Week 1 – The Body Shop Advent Calendar!

Hello you lovely people!

We are getting truly into the Christmas spirit – with THREE advent calendars (two chocolate, one beauty) to open on the regs I can say that I am a very happy girl 🙂 (doors of joy people, doors of joy).

I can now introduce you to the little treats that I’ve received in the first week of my advent calendar! I gave you a little first peek post which you can read here. Now we have 5 days of products that I can show you!

So far I can say that I’m pleased with the treats I’ve had from the first few days of the calendar – it’s been really fun thinking about what could be inside the different sized boxes and I’ve loved opening them.

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number 3

number 4

number 5

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So we have had:

  • A little pot of Vitamin E Moisture Cream
  • Shea Body Butter
  • Black Kohl Eye Definer
  • Fuji Green Tea Body Wash
  • Pale Green Loofah!

My favourite items out of this week’s advent calendar has to be the Fuji Green Tea body wash because it smells WAY better than you would expect it to. It smells SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN CLEAN but in a really sophisticated, understated way like a subtle perfume. I can’t wait to use this – it looks very clarifying!

I can’t wait to show you what I get next week! 

Also, I have had a big issue getting over what happens each day. basically, I thought that someone at the Body Shop would have had to the job to check the format of the boxes so that they didn’t all fall into a big mess.

Welllll lookee here!

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CARNAGE ABSOLUTE CARNAGE

Hahahaha, that’s all for today!

Thanks for reading,

Roshni xxx

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The Body Shop – Christmas Advent Calendar 2015!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a good week – mine is going slow but fast at the same time..a very odd feeling. The time has come to reveal the little advent treats that I’ve been unboxing from my Body Shop Advent Calendar! This advent calendar is one I’ve wanted to try since last year – last year I had the Ciaté one and thoroughly enjoyed expanding my nail polish collection!

This year the calendar I’ve gone for is slightly more expensive but I know the value of the products is way over the price paid- AND I went to buy it on a day where the Body Shop were offering 30% off for loyalty card holders (which luckily, I am one of) :D. After you take off the 30% it actually makes this advent calendar a similar price to the Ciaté one I had last year.

So, here is the advent calendar – yes it’s made from cardboard, but they’ve made it into a beautiful christmassy green double door box with little advent boxes inside.

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I love the design of this because it’s traditionally Christmas, but it has a great well thought out layout on the inside 🙂

Now, I have already (by this point) opened THREE of the little teeny green boxes, but what I want to know is how you want me to blog about them!

I plan to do posts showing you around 2 at a time so I can actually explain my thoughts on the products that I get. Would you like that way of showing you the products? I’d love to know your thoughts – I could do a mega haul each week if you’d prefer!

Let me know in the comments below 🙂 or on Instagram @snosh90, OR on my Facebook page  (so many methods of communication for you to choose from!)

For now, I will show you the product I got in NUMBER ONE  of my advent calendar.

It wasn’t a show stopper but a nice product all round – it’s probably one that I’ll give to someone as a little present simply because the scent isn’t to my taste.

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This is a Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion which kinda sounds like the kind of thing I’d have wanted around 10 years ago! A shimmer lotion seems like a bit of a backwards step in beauty – back to the 90’s.

If this was in the advent calendar in a different scent I’d probably have been all over it. Now having been away at the weekend on a night out, the smell of this actually made me gag a little bit. The reason for that is I got the overwhelming smell of ALCOHOL. I’m not even sure where that came from as I didn’t even drink anything with cranbizzle in it :’)…weird.

Saying that, this hasn’t put me off the products in the advent calendar – I know that there’ll be loads of stuff that I like in here as I get through the little boxes! They have little quips on them too and questions to get you excited for opening them.

I’m excited to open more of these as we go through December – a beauty advent calendar is a great way of getting you excited for Christmas!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, I’ve definitely enjoyed writing it…

Let me know if you have a preference of how I post these little advent treats!

**Ugh a song by Beiber just came on that isn’t Sorry and I’m like SHUTUP**

Thanks for reading guys!

Roshni xxx

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Some Black Friday Week Beauty Steals…

Hello you lovely people,

If you are browsing the internets then you will be 100% guaranteed to have heard two words. ‘Black’ and ‘Friday’ – the biggest shopping day of the year.

For beauty lovers, it’s great that we don’t get left out (unless you are in Beauty Anonymous where you are nursing your addiction). I don’t think I bought any beauty deals last year but I will most likely be having a browse this year – and I have been browsing a few for you!

I have chosen a few of the best deals I have seen which aren’t necessarily just for Black Friday – today I went to TK Maxx and was amazed to find that they stocked Stila – at prices that are around a SEVENTH of the usual retail price. Amaze.

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Here are some of the best deals that I have seen so far:

HOUSE OF FRASER – ORIGINS GIN ZING EYE CREAM – was £20 NOW £16

This eye cream is a steal – I’ve wanted to try this for a very long time, I know it seems like a lot for an eye cream but trust me, this is a good price if you know what you want!

