Furniture can be really expensive and when you move into your first home you definitely don’t have the money to waste. Some things are worth investing a little bit more money into such as your sofa and bed but others can definitely be bought on a budget. This is where amazon came in handy, there are so many stylish pieces at affordable prices.
The first item I wanted to mention was this industrial style Songmics shelf I’ve got in my living room. It’s a great place to store books and DVD’s or even just decorative bits and was a steal at £45.
Another item in my living room is this navy knitted pouffe footstool that adds a little bit of style and extra comfort. It was slightly expensive at £40 but is definitely cheaper than some of the other ones I’ve seen.
After buying my dining table from Next I was stuck for chairs and just wanted something affordable and modern. I looked for quite a while before coming across these grey plastic ones with black metal legs. They came really quickly and are great quality, especially for the price at £44.95.
This Songmics side table I found matches the shelving unit perfectly, is a great place to store a few magazines and adds to the industrial theme throughout my house. It was a great price at £34.99.
This month has definitely got to be my favourite Glossybox yet. The first thing I saw in the box was this LUE by Jean Seo Erase (Full size RRP: £11) which is a powder that claims to cleanse, exfoliate and brighten tired looking skin; my face would definitely benefit from this at the moment.
A Laura Geller Easy Illuminating Stick in the shade Ballerina (Full Size RRP:£19) was also included this month and I absolutely love it. It leaves the most gorgeous bronze glow to your skin and is so easy to use as it’s in stick form.Next up is a lipstick from Oryza Beauty in ‘Warm Nude’ (Full Size RRP: £15.95) which is extremely hydrating and promises to suit all skin tones.This Figs and Rouge soft focus pore perfect HD+ matte veil (Full Size RRP: £35) was also included this month. It’s designed to blur pores, reduce shine and combat breakouts; it’s going to be perfect for the summer months.A 20ml sample size of the Mudmasky Sleep Repair Renewal Nourishing Mask was the fifth and final thing in the box. It’s an overnight moisturiser which leaves skin smooth and rejuvenated with a light rose scent.
I recently had a horrible reaction to a Fake Bake false tan which left my arms, neck and legs covered in scaly, dry skin. I had just about tried everything from exfoliating to sudocrem in an attempt to get rid of it but nothing seemed to make a difference, until a friend recommended the cica repair balm from French pharmacy brand Mixa.
I applied it twice a day for a week, by the second day all of the redness was gone from the rash and by the seventh my skin was completely back to normal. I have been using it regularly since on any dry areas such as my hands, elbows and knees and am so impressed with the difference it makes.
The balm is definitely a holy grail for people sensitive skin and is an absolute bargain too at £5.99 from Superdrug.
Giving yourself a facial at home is a great way to keep your skin both looking and feeling it’s best; I love to treat myself once or twice a week to keep any spots at bay.
The first step I take is to remove any makeup I have on using the Soap and Glory ‘drama clean 5-in-1 micellar cleansing water’ (£4) on a cotton pad. This ensures my skin is being properly cleansed in the next step.
Next I cleanse using Murad’s ‘environmental shield essential-c cleanser'(£26) which washes away daily environmental aggressors and infuses skin with moisture.
I then remove any dry patches and brighten my skin using the Guinot ‘Facial Radiance Gommage Biologique Biological Peeling Radiance Gel'(£30). I use a pea sized amount and massage it into my face for a few minutes until it warms and turns into an oily texture, then I rinse it away and I’m left with soft, glowing skin.(Sample size)
After this I apply the Liz Earle ‘Deep cleansing mask'(£17.50) to my t-zone and on any blemishes to reduce oiliness and draw out impurities; I leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse.
The last step is to apply Origins ‘Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask'(£25) all over my face and 111skins ‘space defence bright eye lift gel'(£110) to my under eyes. When I wake up my skin looks radiant and clear and my dark circles are banished.
I’m a huge fan of Soap and Glory shower and bath products but had never delved into their skincare selection until recently. I’m so impressed with all of the products I’ve tested and thought I’d share with you some of my favourites.
Bright + Beautiful Radiance-Boosting Mask
This sheet mask is extremely refreshing and leaves my skin both looking and feeling fantastic! It’s a little bit pricey at £3.50 but is definitely worth it as a treat.
These patches are so soothing and help to banish puffy under eyes in half an hour; perfect for before a night out or event. They cost £3.50 for one pair.
DRAMA CLEAN 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water
After running out of my favourite Garnier micellar water I decided to try this one out and wasn’t dissapointed, it removes makeup easily and smells lovely. It’s also only £6 for a 350ml bottle.
The Fab Pore Purifying Foam Cleanser
I tried out this cleanser when it was on offer and am so glad I did, It keeps spots at bay without being overly drying and is much cheaper than my usual Murad cleanser at £8 for 200ml. I will definitely be repurchasing it when I run out.
