Friday, 28 February 2014

Packing Beauty Products for a Mini Break

For Valentines Day and our anniversary this year, Mr WLL booked us a few days away at a country house hotel near the Peak District.  We took the opportunity to really relax and I packed some lovely toiletries to use while we were away.  I know that lots of you enjoy the odd weekend away like I do so I wanted to show you what I packed in case you're planning a trip away soon.
 
 
For use in the shower, I packed my new favourite shampoo and conditioner; the Naturalmente Citrus Shampoo and the Fennel and Geranium Deep Hydrating Treatment (full review here, buy here and here).  This duo leaves my hair really clean, whilst giving it tonnes of body and volume and making it feel super soft.  I cannot rave about them enough.
 
To give my hair a boost during the day, I took a mini can of Batiste Dry Shampoo with me (review here, buy here).  This is the Tropical scent that smells so summery and instantly puts a smile on my face.  I spritz a little through my roots and give my hair a rub to revive the volume in my hair and to ensure there isn't a greasy hair in sight.  I highly doubt there will ever come a time that I won't rave about Batiste.
 
For body wash, I packed the L'Occitane Lavender Shower Gel (buy here) in a handy travel size.  This is gorgeous smelling body wash that I like to use particularly at night as it is very calming and soothing.  It leaves my body feeling and smelling clean without making my skin tight.  I'd really recommend the travel sizes as you get a good five uses out of them.
 
Generally when I am travelling anywhere, I have a pamper night before I go where I will use my hair removal cream on my legs however this trip was very much a last minute affair and I didn't have time for hair removal before I left.  Instead, I popped a couple of the Nair Sensitive Hair Removal Cream Sachets (buy here).  I have used these so many times when I have gone away as they are so handy.  You get two in a pack and can use them all over your body from your legs to your bikini line and underarms.  Since they have a sensitive formula, they are great for those with sensitive or dry skin or for those who are new to hair removal or for those who are simply removing hair from an area where their skin is a little more delicate.  They remove all of the hairs without stinging or irritating the skin and using these left my legs feeling super soft and smooth, also thanks to the moisturising Camellia Oil and protective Ylang Ylang extract that the hair removal cream contains.
 
Naturally, I didn't have time to tan either so I popped a couple of Xen-Tan samples into my toiletry bag.  For a simple, fuss free tan, I would highly recommend the Xen-Tan Transform Luxe Daily Self Tan in Light/Med (buy here).  This is a gradual tanner that you apply daily to build up the most gorgeous, natural looking tan.  It dries pretty quickly so I don't need to wait to long before getting dressed and after a few hours a gorgeous light olive tan begins to develop.  I used this sample size up over a couple of mornings by applying it to my top half only as I was wearing maxi dresses on the evenings and no one would see my legs!  I also applied some of the Xen-Tan Scent Secure Gold (buy here) to my arms and d├ęcolletage before going out each evening.  This is a tinted bronzer that adds a subtle glow to the skin, giving it a boost in appearance by making the skin look nourished and hydrated and the tan deep and dark.  This is great to use before a night out as it is instant and odourless and you can wash it off when you are finished wearing it.
 
When I'm travelling away from home, I like to make sure that my teeth don't suffer so I always pack a good toothbrush with me.  The one that I'm using at the moment is the Slim Sonic which I have blogged about before (review here, buy here).  This is a portable toothbrush that vibrates just like a chargeable electric toothbrush and leaves my teeth feeling clean and looking sparkling.
 

To keep my skin feeling soft and smooth while I was away, I took the L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Shimmering Body Lotion (buy here) with me to apply each day.  This body lotion feels light but very moisturising on the skin thanks to the Shea Butter that it contains.  The body lotion has a iridescence to it that leaves the skin with a healthy sheen and smelling of cherries. It is quite simply, lush.
 
