Friday, 17 January 2014

Dr Organics Snail Gel Review

Holland & Barrett is one of my favourite shops and while browsing around one day I noticed they had something called 'snail gel' on promotion. I had never heard of it before and thought to myself 'surly it's not actually made from snail slime?!' but, yes in fact it is! But don't let this put you off because this stuff is amazing!

Now being a vegetarian and all I wanted to make sure they they aren't hurting the poor snails in the process so I did check online before trying it out...

"Dr Organic Snail Gel is produced from snails that are farmed under humane and certified organic conditions. The snails are able to roam freely and the mucus secretion is collected from glass panes that they travel over. The secretion is collected, filtered and then concentrated by vacuum evaporation to reduce its water content before a mild preservative is added to maintain its shelf life."

They have a full write up about the product HERE if you're interested. 

The main reason I wanted to try the snail gel is that they said it was great for scar reduction; I have a lot of hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and chin left by acne and it makes me feel very self concious to go out without foundation, so I have been trying everything and anything to help it fade!

I got a small sachet sample of the product that they were giving out in store to try first. The gel is quite pricey at £19.99 a go so I wanted to make sure I liked it before investing in a full size pot. 

What they suggest is to use it before your moisturiser, let it skin into the skin then apply your normal moisturiser over the top. I did this morning and night, strangely enough the tiny sample lasted me almost two weeks! A little really does go a long way! 

My scars have faded more in two weeks that they ever had before, and trust me I have tried a lot of products! I was so pleased that I had to rush out and get another pot straight away. You get a whole 50ml in a jar which I know is going to last me a good while so it's definitely worth the money. 

I also love the packaging, it's a lovely little glass jar which makes it easy to get every little drop out so you won't be wasting any product at all. Plus it smells like lemon pie!

But it's not just for scarring, it's good for wrinkles and smoothing out the skin too. It's also free from parabens, artificial colours and fragrances, which is crazy as it smells divine! Which is probably down to the aloe vera leaf juice, lime oil and lemon grass oil that's in it. 

I highly recommend you try out this product. I use it with the Dr Organics vitamin E cream which is also fabulous! But that's a whole other blog post... 

Have you tried anything from the Dr Organics range?

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Product Of The Week: Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose

I got this product in a gift set for my birthday and I have just fallen in love with it. The smell is divine for one, plus the packing is cute and perfect handbag size! Personally I usually prefer the tube lip balms as opposed to the 'finger' ones, just for sanitary reasons really but this one has stolen my heart regardless. 

The only downside is that it is very thick, which means it's great at hydrating but it does leave a slight white tint on the lips. 

It's only £2.10 so if you are looking for a new lip balm this winter I'd highly recommend it.

What are your favourite lip products?

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

My First Gilly Hicks Order

I had never heard of Gilly Hicks before but a couple of my friends recently discovered a store while shopping in London. They were telling me about all the lovely things they had in there so I decided to have a look at their online store.
Gilly Hicks are primarily a lingerie shop but they also have sleepwear, sportswear and some smelly stuff too. Be warned though they will not ship liquids to the UK which is a right downer as their body mists sound incredible! The nearest shop we have is a couple of hours drive away and I didn't want to risk ordering a bra online as they are shipped from the USA so it would be a hassle to return if the sizing was wrong. I think their sale prices are very reasonable and they has some beautiful things. Plus shipping to the UK is only £5.

I ended up ordering a pair of pink shorts from the sale at only £7.99 (mainly for around the house/working out/holidays etc) but they only had a medium left and I usually wear a small. I heard they come up small anyway so I thought it would be fine but to my dismay they are a little big, I'm going to keep them as it would probably cost more to return them and the quality is absolutely lovely. 

The only other thing I ordered, also from the sale is a pair of  'lace short undies' which is you can see from the picture is not what I was sent... The colour is correct and the the size but they seem to have sent me a thong which is very annoying as it is not my prefer type of underwear (sorry if that's tmi... aha). I have emailed them so hopefully they will send me the correct item without me having to send these back as I only paid £2.99 for them so postage would most likely cost more than that. 

Apart from them being the wrong cut the quality is lovely and they are extremely stretchy so I can only assume they are going to be comfy! I ordered a size XS/S and I usually wear a size 8 underwear so I would say these are pretty true to size. 

As long as I get a positive response to my email about the incorrect item I will definitely be ordering from them again as the postage was reasonable and they only took 8 days to get her which for international shipping is quite good. 

Have you ever tried anything from Gilly Hicks? 

Cheap ebay finds

My friend Jenny has the most amazing blog and she often does posts called 'cheap ebay finds'. They are by far my favourite posts because I love finding bargains on ebay, so I thought I'd share some of the items I have saved in my watch list too. If you're interested in checking out Jenny's blog then click here >> Freya's Fashion Chapter<<

Cap Sleeve Midi Dress CLICK HERE TO BUY 
I saw these midi dresses in New Look last summer but never got round to picking one up and I have been regretting it ever since. I found this one on ebay at a steal for only £4.95. The only reason I have put off buying it is I am slightly worried that material won't be very thick and you might be able to see-through it slightly. Neither the less I really love the style and they come in so many nice colours!

Large Canvas Tote Bag CLICK HERE TO BUY
I've seen these bags around alot lately and I really like them, they are perfect for everyday use. I also thought they would be great for using as a beach bag as they are light and you can fit so much in them! Obviously they are a rip off of the Longchamp bags but at only £9.99 who could say no?

