Thursday, 30 August 2012

Ojon Damage Reverse: Restorative Hair Treatment Plus

Last month a beautiful box was delivered to my house containing four Ojon products. I've heard about Ojon products before from magazines, blogs, YouTube etc. but the price had always deterred me from buying them so I was so happy to be given the opportunity to review them by Boots.


Boots have just recently launched their premium haircare ranges online including Bumble and Bumble and Ojon, with premium haircare counters coming to larger stores in late August to September. Use this store locator to find out when these brands are coming to a store near you. Excitingly, Ojon counters will have a hair advisor to help you choose the right products for your hair type and Bumble and Bumble will have a BB Bar with a stylist!

My hair type - My hair is very long, quite thick and is cut into long layers. The length and thickness means that my ends can become quite dry however my roots need a good clean as they get oilier, quicker than the rest. The texture of my hair is generally quite soft so without the use of other products, it can be hard to get volume or texture. Naturally my hair has some wave but that depends on how it's dried and the humidity. 


Damage Reverse: Restorative Hair Treatment Plus - Boots - £32.50 (100ml)

"New lighter scent! This cult classic is now purified using an exclusive double-filtration method and fortified with nature's golden elixir plus Rouge Oleifera to create the next generation of our deeply restorative treatment. After just one treatment, it helps restore vibrant health looking health to damaged hair. Plus helps increase hair's strength against breakage. Hair is soft, silky and manageable. A must-have for lifeless, dull, brittle, frizzy, flyaway or unmanageable hair."

For me, this was the stand out product of the range of products that I tried. This magical pot contains a soft waxy product that transforms into an oily texture when rubbed together in your hands, then the oil can be massaged into dry hair. The treatment will saturate the hair, leaving it oily and greasy feeling so if you have long hair you  might want to protect your clothing from any residue. 

What's great about this product is that you can use it from the scalp to the ends of your hair unlike some deep conditioners, you just have to make sure you thoroughly shampoo it out. After the treatment has been applied to the dry hair it can be left for a short amount of time or put into a shower cap and left overnight. The instructions also say you can apply low heat from a hairdryer to assist the process.

Once the treatment has been left in for the right amount of time, depending on the condition of your hair, you can wash your hair as usual, making sure to shampoo out all of the product. 

When I used this my hair felt softer than it has with any other conditioning treatment. My hair's pretty soft anyway therefore I only used it on the length and ends of my hair, so I thought I would get my Mam to try it out on her hair because it's damaged and prone to frizz from years of bleach. We both saw a difference in the condition and look of her hair so I definitely think this would be great for people who regularly dye their hair or use a lot of heat, as a weekly treatment. I also gave some to a friend to try and she said her hair looked amazing after she'd used it and really helped control frizz. 

The smell of this product is similar to other Ojon products, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea. This particular product has a lighter scent but you might want to have a sniff of the products in-store before buying if your sensitive to scented products. 

The price of this product is high when compared to cheaper products that claim to do a similar job but I found that this really worked and would be worth the money if I had damaged or very dry hair. It also comes in a 50ml pot for £16 which would be great for first time users.

Boots currently having a competition to win 1 of 10 Ojon hampers worth over £150! Enter here.

Read my review of the Ojon Volume Advance Shampoo, Conditioner and Mousse here.

Love Georgia xxx

*DISCLAIMER: I received these products as I am part of the Boots product testing panel. Some products are sent for me to try as they fit the profile I have given and others I can apply to try. Boots receive these products from brands that are available or about to be available in Boots stores so that the panel will try them out and review them on Boots.com. Panel members don't receive financial compensation or incentives for reviewing the products online. I have chosen to share these products, as I would like to review them for my blog as well as on Boots.com. I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on Boots.com.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Lipstick Addiction: How Many Is Too Many?


Picture taken 2nd of April 2012, my lip collection may or may not have slightly expanded since then. Surprisingly this is just lipsticks or lipstick type products (Collection 2000 Cream Puffs/Lip Creams and Sleek Pout Paints included) and lipglosses weren't included. 

35 in total, sadly sorted into colour groups.

This brings me to the big question: how many lipsticks is too many?


I'm in serious denial because I don't believe I have that many until I see them all together. Maybe this is because some are similar colours, were bought together or are kept in different handbags so they're never all seen together but I do have to admit that it's becoming a problem.

When I think about it, I am quite picky about what I consider to be a great or my favourite lip product, as some that I buy and try I can't stand the smell of or the formula's too drying so I don't 100% love all of these but I still use and enjoy them.

Now at the moment I have a serious craving for the Mac lipstick in Creme Cup, as it isn't like anything I own but as it's a light pink it would be really versatile and I would get a lot of wear out of it. However can I really justify another lipstick joining the family?

