Selfridges Summer Beauty Box

Sunday, 26 July 2015

You know when you’re left alone in someone else’s house and you’re not sure what to do with yourself? Well, that happened to me last week so I did the only thing I could; I went onto the Selfridges website and bought the Sumer Beauty Box.

I justified my purchase to myself by saying its £176.00 worth of products for £40.00 and my brain accepted this justification. I did also want a Tangle Teezer (thank you blogger hype) and a new lipstick which the Selfridges Summer Beauty Box contains so it was a total win win. Okay, enough with my reasons for purchasing it, let’s get into what lies within this Summer Beauty Box!

An oversized make up bag from Alphabet Bag – This cute little number is huge in comparison to my modest make up bags (I can literally fit my hold head into it) but I like it all the same. I think I might store my extensive list of post it notes in it.

Tangle Teezer – As previously mentioned, I wanted this particular item after reading a ridiculous amount of positive reviews for it. I’m getting bored of wrecking my hair while drying it so hopefully the Tangle Teezer will do my hair a favour.

Urban Decay Setting Spray – I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve pondered buying this and have then gotten distracted by a nail polish. I’m so happy to finally have the Urban Decay Setting Spray and I can’t wait to spray myself in the eye with it (you know it’s going to happen).

Illamasqua Lipstick in Luster – Oh pretty little pink lipstick how I love thee. I’m worried that this shade is going to be rather garish on me but hey, it wouldn’t be the first lipstick that looks completely wrong on me to grace my face.

Nars Lipgloss in Orgasm – I admit it, I don’t get the big deal with Nars Orgasm but I’ll happily try out the shade. I’m not a major lipgloss lover so this may end up forgotten in a drawer somewhere; there’s only so many times I can deal with my hair getting stuck to my lips after all.

Nails Inc Gel Nail Polish in Chiltern Street – I forgot that this was even going to be in the box so when I came across it I was rather happy. Pale pink nail polishes are so much effort but hopefully Nails Inc will have created the best pale pink nail polish imaginable.

James Read Day Tan – I don’t fake tan anymore so this product may be lost on me but I’m sure I can rekindle my love with the fake stuff. The only issue I have with fake tan (minus the smell and the stains it leaves on anything white) is I’m hideously pale so any change in colour is painfully obvious. Gradual tans are not gradual enough!

Rodial Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel – I thought this was something completely different when I first noticed it in the box; Dragons Blood makes it sound like something from The Hobbit or another equally current reference. As it turns out, it’s for assisting in the battle against aging which is fine for me as I can’t afford Botox.

Caudelie Grape Water – This sounds delicious and I want to drink it but I imagine that would destroy my insides. The Caudelie Grape Water promises to refresh, tone and moisturise and, like the Urban Decay Setting Spray, this will no doubt end up in my eye.

Starskin After Party Brightening – This mask is so going to make me look like Jason so I think I might keep it for Halloween. Who doesn’t want to scare children while doing some nice things for their skin?

Eyeko Fat Eyeliner – Liquid eyeliner and I do not get alone so I think this will end up in my eye too (this box is trying to destroy my vision) but I’m willing to pretend I am an eyeliner master while using it. If you ever see me in public with eyeliner all over my face you know what’s happened.

Clarins Eau des Jardins Smoothing Body Cream – I keep buying moisturisers from Lush which come in unfriendly travel packaging so this Clarins body cream will be popped into my overnight bag. At least I know there won’t be any annoying moisturiser explosions this way.

Starskin Instaglam Foaming Peeling Perfection Puff – A puff that foams and exfoliates while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles and revealing radiant skin? Sign me up! This can be used 3 times which is a little irritating considering its £7 per pack so it better be brilliant.

Ribband Sorbet – I had absolutely no idea what these were for ages (I’m such a poor excuse for a female) and I’ve only just realised they’re essentially hair ties. How silly of me

I’m so glad I was left alone in someone else’s house without knowing what to do with myself as if I hadn’t been, I still wouldn’t have a Tangle Teezer and my eyes wouldn’t be in any danger. Now if you’ll kindly excuse me, I’m going to see how dark that James Read Day Tan is going to make me.

