Thursday, 24 October 2013

Face of the Day #1: Purple Smokes

Today I felt like playing around with some different colours instead of always choosing the same browns and neutrals. I love the Oh So Special Palette from Sleek and personally think it's my favourite one they've done. The palette has a mixture of basic matte colours and shimmer/metallic shadows which add some colour without being too bright.



For the eyeshadow I used a mixture of shade 2 and 8 all over the lid. I then added a very mall amount of 3 and 9 in the crease to blend out. I also used shade 6 on my lashline and outer corner with some of 11 to give more depth. I then used the Maybelline Master Smoky Pencil in brown to do a thin line on upper lashes.


Face

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 (Outside area of face)
Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry in Buff (Middle of face)
NYX Pot Concealer in Orange
Mac Studio Finish Concealer
Vichy Dermablend Foundation (blemish concealer)
MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl
NYX Blusher in Taupe (contour)
No7 Blusher in Soft Damson
Elf Mineral Booster Powder

Eyes

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Sleek Palette in Oh So Special
Maybelline Master Smoky Pencil in Brown
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara

Lips

Mac Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup

Love Georgia xxx

Monday, 7 October 2013

Empties #2: Featuring Clinique, MUA and The Body Shop

I'm still working my way through a backlog of empties.

Body Shop Sweet Lemon Shower Gel - Link


I bought this as a little post dissertation hand-in present to myself, as mentioned in this post. It smells like sweet lemon (obviously) so not as fresh as some lemon scents but it did me well over the summer. Body Shop shower gels are typically£4 for 250ml which is a little bit pricier than some shower gels you'll find in shops like Boots but it'll not break the bank if you fancy a little treat. The Body Shop also constantly has offers on so it's worth taking advantage if you love their products or want to stock up for Christmas presents. The Sweet Lemon scent is showing up as out of stock currently on The Body Shop's website so it may be worth asking in-store if you're interested as the shops may still have excess stock to sell.

Boots Essentials Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion - Link


Technically not an empty but I tried and failed to use this up! The formula is a lotion that I'd apply onto a cotton pad then press gently over my eyes to loosen the make up and wipe off; sounds good but I'd always end up with the lotion in my eye causing my vision to go blurry for a couple of minutes and my eyes to burn. To use it I'd have to use a small amount and work into the cotton pad but my eyes would still feel sore after using so I'm happy to finally bin it.

I Love... Glitter & Gold - Superdrug


A lovely buy from last Christmas which I finished ages ago but I found it in my backlog of empties and remembered how much I loved it. I'm happy to have spotted that this caramel scented, glittery bubble bath is back on Superdrug's website in a gift set with other products in the same yummy scent (link if you're interested). The I Love... range is so reasonable with their bath and shower crèmes only £2.99 for 500mls so I'd happily try other scents in the future.

MUA Mascara in Clear - Link


I use this everyday to set my brows so that explains the strange colour firstly. For a £1 it does ok and I did end up buying a replacement for this one but I'm on the look out for something better as I don't find this sets enough to keep my brows in place. I need a brow gel to stop hairs moving around more instead of keeping on product, as I hardly ever fill in my brows.

Clinique All About Eyes - Link


I got this as a sample in Glamour magazine a couple of years ago as I needed an eye cream and I really liked it. The texture is somewhere between and gel and a cream meaning that you hardly need any product and it doesn't feel thick or heavy. Downside is the price as the 15ml size is £25 and the 30ml is £40 and I'm way to stingy to spend that on an eye cream when the product does not boast any extra benefits and I can use my everyday moisturiser instead. I would love to find a cheaper alternative though.


Soap and Glory Flake Away (Travel Size) - Link


I always seem to have a little pot of this or the Righteous Butter hanging around as they come in nearly every Soap and Glory giftset. The smell is good enough to eat with peach seed powder, shea butter and sweet almond oil but I'm so lazy with exfoliating so one of these travel sizes lasts me months but I'm sure as winter brings dry patches I'm going to be scrubbing away.

Click here for my first empties post.

Love Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Nails of the Month: August 2013 Featuring Essie, Nails Inc, Sally Hansen and Barry M



This months Nails of the Month comes a little late as sadly it was drafted then forgotten about! To see my other Nails of the Month post's click here.


Essie Nail Polish in Virgin Orchid




Essie Nail Polishes have intrigued and tempted me for so long and I ended up having a weak moment at the end of last month and getting 3 polishes for £1.99 each from a stall in the Metrocentre. I was excited to see if they lived up to the claims I've seen online. All three of the polishes I bought have the rounded edge brush, which makes it really easy and quick to paint your nails and minimise streaking, so my opinion of the polishes would have been different if they'd had the original brushes. I bought Virgin Orchid with my friend's wedding in mind, where I wanted a subtle but pretty colour which wouldn't clash with the teal silk dresses. The polish wore really well but I was careful to leave plenty of time between the 3 coats I needed to get the opaque effect. I love the pink, slightly peachier base with gold shimmers that shine in the light and I'm sure I'll get loads of wear out of this polish as it's so flattering on my skin tone and easy to wear. Available from Direct Cosmetics for £2.99.

Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny




I'd wanted this colour since it was the 'in' colour last summer so I wanted to finally give it a go. The colour is somewhere between a cornflour and periwinkle blue, sometimes looking more purple in some lights, with subtle silver shimmers. Although I love the colour I'd have preferred the shimmers to be more obvious as they'll only visible up-close. However like both of the other Essie polishes I bought they dry evenly and with a shiny finish but the creamy finish can mean that it's best to leave them a little longer to dry between coats. Bikini So Teeny is still available from Superdrug online so it may still be in-store at Boots or Superdrug, or it's available for £3.99 from Xtras with free delivery - bargain!

Essie Nail Polish in To Buy Or Not To Buy



I seriously can't resist a purple nail polish, especially lilac or pastel shades, I have a problem! To Buy Or Not To Buy is a lilac pastel with blue shimmers, however like Bikini So Teeny these are more obvious in the bottle and aren't as visible on the nails which makes the polish look less unique.

Available at Direct Cosmetics for £2.99.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hard As Wraps in Coral Creme



I inherited this polish from a friend of my Mam and I thought I'd give it a go as the formula sounded amazing. I was disappointed by the finish which left my nails looking ridged and uneven just after the polish was applied and the polish never set meaning that I had to take it off anyway! I wouldn't buy from this range again and although they don't seem to be available in stores, you may find them in discount make up shops or poundshops.

Barry M Nail Paint Limited Edition with Nails Inc Hatton Garden



I still love a glitter accent nail as it perks up any nail polish but doesn't take as long to remove as it would on all ten nails. Barry M Nail Paints are always consistently great in formula and I love the colour of this limited edition shade as it reminds me of Daphne from Scooby Doo (random I know). The Nails Inc polish in Hatton Garden (from the Glitterati Collection) adds texture with a range of glitter sizes. I'm sure I'll be experimenting with glitter polishes more as we go into winter.

Love Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask: Review

Having dry/dehydrated skin I'm always looking for that product to inject some moisture and banish dry patches so I ended up picking this Avene Soothing Moisture Mask at Boots, which was highly recommended by one of their skincare specialists.


The product itself feels like a richer, thicker moisturiser which when applied to the skin gives a cooling effect. The directions state to apply thickly but not rub into the skin and leave to work for 10-15 minutes. After this time any excess can be removed with a cotton pad but my skin absorbs all the products because it craves the moisture but isn't left feeling greasy! I typically use this 1-3 times a week in the bath or at night after I've cleansed. 

After I've used this product my skin feels softer and hydrated but my only problem is with two of the ingredients (available to view here). The second ingredient after Avene thermal spring water is Paraffinum liquidum or mineral oil which is a controversial ingredient as some believe it can clog pores and consequently cause spots and others claim it to be 'the safest, most nonirritating moisturizing ingredients ever found' (from Paula's Choice Ingredients Dictionary) so your preference is subjective. Personally I'm on the fence because I've not had bad experiences with products containing mineral oil. However as a skincare ingredient, mineral oil is cheap to use in products and is the main ingredient in a lot of cheaper products so I wouldn't spend a large amount of money on a product containing a large amount of mineral oil as I'd expect more complex ingredients for the price.

My other ingredient problem is with the presence of perfume and although it's near the bottom of the ingredients list I wouldn't expect a brand like Avene, who create products for sensitive skin, to use fragrance in their products which can irritate skin. I actually find this product to be soothing and cooling on application and I haven't experienced any irritation but this may not be the case for everyone. I know now in the future to always read the ingredients before buying skincare and not to trust the brand or claims on the packaging. After this product finishes I'll probably try a similar product from another brand over repurchasing. 

Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Moisture Mask 50ml available at Boots and other Avene stockists for £11.50


Escentual currently have selected Avene products for 10% off making this mask £10.35!


Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 13 September 2013

Orabrush Tongue Cleaner: Review


Dental hygiene is sometimes overlooked by the beauty community but taking good care of your teeth and mouth saves money, pain and embarrassment in the future. I started to feel like my mouth wasn't completely fresh feeling after brushing my teeth and using mouthwash so I decided to buy a tongue cleaner. Superdrug actually had the Orabrush brand tongue cleaner for half price (around £2.50) which made it a bargain I couldn't ignore. I remember hearing about this product years ago on YouTube when I'm sure Blair Fowler used to rave about it.

