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Review: Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB

29 April 2014



This is Estee Lauders latest addition to the double wear line. Now put all your previous misconceptions of the double wear foundations aside as this is for the most part very different.

This lightweight offering brings more coverage than your average BB cream, it's definitely more like a lightweight foundation, but it still has the staying power that you have come to expect from the double wear line.

This product is oil free, fragrance free and non acnegenic, so it's a good one for those who are blemish prone but it is my no means a mattifying product. This product still manages to give a subtle glow that you would expect from a BB cream.

It really is a good all rounder. Add in SPF 30 and a great range of shades (I have intensity 1.0 -the lightest, which is slightly pink toned) and you've found your perfect summer base. I'd advise trying to get to an Estee Lauder counter to find your perfect shade. If you're rather pale like me and struggle with BB creams coming out too orange/dark then this one is for you.

I apply this with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and it applies beautifully. It gives a slightly glowy, dewy finish but definitely don't be put off by this if you have blemish prone skin as it covers minor blemishes and perfects and evens skin-tone.

Spring Clean Part 2.

24 April 2014


Welcome back to the second part in my Spring Clean series. This week I am going to focus on some of the good bits, the bedroom - clothes and accessories.

Bedroom:

  • Take everything out of your wardrobe, yep everything, throw it all out onto your bed.
  • Try on every item of clothing, and create 4 new piles
    1. To throw away
    2. For Ebay/Charity
    3. Needs some TLC (e.g. buttons sewing on) 
    4. To keep
  • Throw it away if you a) haven't worn it in yonks b) it no longer fits c) its damaged beyond repair.
  • Sort through for the best stuff that someone else may want - donate this to family, a friend or throw it in the for Ebay/Charity pile.
  • Some people don't have the time or patience required to put many items on Ebay. Be realistic...if you don't get it online in the next 2 weeks, bag it up and send it to the charity shop. Lets face it, you'll just "never get round to it".
  • Same goes for the pile that needs some TLC-  if you're the kind of person who isn't likely to whip out a needle and thread, send these to the charity shop now, otherwise they'll sit in a to-do pile for months.

Organising your wardrobe:

So now that the amount you are trying to cram into your wardrobe should have reduced considerably organising it should be much easier.

It's up to you how you organise your clothes, whether that be by work/leisure wear, by type of item, or by colour it's up to you. I prefer to organise by types of items as I don't really have work specific clothes, and I don't have that many bright coloured clothes so organising by colour is a bit pointless.
  • Sort your clothes into different piles according to how you are organising your wardrobe
  • Make sure everything goes back into the wardrobe on appropriate hangers so that nothing is going to fall off, or be pulled out of shape by the hanger
  • For this reason I prefer to fold knitwear and store this in a drawer in the bottom of my wardrobe
  • Also for jeans I store these in a drawer as they don't really need to be hung up.

Organising your drawers:

I mainly use drawers to store items of clothing that aren't going to crease easily, as I said before this is jeans, jumpers and then some of my basic t-shirts.

I also use drawers to store underwear, socks and accessories. I find that the best way to store these if you have a big wide drawer is to use a drawer divider. I personally use this set from Ikea which is amazing value. For £6 you get 6 different sized boxes which you can use all in one drawer or just use a few of them in different drawers depending what you are storing. These are great for separating out underwear, socks and tights etc.

As for jewellery as you can see in the photo above I have a shallow drawer in my dressing table where I keep all of my necklaces and main items of jewellery. I have a few smaller boxes within this drawer to keep things organised. I like to keep the jewellery that I wear everyday in the clear MUJI unit at the front so that it is easy to find when I am rushing out the door in a morning.

When I lived with my parents I had multiple hooks on the inside of my wardrobe doors where I could hang necklaces and so that they were easy to see and find, but as I now have sliding wardrobe doors and in our rented flat we can't put hooks in the wall it will be living in the drawer for now.

In terms of cleaning out your jewellery, throw away anything that's broken, throw away anything that is discoloured and just anything that you really aren't going to wear any more. Sort out by type of item, have a place for necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings so that you can easily find what you are looking for.


Remember to check back next week for my skincare and makeup spring clean and storage post.


Spring Clean part 1.

17 April 2014


Last weekend I didn't have any plans and so I decided to give my life a bit of a Spring clean. The flat got the most intense cleaning and tidying session it has ever had since we moved in just over 2 years ago. This included all rooms, all drawers, cupboards and boxes. Nothing was left untouched and it resulted in bin bag after bin bag being filled. The end result...well a more clean, serene and relaxed flat.

Here are my top tips part 1 to Spring clean your life / house / bedroom.

