Tuesday, 29 March 2016

NEW LUSH RELEASES

LUSH cosmetics new releases The comforter shower cream Rosy cheeks face mask Don't look at me face mask

Hi lovelies, apologies about my lack of posting this last week, I have been busy with assignments and a commission so I didn't get a chance to preschedule a post for Thursday and Monday like I normally do. I will post this one up today instead, and hopefully schedule a new post for this coming Thursday.

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of new products from Lush which I am really excited about! I was very kindly sent two of the products by the lovely people at Lush and bought the third one myself from a Lush store today.

THE COMFORTER SHOWER CREAM*//  I was probably the most excited about this shower cream out of all the products. The Comforter bubble bar is one of my absolute favourite Lush products and so having it in Shower cream form has made my dreams come true! Now I don't have to wait till I next have a bath to use my fave scent, I can now use it in the shower too! I've used it a couple of times since receiving it and let me tell you, it's looooovely! The scent is really warm and comforting (hah notice what I did there?) and it lightly remains on the skin after washing off. Each time I have used this, people have complimented me when they hug me, saying that I smell really good, which I must admit is a great relief!

DON'T LOOK AT ME*//  Okay, so this is by far the most exciting coloured mask I've ever seen. This product smells really fresh and citrus-y and contains little bits of ground rice to provide a nice exfoliating effect, (you know I love a good scrubby mask.) I've only used this once since being sent it, but I can already tell it is up there with my other Lush mask, Mask of Magnaminty. Because of its slight exfoliating effect, I would be careful about using this if you have very sensitive or overly dry skin, but for my skin type, it seems to be really well suited. I can't wait to try this more! Also, between you and me, it's a great mask to put on and then frighten people with. Just sayin.

ROSY CHEEKS//  I saw this mask in store a few days ago when I went into Lush with a friend, but I didn't buy it then. I was thinking about it heaps when I got home because it just smelt and looked so nice, so I went back to Lush today to buy it, (I have no willpower.) I plan to try it out tonight, and I can't wait! The lady in store was telling me that she used it when she had just come back from holiday and her skin was breaking out. Once she used this, it calmed her skin and cleared it up almost instantly! I will definitely give this a thorough test and get back to you about it!

Have you checked out any of the new product releases from Lush? What product are you most interested in trying?



Monday, 21 March 2016

REVIEW • TRILOGY HYDRATING MIST TONER


Hello lovelies! I hope you have all had a great weekend. Today I am going to share my thoughts on a product I was recently sent, and that product is Trilogy's Hydrating Mist Toner*. 
I have tried a fair share of the Trilogy range, and I've been really impressed by the quality of their products. Some of my favourite products of theirs being the Rosehip Oil* and the Mineral Radiance Mask*

The aim of this toner is to refresh the skin and provide instant moisture without feeling heavy. The thing I love most about this toner is that it doesn't contain any alcohol which means that it doesn't dry out my skin and make my face feel tight and uncomfortable. Plus, it contains lots of lovely flower essences (some of which being rose petal, lavender and geranium) to help soothe, balance and revitalise the skin. Because of these flower essences, it also means the product smells AMAZING!

I mostly use this after I've cleansed by skin and before I apply my moisturiser or facial oil, as cleansing or exfoliating can sometimes leave the skin a little dry. I also use this during the day if my skin needs a little pick-me-up, or after I've applied my make up to give a dewy look.

After using this toner in my skincare routine every night before bed, I have noticed a big difference in my skin's hydration. I used to get quite dry around my nose and in between my eyebrows, but this has significantly decreased the more I use this product. Because of its thin, watery consistency, I find it also soaks into my skin really nicely without feeling heavy or sticky (no one likes a sticky face). Not to mention, because of it's spray application, this product is suuuper quick and easy to use, so there's no need to faff about with cotton rounds.

The Hydrating Mist Toner is suitable for all skintypes, so if you haven't tried it already, I'd really urge you to give it a go if you get the chance. 

Have you tried any products from the Trilogy range? 



Thursday, 17 March 2016

CURRENTLY LOVING • MARCH 2016


I don't think I've done one of these sorts of posts for a while, so it's high time I did one! As you've probably noticed, I don't do monthly favourites on here, mainly because I don't change up what I use all too often. If I like something, I tend to stick with it until there is something else that I try that I think is better. Instead, I think these sorts of 'Currently Loving' posts are better suited to me, so I'd love to know what you think of them. Anyway, all that aside, let's get on with the products I've been loving lately!

