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Saturday 30 June 2012

Clothing Buys | Ark, New Look, Primark

1. Black Chained Bag - New Look - £11.99  I wanted a simple black bag that was large enough to fit in all my essentials for a night out but one that i could also use during the day if need be. This will go with anything and is a classic piece i can use again and again with any outfit.

2. Glamorous Chiffon Shorts - £22.99 £11.50 - Ark (sale) Ark's sales are absoloutely flippin' amazeballs. They also had these shorts in powder blue, but i settled on peach as i seem to have quite a lot of blue in my wardrobe at the moment. They will be great to throw on when i'm on holiday and will also look nice with tights and a collared shirt when the weather isn't brilliant.

3. Loafers - £18.99 - New Look  I'm in serious need of flats right now! I'm very much a heels kind of girl and it struck me a couple of weeks ago that i literally have no decent flats to wear... I thought i'd pick these up to start with as they're neutral in colour, will go with anything and they're comfy as.

4 & 5. Scalloped Hem Crop Top - £19.99 - New Look  I've been after a sheer white top for ages and this one is perfect for summer due to the cropped length. I've been really getting back into my skinny jeans just recently and i've been after a cropped top to go with them - this is the perfect length as it isn't too short and still looks classy. I love the little tiny pearl detail on the hem.

6. Black Suede Wedges - £24.99 - New Look  I find wedges so much more comfortable than heels and I don't own a black pair so i thought i'd add these to my collection - I love the tribal/aztec print on the heel. These will be going on holiday with me..

7. Glamorous Sheer Black Cape Top - £14.99 £7.50 - Ark (sale) I love Glamorous as a label - and i find them really good for simple tops and pretty skirts/dresses. They have some really unique items. I've been after a sheer black top for a while just to throw on with high waisted shiz and whatnot..
Daisy Peplum Top - £6 - Primark
I love flowery prints and the daisy pattern on this top is so cute. The peplum style just adds a bit of interest and looks really nice when paired with a white blazer and jeans.

I've been trying to hold off doing clothing posts just recently because it makes me feel a little bit sick when i look back and realise how much i've actually spent *hangs head in shame* - I'm also planning a couple of 'What's in my suitcase' posts next week (if i get chance amidst the packing-chaos to take any photos..) so keep your eyes peeled for those!

Wednesday 27 June 2012

My Collection of Revlon Lip Butters..

Revlon Lip Butters - £7.99 each - Boots & Superdrug
(l-r: Cupcake, Sweet Tart, Tutti Frutti, Lollipop, Candy Apple)
It's been a while since the Revlon Lip Butter hype hit everybody's news feed and i must admit it was a somewhat slow-burner of an obsession for me (you can read my review/first thoughts here). I tried them, thought they were alright and left it at that, in fact - the first one i bought found it's way into my make-up storage and I went back to Mac for a good few weeks. Skip forward a month or so and now, my collection has expanded and they're the only lipstick you will find in my daily make-up bag. I will go as far as to say i can't live without them. When i'm not sure what colour to wear, I will opt for 'Cupcake' - the lighter pink - it's noticeable without being overpowering and looks really pretty for those 'natural days'.  The darker colours (inparticular 'Lollipop' and 'Candy Apple') are suprisingly pigmented for the formulation and last ages - wearing away from a glossy colour to a light stain on the lips over time. Even the packaging is fabulous - really bright and colourful for summer; i may even have to take my whole collection on holiday with me as they're all i'm wearing right now!   They really do feel the same as a lip balm and are really moisturising (they contain 'hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter') Infact, i haven't suffered with dry lips at all since i've been using these (move over, Vaseline!) and they don't 'bleed' or smudge either - they stay put suprisingly well. If you're after a glossy lipstick thats not drying in the slightest then i really recommend these - or if you're not a fan of super-statement lips yet want to try a more daring shade. For the price, they're amazing quality and theres no doubt i will be picking up a couple more shades to add to my collection..

