Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Things I'm Trying to Save For

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I'm not aloud to shop. I've said it countless times before but I honestly can't. I need a car. I need to save up for Greece in May. I need to save up for London in August. I need to save up for America in September. The list of next year's expenses is endless. No more silly spending. Obviously I'm going to shop between now and September, but I don't want to impulse buy things I will wear twice and then let them collect dust in my wardrobe. And because I've told myself I can't shop, all I can think about is shopping.

Ever since I was really little I and I first went to a big department store I decided I wanted to get some investment pieces in my wardrobe. Flash forward to now and I have the makings of a nice little collection. Quite a few vintage pieces, a Mulberry bag, a few Radley pieces and some lovely jewelry. But there are some pieces I really want to save for. Apart from my Chanel 2.55 Flap bag which I have sworn I will get when I finally qualify as a solicitor, I am desperate to get my hands on a Chanel Tweed Jacket.  As I spend every week day in smart clothes at work, I think I'd get a lot of wear from it too! A Burberry Trench Coat is also on my list. On my first trip to London we walked past Burberry and I was absolutely transfixed by the window displayed. Living in Manchester, not only is a Trench Coat practical, it's never going to go out of fashion! A Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress and an Alexander McQueen Scarf are modern classics and would be wardrobe essentials throughout my life. Lastly, I'd love a pair of red soles, and by that I mean some Louboutins. Although super glamorous, I don't want a pair of ridiculously high heels. Instead I'd choose a more sensible heel or some ankle boots so they have slightly less of a chance of ending up in the air. With a wishlist like that, I think I better start saving now!

What are fashion items are you trying to save for?

Monday, 20 October 2014

St. Grape Aqua Bliss Bath Scrub

St. Grape Aqua Bliss Bath Scrub - £12

If there's one product I am very specific about, it's body scrub. I've tried a lot and I know what I like. I like quite an abrasive scrub that you can visibly see the difference after you've used it. Of course it needs to smell nice too and it wasn't too expense. Not really much to ask for?! 

I mentioned this scrub in my last empties post but wanted to do a full review on it to truly do it justice. Enriched with 4 kinds of pure Essential Oil extracts the natural high quality mineral sea salt scrub has been created to rejuvenate, refresh and heal the body whilst at the same time provided a calming and relaxing sensation. On top of that, it hasn't got any nastiness in it as it's Sulfate Free, Petrochemical Free, Silicone Free, Paraben free, with no artificial colours and it hasn't been tested on animals. On paper, this ticks all the boxes, for everyone. However, in reality I was left a little disappointed. The fragrance is a somewhat powdery floral scent which, whilst pleasant enough, doesn't specially appeal to me. The product itself is very smooth and I did think it wouldn't exfoliate as much I'd like. This was completely wrong and it really does work very well without being too abrasive or harsh. My skin also felt conditioned after using this, more hydrated and pores looked reduced. Using three time a week, the jar surpassed a month's use too.

Despite the positives out weighting the negatives, I was still left a little flat. Apart from the scent, I couldn't find a single flaw yet I just didn't enjoy using this scrub as much as others. The expectation for this scrub to do everything it promised was so high I think I was bound to feel a bit underwhelmed. Without a scent which appealed to me I don't think I could ever experience the calming and relaxing sensation. Clearly fragrances are down to personal preference, but setting such high standards has made this product good instead of great. Ultimately I think this is a case of a good product trying to achieve too much. If it was advertised purely as a rejuvenating and healing body scrub it would get top marks. Sadly it's not and for me it just didn't deliver. 

What good products have you been underwhelmed by?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Recycling Bin #6

I am genuinely trying my hardest to use up products as they seem to be multiplying every time I turn away, and I quite frankly, don't have the space for them. That being said, I do try and make the most out of what I've got, meaning I use up products a little bit slower than the average blogger. But let's celebrate these empties! Yes that is a Ponche shower gel bottle from last year's Lush collection. Let's not judge people, I'm a shower gel hoarder. Last Christmas I seemed to amass a vast quantity of all sorts of beautiful shower gels. This one seemed to be left to last, but oh my was it a nice one. Very autumy and a bit akin to Yankee Candles Spiced Orange, but with a hint of tequilla. I think I'm most depressed about saying good by to Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Fragrance(*) . It was my Summer scent and saying goodbye to it really does mean the start of cold, dark nights. At least it's Halloween and Bonfire Night soon! I have a detailed review of St. Grape Aqua Bliss coming soon, but what I will say is it's not my perfect scrub. Lastly, I'm making a determined effort to moisturise more and I've finished the Dead Sea Spa Magik Silky Smooth Body Lotion and Whish Body Butter. Whilst both were lovely to use, I wouldn't rave about them. To me, there just standard lotions. 

On to skincare and I think I'm really starting to understand what I like and what I don't like. Sadly all of these products I loved. The Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is one of my all-time favorite masks. It's such a luxurious product and really helps to decongest your skin. It's great for this time of year too as it's warming! I fell head over heels for Murad Skincare, especially their Pomegrante Range. My favorite products are the Energizing Pomegrante Cleanser and the Pomegrante Exfoliating Mask. Both help to make your skin glow and smell so fruity. Lastly, a cleanser I truly love, the First Aid Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. I've never tried a cleanser that has been so gentle yet so effective in maintain blemish free skin. It won't be too long before I have to buy the full size.

Have you tried any of these products?