Tag: Beauty

Garner Skin Active Moisture Bomb Mask – Fatigued Skin 


I know I know I’ve always said I don’t like sheet masks but I have a confession I tried one a couple of weeks ago and thought it was alright. I didn’t mention it as I thought it was a fluke. My lovely friend Ellie popped over with a little care package and in it was this mask. I love Lavender and I am certainly feeling tired and my skin is looking it. 

I hopped in the bath (not literally as that’s dangerous) plopped a twilight bath bomb in and put this on my face. 

Once you peel the blue layer away it is really… I don’t want to say it… but moist. It’s moist. And slippy. I positioned it on my face and laid back… I usually try and potter about with these masks on and end up looking like something out of a scary film but I thoroughly enjoyed using this mask!! 

The mask claims to hydrate for one week… well it says… Super hydrating, de-tiring mask… Intensely rehydrates, reduces the appearance of fatigue and relaxes the senses. I must admit it did all those!! I looked and felt so much more relaxed and less tired after using this. 

Perhaps I’m officially converted to sheet masks…. shocking I know. XO 

Tea Tree Witch Hazel and Charcoal Boots Skincare Range

I had seen a few reviews of this facial wash and I kept thinking I should try it out.

When I went into boots for cotton pads… I came out with these 3… and a few other bits (but ssshhh don’t tell James haha) I was really excited as I had tried the face mask before and liked it. I am loyal to my Elemis mask but I do like to dabble and try other masks. I like a good pore detox.

I have done this review slightly different as I want to give you my first impression and after using it for at least 2 weeks.

Facial Wash

First Impression – I oddly like the colour of this, it made my skin feel super clean. I used this with just my hands this time but I want to try it with the No7 cleansing brush (review on that soon). It smells pleasant enough too and it was a great second cleanse. It is really creamy and goes white/grey when massaged into the skin. Skin felt a little dry after but I can deal with that as my skin feels super clean! 

After 2 weeks of using every day – ok I didn’t use it every day… I think I had a day or two where I was lazy with Skincare. I have noticed a huge difference with this face wash and LOVE using it with the No7 cleansing brush as feels like it really cleans. I have noticed my blackheads have minimised too.

Scrub

First Impression – I didn’t use this the same day as the facial wash I used this in the morning the day after and my skin felt smooth after but pretty much same as the wash for me.

After using twice a week for 2 weeks – my face is definitely smoother and I think possibly a mixture of the face wash but my skin has cleared loads. I have been drinking more water as per my August Goals. So I guess this is all a factor.

Face Mask

First Impression – I used this on my nose, chin and forehead along with my Elemis mask on the rest of my face. My pores on my nose definitely looked less noticeable after first use. It’s nothing incredible but it’s good!!

After using twice a week after the scrub – again I think a mixture of drinking more water and the other products… my skin looks clearer!! I love the feel of my skin after using this.

Considering this range is reasonably priced I really like it and I think it is doing a great job so far. I especially like the wash!!

Have you tried this range? What do you think of it? XO

What’s In My Handbag

I suppose I should start with what handbag I am currently using. I have the Michael Kors Jet Set tote in white. My brother and his wife bought this for me from New York on their honeymoon. I believe I have mentioned this before as done a whats in my bag last year. I also have this bag in black but it is slightly bigger.

I always have my purse in my bag for those random Boots trips I love to make. Nothing too amazing.. it’s a Michael Kors purse that I got for Christmas a few years ago. I look after my bags and purse so they last a long time. I don’t have loads of bags or purses as these are really sentimental.

I have a clear plastic Benefit make up bag that I keep all my essentials in. I like them in this bag so when I change bags or need anything it is all in one place.

In this bag I keep the following….


Pens, a plaster, painkillers, sickness bands (random I know), a tampon, an earl grey tea bag… absolute essential, a £1 coin for a trolley or parking, headphones and a little plastic envelope with some flowers that Jacob picked for me.

Also in the bag I keep some make up etc;


I keep what I feel are essentials or top ups if I need them throughout the day. A Ralph Lauren roll on perfume, Benebalm, eye drops, a fold away hairbrush, hair bands, hand gel, a face mist, 2 nail files, eyebrow pencil, no stress rollerball, eyebrow gel, a mini mascara, a plumping lipgloss, Sleek face form palette, a blush brush and eye blending brush, concealer, Benetint, mini too faced lip stick in Dolly and the macaroon lipbalm.

I see all these as essentials!! I probably should downsize what I have in my bag but I bet as soon as I take anything out I will need it haha.

I also had receipts… chocolate wrappers and an empty water bottle in my bag… but I didn’t feel like taking a photo of those haha!

Am I the only one with so many “essentials”? XO

August Goals 

Just a quick post today, mainly want to write these down so if I don’t stick to them I have the shame of updating you all.

I wanted to set some goals, after a really crappy July I wanted to push myself to get back to being healthy (ish) I am not saying I will be going to the gym and having green smoothies every morning because I never stick to that.

