Thursday 27 February 2014

Kate's Product of the Week - Montagne Jeunesse Anti-Stress Face Mask

I thought since my last PotW was a pretty pricey product (alliteration, I like it!) I have decided this week would be a bargainous treat with lots of positives. 

I started a new job this week so I think the perfect product for the transition from PT worker to FT worker would be a lovely Face Mask and a nice hot bath. My fave face mask is Montagne Jeunesse's Deep Sea Anti-Stress Mud Mask (RRP £1) yes that's another pound bargain as my PotW!! 

Now Montagne Jeunesse, they make loads of different face masks. All of them do different things and have loads for different skin types.

Front and Back of Face Mask Sachet. The back reads "We've harvested deep cleansing Deep Sea Mud to draw out impurities and open pores to leave skin feeling cleansed and soft"

The sachet's contain a lot of product and I can sometimes get 2 uses out of one sachet. The colour on the front of the package is blue when really it's not THAT blue but it still delivers on the promises. 

The formula of this is thick and creamy and it's easy to apply. Below are my tips for applying a MJ mask properly.
  1. Cleanse your skin (I like to use a deep cleansing wipe)
  2. Apply mask to the T-Zone and gradually spread out
  3. Leave on for 10-15 mins 
  4. Relax
  5. After 10-15 mins wash off using a gentle face wash
TIP: As the mask dries, try not to make any sudden facial changes because it can flake the mask and it can go everywhere!!

It's as easy as that! Here's a scary picture of me with my mask on! (I am wearing a vest btw!) 

  • MJ masks come in lot of different types according to skin type
  • You can sometimes get 2 uses out of one sachet
  • Perfect for those who can only do one off pamper nights
  • Some of the "flavours" they come in can be really nice! I once had a chocolate one (YUM)
  • They deliver on their promises
  • Suitable for Veggies and Cruelty -Free
  • Available in literally so many shops!! Tesco, Asda, Boots, Online, Home Bargains, B&M
  • Sudden face movements can cause masks to flake
So there we have it! Week 9. If you ever have any preferences for PotW then let me know!! 

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Wednesday 26 February 2014

Beauty and Bounce, No Heat Hair. Sleep-In Rollers Review

Ever had hair envy of those girls with perfect looking hair? You know the ones, they hair the perfect amount of volume, bounce and curl! Think TOWIE! 

I've found out that it's really beyond easy to get that look, it just takes a little time. About 6 hours, but the work time all together is literally 1 hour. 

What you need:
  • Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Volume Spray
  • Tangle Taming Comb/Brush
  • Tail Comb
  • 20 Sleep-Rollers
  • Kirby Grips/Bobby Pins
  • Mark Hill Party The Night Away Hairspray

I washed my hair with Herbal Essences Uplifting Volume Shampoo and Conditioner and I blew my hair using my Wet Brush (Tangle Taming Brush) but not so much so it's still a little damp and then I slept...

...The morning after...

I gave my hair a once over with my Wet Brush and then got down to it. I used Sleep-In Rollers (£19.50 Boots) and I used a little spritz of Mark Hill Big Night Out Supersize Me Volume Spray on my hair before I put in the rollers. I roughly section my hair into sections not too thick and the same width as the roller. I repeated this with the rest of my hair and secured any loose rollers with a clip. My hair is quite long and thick and it took about 20 rollers to do my own hair. 

I then went over with a light misting with the hairspray. This was at about 1pm, I then sat in these for 5 hours, in that time I did the dishes, and cleaned the living room, even had a cheeky nap. I also did my make-up before I took my rollers out. When I did eventually take them out, I couldn't believe the bounce and curl my hair had at the ends. I started at my neck and worked my way forward. Once out, I teased the crown of my head with my tail comb. 

I never thought I'd have hair as gorgeous as this, ever. Thanks to sleep-in rollers I can have gorgeous hair all the time!! I finish my look with another spritz of hairspray. It kept all night aswell! Sleep-In Rollers are definitely one of my hair heroes. I've used heated rollers in the past to try and get a similar look but never quite achieved the amount of volume as this. 

