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Monday, 28 September 2015

September Beauty Favourites


It's that time of the month again when I have a think about the beauty products I've been using the most...

I have particularly been enjoying two MAC eye shadows this month, which is unusual for me. I went through a phase of being MAC eye shadow mad but then discovered other brilliant brands for eye shadows such as Urban Decay and Too Faced and forgot all about them. However, I pulled out my z palette one day and discovered that I'd nearly finished MAC 'All That Glitters' and 'Cork' and thought I might as well use the two of them up so I put them into my MAC quad and into my everyday make up bag. I have loved putting All That Glitters (top right of the quad, rose gold type shade) on my eyelid and Cork (bottom left of the quad, medium warm brown) in the crease and the two together make for a simple but pretty look that I've received a fair few compliments on. I'm really considering repurchasing these two shades because as you can see, there is literally next to nothing left of them now. You can find the palette refill pans here for £9 each via Debenhams. If I wanted to go one step further with this, I popped a little bit of MUA's 'Champagne' eye shadow on the inner corner of my eye-a pale shimmery shade that opens my eyes up and makes me look more awake. It's really pigmented and is a bargainous £1 via Superdrug here.

I recently finished a Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl in the shade 'Cocoa Bean' (which I mentioned in my last empties post here) and I repurchased it. Why am I mentioning it in my favourites when it is a long time favourite you hear me ask? Well, the liner itself is as great as it ever was and I thought it deserved another mention...and also because the one I just bought has a sharpener in the lid, unlike my other one that came in a set last Christmas. It might seem like a small detail but it's just so handy! You can find the eye liner via Boots for £5 here (currently on 3 for 2).

My most worn blush this month has definitely been TheBalm's 'Fratboy'. I've loved it for a long time but I pulled it back out and have fallen in love with the perfect peachy pink shade again. It is available via Feel Unique for £15.50 here.

Another thing I've recently gone back to is the Boots Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara. For the last few months I have been using a Too Faced one that I wasn't all that impressed with...it was just OK (again see my last empties post here for more on that) but as soon as I was nearly done with it, I repurchased my beloved Falsifeye HD. It's just as good as I remember, giving a good amount of volume, length and drama without being spidery or clumpy. It's also a really nice dark black shade (the blacker the better as far as I'm concerned with mascara) and is great value at £6.99 here but is often on offer. At the moment, you get a free 'Cheek Stamp' blush when you spend £5 on the brand.

As the weather has been becoming slightly chillier, I have been enjoying having a soak in the bath followed by a really moisturing body butter. I mentioned the Aromatherapy Associate Bath and Shower Oils a while ago (see my review here) and I have now finished two of the three small bottles in the little set I bought for an absolute steal in the Summer sale. I also bought a full size version of the 'Relax Deep' scent for an equally bargainous price which I'm sure I'll be cracking out soon. You can find a variety of sets/ sizes via Feel Unique and Beauty Bay. For a body moisturiser, I have been enjoying my Body Shop Shea Body Butter, which doesn't smell of too much but is just a really nice moisturiser. It had been sitting unopened for a while (I believe the packaging has now actually changed) and I picked it out of my beauty stash after finishing another body moisturiser. It is £14 here but you can get 40% off and free delivery for orders of £5 and above with the code '14670'.

What were your favourite beauty products this month?

Em x

Friday, 25 September 2015

Autumn Baking: The Perfect Apple Pie


When I say 'perfect', I mean in the taste department...because this apple pie is a little rustic in appearance due to the fact that I like to keep the apples chunky. You can of course choose to cut them up smaller but as they cook they will turn into more of a mush, whereas I prefer a little bit of bite left in them. If you ask me, homemade apple pie and custard is the perfect Autumn/ Winter dessert.

I've recently been given lots of Bramley apples from friends of my parents who have apple trees in their gardens and I have of course been making good use of them. I asked my husband what he wanted me to do with the most recent ones and he requested a pie, which I hadn't done in a long time.

For the pastry, you will need:
225g butter
50g caster sugar (plus a little extra for the top)
2 eggs plus an egg white for glazing
350g plain flour

For the filling, you will need:
Bramley apples (I used approx 1kg before peeling/ chopping)
140g caster sugar
cinnamon (optional)
3 tbsp plain flour

I started by peeling, coring and chopping my apples into reasonably chunky pieces, but chop them to your preferences. Cover them up with kitchen towel/ whatever you have handy and put them to one side.