  • Drink more water – cliche but an important one! Going to try and just drink water… and tea… I am not giving up tea!
  • Move more – again a classic for these goal posts right? However, with what happened last month and with my ongoing coccyx condition some days are harder than others. I am going to aim to walk a little every day, working my way up again.
  • Eat less chocolate and the naughty stuff – Chocolate gives me migraines and breakouts.. surely this should be enough to put me off eating it.
  • Be more organised when it comes to blogging – I am aiming to post every Wednesday and Sunday. (Hope no one fell off their seat then reading that!!)
  • Be more active on Twitter – I am quite active in general but I don’t promote my blog as much as I see others doing so feel I should a bit more.
  • Meal plan a bit better and stick to it. I try to write a meal plan and buy the shopping according to that but we always end up changing our minds and sometimes food goes to waste which I hate.
  • Get more fruit and vegetables in me, I am not too bad but I don’t get my 5 a day in a normal day unless I have the motivation to make a smoothie and eat a salad for dinner. I should be more conscious about what I eat as I am with Jacob.
  • NOT SPEND… I left this one for last because… it will be the hardest. I am a sucker for a trip to Boots… but I am really trying not to spend this month, I have enough skincare and make up to get me through until Christmas… If I do well this month by not spending it may extend further….

Wish me luck…. I will update beginning of September… XO

Fudge Haircare

I used Fudge Haircare back in the day, and loved it. However, I moved away from using it as it is a bit pricey. Anyway I spotted they had a sale on Look Fantastic. I was a bit too excited!

Fudge Make-A-Mends Shampoo – this is described as a protein shake for dry and damaged hair. It has Marula and grape seed oil, also sulfate free. This lathers so nicely and not too much it’s hard to wash out, my hair feels smooth after using this not like dry and ratty like some shampoos make my hair feel. Smells soooooo good as well… like the whole range.

Fudge Make-A-Mends claims as above but says this has an extreme conditioning formula… and this has the same effect like most hair masks I’ve used. My favourite hair mask is the Tresemme Keratin Smooth mask… I will always buy that I think for pamper nights but this conditioner is so hydrating, I leave it in for a few minutes and when I wash it out my hair is so silky and easy to get a brush through.

Fudge Tri Blo, prime, shine and protect blow dry spray, wow this smells incredible. I use this through my towel dried hair before blasting with the hair dryer. It defends against the heat.. and I’ve noticed my hair dries so much quicker. It’s like a fine mist and non sticky.

Fudge Ends Miracle Soothing treatment for soft silky ends. I literally use the tiniest amount of this… it’s expensive.. I’m not going to soak my hair in it and a lot really isn’t needed. After straightening my hair I used this and it literally does what it claims… smooths and tames. It also smells INCREDIBLE! 

I know the Fudge Haircare is slightly more expensive than products you get in Boots etc but I really feel like I’ve invested in this range. I enjoy using it and doing my hair seems less of a chore because it all smells amazing.

Have you tried Fudge Haircare before? Do you have any recommendations? XO

July Glossybox 2017


Always the exciting part of the month when my GB or LF beauty box comes through the door. I’ve made no secret of the disappointment I sometimes feel though. However, not this month!! Really happy with this months box!


Monu Spa First Defence Soothing After Sun – this claims to be for all skin types and although I’m not one to be sitting in the sun at the moment this smells so nice and glides on the skin so nicely I will get use out of this whether I’ve been in the sun or not.


Papanga Hair Bands are bigger than the usual plastic spring hair bands which is amazing for someone with thick hair (like me!) I received a clear and a black band. There is also 20% with this months glossy box so will stock up on these.


Cutebalms Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry, this smells so sweet but not over powering and gives a lovely Tint to the lips, I was feeling lazy and popped this on my cheeks too and worked really well. So perfect for the hand bag.


Bellapierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder, I have wanted to try and proper banana powder for ages so this will be a perfect addition to my make up collection. I will give this a whirl next time I contour…


I’ve left the most exciting for last, I’ve wanted a fan brush for a long time and never taken the plunge and bought one (not sure why!) anyway in this months box I received the Spectrum Fan Brush. I used this for highlighter straight away and it’s changed everything… well.. changed how I put on highlight anyway.

So overall really chuffed with this months box! Do you get Glossybox? Were you happy? XO 

Pick Me Up/Pamper Night

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I know I’m not alone when I need those nights where you just lounge/soak/veg… well this was one of those nights so I thought I would share what it is I do with you….

First of… I should start by saying I was so tired from lack of sleep as my little lad was so hot in the weather he didn’t sleep… then I spent the whole day in pain with my coccyx and doing my wifely duties (haha I know… I didn’t do the last one)

I started off by running a bath, grabbing Lush Twilight and plopping that in the bath. I took my make up off and chucked my favourite Elemis Lavender Repair Mask on my chin and put some eye masks on. 

I didn’t need to wash my hair this night or do my nails so I could proper chill in the bath and watch PLL… (literally just started and now hooked!)

I always find having an exfoliate and shave makes me feel like my life is pieced together. Once out the bath I rinsed my mask off and finished my skincare routine.

I then made sure I moisturised EVERYWHERE, I have been loving my Champneys Relaxing Lavender body soufflé, it’s so comforting and lightly scented. I put on some clean pjs, grabbed a blanket. James had settled Jake so we snuggled up in bed and watched the rest of Riverdale… I just waited for him to drift off so I could put PLL back on 😂

What do you do when you’re in need of a pamper? Always looking for new ways to relax. XOXO