SKINFOOD BLACK SUGAR MASK WASH OFF// I had seen plenty of reviews of this product over the years and about 98% seemed to be really positive. But for some reason, this wasn't enough to convince me to buy it. I figured, I was already pretty happy with the exfoliants I was currently using, and surely this wouldn't be too different from those. It wasn't until I stumbled upon the Asian Beauty Reddit that I realised I needed to try this mask/exfoliant. Basically the product is a pretty finely milled sugar scrub, (as the name would suggest) that you are supposed to rub onto your skin in circular motions and then leave on for 10 minutes before washing off. All I can say is, I wish I tried this earlier! It does such a brilliant job at sloughing away dead skin cells and nasty dry bits around my nose. I find it's actually gentler than the St Ives Apricot Scrub, which I still love, don't get me wrong, but I feel I could use this more often than I could with the St Ives scrub. After using the Skinfood mask, I notice my skin absorbs my other skincare a lot more effectively and my complexion looks noticeably brighter and more even. I'll with a doubt be repurchasing this when I run out.
(don't try tasting this mask, I know it smells edible but it's really not. Don't let that deceive you okay?)

INNISFREE WATER GLOW CUSHION// I'm a big fan off light weight, and light coverage base products, so naturally, BB creams tend to work well for me. In the past I have tried the Holika Holika Aqua Petite Jelly BB, which I really liked, but I wanted to find another that was a slightly lighter coverage. When I was looking online for good BB creams for fair skin, I came across the Innisfree Water Glow Cushion in the shade #13 and having tried and really enjoyed the Innisfree Eco Safety No Sebum Sunblock, I decided to give this BB a go. I've been using this BB cream for just over 2 weeks now and It has already become my favourite base product! It perfectly matches my skin tone, not too yellow, not too pink and it applies so smoothly and looks really natural on the skin. Having oily skin, I was interested to see how 'glowy' this would look on my skin, and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it looked! It didn't look oily or slick, it just looked really fresh and dewy. Another definite repurchase.

INNISFREE NO-SEBUM MINERAL POWDER// Another great product from Innisfree is their No-Sebum Mineral Powder. As I mentioned before, I have combo skin, which means my T-zone can get quite oily, so powder is a MUST for me. I've tried many powders in the past, but none seemed to last that long on my skin, and I would need to constantly reapply to stay shine free. The Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder on the other hand does an excellent job at keeping the shine at bay. It is a really finely milled translucent loose powder that you apply with a puff onto your T-zone, (or wherever you get oily) to give a matte but not at all cakey finish to the skin. I was quite surprised at how tiny the container is when it arrived in the mail, but then I realised that you only need a little bit of product to get results. If you have oily/combo skin, I would really suggest you give this a go.

MANUKA DOCTOR APINOURISH AGE DEFYING EYE CREAM*// For a couple of years, I've had quite dry under eyes, which meant that when I would apply concealer it would cake and flake, which was never a cute look. I also have quite crinkly eyes when I smile, which would only exacerbate the problem. since last year I had been using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Roll-on, which I really like and still do use, but I wanted something that would help to brighten and plump as well as hydrate. The Apinourish Age Defying Eye cream* does just that! Manuka honey helps to hydrate the skin under and around the eyes, while the Purified bee venom helps to improve collagen elasticity. While this eye cream is 'age defying', I personally think it works great for me. I've noticed a decrease in the dryness under my eyes and the fine lines are less noticeable. I've also noticed the darkness under my eyes has begun to lighten a bit, so I can only imagine the results after using this for longer. I use this morning and night, and I just love the cooling effect this has when I apply it. It's like applying cucumber slices to your eyes, minus the mess and the waste of a good old cuc.

What products are you currently loving? Have you tried any of the items featured in this post?


Sunday, 13 March 2016

MY ART • RECENTLY FINISHED PORTRAIT


Hello hello! It's been a while since I've posted some of my art on here, and I've just recently finished a portrait I've been working on, so I figured I'd dedicate a post to that.

For the past couple of months, I've been working on a portrait of the beautiful and ever so lovely Holly from Simple Things. I have been a long time follower of hers on Instagram and ever since then I'd wanted to paint a portrait of her. I contacted her to ask if I would have her permission to paint her, and she was really keen! Overall, the painting took around 25 hours to paint.

I don't really know what else to say as I feel pretty awkward writing about my own work, so I'll leave it at this. If you want to keep up to date with my most recent paintings, you can follow me on Instagram

I hope you all have a lovely week ahead!