For the pastry, I beat together the butter and sugar until just mixed (I used an electric mixer). Then I broke in 2 eggs and mixed. After that, I added my flour a bit at a time, mixing it in until mostly combined, then finished off bringing everything together with my hands (the messy part!). I wrapped the pastry in cling film and put it in the fridge to chill for around an hour. This makes it much easier to roll out later.

Once it was in the fridge, I mixed together the sugar, flour and cinnamon for the filling. Cinnamon is optional but personally I love it in anything with apples in. I used around a teaspoon because I particularly like cinnamon but you could go for a half teaspoon if you just want a hint of it.

Once the pastry was well chilled, I rolled out about two thirds of it for the base. I used a cake tin (the kind you'd use for making a sandwich cake) but you could use a pie dish if you have one. I find that the cake tin, however, is a little better for a deep filled pie. I rolled it into a circular shape, placed it into the tin and pressed the edges outwards, making sure it was well moulded to the shape of the tin. I then mixed the dry ingredients for the filling with the apples and piled them into the pastry case.

I rolled out the remaining third of the pastry into another circle then dampened the edge of the pie and popped the lid on. I like to press the edges down with a fork just to make sure it is well sealed. The final step for a nice crispy top is to take a lightly whisked egg white and brush it over the top, followed by a sprinkling of caster sugar.

I then baked it for around 45 minutes on gas mark 5 and there you have it! I like to serve mine with custard because I am a custard fiend! haha.

Em x



Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Highlighting for Oily Skin

Top left to right: Max Factor Creme Puff Blush 'Lovely Pink'; Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter 'Rose Illumination'; Max Factor Creme Puff Blush 'Alluring Rose'. Bottom left to right: Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights 'Breathe'; Laura Geller Baked Highlighter 'French Vanilla'; Stila All Over Shimmer Duo 'Kitten'
Until the last few months, I reserved highlighting for evening only. As someone with combination-oily skin, I thought it was quite a scary thing to wear shimmery highlighting products during the day. We always want the opposite of what we have and I am forever using products to cancel out the light bulb-esque shine that my nose likes to produce.

However, I've recently had a gradual change of heart. It started with beginning to like blushes that have a slight sheen to them rather than being completely matte. I love formulas like the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes (£8.99/ 3 for 2 via Superdrug here or buy on get on half price via Boots here). They have a gorgeous sheen without looking too shiny or glittery and are so easily blended that they almost blend themselves. I began to think that this sort of finish was actually quite flattering and that it livened up my face if I was going to keep the rest of my skin matte.

A few months ago, I discovered Makeup Revolution's 'Radiant Lights' higlighter in the shade 'Breathe' (£6 via Superdrug here). I read a few reviews comparing these highlighters to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (which are a LOT more expensive) and saying that this shade in particular made a good, subtle highlight. I like to use this both applied lightly over a matte blush to give it a slightly glowy look and also applied slightly more heavily to my cheekbones, inner corners of my eyes, and if I feel like it, a tiny bit under my brows (although generally during the day I choose to keep my brow bone matte). See my review here. Before I knew it, I was highlighting my cheekbones DURING THE DAY. Who have I become? haha. You can see some of my other favourite highlighters in the photo above.

So my message is to not be scared of any sort of glow on your skin. By all means keep your base matte, but I honestly find it more flattering to put a slight amount of glow back into the skin as it stops you looking completely flat. The key is to pick the right products that give a glowy rather than glittery look and to place them strategically (personally, no way would anything glowy ever go near my t-zone). For this reason, I like to apply my highlight with a brush that's not too big, like the Real Techniques Contour Brush (pictured above) from the Core Collection (find it here for £13.95 or in Boots stores). Using a smaller brush gives you more control over where the product is going.

You can, of course, highlight using more matte products such as a lighter shade of concealer or a matte powder a couple of shades lighter than your skin, but for now I'm enjoying the slightly more glowy look.

Do you still highlight oily skin? Do you have any tips and tricks or favourite products?

Em x

Friday, 18 September 2015

Beauty Empties and Mini Reviews #14


I had another bag full of empty beauty products so I thought it was about time I told you what I think about them and whether I will be repurchasing them...