TK MAXX – REAL TECHNIQUES DUO FIBER BRUSH SET – rrp £23.99 NOW £16.00

I’m not entirely sure if this has had a reduction but from comparing this to usual prices on this kind of set, this price stands out as one of the best. I had no idea TK Maxx were so good on beauty brands!

DEBENHAMS – URBAN DECAY 10% OFF – SMOKEY PALETTE, was £38 NOW £34.20 

If you are able to get an Urban Decay palette with a discount off the usual price, I would say that you have done yourself proud :). This palette has great versatile shades in it for creating day time AND night time looks and would work great as a gift for somebody.

OTHER THAN SPECIFIC PRODUCTS, THE WEBSITES I PLAN TO BE STALKING…

So, rather than bombard you with savings where for some you aren’t sure whether the RRP is real, I can tell you the websites where I will be looking for genuine deals…

Boots

Debenhams

Very Exclusive

ASOS

The Body Shop

What are the best deals you’ve seen?

Thanks for reading 🙂

Roshni xxx

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The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

Hi Everyone! 🙂

I have always loved certain products from The Body Shop – I think it’s one of those shops that have done really well to change with the times. Now shops have to concentrate on social media, online shopping AND maintain their physical stores. My favourite products of all time from The Body Shop are my wooden paddle hair brush, the Almond Hand Cream and the Brazilian Hair Serum. 

Now, I have another product to add to that list and it is the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. This is something I’ve wanted to invest in for a very long time – I soon realised that this is the perfect cleanser to leave in the shower to use once I have taken off the majority of my make up after a long day at work.

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It comes in a handy pump bottle and it claims to be able to take off all make up including waterproof make up. It costs £11.00 but I’ve heard a lot of bloggers saying that one bottle lasts them AGES. (Btw it feels really good to do a good old product review, feels like I haven’t done one in ages). When I went to The Body Shop there was a buy one get one half price offer on skincare, so this was great!

This handy product now lives in my shower, I like using it best when I shower in the evening. I wouldn’t say it takes off ALL make up, because when I have used Benefit They’re Real mascara in the day and I want to remove it – this doesn’t take it ALL off. What I’ve found is that if I just use this to take it off I end up with ever so slight panda eyes when I come out of the shower – which I can see when I run a cotton bud under my eyes.

However, if I use a make up wipe to take off the majority of my make up before I get in the shower then the Camomile cleanser works great.

You are meant to apply this dry, then use some water to emulsify this oil as you rub it into your skin. I find that the scent is really calming and natural – this I liked. I like that it isn’t a thick oil either – it is most definitely a silky consistency and this is a great feature!

I do think my skin feels great after I use this, the only let down is that I don’t think it will remove all eye make up. At the same I don’t think it would feel as natural on the skin if the formula was stronger :).

I’m really glad I bought this, as I wanted a cleanser that I could use to make sure all of my make up is off after using wipes – so I’m really pleased!!

Have you tried anything within the Camomile range from The Body Shop?

Leave me a comment if so!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I’ll be posting a lot more in the run up to Christmas so keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks,

Roshni xxx

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The Winter Beauty Routine Edit

Hi Everyone!

In the past two weeks in the UK it’s definitely felt a lot colder. This is the sign of winter edging it’s way nearer to us, which means soon the evenings will start to get darker and all of a sudden you’ll be craving things like soup and hot chocolate.

When we start to move into Autumn/Winter there are a few things that I do to change my skincare and beauty routine around, which I like to call the Winter Beauty Routine Edit.

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I’ve included TEN things you can do to shift your beauty routine into 5th gear and keep your skin and make up looking and feeling great even when it’s cold and dark and gloomy!

    1. Layer your moisturisers – using more than one moisturiser or moisturising method can boost your skincare massively. I am currently liking layering a Vitamin E moisturising face mist with the Clinique Moisture Surge!
    2. Carry around at least 4 lip balmslip balms are your friend as it moves towards winter – the harsh cold winds and increased use of heating can lead to dehydration leaving your mouth prone to cracking and dryness – EW.
    3. End your shower with a burst of colder water on your hair – ending your shower with a luke warm to cold burst of water helps to flatten your follicles which makes your hair shinier. It can also help to reduce frizz!
    4. Shower in the eveningthis is more of a personal tip – basically if you hate getting up early, and hate the fact in winter it’s really dark when you get up, shower in the evening so you get optimum sleeping time!
    5. Baths and bath bombsThis is where you add the luxury to your bath and skincare routine. Indulge in some splurging at Lush and order some bath bombs to treat your skin to a soak!
    6. Once a week, use a body scrubAlthough less people are seeing parts of your body, it doesn’t mean you have to forget about it! Use a good body scrub like the Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub to keep your skin smooth and to buff away any dead skin cells – AGAIN, EW.
    7. Use a good foot cream – I don’t really wanna have to explain this one but it’s similar to the point above and, oh TRIPLE EW.
    8. Have a make up clear out – Take this as your chance to get rid of any manky old mascaras, any bacteria laden powders or dusty old lipsticks and clear them out! Use this time to refresh your make up collection for winter, remembering you want moisturising products – and you can experiment with plummier moodier colours if you are brave enough!
    9. Invest in a good liquid eyeliner – The windier, rainier and more torrential the weather gets, the more your make up is vulnerable to attack on a daily basis. Investing in a good LONG LASTING liquid eyeliner will stop you looking like a panda!
    10. Morrocanoil – This stuff is a god send! Smoothing a small amount of this through the ends of your hair is great for keeping hair in good condition during winter. My favourite way to use this is to warm a few drops in the palms of my hands for a few minutes and then hold the ends of my hair in my palm – the warmer the oil the better it will take to your hair (not like 100 degrees or anything!)