Thursday, 10 March 2016

BOOKS: TBR #4


Firstly, I just wanna give myself a little pat on the back because I have been doing really well with my goal of reading more this year. Last year started out pretty good, but after a couple of books, I sort of lost momentum and didn't reach my Goodreads aim of 12 books, even though, that's not that many books. So far, this year I have read 7 books out of 15, so I feel that this year will be the year I reach my goal!

Today I picked up these two books from the library and I can't wait to get started on them both!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo - Honestly when I first heard of this book I thought it kinda sounded like something your mum would place on your bed as a subtle hint that you need to tidy your room, but then I kept seeing it popping up on other people's blogs, so I decided I needed to see what all the fuss is about. I have to admit, I am not the best at keeping my room tidy, so this may be a very beneficial book to me. We'll just have to wait and see.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - Similarly to the previous book, I also saw a lot of book bloggers talking about this book, so again, like the bandwagon jumper I am, I needed to check it out. From my limited knowledge of this book, the story appears to be about a girl called Madeline who has some kind of condition which prevents her from leaving her house, the only people she is in contact with being her mum and her nurse. One day a family moves into the house next door and the boy, Olly captures Madeline's attention and I guess a relationship blossoms.. (? or something?) Anyway, I look forward to reading this one as I've heard it's had a positive reception.

What's on your TBR list this month?


Sunday, 6 March 2016

FAVOURITE FACE MASKS

Origins Drink Up Intensive, Lush Mask of Magnaminty, Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask, Manuka Doctor

If you didn't know already, I love me a good face mask. I try to do a face mask at least 1-2 times a week, depending how my skin is doing and I really feel they make a huge difference in the appearance and texture of my skin. Today i want to share with you my four favourite face masks that I reach for often. I really love Korean sheet masks as well, but I felt like they would be better fitted in a different post, so If you are keen to hear my thoughts on those, please let me know.

THE LEAVE ON MASK//  I've definitely talked about this on here a couple of times before, but that just goes to show how much I love it! The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is like a huge glass of water for your skin. Containing avocado and apricot oils, this leave on mask helps to deeply hydrate the skin and give the appearance of a plumped and fresh complexion. Despite having oily/ combo skin, this mask does a great job at hydrating the dry patches on my face without causing any problems on the oily areas. A definite repurchase.

THE CLAY MASK//  I love to do a clay mask when my skin is feeling really congested and oily and in great need of a detox. My mask of choice for this is the Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask*. The mineral rich kaolin clay helps to draw out impurities embedded in the skin and the Pohutukawa extract helps to tone and regenerate, while the rosehip and evening primrose help to nourish and hydrate. I also prefer this clay based mask over other clay masks I've tried in the past because it doesn't dry out my skin, which only ever makes the skin produce more oil. 

THE PEEL OFF MASK//  Peel off masks are undoubtedly the most fun to use, completely taking me back to when I would apply glue to my palms in primary school in order to satisfyingly peel off the dried residue. While very similar, this peel off mask by Manuka Doctor's ApiClear range* is definitely a lot more beneficial to the skin than PVA glue is. Containing Bee Venom and Manuka Honey, this mask leaves the skin glowing and firm, and helps to clear away blackheads and blemishes. The act of peeling off the mask helps to lift away dead skin cells and stimulates skin cell renewal.

THE EXFOLITATING MASK//  The final mask I want to share with you is by Lush and it is their ever popular Mask of Magnaminty. This mask contains evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate the skin, while the Peppermint oil helps to stimulate and the Marigold oil and chlorophyllin designed to treat the skin. I like to use this mask when my skin is looking a little dull and in need of a mask as well as an exfoliation. It's also a bonus that this mask smells exactly like mint slice biscuits! Again, another definite repurchase! (I'm already onto my second pot!)

Have you tried any of these? What are your top face masks?


Saturday, 5 March 2016

WHERE I'VE BEEN FOR THE PAST LITTLE WHILE


Hi lovelies, as you may have noticed, I've been absent from the blog for a little while and I'm really sorry about that because I really wanted to put out some posts before I started back at uni. This time however, my absence wasn't because of a lack of inspiration to post or even just being plain lazy. Instead it was because I was in hospital with appendicitis. 

On the 20th of Feb, I woke up with severe stomach pain, which I put down to having had oily Fish and Chips for dinner the night before. However, later that day, the pain hadn't subsided and it had settled into my lower right side. My dad (who is a GP) called up the hospital to try and see if I would be able to be booked in for an ultrasound scan. They advised me to come into the hospital the following day (Sunday) and they would try and book be in for a scan.