Tapestry Cat Bag CLICK HERE TO BUY
Okay so this is pretty much a love it or hate it item but I love doing cross-stitches and this tapestry bag is right up my street. It's a nice size and comes with a long body strap too which is helpful, plus the fact that it has cats on it just makes it irresistible to me! It is a little more expensive than the normal steals I find on ebay at £21.99 but I still think that's a great price, so I will for sure be picking it up as soon as I have a spare few bob. 

The last thing on my list is this UV nail lamp. It's very rare to see me without nail polish on but my nails do not hold polish very well (the longest they seem to go without chipping is two days) it does my head in! This lamp is only £13.99 and you can create your own gel nails at home, these can last up to 3 weeks! The only problem is you can only use special nail polishes with the lamp; Blue sky seems to be brand that is most purse friendly at only £5 a bottle. Bare in mind you will need a top and a base coat too. Though getting your nails done at the salon can cost up to £30 a time so really, this could save you money in the long run. 

I'd love to know what bargains you have found on ebay so let me know in the comments below!

That's Asda Price

So I have a bit of a problem when it comes to 'supermarket shopping' except its not for food, oh no, it's for clothes. I'm not sure why I find them more appealing than high street shops, maybe it's that they are easy to get to; easy parking, open late, not as crowed. Maybe it's that they tend to be a bit cheaper than high street brands or maybe its just they have less to choose from so anything that's remotely interesting to me stands out more? I don't know. But what I do know is Asda is by far my favourite supermarket to shop at for clothes, plus it tends to be the cheapest. Lets check out what bargains I found this week while 'food' shopping... hehehe...

First off I got these lovely basic tops for the crazy price of only £6 each! They have some mesh panelling on them which makes them a bit more dressy than your average tee. The fabric they are made from is extremely soft and silky so they hang nicely too. The cut is also really flattering as the arm length is slightly longer than a normal t-shirt. Electric blue is one of my favourite colours atm so I had to snap this up! The only down side is the mesh at the top means that your bra does show slightly but its nothing that can't be fixed with a strapless!

Next up is this gorgeous blouse! I was umming and ahhing about this for a while as it was £12 which is more than I would like to spend in Asda for one item of clothing, but to me it looked like something that would cost you £35 in topshop so I couldn't bare to leave it behind. The material is so floaty and light and I just love the panel detailing it has on it. The cut is similar to the other t-shirts as the arm length is longer than usual, though it is very see-through so I will definitely be wearing a tank top under it.

Last but not least I bought a bikini. I know, I know, it's freezing right now! Butttttt....It was only £6 in total (£3 for each item) and how many times I have gone to buy a bikini and they don't have my size in either the top or the bottom is insane. So you know, early bird catches the worm and all aha. The great thing about this one  is that you can mix and match your sizes. I find I always need a bigger top, especially in this style because there isn't much support and it just cannot contain my basoomas correctly...

If you haven't done already I strongly advise you to check out George clothing at Asda, they have just got a load of new stuff in for spring and the price and quality never fails to amaze me!

Where is your favourite place to shop at the mo?

Monday, 21 January 2013

Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your... oh.

Okay so hopefully you've come from my youtube video (yay!) if not... GO WATCH IT! 

I've had hair to my waist since I was about 13, it has always been a dark brown, but stupidly I decided to join in the trend of ombre/dip dye/red hair...

This is my hair before... (I'm on the left)

At first I just ombre'd it, which turned the ends a golden blonde...

Then I decided to bleach it slightly blonder and dip dye the ends, I ended up using too much bleach and lost about 3 inches...

I then got bored of this and wanted to do the whole 'bright red' thing so I stripped my hair and put some blonde streaks in to see how the blonde would take to my hair... 

Seeing the blonde took quite well i did my whole head...

Then I applied the red, which I loved, the only issue was, the up keep was insane! It faded so easily. 

I kept it red for a few months but I couldn't deal with dying it once a week so I stripped it...

And bleached it, then I toned it and did a pastel pink... 

I finally got it too the bleach blonde I wanted, then realized... I hated it


(excuse my stupidly thin eyebrows...)
In the photo above I do have extensions in, after a few months of having blonde hair, I found I kept on having to cut more and more off as the ends started looking awful. After all this hassle, I decided to go back to my normal colour too try and grow it long again. As my hair was so light, I had to put a red or orange on first or my hair would of gone green, I had an orange lying around so I put that on... 

As you can see, its wayyyy shorter than it was to start with. I hated this length so much but it was the only way to make it healthy again. I put a brown dye over this...

Unfortunately the brown wasn't enough to cover the orange so I decided to just put a black over it, which I actually really liked... 

Since then my hair has grown I'd say ruffly 5 inches, another 4 inches and it should be as long as the very first picture! The moral of the story is... don't use bleach on your hair unless you don't care about cutting it short. 

For tips on how to grown you hair out fast and to see what my hair is like now check out my video, share your experiences with dying disasters in the comments below! Or tweet/instagram me! 

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

All Things Body Warming...

So lately I've been obsessing over gilets, bodywarms...whatever you wanna call them. I think they are great in this weather because its freezinggggggg out; they keep you warm and look cute in the process. 

Depending on how cold it is, I usually wear them with a long sleeve or quarter length sleeve top. If it is a bit chilly out then I find a jumper also looks really nice too, when its freezing I even go as far as putting a thin jacket over the top.

All the items above are from New Look, I find the topshop ones aren't plain enough so I wouldn't of got as much use out of them tbh. My fave one out of the lot is the green one, just because I like the 'horse riding' style (as I like to call it) best. If your looking for a cheaper alternative then peacocks do a similar one at only £12! 

Pair this with some jeans and winter boots and you can't go wrong this season.