Do you love Sleep-In Rollers too? Tell us in the comments :-)

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We Love Your Style! - Birchbox February 2014

I know this post is a little later than usual, but I did have a little issue with this month's box. When it first arrived I found that one of the products had actually smashed during delivery and there were bits of broken glass everywhere and oil had leaked over all of the other products :( 

I emailed Birchbox and they agreed to send me a whole new box and also credited my account with 50 beauty points (worth £5) so I was really pleased with the customer service, and within a week my new box had arrived, here's what was inside....

Beauty Protector Protect & Oil - This is actually the product that smashed in the first box so clearly not the best packaging but I do love a good hair oil so this will be put to good use! A full size retails for £16

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner - This eyeliner has a pen tip to ensure a tidy line for your feline flick. It is very black and very easy to use. This retails for £12

Gilchrist & Soames The London Collection Shower Gel - This is a paraben-free formula with all sorts of lovely ingredients to nourish the skin. I can't put my finger on what it smells like, but it is lovely and fresh. I'm going away for a weekend next month so I'll be saving this for then as it's the perfect travel size. This retails for £13.75 a bottle

Urbanveda Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish - A gentle exfoliator packed with super-fruits which retails for £8.99. This has no parabens and no GM ingredients, so is nice and natural for your skin. 

Leighton Denny Nail Colour - As I received 2 boxes this month I was lucky enough to receive this nail polish in 2 different shades. I have 'Maneater' a deep black colour and 'Meet Me in Monaco' which is a pastel peach colour. These retail for £11 each.

And finally, as always there is a little lifestyle extra - Green & Blacks Dark Chocolate - I'm not a fan of dark chocolate, but I'm sure I can find someone to enjoy it!

What do you think of this months box? Let me know in the comments below....

Linda x

Thursday 20 February 2014

Be Mine - Glossybox February 2014

The obvious theme of choice for a February beauty box is of course Valentines Day, and this month Glossybox have presented us with this gorgeous box covered in lipstick kisses and filled with all the products needed to create the flirty feminine Valentines Day look....

Ciate London Paint Pot - The perfect shade for Valentines Day this red nail polish comes from cult brand Ciate so you know you're getting good quality! This retails for £9

Giovanni Eco Chic Cosmetics - This was 3 sachets of various hair treatments including all natural ingredients, such as Moroccan argan oils, avocado & papaya which sounds lovely and nourishing. This is apparently the #1 selling natural haircare brand in the United States so I'm intrigued to test these out. Prices for full sized products start at £7.99

Maybelline New York Big Eyes Mascara - I've been eyeing this up since it's launch as I love the idea of having a bottom lash mascara, and having one built into the end of your ordinary mascara seems like a very practical idea! I've tried this out a couple of times and I do really like it, especially the bottom lash end. It doesn't quite give me the ideal dramatic look on my top lashes, but it's great for daytime wear. This retails for £8.99

Nougat London Sparkling Body Shimmer - When I first opened this box I initially thought I was a bit old for products like this (a little depressing, I know) but the glittery look is something I left behind many years ago. However, I tested it out and was pleasantly surprised. It gives a beautifully soft shimmery look to the skin, not quite as extreme as Edward Cullen but more of a glowing radiance. It would be perfect to apply to the body on a night out or special occasion and it just looks sooooo pretty! It's enriched with Vitamin E so it's good for your skin, and it smells pretty good too! A bottle of this costs £14

NV Chunky Lip Crayon - I do love lip crayons and this one is very pretty. It's a very girly shade, and not something I think suits me very well so I applied this lightly and blended it with my finger for a softer look. Lasting power wasn't great and I probably wouldn't recommend it, but I'm happy to at least be receiving more make-up items in these boxes! This retails for £5

And finally, an extra little treat which was devoured as soon as I had finished photographing the box was this Lindt Lindor Treat Bar - I adore Lindt chocolate and this tasted exactly like the classic Lindor truffles - YUM!

I'm genuienly really pleased with this months box, it contained more beauty items than usual which I love and it had yummy chocolate. Nothing to complain about here! :)

What do you think of this months box? Let me know in the comments below...