Because my lip product drawer is completely full, I do have a good range of colours and a few similar colours in my collection, should I maybe start a 'one in, one out' policy when it comes to buying lipsticks? Initially it sounds like a fabulous idea until I remember that I think I've only ever completely finished one lipstick in my whole life (an old Clinique one my mam gave me years ago). Facepalm.

So over the next couple of months, whether I cave in at the cosmetics counters or not, I'm still going to consciously try to use more of these or evaluate my lipstick collection.

In my defence, if you're worried about the amount of money I've spent on 35 (or now possibly more?) lipsticks, most of these I bought for under £5 e.g. NYX, Rimmel, 17, Collection 2000 etc. or on multi-buy offers and 3 out of 4 of the Mac lipsticks I have are Viva Glam charity lipsticks - who knew a lipstick addiction could make you so charitable!

Won't somebody join me in sharing their lipstick/lip product/personal addiction below?


Love Georgia xxx

*Reading this post back makes me feel terribly shallow that I can write a whole post on my big problem of having too many lipsticks but lets just say lipstick is my hobby - #firstworldproblems?*

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Barry M Lipstick in Coral 53: Review and Swatches



This Barry M lipstick in Coral was my first foray into coral lipsticks a couple of summers ago and oh how my collection has grown since. Barry M lipsticks are kind of infamous on blogs and YouTube as although they're popular, they do have a reputation for their strange formulas. 

The pictures of this actually make me think 'oh what a nice lipstick you have there' but unfortunately for me in real life this is not the case. Although the colour on camera looks quite flattering, the tone of it just doesn't suit my skin tone and looks odd, which I noticed on some pictures that were taken of my when I was wearing this. This might also be down to the finish which is slightly frosty and really not my cup of tea. 


Sadly the formula also feels drying and doesn't apply creamy or smooth, so it's one of those lipsticks which sits on the lips and feels strange, dry and uncomfortable so much that I end up like biting it off (disgusting I know). The lines in my lips stand out too much if I ever wear this and it really accentuates any dry patches which isn't really too attractive.



It's a shame because although this looks like something I'd enjoy, I don't wear it at all because of all it's faults.

However since I bought this shade a couple of years ago, Barry M have released a few more shades which apparently have a creamier texture so I would be willing to try out more shades in the future. 


Barry M Lipstick in Coral 53 - Boots - £4.49


Love Georgia xxx

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Amelia Lily 'You Bring Me Joy' Music Video Inspired Look #2


Clockwise from top:
Miso Fringe Waistcoat - Republic - £25
Chestnut Brown Basic Vest - New Look - £3.99
Romie Frayed Denim Shorts in Navy - Missguided - £19.99
Converse All star Ox Low Optical White Canvas - Office - £42.99


From top:
Gold Cross Rope Necklace - New Look - £4.99
Gold Tone Cross Drop Earrings - River Island - £3.99
Cross Slot Ring - Topshop - £8.50
Spiked Cord Friendship Bracelet in Green - ASOS - £4 SALE
Nail Paint in Peach Melba NP318 - Barry M - £2.99
Charm Thread Wrap Bracelet - Topshop - £10
Pointed Cross Necklace in Gold- Urban Outfitters - £7 SALE
Spike Stretch Bracelet in Copper - ASOS - £8

Amelia Lily - You Bring Me Joy (Official Music Video)

I loved Amelia Lily's style when she was on the X Factor UK last year and now she's releasing her first single, I love the looks that she wears. The second look from her 'You Bring Me Joy' music video is also laid back and simple but uses accessories to give some edge and personality. She wears so many accessories in the video that I couldn't get my inspired picks all on one image! I love the fringed waistcoat layered over a simple vest and shorts as it adds some texture and layers without adding too much more warmth, which is great in hotter weather and would look great over a bikini. I love her layered accessories as well, it's a really simple way to add to a plain outfit.

See Look #1 here


Love Georgia xxx

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Ojon Volume Advance Shampoo, Conditioner and Mousse: Review

Last month a beautiful box was delivered to my house containing four Ojon products. I've heard about Ojon products before from magazines, blogs, YouTube etc. but the price had always deterred me from buying them so I was so happy to be given the opportunity to review them by Boots.



Three of the products I was sent to review were from the Volume Advance range and the other product was their Damage Reverse mask. I'm going to review the Damage Reverse mask separately.

Boots have just recently launched their premium haircare ranges online including Bumble and Bumble and Ojon, with premium haircare counters coming to larger stores in late August to September. Use this store locator to find out when these brands are coming to a store near you. Excitingly, Ojon counters will have a hair advisor to help you choose the right products for your hair type and Bumble and Bumble will have a BB Bar with a stylist!

My hair type - My hair is very long, quite thick and is cut into long layers. The length and thickness means that my ends can become quite dry however my roots need a good clean as they get oilier, quicker than the rest. The texture of my hair is generally quite soft so without the use of other products, it can be hard to get volume or texture. Naturally my hair has some wave but that depends on how it's dried and the humidity. 



