This Works: Super Lips aka my wonder balm!

This Works: Super Lips     aka my wonder balm!

I ordered the This Works : Super Lips lip balm online in the post Christmas Boots.com sale and I was initially very disappointed as I was expecting a twist up tube rather than a bland white pot. This little unassuming pot had been ditched forlornly in the bottom of my hand bag getting no love. After a few weeks it migrated on to my dressing table and boy am I glad it did!

After a few applications I came to realise how wonderful this balm is. It’s a natural based product with a lovely classic smell of roses (to me anyway!). It goes on clear and lightly providing maximum moisturisation without any of that horrible overpowering grease.

The official blurb
Look after your lips this winter with this exotic blend of Monoi oil, Rose Oil and Cocoa butter. This nourishing preservative-free balm has been designed to melt at body temperature so it is easily absorbed into the skin. With a rich formula packed with the earth’s most moisturising ingredients, super lips hydrates, soothes and protects the skin

I apply this balm to my lips as soon as I wake up in the morning while im getting ready and by the time it comes to lipsticks, my lips are plumped and perfect ready for the day ahead, and also again at night just before bed for an undisturbed lip treat. The sticker on the back of the tub says you can use it everywhere, so I have been working it in to cuticles, dry patches on my elbows and more recently in to the insanely dry patches on skin on my face which were a result of Panoxyl use. I also put a light dab of it on top of my foundation over the same areas for a quick top up of moisture. It is also great for keeping eyebrows in place too as opposed to a setting brow gel.

As I’ve already told you all, I have super sensitive skin and my face hasn’t felt overloaded or clogged up since using it. Admittedly it might not be as nourishing as a proper moisturiser but for a quick on the spot fix it certainly eases the discomfort of tight dry flaky skin.

For what I thought was a duff purchase, I am so super pleased I have kept using it and discovered my love for the little white pot of lovelyness!!

I also have to admit… I probably shouldn’t but… my boy kitten had quite a bad scratch on his nose (gee thanks girl kitten!) and it scabbed over. He kept rubbing his nose along the carpet or wall to scratch it so I kept dabbing on a little bit of this lip balm on top of the scab to keep his cute little nose soft and he loved it. It stopped the scabby itching while his poor shnoz was healing! The slightest film of this worked a treat!

I believe I paid £4.50 for it in the half price sale… I am unsure if I would pay £9 for another tub… but I will get back to you on that once this tub has run out! Whilst trying to find a link to this product on the This Works website it seems as though they no longer sell it individually but it is still available HERE in this gift set. It is also only £6.95 for the set currently on www.asos.com

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Collection 2000 Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner

Collection 2000 Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner
I’ll be honest, I’m not an eyeliner officianado, I don’t regularly wear eyeliner, let alone buy them but I was captivated by this beautiful, true teal colour liner. I bought it from Superdrug whilst they had an offer on (currently two £2.99 items for £5 and I’d already bought a lipgloss). I can’t actually find it on the Superdrug website but HERE it is on the Collection 2000 site. I’m a sporadic liner buyer… when I either want it for a specific look or colour. That said, I have tried most formulas, formats and brands over the years.

The nib is very fine which I love. On the rare occasions I use eyeliner I always lean towards these fine tipped pen style liners as I find them more accurate to use. The product itself is a quick drying, smooth, highly pigmented liquid with little to no eyelid imprinting.

The colour stays a beautiful and bold teal colour, unlike a lot of other coloured liners that I find end up either fading out or drying to a chalky dull finish.

I don’t know if I am ready to branch out in to the other colourways in the range, but I do know I will definitely repurchase this teal liner once it runs out!

My only criticism, if you can really call it that, is the longevity. Yes the liner stays in place for 24 hrs but that’s where it all goes down hill rapidly. On Friday night it took me 4 make up wipes, 2 different make up removers (including a waterproof make up remover), a baby wipe and a cotton ball soaked in baby oil to try to remove this pesky liner! It was stained on so badly, I had to re-wear the liner on Saturday… which only made the staining worse! I think if I had only applied a very thin line alone my lashes it would have been fine, but as I applied it in a slightly wider liner for a statement look, I was stuck with it! Maybe a stained black line wouldn’t have been so bad either!


Here we go.. a brutally horrid picture… late at night. You can see how much I rubbed at my eyes to get it off, my cheek is bright red!



I did however cry (at a tv show) whilst wearing the liner and it didn’t budge. This would be so perfect for a beach holiday or a festival. I know I shall be carrying mine with me on my holiday this year!

For £2.99, I think this is an excellent budget liner and would recommend it to anyone especially as there is more than just black to choose from and it actually lasts the 24hrs it promises!!

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Sienna X express yourself tanning mist

Sienna X express yourself tanning mist
I am a bit of a tan addict, and I openly admit to having been a sunbed fiend in  yesteryear but I am now loving spray tans and gradual tanners.

I struggle to find products that are actually dark enough to show up on my normally quite tanned skin, so my store cupboard is full of discarded light spray tans!I was kindly sent some Sienna X tan to try out and it has taken me a little while to get round to using it. Fake tan + chlorine don’t mix and I’ve been swimming of late.

I used the Sienna X Express yourself tanning mist in their generic shade. This retails for £15.95

As a trial run, I used it on my arms, chest and face so I looked (hopefully) glowy when I went out for my birthday. I prepped in the usual way and began the application.

The can was a nice slender size which made it very easy to maneouvre around and it continued to spray while upside down. There was a little residual drippage from the nozzle but a tissue on hand fixed this so that I didn’t end up with dark blebs.

