Monday, 24 June 2013

Current Skincare Routine

Hello Lovelies,

Hope your all having a lovely day - heres my current skincare rountine!

Products Used
L'Oreal Skin perfection 15 second Miracle Cleansing Oil
L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution
Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser
Garnier Soft Essential Comforting Cream Wash
Bioderma Crealine H2O Solution Micellaire Water
Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser
Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Cream
Avene Skin Recovery Cream

As bad as this may sound I have only recently started looking after my skin properly, say the last 6 months or so before that it was a quick swipe with a face wipe. In this time I have tried many skincare products some I have loved and some I wish that I'd never laid eyes on but these are the skincare products that are looking after my face at the moment. My routine is very basic but works well for me, I have dry/dehydrated skin so these products might not be suitable for those of you with oily skin.


First thing I do in the morning is use my Avene Extremely Gentle cleanser on a cotton pad - this cleanser as it states in the name is extremely gentle so I use it because my skins dry and I don't like to use a face wash on it twice in one day. Then I use my Simple Light moisturiser and Simple Eye cream and that is all. I let it soak into the skin and then apply make up. Yes I know my morning skincare is reeeeally short and theres not much to it but it doesn't take a long time which means I can stay in bed longer and my skin prefers it that way!


I start by soaking a cotton pad with either my Bioderma Micellaire water or my L'Oreal Micelle water, I then place it on my eye for around 20 seconds and gentle wipe then flipping the cotton pad and using the back to do the other eye, then with a dry face I massage two - three pumps of the L'Oreal 15 second Miracle Cleansing Oil all over avoiding the eye area (you can use this on your eyes but it makes them go cloudy for a little while afterwards so I pass on that) then rinse it off with luke warm water, then I use the Garnier Face Wash, occasionally I'll use a muslin cloth as well for a little exfoliation but not every day. After rinsing that off sometimes I use toner but I normally go straight to moisturiser and eye cream (Simple Kind to Eyes again) I'm currently using the Avene Skin Recovery cream, this has been my saviour in the last couple of weeks an I believe that due to this product my skin is in much better condition than it has been in a long time I actually don't mind looking at myself in the mirror with a naked face since I've been using this, I've never really suffered from acne or anything like that but my skin does have a tendency to look a little dull because I'm so pale, but not so much anymore.

Avene Extremely Gentle cleanser - This is perfect for people that are worried about drying their skin out or have sensitive skin, it's so gentle but it still leaves your skin feeling clean. It doesn't leave a greasy residue either which is a bonus. Avene products are especially good for people that suffer from skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and burns as its said to have healing properties due to the thermal spring water in it.

L'Oreal Cleansing Oil - so good at removing make up, sometimes I'll just use this to remove make up before re-applying it for a night out, on these occasions I'll use a toner to make sure all the make up i gone and the cotton pad it almost always completely clean. I've never used a cleanser that removes make up as well as this does and/or as easy as this does, it really is effortless. I can't find any faults with this products other than it can leave you with blurry vision if you use it on your eyes but it doesn't sting or anything. It does contain mineral oil and most people have a big problem with this ingredient but I'm not to worried about it at the moment to be honest.

Avene Skin Recovery cream - another little beauty from Avene, this is only the second product I have tried from Avene and I'm not disappointed, I use it as a night cream although it says to apply night and day because it can be a little thick and sometimes greasy. It's not to thick though and doesn't have a noticeable smell either

Garnier Face wash - This face wash is pretty good, it hasn't wowed me but no face wash ever has. It doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and thats a big problem for me normally so althoguh I'm not head ocer heels in love with this product I can't see myself rushing out to find something else.

Simple Light moisturiser and Simple Eye cream - these two products are quite similar both quite light but still moisturising. The eye cream soothes my tired eyes at night but yet wakes them up in the mornings, I have dark circles and this doesn't really do much to help that but it does stop them from looking puffy. The face moisturiser doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy and acts as a good primer to most of my foundations. It doesn't contain SPF but in some ways I'm glad because I feel like SPF in moisturisers break me out!