Volume Advance: Volumizing Shampoo - Boots - £18

'Prevents shampooing from becoming fine hair's undoing. Washing poses a double whammy for fine hair. First - fine hair is weak and has low resistance to harsh cleansers. But unless cleansed well, scalp oils weigh thin hair down and make lasting volume a challenge. This volume-boosting coconut-derived cleanser fortified with pure Ojon™ oil, nature's hair-repairing golden elixir, plus protein-rich Peruvian Amaranth gently removes dulling dirt, oil and product build up that drag hair down and potentially damage it. Hair feels lighter, cleaner and more buoyant. Even baby-fine, lifeless hair comes alive.'

I thought this range sounded like what I was looking for from a shampoo  but now I've tried the shampoo and conditioner I've realised that this isn't really for me. I found the shampoo didn't get my hair as clean as I would like. Ojon's description states that the shampoo 'gently removes' all the things from your hair that weigh it down and make it feel greasy but gently doesn't seem to work for me. I didn't find this a bad product though and I did enjoy the smell. I think this would work best on finer hair that isn't particularly greasy.

At the moment, I personally don't need to spend this kind of money on a shampoo because my hair doesn't need any specialist care or products.

Volume Advance: Volumizing Conditioner - Boots - £19.50

'Poufs up fine, limp hair with lightweight body. It's a protein boost for fine, limp hair. This daily volumizing conditioner fortified with pure Ojon™ oil, nature's hair-repairing golden elixir, plus Peruvian Amaranth, Lemongrass Extract, Soy and Wheat Protein helps hydrate hair from inside the hair shaft out to increase volume. Special micro-boosters help support and firm fine hair's structure so it can hold voluminous styles all day. Flat, deflated, pin-head hair poufs up and looks full of itself. Hair is full, soft and shiny.'

Again I don't think this conditioner was for me. It did an average job at conditioning the ends of my hair and it did feel light so it was good to use further up the lengths of my hair. However I do like to use an intensive conditioner on the ends of my hair as they do get drier.

For my hair and when compared to this duo, I preferred the Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo and Conditioner which I've repurchased many times. The shampoo did a better job at cleaning my hair and keeping it feeling light and the conditioner was similar to the Ojon one.

Volume Advance: Volumizing Mousse - Boots - £20 

'The powerful blend of natural volumizers work on contact to help give fine, limp hair maximum lift, body, bounce, and flexible hold.'

This actually made my hair a little frizzy and tangled when I blow dried my hair with this applied. I noticed that my hair was more voluminous though but I still had to apply some dry shampoo to give more volume. I wouldn't want to use this every time I dry my hair as the texture can sometimes be a little stiff in the hair.

Although my thoughts on these products have been that for me they're nothing ground-breaking, the other product I was sent has made more of an impact so look out for that review coming soon.

Boots are currently offering a free 50ml Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment when you buy any Ojon product online - full range here.

Has anyone else tried Ojon or decided to take the plunge into premium haircare?

Love Georgia xxx

*DISCLAIMER*: I received this product/these products as I am part of the Boots product testing panel. Some products are sent for me to try as they fit the profile I have given and others I can apply to try. Boots receive these products from brands that are available or about to be available in Boots stores so that the panel will try them out and review them on Boots.com. Panel members don't receive financial compensation or incentives for reviewing the products online. I have chosen to share these products on my blog as I feel the reviews I post for Boots would be relevant for readers of this blog.
I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on Boots.com.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

G21 at Asda: Best Of


Clockwise from top:

Stripe Knit Jumper - £15

The jumper is adorable and would be great with skinny jeans and pumps or boots for colder days.

Fluorescent Trim Blazer - £14

The piping on the black blazer really gives it a bit of an edge and would be a great way to embrace the neon trend without feeling like a raver.

Scuba Peplum Top - £14

This is so Kim Kardashian! The scuba neckline, the peplum detail and even the colours make me think of Kim and with black skinny jeans, trousers or leather effect leggings this would look amazing.

Animal Print Peg Leg Trousers - £14

I love anything leopard print but at the moment I love the dip dye prints with a mixture of all different colours. These trousers look so comfy that I wish I could pull this shape off but they over emphasise my pear shaped figure. Simple black vest + a blazer = an easy outfit.

Paisley Print Top - £12

The mixture of colours and the paisley print is so cute on this. All the high street shops have lots of paisley prints in at the moment and the size of the print with the colours makes this a slightly more understated nod to the trend.

Last week I went to an Asda Living store where they sell clothes, electronics, homeware etc. and I was surprised by G21's new season collection.  G21 is Asda's clothing range aimed at under 21's but most of the pieces aren't too age specific. The clothes from this range do tend to be priced a little higher than some of the items from the original George range but they are still competitively priced against shops like New Look and River Island which sell similar, fashion forward pieces for a lot more. The G21 range is always inspired by this seasons trends, colours and prints with quite a few designer inspired pieces.

