BodyShop Beautifying Oil

I had seen this oil featured in Glamour Mag and on numerous blogs, so I thought I would give it a try. I ended up getting Mango as I already have the Body Butter in that flavour and love it! Luckily I managed to get it during an online sale with some Cranberry Room Spritz and White Musk Sun Glow for around £15 in total - but I think I must have deleted my confirmation email as I can't find how much the Beautifying Oil was with the discount (full price it is £9).

I think the first thing to point out with the oil is that it is quite a small bottle (100ml) for the price, but you really do only need a tiny bit and it goes a long way - I've had it three weeks and still have a lot left, so guess it will last ages. So far I have used it on my hair, body after showering, and on my cuticles when I've done my nails. The smell is amazing, and long-lasting on the skin, reminds me of being on holiday or just chilling in the sun. One of the ingredients in Kukui nut oil which is known to soften the skin without being too greasy, I've never had exceptionally dry skin but have noticed that my arms felt as if they were freshly moisturised all day after use. On applying I would suggest letting the oil dry for a few minutes before dressing, but after that the skin doesn't feel greasy at all.

It has also been amazing for my cuticles, I always have really dry skin around my nails but this oil seemed to moisturise and keep them nourished for a good few hours after applying it. And after a couple of weeks of use I can also see the amount of dry skin lessening which is amazing - nothing ruins a manicure more than awful cuticles! 

The only negative I have found so far is that when I've used it as hair oil I can't really smell Mango past a few hours - but obviously if you use other hair products to style your hair like I do, it could just be that they are masking the scent. Another of the ingredients in this product is Marula Oil, which is said to be even better than Argan Oil (is this even possible?!). I already have some Argan Oil I picked up in Morocco earlier this year, and have been using it on my hair around three times a month - and as of yet I can't say that the Body Shop Oil is beating it at nourishing the ends of my curly mane, but that could just be because the Marula is mixed with other ingredients in this product. That's not to say that this Mango Oil isn't good for your hair though, it still makes my hair appear less frizzy and gives it extra shine. 

All in all I would definitely recommend this Mango Beautifying Oil, and bank balance allowing, I would love to try the other versions too. How do you use your Beautifying Oil?

Avoiding Make-Up Meltdown

After realising that the sun might actually stick around for a while I decided to invest in a few pieces of heat-friendly make-up.
However as it's the end of the month it had to be on a budget (I don't do well with money management!), so here's my review of a few pieces I picked up in my local Superdrug:

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black - £4.99
This mascara was great at staying put and not rubbing off under my eyebrows or giving me the dreaded under eye smudge.. however it doesn't really give me the curly eyelashes that I was used to from the Clinique High Impact (I think this might be due to the basic brush?). So towards the end of the week I started to put that on first, and then finished off with a final coat of Great Lash. For the price I can't really complain, but if you are looking for thick looking lashes - I don't think this is the mascara for you.

MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Dolly - £2
After trawling through a million blogs on how to keep make-up on your face in the summer, I concluded that a cream blusher was one of the most important things to wear. Some of these blogs mentioned MUA, and I had often gone past the section but never really looked. This blush was such a bargain, and you get your moneys worth. It's a nice peachy colour which I prefer over pinky shades, and blends into the face really easily (with both finger or brush). It stays on throughout the day and doesn't lose it's sheen, would definitely recommend!

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hr Eyeshadow in Pink Gold - £4.99
I've read that using this can act as a primer, and stops eyeliner from moving around too - I like to do a flick over my eyes when I have time in the mornings, so it this looked ideal. Everyone seems to love the On & On Bronze, but they had sold out in my Superdrug (typical!) so I tried out this pretty pinky colour instead. I haven't gone for 24hrs with it on, normally 10/11 at the most - after that time the worst that happens is that some of the glittery colour has settled in the crease in my eyelid, but it's not massively noticeable and the rest of it stays in place. Really impressed by this, and will be trying the On & On Bronze soon..

What are your fall back pieces to help you avoid make-up meltdown?

Friday Favourites #1

Since there are so many online sales at the moment, I thought I would post a few of my favourite items in hope that it will distract me from actually buying them (my bank balance has taken a battering this month!)

* River Island Pink Cat Eye Sunglasses: I already have these sunglasses in tortoiseshell, but I brought them from ASOS to get the student discount and free delivery - as annoyingly there is no big RI close to my uni. I love the idea of the transparent pink frame and they are £5 down from £10. I think they would add a casual addition to any outfit as I sometimes find dark frames quite 'serious' looking.

Aldo Errozinc Fluro Piping Shopper on ASOS: had my eye on this bag for a while, and now I am even more tempted to get it due to the price.. ASOS currently have an extra 10% off sale items, so the bag would be £22.50 instead of £50. Bargain! The pink piping would make this bag suitable for both work and play - fluro without being too OTT.

* Miss Selfridge Pink Pom Pom Short: these were £49 but are now £25, another prime example of why I'm a firm believer in waiting for the sales to come around! I love the aztec detailing round the bottom and the pom poms add an extra girly touch, could see these going great with a plain white tee and statement necklace.

* Fabric Stone Wristwear Cuff, Miss Selfridge: I am a self confessed jewellery hoarder - I have so many necklaces, bracelets and rings that sometimes I forget which pieces I have until I dig them out. So I probably shouldn't even be looking at it but - this cuff is too cute, pastel colours are on trend right now and they go with practically anything. Was £12.50, but now £6.25.. Must, not, buy!

