My hair is glossy, has some bounce and swish (which is great as my hair is flat as a pancake). Overall it looked healthy. I also dyed my hair about two weeks ago and it hasn't stripped it at all.

The conditioner is also brilliant. I will put my hands up I don't use conditioner very often but I am using this every time and it just works great. Conditioners have a tendency to just make my already fine flat hair even more lifeless but this worked just as well as the shampoo.

My hair now smells and looks great and I'm really happy with the results. The colder weather is settling in which dries out my hair and scalp even more, so these have been great products for me! Both the Shampoo and conditioner are budget friendly products that I believe compete with any of my other shampoos and conditioners.

Price:
€4.50
Pennys

Rating:
4/5


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