I love the colour palette they've chosen for their current season range - autumn/winter doesn't have to be dull.  

Love Georgia xxx

Monday, 13 August 2012

Models Own Tropical Sun: NOTD 4/8/12


This nail polish has definitely been a summer favourite. Tropical Sun is a sheer coral polish with a gold shimmer/sheen. The sheerness of the polish does mean that it takes 3 coats to start looking more opaque but the nail line/shadow is still a little visible. For a more intense colour and opaque finish you can use this polish as a top coat over orange, coral or peach nail colours. Tropical Sun is from Model's Own's Beetlejuice collection and I really want the shade Indian Ocean, a blue with purple shimmer, after loving this one so much.

As with all the regular Model's Own polishes that I've tried, Tropical Sun applies really easily, dries in a good amount of time and lasts well on the nails without chipping. 


Model's Own Nail Polish in Tropical Sun - Boots - £5


Model's Own is also available from their website.

Love Georgia xxx

Yes Man by Danny Wallace: Book Review


"Danny Wallace had been staying in. Far too much. Having been dumped by his girlfriend, he really wasn't doing the young, free and single thing very well. Instead he was avoiding people. Texting them instead of calling them. Calling them instead of meeting them. That is until one fateful date when a mystery man on a late-night bus told him to 'say yes more'. These three simple words changed Danny's life forever. Yes Man is the story of what happened when Danny decided to say YES to everything, in order to make his life more interesting. And boy, did it get more interesting."

I picked this up last month in Oxfam on the same day I bought quite a few other books (post here) and I'd wanted to read it for ages. Danny Wallace is one of those authors who's book I thought I'd enjoy but have never gotten around to reading. This book made a great change from some of the wishy washy rubbish I end up being drawn to initially and at the moment I'm less interested in. 

I really enjoyed this book, the writer's sense of humour cracked me up all the way through; it's that sort of British sarcasm and awkwardness. The book is autobiographical but it's written so well, you'd think it was made up! It did also get me thinking about how saying no too much can make an impact on your life and how you do have to take some chances and say yes to experience some great things - very deep I know.

Yes Man by Danny Wallace - Amazon - £5.59 (or used from £2.77 P+P included)


You might have heard of the film based on this book, also called Yes Man starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, but I watched the film after reading the book and it is just inspired by the idea of a man whose been dumped and life is becoming boring so he decides to say yes to everything. Bradley Cooper is the main character's best friend in the film too - yum yum.

After finishing this book I managed to find 'Friends Like These' also by Danny Wallace in a charity shop, which is about him seeing what has happened to his best friends from school - so far I'm impressed.

Love Georgia xxx

Sunday, 12 August 2012

EOTD: Tan and Peach 2/8/12

I was inspired by a tutorial by Give Good Face on YouTube for Leopard Eyes and although I decided not to go ahead and add the leopard print, I love the colours that the make up artist applied. He started with an orange shadow across the lid and blended a coral shadow into the crease.



I started with a Barry M Dazzle Dust in Tan 39 across the lid, a gold loose shadow which has some orange tones for a more daytime look.


Note: my camera hasn't shown the peach crease as strongly as it was in real life - sadface

I then added a mixture of two peach matte shadows from the Sleek Oh So Special palette (3rd from top left and 1st on bottom left), which I never know how to use but they're actually great for blending out and using in the crease. I love the way that a touch of a peach/coral tone on the eye blends in with similar tones in blusher and lips to give a really subtle all over look. If you don't have any peach/coral/orange toned shadows you could use powder blusher instead, just make sure to test out on the back of your hand how pigmented it'll apply on the eyes.

To finish the look, I added a very small line of brown gel liner, some of the tan shadow underneath and mascara because I was going to work so I didn't want the eyes to look too dramatic. I kept the rest of the face pretty simple too: my usual light/medium foundation, natural brows, lots of bronzer and a peachy lipstick, but it's amazing how a bit of peach and orange tones on the eyes will really enhance a tan.

Barry M Dazzle Dust in Tan 39 - Boots - £4.50
(Also available at Superdrug)
Sleek Oh So Special Palette - Sleek Online Store - £7.99
(May still available in some Superdrug Stores)

Other make up used:
Maybelline Gel Liner in Brown
Maybelline Collosal Cat Eye Effect

Love Georgia xxx

Amelia Lily 'You Bring Me Joy' Music Video Inspired Look #1


From top:
Eyelure Intense Lashes in 140 - ASOS - £5.25
Studded Biker Jacket - Topshop - £65.00
White Roll Back Sleeve T-Shirt - River Island - £9.00
Multi-Chain Necklace - Forever 21 - £5.65

Amelia Lily - You Bring Me Joy (Official Music Video)

I loved Amelia Lily when she was on the X Factor so I'm so excited that she's releasing music. Her first release 'You Bring Me Joy' is a combination of her strong voice and a dance beat, very catchy. Amelia developed a great style when she was on X Factor with her pink hair and rock influenced fashion and now she's gone back to bleach blonde and is showing a more laid-back but rocky style.