What are your thoughts on the Lip Butters? Any more shades you recommend me trying?!
(A couple of you lovely lot mentioned 'Lollipop' on Twitter and i caved in and bought it! *slap wrist*)
They're also on offer at the momento for £5.99 at Superdrug

Monday 25 June 2012

Holiday Sanctuary Treats

Everyone tends to go a little out of routine on holiday, and the combination of sunshine, pool water and the inevitable overdose on various cocktails often means my skin tends to rebel a little if i don't take proper care of it. I usually just separate some of my products at home into plastic bottles but i am a massive over packer (i ended up parting with a purse full of leftover euros earlier this year due to my overly-generous packing habits..) so this time around i decided to grab myself some mini products from Boots to save on weight as they were on 3 for 2. I decided to pick up a cleanser/face wash, a toner/pore refiner and a moisturiser so that i can still continue a decent skin routine whilst im out there. I've never tried these before so i'm looking forward to sampling them on holiday  - i'm intrigued by the 'Illuminating Moisture Lotion' - and it contains SPF which is handy for the hot weather.

I also picked up an eyemask (of all things to pick up!) and it cost me the best part of £8 but i know i'll get some use out of it. I am an awful, awful flyer and i dread getting on the plane for weeks before i'm due to fly. I will literally try anything to help me get over my nerves - in fact i have to carry tablets with me at all times throughtout the journey in case i get a bit panicky. I try not to take them because they basically knock me out for a whole day - so i often take Rescue Remedy, sleep balm and anything with a calming influence with me in my hand luggage in order to combat the nervousness. If i can get a few hours kip and sleep through the whole ordeal then that would be just fabulous. The flight is only 4 and half hours but to me it's a LONG TIME to spend on a plane (you can imagine that actual long haul flights are just the worst thing ever for me!) but i thought I'd give this a go as i struggle to sleep at all on planes - whilst everyone else is getting some shut-eye, i'm always the one person wide awake, shifting and fidgeting in my seat much to the annoyance of the unlucky family member/travelling partner of choice sat next to me. The eye pillow is cushioned, really squishy and soft (unlike the cruddy scratchy ones they often give out for free) and is infused with calming scents to help you nod off. I also struggle to sleep abroad due to the strong lighting coming through apartment curtains in the morning/change of sleeping habits so this will hopefully help with that too.

Has anyone else tried anything from the Sanctuary skincare range?

Saturday 23 June 2012

W7 Purple Pearl

I am a mahoosive nailpolish hoarder and when i discovered a small makeup shop near where i live selling a tonne of discounted bottles of the stuff i spent quite some time picking up some new shades to add to my collection - this colour being the first one i grabbed. The finish reminds me very much of the Beetlejuice collection by Models Own - pearlised, multi-tonal and glossy. I've never owned any of the w7 polishes before and i often see them knocking about in B&M Home Bargains and such-like... This colour has lasted me 4 days with minimal chipping and i've recieved a handful of compliments from customers at work today asking me what colour it was! The colour took 3 or 4 layers to achieve an opaque finish but each coat dried very quickly and with a layer of Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri over the top (my review here) I was good to go. I picked this up for an amazeballs £1.99 -(along with some discontinued Revlon shades for a bargainous £2.99 each!) so i'll definately have a few more nail-related posts coming up shortly. Yet again, apologies for the state of my nails - i haven't been blessed with the prettiest talons on the planet..

Have you tried any of the w7 polishes before?

Friday 22 June 2012

St Tropez Skin Illuminator

St Tropez Skin Illuminator in 'Gold'

My summer holiday is calling my name and I've been stocking up on all things sunshine related the past couple of weeks, as well as writing lists on what i need to take. Personally, i'm a massive tan-fan and love anything tan related, and one thing that i'll be popping into my suitcase is the St Tropez Illuminator in Gold - a staple in my summer beauty regime. It works more or less the same as any highlighting product and when applied gives a shimmery, holiday glow to the skin - as well as complimenting your tan. The product is for use all over the body and claims to give the skin a flawless, polished finish. It applies like a cream/lotion and sinks in very easily to the skin - you don't need a great deal to get a good bit of coverage and it applies smoothly and effortlessly. I tend to apply this to my cheekbones, my collarbone and 'boobage' area - basically anywhere that would naturally catch the light. I also use this down the centre of my legs - applied in a subtle line down the centre to give a lengthening, slimming effect and also to give the skin a dewy, flawless finish.

