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