This look is the first of 2 from her video. Unfortunately this outfit is only shown a few times from the waist up but I still love the laid-back style, perfect for uni with jeans or shorts on the bottom. I'm putting together the post for the 2nd look which is shown for most of the video so look out for that.

Love Georgia xxx

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Strawberry

I was tempted to buy this after I saw it on Tanya Burr's (Pixi2woo) blog, and possibly a tutorial too, last May. I was a little disappointed after I'd worn this a few times though because I find the glitter in the formula too much. However there's no doubt that this a beautiful colour and a hard one to describe as sometimes it looks more orangey red, then a pink red and other times has a pink/blue sheen. The pictures Revlon give of this gloss show it as a pink colour but on me it definitely leans more towards a pink/red. 



Although these pictures show it alone on my lips, I do love the effect it gives over a similar coloured lipstick as it does have lots of shimmer and glitter for a really sparkly look.

I can't comment on the formula of all of the Colorburst glosses in the range but apart from my grudge with the silver glitter, it is a good formula - non sticky and doesn't smell bad. Now onto my glitter grudge, this gloss contains silver glitter which I feel makes it look a bit much for daytime wear (doesn't show as much on photographs of lips) and when it wears off, my lips are left with chunks of silver glitter on them.



The shape of the brush is different from any I've seen as it fits on the lips perfectly, however it does need wiping off or else it'll be a gloss overload. The packaging is also so cute with a Chanel style, quilted lid and I haven't had any trouble with the lipgloss leaking from the tube.


Even though I was a little let down by this gloss, I would consider buying other ones from the range but I would inspect them in store to see if they contain chunky glitter. There's a peach shade and a lilac pink one which are calling my name but they're a little more expensive then other glosses so are less likely to be an impulse buy.

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Strawberry - Boots - £7.99

Love Georgia xxx

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Pink: Selena Gomez TCA 2012 Inspired


I love this DSquared2 dress that Selena Gomez wore to the Teen Choice Awards. It's such a unique and cute shade of pink. I don't think I could pull off a dress in this colour but her dress works because it's such a simple design and shows off her figure so well. Accessories or single pieces are a great way to bring a little bit of pink into your life without feeling like a walking cupcake or a fairy princess.

Clockwise from top left:
Selena Gomez in DSquared2
Reverse Cross Tank - Topshop - £16
Quentinne Contrast & Padlock Detail Bag in Fuschia - Boohoo - £25
Pink Bow Push Up Bikini Top - Topshop - £13
Cream Blusher in Promise - Illamasqua - £16.50
Peep Toe Heels in Neon Pink - Austique - £220
Vest Dress in Electric Pink - Superdry - £16.99

Love Georgia xxx

NOTD: w7 Cosmic Purple 27/7/12


W7 is brand that intrigues me. The products are quite cheap and seem to be inspired by other brands but they aren't always easily available. I've seen W7 products in various places but they aren't sold in Superdrug and Boots, mostly independent retailers. I've bought W7 before from a cosmetics stand in the Metrocentre, Gateshead and I've also seen W7 in Xtras in Eldon Square, Newcastle but a large range of their products are available online.


As I said, a lot of their products seem inspired by other brands for example their box powders resemble Benefit's or their nail polish bottles look very similar to OPI polishes. This doesn't mean that they are direct dupes but I'm definitely interested in buying a few of their products to test out.

This polish in Cosmic Purple is a glitter with a sheer purple base which means that it can be built up alone for an opaque colour or used over the top of similar purple/dark tones as a glitter top coat. The glitter is packed  closely together, which also makes it quick to build to full coverage. The glitters inside are a mixture of purple and blue with the only negative being that after wearing for 3-4 days, the colour of the top layer of glitter starts to go a silver colour. However the polish lasts a great amount of time on the nails and doesn't chip easily.


W7 Nail Polishes - Independent Retailers - £1.99-£3.99

W7 Nail Polish in Cosmic Purple - Fragrance Mad - £3.45 (P+P Included) and 3 for 2 Mix and Match

Love Georgia xxx

Monday, 6 August 2012

June/July Post Round Up

Since I started my blog at the end of June, I thought I'd do a round up of all my posts so far for any new vistors, readers or followers. My family have also just gone away on holiday for 10 days and taken my camera but I've stockpiled some pictures for swatches, reviews, NOTD's, FOTD's etc. Hopefully I'll still be able to do at least one post a day. 