Bioderma and L'Oreal Micellar Water - These are pretty much the same thing but the Bioderma is a slightly better product but harder to get hold of, they do stock it in the UK now though but it's still not easy to get hold of. I got mine from eBay a while back! The L'Oreal one is really good too but it's just not as effortless as the Bioderma to get my eye make up off. If I was wearing heavy eye make up then Bioderma would be the one I picked up but for everyday use the L'Oreal one is still a fave of mine and brilliant at removing eye make up without causing my eyes to sting. if you compare prices too there isn't much different between the pair to be honest - it's around £12.49 on eBay for a 500ml bottle of Bioderma, £15 if you including postage and around £4.99 for a 200ml bottle of the L'Oreal but this can be found on offer in Boots and Superdrugs quite often. Both are worth it!

I'm actually looking for a separate SPF product that will go between my make up and moisturiser. I'm thinking about Cliniques City Block SPF45, Have any of you tried this? If not what do you use or recommend?

Sam xxx

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

My Confession.......

Hello Beautiful Blog Readers,

So I've got a confession to make I am a 'slight' shopaholic. Now I say slight because I don't actually think I'm that bad but everybody that knows me thinks I've got problems. The reason I don't think I'm that bad is because I never spend what I don't have and never go without food or struggle to pay my bills due to my spending habits and thats not because I'm paid tonnes a month either - just careful. Some people live waiting for the next months pay so they can spend it all in one weekend and then the vicious cycles starts again. I'm very much a bargain hunter and tend to spend little amounts very often -  I can't describe the feeling of happiness when buying for example 40 pairs of lashes for £1.99 from china (that will take a month to get here) or that cute dress in the ASOS sale for £15 that I can not live without, how could I possibly forgive myself if I never find a dress as amazing as this one again. Honestly shopping is my weakness it really makes my day, when I'm feeling down shopping is my answer to all things that are bad in the world, I get an urge to just buy something, anything! Thing is shopping isn't the answer to everything, tea is apparently. I need to get over myself basically! Filling my bag up with goodies on websites and then not actually buying them works occasionally but doesn't always curb the itch. The money spent on pointless things that are not needed could easily be saved and spent on a holiday, new furniture, the pair of Christian Louboutins I've always wanted or something that I do actually need. 
So the decision has been made  I'm putting myself on a spending ban till the 26th of July (my birthday), every time I feel the urge to go to superdrugs or boots and buy make up I'll go and then add up all the contents of my basket before putting it all back on shelves. The money I would've spent will go in a pot to see how much could have actually gone to waste and hopefully teach me a lesson. 

Because of the spending ban that's officially starts tomorrow, I decided to take a trip to Superdrugs and bought these 4 little babies as a farewell present to my bad ways! 

MUA eyeshadow in Shade 30 Pearl
MUA Plumping lipgloss in Sienna  (I don't even wear lipgloss) 
MUA eyebrow pencil in Blonde 
Maybelline Mega Plush mascara in Black 
(L-R) Brow Pencil, Lipgloss, Eyeshadow

What's your weakness? Have you ever put yourself on a spending ban? 
I'll let you all know how I got on and how much I saved. Hopefully I succeed! 

Sam xxx

Monday, 17 June 2013

OOTD - Oh Mickey you're so fine.

Hey Lovely Blog Readers,

Today I thought I'd do an outfit post - I'm not quite ready to actually model my outfits for you just yet but I thought laying them on my beds just as good.

I was off work today and had nothing to do so this outfit is not being worn anywhere special. I love this Mickey Mouse crop top it's very versatile and can be worn with most stuff, you could also wear it over a black vest top if you don't wanna show off your tummy. I'd always wear this with something high waisted though so the bare minimum amount of skin is shown around my rib area. People only really get a flash of skin occasionally with this outfit. This necklace adds a lot to the outfit too - I'm not really an accessories person because I can't wear much at work but I'm trying to make myself wear more bits and bobs out of my working hours because they really do make some outfits look ten times better. I teamed this with a black leather jacket from Miss Selfridge and some tights because it's pretty nippy today.

Hope you've all had a lovely day!