The product is available in three shades: Gold, Rose and Violet. Personally, i have quite yellow-ish undertones to the skin so the gold suits me perfectly - i also find that the gold tone sets off a deeper tan (i've heard that the 'violet' shade is a good all-rounder so if you aren't sure of what undertones your skin has then opt for this one). Overall, i'm really loving this product this summer and if you're after a good quality product to help set off your summer holiday tan and help keep your skin dewy and healthy-looking then i'd recommend looking into these. It's become a must-have in my bathroom cabinet and looks amazing when used alongside the St Tropez tanning mousse. 

Friday 15 June 2012

Primark Scalloped Shorts

Floral Scalloped Shorts - £10 - Primark
White Blazer - £19 - Primark

Oh Primark. I can always count on you to brighten up a rainy day and still leave me with a few pennies in my bank account afterwards... The other day, i mentioned on my Twitter that i had found a 'reet bargain in Primark - and here are the little babies that had me running for the till - the floral shorts. There was only one pair left, hung up on a random rail and they were way too big for me (why does this always happen in Primark?! lack of sizes much?) I just couldn't let the idea of them go - so i set out to search the shop for a pair in my size. I even went as far as to look UNDER the rails of clothes throughout the entire shop -  and it just goes to show that my searching was worth it as tucked away under a pile of jackets was a Beth-sized pair of the beauties. They're made of a chiffon-y material, have little scalloped edges and gold zips at the front. Perfect for my holidays, and i've worn them today with tights and a nude coloured blazer. I loves 'em.

I also popped in today to seek refuge from the pouring rain as i didnt fancy getting drowned whilst waiting for the bus. I've been after a white blazer for so long as i just think they're a staple for a summer wardrobe - so i was mahoosively chuffed to spot this one.

Beauty Buys of June

Lip Products
Revlon Lip Butter - 015 'Tutti Frutti' & 090 'Sweet Tart' £7.99 £5.99
No17 Supreme Shine Lipstick in 'Hot Flash' £4.99 
 MUA Eyeshadow in Shade 30 'Pearl' £1
Look Beauty Eyeshadow in 'Luxe Shade 18' £4
Loreal Infallible Eyeshadow in 021 'Sahara Treasure' £6.99
Other Products
Real Techniques Core Collection £21.99
Nivea Protect & Bronze Suncream  £4.99
Nivea Firming Body Lotion £5.10
Garnier Tan Maintaining Aftersun £3.99
Loreal Studio Secrets Primer - £14.99

I'm jetting away to sunnier climates next month - lets hope this time i actually get some sunshine (if you read my blog regularly you'll know my February break turned out to be a little bit of a let down in the weather department!) Typically, I seem to have run out of EVERYTHING right before i go away so i've been stocking up on a few beauty bits before i go. I spent a small fortune in Boots and Superdrug yesterday, so I thought I'd show you what I picked up (obviously a few impulse buys got thrown in the basket too..)  

I am an absolute self-confessed lipstick hoarder. And Revlon lip butters are my favourite by far at the moment so i treated myself to two more shades to add to my ever-growing collection; I went for a bright orange and a mid-pink as i thought they would look fabulous with a tan.  They're currently on offer for £5.99 in Superdrug! After treating myself to everything here i realised I had gathered copious amounts of Advantage Card points and treated myself to the Real Techinques Core Collection - ever since i bought the Stippling Brush a while back i've been saving my points for these; and i was muchos chuffed that i managed to save enough to grab them before i go abroad. They will be really handy to take with me. I ran out of my primer so the Loreal was a repurchase for me; it's such a good quality primer that lasts forever - it's non-greasy and really light on the skin; it's perfect for keeping my makeup in place on holiday.  I also thought i'd stock up on some lotions and potions for use on my jollydays!  

