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Mid Month Favourites: August 2015

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Yikes, I haven’t done one of these posts since January! Needless to say I’m very disappointed in myself. I’ve just had so many favourites so far this month that it would be silly of me not to get a post together to share with you all!! Mostly beauty bits but a couple of other things thrown in there too.

AUGUST MID MONTH FAVOURITES…
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Beauty Haul ft. Debenhams, Boots and Topshop

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This is the result of my shopping spree a little while ago. There was an event on in Boots which meant that you got £12 of points for every £50 you spend. There was me naively thinking I’d struggle to spend over £50 and I only went and spent £104! Still I got £24 worth of points for my effort so I’m really not complaining. Here are my purchases and my first impressions…

BEAUTY HAUL FT. DEBENHAMS, BOOTS AND TOPSHOP
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Empties: Love, Like or Loathe

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This is my second empties post. I don’t get empty products an awful lot but I figured I’d throw a post together about them every once in a while, so here is the latest. All my recent empties and the accompanying review.

EMPTIES: LOVE, LIKE OR LOATHE…
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Empties: Love, Like or Loathe

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This is my first ever empties post on the blog and it’s really only a smallish one. Since I’ve never done one before I haven’t really been saving up many of my empty products to show you, but I came across a few all at once and decided to give it a go. If it’s a success I might have to start storing things up for these posts!

EMPTIES: LOVE, LIKE OR LOATHE…
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Origins Skincare Review

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So a little while ago I purchased a few bits from Origins and I thought I’d do a little write up about what I thought of them.

MY ORIGINS OBSESSION…

I originally went to the Origins counter to pick up the Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer £32 for 15ml pictured to the bottom right, because I’d heard wonderful things about it and I have the worst dark circles of anyone I know. I have to say that so far this product has not disappointed me at all. My dark circles appear visibly reduced and I feel more confident than I can ever remember leaving the house with no make up on. Before this, the idea was entirely laughable purely because of my under eye circles, but this product has given me so much confidence in my face. It’s my number one hero product!

While I was at the counter the sales assistant mentioned that she had some Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief gift sets left over from Christmas. She was selling them for £35, which was an absolute bargain, so being the impulse buyer that I am I really couldn’t say no. In my set I got the Soothing Treatment Lotion 50ml (worth £7.50), Soothing Face Cream 30ml (worth £29), Face Cleanser 50ml (worth £17.50) and the Advanced Face Serum 50ml (which they don’t appear to stock any longer but when I used to buy it I’m certain it was £58). Bearing that in mind I got £112 worth of product for £35, making a saving of £76. This is how I justified it to myself at least.

In any case I’m really happy with the products generally. As aforementioned I already use the Advanced Face Serum, it is my favourite skincare product and I’ve repurchased it more than once. I love the way it smells and glides onto my skin so nicely. It’s not as heavy as a moisturiser and I really like that about it. It does a great job at soothing and combating the redness I get in my skin and keeps it generally clear, soft and fresh. I’m always pleased to have a bottle of this on my bedside table.

It is probably for this reason that I haven’t got around to trying the Soothing Face Cream. I don’t usually like to use a serum and a moisturiser on my face because my skin just doesn’t need it. I’ll definitely give it a go when I’m all out of serum, particularly because I’m not entirely sure if the product they’re replacing it with is identical or if they’ve changed it in some way, I really need to look into it.

The Soothing Treatment Lotion does what it says on the tin, reducing redness and keeping my skin calm and clear of breakouts. That being said it’s not exactly what I look for in a toner and though I’ve been using it, I’ve been finding myself going back to my trusty Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner just because it’s an old favourite. Unfortunately I too often become a creature of habit when I find a product I really like.

Finally there’s the Face Cleanser, now this has been the most underwhelming of all the products though it is by no means a bad product. I think I have too many cleansers I am so fond of, and as I said before can be a little too adverse to change. It smells lovely like the rest of the range and it deals with the sensitivity of my skin really well, I’m just not entirely sold on the way it makes me skin feel when I’ve taken it off. It’s a little tighter than some of the cleansers I’m used to and while it does the job I don’t think it’s something I’d buy again.

Needless to say I remain to be a huge Origins fan and there are still so many products of theirs I want to try. The dark circle minimiser has made me even more loyal to brand and I’m very tempted to try one of their face masks next, I’d be interested to hear any reviews.

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

Origins Website || My Fashion and Beauty Posts || Skin Tips

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February 2014 in Review

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A wee bit late with my update this month, but things have been super duper busy. Not to mention, February was a pretty terrible month for me overall. It was last year as well, I hope I’m not starting a tradition for myself, that’s certainly not something I’d like to keep up to be frank. Well, here’s how I did this month.

THE FEBRUARY BLUES.

Looking through my February 365 it seems that the month started out really well, I was doing all the reading for my seminars, enjoying rehearsals and eating well. It’s a shame  that didn’t last very long! I had a couple of lovely nights out with theatre and work, though I’m definitely missing going out with my uni friends. The weather seems to have taken a turn for the better, which I am always loathed to complain about. I had a lovely Valentine’s Day and a really nice trip up to London. That’s when the problems started…

I completely messed up my Civil Service Assessment Centre. Now I’ve typed up half a blog post about this, but I want to post it when I’ve got my feedback from them. I can say with over 99% certainty that I haven’t progressed in the application process, but it was a really useful day and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to go. I just wasn’t at my best and some of the other candidates were far stronger than I. Following that I broke my phone, cut my knee open,managed to delete all my texts (which upset me because I’m one of those strange people who likes to look back on them and reminisce) and  burnt my hand. There were lots of other little upsets that happened in February and while none of them were lifechanging, they all added up to make sure I had a pretty bad month overall.

On to the goal progress, needless to say this goes along with the theme of having an awful month…

1) I am no healthier this month, I would go so far as to say I have been less healthy this month than in January
2) I’ve been doing well keeping up with uni work so I think I’m still on track with my degree
3) I am no closer to securing a grown up job,possibly further still since failing my assessment centre
4) I am still yet to book or organise a holiday

This month I’ve been loving Frozen and my new Origins products. I’ve been baking a little, which is nice and my dinners are becoming slightly (emphasis on the slightly) more adventurous than usual. All my other progress with goals is slow, it remains that there simply aren’t enough hours in my day. I’m hoping my March update will be considerably more positive than this, although I know for a fact it begins with a terrible dress rehearsal, a dreadful essay and a hideous head cold. There’s only up from here…

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

My February Flipagram || My Goals Post || 365 Picture Challenge

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