Christmas Haul :)


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So Christmas has passed so we’re all left with that guilt of Christmas dinner and a wad of money. As soon as Boxing Day hits, so do the sales and in the first day alone, department store Selfridge’s made over 1.4 million pounds. I decided to go Hair product crazy and used the £40 from Christmas to treat myself to some new hair products, and a few make up extra’s I had to nab in the sales! Will review once I’ve used them a bit, but here are the items and their prices!

(From right to left)
– Back row –

1. Witch Hazel tinted moisturiser in Light ~BodyCare £1.49
2. Rimmel London Extra Super Lash Building Mascara in Brown Black ~Boots £4.99
3. BarryM Metallic Liquid Eyeliner ~Boots £4.79
4. *Best Product* The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum ~£7
5. Oil of Aloe Pro Salon Heat Protection Straightening Spray ~BodyCare £0.95 [I brought two because they were so cheap]
6. Bristows Volume and Body Mousse ~BodyCare £0.99
7. Pantene Pro-V Hairspray Volume and Body Level 5 Ultra Strong Hold ~BodyCare £1.99
8. *Best Buy* Tony&Guy ‘Hair meet Wardrobe’ (includes Norish conditioner, Cleanse Shampoo and Casual Sea salt texturising spray) ~Boots £5 from £10

Front Row L-R
9. Gold hair clips ~BodyCare £0.99
10. Blonde bobbie pins 48pc ~BodyCare £1.99
11. Spin clips part of the Tony&Guy set
12. I forgot to add these in the picture, but I got 6 Bendy Rollers ~BodyCare £2.25

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My Beauty Challenge – THE CONCLUSION!


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Ok so it’s been a few weeks since I set my challenge. I promised to cut back on sugar/sugary foods, stop using facial scrubs/cleansers/anything that would irritate my skin, drink a lot more water, and increase the amount of fruit and veg I eat.

I could tell you that the whole thing was a breeze, and that two days in I was blemish free and will never need to touch a spot treatment cream again. I could tell you that sticking to the rules was easy, and I am now 98% water and spinach. But then I’d be lying.

Not using a facial scrub/cleanser went against everything I’ve learnt about my skin over the last five years, so within a few days I was back to my Clearsil facial scrub and Body Shop Seaweed cleanser. I didn’t then break out, so I don’t think that facial cleansers were the problem, although I have limited the facial scrubs I use, because that can definitely irritate skin.

I’ve never done anything like this before, so sticking to the food diet was really tricky. I admit, I didn’t enjoy eating a carrot instead of the occasional chocy biscuit, but I did feel healthier so thats a win 🙂

However – I have found what I can only describe as the miracle diet. In the space of two days, the majority of spots had cleared, and my whole body felt healthier. It’s… The Detox diet! Let me explain:

I don’t bother with diets because I’m not particularly fat and I.. well I’m lazy when it comes to health. But recently I’ve had a problem with my stomach which meant that I was producing too much hydrochloric stomach acid and it was irritating my stomach lining – VERY painful. So when I came across the detox diet, it sounded perfect. It means only eating foods high in antitoxins for a short two day period. Antitoxins are what help the ‘flush out’ the impurities in your body, which helps the kidney. Many people claimed it helped with similar stomach problems so I decided to give it a go.

It was very strict – a diet of antitoxins? Thats basically fruit, veg and  A LOT of herbal tea. there are health sites which can explain this 986520x better than me, and have easy meal plans you can follow, but you get the gist.

By the end of the two day period (Its very important it is for a short amount of time – This diet doesn’t include carbohydrates or protein so that your stomach doesn’t digest anything heavy. So its not balanced for a full time diet!) my skin had cleared up dramatically! I was drinking lots of the Herbal Tea ‘Pukka’ in ‘Cleanse’. This was said to have an effect on cleaning skin and tasted like fennel and marshmallow. I really think this had an effect on my skin so I’m definitely purchasing it again.

Overall I think the challenge has been a success! I’ve found a healthy short term diet that can clear my skin, whilst being healthier too. 😀

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P.S. Do you like these sort of posts? I realise they’re a bit long winded and a bit less… well.. fashoin/product-y but wanted to try something new!

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My beauty challenge…


This week I’ve been moping around the house feeling really ill. I was very weak so I slipped out of my normal skin-care routine. I avoided the mirror I case I had broken out in disgusting spots or blackheads. But to my supprise, when I faced my reflection I was greeted with a clear(ish) face which seemed (confusingly) healthy. This is definitely a rare occasion for me because even at my best you can still find a few little blemishes on my T-Zone and it always seems slightly tired, but for some reason I have had better skin than I’ve had for a very long time.

The illness definately wasn’t causing it, so that could be ticked off. Then there was the considerably minimal amount of sugary folds I was eating, the betrayal of my skin care routine and the increase in sleep I was getting. So I’ve decided to set myself a challenge.

There is no way I want to return to my horrible teen complexion so I am going to make sure I change my old routines and habits to benifit my skin. So I am going to pick out the main things I think may have helped clear my skin, and try my hardest to stick to tweek for two weeks, updating the blog letting you know of my theory works!

So, I have decided I am only allowed one very small sugary thing a day. (This includes limiting biscuits, chocolate, any sweet or toffee, sugary drink or cakes.) There have been many links found between sugar and the effect it has on your skin, and seeing as my skin has improved and I haven’t had anything sugary, I might as well try it!