Has anybody used the Protect & Bronze before? Im intrigued to know if it works..

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Living with Panic Attacks

I've been contemplating writing this post for a while now - the subject being something rather personal to me which I don't tend to share with a lot of people - not because I feel uncomfortable in doing so but because of its tendency to be misunderstood. So, i’ll just jump straight in and tell you my big secret… I suffer with panic attacks. At some stage in my life, i would have probably found it incredibly embarrassing to share this fact about myself with anyone, let alone posting it on my blog for the world to see. However, as i’ve grown older, I’ve come to realise that there’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and that there are actually lots of people in this world who feel the exact same way. It’s one part of ‘me’ that can often make life a little bit difficult from time to time - but after 20+ years of battling with them, I have to say I've learnt one hell of a lot about dealing with panic and how to overcome it.  I thought it would be a fabulous idea to share some of my experiences in the hope that it might be beneficial to somebody out there. This is going to be a long post, i apologise in advance - but if you suffer with panic attacks yourself or know somebody else who does it may be of interest to you.

What a panic attack feels like
If you don't suffer with them yourself, the only way i can describe them is absolutely terrifying. To put it rather simply - it feels as if you're going to die. Your heart races, your vision goes blurry, you feel incredibly sick and above all, it becomes increasingly difficult to breathe. Your mind and body convinces you that something really bad is happening or is going to happen and you feel as if you simply have to get out of the situation you’re in - a response called ‘fight or flight’. A panic attack isn't just a feeling of being nervous (as is often thought) - it’s much more than that. In fact, you don't even have to be feeling 'nervous' to get one. They begin from nowhere and often with little warning. Sometimes you can feel it building up for a matter of hours, but other times it washes over you like a wave that i can't even begin to explain; and it can happen anytime, anywhere.  

A typical panic attack lasts for about 20 minutes. It may not sound a long time, but once it has you gripped i can tell you that it feels like forever. Sometimes it is possible to have a series of attacks one after the other and other times it is possible to feel the effects of an attack for the majority of a day - coming in waves of intense panic and settling to an underlying feeling of unease. They also leave you feeling incredibly drained and weak afterwards due to all of the adrenaline that has been running through your body. Not nice. Not nice at all.

My Experience with Panic Attacks
For as far back as i can remember I have suffered with panic attacks. In fact, I don't actually recall a time when I haven’t had them and they are just something i've had to learn to live with. I have no idea what it might feel like to not have this little cloud of un-easyness come and visit me from time to time. Most people develop panic attacks in their early 20s, but I've had to deal with it from an extremely young age. I can actually recall the feeling of panic as far back as some of my earliest memories. 

If i try and think back to when I first began to realise something was wrong, it would be when I was in my first year of junior school. I was standing in a line with all of my friends outside the school hall ready to go into an assembly. All of a sudden i felt an intense wave of panic - i couldn't breathe, i felt extremely sick and began to shake uncontrollably. It’s such a vivid memory for me and I remember crying uncontrollably and telling my poor teacher i was going to die. I eventually calmed down slightly but i still felt absolutely terrible and was sent home for the day but as soon as i got through the front door, i was fine. This began to happen every time i had an assembly and each time the same thing would happen and i would get sent home. In the end, the teacher had completely lost interest in anything i had to say and probably thought i was putting it on. The thing was, i was a child who genuinely loved school - i enjoyed going and it upset me to have to go home every week, only to feel fine once i was back home. It was very odd. I even ended up in A&E and nobody could find anything wrong with me. It was all very frustrating and in the end, i decided to keep it a secret because of the way people were towards me… even my parents had started to think I was just being a dramatic so and so, and it was from then that I kept it all in and hid it away. It would be years until i confided in another soul again! You can imagine how difficult this was for a child of 8 years old to keep something like this to themselves - of course, at this age, I had no idea what they were and just assumed everybody else felt like this and I was just completely rubbish at dealing with it.