The idea of a tongue cleaner is to remove bacteria from the surface of the tongue which can cause bad breath and make the tongue look discoloured. After brushing my teeth, but before mouthwash, I use the cleaner to gently brush my tongue and the small bristles collect any food residue or bacteria which you then rinse off. Pressing too hard or scrubbing can damage the surface of your tongue or make you gag slightly so a light touch is best. I typically use this after brushing my teeth in the morning or when I'm just about to leave the house and then follow with mouthwash to feel extra fresh.

Available from Amazon for £3.84 or from Boots and Superdrug stores for around £5.10


Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 30 August 2013

Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara: Review, Swatches and Demo


Straight up, I love this mascara! I've already tried the original Falsies mascara from Maybelline and was so impressed that when I needed a waterproof mascara for my friends wedding, I thought I'd give this another go and more importantly review it! This mascara is great for quickly creating volume and length whilst holding a curl. My lashes are quite straight and medium length but the Falsies creates and holds a curl without using eye lash curlers, as shown in the pictures below. However I always tend to curl my lashes anyway because I like the extra lift. The spoon shaped brush curves around the lashes making it easy to apply and really curve those lashes upwards as you're applying to get maximum curl. The brush does pick up way to much product for me so I do need to wipe it off before applying or else my lashes clump up. The formula builds volume easily so you may need to comb through your lashes if you apply too much or prefer a more separated look.

Bare Lashes

1 Coat (without curled lashes)

One good coat is enough for me everyday but if I'm wearing more make up or want more dramatic lashes I'll wear two coats. Although it doesn't give exactly the same effect as false lashes, the effect is still voluminous, dramatic lashes. I actually didn't feel bare without false lashes for my friend's wedding, which sometimes can happen when I want to feel completely glamorous and 'done'.

2 Coats (without curled lashes)

The waterproof formula does make this a lot harder to remove so if I was looking for a regular mascara I would buy the original formula again. It did hold up to the waterproof claims at my friend's wedding where it was a warm, long day with a few tears shed. If you've never tried The Falsies and you love dramatic lashes, then you're missing out!


Maybelline New York The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara in Black Waterproof - Feel Unique - £7.59


Also available from Boots, Superdrug or any store with a Maybelline stand.

If your looking for more mascara reviews click here.

Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 23 August 2013

Fragrance Friday: DKNY for Men


Last summer I had the craving for a more woody scent instead of a typical sweet, fruity summer fragrance for women. I found the DKNY for Men gift sit reduced in Debenhams for under £20 and wore it all summer, especially on my holiday to Majorca so now the woody, fresh scent takes me back to the beach.

Top Notes:
Ginger and Mandarin Orange
Middle Notes:
Ivy and Juniper
Base Notes:
Sandalwood and Maple

I wouldn't say the scent is particularly unisex or feminine with strong woody and musky notes juxtaposed with fresh orange and spicy ginger. The lasting power unfortunately isn't great and the fragrance itself is even quite weak when sprayed so I tend to spray it quite a few times and top-up regularly. I'm always disappointed by fragrances from top fashion brands which are weak and don't last.

Like all the fragrances I love, it seems to have been discontinued but this means that you may be able to find it reduced or a lot cheaper in discount stores like TK Maxx.

DKNY for Men 30ml - Debenhams - £28

DKNY for Men 50ml or 100ml - Cheap Smells - £28.50 or £35

Love Georgia xxx

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Nails of the Month: July 2013 featuring Sinful Colors, Models Own and Barry M

I was so late with my Nails of the Month for last month that I thought I'd be more prompt with this months offering! To see my Nails of the Month for June click here or to view all of my Nails of the Month posts so far click here.



Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Greenberry



I have already reviewed Prickly Pear, a purple shade, from the Gelly range here. I fell in love with Greenberry when the range was first launched as it's a unique bright green/blue shade. It's definitely a colour which will attract attention as the colour is practically neon and I've had compliments when wearing it. The formula is smooth, creamy and thick which means the polish doesn't dry quickly but once two decent coats are applied the polish is opaque, shiny and lasts well with only some tip wear. If I wouldn't be filled with severe guilt afterwards I would splurge and buy the whole collection and the new summer collection but at only £3.99 each I'm sure I can sneak one into my basket at Boots or Superdrug every now and then...

Sinful Colors in Easy Going



I chose a pale pink cream to match the ivory lace dress I wore for graduation (an absolute bargain from the New Look sale!). The cream formula polishes from Sinful Colors only need two coats as they apply quite thickly but this means that they take ages to dry and will scuff easily even after they feel touch dry so not a one to apply in a hurry. For £1.99 they have a great selection of colours and formulas available from Boots so they're a great alternative to more expensive brands.


Models Own in Coral Reef with Models Own Ibiza Mix (Hed Candy Collection)



Ibiza Mix always looks more appealing in the bottle then it does on my nails. For a summer appropriate nail I chose Models Own Coral Reef as a base and added one coat of the multicoloured glitter with flakes of gold, silver and blue. I think I prefer how dense the glitter looks in the bottle compared to the sparse effect on the nails. I'm definitely going to experiment with this shade again sometime soon to find a combination I love. Both polishes are available from Models Own or Boots stores for £5 each.

