Wednesday, 29 February 2012

March Wishlist

I'm still trying to be good and not spend so I only got one of the things off my February Wishlist, the Babyliss Heated rollers, my review of them can be found here. So onto my March Wishlist.

Clothes

Coloured skinny jeans are making another appearance here but this time in pink or red. As spring is approaching I think coloured skinny jeans will really brighten up my wardrobe.
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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Jolie Box UK: February

This is my 3rd Jolie Box and the first one I've blogged about.

I'm assuming every body knows what it is and you've probably seen a post with this months contents in anyway, but if you haven't then the following pictures should help you out!

Here's the box the products come in:


I quite like how simple it is, I love black, classic shapes and classic designs..this box = winner in my books!

The inside always has a 'menu' type card, which I love, and the addition of a new drawstring bag with this month's box:


I originally thought the bag was a bit pointless, but as I'm trying to make an effort to be eco-friendly I think this is an improvement on the shredded paper and tissue that normally lines the boxes. I also took the bag to London with me to protect my camera getting scratched so it can be reused :)

The products are shown below:


On the left in the photo below is the Taaj Himalaya Micellar Water (an anti-oxidant make up remover) and on the right is the Lavera organic hand cream


I haven't tried the make up remover yet, I'm saving it until I've finished off my old one (trying to get rid of as many 'old' things as possible!) but the hand cream smells and feels divine! I'm not a hand cream fan but I'm increasingly using it as I seem to have quite a lot and my hands feel better for it. This hand cream is organic and has almond and shea butter in, I can smell these in the cream but if I close my eyes I SWEAR it smells like chocolate orange! Might just be me tho...ha


Another thing to note is that the make up remover contains water from the Himalayas....is this just a gimmick or does it genuinely have properties worth trekking there for?? I'm not sure yet!

I am yet to buy into the Moroccan oil, Argan oil etc hype, but I was pleased to see this full size sample of the Macademia Oil Deep Repair Masque.
M has used Macademia oil before and loves it, so I'm intrigued!


I have high hopes for it, although I'm not sure how many applications I'll get from the sachet. I'm hoping to get 2, but my hair is quite long so that might not happen!


The Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek stain also intrigued me, it goes on clear and then reacts to your skin and mood to give a pink colour that suits you.
I'm never convinced that these can change that much, I understand it reacts to heat and chemicals on your skin, but does it really give that much of a difference?

That being said, I LOVE how small it is, next to it is a miniature Posie Tint, just to show you how small it really is! Too cute for words. And apparently its quite pricey for the full size, around £20.

I threw it in my bag for my weekend in London and did try it out, it gives a nice pink shade on the lips, haven't used it on my cheeks though.


The Kimia Rejuvenating Facial System is something I have never heard of and also have yet to try.
It contains a facial oil that you massage into the face before spraying on an activator.


Will be saving this for an evening when I have time to use it properly.
I'm looking into using oils to clean my face as I hear they can be extremely beneficial so this will be a good test to see if they suit my skin.

Do you sign up to any Beauty Boxes?

I love the idea of them, but as I no longer have a job I think I'm going to cancel my subscription, it doesn't interest me so much and the money isn't something I feel is justified by the products.
That, and I'm determined to get through the absolute mountain of products I've accumulated over the past few years...you would be horrified if you could see my room!

If you want to hear about a specific product then let me know, I think otherwise though unless its absolutely amazing or completely rubbish I might not bother, as I'm afraid these products don't excite me much as of yet...this might change when I try the hair masque and the facial oil!

L xxx

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Monday, 27 February 2012

Lush A Million Kisses

At the till the other day I couldn't resit picking this up. I'd seen a blog post on it and thought it was a gorgeous colour. When I tried it out I wasn't disappointed either.



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Sunday, 26 February 2012

COTW - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - SLS

COTW - Chemical of the week

If you've read our 'About Us' page then you'll know by now that we both have degrees in Forensic Science and I have gone on to do a MSc in the same subject.

Whilst we have learned the usual fingerprinting and crime scene examination techniques, our degrees are heavily based on chemistry, proved by the fact that M now works in a Toxicology lab.


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Saturday, 25 February 2012

Avon Solutions Vibes Power Cleanser

Today I wanted to introduce you all to my latest skincare love. Avon solutions vibes power cleanser.


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Friday, 24 February 2012

Cocktail Hour!

I thought last week was a long week, but this week really took the biscuit!

I'm so pleased the weekend is finally here, I'm going to London for a girls weekend with my mum and have been planning it since before Christmas!

This weeks cocktail hour is the unforgettable Mojito, a rum based highball cocktail with lime, sugar or sugar syrup and mint. 