For skincare, I've been really enjoying the Love Your Skin Purifying and Balancing Serum (buy here) that contains sage and tea tree to help to rebalance greasiness and to reduce skin blemishes.  It is a water based serum that is quickly absorbed by the skin and really lives up to its claims.  I use this morning and night before applying my moisturiser and to keep my spots under control, I took the Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick (buy here) with me which helps to dry out blemishes and really reduces the redness of spots.  I've been using this blemish stick continuously for months now, after having a break from it to try other products, and using it again so consistently has reminded me just how much I enjoy using it.  For a budget skincare product, it is certainly effective.
 
To hydrate my under eye area, I took my Good Things Bright Eyes Eye Cream (review here, buy here) which is light weight, hydrating and very nourishing and to moisturise my face, I took the Good Things Face The Day Moisturiser (review here, buy here) which sinks into the skin quickly leaving it feeling soft and smooth for the whole day.  In addition to these facial skincare items, I also packed a couple of Mudd masks that Mr WLL and I tried out and we will have a review of them posted very soon.
 
The lip balm that I took with me was The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm in Pink Guava (buy here).  This is a gorgeous balm that smells amazing and is ridiculously softening on the lips.
 
Lastly, I took a mini bottle of Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy perfume with me (review here, buy here) to keep me smelling good!
 
What do you pack with you on a mini break?

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

WhatLauraWore: Valentines Day

For Valentines Day and our anniversary this year, Mr WLL took me away to a gorgeous country house hotel.  For our Valentines Day dinner, I wanted to wear something that looked really glamorous so I chose the Jewel Chiffon Jewel Maxi Dress from AX Paris.
 
 
This maxi dress is so eye catching, I felt like a Hollywood screen siren when wearing it, especially with red lipstick too.  I always find that floor length maxi dresses add instant glamour to a look and really stand out, especially in the colour red.  Also available in black and purple, this dress is a sure fire way to dress to impress.
 
 
The dress is very comfortable to wear with an elasticated panel at the back for an accurate, true to size fit and it is padded at the front to give it some shape so you can wear it with or without a bra.  The dress can be worn without straps as I have worn it or you can attach the bra strap style straps that come with it if you need a little more support.
 
 
WhatLauraWore:
Jewel Chiffon Jewel Maxi Dress from AX Paris*
Red Bow Flip Flops by Golddigga from Sports Direct
Necklace by Vivienne Westwood from Cruise
Gold Clutch from Bank
Gold crystal hoops by Mikey from House of Fraser
Gold crystal ball bracelet by Mikey from House of Fraser
 
What was your stand out outfit this month?

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Plus Size Oscars Outfit

The most coveted night in the global film calendar, The Oscars, is fast approaching.  This year will mark the 86th Academy Awards and Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the ceremony, live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday 2nd March.  Via their Twitter, 77 Diamonds will have a live feed covering the event and, most interestingly for me, sharing their thoughts on the best dressed, what everyone's wearing and the jewellery that compliments their attire.
 
Whilst I wont be attending, I've put together a look of my own for the Oscars and if anyone reading this has a spare ticket, I'm free!
 
All images taken directly from the respective websites which are all linked below
The dress that I would wear would be the Truly You Plunge Neck Maxi Dress from ASOS.  Truly You are a plus size label from LA, available in sizes 18 to 28.  This dress has a gorgeous plunging neckline and a wrap front and back.  It gathers at the waist with an elasticated detail, giving the dress a gorgeous Grecian look.  The dress is a very soft light blue with a slight lilac tone to it, which is perfect for the pastel trend this spring.
 
With the cool tone to the dress, I think white gold jewellery would be best suited and the Sonnet diamond drop earrings would look gorgeous.  The tear drop shape of the earrings is timeless and compliments the plunging neckline of the dress.  Wear such statement earrings requires minimal effort when wearing a necklace; something simple and elegant would be best.  The Lumina pendant necklace with a pear shaped stone would be a great option as the tear shaped stone compliments the shape of the earrings and the wrap over cut of the dress.
 
Diamond bracelets were huge at the BAFTAs and I think they will be equally as popular at the Oscars this year.  The Tear bracelet from 77 Diamonds is subtle with just the right amount of sparkle and the tear shape compliments the shape of the earrings and necklace perfectly.
 