Rules that apply to everything:
  • Be ruthless, don't leave any drawer unturned.
  • Set yourself a time scale- if you haven't used something in the past 6-12 months get rid of it.
  • Anything broken or damaged -throw it out, why are you keeping it?


Kitchen:
  • Get right to the back of those cupboards, any old tins of food and anything past its sell by date get rid of it
  • Deep clean the oven- the Oven Pride cleaning system is amazing for this.
  • Wipe down the inside of the microwave and rid your toaster of all the crumbs that gather in the bottom.
  • Empty the fridge, then using an antibacterial spray wipe down all of the shelves and drawers. 


Living room:
  • Remove and wash all cushion covers/throws from the sofa.
  • Move the sofa and have a clean behind it/ underneath it
  • Then remove all the sofa cushions and have a good hoover. Check first for loose change and lost treasures that might have wormed their way into the sofa.


Office/Study:
  • If you're anything like me there is bounds to be mounds of pointless papers/leaflets and receipts all over. Sort these out, throw away what you don't need and file away anything important.
  • Be sure to invest in some good storage. Check out the Martha Stewart range at Staples for some gorgeous filing/storage ideas.
  • Spring cleaning your life isn't just about physical objects, give your computer/laptop a spring clean too. Organise all your folders, files and photos. Delete anything you don't need, especially all those temporary downloads files.
  • While you're at it, why not give your phone/tablet a clean up too. Delete all the apps that you don't use, and go through those photos and delete the dodgy pocket shots, blurry photos, and those that you have 10 versions of because you were 'trying to get the focus just right'.

As I seem to have far too much to say on this subject (such a tidy/neat freak) keep an eye out for part 2 which will be up next Thursday.

I'm always on the lookout for better storage, tidying and organising ideas so let me know any of yours in the comments below.

Save the Blow Dry is back in a gorgeous new colour.

15 April 2014

Save the Blow Dry Shower Cap

For all of you who have the original 'Save the Blow Dry', it's back in a gorgeous new turquoise colour. This is definitely much more "me" than the bright pink version. For those of you who haven't heard of the Save the Blow dry shower caps, here's the low down.

This is by no means an ordinary shower cap, this moisture eliminating, huge shower cap is bound to be a hit with almost everyone.

For those who wash their hair every other day but shower everyday wear this in between hair-washes to keep your hair style intact. So often hair is ruined by humidity, heat and water in the shower, but the Save the Blow Dry shower cap consists of a waterproof outer layer and an innovative super-absorbent microweave layer inside to zap moisture away from your hair.

For those of you with long or thick hair don't worry about all of your hair fitting in, this shower cap is simply huge when compared to others out there.

For those of you who wash your hair everyday you may be saying "I don't need a shower cap" but I have been using mine turned inside out with a hair treatment on. This can help the treatment to work more effectively and it also stops the treatment from running off and getting everywhere.

As I mentioned I do wash my hair nearly everyday as it is fine, straight and thin and things get greasy and flat pretty quickly. Occasionally I have a no-hair-wash day on a Saturday and just rub in a bit of dry shampoo come Sunday morning if I'm having a lazy Sunday. But for the majority of the time I have no use for a shower cap.

That being said this shower cap has made using my pre-shampoo Philip Kingsley Elasticizer treatment a dream. I simply dampen my hair and split it  into large sections, then I work the treatment through the damp ends of my hair. I then turn my 'Save the Blow Dry' shower cap inside out, place it over my hair making sure everything is inside, and leave it for 20 minutes. This really has made a difference, as before I was trying to use cling film to keep the heat in and the treatment on my head for 20 minutes. Believe me this was messy and awkward...

You can buy Save the Blow Dry from savetheblowdry.com for £14.95 plus a small shipping fee. Be sure to check out the pink version as well.

The Best Lip Balm Ever.

10 April 2014





I wouldn't normally think that it was worth doing a whole post about a lip balm but this one is in a league of it's own. The Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm is reportedly sold somewhere in the world every 28 seconds. This cult favourite is like no other lip balm that I have tried, it is ultra-hydrating and rich yet it still manages not to be greasy and oily. The title of this post might seem like a bold claim but nothing else really seems to live up to it now, not in terms of soothing dry, chapped lips and making them soft and supple.

For me it is like a thick, creamy honey that you can use on your lips or even on areas of really dry skin. It has all the top simple yet effective ingredients in it that we have come to expect from French Skincare and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed if you try this product. 

Granted it may seem a little pricey... "£9.50 for a lip balm!" I hear you say, but watch out for the offers and deals online. Escentual frequently have discounts and deals running, which is when I bought mine. I managed to whip this one up whilst the French Skincare promotion was running and I got it for a third off, bargain. As the product is such a hydrating, thick rich cream you hardly need to use any, so this little glass pot is bound to last for absolutely ages.