Not a lot of people like it, but I find it quite refreshing, and particularly love the sugary/rum combination you can get at the bottom of the glass.

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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Review: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Platinum Pink

Good morning everyone :) hope you're having a lush day!

I was suuuuuuuuuuuuper excited when I went shopping the other day to Swindon's McArthur Glen designer outlet and raided the Cosmetics Company store.

I found a few goodies that I'll be using and reviewing over the next week or so.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

NOTD

I was lucky enough to get a voucher for Christmas to have my nails done at Nails Inc, so I decided to have them done last weekend for my Saturday night out.

I turned up and there was a bit of a mix up with the vouchers I had, but the girls were lovely and sorted it out for me with minimal fuss.


I had already decided what I was going to wear out in the night, which was a black skater dress and black heels, so I had free reign in the nail department for colours and effects!


Eventually after a long discussion I decided to go for the 3D glitter in Sloane Square


I've never tried a 3D glitter before so I was excited to see what it would turn out like.

It's a jelly like metallic polish with the glitter in, and only needed 2 coats, plus base coat and top coat, for it to cover well.

My nails turned out like this:


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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

First attempt at eyelash tinting

After talking to a colleague in work about home kit eyelash tinting, I decided to try it. I'm naturally blonde so my eyelashes are very fair. I'm decided to tint them for completely vain reasons so I would look better naturally at the weekend and wouldn't have to put on make up for weekends spent sat in the flat with my other half.

I popped into Asda on my way home from work and thought I picked up the eylure one, till I got home and realised it was a cheaper brand called colour sport. It was around £7 and you can get up to 16 applications from it.


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Just a reminder...

Hello all! Hope you're having a lovely day!

Google Friend Connect that most people currently use to follow blogs is being shut down on the 1st of March so we've moved over to Blog Lovin

Signing up is easy peasy, and you can follow us on this link

Please follow us on there, we'd hate to lose you :)


Leave any of your own BlogLovin links in the comments below and we will follow back :)


L and M xxx


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Monday, 20 February 2012

Lush Sweetheart Soap

On my last trip to lush when I was paying I got given a free sample of their valentines day soap. It's a cute white and pink design, with a fruity fragrance with a hint of vanilla. It also feels so creamy and thick.





When I got home I couldn't wait to try it out. I was very impressed with the size of the sample I got. As with all lush products it's all natural ingredients. I tried this product for the first time today and wish I tried it sooner. 


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Sunday, 19 February 2012

NOTD

I was trying to give my nails a break and just use OPI nail envy but after 2 and a bit weeks they looked so bland and I had to paint them today. The other day a lovely twitter follower sent my some nail varnishes. Including in the ones I got sent was an essie one I was dying to try out. 



I absolutely love the essie polish (shade aruba blue) and can't wait to buy more (hopefully I can get it cheap in the uk) the formula was amazing, opaque in one coat but I two to be on the safe side. It has a small brush (not like the one stroke polishes) which I personally prefer as I find it easier and it has a handle I can actually grip, I love my models own and nails inc nail varnishes but find the tops hard to hold.

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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Review: 17 Miracle Matte Foundation

I am always looking for the 'one' when I go shopping...... 

That one foundation that answers all of my prayers!

When I saw the new 17 Miracle Matte Foundation, I thought my life's search was complete!

Ticking them off my check list: it's oil free, has SPF 15 and claims to create a Matte Satin flawless finish with ALL DAY SHINE CONTROL!

This in my book sounded like I was onto a real winner, particularly as it had money off and was part of the 3 for 2 deal on at the time.

After swatching some to find the best colour, I eventually chose 'Fair', picked up the matte effect bottle with a super bright pink lid that looks like this:


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Friday, 17 February 2012

Cocktail Hour!

Sometimes in life, all you need is a short and sharp drink to wake you up from your work induced coma on a Friday evening...

Say a big hello to the Daiquiri!

9 parts rum, 4 parts lime juice and 1 part sugar syrup, shaken up with ice, strained, and poured into a super chic frozen Martini glass looking a little like this:


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Thursday, 16 February 2012

You can now follow us on BlogLovin :)


Seeing as Google Friend Connect is being shut down as of March, we decided it was time to sign up to BlogLovin.

Please follow us on there instead of GFC, as soon as we can we'll be replacing that option with the BlogLovin one but I'm a bit technophobic today ha.

