Mini Haul #1!

On the last day of Summer, what could be better than to browse a mini haul and draw a close to the gorgeous summer we have had this year.¬†I’m quite looking forward to Autumn, being able to wrap up in a winter coat, stepping on some crunchy-ass leaves, and enjoying the run up to Christmas!

Below are a few things I have bought recently:

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Starting with something different, the amethyst coloured necklace was from Topshop, and I bought this when I was in London staying with my sister . I love the way the gold chain and lilac stones look together. I quite like that the chain is very thin, and the simple 5 stone design is modern and will go with many outfits. I’ve had a look online and I can’t find a link to it ūüôĀ but I think it was around ¬£17, and it was bought from the Oxford Circus Topshop. The little gold links between the stones aren’t particularly sturdy, but sometimes to tighten them I’ll grab a pair of tweezers and gently squeeze the rings tighter to make sure they don’t stretch.

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The eyeshadow is a L’or√©al Color Riche in ‘Cafe St Germain’, available here¬†(shade 201). This is a perfect everyday shade, and from the look of it I think it would go on really well with a slightly damp brush too. The texture is really silky and velvety, and this shimmery taupe is a great alternative to a neutral cream eyeshadow.

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Now, we move onto the most expensive of the bunch (Benefit, ‘They’re Real’ Mascara ¬£17.55 at Boots). I remember trying this out in a Boots store last year, and a Benefit sales assistant tried this on me. It is really great for lengthening and separating, but man is this hard to remove. I use the Simple Eye Make Up Remover, which is great at removing my usual mascaras such as the Maybelline The Falsies etc. ‘They’re Real’ is not completely unshift-able, but it does require a bit more rubbing and remover than your usual formula mascaras. The brush is really good – a sturdy plastic brush, with a weird spiky ball on the end which is ideal for the outer corner lashes. All in all, although this is good for lengthening, it does not beat my ultimate higher end favourite which is the Benefit ‘Bad Gal Lash’, with it’s mighty fat brush!

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And finally, I watched Tanya Burr’s latest baking video where she made the most SCRUMPTIOUS white and milk chocolate cookies ever…and she was wearing a gorgeous dark purple nail varnish from her own range. It’s called ‘Midnight Sparkles’ and I picked it up from Feel Unique for ¬£3.59. This is a really lovely colour, not the thickest formula but it is still quite easy to build up a strong dark colour. The purple shimmer in it is really subtle, and it’s the perfect shade for Autumn/Winter. Here is a little snap shot (yes it’s instagrammed which is why I look orange):

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Top 5 Haircare Products

Today I thought I’d share my top 5 haircare products (just to mix it up a bit). There are so many beauty bloggers who rave about really high end products, but drug store equivalents are usually pretty good, and all of these products in this post are affordable, ¬†easy to get hold of, and do wonders for my barnet.

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Here is the run down (left to right, click the headers for links):

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1. Phil Smith Argan Oil Transforming Cream

This little tube of wonderfulness was actually free in a magazine, and I have to say it is one of the best things I have ever used. AND it has lasted way longer than it should have. This argan oil cream is perfect to use once you have washed your hair. I use my Tangle Teezer and brush through my hair, smooth a small blob of this between my hands and run it through the mid lengths to ends of my hair. It doesn’t need rinsing out or anything, and you just dry your hair as normal. It smells like summer, coconut and general goodness, and leaves your hair mega soft. Unfortunately I’m not too sure where you can get this now…I’m just hoping mine is like Mary Poppin’s bag and will never end…

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2. The Body Shop Brazil Nut Define & No Frizz…something

I think my sister introduced me to this product, and it’s been a staple in my stash for a very long time. This product is ideal if you tend to straighten your hair a lot (as i do). When you get a few flyways (or the odd perfectly vertical hair in the middle of your head), rub a bit of this between your fingers and use it to smooth them down. This also smells summery and a bit cocoa like, and you only need a tiny bit so it lasts FOR AGES.

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3. L’or√©al Studioline Volume Supersizing Spray

This stuff is brilliant! I found this because I was desperately trying to restrain myself from buying the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, which costs a mighty ¬£39! Although the L’Or√©al spray probably doesn’t smell as good as the Oribe, it is perfect for adding a bit of texture if you want a more matte hair look. It still smells pretty nice, and in a way acts a little as a dry shampoop (that was on purpose). At a measly THREE POUNDS AND SEVENTY NINE PENCE, I would say try this before you go and part with a chunk of your daily wages on anything too high end.

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4. TreSemmé Heat Protect Mist

I’ve tried quite a few heat protectants, and this is my favourite. There was one utterly atrocious Schwarzkopf spray I once tried and it felt like someone had thrown chewing gum in my hair, but alas, we can’t have it all. This spray is quite water based, and because of this it is easy to brush through, and doesn’t leave your hair feeling sticky or chewing gummy in the slightest. I am a big fan of TreSemm√© products generally, and this did not disappoint.