Models Own in Tropical Sun



I bought this last year from the Beetlejuice collection and it is one of my favourite summery polishes so I couldn't resist cracking it out when the temperature went above 15 degrees! The formula is a sheer metallic so sometimes I use a cream coral or peach as a base to make the shade opaque but I decided to use 2 coats alone. A full review of this polish I wrote last year is here. Available from Models Own for £5.

Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 9 August 2013

Fragrance Friday: Azure Breeze by M&S (Light Blue by D&G Dupe?)

I love perfume and like everything else beauty-wise in my life, I can't live with just one! Perfumes are expensive though so I can't afford to buy a range of perfumes for £30 or more and instead I buy a range of fragrances at different prices. Marks and Spencers have a great range of fragrances with purse sprays from £3.50 to 100ml bottles from £16 with most of their scents inspired by popular perfumes.



I bought Azure Breeze when I was deliberating buying a bottle of Light Blue by D&G which starts at £35 for the smallest 25ml bottle, a little too much for my first year student budget then. At that time, a couple years ago, the 100ml bottle of Azure Breeze was £12 which has now increased to £16. The packaging has changed slightly but the product still looks the same. The purse spray is a smaller bottle great for throwing in your handbag and the 100ml is fancier with a frosted glass bottle making it quite heavy but similar to the D&G Light Blue bottle.

"Opening with spicy ginger, crispy green apple and refreshing bergamot, with a fruity heart of beautiful rose, soft peach and orange flower, resting on a woody base. The fresh, fruity fragrance of azure breeze will awaken your senses"

I don't own Light Blue so I can't compare the scents together now but I do think the scents smell extremely alike. I love how fresh and light the smell is while still being slightly fruity and warm so I love wearing it when the weather gets warmer. The scent isn't overpowering but it also isn't very long lasting so you need a few sprays to feel like you're wearing perfume and even then the smell is weak. I remember when I've tried Light Blue that the scent was stronger but not very long lasting either. 

For the money these perfumes make a great impulse buy or present but I don't think the lasting time isn't great for the increased price of £8.50 for 25ml or £16 for 100ml but when compared to 100ml of D&G Light Blue for around £65, the prices are really reasonable and definitely worth a look the next time your in M&S.


Azure Breeze 25ml Purse Spray - Marks and Spencer - £8.50

Azure Breeze 100ml - Marks and Spencer - Currently Out of Stock Online


Love Georgia xxx

Monday, 5 August 2013

Recent Reads #1: Catlin Moran, Dragon Tattoo and Lynne Spears

I love reading so I thought I'd share my thoughts on the books I've read recently.


How To Be A Woman - Catlin Moran

Amazon - £3.86

I really didn't know what to make of this book. I bought it to read when I was thinking about basing my university dissertation on the subject of representation of women in the media so I hoped it would inspire my study of ideal representation of women in modern media. This book begins as more of an autobiography with the author taking you through the main 'female' events in her life such as periods and her wedding. I wasn't familiar with Caitlan Moran's previous work so I wasn't reading as a fan and this may have affected my enjoyment of her more personal stories. 

I bought this book in August last year and only finished it in June of this year as I became uninterested and bored with no drive to finish it. The last few chapters, in particular the one discussing abortion and the writer's experiences weren't easy reading. After I finished this book I didn't feel like I'd greatly benefited in any way, which is a shame as I really wanted to love it. I also found a lot of her views contradicted each other throughout the book which affected my interest in her opinion. I had expected more discussions of modern day feminism and representations of women and instead found this book was autobiographical with a few thinking points thrown in, therefore in the future I want to discover more texts relating to modern feminism.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Amazon - £3.85

I finally got round to reading this book! It's been on my to-read list for years and when the English-speaking film was released I vowed to read the book before seeing the film. At first I wasn't that taken in by the story or the characters as the story is really slow to start, with too much description of the political and financial world in which the story is set. However once Lisbeth Salander is introduced and her and Mikael's stories are intertwined the story starts to become more compelling. The last 100 pages especially were so good that I read them all in one sitting and I'm excited to read the second book The Girl Who Played With Fire. 

Now I've finished the book I watched the 2011 film with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, as most films based on books don't stay true to the original story and therefore lose something. If you don't have the time or interest in reading the book and persevering through the slow parts, I would recommend watching the film as it explains the story and the characters in a simpler way but doesn't lose any of the elements from the book. The cinematography is gorgeous and I really enjoyed the portrayal of the characters so I'm excited to see the Swedish trilogy of films once I've read the books.