Linda x

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Kate's Product of the Week - Nars Multiple Duo Blush/Bronzer

This weeks product is one I had heard lots of before I got it. I actually received this in my Sephora Favourites Box. I'm a big fan of Sarah Millican and when I first went to see her she did a joke about getting make up and it having a funny name. I bet some of you can already guess what it is..."Orgasm" by Nars. I also got it in a Multiple Duo set (RRP £33) with a Bronzer shade "Laguna Beach" which is shockingly similar to "South Beach".

I love both the Blush and the Bronzer and the Duo is so handy to have. Yes, I do think it's a bit pricey but sometimes it's nice to treat yourself to some make up which is a bit dearer.

The Duo consists of 2.5g of each product and they are quite pigmented so you're not having to use an awful lot to achieve a desired look. 

Without and With Flash

I'm really pleased with this Duo because it's just so easy to throw in your bag and the feeling of it is so luxurious!! If anyone has a chance to try a Nars product I would definitely recommend you try Orgasm Blush, it's beautiful! 

Wearing Orgasm Blush here

  • It's really pigmented
  • It's long wearing
  • Light-wearing
  • Can be built up.
  • It's so expensive :( 
  • Doesn't come with a brush/applicator

That's my 8th PotW done! Can't believe we're 8 weeks into 2014 so far! Hope you've enjoyed this instalment and keep your eyes out for another regular feature from myself and some of the other lovely ladies coming soon here at:

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Monday 17 February 2014

Lashes for days ~ Ardell ~ Natural Style

Hey Sweeties!
'Ardell, America's Leading Lashes'... I can see why!

Ardell lashes - Natural style
This isn't so much a review, more of a 'product rave'. I LOVE these lashes and I don't even like falsies.
I struggle to find lashes worth wearing as I naturally have quite long ones anyway, but these just looked so beautiful I had to have them (valid excuse right?)
Up until today they had been sat on my vanity looking stunning but not getting any love... I needed to venture into town and couldn't be bothered to put my face on so decided I would pop them on and see if I felt like I could get away with going out with nothing other than lashes on, and clothes of course ~ I'm not that confident!
Turns out, I love them! They are long, fluttery, have a beautiful curl and give just the right amount of volume. On their own they allow you to look like you wake up looking bright eyed and beautiful with no effort required and they add something extra special to any makeup look, natural or dark and sultry.
They apply so easily, the band is super thin and bendy, they are incredibly lightweight and you can re use them.
10/10 , thumbs up, 5 stars! Amazing!
So if you can't tell. id seriously recommend these to anyone, even people like me that have never cared for falsies before.
Find them in superdrug or boots and online for around £5.00

Friday 14 February 2014

Birthday Beauty Haul

For my Birthday my Boyfriend Lee kindly paid for me and him to go to Barcelona. I thought while we were there it would be rude not to do a bit of shopping. So I went to the usual shops and bought some clothes but they aren't what this post is about...I had a major beauty blowout! (It was my birthday so it's allowed). 

While I was there I went into this cosmetics shop called PRIMOR and they were doing a 3 for 2 sale so in typical Kate-Style I went a little nuts picking up loads. I settled on 6 pieces and then had to go back to get one more thing. (I won't say I wasn't tempted to get more but I resisted) All the things I picked up were from a range called NYX which isn't as well known in the UK as it is in Spain, my sister's friend Kayleigh liked the brand and that's how I knew about it. I'd also heard by one of the girls from here, Kate A I think, that their cream blusher was gorgeous. With it's good reputation in tact I did a little testing in store to see colours and such. NYX can be bought in the UK from the Online Store and selected Next Stores.

My first items were a part of the NYX HD Studio Range: Foundation (which is the product I went back for) in HDF Nude 01 and Primer. Both products are mineral enriched and talc and paraben free.

My next 3 products definitely have a theme. I got a Love in Rio 3 Shade Eyeshadow Palette in "Life is a Cha Cha", Single Eyeshadow in Purple ES32 and a Jumbo Eye Pencil in Velvet Purple. I bet you can't guess what my favourite colour is...

My last 2 products I got from PRIMOR were a Cream Blush (as recommended by Kate A) in Tea Rose and a Smile Brightening Lip Gloss

If you're ever in Barcelona I would recommending going here because it's not only got some great stuff it's really cheap too. All of this came in at just under €40. It's in MareMagnum which is by the Barceloneta Metro Line.