Funnily enough, this hatred of assembly's/silent places full of people stayed with me - when you have a panic attack in a certain situation or place, this memory gets 'stored' somewhere in a little filing cabinet in your brain - and the next time you are placed in the same situation, in the same place or within the same or similar surroundings, the feelings of panic often return because your brain has saved that little memory as being a 'dangerous situation'.  The panic attacks followed me all the way through school and into my teenage years. My GCSE's were a nightmare and i have no idea how on earth i managed to pass any of them at all - I still feel quite proud of myself now when I think back to the amount of stress I went through during this time and yet still managed to pass with pretty good results. Our exams were sat in our school hall, (crowded silent place = my dreaded situation) and i was always placed somewhere in the middle of all of the tables and chairs, a long way away from any of the doors or 'escape routes'. I used to line up outside and feel so unbelievably sick - up until the point where i contemplated skipping my exams. I used to take one look at the mass of tables and chairs and think about how many people would be crammed into that room with me and I'd lose sleep going over potential 'panic' situations in my head. I felt so jealous of my friends; i longed to be 'normal' like them and just feel normal nerves like a normal person and not have to worry about having a panic attack. I used to wonder why they were so calm and collected before an exam compared to me - they would stand around chatting away, and i'd be sat there chewing my nails and shaking like a leaf and generally feeling as if something awful was about to happen - I didn't sleep properly for weeks. I remember sitting in one of my exams and shaking so much that the examiner had to come and ask me if I was ok. I wasn't. I felt like i was going to throw up all over my exam paper and the question in front of me was a jumble of words and sentences i couldn't possibly understand until the feeling had gone away. It used to take me a good 20 minutes before i could even begin my exam properly. I would bite my nails in an attempt to calm my nerves, and sometimes i'd bite them so much that they would bleed and it hurt so much to put pen to paper. But it was anything to take my mind off the panic. Sometimes my hands would completely freeze and I wasn't able to move them at all. The worst attacks take complete control of your body due to the imbalance of oxygen.  Once, I remember calling my dad for help and having to use my elbow to try and press the numbers on the phone because it was the only part of me I could physically move at all.

In general, typical 'nervous' situations for 'normal' people are made 10 times worse for me; job interviews, my driving test (was an absolute nightmare), exams, graduation ceremonies… I don't think i really know what 'just being nervous' feels like. I wish so much that i didn't have to think about having a panic attack in these situations.

How I Cope Now
I will most probably always suffer with panic attacks. I still get feelings of dread when i have to sit in quiet places full of people or if i'm on a crowded bus. I will still sit on it sometimes at rush hour, and feel the need to get off. Whereas before i probably would have done, i force myself to stay on it now. The more you put yourself in your dreaded situations the easier it will become (easier said than done is an understatement here though…) 

I don't have them regularly now - sometimes I go through months where i will have none at all. Sometimes i will go through a stressful period of my life and i'll have more than usual, but i try not to let it stop me from doing things i want to do.  Now, they are just a little annoyance that crops up from time to time.  When they do, I force myself to try not to think about it and try my very best to get on with things.  I've accepted that I have them now and I just try and do the best that I can…I can’t do any more than that. You just have to try and live life as if you didn't have them and try and roll with the punches as much as you can. Sometimes, they do get the better of me and there have been a handful of times where I’ve had to ‘back out’ of situations because I simply couldn’t face going through with them - it’s important not to beat yourself up when you have a wobble like this… Luckily, I do think as you get older and gain more confidence in discussing your concerns with people, they do tend to subside slightly. 

You dont have to let panic attacks ruin your life, and although they have hindered certain areas of mine, i think in a way they have also helped me to be a stronger, more confident person (every cloud…) With mine, they got worse before they got better (i'll discuss this in a minute) and this isn't necessarily a bad thing - the 'bad stage' i had with my panic attacks actually helped me to learn so much about how to deal with them positively and I control with them very well now. If i feel a bit panicky now I just go with it and let it happen - sometimes i even try and make a joke out of it.  If I'm with certain friends or family that are aware of my panic attacks, I'll just say tell them i’m having one of my wobbles and they will know to give me a few minutes or so.