Through The Storm - Lynne Spears

Amazon - £9.34 or from £2.39 used

I'm a massive Britney Spears fan so I've wanted to read this book since it came out but was too embarrassed to buy it, so imagine my excitement when I spotted it in Poundland! Through The Storm is Britney's mother Lynne's account of her marriage, motherhood and life from small town family life to dealing with her children's lives being lived out in the tabloids. I've previously read two Britney biographies so I already knew a lot of her story but I really enjoyed hearing it from her mother's point of view. However some of the stories or chapters relate more to Lynne and her parent's or friends which didn't really interest me but I suppose are what makes this book less of a tell-all story about her treacherous relationship with her ex-husband Jamie Spears and her famous children.

This book is an easy read with short chapters so you could read it in a day if your a fast reader or read a couple of chapters when you have the chance. I don't see this appealing to non-Britney fans but I love anything relating to celebrity media which discusses the negative side of fame so I loved the second half of the book relating to Britney's breakdown and Jamie-Lynne's pregnancy. If your intrigued by this subject I'd recommend Britney: For The Record, a great documentary showing behind the scenes of Britney at home with her family and filming music videos and contains an initmate and revealing interview where she talks about her 'breakdown' and her life now.

Love Georgia xxx

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Nails of the Month: June 2013

June was an inconsistent month for nails with only 3 images to show for it! I've become lazy and uninspired with painting my nails leaving me for most of the month with *gasp* unpainted nails! I finally got round to transferring my many polishes into better storage so hopefully I'll get a jolt of inspiration soon.



If you missed last months Nails of the Month it's right here for your viewing pleasure.

Revlon Lilac Pastelle with Models Own Southern Lights



Ah what a dreamy combination. I'm not too familiar with Revlon polishes even though they're highly coveted so I expected better opacity from Lilac Pastelle but the colour is still gorgeous. I love the combination of the pale purple and purple glitter, if you can already tell I love purple nail polish! 

Southern Lights and other polishes from the Wonderland Glitter collection are currently available on ASOS for £3.50 so that's pretty snazzy if you fancy a glittery treat. Revlon polishes are available on most Revlon stands in stores and from Boots online.

Models Own Pro in Freedom Peach




Freedom Peach is a gorgeous nude peach limited edition shade (boo), but the formula makes it a range I wouldn't buy from again. I've never understood why this Models Own Pro polish doesn't live up to the consistent quality of the main range, from which I don't think I've ever bought a bad polish. I also cut my nails into a more rounded shape just to mix it up but I was too scared to go for extreme pointed nails!

Models Own Pro polishes are available at Boots for £3.20 instead of the original £8 so I'm guessing the range is being sold off and discontinued.

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor in Wear Something Spar-Kylie




I reviewed this polish not long after I started my blog last July here (forgive the terrible images please) and thought I'd wear it for my birthday this year again. I love how two coats will look pretty much opaque as the polish has a mixture of pink glitters and a sheer pink base. The only negative I find is that it chips easier then most glitters I've tried so it's not the best for wearing for longer than a couple of days.

Nicole by OPI has just been introduced at some Superdrug stores. Although I haven't seen this colour they do have the current Modern Family collection and the main range of colours. The polishes are £7.99 each which makes them pricier than my beloved Models Own but I would be prepared to buy from this range again especially if they were on offer.

The Kardashian Kolor collection is still available on eBay here for £6.50 with free P+P!

Love Georgia xxx

Monday, 8 July 2013

Bertie: Puppy Update at 1 Year

Soon my little man will be turning 1 and I can't believe it'll have been 8 months since we brought home a tiny puppy! 

September 2012

It's amazing to see how much he's grown and changed over this time and how this little pup has affected mine and my family's lives. Our first dog was a rescue Greyhound and when he died five years ago we weren't sure when the right time would be to adopt another dog. Last September my family decided that the time was right to get a puppy, as a new experience. Getting a puppy (or adopting any dog) is harder than I first thought and it's a decision not to be taken lightly. Between vet’s bills for injections and neutering, new coats, collars and beds as well as buying dog food, it's not been cheap or easy. Therefore, I'm glad to have pet insurance in case anything happens to my furry friend which is outside of my control, especially as Bert loves to search for trouble.

December 2012

When we first got Bertie he was 8 weeks old so we didn't know what to expect. We chose to get a Jack Russell/Chihuahua cross, which we thought would be a mixture of low maintenance breeds but even though he’s a small dog, he still needs lots of exercise, attention and stimulation. Not enough of any of those and he becomes frustrated, destructive and hyperactive and he’s not afraid to say! However it’s a massive difference to the whimpering pup we brought home who was anxious of everything (especially the hoover). Poor Bert is still anxious of people and dogs he doesn't know but at the same time he likes to act like the big man and bark at them! In the future we’re hoping to take him to more dog training classes to encourage him to socialise more with other dogs and people, as well as teaching him obedience and hopefully, if he progresses well in his training, agility.