Makeup

1. Urban Decay All Nighter Make Up Setting Spray. I used to love this stuff and I've been through a few of them but over the Summer I didn't use it very often because although I do feel like it prolongs your make up, I also feel like it makes me look a little bit shiny in my t zone. I think I prefer it in Autumn/ Winter when I'm not as oily, but whether I will repurchase I'm not sure. It's weird how you can really like something then go off it.

2. L'oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation in 'Porcelain'. I used this foundation pretty much none stop since I bought it, although recently I have been reaching for my Revlon Colorstay instead. I love that the L'oreal stays matte for a really long time, even in warmer weather. It take a bit more effort to blend it than most foundations but my main bug bear is that I can't get a good colour match. I have to mix porcelain with vanilla because porcelain is too pink toned while vanilla is too dark. Realistically it's still not a perfect match to my skintone and I have to blend carefully. I can get an excellent match in the Colorstay (my shade is 'buff') so sometimes it's just easier. I will probably repurchase despite this but please bring out some more shades L'oreal!

3. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder does what it says on the tin and is something I repurchase over and over although I'm trying to use up another powder I have before I get another of these.

4. Essence matte eye shadow in shade 22 'Blockbuster' is was nicely pigmented matte cream shade. I like this sort of shade for my brow bone highlight and I would be happy enough to use this again but I prefer Make Up Revolution's version (the shade is called 'Touch Me'), which is more pigmented again as well as being cheaper at a bargainous £1. I will therefore not be repurchasing.

5. Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer is a great lighter coverage concealer for the under eye area if you don't suffer too badly with dark circles. I would happily use it again but for now I feel like the Rimmel Match Perfection concealer is a better colour match-the lightest shade in the Wake Me Up is not quite as light as I'd like it to be.

6. Bourjois Liner Feutre is a felt tip liquid liner. I don't use these very often, preferring to use a pencil eyeliner for daytime use. When I do use this type of liner I prefer the Collection one because it's longer lasting and smudges less on my sometimes watery eyes. I used this up but wouldn't repurchase.

7. I think I got the Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara as part of a set and I used it up but to me it was just ok. For the price, there was nothing special about it and I much prefer Boots Seventeen's Falisfeye HD, which has a similar plastic brush but is more dramatic and a lot cheaper. I wouldn't buy this again.

8. The Sleek Eyebrow Stylist has a slanted twist up brow pencil at one end and a spoolie on the other. It's something I've been through a few of now and I'm well under way using another. The only thing I would say is that I'm a brunette and use shade light, so if you're blonde it's probably going to be too dark.

9. Soap and Glory Smoulderkohl in 'Cocoa Bean' is a lovely dark brown eyeliner that you can smudge out but it then sets to a long lasting finish. As you can see I used this right down to a little nub and I've already repurchased. My original one was from a Christmas set so doesn't have the same lid, but the one I just started using has a sharpener in the lid as a handy bonus.

10. Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets. Not a lot to say about these really apart from they are my favourite blotting papers. Unfortunately they have been discontinued but you can still buy them online. I have a few backups as I stocked up when I found them in my local Home Bargains for 29p a pack.

11. Maybelline Superstay Nail Polish in 'Mint For Life' is such a pretty shade. It's rare that I finish a nail polish but this one got some serious use through Spring and Summer. I have repurchased it because I love the shade and the formula, which lasts better on my nails than any other polish I've tried (including much more expensive ones).



Bath and Body/ Fragrance

1. I really enjoyed this 'Exotic Retreat Bubble Heaven' bubble bath from Champney's. This was the last of a Christmas gift set containing three scents that I bought in the January sales. They smell lovely and make sort of soft, moisturising feeling bubbles. I'm trying to use up bath and body products at the moment but I would definitely consider buying this in the future.

2. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash smells amazing and the 500ml bottle lasts sooooo long. It's worth buying just for the smell but I actually already have another one that came in a gift I received.

3. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Buttercream has the same zingy lime scent and is a nice body moisturiser that again I'd recommend but I have another that came in the same set.