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5. Umberto Gianni Leave In Conditioner

This leave in conditioner is probably my favourite of all. It is a spray, so it’s really easy to use and spray on the mid lengths to ends of your hair. It smells GORGEOUS, and works really well if you leave it in overnight. When you rinse it out you really feel like it has ‘done good’. Tip – if you are going on holiday and want to give your hair a rest from sun damage or chlorine damage, give it a wash and spray this in. Leave it overnight and put your hair into plaits, and the next day you’ll have really wavy, conditioned hair.

ALSO, no hair care post is complete without a little shout out to the best of them all, the humble Tangle Teezer.

Oh Tangle Teezer, you liberate me from Frizzdomhood and Knotsville…AND YOU HAZ GLITTER

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This bank holiday weekend I have given my hair a bit of a rest, with a good old chop to sort the ends out and I’ll be using the leave in condition above to make sure my dip dyed ends don’t get dry. Time to break out the hair pineapple, a cup of tea and youtube! Ahh bank holiday well spent…

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My Space…

Here is a post on my little dressing table area…this is where I drag myself every morning, and attempt to humanise my face. The results are usually dependent on the time that I get up. Early: Face is deemed viewable by family members, work colleagues and the odd stray dog. On time: Face is suitable to be viewed by strangers. Late: Holy shit, get that face back into bed.

I have the world’s tiniest room, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to have a ¬†dressing table. I found a dressing table that was the perfect size online, from Wren Living, and got it at a steal for ¬£49.00. Unfortunately they don’t sell it anymore (all you small roomed sisters, I’m sorry y’all). Paired with a wooden framed mirror, and some Muji storage, this makes for an understated, compact little dressing table area.

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The beige cover that you see on top of the table I made to make sure that the pure white table top didn’t quickly get foundation smears and marks all over it. I simply bought some fancy fabric, measured the size of the table and sewed the edges together. It goes quite well with the gold, cream and blue theme in my room so I was quite happy with it.

I keep my make up brushes in this Kilner glass jar, which I bought from the range here¬†, and it is the perfect size to hold my little collection at arms reach. (Yes, I know I need to clean them…)

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Moving on to the Muji storage, a few months ago I stalked the product pages on the website and picked up two of these drawers. I actually made a mistake as these are not stackable, therefore I currently struggle to get into the third drawer in my stack because I was too impatient to wait until the compatible drawers were in stock :). This consequently determines what goes in what drawer, which I will go into further in a minute. The drawers I should have bought were these¬†(OH YES THANKS MUJI I CAN SEE THEY ARE IN STOCK NOW. Smug git.) I thought the flip up lid on the ones I bought would be useful, but in all honesty I’ve not really used them like that.

Here is a quick run down of how I use my Muji storage, for all 2 of you readers to take a gander at. Below is the ‘Skin and Blush’ Drawer:

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Next is the ‘Eyes, And The Only Space For My Nars Bronzer’ drawer:

 

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Then, comes the ‘Drawer That I Cannot Get Into, Therefore Holds Things I Rarely Use’:

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Aaaaand finally is a ‘Lip and Massive Naked Palette’ drawer:

 

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If anyone (yes 2 readers, I am talking to you) wants a more in depth go through of my drawers (shush it’s not that funny), let me know. I hope this was at least a smidge interesting!

Thanks for reading,

Rosh xxx

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Lush Life

I went to Lush and bought a few things! Every 2 – 3 months I like to go and replenish my Lush stash, particularly in the run up to Winter when all you want is a nice hot bath with something that makes lots of bubbles. There are a few things I love about going into Lush: 1. The staff are always so lovely 2. It smells amazing 3. Everything is so nicely laid out and you can pick up and sniff as many things as you want (products, I mean) I picked up a few things, so I can give you the run down here.

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My basket contained:

  • The Comforter Bubble Bar
  • 2 x Avobath
  • You’ve been Mangoed Bath Melt
  • Twilight Bath Bomb

I have had the Comforter Bubble Bar before, and it is such a nice raspberry/blackberry scent (smells a bit like Ribena if I’m honest), and creates lovely bubbles. Sometimes you will feel a few crumbs of the bubble bar at the bottom of the bath, but you can just smush them around to create some more bubbles.

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I had never tried Avobath before, (or as I like to say, ‘Avabath!’) but the smell is gorgeous…it just smells…CLEAN! If you looked up ‘clean’ in a smell-i-dictionary, this is the scent I imagine. ¬†I liked this so much I picked up two, so I’m hoping these bubble up as good as I am expecting.

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The Mango bath melt I have had before, and usually being a fan of more berry scents, this is a refreshing change. You can really smell the mango oils, and it pretty much starts to melt as soon as you hold it! It makes your skin silky smooth and makes your bathroom smell like a tropical paradise (parrots optional).

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Now we come to my favourite of the bunch, and I haven’t even used it yet. This is the Twilight bath bomb, and I CANNOT WAIT to try this out. It smells like bonfire night to me (and it has stars and moons on it!). I think I am going to have to go back and pick up a few more of these for Winter as I can imagine I will get through them quite quickly. This seems like the perfect bath bomb to use before you go to bed, and I am very excited about this one.

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(by the way, anyone who used to love the original Sugababes will remember the song with the same title as this post :))

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