For footwear, I'd wear the Steve Madden Realov-R Ankle Strap Diamante Sandals from Dune which are super sparkly with a slender heel and I'd carry the silver Eliza Diamante Foldover Clutch Bag from Dune which looks beautiful and glamorous.
 
If only I was going to the Oscars so that I could wear this outfit!
 
What would you wear to the Oscars?

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Collection Make Up Review

 
The vast majority of the drugstore make up in my collection is funnily enough, by Collection.  I've used their products alongside my high end make up for countless years and can remember the days when it first became popular as Collection 2000.  The make up I'm wearing today features a lot of Collection products; some I've been repurchasing for years, others I've been trying out for the last few months.
 
 
To compliment my foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear Light- review here, buy here) by concealing my dark circles and imperfections, I used the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer.  I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to the number of times I've repurchased this concealer because I like it that much.  It is very heavy duty and brilliant at concealing imperfections.  I use this both under my eyes and on blemishes and set it with a little powder and it lasts all day without sliding off my super oily skin.  I generally have two of these on the go at once- one light and one medium for when I'm tanned.
 
Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Powder and Dirty Works Powder Brush
To set my base, I use the Collection Lasting Perfection Pressed Powder.  Again, I've used this for years and have it in both Light and Medium to use depending on whether or not I'm tanned.  This is the best budget brand powder I've used for setting my make up and Mattifying my skin and it helps my make up to stay shine free for hours.
 
I have tried the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which I've heard raved about loads but I think that this one is better as it isn't cakey at all.  I apply it using the Dirty Works Powder brush which I am super impressed with, especially given the price.  It is super soft, picks up and distributes just the right about of product thanks to the dome shaped head of the brush and it's as cheap as chips.  Better still, I've actually found a Mini Collection of Dirty Works Brushes on Nelly for £11.95- fab or what!  For someone who is a slave to high end brushes, this discovery is great.  My purse is happy.
 
Collection Shimmer Shades in Blushalicious*
The blush that I'm wearing is the Collection Shimmer Shades in Blushalicious which is a blush and highlighting quartet.  There's a light pink, a dark pink, a shimmery pink champagne and a coral orange.  Each of the shades can be used individually or swirled together before application which is how I prefer to wear it.
 
As a blogger, photographing this product was a nightmare because in swatches like this, the blush doesn't look very pigmented at all but don't let that fool you into thinking that this isn't a great blush.  When applied to the cheeks using a brush, it is super pigmented and looks amazing.  This has quickly become my daily blusher.  I LOVE it and when it runs out, I'd repurchase it in a heartbeat.  Although I can't see it running out anytime soon as you get so much product. 
 
Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in Hot Chocolate*
My eyeshadow look really centres around the eyeshadow pencil that I've used.  I'm wearing the Collection Eyeshadow Pencil in Hot Chocolate. OMG this is literally AMAZING.  It is intensely pigmented, easy to blend and oh so buttery soft.  I absolutely adore it.
 

Collection Eye Shadow Pencil in Hot Chocolate*
This pencil can be used all over the lid on its own or as a base for powder (gold pigment/glitter looks phenomenal over this) or ran along the lash line for an intense look.  The hot chocolate colour is a deep brown with a slight velvet shimmer to it that lends itself well to a cool or warm toned make up look.  The great thing about this pencil is that you get the intense colour immediately and then it sets so it doesn't crease or transfer elsewhere on the eyelid to where you've put it.  Whether you're in a rush and want to apply it on its own and blend out or if you want to use it as part of a more complex eye look, you have the option with this pencil and it will look great either way.  I highly, highly recommend this pencil.
 
Collection Work The Colour Solo Eyeshadow in Baked Bronze* and Gold Mine*
To highlight my eyes, I used the Collection Work The Colour Solo Eyeshadow in Gold Mine.  The pigmentation of this eyeshadow is pretty poor and whilst the colour pay off is better than it is in the swatches, it isn't by much.  I find that I really have to scratch the surface of this shadow to get the powder up onto the brush but it is a really buildable formula so I can build it up achieve a nice subtle highlighted look and I love the shade that the eyeshadow is- perfect for a warm candle lit highlight.  I think it must just be this colour as the other colour I've been using, Baked Bronze is perfect, aside from the fact that it doesn't look too pigmented in swatches, it applies really nicely to the eyelids.
 