Primor Shopping Bag

When we came home I had birthday money left over due to the fact I wasn't going to go out for my birthday this year because I've had my wisdom teeth pulled out and stitches in my mouth so I would have been no fun so went down to the Trafford Centre and treated myself (as did the boy). So I bought myself some new clothes as well as some beauty treats and Lee bought me some Lush stuff :-) 

First up Superdrug, I decided to try some MUA stuff because I've just heard raves about one of the products I bought. I wanted a new sort of neutral palette, I'm starting a new job so want to try and look my best but not OTT so I bought the MUA Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Sorbet (£2.50) and I'm always looking for ways to keep my make up perfect all day long and picked up this to give it a try: MUA Pro Base Fixing Mist (£5.00)

I also noticed that some of my fave skin care was reduced to £3.49 when it's usually £5.99. BiorĂ© Ice Cleanser has been a god send in my life since I started using it in October. I thought since it's cheap I'd buy the Pore Unclogging Scrub also.

And finally onto LUSH where the boy treated me to 2 Bubble Bars and some soap. I bet you can already guess which soap he bought me...that's right, it was PotW a few weeks ago it's Rock Star Soap, I got a 100g bar for £3.40 and the 2 bubble bars were Pop In the Bath in Blue, it's blue with a little daisy on top of it and it smells really lovely and the other is Skies and Fluffy White Clouds which is HUGE I'll probs get about 4-5 uses out of it. 

Have you had a little spree lately? Do you love any of the products I picked up? Have you tried NYX and have any suggestions for me to try? I love comments and if you're commenting from another blog then remember to leave your link and I'll comment back on one of your posts. 

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Thursday 13 February 2014

Eyes of a Goddess

Sweeties, let me introduce you to the most beautiful liner I have ever owned,  eye of horus ~ Jewel Amethyst Goddess Pencil. £13.00
Here's what their website has to say about it: 'The much talked about Pantone's colours of the year 2014 are inspired by some of the prettiest hues in nature, with radiant orchid being crowned the winner. As a small tribute we introduce the Jewel Amethyst Goddess Pencil. An exceptionally pigmented deep purple shade with purple micro glitter to enhance the eyes and achieve a captivating look'.

No matter how hard I tried I could not get a picture that did the colour justice, it is stunning.
I've used this along with the most dramatic of eye looks (on the inner corners of my eyes and along the lower lash line) and it adds the perfect amount of glamour to create super sultry eyes and I've also used it alone to line my upper lash line which creates a beautiful but subtle eye look that is much softer than the typical black liner.
It is lovely and creamy in texture and glides on so smoothly. It also lasts all day, no budging or smudging here thank you!
Keep checking back for a full makeup 'face of the day' using this pencil. Until then, click here to purchase from this amazing brand.

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Kate's Product of the Week - Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

This weekend I went to Barcelona for my Birthday and one product that I used over there which I was in awe with was Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner (RRP £4.99) This is why it was only fitting that it is my 7th Product of the week.

I recently dyed my hair (again) and I needed to take something away with me to stop my hair from being damaged and this was just the trick. I only bought the little travel versions (£1.20 ASDA) because I only had hand luggage but I am going to invest in a bigger bottle as soon as I get paid. (So apologies for lack of a proper picture) 

Source: Aussie Hair

Not only did I get complimented on my hair, which I won't lie to you I did love, it also felt and smelt amazing. This conditioner smells a lot like bubblegum and isn't heavy at all, which is a pet peeve of mine for some deep conditioners.

As you can see my hair was really easy to style and it blew dry really straight and shiny with no need for me to use my straighteners. I do believe this was up to the 3 Minute Miracle because the hair dryer in the room was poop (Sorry Hotel Madanis). 

I did also use the shampoo but I've used the shampoo before and I've used better shampoos but this Conditioner is perfect and you can get is specifically for coloured hair. You can also get it for long hair, frizzy hair, shine and heat defense.