The next morning my dad drove me to the hospital where I filled in my forms and eventually met with a nurse who did all the usual tests, one of which being a blood test. (I HATE BLOOD TESTS/NEEDLES). After that, various nurses and student doctors etc. came in to ask me lots of questions and prod my stomach. After a couple of hours of waiting around and one ward transfer later, I was told that I wouldn't be getting my ultrasound until early the next day and they told me that they wanted to monitor me overnight until then. Like most people, I was not keen at all to stay in the hospital overnight, so my dad managed to convince the nurses to grant me hospital leave (seeing as both my parents are in the medical field and the hospital is close to where I live) and I was to come back at 7am the next morning for my scan.

The next morning I woke up bright and early and accompanied by my mum, I returned to the hospital, where I was given a bed and more blood tests, fluid etc. Oh, I forgot to say, they had told me not to eat anything from 2am the night before, so I was really hungry at this point! Eventually a nurse returned to tell me that my ultrasound would be in about an hour, which I must say was a relief considering from this scan they would be able to tell me what was wrong! The nurse gave me a litre of water to drink before the scan (your bladder has to be full in order for them to see your organs clearly on the monitor).
Finally, after what felt like ages, I was wheeled in a wheelchair down to the room where I would get my scan. After drinking all that water in addition to the fluid they had been pumping into my arm, I was freezing! ha! The person who was wheeling me grabbed me 3 extra blankets to keep me warm, and I have to say, once I was all wrapped up in blankets, I looked a little like Jesus! (If Jesus was a girl and hooked up to an IV.)

I won't bore you with details of the scan or the long wait for the results, but basically the doctors who looked at my scans noticed that my appendix was much larger than it was supposed to be and very inflamed and surround by fluid (lovely). They said that they wanted to operate the next day. I'd never been put under General Anaesthetic before so I was really nervous. That night I was transferred to another ward where I spent the night.

[Fast forward to Tuesday]

Knowing that I was to have surgery, I didn't get much sleep the previous night. That morning, my mum returned to visit me before my surgery and basically try to stop me from getting wrapped up in my worried thoughts! At around 12.30pm ish my bed was wheeled into the theatre where I was told what was going to happen during the operation and what to expect when I wake up. They told me how the process of anaesthesia worked and made me feel a little less anxious about what was to come. After a little while, I was brought into the operating room where I had to climb from my bed onto the operating table (ever so gracefully). I remember them putting an oxygen mask over my mouth and nose and then the woman who was administering the anaesthesia told me she was putting a muscle relaxant into my IV and I would begin to feel it working in about 2 minutes. Sure enough it started working and the ceiling started swinging and my eyes felt like they were rolling around in their sockets. I felt really loose and floaty which was quite nice in contrast to how I was feeling around 5 minutes prior! I remember saying that I felt dizzy and was scared that I would fall off the table (thankfully I didn't). The last thing I remember before she put in the anaesthesia, was her telling off the doctors for talking too loudly. heh!
After what felt like no time had passed, I woke up in recovery with the oxygen mask still on and very very dry lips. They removed the mask when they saw I was awake and asked me how I was feeling. They asked me what my pain was like from 1-10. I said 5, but only because I thought that was a nice number and it made perfect sense to me at the time. I later told the nurse I was actually in quite a bit of pain, (more like a 7 or an 8) so she put some pain relief into my IV. For the rest of the afternoon I was really sleepy and quite frankly, felt like a big ol' slug.

Anyway, I won't bore you with too many more details of post surgery, but basically I was really exhausted and sore. I felt nauseous every time I sat up or tried to stand and this nausea lasted for a few days after I went home, hence the reason I really couldn't bring myself to write any blog posts.

Now it's been about a week and a half since my surgery and I've recovered a lot. I was scared that I would miss the first week back at uni, but thankfully I didn't. my incisions are still a bit sore and I'm not allowed to lift anything heavy for a little while, (already broke that rule...whoops!)

Now that I'm feeling better I'd love it if you could leave any blog post requests in the comments below this post and I shall get onto writing those up for you. Thank you for being patient with me. After I'm done writing this post, I have two other posts ready to put up in the next couple of days so you can look forward to those!

Thanks to those who sent me a text, visited me in hospital, messaged me on Facebook or tweeted me while I was in hospital. While I fully realise that my surgery was nothing major and other people have gone through a lot more than me, your support meant a lot to me while I was going through this new and pretty scary experience. Thank you again, and I shall see you in my next blog post.


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