 
The Collection Work The Colour Solo Eyeshadow in Baked Bronze is a beautiful warm brown that I use either all over the lid or blended into the crease like I have in this look.  I really like this eyeshadow and have been using it daily with Gold Mine to create a quick and easy smoky eye.  The packaging is great too because the shadows are sleek and slender making them light weight and able to fit into even the smallest of make up bags.
 
Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner*
For eyeliner, I used the Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner in Black which is very similar to the Barry M Liquid Eyeliner in Black both of which I'm not a fan of.
 
Fast Stroke is a liquid liner that is usually given rave reviews so I would certainly suggest trying it out for yourself and not taking my word for it, it is just unfortunate that it doesn't work for me.
 
 
The application isn't as straightforward as I would usually like as I find that this really drags on my eyes and feels harsh.  The liquid liner itself dries incredibly quickly but I found that it irritated my eyes and made them sore and itchy.  The line has a matte black finish but because the nib of the liner is so hard, it leaves a line in the middle of the line you've drawn with product settling either side.
 
However I certainly wouldn't suggest moving away from Collection eyeliners as they actually make my favourite liquid liner, the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner.  This one is so easy to apply, leaves a jet black line and looks amazing.  This eyeliner basically taught me how to do a winged cat eye because it was so easy to use that it enabled my hand to move freely and perfect my eyeliner technique.  I cannot recommend this eyeliner any more than I have done as I literally tell EVERYONE about it.  You can read my full review here (it's an oldie but I've been repurchasing this eyeliner for years- forget the high end offerings, you can stop at this one!).
 
Collection Does It All Waterproof Mascara*
I finished off the look by slicking on some of the Collection Does It All Waterproof Mascara. When I first tried out this mascara, I really liked it (full review here) but it seemed to dry up very quickly which I was so disappointed about.  Seen as though I liked it so much in the first place I'm now testing another tube out in case there was something wrong with the last one or in case I did something to cause it to dry up.  I'm happy to report that so far, so good, the mascara seems to wet and workable and I love the way it makes my lashes look long and volumised.  I have super short lashes so this mascara is working well for me at the moment.
 
 
To complete my look, I also contoured using the Sleek Contour Kit in Light, applied 17 Mirror Shine Lipstick in Beehive, lined my eyes using the Sheer Cover Defining Mineral Eyeliner (review here) and pencilled in my eyebrows using the No7 Beautiful Brows Pencil in Blonde.
 
That completes my look.  I've been wearing this on days out where I need to be a little more dressy that usual and on evenings out with my friends.  I love the look these products create and I can't wait to try more bits from Collection, although at this rate I'm going to have no where to put it... what about the Muji storage I've had my eye on.....
 
What are your favourite Collection products?
 
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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Garmin Nuvi 50 Sat Nav Review

If there is one thing that I have inherited from my mother, it’s my sense of direction- or lack of.  Despite years spent map reading in the Brownies and orienteering in P.E., reading a map is not my strongest point and for that reason I rely on a sat nav to get me from A to B, particularly when I’m going somewhere new or travelling a long distance.  The sat nav that I am using in my car at the moment is the Garmin Nuvi 50 Sat Nav that I have been trying out as a safety and security tester for Tesco Compare.

When I very first passed my driving test many years ago, Garmin was the first make of sat nav that I had, which was a gift from my dad as he had one of his own that he found invaluable.  Whilst I have used other sat nav brands since, it has been great to go back to my roots with the Garmin Nuvi 50.

What I like the most about this sat nav is that it is incredibly easy to use.  There is no complicated set up; you simply open it up, pop it in your car and go.  Inside the box there is the sat nav itself, a suction cup mount to attach the Nuvi to your windscreen and a vehicle power cable that plugs into the cigarette lighter of your car to power the sat nav.  Other accessories are available but everything you need to get up and running is in the box.