  • Smells great
  • Contributed to a lovely straight blow dry
  • It's not heavy so doesn't take ages to wash out
  • It's usually on offer (ie 3 for 2 or 3 for £10)
  • I never tried it before now
  • Wish the shampoo was just as nice as this
So really hardly any flaws for this. I know a lot of people who rave about Aussie 3MM and I've just sort of passed it off as another deep conditioner which has found itself with the premium hair care products and I'm so glad I gave it a go. 

Do you love Aussie? What's your fave hair care product at the mo? I'd love to know in the comments below (Another Rhyme!! I swear I'm not doing it on purpose haha) 

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Monday 10 February 2014

Valentines Preperation Post. Including Fake Bake, Impress and Kiss Haute Couture.

Valentines Day, that unavoidable routine holiday that is creeping up on us again, you either love it or you hate it. (Boo you haters!)

I’m single, however there may be a date on the cards! So the preparation seems a little bit more important for me personally. First impression counts and all that?! I don’t believe it’s all cards and gifts and fancy meals in swanky restaurants, no! Feeling good is key to looking good, so preparation plays a major role in a successful night.
I was very kindly sent a great array of products to help me in the preparation for Valentines Day including Fake Bake Bronzer instant tan lotion, Haute Couture Kiss lashes in Coy and Impress nails in Tweetheart (very fitting!) and TGIF.

First off, the Impress Stick on nails promise quick and easy application with no need for glue! Impress Nails….I am impressed! (It’s almost valentines day…I’m allowed to be cheesy!) I decided to go for the set aptly named Tweetheart, a gorgeous shade of vampy red. I’m not sure if it’s just me but these nails in some lighting seem to take on an almost ombre effect, being an almost reddish black towards the tip, but regardless I am in love with the colour!
The nails come packaged in a lovely little nail polish shaped box which contains 24 various sized nails, an almost guarantee that you will find nails a suitable size for your own. Included is a prep pad and a cute little nail file.

Application of the nails was quick and easy. Once I had sorted the nails into desired sizes, all I had to do was wipe the prep pad over my nails, peel off the tab to reveal the glue and pop them over my own nails, I started with my pinky nail and left the thumb nail on both hands until last. It literally took around three minutes and I had salon standard talons!

How beautiful do they look?! They remind me of the look, touch and finish of a very good quality gel manicure! The nails are very comfortable to wear and just the right length for every day wear. I was worried they wouldn't feel very secure once applied (Remember those pop on (pop off again 5 minutes later!) nails with the sticky tabs when you were a teenager?!) but I couldn't have been more wrong. I can’t stop looking at them! 

Longevity, these surprised me to be quite honest! No glue remember...and they lasted a whole week before I lost one, which resulted in me removing the rest. A WHOLE WEEK! As the nails aren't like the typical false nail, usually quite rigid and hard, more of a soft pliable material, they did bend ever so slightly when I removed them, so unfortunately one or two of them won't be reusable. Not a problem though, as there are still a good amount of nails left to be used! 

Overall, I am very happy with these nails and plan on stocking up on a few different colours/patterns! Tweetheart can be bought for £5.99 at Superdrug here and can also be picked up in Boots and ASDA. I've decided to save the TGIF pair for sometime in Spring, i'll definitely post when I've had chance to wear them! 

Next up, of course you can't beat a pair of fluttery eyelashes to bat at that special (and hot?!) man! 
You all know by now that I am an avid lover of a good pair of falsies and no look would be complete without a pair. The Haute Couture Kiss lashes were a brand i've not personally tried before, yet I have heard good things about on numerous occasions, so I was very pleased with the opportunity to try them out. 

This is a double set and comes with an applicator and adhesive. In the packet, the lashes themselves look quite full on, however when on, they're bloomin' beautiful! Not too in your face, very flirty and fluttery looking! 
I personally did not get along with the applicator, however I can see it coming in handy if you're a novice with false eyelash application. I popped them on using just my fingers and application was quick and easy, thanks to the flexible and well manipulated lash line on the lashes. 
They were very comfortable to wear and stayed put all night. I couldn't think of anything worse than losing an eyelash on a date! 
The double set is available here for £8.99 which I think is a great price for two pairs of lashes and if taken care of these lashes stay beautiful few quite a few wears! 