If you've already got BlogLovin, leave your link below and we'll follow you back too :)

L and M xxx
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No7 Blush

With the last boots vouchers we both decide to get a new blush. L was after a stick blush for ages and spotted the No. 7 one. Since we had the vouchers we decided to try it as it was only £5. After L telling me how good it was I had to try it too. We both ended up getting the same colour. So here it is.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Babyliss Thermo Ceramic Rollers 3035bu

I've been wanting heated rollers for so long now. I love curly hair and these just seemed to be an easier way to achieve it, so when my mum kindly handed me her boots card with £30.00 on in points I knew what I would be rushing to buy.


These didn't disapoint, as soon as I got home I had to test them out. There are 20  rollers in this set and they come in three different sizes small, medium and large. They have a sort of velvet coating on them so your hair comes out smooth and not frizzy as with velco rollers. Also unlike others I have seen reviews on you can handle these without burning your fingers. 

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!



Whether you're a lover or a hater we would like to wish you a Happy Valentine's day, and hope that in one way or another you have been spoiled at some point today :)



If not...there is still plenty of time for some chocolate to be eaten or items to be bought online, race you there!


We would also like to thank you for following us, commenting on our posts and generally engaging with us, we only started a few weeks ago and the support has been amazing :)


L and M xxx
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Monday, 13 February 2012

NOTD

I'm really getting into this nail art malarky!

I have completely forgotten where I got this idea from so I apologise in advance if you've seen this before. I didn't come up with the idea myself but was inspired by the picture that I saw!

I believe it was called Art Deco or something like that? I chose to use different colours to the picture that I saw but I think you could do it with pretty much any!

The result was this:

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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Review: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

On a recent trip to boots together seeing a new foundation was out we both had to grab it and try. 

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Versatile Blogger Award Part 2


So here's part two of our versatile blogger award as the very kind Jade from jetleymess and Anika from Ele Font were kind enough to both award us it.


the rules:
-thank the person who sent you this award by linking back to their blog
-share seven random facts about yourself
-give the award to ten of your favourite fellow bloggers
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Saturday, 11 February 2012

Valentines Day as a couple

So here's the second half of the valentines day post. For me this year I don't want to go out. I'm personally someone who prefers to stay in with a man and have a nice cosy meal together. I'm lucky now, I live with my partner so it's easy for us we have our own place. If I was living at home (like we were last year) I'd want to go out.



Anyway onto this year, we've decided to get the Marks and Spencer deal. We are both working so cooking a nice meal isn't really an option. Plus this way there is no washing up which means more cuddling up with a chick flick (I'm hoping I can persuade him to watch one)

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Friday, 10 February 2012

NOTD

Had a few hours to spare this evening so I thought I'd give my new glitter nail varnish a whirl!

I got myself comfy in my pj's with a hot chocolate and season 1 of Secret Diary of a Call Girl (which I have never seen before but I love it!)

Have been rummaging through my old nail varnishes again and came across Nails Inc's Charlotte Street


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Cocktail Hour!

Hi Ladies!!

Guess what............it's the weekend! Whoopee!!!

Phew this week has gone so fast :)

This week's cocktail is the classic Sex on the Beach, super easy and refreshing.

I haven't had one of these in FOREVER but every time I see it on a menu it reminds me of being on holiday in the evenings; beautiful sunset, warm sands and ice cold cocktail in hand, with an umbrella of course ;)

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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Skincare

My post today is based on my latest splurge in Boots when I ran out of moisturiser

(well not really ran out...but almost!)

I've been seeing a lot of posts recently on the new No7 Skincare products, particularly their primer and BB cream. 
I would love to go all out and buy some other products but as I actually needed moisturisers I invested in a day moisturiser, a night one and a serum using their 3 for 2 deal.

I was also lucky enough to go their advantage point machine and collect an extra 250 points for buying them, which is ever so helpfully going towards my high end foundation fund ha!

So here's what I bought:

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Versatile Blogger Award

Hiiiii! 



The lovely lovely lovely Jade and Anika have tagged us with the Versatile blogger award so thank you so so so much ladies, we were so excited!

Here is my answer, and M will do hers over the next few days :)

So here are the rules:
1.)Thank the person that nominated you with a link back - Already tagged in their names above :)

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Nails, Fitness and Hair

Todays post is a bit of a haul. Just wanted to share some bits with you. Firstly a massive thanks to  jetley and  anika for the blog post award. We are going to write it tomorrow. That certainly put a smile on both our faces

In my 101 things on the list is to strengthen and grow my nails. I've decided to hold off on the nail varnish for a few weeks (with the exception of a pre booked manicure next Friday). Mine are really weak after 22 years of biting them ridiculously low. I've tried most brands of strenghthener so decided to give OPI nail envy a go. Starting today I'm going to follow the instructions and hope it works. 