The sat nav itself is a sleek black colour and has a superb 5inch screen which is so easy to see at a glance without needing to take your eyes off the road, meaning that it provides for a less distracting, safer drive.  Whilst the screen is large, the casing around the screen is streamlined so it doesn’t add any unnecessary bulk to the sat nav.  When I go out at night I often take the car with me as I very rarely drink; taxis into town to see a band or comedian can be pretty pricey but at the same time, some venues are very hard to find so a sat nav is an essential to me.  This one is great because once I’ve parked up, I can easily dismount the sat nav and slip it into my bag as it fits into all but the smallest clutches.  For added security, I always take the suction cup and charger lead away from view and lock them in the glove compartment of my car.


The widescreen is brilliant because it gives a really good view of the road and the map ahead which is great for when you’re driving in the dark on a country road because you know where the twists and turns in the road are going to be.  I find this feature invaluable in a sat nav because I’m often driving along rural areas at night and particularly if the visibility is poor, it can make the journey unsafe as there can be lots of sharp bends without street lights.  Speaking of driving at night, I love the way the sat nav screen dims when it gets dark so that there isn’t a glare from the screen shining in your eyes which can make it hard to see the actual road in the dark and be a big distraction.


The sat nav navigation menu is really easy to use thanks to the simple layout with address, go home, points of interest, recently found, favourites and intersection options.  The go home feature enables you to programme your home address into the sat nav so that wherever you are in the country, you can get home at the touch of a button without having to input the address again.  The address function is so easy to use with options of either inputting the UK postcode and door number, or working through from city to street name to the number of the building you need.  It also gives you the option of searching for a street name across the whole country which I haven’t seen on other sat navs I’ve used but it is handy to have.  There is also the option of saving different locations to your favourites.  I have done that with places I go to, or will go to, regularly such as friends’ houses, doctor’s surgery, physiotherapist, etc.

The sat nav saves the locations of places you’ve input into the sat nav recently so if you go away for a weekend and are driving about a new area then you don’t need to worry about having to re-enter the details of the hotel you’re staying in, etc.  Another feature that I have found useful when away from home is the ability to search for points of interest nearby, such as restaurants, hotels and petrol stations which saves spending ages driving round and round an unfamiliar place, particularly when low on fuel!  The Nuvi 50 also gives you the option of diverting to a point of interest during a journey as well which is good for if you need to fill up on the way somewhere.

The map that is preloaded onto the Nuvi is for the UK and Republic of Ireland which is all I will need however if you’re someone who travels and drives abroad, then maps are also available for Europe, Mexico and Australia.  I think this is a great idea as driving abroad can be daunting at the best of times so knowing where you’re going and being able to see the route on a sat nav increases confidence and safety when driving in a foreign country.

The map itself is very easy to view on the screen, combining words with the image of the map, without needing to pay much attention to it, making it a safe addition to your car.  It has clearly spoken turn by turn directions too so you don’t even need to look at the sat nav while driving because it explains where to go; it even reads out the street names which I think is very handy, especially when there are lots of little turns in a location.  What I find the most useful is the lane assist feature that tells you which lane to go in and displays upcoming junctions on the screen.  This is so helpful, particularly when you’re on a motorway with lots of lanes and you need to turn off.


I think that this would make a fabulous sat nav for someone who has recently passed their driving test as it is so simple and easy to follow and doesn’t distract you when driving.  It would also be ideally suited to someone who doesn’t drive long distances too often.  That’s because whilst it plans a route well and doesn’t create a distraction when driving, it doesn’t have live traffic updates which are handy particularly when you’re doing a lot of motorway driving and it doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities to sync your mobile phone up with it.  Personally I think that this is a good thing because I think that driving whilst on the phone on loudspeaker through a Bluetooth device can still be dangerous, however I know that there are some people, particularly those who are traveling on long journeys who would benefit from such a feature.

A feature of this sat nav that would benefit everyone is the safety camera warning.  The sat nav tells you your speed compared to the legal speed of the road and if you are in a safety camera zone but it also lets you know when you are approaching a speed camera too.


