Blogmas 2014

After debating whether to do Vlogmas and then writing it off as something I’d completely fail to do I thought I’d try something a bit different, but with the same idea. Enter Blogmas!

The idea is that I’ll be blogging at least one post a day from the 1st to the 24th December. (Sharp minds amongst you might realise that yes, December 1st is indeed tomorrow!) As part of this each day I’ll be posting what I get in my Ciate Mini Mani Month advent calendar so you can share in a bit of the excitement of that with me! Expect plenty of FOTDs, reviews, gift guides and wishlists along with little random festivities.

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Face Mask Friday | Good Things Manuka Honey Face Mask

GOOD THINGS MANUKA HONEY RADIANCE FACE MASK: £5.99

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After not being too blown away by the other face mask by Good Things I thought I’d give them another shot with the Manuka Honey Radiance mask. I’m pleased to say the brand I love has reappeared with vengeance!

After leaving this on for about 20 minutes I went in the shower and just rinsed this off under the faucet with warm/hot water. Wow! My skin felt instantly smoother and when I woke up the next morning (I’m a night showerer) my face was so soft! While it wasn’t a miracle worker on spots my imperfections did look a little bit more muted and blurred, although it is worth bearing in mind that I wouldn’t use this if I was trying to get rid of a breakout.

I think the ‘radiance’ aspect of this is great for this time of year when your skin starts feeling a bit under the weather and groggy (much like me!). I think this is definitely the mask I’ll be using in my Christmas Eve pamper session and in the colder months to come.

Overall, would I repurchase?

Yup! One of the best face masks I’ve tried in a while (and trust me, I’ve tried a lot!).

Café De Bain Raspberry & Rose Crème Tarte Bath Crème

CAFÉ DE BAIN RASPBERRY & ROSE CRÈME TARTE BATH CRÈME: £2.99 @ Waitrose

After loving the Shower Creme version of this I couldn’t resist picking up the Bath Creme which has the same delicious scent. If you missed that post I said:

“Okay, so you know those shower gels or whatever that say they’re ‘strawberry tart’ or ‘mousse’ or ‘cupcake’ or whatever but really just smell like strawberries? Well I am pleased to report my friends that when this says ‘tart’ it means tart. You can smell pastry. Or butter. Or something nice but whatever it is it smells ruddy gorgeous. Top that off with a real raspberry scent and a delicate hint of rose and you’ve got one hell of a good shower gel!’

Except while that lovely scent remains it doesn’t quite translate as well in to a bath tub. Though you can smell it beautifully when you sniff in to the bottle, once you’ve added a glug or two in to your bath you can’t smell it at all which is so disappointing. And I really was quite generous with the amount I put in.

Overall would I repurchase?

Unfortunately not. There’s no point in it having a lovely scent if you can’t smell it when you use it!

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer | Celestial

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RIMMEL APOCALIPS LIP LACQUER in CELESTIAL: £5.99

I’ve been going through a bit of a lipgloss revival recently. For a long time I associated any form of gloss with the cheap chunky-glittered hells of my youth that I’m sure were coloured Pritt sticks. However products such as the Revlon Moisture Stains have eased me back in to the point I’m comfortable enough to buy something described as a ‘lacquer’ *gushes*.

Luckily this is exactly the beauty I was looking for. Pigmented but not gloopy or mega-sticky these are glosses for people who hate glosses. Despite them being described as a ‘lacquer’ I didn’t actually find them that glossy, which for me is a good thing but if you’re looking for the ultimate you-can-see-your-face-in-my-lips sorta thang then it might not be what you’re looking for. 

Overall, would I repurchase?

Celestial is a lovely creamy pink so I think a try a good red next!

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain | Revisited

REVLON COLORSTAY MOISTURE STAIN in INDIA INTRIGUE: £7.99

I’m a big fan of the Revlon Moisture Stain’s I really am. However I have noticed something about them – the colour they turn out after a few hours on your lips is very different to their colour when you first apply them, or the colour in the tube for that matter. 

Take possibly my favourite shade India Intrigue. When you first apply it it’s a bright fuchsia  pink but after about three hours and a couple of reapplications it morphs in to deep berry purple. Luckily I love both the original shade and this dark purple but is worth bearing in mind. It’s putting me off buying some of the more darker shades from the range actually, as I’m worried by lunchtime I’ll essentially be wearing black lipstick!

Overall would I repurchase?

I would buy more of the Moisture Stains but as I said earlier I’ll be very cautious over which shades!

Mani Monday | Barry M Persian

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  • Note – it’s not the nail polish I’m wearing in the photo!

BARRY M AQUARIUM NAIL EFFECTS in 434 PERSIAN:  £3.99

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Barry M Aquarium Nail Paint in 434 Persian

Number of coats needed: 2

Days gone without chipping: 2

Colour: One that I think is completely impossible to capture properly on camera! It’s one of the most unique polishes I own as it can switch between shimmery lilac to rich bronze gold with (literally) the flick of a hand. 

Was it ‘aquarium’? It sounds odd but yes I can definitely see where Barry M are coming from by calling this the ‘aquarium’ collection.

Overall score? 4/5

FOTD: 12 Hour Makeup

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Time: 12pm

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Time: 3pm

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Time: 5pm

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Time: 8pm

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Time: 10pm

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Time: 12am

Products used:

Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser

Seventeen Stay Time foundation

Seventeen Phwoarr Paint

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff in Pink T, Aubersheen and Dandy Plum

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff in Mudhoney (brows)

L’Oreal Superliner in Black

L’Oreal Superliner So Couture in Black (wings)

Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara

Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Scrub

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THE BODY SHOP VINEYARD PEACH CREAM BODY SCRUB: £13.00

Believe it or not I’ve had this nearly all summer and have only just got round to reviewing it – oops! It has been so long in fact that this is now in the sale and I picked up an extra tub.

And I’m so glad I did – mmm-mhm-mmm! Anyone who vaguely likes peaches should love the smell of this. It really does smell peachier than peaches. To be honest it’s a bit more scrubby and a bit less moisturising than I’d like, and at £13 a pop they’re not that cheap. I do think it is a matter of personal preference though so while this isn’t my favourite it might be yours.

Overall, would I repurchase?

Probably not, but it’s not put me off trying more Body Shop scrubs.