May 2013

There’s no doubt that as a family, we've slightly spoiled Bert which is so easy to do. This means that he likes to get his own way but with a face that cute, how could you not spoil him? I'm glad as a student I have plenty of time to spend with him during the summer break and I'm looking forward to taking him for lots of walks and enjoying the sunshine together. In July he’ll turn 1 and start leaving the puppy stage of his life and become an adult dog but he’ll always be my little pup. 

Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 5 July 2013

Fragrance Friday: Impulse Body Sprays in Very Pink, Very Very Pink, Into Glamour, Loving Words and Love Puzzle



Stock up when 99p or 3 for 2, which is most of the time if you shop around. Great for popping into bag for school, uni, gym, beach, nights out as they're lighter and less likely to break than perfume bottles. The fact that they're always on offer also makes it more tempting to try out the other scents! If some of the scents smell similar to popular perfumes from well known brands it may be because Impulse scents are developed by Ann Gottlieb, who has created perfumes for Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs.


Grapefruit, Vanilla, Roses and Red Berries

 Girly and sexy; smells similar to CKIN2U because of the grapefruit notes.. I've repurchased this many times in the last couple of years because I love the scent so much. It's sometimes packaged with a Barry M lipgloss which is also nice and smells similar to the bodyspray.

Very Very Pink:
Orange, white musk and sandalwood

Warm, musky and slightly masculine - love, love love! I'd love to find a perfume/aftershave which smells similar to this because it's one of my favourite scents to wear, especially in the summer. Might not be to everyone's taste but I'd recommend having a sniff if you don't like scents which are really sweet or fruity.

Sandalwood and Vanilla

My newest purchase. The scent isn't overly complicated but is sweet and warm with a mix of vanilla and sandalwood (two of my favourite scents). I remember when The Saturdays used to advertise this a long time ago (video here), Una looks so fierce!

Floral and fruity

Both Loving Words and Love Puzzle were impulse (haha get it?) buys but I've never warmed to them as they smell too floral for my liking, possibly because they containing gardenia scent. I prefer Loving Words as it's fruitier and Love Puzzle smells sharper but they're both very similar. I've had these for over a year and only used them once or twice so I think it's time to find them a new home with one of my friends.


The scent of these body sprays or 'body fragrances' aren't really long lasting so I wouldn't expect the same staying powder as a strong EDP, however some perfumes especially EDTs are disappointing in how long they last on the skin. If sprayed directly onto the wrists these last 2-3 hours but I usually use these as an all-over spray. I typically use these on really casual days when I'm leaving the house to walk the dog or I don't want to wear a strong smelling perfume because I'm going to be travelling for a long time in the car for example. I use to top-up if I apply a similar perfume in the morning but I don't want to carry the large or heavy bottle around.

Love Georgia xxx

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Nip + Fab CC Cream and CC Eye Fix: Review and Swatches


On first sight I thought Nip + Fab's new CC range of products sounded amazing, claiming to moisturise while giving good coverage. Also the CC (colour corrector) formula claims to improve on the original BB idea of skincare and base combined by correcting any discolouration, redness or dark circles.

Claims:

-Hyaluronic Acid and Oat Extracts for Moisturisation and Smoothing
-Light Diffusing Pigments
-SPF 30
-Colour Correcting
-Shine Free
-Smooth Application

Like most BB/CC creams, this is best applied with fingers to really blend ir into the skin but I still couldn't get this to work for me. The formula feels similar to other BB creams and foundations but then thickens and stiffens up once applied to the skin making it impossible to blend.  My skin type is dry/dehydrated with some normal patches, however I've been keeping it under control with a new skincare routine so it shouldn't be too much of a problem for a 'hydrating CC cream'. The formula felt drying on my skin and clung to existing dry patches and highlighted dryness I didn't even know I had so badly that I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing while wearing this. I found the formula of the CC cream similar to the Rimmel BB Cream (review), which also seemed to sit on top of my skin and wouldn't blend, although I would prefer to use the Rimmel BB.

Left to right: CC Creams in Light and Dark, CC Eye Fix in Light and Medium.

The colour also doesn't match well with my skin, even though it was the lightest shade. The undertone is too pink/peach so I looked sunburnt when I wore this and any drier patches dried to a lovely shade of orange. I also received the Dark shade to mix to get my perfect colour but I didn't need it as the Light shade wasn't all that light! The formula is quite thick for a BB type cream and it covers redness and other imperfections well but it dries to a heavy, matte finish which doesn't look natural on my skin. I know my friend uses BB creams as bases underneath her foundation to keep away oil or to build coverage but I personally couldn't do that with this product, however someone with oilier skin may find that works great for them.


Onto the CC Eye Fix which again sounded like an instant winner to hydrate and brighten my under-eye area, whilst covering dark circles. The product itself is similar to other highlighting/under-eye concealer products, which are usually a little cheaper and give better coverage and highlighting. This doesn't do much to camouflage my dark circles but may be more suited to someone who needs their under-eye area brightening and moisturising more than covering.  Of the two shades I prefer the Light shade, as it does bring some light to my under-eye area and cupids bow, but I was disappointed that the medium shade was beige toned instead of more peach/orange toned to counteract blue/purple dark circles.