Sam xxx

Top - Primark - £6 
Pencil skirt - bought a long time ago but can be pick up from Primark/H&M.
Boots - Dorothy Perkins sale - £25 
Necklace - Primark - £4

Monday, 10 June 2013

Bleaching your hair at home. Tips and Advice!

When I was in need of a root touch up!

Hello Lovely Readers,

I've been so busy recently and haven't had time to write a post but I thought I do a quick post on bleaching you hair at home when you can't get to a salon. It's more of a do's and don'ts rather than a step by step. Just quickly before I get into the post I just wanted to mention my new header from that I found out about on a blog called Beautiful Solutions, They have a lot of designs to choose from all are so adorable - you just have to add to it a little. I think this site is amazing for people like me who are hopeless at anything to do with photoshop. I am trying to learn though, very, very slowly! I did add my blogs name using photoshop and it wasn't to bad!

So first things first if you have never had your hair bleached before then I would advise you to go to a salon the first couple of times to get it done and then when its at a desirable colour you can just top your roots up, it could go terribly wrong if you have never done it before. Think orange hair, breakage and chemical burns. This is to advise someone doing their roots!

*Never use 12% 40vol peroxide with bleach on the scalp, its way to strong and not very good for your scalp. 6% 20vol or 9% 30vol should be enough, if your hair doesn't lift light enough with these percentage of peroxide then you probably shouldn't have hair that light.

*If you have a sensitive scalp or are sensitive to bleach try not to wash your hair for a few days beforehand, the sebum build up will create a barrier between your scalp and the product. 

*Get a friend to help you, the front of your hair will be easy to apply but it's not so easy doing the back in the mirror, can get very messy.

*Section hair off like a hot cross bun, taking a part straight down the middle from the forehand to the nape and then across from ear to ear. Take fine sections and work fast! The neater your sections the better your hair will turn out. Use clips to keep hair out of the way!

*Hair is usually darker at the back so do the back section first and then start at the front. 

*Try not to overlap the bleach and only do the roots this isn't easy but hair that is already the desired colour doesn't need more bleach on it. 

*If you do feel like hair is a little yellow then pop in on the ends for the last 5 mins but I don't advise you do this often if you like your hair in good condition. 

*If your hair is any darker than a light brown I suggest you don't try this at home, if you really need to maybe ask your hairdresser what she used and how long you should leave it on for. The lighter your natural hair the easier this will be.

*Never leave bleach on for longer than 50 mins but it can be taken off beforehand. 

*Use purple shampoo to neutralise yellow if necessary!

* Use gloves (obviously).

*Do not scratch no matter how much you want to, it's bad for you scalp! 

*Go to the hair supply shop and buy professional bleach and peroxide, in the long run it will end up being cheaper for you than buying a small box of bleach from a chemist and better quality too. The shop assistant should be able to give you some advise on good products they stock. Scalp bleaches are obviously the best.

*Use a tint brush and bowl.

*Read up on the mixing ratio, it's normal 1 part bleach to 2 parts peroxide for example 30mls bleach to 60mls peroxide but this does vary!

*When you're done, wash your hair throughly twice - three times if you have to but don't be to tough on your scalp it's just been through the wars. Condition with a nice hair mask or thick conditioner. It's important to make sure the hair bleach is completely gone from the hair because it can cause irritation.

*Do not bleach past very pale yellow, bleaching hair to the point that it is white will just make your hair feel like absolute shit basically and nobody wants that!

Bleaching your hair for some including myself is like torture it can be very painful so bare that in mind, although I'm a hair colourist I don't bleach my hair myself because it's a lot of hassle and I get a better result when someone else does it.  Bleaching your hair is one of the worst things you can do to it colouring wise because you are stripping out all of your pigment. I hate using bleach on people even in highlight form because it's just not good for your hair. I know hypocrite right! If used in a certain way you should only cause minimal damage. When bleaching you have to deal with breakage, dryness and unhealthy hair. If you are looking for long shiny thick locks then your probably never going to achieve that with bleached hair. I'm not saying it's impossible I'm just saying it's unlikely. Many people with bleached hair keep it short for this reason. This might come across as quite a negative post but I just want people to be aware of the problems that come with bleaching and having bleached hair. If you are going to bleach you own roots then please ask your hairdresser for some advise because they will know your hair type, most will be willing to advise you if you have a good relationship with them. If you don't feel confident, don't do it! One product I really recommend for bleached hair or any hair really is an argan oil leave in treatment I mention in my May Favourites post you can get it from Amazon.