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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Most Grabbed for Jewellery

I love seeing peoples jewellery collections so I thought I do a quick post on the items I wear the most. These are my easy jewellery, the stuff I pick without even thinking.

Necklaces


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Monday, 6 February 2012

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast

So ladies as I'm sure you're all aware this months Elle magazine comes with a free full size soap and glory mascara from there recently released make up range. I've been wanting to try out pieces from the make up range so when I saw this in the supermarket I had to pick up. Plus £3.90 for a full size mascara, BARGAIN.



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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Valentine's Day: As a Single Girl

So I'm sure everyone has noticed the rise of the Valentine's day posters, cards, presents and general adverts EVERYWHERE!

As a couple I'm sure it's lovely to have an excuse to spend the day showering someone else or being showered in presents and the excuse of going out for the day or night.

However as a single girl it can be a little bit daunting and depressing! Particularly if all of your friends (like mine!) will be spending it with their other halves.
Personally I'm almost looking forward to it as an excuse to buy myself a few presents ha!

Seeing as it's a Tuesday, I will most probably be spending my day in Uni and then the evening I'll be spending it totally on me!

I fully intend on having a pamper night so will begin by having a bath, most likely with a Lush bath bomb like their Leap Frog Bath Bomb or Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar:



Then I will probably work my way through the absolutely amazing Soap and Glory Big Splendour set.

After a good scrub and moisturise, I will also probably fake tan as I always feel so much better with a bit of colour! And then spend some time painting my nails and toe nails, I haven't decided what shade yet as I plan to buy some new ones!
If I have the time though I will probably try out a design found on another blog as I'm new to the nail art world and will probably need some practice.
I like this one from Polish You Pretty :

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Saturday, 4 February 2012

Everyday Favourites

Good Saturday morning to you all!
Hope you're all enjoying your weekend so far. I thought it was about time I did a post on my every day uses!

I am currently going through the usual January spring clean, trying to use up old things and bottles with tiny amounts left in them so my make up box for every day stuff looks a little like this at the moment....(eek!)

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Friday, 3 February 2012

Cocktail Hour!

Well thank the lord its Friday again!!
Here's a little early pick me up for everyone facing those last few hours of slavery...

This week I'm championing the Long Island Iced Tea, basically as it's one of the most lethal combinations of alcohol and I absolutely LOVE it!


It contains a mixture of vodka, rum, gin, tequila and triple sec (Cointreau), muddled together with ice and topped up with Coke. Dangerous right??



It's normally served in a chilled tall glass as it's another long cocktail just like last weeks Bellini.

There are a few variations of the recipe, but most have equal parts of all five spirits shaken with ice, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
The glass is filled with ice, before being topped up with Coke (regular/diet/pepsi whatever takes your fancy!) and then slowly the mixture is poured in to give the double layer effect, and garnished with a lemon.


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Thursday, 2 February 2012

NOTD

Another quick and simple one from me.

I seem to be having a moment where I need to change my nails every other day and am loving being able to wear colours that I haven't worn in a while!

This one was my new favourite a few months ago, I wore it all the time and if it chipped I'd just redo it in the same colour.....for weeks!
It's a perfect day/evening/weekend shade as it seems to go with absolutely anything and every occasion.

I am of course talking about Models Own's Champagne:

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Soap and Glory

Another Soap and Glory review for you!

We both received the absolutely amazing bumper box of goodies for Christmas so will slowly be making our way through all of the products.

This weeks review is of their well known hand cream 'Hand Food'.

They claim it is a 'super-silky gorgeously-scented non-greasy hydrating hand cream featuring fennel and lotus flower extracts'

When using it you should 'relish in the delightful aromas of fresh bergamot, strawberries and mandarin, with floral and fruity midnotes, and musk, amber and warm vanilla'

Phew what a list!!

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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Ombre Effect NOTD

Hey there all. I've had a few days off work so have caught up on reading blogs and decided to try some nail art. After reading the amazing PolishYouPretty blog I was inspired by one of the their first tutorials, a look they've called an ombre nail. Simple but effective.


How good does that look. I had to give it a go. To do this nail art you start by choosing a neutral base colour.  I opted for OPI tickle me francey (don't you just love the OPI names). Once your base coat has dried cover around your nails with tape. This just stops you covering the fingers with the dark colour. I used ordinary sellotape and it work just fine.



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February Wishlists

February Wishlist

Whilst I'm sat inside in the warm I thought I'd browse the internet and mentally see what I could spend me wages on.  I thought I'd share with you my favourite items I want at the moment as I love reading wishlists, though due to February being a busy month I expect most of this will unfortunately remain on my wishlist but here are the things at the top of my wishlist.

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