The Garmin Nuvi 50 as it is great value for money for the quality you get and the safety it provides when driving.  For a budget sat nav, I am very impressed.  You can find out more information about this sat nav and buy one for yourself, here.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Naturalmente Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Naturalmente Shampoo and Conditioner*
When Mr WLL took me away for a Valentines mini break last week, I popped this shampoo and conditioner travel sized duo from Naturalmente into my wash bag.  My hair is very oily at the roots but quite dry and frizzy on the ends so even when I'm travelling I need to make sure that I look after my hair to the same high standard as I would do at home.  With that in mind, I was certainly taking a risk trying out a new shampoo and conditioner on a trip!
 
Not heard of Naturalmente before?  Well neither had I but after reading a bit about them, I can see that they truly are a company who care.  Naturalmente are an Italian brand that have recently been launched in the UK.  Founded in 2004 by top Italian hairdressers Brigida and Domenico Tomaselli who pride themselves on their line of products that are free from Parabens, Formaldehyde, Diethanolamine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) and synthetic perfumes.  All of the ingredients in the line are obtained from sustainable protected resources, contain only vegetarian ingredients and they are not tested on animals.  Even the packaging is biodegradable and made from materials that do not emit toxins when burned!
 
You can visit their website here.
 
 
The shampoo that I have been trying out is the Naturalmente Citrus Shampoo which is designed for normal, fine and oily hair types.  It has a gentle but a super effective formula as it removes product build up and really cleanses and detoxes the scalp.  I got two generous uses out of this bottle and found that it really cleaned my hair well whilst creating some extra body but what I liked the most about it is that it didn't dry my hair out and it wasn't stripping.  I usually wash my hair everyday but I was able to wash it after the third day, without using dry shampoo, after using this shampoo.  It gets a HUGE thumbs up from me.
 
The Naturalmente line of conditioners are designed to be chosen to specifically address your hairs condition.  I opted for the Fennel and Geranium Deep Hydrating Treatment because it designed for dry, frizzy and chemically treated hair.  I applied this to the mid lengths and ends of my hair the first time I used it and all over my hair the second time.  It left my hair feeling deeply moisturised and soft but full of body and volume.  I was SO impressed with my hair after using the shampoo and conditioner together as it felt so clean and nourished.  The shampoo didn't dry my hair out and the conditioner didn't make my hair oily, it simply balanced my hair and scalp.  Absolutely fabulous!
 
Naturalmente products are available online from the Gentle Bodycare website.  They are affordably priced for such high quality products and I would absolutely recommend them.  The 50ml bottles retail for £2.60 and the full size 250ml bottle is £9.00.
 
I've actually just placed my first order for four of the full size bottles online- now I don't know why, but when I got to the checkout, I was given a discount which came to £1.80 off each bottle, making them £7.20 each.  I haven't a clue what the discount was for and I didn't enter a code but I'm not complaining.  With the £2.10 shipping, my order came to £30.90 for two of the shampoos and two of the conditioners which I think is amazing value for products that I know work so well.  I can't wait to start using them all of the time.

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Empties #20


I honestly cannot believe that the last time I published an empties post was back in October.  I have used so many products up since then but I've been focusing on getting rid of all of my travel sized products and samples which I don't include in these posts as I don't feel as though I get to try them for long enough to be able to make my mind up on them and to form a well rounded opinion.  That being said, I have still built up plenty of full sized products to share with you along the way... and they're starting to take over a corner of my office so I thought it was about time I finally wrote up this post!

Just looking at these products now, I think they have to be the most varied bunch of empties I've featured on WhatLauraLoves- there's a bit of everything in there; hair, body, skincare, make up and fragrance.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque
Starting with hair and a product I have absolutely LOVED which is the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque.  When my hair was really frizzy and breaking at the beginning of last year, I started using this and it INSTANTLY helped to soothe and soften my hair and I've used it religiously ever since.  I honestly cannot recommend it enough if you have dry, damaged or frizzy hair.  Even if you have oily hair at the roots like I do then you can still use this- I found that it didn't add any extra grease to my hair at all.  You can buy this mask from Feel Unique, Superdrug and Boots for around £5.89.  I actually bought mine from Asda where it was on offer, 3 for £10 which I would HIGHLY recommend looking out for because once you've tried this mask, you never want to be without it.

Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner
By contrast, another product that I have used up is the American Cream Hair Conditioner from Lush which is £8.95 for a 250ml bottle.  This conditioner contains fresh strawberries which are intended to strengthen and cleanse the hair which I didn't find happened with this conditioner.  It also contains a little orange juice which is supposed to make your hair glossy and reflect more light, which it doesnt, at least not on my hair.  It also contains lanolin which is there to coat the hair follicles and to help to protect the hair from damage from heat styling, while the honey in it is supposed to help the hair to stay hydrated.  Clary Sage is also listed within the ingredients to soothe the scalp and also lavender which is supposed to be very calming on troubled scalps.  I'm guessing that by now you have realised that I am not a fan of this product.  It felt like I was putting cotton wool soaked in water through my hair, it smelt awful (very artificial which is unusual for Lush) and it actually dried my hair out.  Has anyone else had this problem with this hair conditioner?  I didn't notice any improvement in the condition of my hair after using this and I wouldn't recommend it at all, nor would I repurchase it.  Sorry Lush, I love you but not this product!

Moving onto shower products and three scrubs that I have been absolutely loving and one not quite so much.


Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub
The first is Soap and Glory's Sugar Crush Body Scrub which is available here and my full review is available to read here.  This is one of my favourite scrubs of all time and it is my absolute favourite scent that Soap and Glory do.  Sugar Crush contains smashed brown sugar, sweet lime, almond oil and macadamia grains which work together to create a really abrasive scrub that sloughs away all of the dead skin cells but leaves you feeling super soft and moisturised afterwards.  It smells just like key lime pie which is absolutely delicious!  I've already repurchased this to use on my honeymoon so I'm sure you'll be seeing that in another empties post in the not too distant future!

Victoria's Secret Sparking Citrus Lemon Escape
The other scrub that I have been using up is also a warm, zesty scent but this time it is by Victorias Secret.  The Sparkling Citrus Lemon Escape body scrub is to die for.  It is made up of lemon, sugar and coconut and it smells gorgeous.  It is very abrasive and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth after I've used it.  I love the scent and the way that the scrub performs so I would repurchase it but I am going to wait until I go to America as they are much cheaper than they are over here.  This one set me back £9.00 for a 200g bottle and I seemed to use it up incredibly quickly, whereas the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush seems to last loads longer and is £8.00 for 300ml.

Victoria's Secret Such A Flirt Smoothing Body Scrub
I have also used up the Such A Flirt Smoothing Body Scrub from Victoria's Secret which is exactly the same as the Lemon Escape body scrub that I've talked about above except that it is scented with starfruit and white orchid.  I absolutely LOVE the scent of this and will be looking to pick up another as well as a perfume version when I go to the states.

Next Just Pink Perfumed Body Scrub
Another body scrub that I used up was the Just Pink Perfumed Body Scrub from Next.  This is too strongly floral scented for my nose and the scrub wasn't very abrasive at all so it didn't really do anything to my skin.

Burt's Bees Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub
From body scrubs to face scrubs and the one I have used up most recently is the Burt's Bees Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub which you can read my full review of here and buy here.  I wouldn't repurchase this scrub because it isn't abrasive enough for my needs- I prefer more of a microdermabrasion scrub however I do like that it is 100% natural and the exfoliating particles are in a creamy solution.

Kiko Firming Iridescent Cream
After my showers, I've been applying the Kiko Firming Iridescent Body Cream.  I'll not say too much about this as it was limited edition but you can read my full review here.  However I must say that whilst I did love this cream, I did stop using it for a couple of months while I tried out some other products for my blog and when I went back to using it the cream felt a hell of a lot thicker than it previously did and was so incredibly difficult to squeeze out.  So strange as the consistency went a bit like chewing gum!

Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask
Onto skincare and there are two masks that I've used up since my last empties post.  The first is the Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask which I reviewed in full here and you can buy here.  My thoughts on this mask remain the same- I think that it is a great all rounder, perfect for younger skin and for using in between more intensive treatments.  I would certainly repurchase for weeks where I'm wanting to maintain good skin and don't have many problem areas to tackle.  When I do, I crack out this guy...

GlamGlow Youth Mud
The original GlamGlow Youth Mud mask in the black pot.  This is hands down the best mask I have ever used.  It gives instant results unlike any other mask I've ever tried and I cannot see the day when I won't repurchase this.  I won't rave about it any more as I don't have any other words to say how great this face mask is but you can read my full review here and it goes without saying that I've already repurchased this.

Good Things Deep Pore Anti Blemish Lotion
Another skincare item I have used up is the Good Things Deep Pore Anti Blemish Lotion which I reviewed in this post.  I absolutely love this cleanser.  I pore a little onto a cotton pad and take my make up off with a few sweeps.  It is refreshing and effectively cleanses my skin.  I absolutely love it and would repurchase it again and again.  I'd recommend it to anyone, particularly younger girls as it is full of goodness and no nasties.

St Moriz Instant Leg Tanning Spray*
For a couple of nights out, I have used the St Moriz Instant Leg Tanning Spray  (buy here for £4.99) which has quite honestly baffled me.  It is designed to give a spray on tights, airbrush effect to the legs.  It was so easy to use, very fast drying, transfer resistant and easy to wash off, however I had one slight problem and thats that the first time I used it, I loved it.  It made my legs look perfected, the colour was very natural and it gave me confidence when I was wearing a short dress and I was so over the moon with it.  However the next time I wore it, no colour whatsoever was transferred onto my legs- at all.  Mr WLL even sprayed it onto his arm and no colour came out whatsoever.  I literally wrote the product off and thought I'll just chuck it, until I came to writing this post and I sprayed a little on my arm again and out came the colour.  It is now 11pm at night and I'm sat here with perfect pins and no where to go.  All I can deduce is that I must have a dodgy can as it certainly isn't normal for a product to work perfectly one minute and not the next... and yes, I did shake the can!  For those reasons, I couldn't recommend the product but when it worked, I did really like it and it is much more natural looking than the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.

Intimately Beckham for Her
The only perfume I've used up recently is the Victoria Beckham fragrance called Intimately Beckham For Her.  This is a gorgeous floral scent layered with musk which is my favourite note to have in a fragrance.  I wouldn't repurchase this as I have so many other perfumes to use up first but I would definitely recommend it, particularly if you're looking for a more budget fragrance or one to wear during the day.  You can buy your own here.

Finally onto the make up that I have used up and each product is actually a mascara.

NYX Doll Eye Mascara
The first one is the NYX Doll Eye Mascara which I absolutely love as it create gorgeous looking lashes.  It has a uniquely shaped wand and a fabulously build able formula that creates a fluttery, wide open eye look.  Read my full review here and buy it here if you like the sound of it.  I would definitely repurchase  this mascara when I've ran out of my other mascaras and I would recommend this mascara to anyone, its brilliant.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Another mascara that I absolutely loved was the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. This took a little bit getting used to but once I did I fell in love with it.  I have lost count of the amount of these that I've repurchased.  It makes such a difference to your eye make up and really defines your eyes, making your eyes look wide open.  I have reviewed it in full with pictures here and you can buy it here.


The next mascara that I have used up is the Maybelline The Colossal Volum' Express Mascara in 100% black.  I liked this mascara but it didn't wow me as it didn't do anything different to my lashes than a standard mascara would.  This mascara seemed to get better with age as the longer I had it and the drier it got, the better it performed.  You can pick up your own here.

Collection Does It All Waterproof Mascara
The final product in my empties post is the Collection Does It All Waterproof Mascara (buy here) which I must admit has been the biggest let down I've experienced in a long time.  I loved it when I first tried it however after a couple of months of occasional use, this mascara is dry as a bone and completely unable to be used.  I've tried reviving it with a little eye cream but unfortunately its a no go so to the bin it goes!

So that's all of my empties for now, what do you think of these products?

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