If you can I do advise you to go to the hairdressers as it's a much safer way but I hope this post helps you if you do chose not to!

If you have any tips for others then pop it in the comments for other readers. Hope some of you found this post helpful! If you wanna see someone bleaching there own hair before you try it theres lots of videos and tutorials on YouTube.

Sam xxx

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

May Favourites

Hello Lovely Readers,

What a lovely days its been eh? I love it when the suns out it just makes everybody look some much brighter and happier. I've been stuck at work most of the day but its still so nice to look out the window and not see a dark depressing gloomy day! I'm doing that typical British person thing where I ramble about the weather aren't I? Sorry! Lets hope it stays pretty outside for the summer months to come anyway. On to my May favourites, these are a few of the products I've been loving this month. If you have any questions about them feel free to ask..........

May Favourites from Left to Right
1.Simple Moisturiser
2.L'oreal Cleansing Oil
3.Collections Lipstick in Cherry Pop
4.Avene Gentle Cleanser
5.Argan Secret Treatment Spray
6.Real Techniques Brush

1. Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser - This is a non sticky light moisturiser perfect for wearing during the day, works well under make up, doesn't break me out, sinks into the skin quickly and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. 

2. L'oreal Paris Skin Perfection 15 Second Cleansing oil - The name of its a bit of a mouthful but I can't tell you how much I love this stuff it's truly amazing. I've wanted to try a cleansing oil for ages, been eyeing up the Shu Uemura ones and the DHC cleansing oil but the price always put me off because I had never used one before and believe me I've spent a ton of money on expensive and non expensive skin care thats just sitting in my bathroom collecting dust. This though is £7.99, not cheap but hardly expensive either. I have no desire to try another oil cleanser now I've found this. 

3. Collections Volume Sensations Lipstick Cherry Pop - Love this lippy, I've done a reveiw here if you like red lipsticks and wanna see a swatch. I've had lots of people complimenting me on the shade, it lasts such a long time and isn't drying. I wear it with every outfit that allows red lips but I'm starting to plan my outfit around my shade of lipstick. Does anyone else do that?

4. Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser - Avene products are made for people with sensitive skin, mine isn't very sensitive only slightly but it has its moments with certain things. I'm eager to try more Avene products since using this and have actually bought a moisturiser that I'm loving but have only been using for a week so it's to early to sing it's praises I think but this stuff I've been using for quite a while now and I'm definitely going to repurchase as you can see it's running low. Such a good mild cleanser. mot great at removing make up but I don't use it for that.

5. Argan Secret Miracle 10 Leave in Treatment Spray - My Friend went from brunette to blonde and her hair wasn't feeling great so we pick one of these up each when I was at Salon Services, my hairs not in terrible condition but can feel a little dry - this make it feel silky smooth though. Argan oil is so good for hair and skin. Smells delicious too! 

6. Real Techniques Face Expert Brush - This has been my go to foundation brush since I got it about 3 weeks ago, I find myself not wanting to use another brush for applying my base even though I have loads to choose from so when I clean it I can't wait for it to dry. It blends foundation into the skin so well and doesn't drink up the product like some brushes do. I got mine from an american website called iherb for $8.99 instead of the £9.99 you'd pay here but saying that I bought a lot of the Real Technique brushes so it was worth my while as they are all discounted. I heard about this website here!

Have you used any of these Products? If so what do you think of them?