What's In My Makeup Bag?

Since this is my first beauty post, I thought I would show you my everyday make up. I got this Clinique make up bag as a 'Beauty Bonus' recently - more than enough room to fit everything in, and it's on trend in pastel lilac and green!


I've been using Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Moisturiser as a make up base for about two years now (I don't actually own a primer, I'm not sure if that's still acceptable or not?), it is expensive at £18.50 but it is definitely worth it. I have quite oily skin but as long as I am wearing this, shine is kept at bay.. which in turn means I don't get too many breakouts.

I have also recently discovered Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel at £14, again it is on the pricier side, but as I use a few of the range and tend to run out and buy them all at the same time - the free gifts make up for it. If I think I have a spot coming I'll put it on before my make up, and 9 times out of 10 the blemish is completely gone by the time I take off my make up later that day. Amazing!

In case there is any redness still visible, I use Boots Natural Collection Corrector Stick (far right), a complete bargain at £1.99 and it does the job perfectly.

My new foundation love is Mac Studio Fix in NW20 - I can't believe I have only just discovered this! But I don't think I'll be going back to any other foundation, and I don't think £21.50 for a 'higher end' foundation is too bad. Plus it's SPF 15 at the same time, what more can you want?

The rest of the bag

I got brought the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker as part of a Soap and Glory gift set. The colour I have goes on nude which I like - and it tastes chocolatey/orangey. I am not sure if it does plump my lips up, but they definitely seem to feel different after I put it on. Maybe it's just wishful thinking! It's quite a sticky gloss though so I mainly use it on nights out.

The L'Oreal Brow Artist Super Liner (around £5) is the best eyebrow pencil I have found from a 'drugstore' brand. My eyebrows are quite dark naturally, and I have never found anything which matched exactly before. However this colour allows me to fill in any gaps without looking too dark, and the brush/white pencil on the end help to blend for an even more natural look.

Rimmel Soft Kohl in Jet Black has been a staple in my make up bag forever, only £2.99 and does not seem to smudge around the eyes at all - the only downside is you have to reapply the waterline after a few hours.

The concealer in the middle is so everyday the label has worn off! It's Boots Natural Collection Cover Up Cream (£1.99). I do also use the Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer - but only every now and again as I find using all of the range together can be quite drying on my skin.

When my eyebrows are looking particularly wild (most days) I use Mac Brow Set in clear at £13, however it is no longer clear here due to brushing it over eyebrow pencil. If anyone knows how to avoid this happening please let me know! 

Clinique High Impact Mascara is amazing, curls and lengthens my lashes - and although it doesn't say on the tube it appears to be waterproof. This is another of Cliniques 'Beauty Bonuses' which has been in all of the the last four gifts I've received, so I haven't needed to buy full size yet. But I definitely would say it is worth the money.

My everyday blusher is either Rimmel Mono Blush in Pink Rose (£3.99) or Paul and Joe Face Colour in Sun Set (bargain at £5 from a local outlet store at home). The Paul and Joe has such pretty packaging, and is a creamier texture used when I want a peachier colour.

Alongside Vaseline, I use Mac Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink almost religiously on my lips. I brought it for £11 but it is quite a big pot. Like the foundation it is SPF 15, and it moisturises as well as giving a nude sheen that is brilliant for everyday.

Rimmel Scandaleyes (£6.99)is my go to mascara when I want fuller lashes, but don't want to use falsies. It seperates and lengthens the lashes brilliantly, I just like to create an extra curl at the end so I usually use it before finishing off with the Clinique High Impact.

The Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer is perfect when I have caught the sun, not only on my face but shoulders and neck too. For £5.99 you get 6 different shades, so you can use it at any stage of a tan - just mix it up to create the right colour.

Sorry for the long post, I didn't realise how many 'everyday' items I had tucked away in my make up bag until I started pulling it all out! I'm looking to make a few additions soon, so will hopefully post some reviews. Let me know if you have any suggestions you think I should try :)


Here goes my first post..

Yesterday two friends and I went along to the Olympic Park for the first day of Wireless 2013.. and my first festival ever! Thankfully it was a beautiful day - and of course we got to see so many amazing acts.

Deciding what to wear was a challenge as the weather was really dull when I left in the morning. I'd originally laid out paperbag shorts and a crop top but the weather threw me so I went back to the staple vest top, skater and statement necklace - with a back up cardi in my bag. The bag in question was a borrowed rucksack for practicality.. however I can now confirm rucksacks are not for me! It did mean I could hold drinks and my phone at the same time but it looked SO awkward on my frame, and is not appropriate for when you are trying to get to the front of the crowd at a Miguel performance. Give me a clumsy oversize clutch any day.

In between sets we chilled on the grass, soaked up the sun and people watched, observing what everyone else was wearing. Our joint decision on the bravest fashion choice from some girls was to wear heels on the day - I was in my trusty flat ASOS sandals and my feet were killing, I can't imagine how in pain some of these girls were walking from stage to stage all day in their Kurt Geigers!

All in all I had an amazing day; saw Trey Songz, there was no need for wellies, no disgusting toilets (my biggest festival fear) and I got to top up my tan. if all festivals are like this.. sign me up!