4. Ghost Deep Night perfume is one of my favourites for evenings out. If you like sweet, vamilla type fragrances but want something a bit more night time appropriate then you'll like this one. It's also the longest lasting on me of all the perfumes I've ever tried, including much more expensive ones. I just opened another that someone bought me as a gift and I had it waiting for when I finished my other one.

5. Nivea Invisible Anti-persperant x 2 (one roll on, one mini spray). I like this deodorant because it really doesn't mark clothes, which is something I really dislike about some. I used the roll on at home and the mini spray for my handbag to freshen up on long days. I'm currently using a Sure one but would definitely pick this up again.


Skincare

1. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash is my morning face wash and I've already started a new one. It contains salicylic acid which is good for oily/ spot prone skin but it isn't too harsh and stripping due to the creamy formula.

2. Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Facial Wash is a nice product but I don't actually use it as intended. It is one of those products with acids in that smooth out the skin but I feel like those things need time to work. I sort of use it like a face mask, putting it onto dry skin, leaving it for 5 minutes then washing it off, so the acids actually have time to work. It works nicely like that and I have another one but please be careful doing it if you have sensitive skin as it can leave my skin a bit pink and it's quite used to chemical exfoliant products.

3. Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm is the best lip balm I've ever tried and I've been through a few of them. It's sort of a bit more like a lip mask really and I have already repurchased.


Hair Products

1. Batiste Dry Shampoo is the best I've tried for oily hair. Other dry shampoos may not leave the white cast that this can (you do have to be careful to brush it all out) but I don't find that they soak up the oil as well. This is something I always have on the go.

2. Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment is great for adding a bit more moisture into the hair while it's wet. It's not a very oily oil and the texture is more serum like really. I am currently using up a Garnier one that I already had open (I was going between the two for a while) but I think I prefer the Macadamia one. It's quite expensive but you can quite often get it on offer online. I think I will be repurchasing it once I am near the end of the Garnier.

That seems like an awful lot of products to use up in a month but I have so many products with a little bit left that I'm trying to use up to get rid of some clutter.

Which beauty products have you finished lately? Would you recommend them?

Em x

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

7 Ways to Save Money When Shopping Online


I don't know about you but I like doing a bit of online shopping every now and then. I also don't like to pay the full price for something if I can save some money...better in my pocket, right? Here are my top tips for saving money when shopping online that I've picked up along the way...

1. Google the product name. If I want to buy a specific product, I google it and see which website is offering it cheapest (including delivery)....speaking of which...

2. Where possible, shop on websites that have free shipping. Paying for delivery really bugs me because it feels like wasted money, so I like to use websites where the delivery is either free or free over the amount I'm going to be spending, etc. However, if another website has an item substantially cheaper but with a small delivery charge, it may still be cheaper overall so do the maths.

3. Google for discount codes. This might sound obvious but I've mentioned it to people in person who haven't thought of it so I thought I would include it. If I was going to buy something from Feel Unique, for example, I would google 'Feel Unique Discount Code September 2015' (or whichever month/ year it happens to be). It's surprising how much you can sometimes save by spending a minute or two doing this.

4. Log into a website and leave items in your cart. Retailers don't like it when you add things to your basket but don't complete the purchase. Sometimes if you leave it uncompleted, they will email you with an offer that they weren't disclosing on their website to try to entice you into buying. So use it to your advantage! Keep in mind that this won't work unless you are logged in because they obviously have to know who you are to be able to send the email.

5. Use cashback sites where you can. By joining a site like TopCashback or Quidco, you can go onto their website and click through to a website via them. You can get a percentage of your purchase back into your cashback account, which adds up over time if you are someone who shops online a lot.

6. Keep an eye on Amazon prices. You would not believe the number of times I have seen something I wanted to buy, added it to my wishlist and then a couple of days later the price has fallen dramatically. The prices seem to fluctuate almost daily so by the same token, they can also increase. It's a case of thinking about when to make your move!

7. Use more than one email address. Often websites will offer a discount for new customers only. If you have more than one email address, which a lot of us do these days (me included), just enter your details as a new customer using your other email to get the discount.

Do you have any other tips you like to use to save money on your online shopping?