A Lush Haul (For Everyone Else)

Thursday, 16 July 2015

I’ve been avoiding Lush like the plague recently as I’ve accumulated far too many Lush goodies. My Lush ban was all going well until I ran out of moisturiser and thought, hey, I haven’t used Sympathy for the Skin in ages.

Being the ever polite person I am (ha) I asked my parents and other half if they needed anything Lush related and as the words left my mouth my bank account started to cry. Somehow my plan to purchase Sympathy for the Skin turned into a shopping spree for my nearest and dearest. Whoops.

Okay so let’s start with the one thing I bought for myself. I’ve been trying all of Lush’s body lotions for the past year or so and Sympathy for the Skin has proved to be the best so far. It’s been a long time since I used this so I’m hoping it’s as good as I remember.

Next up are the things I got for my parents. My dad loves Lush’s soap so I was nice and got him 2. Dirty as the first one I grabbed due to its minty goodness and its delightful blue colour.

Miranda was the other soap I picked up after my other half shoved it in my face (he was trying to make me smell it before you start to think he attacks me with soap). This is a rather nice, light, fruity scented soap which hopefully my dad likes.

My mum only wanted one thing and that was a moisturiser. She decided to let me choose for her so I went for one I’ve never used. Vanilla Dee-Lite sounds and smells incredible so hopefully it lives up to the high expectations I have for it. Go vanilla!

My other half is turning into a Lush fiend and has been using my tub of Ocean Salt a lot recently. In order to save whatever I have left, I offered to get him his very own tub. Needless to say there wasn’t much of a protest and he somehow ended up with a larger tub than what I have.

As I’m writing this I realise he also likes using my tub of Big so I should have bought that too. Maybe turning him into a Lush fiend is beginning to backfire as he’s using all of my stuff!

I bought him Dirty Springwash last year and after discovering how great it is he demanded I got him a larger bottle. Of course I obliged and I ended up spending the rest of the day smelling very minty thanks to the bottle leaking onto me.

He also wanted more Dirty shaving cream which amused me greatly since he can barely grow facial hair (aww). This time he picked up a larger tub and threw it into our basket; I think someone was being awfully generous to himself.

Remind me to not ask anyone if they want anything next time I go to Lush. I thought I was going to make it in and out with only £10 leaving my purse but nope, I spent so much more than that. I think it’s about time they treat me to some things now, I wonder if I can get my mum to buy me a donut…

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water vs Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

While trying to be nicer to my skin (and buying into blogger’s hype in the process) I decided to purchase the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. After I steadily made my way through this 400ml bottle I ended up purchasing Simple’s version of such product and lowing behold, a comparison post was born!

Let’s start with the aforementioned 400ml first. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water offers up a rather generous helping of 400ml that is said to last for up to 200 uses. The Simple Micellar Cleansing Water on the other hand, comes in a 200ml bottle but it refrains from stating how many uses you can get out of it. Depending on where you purchase these products from you may end up paying a similar price for both; the Simple one isn’t doing so well right now is it?

When it comes to the actual product itself well, one of the brands left me incredibly disappointed. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water barely removes my make up. I can hold a cotton pad that’s soaked in this liquid on my eyelid for ages and guaranteed there will still be a lot of eyeshadow left.

Even when I attack my eyelids after my initial attempt I still can’t get the eyeshadow off. You can probably guess based on the fact it won’t remove my eye make up that it barely removes my foundation or powder and I wouldn’t even go near waterproof mascara with this product.

The Garnier version however, is incredible. It’s so good actually that I stopped using my many cleansers and cut back significantly on my skincare routine when using it. I would compare the performance of the Garnier version to Bioderma only it’s cheaper and much easier to get a hold of.

I would love to get into the nitty gritty details of the ingredients but I can’t even pronounce half of the things in either of the Micellar Cleansing Waters let alone tell you about them. As this is the case I think here is a good place to jump into the conclusion.

I think it’s safe to say that Garnier’s offering came up trumps in my book. The Simple one will be quickly used up (as will the cleanser that I’ve now had to introduce back into my skincare routine) and never repurchased again. The Garnier version has already been repurchased (hence why the bottle doesn’t look used in the pictures) and I’ve been eyeing it up every time I remove my make up. Oh how I miss the easiness of it.
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