Reviews/Swatches


NOTD/Nail Polish Reviews


FOTD


Fashion


OOTD


Hauls


Wishlists


Misc


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Other Addictions: June/July Favourites

YouTube

Channels


vlogswithjim - I really love vlogs at the moment over other types of videos and Jim's vlogs are always funny.
CamiLovesKiwi - She has a great sense of humour and her videos are always honest, informative and make me giggle.
LisaGregory - You might have seen her as gossmakeupartist's beautiful model on his tutorials over the last month has her own channel. I loved her $20 make up challenge.
EssieButton - I've only really got into watching her videos in the last couple of months but she is hilarious and I love her empties and favourites videos. The story of how she met her boyfriend is so cute as well, their video about it is definitely worth a watch.

Videos


DIY Ombre Denim Shorts - aHanhBarbie34
5 Pixiwoo Make Up Tutorials To Watch - Pixiwoo
Boyfriend Does My Make Up - JennaMarbles
GIY Wrap Bracelets - MissGlamorazzi (I bought the stuff to try and make some of these!)
Marina and the Diamonds Inspired Make Up - BrittkneeGirl1
Baby Food Challenge - Luke
Allergy Season - SantagatoTv
How To Use Up Old Products - JoshCollierMUA
DIY USA Shorts - sccastaneda



Blogs

Posts



TV

Geordie Shore - Being a Geordie I was either going to really love or really hate this programme. This series it's been more strangely addictive than ever? I also flew back from Majorca on the same plane as Charlotte from the show and she was so annoying to stand in front of in the boarding queue after a 7 hour delay.

Big Brother UK - This series hasn't been my favourite but it's still one of my favourite programmes.

Pretty Little Liars - Series 3 is still so exciting but I get the feeling the whole series is going to be dragged out for as long as people are willing to watch - sad.

2 Broke Girls - Kat Dennings sense of humour on this cracks me up.

Music

Songs


Kylie Minogue - Timebomb
Cheryl - Call My Name
Azealia Banks - 212
Maroon 5 - Payphone
Nicki Minaj - Pound the Alarm
Conor Maynard - Can't Say No

Albums


Maroon 5 - Overexposed
JLo - Dance Again... The Hits
Destiny's Child - #1s (Listening to this as I write my favourites posts)
Now That's What I Call Music App (Spotify) - You can use this app on Spotify to listen to any Now album as well as the current top 20. I love listening to the old Now albums and rediscovering gems like Colourblind by Darius!

What were your monthly favourites?

Look at my beauty June/July favourites here

Love Georgia xxx

June/July Favourites (Bumper Edition!)

I started this blog right at the end of June and didn't feel like it was necessary to do a June favourites post. Now we're getting into August I thought I'd share my favourite products of the past two months and it's a bit of a bumper post...



Skincare


Cocoa Skin Therapy Oil
I found this in a 99p/bargains store beside where I work and for 99p I had to try it. This is really multi-purpose, I use it on my body alone or mix it with any sweet body lotion. You can also put oils like this into your bath to moisturise while you soak and lately I've been putting this on my face before I go in the bath and then washing off after 10 minutes or if I'm going to wash my hair.

Boots Simply Sensitive Night Cream
I'm nearly finished this up so that shows how much I love it. I have dry skin so I always apply cream before I go to bed, I love this one because it has no perfume and is super moisturising. The texture is good too, it's not really thin but not too thick so it would work for all skin types that need a bit of moisturising.

Clinique All About Eyes
I got this free with Glamour magazine maybe less than a year ago (?) and although I don't really use eye cream that much, I really enjoy this one. The full size product is £22 I think which would be a bit steep for someone like me, who doesn't really need an eye cream at the moment, to buy. I usually just use my night cream over my eyes as I use products for sensitive/dry skin anyway so my eyes don't need special attention. Anyway, the texture of this is lovely its like a smooth cream which feels light but moisturising and unlike any eye cream I've tried before.

Avene Moderate Protection Emulsion in SPF 20 for Normal to Combination Sensitive Skin
The name is a bit of a mouthful but this product was a bargain as I picked it up by the checkout of a Boots store for £3 on clearance! I'd heard great things about Avene and how they're great for sensitive skin so I thought that this product would make a cream sunscreen for under my make up in the summer and to use on holiday. I used this on holiday with a SPF 50 cream by Avene on my nose and cheeks, which I also got for around £3, as it is only SPF 20 but it's always good to regularly reapply suncream especially on the face. I use this daily under my make up and it doesn't leave my skin greasy but for oilier skin I'd probably recommend trying a one for oily skin to give some oil control during the day. This hasn't irritated my skin either, which is always a concern when using suncream on my face. Even though this was on clearance you can still buy it in Boots - random?

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
I'd heard about this brand a lot in the last couple of months online and I like that they're products are safe for sensitive skin with 'no parabens, hard chemicals or colourants'. I bought this not long after I got back from my holiday and my skin was so dry in places it has never been dry before, like around my mouth and right across my cheeks. I believe this product really helped get rid of the persistent dry patches and I've carried on using it daily on my regular dry patches e.g. nose, between eyebrows.