Em x

Monday, 14 September 2015

The Lip Product Clear Out


I have a lot of lip products that I've collected over time and it occurred to me recently that honestly I seem to go back to the same handful of shades for everyday wear plus a few others for evening. I find that if I have too much of a make up item (which is all too tempting) I sort of forget about what I have and it ends up sitting there, unloved and going out of date. Added to that, we're currently living in a small 1 bedroom flat while we save for a mortgage deposit and I just don't have the room to house all this stuff (I dream of one day having the room for a nice dressing table). As tough as it is to get rid of things (the struggle is real!), I decided it was time to do something about it and what you see above is what I'm getting rid of.


Something I discovered is that for someone who doesn't wear lip gloss very often (I used to love it but am more of a lipstick girl these days), I owned a lot of them. I just didn't need that many so I've downsized there. I used to have a thing about the Lancome Juicy Tubes and I must have had about 10 of them at one time. I threw some away the last time I had a clear out but I haven't used the ones that were left since and they're quite old now so they need to go. The Urban Decay lip gloss I am getting rid of mostly because it tastes of mint and for some reason I've never got on very well with mint scented/ favoured lip products. The Bourjois ones are just too old to be still hanging round and have started to smell a bit funny. The Revlon ones just aren't shades I reach for and the same for the L'oreal ones on the end.

Another thing I noticed is that I owned quite a few lip products in bold shades, which again I just don't wear that often. I'm guilty of thinking they look super pretty and but ultimately being more comfortable with more eye make up and more of a nude/ neutral lip. I'm sure I can't be the only one who worries about getting lipstick on my teeth or smeared round my face when wearing a bold shade. When I do wear one, I usually reach for a more matte/ long lasting formula to avoid it slipping and sliding around. As a result there are only really a few that I keep coming back to so some of them had to go! 


The shades are my only problem with most of the products in the photo above although the two Urban Decay lippies on the right are so ancient that they're in the old style packaging and as for the hoard of L'oreal ones at the top, I decided I didn't like the texture. They are glossy lipsticks that feel moisturising at first and I liked them for that (hence having so many!). However,after trying the Revlon lip butters, I found I preferred those and they are much more moisturising (the two of those that are going are purely because I don't think I suit the shades). The L'oreal ones seem to make my lips feel dry after I've reapplied them a few times during the day.

A lot of the things I'm getting rid of are headed for the bin due to expiry dates, although there is the odd thing that just isn't a shade I like on me and I might pass on to my younger sister. I think products like lip glosses with a wand that you keep dunking back into the product probably shouldn't be kept for longer than about 12-18 months. Lipsticks are said to last a bit longer, with the general consensus being around the two year mark. It's also important to keep an eye on them though-if something starts to change consistency or the smell changes then you know it's time to toss it.

I was quite impressed with myself for getting rid of so many and my lip products are now much more organised and actually all things I will use! All I have to do now is try to keep it that way!

Em x

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Getting Crafty: 'Mum' Gardening Themed Birthday Card


It's my mother in law's birthday later this month so I got to work on a card and this is what I came up with. I decided to go for a gardening theme and wanted to keep it pretty with a mix of pastel shades.

The decoupage design in the middle and the backing paper is from Dovecraft's  'Forget Me Not' line. You can find the line in lots of places online but they are both on Amazon...decoupage pad here and the papers here (for some reason it says they are 8 and 12cm square...it should in fact be inches). As you can see, I built up a 3D design using sticky pads. The paper flowers are also from Dovecraft...I think I bought them from Wilko, who don't seem to have them any more, but there are some on ebay here. I got the small doilies from TheWorks here. Everything else I most likely picked up at TheWorks or Wilko, which is where I tend to buy most of my card making bits.

I love the finished result! What do you think? 

Em x

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

My Go To Evening Make Up Products


Although I do sometimes change it up, my go to evening eye is a cool toned smokey eye with a pinky nude lip and there are a few products I always return to so I thought I would share them!


For a basic cool toned smokey eye, I love to use the BareMinerals Ready Eye Shadow 2.0 in 'The Flashback' (currently on sale for £12.65 here). This is a duo of a charcoal grey and a brighter silver that is perfect for something easy. I put the silver on the inner part of my eyelid, the charcoal in the outer and into the crease then get blending. I have three of these duos and I still can't believe how pigmented they are, so nice!

