Friday, 20 April 2012

Some busy times...

It’s been one of those weeks, you know the ones where you feel as if you’ve been really busy but you look back and realise you haven’t actually achieved much?  I’m not sure I like it, definitely needs to be nipped in the bud.  And as an aside, where does that ‘nipped in the bud’ saying even come from?  Is it a gardening term or something?  Anyhow...

Apart from being back at work full time after the bank holidays, among other things, I’ve attended my nieces 2nd birthday party (she was just ridiculously cute!) been to the cinema to see Cabin in the Woods (totally epic, if you haven’t seen it you totally should) and also been back at the gym regularly.  Now that has been pretty fun (apart from the gym), but I haven’t really done any of the stuff I wanted to.

I really wanted to have a spring clean of my house this week, and in particular go through my stock of beauty products.  As well as my bathroom cabinet filled with my daily essentials, I’ve got a rather large vanity bag and also a traincase filled with back-ups and items I don’t use regularly.  I can’t imagine it will take me long to sort through, but I’ve put it off since it’s a bit boring.  I will definitely do it this weekend though, and who knows I might discover some old favourites and put them back into circulation :-)

I really need  to the same thing with my clothes too, but at the moment that’s a much too depressing thought; I feel like I’ve only just started with going to the gym regularly and eating a better diet, and since I’m not quite where I want to be yet, I can’t start replacing the clothes I get rid of.  Definitely holding off on starting that task!

I’m looking forward to the weekend anyway (even though Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, about which I am obsessed, is not released at the cinema yet), as well as being all virtuous and getting the cleaning done, I’m going to catch up on some reading (I know! Exciting!), it’s been far too long since I’ve spent any quality time with my Kindle.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil

My hair is naturally curly and although there's lots of it, it's fine in texture and can tend to lay a bit flat on my head if I don't get some volume in at the roots.  For a while now, I've used a mix of root-boosting mousse, curl creme and gel to style my hair, and although this was giving me volume and defining my curls my hair could look a bit dull, so I was really excited when I first heard about L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil.  It seemed all the beauty bloggers and Youtubers was talking about this light, nourishing oil, suitable for all hair types that was giving them both softness and shine.

I know from experience that my hair can easily get weighed down by these oils so when I first bought a bottle of the Mythic Oil, I was careful to just use one pump and smooth it gently over my hair at the end of the styling routine.  Although this gave me shine and the oil itself smelled lovely, I felt it made my hair a bit flat.  

Since then I tried it a few different ways and I think I've finally got it working for me.  Instead of just using the Mythic Oil as a finisher, I've been using my root mousse first as usual, and then using a tiny amount of the oil (probably less than half a pump) through the mid-lengths and ends of my hair, before using my curl creme and gel mix and drying with my diffuser.  This gives me nice volume and hold without being stiff or sticky and to finish I use a bit of firm hold hairspray followed by an even tinier amount of the mythic oil to give my hair that little bit of extra shine.

Honestly, I didn't think I'd get on with this oil when I first got it (which made me gutted since it's fairly pricy at about £10-£14 for 125ml), but with a bit of experimentation I must say I'm pretty much loving it.  Long-term I'm hoping that it will give some nourishment to my hair too and hopefully without any build-up; I use a really deep cleansing shampoo when I need it anyway so I shouldn't have a problem there.

Overall, I'm happy to have this oil as a regular part of my hair-care and styling, but I'm definitely still up for trying other oils when I find them.

Monday, 9 April 2012

New Dr Martens

With my exercise programme under way there is absolutely no point in me buying any new clothes.  It's still nice to treat myself though, so with the last of the money I received for my birthday in February I treated myself to some Dr. Martens boots.

I last had a pair of these when I was about 15 (a scarily long time ago) and I vividly remember how much pain I was in when it came to breaking them in.  It was absolutely worth it though, I wore them for so long and with just about anything.  I can't actually remember what became of them, I'm sure it was just that my fickle teenage self moved onto something else.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting this lovely, shiny new pair broken in, and once I get my body back into shape, styling them up with some new additions to my wardrobe.  My style has kind of veered between 80s and bright and rock for a few years now so my new docs will fit right in.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

She Said Beauty Box - April 2012

I was already late leaving for work yesterday morning when the postie knocked with my She Said Beauty Box.  Talk about a test of willpower; instead of sitting down to examine the contents thoroughly, I popped open the delightful bright pink packaging, took a quick photo of the beauty box to tweet and went off to work.

By the time 5.30pm (finally) rolled around I was very keen to get home and actually open the darn thing, and I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised when I did.

The beautiful turquoise box opens to reveal some information cards about the products you've been sent, and underneath a layer of pink ribbon and tissue lie the goodies themselves, nestled amongst some straw packing.

So what's in the box then?  Well in my particular box I got this:

Filthy Gorgeous Nail Polish in Valentine (Full size product)
This is a really nice rich red shade.  I'm not the biggest fan of nail polish in general but the quality looks good so I'll definitely be giving it a go.

Comfort Zone Body Expert Kit
Such a cute little set containing sachets of bath and body treats; includes body scrub, shower gel, and four creams/gels.  With summer approaching faster than I thought I'm getting really into body products so I'll really enjoy giving these a go.

Mischa Barton Luscious Lips in Pink Pop (Full size product)
Who doesn't love a good lip balm?  I put this on as soon as I opened the box; it feels lovely and hydrating, has a hint of pink and an SPF15, and even better smells divine.

Bellapierre Shimmer Powder in Champagne (Full size product)
I'm so addicted to shimmery highlights, like MAC MSFs and Bobbi Brown Shimmerbricks, so I'm almost 100% certain I'll like this Shimmer Powder.  Can't wait to give it a go, the colour looks so wearable too.

Bharti Vyas The Ultimate Therapy (UTR) Face and Neck Polisher
My main beauty addiction is without a doubt skincare.  I don't tend to switch around my products too much though, so I'm equal parts apprehensive and excited about trying this.  This exfoliant smells amazing, and judging by the Bharti Vyas website has some good ingredients.  If it works well, I wouldn't hesitate to buy the full size product at £22.50

Bonus Item: Erno Lazlo The Hollywood Collection
This is a brand I've never heard of so I'm intrigued by the 5 little sachets of skincare samples I've received.  With the full size products starting from £85 I really don't know what these products will be like, I'll certainly write as soon as I've tried them though.

This is the first beauty box I've ever ordered and I must say I'm really impressed.  At £9 + postage  and with 3 full size products included it feels like such a bargain, and I imagine it'll be really lovely to continue getting these boxes, like a little gift to myself every month.

Roll on next month so I can receive my next She Said Beauty Box!
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