Last, but certainly not least, the FakeBake Instant Bronzer! 
After the cold months we've had, my skin is definitely feeling a bit dull and pale, so a good freshen up with a bit of colour and some TLC is definitely what I need! I am still a massive fan of the FakeBake Flawless Darker however, mid February, it may look a little unnatural! 

The bronzer appeals greatly to me as it is INSTANT! No waiting around for development, pop it on and off you go! 

Left - Without. Right - With. 

I was worried that the tan would smell overbearing and have that overly distinct fake tan smell, the first thing I did before I applied was smell it. It wasn't a problem and the tan smells actually quite pleasant! 

Application of the tan was pretty much what i'd expect from FakeBake, however you do have to work really quickly to get the tan rubbed in or it becomes quite smudgey. 
Despite that, the results are beautiful. Yet again, FakeBake have impressed with this natural looking, quick drying, non transfer INSTANT tan! Perfect for girls on the go and those that don't have enough time to wait the development times with other tans. 

You can grab a 125ml bottle for just£6.99 here with free shipping! Worth every single penny!

So, now I have the first stages of prep done, I just have the dreaded task of deciding what to wear, how to have my hair, heels or flats?! You know the score! 

Wether you're staying in or out being spoilt with the ones you love, having a girls night out with your fellow single friends, or spending the night infront of the TV with your children, I sincerely hope you have a lovely valentines day. 

Love & Kisses...

Sunday 9 February 2014

The Rules - the Ultimate Dating Advice Book!

Hey Beauties, a slightly different and non-beauty focused post from me, which I hope you will still enjoy reading! (Having said this, some of you may completely disagree with what I'm going to write about but please don't be offended!)

Now I've been on more dates than I'd like to admit over the past few years, some great, some pretty dire! Either way they never really seem to work out and I wasn't sure why (apart from some men just being idiots!)

But then my friend told me about a dating advice book that her friend swears by, and how her friend always had boyfriends/men chasing after her. She then bought this book for herself and for me, and it has totally changed our outlook on dating! We found out just how many times we had gone wrong, and broken 'the rules'!

Now you can get a pretty good idea of what the rules are just by reading the names of some of the chapters....for example:
  • Don't talk to a man first (and don't ask him to dance)
  • Don't stare at men or talk too much
  • Don't meet him halfway or go dutch on a date
  • Don't call him and rarely return his calls
  • Always end phone calls first
  • Don't accept a Saturday night date after Wednesday
  • Always end the date first
  • Don't see him more than once or twice a week
  • No more than kissing on the first date
  • Don't rush into sex
  • Don't open up too fast
  • Be honest but mysterious
Now the main message of this book is a simple one: 'play hard to get'. I always wondered if playing hard to get was the best thing to do when you like someone, and now I really believe it is. Men love a challenge - it's human nature and instinct - which is why this book claims that the rules work on ALL men.

Some of the book is a bit cringey. It is written by 2 American woman and they say some funny things which are quite entertaining. It starts off by telling you to 'be a creature unlike any other', but this basically means that you need to be different from other girls. You never chase men. You're mysterious and you leave them wanting more after a date. You're happy and busy all the time. You're a challenge.

Have you ever found that when you first meet a guy who is interested in you, he acts really keen at first, always texting you and asking you out? At first you're not so sure about him and don't act that keen. But then you give him a chance, go on a date or two and start to like him more? Then as you become more keen, does he then get LESS keen? It's because you are no longer a challenge to him. Once he knows that you are really into him and will drop everything to see him, he will become bored. He will want a new challenge and look elsewhere. I find this has happened with me many times in the past. I start to text him more, sometimes first, I think about him all the time and make sure I'm always available to see him. Then gradually he loses interest and stops messaging me. The challenge and excitement has been lost.

Now I'm sure there are exceptions - I'm sure there are some men who don't like playing the whole dating game and fall in love with you from the start. But for the reality of my life and many of my friends, and especially these days where texting and internet dating has made it so easy for men to talk to women, the rules are really important for making you stand out from the rest and to find a successful relationship.