Right photo left to right: Urban Decay Moon dust shadow on own; over dark cream shadow, Collection Glam Crystals in 4 Hustle
I love to add a bit of sparkle to an evening smokey eye and one of my favourites to do that is the Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in 'Moondust' (£14 here via FeelUnique). The moondust shadows are packed with sparkle, particularly if you pat them over a creamy base like a MAC paint pot, Maybelline Colour Tattoo or the GOSH Forever Eye Shadow pencils (which I never think get enough love online). They don't have much pigment on their own but are intended to be more of a sparkle than anything. Alternatively, a swipe of one of the Collection Glam Crystals Glitter Liners (£2.99 via Superdrug here) gives a nice sparkle, too. They are super cheap and actually contain a lot more glitter than I've found some more expensive glitter liners do. My favourite is the shade 'Hustle' (pictured above).


I tend to wear black eye liner for evening more than I would during the day, when I tend to wear a dark brown as I feel like it's less harsh but still gives defnition. My favourite liquid liner is the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner (£2.99 via Superdrug here, which is so easy to use and super cheap. For a black pencil, my current favourite is Soap and Glory's Smoulder Kohl in 'Superblack' (£5 via Boots here), which is smudgeable to start with but sets to a long lasting finish.


Something else I like to do to amp up my make up for nights out is to add false lashes. I'm quite particular with lashes, I'm not a fan of the very heavy looking ones or those with a thick lash band. I prefer the wispy looking variety with an almost invisible band, which makes them easier to apply and more natural looking. My favourites are the Ardell Demi Wispies (£5.49 via Superdrug here), which give a slightly winged out look due to being longer on the outer edges, or for something a bit longer and more dramatic, Eylure 141s (£5.45 via Superdrug here).

For cheeks, I usually opt for a relatively natural blush and a bit of contour and highlight but I change this up a lot so I wouldn't really say I have a favourite. If you're looking for a product to contour with, I have a post on the different products I use here.


As far as lips go, some of my favourite nude pinks (I'm not a fan of super pale nudes as they make me look ill) are Rimmel's Kate Moss lipsticks in shades 45 (£5.49/ 2 for £10 via Superdrug here), or for a higher end lippy, one of my very favourite nudes, Urban Decay Revloution Lipstick in 'Naked' (£15.50 via FeelUnique here). Both of these lipstick formulas are nice and creamy feeling, which is something I really like in a lipstick. The shades are actually pretty similar, with the Rimmel one (which you can see my full post on here) being just slightly more mauve.

What is your go to make up look for evening wear? Which are your favourite products?

Em x

Monday, 7 September 2015

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Blend


I few weeks ago, I mentioned that the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Blend was on my beauty wishlist. I have been meaning to try a rosehip oil for a while now after reading that it's a great treatment for the skin, improving firmness and elasticity and the appearance of scars, stretchmarks, sun damage and fine lines. It's nothing majorly serious but I do have some pink marks left behind by spots on my cheeks and chin. I use chemical exfoliants as part of my skincare routine because they also help by sloughing off old skin cells to encourage the skin to renew faster, but I was interested to see what difference this oil would make.

Something to note is that there are definitely cheaper rosehip oils on the market. However, this one is a mixture of rosehip seed oil and fruit oil, whereas most are just from the seed. Pai also use volcanically sourced CO2 to gently extract the oils while preserving the properties of the plant, which apparantly eliminates and germs and prevents oxidization, unlike cold pressing.They also say that it contains twice the regenerative sterols and five times the caretonoids of seed oil and delivers trans-retinoic acid directly to the skin, which converts to vitamin A to boost the skin's natural healing process. In simple terms, I think what they're getting at is that it preserves the quality of the oil doing it this way.

I have oily-combination skin that can be quite prone to blemishes. It's only after years of gradually learning what works for my skin that I've got it under control and I really try to look after it well because if I let my skincare routine slip, I can tell the difference. In the last couple of years, I have tried a couple of facial oils that I've really enjoyed. My skin reacts well to them and actually becomes less oily with the use of them as part of my evening routine. This one is no different but in fact, my skin seems even more balanced out with this one than the others I have tried (which are, by the way, the Clarins Lotus Oil and Josie Maran Argan Oil Light). Although the Pai rosehip oil doesn't completely sink into my skin straight away, it feels lighter than both of those and doesn't take as long to sink in.