I hope you have found this useful to read as winter begins to knock at the seasonal front door like an unwelcome carol singer.

Please feel free to leave me a comment!

ALSO – don’t forget you can watch my latest Youtube video by clicking the image below, OR go to the Youtube tab at the top of my blog!!! Have added a link to my menu 🙂

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Thank you for reading lovely people,

Rosh xxx

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Lip Service

Good Morning all :D!

It’s that weird time of year where you aren’t quite sure what colours you can and cannot get away with. Rather than limit yourself to a few, why not just go for them all! I thought I’d give you a run down of the shades, brands and bullets that are socialising in the wild party that is my make up bag.

What I like to do is to mix these products, as layering can actually create some combinations that you would never have thought of, that work really well. I don’t mean like ombré lips like I’ve seen popping up all over Insta recently (beautiful but entirely impractical), but simply mixing two shades to create something that’s really unique.

I’ve collected my favourites and given them a mug shot and line up below:

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At first glance you might think that the bottom 6 shades are more autumnal colours but when you consider I have darker skin these aren’t actually that intense shades for me. In fact at least two of the darker shades are nudes for me, so you get an insight into more realistic nudes than your typical pale pinky tones. DEEP BREATH ERRYONE…

MAC CREME CUP

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YSL ROUGE VOLUPTÉ TASTY RASPBERRY

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SEVENTEEN BEEHIVE  

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MAC HUG ME

HUGME

BOBBI BROWN ROSE BROWN

BOBBIBROWNROSEBROWN

REVLON PINK TRUFFLE

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BODY SHOP in umm ’14’

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SEVENTEEN RULE BREAKER

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RIMMEL STARRY EYED

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Which are your favourites?

Thanks for reading/looking 🙂

Roshni xxx

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‘Greenberry’ Gelly by Barry M

I struggle to find light nail varnish colours that look nice against my brown skin. But as it is nearing (or already is…) summer, I wanted to branch away from the usual dark purples and blues to a more summery, leafy, breezy colour to match the beautifully sunny day we are having today.

I am a big fan of the Barry M Gelly nail varnishes anyway, and have a teal green and cobalt blue shade already. They are really long lasting, but I do have a sure fire process to make sure your manicure can last at least a week, chip free (tried and tested by myself :)).

 

Here are the products I use during a pastel green manicure:

'Greenberry'

 

From left to right:

1. Seche Vite Top Coat, 2. Almond Hand Cream from The Body Shop, 3. Greenberry Gelly Hi-Shine Barry M Nail Varnish, 4. Nail file from Superdrug, 5. Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat

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First let’s talk about Seche Vite – This stuff has changed my life. I regularly have a different shade of nail varnish on week to week because of this little bottle. Actually for a nail varnish, the bottle is quite big but anyhoo. It feels very odd putting such a thick layer of varnish as a top coat because you think this is NOT going to dry for aaages. How wrong was I?!  (By the way my Seche Vite has a pink tinge because I have used it over red or pink varnish many a time, and it does take some of the colour. A minor niggle, and it doesn’t show up if you then use it on other colours).

I should have arranged the above photo better but basically I file my nails into a oval shape, use the Almond hand cream to sort out my cuticles. Then I apply a thin layer of the Sally Hansen Double Duty, then one coat of the Greenberry (yes, only one coat). Well, if it looks a bit thin in certain parts I go over it, but generally it is quite good. One criticism I would have is that I would have liked a more romantic name than ‘Greenberry’. Maybe ‘Mint Sorbet’? I do love food related names because…I like food. Lots.

 

Then after a few minutes, I use one blob of Seche Vite per nail, starting down the centre and then doing a stroke either side to use the big blob in the middle to cover the whole nail. I usually wait a few minutes because it is three layers of polish, but Seche Vite is amazing and dries quickly, with a gel like finish and a brilliant shine. I actually have found myself talking to a lady on a supermarket till about Seche Vite because I love it so much!

 

Greenberry!

I think this is a brilliant way to welcome in summer, and what’s more the beautiful pastel green looks great with a tan, or on asian skin.

Bring on the sun shine :).

(I’ve probably jinxed it so it will rain all week, but oh well!)

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