I sprayed from the recommended distance but I found the mist disappated far to quickly and didn’t feel like it came in to contact with my skin. I went back over my arms at a slightly closer distance and the application felt much better.

The smell was pleasant and my skin dried ultra quickly meaning I could re-dress in record time, without stains on my clothes (white pj top as it happens!).

The tan gradually developed over the 2-4hrs recommended time to a very very light golden tint. It is a beautiful colour but no where near as deep as I’d personally like. No one has noticed I looked any different but have commented that it has tanned my hands and inner arms beautifully and naturally to match my arms on the top. Now this might not sound very good, but I always suffer white hands and inner arms, even after a week long holiday, so to have a nice evened out glow is fab.

The only real downside for me was it did start to stink after a few hours and even after a shower I had that horrid fake tan smell on my arms, despite it not smelling like that after the initial application! A variety of colours would be great too, if you can tailor a spray tan to suit the depth you want, the choice of a dark tan as well as the generic can, would really appeal to me and make me re-purchase. It is also quite a small can for the price, but it is on par with other brands on the market.

I think this product will be amazing for all you lighter lovelies or for everyone in the winter months for a quick perk. I would rate it higher than St Troper and Garnier (I have used both several times without much joy).

I am going to re-spray myself tonight to see if a 2nd application will allow the colour to deepen down and spray it a little closer to my skin. I will update you once it’s developed but I had to let you all know about Sienna X as I genuinely do love it, so far! The only reason I’m writing this now is because I can’t stop admiring my tanned hands and inner arms, set off by my lovely salmon pink nail varnish! I’m distracted!!

If there is any demand, I will ask Mr Tramp to test the tan out for me as he is very very VERY pale so any difference in tone will show up much more on his skin.

This product was sent to me to try out for free. It does not sway my judgement and my verdict is 100% honest

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China Glaze Ruby Slippers

China Glaze Ruby Slippers
Check out ma pimp slippaz yo!


Ok ok so I don’t actually talk like that, I was just feeling a little bit gangster! I did a NOTD with the red glittery Ruby Pumps.


I was expecting red glitter suspended in a clear gel but this polish had a red tone to it to give good coverage as well as glitter.

For this NOTD I used the obligatory basecoat followed by 1 coat of Nails Inc red just to boost the red tones of the China Glaze. Once dry I applied 2 good coats of the China Glaze to build glitter coverage. This polish is SO amazing. The depth and quality of the glitter is out of this world – I’m in love! The China Glaze does dry to a slightly gritty finish so I applied a coat of the free China Glaze top coat to finish my manicure off.

I am mesmerized by the depth and tones of this polish. In some lights it just looks like a flat metallic ruby red then in others it springs to life like a big red disco on my fingers!

This was my first venture in to China Glaze and I was so impressed I’ve since went on a bit of a CG purchasing rampage! What’s a girl to do, I neeeed more China Glaze in my life ladies!

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Sunday DIY : Treatment for dry hair

Being the frugal diva that I am, I got sick of spending my pennies on deep conditioners that just didn’t seem to work. Lord knows my bathroom is full of products I’ve tried.
I am even writing this while wrapped in clingfilm, as a deep treat before I go out tonight!

After a holiday in Marrekech (and stocking up on pure Argan Oil!), I learnt about just using a good, pure, olive oil to make a DIY treatment which nourishes and conditioners where it’s needed most. – I mentioned it a little bit here – Moroccan Oil Review

I hotfooted it to the local supermarket and picked up a small bottle of olive oil for <£2 and followed the instructions I’d cobbled together from Google.

.Apologies if this is something everyone knows, my mother says she used to do it in her youth too, but a lot of people I have spoken too are oblivious… This is my how-to :

 

You need :
Old t shirt / vest
Olive oil
Shower cap / cling film
Hair dryer
Hair bobble (optional)
 
1. Fill a sink with hand-hot water and put the bottle of oil upright in the sink to warm up. It needs to be warm but not chip-fat hot! I feel like it penetrates better when warm but that could be all in my head!

 2. Start with small amounts, apply to DRY hair, starting with the ends and working your way up the hair shaft. I personally find it easier to put my hair in to a pony tail to coat the ends, take it out then work a small amount of oil in to the roots – mids. You can skip the roots if you feel its better suited to your hair


3. Once you have oiled up, I usually put a shower cap over my hair to keep the heat in and contain the mess or wrap my hair in cling film. I always follow up with a gentle blitz with a hairdryer to increase the warmth and in theory the penetrating power.

4. I leave the oil on for as long as physically possible, usually 2hrs +. I get better results if I can leave it on over night but any length of time is better than nothing right?! I wouldn’t recommend this as a 5 minute jobby, it needs penetration (oo-er) time.

 5. When its time to wash the oil off I have a huge tip here – put the shampoo on before you add water (oil repels water!) and make it in to a lather before you wet it. It might take you 2 washes depending on the strength of your shampoo.



I find that doing this to your hair every 3 or 4 weeks leaves the ends so sleek and silky soft and for the price it’s natural and cost effective as I’d guess you’d get about 10 treatments out of a bottle for shoulder length hair.

I tried to do this once a week when my hair was in dire need but the 2nd week made no difference which to me would suggest the shaft is still full of the original oily nutrients!

I have yet to try almond oil, which is also meant to be good for a sore scalp as well as nourishing the hair.

Has anyone else tried a DIY hair treatment?

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