Overall I'm not too impressed with this range, especially as the prices are quite high however the products may suit others with different skin types/needs better.

Nip  + Fab CC Cream - Boots - £14.99

Nip + Fab CC Eye Fix - Boots - £9.95


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 for the panel members to try and review on Boots.com. Panel members do not 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 for products I post on Boots.com would be relevant for readers of this blog. I started product testing for Boots before I started my blog. Being sent a product for free doesn't change my opinion of it or of the brand. I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on Boots.com.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Empties #1

I started collecting empty products not long after I started my blog last summer but I've never done an empties post! Now I have a backlog of empties (two carrier bags full) so I'm happy to review these products and finally dispose of them. This post is a mixture of things I've used up over the past year but there is lot more to come...


Batiste Dry Shampoo in XXL Volume - Boots or Superdrug - £3.99



It's kind of obvious that I love this product, seeing as I've collected 6 bottles over a year (I'm sure I've gone through more but haven't kept them!). I use this practically every time I style my hair or as a refresher if it's a 'get-up and go' hair day to remove the natural oils at my roots which make my hair too soft to have any volume or texture. Both Boots and Superdrug's customer reviews show polarising opinions towards this product as you can feel it in your hair, especially if you use too much, but I find it's the only product that keeps volume in my hair for longer than 30 minutes. I also make sure to use a cleansing shampoo (like the one below) to remove any product build up from using dry shampoo daily every 1-2 weeks. I do go through these quite quickly so I jump for joy if they're on offer and I buy loads at once. There was a period last summer where I stockpiled at least 6 from different shopping trips as they were only 99p!

Boots Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo - Boots - Not Currently Available Online

Anyone who uses any type of extra products on the roots of their hair needs a good cleansing shampoo to remove any build-up. This is the old packaging of the Boots Expert range and I've since repurchased a bottle in the new packaging but the product seems the same. I love the smell, as its really fresh and I use this before I shampoo my hair as I have quite thick, long hair so I always tend to shampoo my hair twice to make sure I've cleaned every area. Sadly I can't see this online at Boots and the other Boots Expert Shampoos are unavailable so hopefully they are just being repackaged again and not discontinued or dramatically reformulated; however you may still be able to find these in stores.

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Nourishing Lotion in Softening Cocoa Butter 400ml - Boots or Superdrug - £4.99

This is my second bottle of this body lotion so it's already technically a repurchase. I love the chocolate/vanilla scent and it dries really quickly so it's really easy to apply. I actually miss this product now it's finished but I'm trying to branch out and try new things but if it was ever half-price I may be tempted to buy another bottle.


Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel 250g - Lush - Limited Edition

I treated myself to the medium sized bottle of Snow Fairy before Christmas last year because I love the sweet, bubblegum scent. Although I love the scent I wasn't that impressed with the product; I found the shower gel didn't lather up well and once washed off my skin felt dry and tight as if I'd used a really soapy product. I don't know if I'd repurchase because I think it's usually £9.99 for this size and I wasn't in love with the product overall.

Boots Simply Sensitive Eye Make-Up Removal Pads - Boots - £2.33 (usually £3.49)

I bought these pads to take on holiday last year instead of taking eye make-up remover and cotton pads separately. These were ok but I find this type of product, no matter how sensitive the packaging claims the formula is, always tends to irritate my eyes, which are usually dry and sore on a beach holiday already. I don't mind these for convenience but I wouldn't buy them to use at home on a day-to-day basis. 

Dove Original Antiperspirant Deodorant 35ml - Superdrug - £1.25

Especially in the summer, it is always nice to have a deodorant/antiperspirant handy for any top-ups during the day. I don't mind this scent and I like that it doesn't change or smell sour if you do get hot or start to sweat which some do; for me particularly the type which smell fruity, floral or overly perfumed so I tend to go for fresh, clean scents.

Oral B 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste - Boots - £3.49

I reviewed this product last year (review here) and didn't see a lot of difference from using it. Once I'd used it up I still didn't see any improvement on the whiteness of my teeth but I feel this product would possibly be more effective on teeth which have been noticeably stained by regularly drinking tea/coffee/cola/red wine.  

Love Georgia xxx

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

How I Style: Varsity/American Sports Jersey Style Tops

I really hated those varsity style jackets that were 'in fashion' but never seemed to really take off, however I love the varsity/sports style tops that are around at the moment, as they are easier to adapt into an existing style. I saw a few of this style of top in a bargain shop, where everything is £3, £5 or £10, and I always look in these shops which look like all they sell is tiny lycra shorts and neon tutus because they tend to sell items cheaper than you would find on eBay shops. I decided on this top in a navy colour for the grand total of £5 and then found it on eBay for £5.95 plus postage!