Sam xxx

Monday, 3 June 2013

Lipstick of the Month - Collections Volume Sensations Lipstick in Cherry Pop

Hello Lovely people,

I just wanted to express my love for this lipstick today, it's been getting worn to death recently. On one of my many trips to superdrugs on my lunch break I picked this up, it was on a 3 for 2 offer and got chucked in the basket as my free product on a whim, you can never have to many red lipsticks right? Oh you wouldn't believe how glad I am I did. Every red lipstick wearer needs this baby, honestly run down to your nearest Collections stand now and stock up. Collections I believe are stocked in Boots and Superdrug.
It's the perfect shade of red and very wearable for most people. when applied it has a slight tingling feeling that some people might not like, it feels like you've put something thats has a little eucalyptus or something a long those line in it - I've checked the ingredient and can't see anything I recognise that would make it feel this way (it's very small writing though and my eyes are terrible). It's not a bad feeling anyway but thought worth mentioning.
The lipstick goes on opaque after 1 application and stays put for about 5 hours unless you drink a hot beverage then it just leaves the cup looking like someones been murder close by. The texture is quite smooth too, it doesn't feel drying at all (I have a problem with lipsticks drying my lips out).
It only cost £2.99 so would be great as a first red lipstick for someone as it doesn't break the bank! My only dislike about this lipstick is the packaging, its very child like and I find it quite embarrassing to get out for re-application but I can live with it because the product itself is so good, the price you pay for it you can't really expect to much from packaging it does it's job.
I only own 2 Collection lipsticks but both are brilliant and can't praise them enough, they do a lot of shimmery lipstick which I'm not a fan of but if you are then definitely go check them out.

Have you tried this? What's your favourite red lipstick?

Sam xxx

Sunday, 2 June 2013


Follow my blog with Bloglovin

 So to make it easier for some people to follow I have joined Bloglovin' as I know some people prefer to follow blogs this way. So yeah follow me.......

Sam xxx

Fake Bake Beyond Bronze tanning lotion


I went to a wedding this weekend and I thought its best I tan myself up otherwise people will be wondering whether I've crawled out of the grave, I'll have everyone thinking theres been an apocalypse or something. I'm pretty pasty! I'm not massive on fake tanning not that I dislike it in anyway I'm just ridiculously lazy, one of my friends applies instant fake tan every day it's like part of her make up/morning routine, I'd prefer that extra 15 minutes of sleep, plus instant wouldn't work on a daily basis for me because of my job, the streaky mess I would be at the end of the day. 
The fake tan I'm using is the Fake Bake Beyond Bronze tanning lotion it comes in one colour as far as I know so none of this light/medium/dark stuff (you can get an instant one like that) this has an instant colour that helps you when applying so you know where you're putting it, if you have any streaks etc. 
Before I apply this I put moisturiser on my ankles, feet, wrist, hands, elbows and knees because these areas tend to be quite dry on me and this tan like most clings to dry patches. Its very easy to apply with a tanning mitt but can get a little bitty if you rub to much, I've used a vinyl glove too and it applies pretty much the same. On occasions when short of time I have applied this and gone straight out with it on because you do get a good colour instantly but its very dark on me if I do this and I feel a little self conscious. Smell, lets talk about the smell cause this is a big issue for some people, it honestly does have that horrible famous fake tan smell and you do still smell a little of it the next day when you've showered. I really like the colour of this fake tan its neither to orange or to olive coloured its sits perfectly in between and gives a natural golden brown colour when washed off. It's paraben free too.
I have been told by a friend that it can go patchy if you keep apply it over a couple of days, I've never done this but I thought it's worth mentioning. 

This is the instructions on the bottle Always wear gloves. Use small amounts and rub in a circular motion. Lightly glaze over the hands and feet, bent elbows and knees. Allow to dry before going to bed. A small amount of the colour guide may rinse off when showering in the morning but the tan will remain. Apply consecutive nights for darker results. Then apply once a week to maintain.

It's a little pricey at £18.50 and to be honest I probably wouldn't pay full price for it cause I'm tight but you can get it on various different budget beauty websites for cheaper around £12ish, I get mine from Cheapsmells.

Arm without fake tan (obvs)
Arm with Colour Guide

The Result!!

Hope everyone has been enjoying this sunshine this weekend and you've all taken full advantage of it.

What fake tan do you use? Have you tried a Fake Bake self tanner?

Sam xxx