What else has it done for my skin? Well, since I have been using this, I must say that my skin has been generally much clearer. Only time will tell with regards scarring because that's not something you are going to suddenly correct in a fortnight but I haven't had any spots at all in about two weeks, which is an achievement for me because I've nearly always got the odd one or two little ones. My skin tone just seems much more even and I feel like I need less foundation as a result (which in turn, is probably good for my skin). I'll be interested to see what happens come 'that time of the month', when I tend to get a little crop of them on my chin. I've heard that it's actually good for reducing spots if one does pop up.

Overall, I'm really happy with this oil at the moment, so far so good. Although 30ml doesn't seem like a lot, I can see that it's going to last such a long time judging by the fact that it barely looks like it's been touched and I've used it most nights for more than two weeks. Pai recommend using 2-3 drops and I've been using 3. As an oily skinned girl, I like to use it in place of a night time moisturiser but I'm sure it would work well for dryer skins too (Pai suggest mixing 1 or 2 drops with your moisturiser for a more intensive treatment).

The only negative thing I could say is that I'm not keen on the smell. It's really quite herbal and in my opinion, not in a pleasant way. I can get past that if it's going to keep having a positive effect on my skin, though, because once it on my skin I really don't notice the smell.

You can find the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Blend here via BeautyBay for £22.

Have you tried rosehip oil? What do you think?

Em x

Friday, 4 September 2015

My Favourite Things About Autumn/ Fall


Autumn is almost here (let's be honest, we had about a week of real 'Summer' here in the North of England haha). People often get sad at the thought of Summer being over but here are my top ten reasons why you can look forward to Autumn, too! :-)

1. Autumn/ Winter clothes. I don't know about you but I love wearing snuggly jumpers and scarves. I also love to wear Autumnal shades like the blouse in the picture above-those dark reds and oranges go so nicely with Autumn leaves. Living in England, I actually find it easier to dress in Autumn/ Winter because our weather is almost always unpredictable through the Summer.

2.  It's time to wear my boots! I'm especially looking forward to getting my UGGs out. They might not be the most glamorous looking footwear and I will be honest, I used to be quite unsure about them, but my oh my are they comfortable and warm. Until you've worn a pair, I am not joking when I say you cannot possibly understand exactly how warm and comfortable they are. I'm sure most normal people just have one pair but I seem to be building a small collection.

3. Cosy nights in with a fluffy blanket and a DVD. Nights in just aren't the same in Summer. The blanket in the picture above was a gift from a friend last Christmas. It's from Next and is the fluffiest, most cosy thing ever.

4. There's nothing like a cosy pair of Winter PJs. I love hitting up Primark come September/ October and getting one or two new pairs.

5. Being more low maintenance is always nice...I know I'm not the only one who worries a bit less about their legs looking white and stubbly during the Winter months haha.

6. Those days when there's a chill in the air but it's still bright and sunny are amazing as far as I'm concerned.

7. Lazy Sunday afternoon walks in the park as the leaves are changing colour and falling to the ground. I may supposedly be a grown up but I still love the crunching sound of the leaves under my feet.

8. Comfort food. I love to make soups, stews and casseroles during the Atumn and Winter. If you work full time, you NEED a slow cooker. Put all your ingredients in the night before and in the morning, add stock and switch it onto low. It will cook everything very slowly so that by the time you come home, you have a hot meal ready and waiting. This can actually be pretty healthy, too. My favourite is diced chicken with lots of veg and some veg stock, which makes a healthy yet very comforting chicken stew.

9. Hot Chocolate is one of my favourite treats. For an extra special treat, add some monin coffee syrup (this is the same brand that they use in Costa). I can find a few flavours in my local Tesco, or you can hit up Amazon for a wider selection. My favourite is Gingerbread, YUM! I also picked up a hazelnut one from a brand called 'Vedrenne' in Asda recently so I will be giving that one a go soon.

10. Scented candles are just not the same in the warmer months. For me, they're more of an Atumn/Winter thing. I have a Yankee Candle in 'Christmas Memories' from last year that I'm waiting to continue to burn-it smells like cinnamon goodness! I'm not wishing for Christmas to come quite yet but that spicy sort of scent just reminds me of Autumn and Winter in general.

What do you look forward to most about Autumn/ Fall?

Em x