I thought I'd put together a few outfits to show the different variations of this style but these items are mostly interchangeable. I couldn't help throwing in a few items straight out of the 90s; Reebok's and a Baby G watch are cool again!

1. Holiday Look



Top -  eBay - £9.99

Bikini Top - River Island - £16

Bikini Bottom - River Island - £12

Sandals - New Look - £12.99

Bag - Asos - £115


2. Maxi Skirt


Would also work with a shorter skirt

Top - River Island - £15

Skirt - H&M - £12.99

Shoes - Office - £54.99

Bag - Dorothy Perkins - £30


3. Comfy



Top - eBay - £6.99 (plus £1.99 p+p)

Leggings - Next - £18

Watch - Asos - £80

Shoes - New Look - £15.99


4. Casual



T-Shirt - River Island - £15

Jeans - New Look - £19.99

Shoes - Office - £39.99

Cuff - Forever 21 - £7.40


Love Georgia xxx

Also Primark clothing is now stocked on Asos! Who knew?

Friday, 7 June 2013

Jessica Simpson Fancy EDP: Fragrance Friday


When I saw this fragrance online, I took a gamble and bought it without being able to test it first... I'm so glad I did. Unfortunately I have never seen this fragrance available in any large department stores or specialist perfume shops in the UK but I have seen Jessica Simpson accessories like shoes and purses in TK Maxx so I'm going to be keeping an eye out.

I was drawn into buying this by the sweet notes, especially almond which I don't think is in enough fragrances and also sandalwood and vanilla which tend to be in most of my favourite scents. On first spray the obvious scents are floral and sweet, however once the fragrance settles it becomes sweeter and warmer. The overall scent differs from a lot of popular perfumes, especially celebrity perfumes, at the moment as it isn't as obviously fruity. The the mixture of notes makes this more complex then a straight up sweet scent. I've received quite a few compliments when I wear this with people asking what it is and saying that I smell like sweets or cake, which is always a positive.

I have a real problem with perfumes that don't have any lasting power but Fancy lasts really well as it's an EDP. It's a bit like Britney Spears perfumes in the way that the scent is so strong when first sprayed and with continued wear that it can be easy to use too many sprays and smell overwhelmingly sweet.

I firstly bought the 30ml size from Cheap Smells but since then it is out of stock and after emailing Cheap Smells I found out that they weren't intending on restocking this size, however the 50ml and 100ml versions are available. I'd love if a large chain started to stock this range so that I could try the shower gel and body lotions available in the gift set or even the rollerball fragrance, which sadly we never seem to get in the UK.

Top Notes:

Pear, Apricot, Red Berries

Middle Notes:

Gardenia, Jasmine, Almond, Caramel

Base Notes:

Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber

Read more about this fragrance on Fragrantica - a great place to read about fragrance reviews and notes.

Jessica Simpson: Fancy 50ml - Cheap Smells - £15.95


Jessica Simpson: Fancy 100ml - Cheap Smells - £26.95


Love Georgia xxx

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Nails of the Month: May 2013


I thought it would be good to do a round-up every month of my nail polish choices during that month instead of posting about them separately. So here is my month in nail polish...

Models Own Nail Polish in Raspberry Crush with Models Own Nail Art Pen in Black



I love having an accent nail but it's a trend my mother doesn't understand. When she sees my nails like this she usually says 'why is only one painted like that?'. The Models Own Nail Art Pen is perfect for leopard print designs and doing one nail per hand takes less than 5 minutes.

Barry M Nail Paint in Real Turquoise, Barry M Gelly in Prickly Pear and Barry M Nail Paint in Bright Pink





I'd seen ombre nail tutorials before but never gotten round to trying it out so now I have a bit more time on my hands, I decided to give it a go. I followed this tutorial by Amarixe but there's plenty others showing a similar technique. I didn't use a white basecoat so instead I used the purple shade Prickly Pear (review) as the other colours were brighter. I think it turned out pretty nicely but I did find that the sponge stuck to my nail leaving the polish looking uneven.

Sinful Colors Nail Enamel in Be Happy



I have a first impressions/review on Sinful Colors polishes here. I still love this colour but they do apply quite thick and take longer to dry than normal polishes so beware if your like me and always end up chipping or smudging your nails.

Models Own Nail Polish in Tropical Sun with Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Instyle Coral



Reviews: Tropical Sun and Instyle Coral. Tropical Sun was one of my favourite polishes of last summer so I had to whip it out when the sun came out for all of 10 minutes. The polish is a sheer metallic so best used over a cream formula.

Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish in London Clouds with Rimmel Crack Your Colour Crazy Top Coat in Black Graffiti



My first time trying a crackle top coat. I love the contrast between black and white and how quick and easy this top coat is at transforming plain nails.

Love Georgia xxx