This book was a No.1 New York Times Bestseller and a dating philosophy based on the authors' own experiences and those of thousands of women who contacted them. So there must be some truth in it, no matter how extreme some of the rules are. The rules are often hard, sometimes you want to message or see a guy so much, but it always pays off if you act cool and keep them waiting. You need to let them miss you. Let them think about you and agonise over why they haven't heard from you.

Ever complained why the guys you don't fancy are so keen on you and keep asking you out? It's because by ignoring them you're doing the rules on them without even realising, and making them want you even more! I've been doing these rules for a few weeks now with a guy and I can see that when I don't reply to a text for ages he is instantly more keen, sometimes messaging me again before I've even replied.

You can buy this book really cheap off Amazon (what have you got to lose - if you don't like it/agree with it, it's still quite funny to read!).

What do you think of these 'rules'? What dating experiences have you had? Do you think playing hard to get works or did you not have to play any games before you got into a relationship?

Thursday 6 February 2014

Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Foot Treatment Cream- A review

First off, I would like to apologise ahead for photographs of my terrible heels. I know feet aren't everyone's favourite body part (they're certainly not mine!) but this is done all in the name of making having to look at your feet when it's finally sandal weather a little less daunting after the winter months! 

I was very kindly sent Australian Bodycare's foot treatment cream to try out so I can attempt to get my heels back in to good working order. Now as a sufferer of dry skin I've tried my fair share of foot creams through my life (really, Kate?) so I'm always a little bit sceptic for the latest on the scene. 

The first thing I noticed about the cream was it's super thick consistency. It's what I look for in a product like this, something that looks like it's going to do it's job. It has a refreshing tea-tree smell which I also really enjoyed. After a bath or shower, I applied the cream liberally and covered my heel with cling film to keep in the moisture. These two photographs show my feet before and after just four applications. I have no doubt I'll carry on using this to get my feet in tip top condition for the summer (its never too early!) and at just £9.35  for 100ml it's actually pretty reasonable for a treatment cream.

What do you think? Is it really time to start prepping for summer? 

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Perfect Eyelashes, By Agnes dos Santos

Without a doubt one of my favourite beauty products which I obsess over is my eyelashes. As an avid eyelash wearer I know a good false eyelash when I see one.

Perfect Eyelashes, By Agnes dos Santos was a whole new concept for me. From the minute I opened the packaging I was blown away by the quality and super luxurious packaging. Opening them up and reading 'You are beautiful' really made me smile. However as we all know. Its not about the packaging its the product in side that matters!

'Perfect Eyelashes premium strip lashes are handmade using real mink and delicately crafted to create the perfect fluttery lash, in a range of individual styles. The lashes are look elegant and will sit neatly on top of your own lashes.'

The eyelashes I am reviewing today are in the style Volume. As where being honest I will admit to you.. These eyelashes aren't cheap. My standards where very high! On the first use I thought yes they are really nice.. but the true test I set my self was wearing these everyday for a whole week and seeing how they stand. And 8 wears later are still in perfect condition as the day I first wore them II reckon if you only wore them on special occasions one pair would last you a long time.

 Just a little trim of the edges and they fitted on my eyelashes perfectly. They are so light weight and high quality that I actually forget I have them on. Do you ever worry that your eyelash is going to be falling off mid day...? I know I do! and have suffered the awkward 'Nicola your eyelashes are falling off...' with cheaper brands! These did not budge not once! Even though I used the exact same glue I always use.

They are voluminous yet not too long, which makes them look dramatic yet still natural at the same time.

Over all, These are without a doubt the nicest lashes I have ever had the privilege of using, I always thought why pay more when you can have cheap ones? Well let me tell you, Quality over quantity ladies! How many times have we paid £5 for a pair of lashes, that we use a few times and bin. 

If your looking for amazing eyelashes for special occasion, Or even lovely gift for someone.  I would recommend these lovely eyelashes. They usually retail at £25 But are currently on sale for £19.99 Here  They come in 4 different styles meaning there is for sure something to suit every one. Its worth noting these eyelashes do not come with glue, but you can pick up really good eyelash glue for so cheap anyway. I personally swear by my Ardel lash grip that can be bought on Amazon for under £4.

Nicola xx