Bodycare


Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter
The first small tub I had of this, I had to throw away because after 18 months, the smell had changed and it had gone off, however I've had this travel sized one since Christmas and I've nearly used it up in the past few months. I love the Soap and Glory smell and the texture of this is really great. For my Birthday recently I got a set with the full sized body butter and Clean on Me shower gel so I've got that to use once I finish this one up.

Boots Baby Sensitive Moisturising Lotion
This is an unscented baby lotion which I love for days when I can't be bothered to/don't feel like smell of anything. You can also mix this with perfume oils to make your own perfumed body lotion.

Sure Maximum Protection Anti-Perspirant in Original/Clean Scent
This has been getting a lot of love from bloggers and YouTubers in the last month but I've used this for over two years. I've tried other things in-between and always came back to this brand and this scent. It's a cream anti-perspirant which works like the stronger ones but with moisturising properties to stop the irritation. The smell is just clean and fresh and doesn't taint or annoy me if I start to get hot like some anti-perspirants with other scents do. Definitely a must try!


Perfume


Impulse Very Very Pink Body Spray
Ahh the smell of this is amazing, I thought it would be like Very Pink but it's different, less girly with a slightly masculine smell. I love the mix of sandalwood and bitter orange and I think I currently have 3 cans of this on the go all in different bags - addicted.

Harajuku Lovers Summer in G
This smells just like a Pina Colada with notes of Pineapple and Coconut. Yum.

DKNY for Men
I bought this because I loved the warm smell of Very Very Pink and wanted something similar. It's very fresh and fruity but in a masculine, warm and clean way. I've used nearly half of the 50ml in the last 2 months I've had it, probably because I covered myself in it when I was in Spain. I'm a bit bored of the way that a lot of female scents at the moment all smell very similar so I'm definitely going to be sniffing the men's alternatives too in future.


Hair


Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume
This is definitely an Ultimate Addiction! I go through bottles and bottles of this and recently when it was on offer for 99p at Superdrug, I bought 6 bottles. It's a dry shampoo mixed with a hairspray and a texturising spray. My hair is long and quite naturally soft so it needs a bit of dryness and texture at the roots or else it'll lie flat. This gives me loads of volume and texture and I use it everyday. It'll also make your hair last longer before you need to wash it again and on holiday I hardly washed my hair when I used this mixed with the effect of the salt water and heat.

Make Up



Face


Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in 51
I love the 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation for it's dewy effect so I was so excited when this was released as a more medium coverage, hydrating foundation. Like the 10 Hour this also gives a really natural effect and when blended properly is quite undetectable on the face, the colour is also a great match for me when I haven't got a tan. When Superdrug had 3 for 2 on make up I bought two more bottles of this as I love it so much.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in 150 Buff for Normal/Dry Skin
I've been using this for 2-3 years now and I have repurchased a few times because I really love it. I used to use this everyday mixed with moisturiser for less coverage but now I mix it into a thinner foundation for more coverage when I need it. It is great for lasting power but the normal/dry skin formula also leaves a nice sheen finish on the skin.

Cosmopoliton Foundation Sponge
Ever since I've tried this, I've not really used any other brushes to apply my foundation. I spritz it with a bit of water with glycerin in and then use it to apply and blend my foundation and it just gives a really dewy, blended finish. It works great with heavier foundations too.

Benefit High Beam
This was definitely a June favourite. For the past 2 months I've really got into highlighters. I think I always thought highlighter would look silly and glittery for during the day but with the right highlighters it looks good. High Beam isn't the most natural highlighter but still a great product, this is a mini I got free with Glamour butI don't know if I'd pay £22 (?) for the full size.

Mac Cream Colour Base in Pearl (Swatches)
Poor High Beam got ditched when this little beauty came into my life. Pearl is more of a gold/champagne compared to High Beam which is more of a light pink pearl, so the gold works better with my skin. This can look natural but can be applied more heavily for a dramatic highlight.

Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder in Translucent
I'm embarrassed of the state of this, for some reason powders in a hard form like this always seem to get a hard coating on them after a while of using them - maybe its the oil from my brushes/face? I just have to scrape the hard layer off to get too the good stuff. Anyway great powder, so cheap, translucent so it doesn't make me look ghosty/orange and doesn't look powdery over foundation. My skin's not really oily I've just started using powder recently on my T-zone to take away the excess of shine and this powder doesn't make my skin look flat.


NYX Concealer Jar in Orange
I decided I needed to use this a bit more because I was lusting over the Bobbi Brown Corrector. Like the Bobbi Brown one, this uses the orange tones to counteract the blue/purple tones under the eyes but this one is more a pure orange colour. You only need a small amount on a blending/fluffy concealer brush to blend it in and then apply a normal concealer over the top. It does the job well but my dark circles are very blue - sadface.