I will try to drink a lot more water. My mum was made sure I drank litres and litres of water/squash because your body gets dehydrated when your ill. This could be a factor so I’m adding that too.

I will eat healthier. I was also eating a large amount of fruit and veg to boost my vitamin levels. This without a doubt helped keep my skin healthy and clear so I’m definitely going to try this.

I didn’t use any facial cleaner, not even a warm flannel – just a baby wipe over my face roughly once a day. I’ve done this before when I’ve run out of facial cleansers and I find that normal baby wiped have actually had a real improvement on my skin, probably because its not irritated as much as it is when I use my facial scrubs and cleaners. So for the next two weeks I can only use facial wipes, once a day at a maximum.

I also had a considerably longer sleep every day, although this is going to be really hard to fit into my day because I have to get up early for school but go to sleep late to make sure I stay on top of homework! So for now I am going to stick to my normal sleeping pattern.

There we go! The challenge is set! I have to drink plenty water, eat healthy, cut back on sugary foods, stop using facial cleansers and only use baby wipes when needed! To be honest I’m quite anxious because I’m scared that if the facial cleanser theory is wrong, I’ll break out stop spots which will completely ruin my week! But if any of the others isn’t a factor after all, I’ll stick to it anyway because it will benifit my health anyway!

Elf-ing Around


Have you heard of E.L.F yet? As in the amazing Online Make-up shops, delighting the nation with its large variety of products and at prices Primark can’t compete with? No? Well stop reading and head straight over. E.L.F (Eyes.Lips.Face) has to be my ultimate retail crush. I’ve brought so much from their, and the make-up is suprisingly good quality.

 

One of my favourites is 32pc eye palette. Its 32 dazzling eye shadows and eye shadow brush is only £6, worth possibly up to £50 in other stores around the UK. Another favourite is the shimmer eye pencil £1.50. Its got a lovely thick texture that will hold throughout the day. It also comes with a sharpener in the lid, which is really useful when your travelling. Black bandit seems to be a firm favourite when it comes to colour choice.

 

Two amazing buys are also ELF’s nail polish £1.50, and ELF’s Complete the look Palette only £16. there are exactly 44 nail varnish colours to choose from, in a range of tones and effects, and the Complete the Look Palette includes:

  • 60 Eyeshadow Colours
  • 20 Lip Colours
  • 3 Blushers
  • 2 Bronzers

All in all, ELF sells a range of products at low prices, and you’d be mad not to check them out!

 

Here Comes The Sun


With summer fast approaching, its best to stock up on all things hot to set the trend! Here are a few must haves trends wich will kick off this summer!

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The sunglasses!

With festival fever only a flower away, sunglasses are essential. Getting the right sunglasses can be tricky. Large lens glasses may make your face smaller and your face more bug faced. Small glasses can make your nose look longer and your eyes to unproportioned. Luckily, the current trend (Above) will suit almost any face shape.

With thick frames and a blocked bridge, they give off the perfect festival feel. Primark will be releasing a cheap range of floral glasses, and Accessorize have been selling quality floral sunnys for £16.

Nails!

I’m stupid enough to just purchase some wintery shades, so make sure your stocking up on next seasons colour  – Candy Colours!
With shades like Mint Blue and Carousel Purple, they just feel like they sweeten up summer days. Revlon do purple shade for £6.49, or opt for something cheaper like Barry M’s Mint Ice Cream nail paint for just £2.99.

Make Up!

Yes, that right its time to get the bronzer out! With bronzers suddenly becoming girls best friend, its only fair that I post it in somewhere! When using bronzer make sure to lightly brush over the apples of yours cheeks and the bridge of your nose, giving yourself a healthy glow. Dont over do it though, looking like the cross between a wotsit and Edward Cullen is so unattractive and is 100% a pet hate.

My personal Favourite bronzer is by E.L.F, and costs only £2. Other popular bronzers include 17 Instant glow Bronzing Rocks, £4.99.

Dry Shampoo Anyone?


This morning I had peel myself from my bed with (Shock horror) greasy hair! I had no time to rush into the shower but, in the back of a draw was a can of Batiste Dry shampoo. I’ve got Clean & Classic, which was great. When I sprayed it into my roots, my hair looked white and ghost-like (freakout)! But as soon as you scruff up your hair and brush it back out, no one will know you faked that soft I-just-Came-Out-The-Shower look. Theres loads of different dry shampoos, Lee stafford is also quite good (if not a little bit pricey).

Heres all the Dry Shampoo’s avaliable from Batiste, £2.99 : Cherry, Spicy & Sentual, Wild, Clean & Classic, Coconut & Exotic Tropical, Dark & Deep Brown, Big & Bouncy XXL Volume, Light & Blonde and Floral & Flirty.

Pros:

  • Great for a bad hair day
  • Relitively cheap
  • Smells good
  • works well

Cons

  • Will only work for roughly 24 hours
  • Unless you brush it out, you may have a weird white mist over your hair
  • Not as good for your hair as the traditional shower
  • Coloured dry shampoos may look uneven

Magnetic Nail Varnish



 

Get your bottle of Magnetic Nail Varnish while stocks last! I love this wacky nail varnish. You put a coat of the Nail Varinsh on, and on the second coat, put the magnet over your nails and you will get a fab 3D pattern! My favourite is the frankie’s silver shade from the saturdays collection. They’re £6.00 a bottle, and the magnets are 3 pounds, and are definately worth having in the long run.

Frankie’s Silver Shade – Superdrug