What are your favourite Soap&Glory skincare products?
The July Glossybox is finally here and contains 5 lovely products to help get you through the summer months!
First up is a 100ml travel size bottle of the MONUspa first defence soothing after sun lotion. It contains aloe vera, shea butter and vitamin E to help nourish and care for dehydrated skin after a day in the sunshine; it’s going to be perfect to take on holiday! This full size tub of the Bellapierre banana setting powder (RRP £25) was also in the box. I’m looking forward to trying it out as it claims to counteract any redness or discolouration due to its yellow hue. A Cutebalms Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry (RRP £5.99) was the third item in my Glossybox. It smells fantastic and leaves a gorgeous pink sheen on the lips, definitely a new handbag essential.
I’m curious to see whether these Papanga Spiral Headbands (RRP £4.99) will last longer than other bobbles like this I’ve used before. They usually end up stretching out and snapping, however these seem to be made of a much stronger material so hopefully they will do a better job!
Lastly I received a Spectrum fan brush (RRP £4.99) which is said to be good for applying highlighter and gently removing any excess product such as eye shadow fallout. It’s made from high quality synthetic hair and is vegan and cruelty free.
I’ve written a couple of these posts in the past but have changed most of the products in my routine since as my hair has changed from flat and oily to a more dry and frizzy texture.
Shampoo & Conditioner
The shampoo and conditioner I use still changes quite often but the ones that I have been loving at the moment are from the OGX coconut milk range. My hair is left feeling extremely soft and nourished yet not weighed down.
To give my hair some volume I like to use the L’Oreal Paris Elnett satin strong hold mousse, it smells absolutely divine and stops my hair falling flat for days without leaving that horrible sticky feeling.
The L’Oreal Elvive extraordinary oil is my favourite as its extremely lightweight and leaves my hair looking sleek and smooth. I usually use it on wet hair but if my hair is feeling particularly dry or static i like to rub a little bit between my palms and run it over my ends to help tame them.
The only thing that hasn’t really changed in my haircare routine over the past five years is coconut oil; I slather it all over my hair once or twice a week, leave it in overnight and then wash it out in the morning. It helps my hair to grow long and leaves it both feeling and looking healthy.
To brush my hair I’m still using my Tangle Teezer as it’s so gentle and isn’t too rough on my scalp. When my hair is wet I use a wide tooth comb to avoid breakage.
I like to use the Batiste dry shampoo to keep my hair looking clean between washes; I spray it into my roots the night before so it soaks up the oils overnight.
The L’eau de rose perfume by Jeanne Arthes is definitely a new favourite of mine, I received it in my February glossybox and have been loving it since. It’s so light and girly and perfect for everyday wear.
‘Representing simple elegance, L’Eau de Rose reflects the sensual and modern woman. A refreshing and sophisticated composition for a classy and stimulating fragrance. A perfume which represents the delicate and seductive woman perfectly – a homage to romance and femininity.’
I’d never used a Vera Wang perfume before I received this one for my birthday in February but I’m loving it! It’s the perfect scent for summer evenings as it is quite deep and musky without being too heavy.
‘There’s an instant attraction to the mouth-watering pink guava and mandarin which is followed by a delicate mix of tuberose and lotus blossom.Behind it all, precious woods and sheer musk combine to create a passionate elegance. Vera Wang Lovestruck represents an irresistible romance and captures the feeling of a woman who is struck by love and captivated by passion.’
Once again Glossybox have delivered me five lovely products to try out and share with you!
Firstly I received this SportFX eyebrow pencil in ‘brunette’ which twists up on one side to fill in any sparse areas and has a brush on the other to help keep your brows in shape.
The next thing I saw was this Model co contour stick, I’ve never used anything like this before and am looking forward to using it! I’ll let you know how I get on.
This Radial ‘glamolash’ mascara is supposed to give XXL volume and is the perfect mini size for travelling or keeping in your makeup bag for touch ups throughout the day.
I’ve used a Merci handy sanitiser before in the vanilla scent and absolutely loved it, they leave your hands feeling clean without drying them out. A total handbag must-have.
I’ve heard about co-washing before but never got around to giving it a go so i’m looking forward to testing out this one from Dellwash haircare. It’s supposed to be a lot more gentle on hair and stop it feeling dry and frizzy; definitely something I would benefit from.
I’m a huge fan of the original 2000 calorie mascara, and max factor mascaras in general, so when I saw the new curl addict mascara being advertised I knew I had to try it out. It claims to ‘create outrageous volume’ while ‘lifting and curling lashes for a wide awake look’ which sounds perfect to someone with limp straight eyelashes.
It’s definitely a new favourite! It holds a curl perfectly and doesn’t flake or smudge all day long. I also don’t need my eyelash curler when using it as it does such a great job on its own.