Eyes


Maybelline Colossal Waterproof Mascara 
A great waterproof mascara, I used this on holiday and it wasn't smudgy or flaky. It gives good volume and length too. 

Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara (Review)
Also a great mascara, gives a lovely 'wispy' effect but can be built up for more drama.

Accessorize Lovely Day Palette (Pictures)
Again I used this loads on holiday, the warm gold colours are amazing and it has a mix of neutrals and brights.


Bourjois Smoky Effect Pencil In Smoked Brown
A creamy brown eye pencil with small red gold shimmer and a smudging brush on the end - ultimate addiction. I've really been into tight-lining at the moment and I've been using brown as always because it suits me so much more than black. This also looks amazing on the top lashline and on the waterline with gold eye shadows.

Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil
A latecomer for July favourites as I only bought this over a week ago but it's really good. Great price and colour for my skin/hair. The little brush on the lid is so handy too for brushing and blending the colour through.

Barry M Dazzle Dust in 39 Tan
A bronzey, tan loose shadow that I love across the lid or in the crease to add warmth. I thought it would be really messy but I use what's in the lid and make sure it's blended into the brush before putting it on my eye to stop it falling down my face. I really want to try some more of these because the colours are so interesting.


Blusher/Bronzer


Sleek Blush By 3 in Pumpkin
These were limited edition but may still be available online or instore (I once asked if there was any more stock of the Sleek Contour kit and the assistant opened the drawer underneath the stand to reveal lots of limited edition products from past collections - wtf?). I thought that this one was Lace, the more toned down palette with a rose gold colour but this is actually really nice. It looks scary but when used sparingly or with a stipple brush, the colours are amazing.

Mac Blush Creme in Something Special
I've used this loads since I bought it a couple of months ago. The formula and colour are just what I was looking for so for me it was definitely worth it. Lovely natural peach colour with no glitter or shimmer - just a dewy glow.

ELF Studio Blusher In Peachy Keen
A peach coloured blush with a gold sheen/shimmer. I like to apply this over a peach busher to add a beautiful golden sheen but it could be a bit much if over-applied.

Sleek Contour Kit In Light
Serious Ultimate Addiction. I find it hard to put on make up and not use this product. I use this on an ELF Studio Stipple Brush on my temples, hollows of cheeks and neck to contour and brighten my face. I've allso been using it as well on the backs on my cheeks instead of a blusher. It's just perfect and I worry now I've hit pan in case it shatters or I finish it and everywhere is out of stock - oh dear.

Lips




Lipstick


Mac Sheen Supreme Lipstick In Blossom Culture (Swatches)
The perfect pink/peach glossy lipstick. End of.

17 Shine Lipstick in Beehive
The perfect nude/light peach glossy lipstick. If I had less lipsticks I would use this all the time, it's a very everyday colour.

Mac Lipstick in Shy Girl (Swatches and Dupe)
More of a peach colour than the other too. Goes really well with my skin tone and most make up looks.

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick in Shake It Up Pink 020
It's hard to describe this lipstick, the colour is a light/medium pink and the formula isn't drying but is a satin finish. When I wear this it makes me feel like 'well put together', looks great with a good base and a neutral, matte eye.


Lipgloss/Lipbalm


Bourjois 3D Effect Lipgloss in Rose Pacific (Swatches/Review)
Another peach coloured product with a gold shimmer (see a theme?) but this time in lipgloss form.

Collection 2000 Lock n Hold Lipgloss in Break Dance (Swatches/Review)
A creamy, coral/electric peach coloured gloss.

Nivea SOS Lip Relief
I used to swear by Blistex Intensive Lip Cream but this has taken it's place. Instead of a cream, this is a glossier gel formula which can be worn alone or under/over other lip products whereas the Blistex one left too much of a white cast on my lips.


Nails


Rimmel 60 Seconds in Instyle Coral (NOTD)
Lovely coral/peach colour that applies great with the flat, wider brush and dries quickly. It does need 3 coats to look it's best but I find most polishes do.

Models Own Nail Polish in Tropical Sun
My favourite polish of this summer! Its so beautiful, a peachy orange colour with a gold sheen. A little sheer when applied so it needs 3-4 coats to build up to completely opaque (no nail line/shadow) but if you apply it over a coral, orange or peach it'll be more opaque and it enchances the base colour. Seriously beautiful, I'm really tempted by Indian Ocean from the same collection so I might treat myself to that because its so opaque.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover Pot (Review)
An easy-peasy way to remove nail polish.

Following monthly favourites won't be so long, I think two months + a holiday made me want to include more products but I'm still convinced I've missed some out! There will be more in-depth reviews to come as well as more swatches and NOTDs.

Love Georgia xxx