Things I've Learnt

Tell somebody - I was 17/18 before i did anything about my panic attacks (when I remind you that the earliest one I ever remember was at the age of 8 - that's an incredibly long time!) They began to take over my life and i went through a particularly bad stage in my mid-teens - this is when i decided to face the music and do something about it. I sadly skipped the majority of my A Levels because of them (yet again, exams! arghh!) despite a whole year of hard work, and that's when i realised something needed to be done. I didn't want them to get to the stage where they were effecting my future. It even got to where i would almost dread going out in case i would have one and I was awake all through the night having one after the other - I was completely and utterly exhausted. My only advice if you feel as if this is whats happening to you is to just go and see your doctor - or atleast tell somebody. My parents had no idea what i was going through because i'd kept it a secret since i was a child - and the relief i felt just telling them was a huge step in the right direction. You aren't alone in this no matter what you think and theres always someone willing to talk to you about things. 

You are also in no way, shape of form 'going crazy' - you are just like everyone else, it's just that your nervous system is a little more sensitive than other people’s. Unfortunately - I am one of those people. Nobody in my family gets them, and neither do my friends. So I'm pretty much alone when it comes to people close to me understanding what I sometimes have to go through - which is actually one of the hardest things about suffering with them.  People think you can just 'snap out of it' or 'calm down' - if it was that simple, then I'd be free of them forever by now! 

I won't go into this too much as i feel it would be a topic for another post, but I actually had CBT for my panic attacks - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. They helped me to understand what happened to my body when a panic attack struck and how to counteract the symptoms and my thought processes as best i could. They didn't cure the panic attacks - I'm not entirely sure anything ever will - but the things i learnt during the course of my sessions definitely helped me and I managed to get my life back on track with a lot of hard work and determination.

Accept them -
The more you dwell on them and the more you try to fight them, the worse they will be. I know if i'm going on holiday, for example, i WILL feel a little dodgy on the plane - there is no getting out of it - just let the anxiety do it's thing. Remind yourself you've had these feelings before, and that in a short while you will begin to feel better. I have just accepted now that i'll never be great when someone asks me to go on a long journey with them, or if i have to sit through a talk or go to a meeting in a crowded room - i'm going to feel like crap for a good half an hour or so. Take some water, tell someone you aren't feeling particularly well and you'll find it becomes much easier once you have voiced your concerns.

Ignore the Ignorant Sods -
Some people you tell, infact most people you tell won't understand. It's one of those things that you need to go through in order to 'get it’. Some people look at me like i'm absoloutely bonkers when I tell them about my ‘little secret’. Of course, this makes me feel a little embarrassed but you learn to accept that some people just haven't got a clue and their reaction is probably due to the fact they aren't sure what to say or aren’t informed enough to properly understand what the condition is.  People simply do not get that this is completely real - just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean its not there - it’s a genuine condition and people who have to battle with it need a little bit of TLC at times. I've even had people sit with me in the middle of having a panic attack who have turned to me and said 'stop it now, you're making it so much worse acting like this' ... In situations like this, i'd just rather be on my own. You shouldn't have to feel ashamed of being a sufferer of anxiety and the person getting frustrated telling you to 'snap out of it’ is one of the lucky one's never to have suffered with a panic attack.  Good on them. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean somebody feels fine - they don't need their arm in a sling and a bandage round their noggin to be feeling a bit 'iffy' on a certain day.

See the Positives
Yes, they do get you down and yes they aren't exactly something to be jolly about, but having panic attacks has made me who I am today and I believe in myself a lot more because of it.  I sometimes feel proud of myself for doing the most normal things people don't bat an eyelid over - for example, travelling somewhere far from home completely on my own or managing to get through a usual 'panic' situation without panicking - the feeling of accomplishment is a fabulous thing to feel - it's sometimes nice to give yourself a big pat on the back and it's great to see your confidence with certain situations grow. 

I've found that I'm quite ambitious and I can honestly say that some of my attitude is down to the fact I've always had to try and maintain a strong, positive mind set. It's almost like I want to prove the anxiety wrong in some way - to prove to myself and other sufferers that you don’t have to give up on your dreams because of the hurdles you might face. I feel positive that i’ll achieve what I want to achieve in life, even if it does mean I have to go about it in a slightly different way or it takes me a little longer to get there.  Of course, I wish I didn't have to deal with them and it would be a damn sight easier if i didn’t, but they have taught me a great deal about myself - about how strong I really can be.

There is unfortunately such a stigma attached to mental health and it really really gets my goat, let me tell you! I seriously hope this continues to change. If there was as many people talking about this back when i was at school doing my exams and if I knew i wasn't so alone i believe things wouldn't have been so difficult for me to deal with. My 22 year old self is a little more open and honest about things now - I think I just grew some balls (haha) and decided to be completely honest with people - I try not to care what people think.

Panic attacks are actually a pretty common thing. Its important to remember that they do not define who you are and with a little knowledge and practice, you really can kick them to the kurb!

Please feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment telling me about your experiences with this if you're a fellow sufferer.. This is such a personal post for me to publish but i hope that it has been of some interest/help to atleast one of you lovely bunch!

Monday 11 June 2012

Summer Smellies | The Body Shop Shower Gels

Shower Gel. Hmm.. not the most exciting of blog posts i hear you say? Yes, i suppose it isn't the most riveting thing in the world to post about but I just had to share with you these little fruity-beauties from The Body Shop. Being a mahoosive fan of their body butters and lip balms, i've also been partial to a bottle of their 'Fuzzy Peach' shower gel now and again; it's been a summer favourite ever since the scent first hit my nostrils a couple of years ago and I decided to branch out and try a few of the other scents in the range. 

I've been mostly using the 'Pink Grapefruit' scent at the moment (i'm a little bit 'OCD' with these things and often try and completely finish one before moving on to the next) and i have to say - it's my new favourite. They smell good enough to eat, look colourful and inviting sitting on your bathroom shelf and are just wonderful bottles of yummy-fruity-goodness - they also last AGES (it's took a fair few showers to get down that bottle of Grapefruit let me tell you!) The scent stays on your skin for a good while afterwards, and the summery-scents just give you a little boost in the mornings (fabulous for these not-so-summery days!) Priced at £4 they're a little more than your average soapy-goods, but are so worth it due to how long they last - they're perfect for a little treat and leave your skin moisturised and smelling like a fruit salad :) The next on my list is the ever-so popular 'Satsuma' Body Wash.. and i quite like the sound of 'Rasperry Ripple'. If you're more of a chocolate lover rather than a fruity-fan then they also have their 'Chocomania' range which i have yet to try..

What are your favourite Body Shop products?

Tuesday 5 June 2012

Revlon 'Dreamer'

If you're a regular on my blog, you'll know I'm ever so slightly addicted to blue right now. I bought this polish a while back and i've worn it countless times; it's just the perfect shade. It's a pastel colour, but one that is more noticeable on the nails due to it's powdery, dusky tones - i often find pastels don't show up much on my nails but this one is just the perfect pop of summery colour without being overpowering. Revlon polishes are one of my favourite nail polish brands; the bottles are just fabulous (the long lid makes application a dream) and they just look a little bit more 'luxury' when compared to other drugstore nail varnishes. They also last for quite a while on the nails without any serious chipping and don't need thousands of coats to achieve an opaque colour. 'Dreamer' is most definately becoming my most favourite polish of this season - if i'm ever stuck for what to wear, i'll reach for this. 

Whats your favourite summery polish of the moment?

(and to all of you who commented on my previous post about the TK Maxx dress - i bought it.. you little scoundrels convincing me ;))