April Books List

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

April Empties / Products I've Used Up

Monday, 29 April 2013

I finally have a normal amount of empties this month after using up so many products during the 100 Day Spending Ban.  Here's what I used up in April, and whether I will be repurchasing them or not.

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag

Sunday, 28 April 2013

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I've been tagged by a couple of bloggers recently to do this one which is doing the rounds on the blogosphere at the moment.  Plus, I'm having a rather relaxed Sunday so I thought why not?

Currently Loving: Lavera Coconut Dream Shower Gel

Friday, 26 April 2013

 Lavera Coconut Dream Shower Gel* (150ml, £6.45)

You can always count on finding two consistent things in my bathroom; something coconut scented and something from Lavera.  I've used Lavera's products ever since I can remember, which probably stems from seeing my mum constantly use them when I was growing up.  They're one of my favourite natural brands and it's great to see their availability increasing ever more in the UK.

Review & Swatches: Laura Mercier Creme Lip Colour in Bing Cherry

Thursday, 25 April 2013

 Laura Mercier Creme Lip Colour in Bing Cherry* (4g, £18.50, link)

I've lost track of how long I've wanted to try out one of these much loved Laura Mercier lipsticks, but it's been a very long time.  I was incredibly lucky to have been sent one of these recently and literally whooped with joy when it arrived.  Does it live up to my expectations and all the hype?  Absolutely!  

NOTD: Ciate - Cookies & Cream

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Ciate's Cookies & Cream is one damn good neutral shade to have in your collection.  This soft nude looks fairly ordinary and plain in some lights, but in others, you can detect more of that hint of grey/ touch of taupey goodness in it.  It's probably in my top three most work friendly nail polishes of all time charts, and the formula is also amazing; it applies smoothly in two coats with zero fuss.

What are you wearing on your nails today?
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Review: Shu Uemura Art Of Hair - Volume Maker Invisible Texturizing Powder

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

 Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Volume Maker* (2g, £31, link)

Shu Uemura are well known for their cult eyelash curlers (opinions are always divided on them, but I'm firmly in the loving camp) and I always hear lots of raves about their skincare range.  I didn't know they did haircare though until I started to experiment with their Volume Maker.

Tried & Tested: The Body Shop Mango Beautifying Oil

Monday, 22 April 2013

The Body Shop Mango Beautifying Oil* (100ml, £9, link)

Multi-purpose products always make me happy because I feel like you get a lot more bang for your buck (and truth be told, I can be pretty lazy with beauty stuff when I'm running late in the mornings!), so I was excited to try out one of the Beautifying Oils from The Body Shop.  

Beauty News: Introducing Boxdelux

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Beauty boxes seemed to have hit their saturation point sometime last year, leaving behind a gaggle of less than satisfied customers and drawers full of unloved samples.  From chatting with fellow bloggers and various PR reps recently, the two biggest disappointments felt by subscribers were that the products they were receiving weren't luxury or high-end enough, and that the repetition and lack of variety of the products caused them to unsubscribe.  There is however one new concept launching soon which aims to change all this; Boxdelux.

Meet the £80 Eye Cream - Radical Skincare Eye Revive Cream

Friday, 19 April 2013

I'm incredibly fickle when it comes to eye creams.  If I use one up and can't see any noticeable differences, then I'll just switch to another brand and so on.  There are a lot of eye creams which I've tried that I like a lot, but not one that I ultimately love.  So what's my verdict on this latest one I've been trialling?

Shopping The Stash: Spring Make-Up Edit

Thursday, 18 April 2013

With the season finally starting to change properly into Spring, I decided to do a little 'Shopping The Stash' to reacquaint myself with some forgotten make-up favourites and get myself in the mood for a lighter, brighter look.

The 100 Day Spending Ban is OVER!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

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Today marks the end of my 100 Day Spending Ban, hooray!

NOTD: Monochrome Nail Trend S/S13 with Nails Inc - Black Taxi & Floral Street

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

When the press release for Nails Inc's S/S13 Monochrome Nail Trend arrived in my inbox last week, I immediately thought of my good friend Georgia.  I'm sure she won't mind me telling you all this, but she's a huge make-up fan and somewhat of a slave to all the trends that come around.  You'd never see her wearing a typically autumnal nail polish shade in Summer for example.  However, she can't stand the always recurring Spring pastels, so I'm sure she'll love this nail trend instead.

Review: Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Rose Face Mask

Monday, 15 April 2013

Despite the welcome appearance of some glorious sunshine today, my skin is still feeling the after-effects of a long, cold winter.  I've been using various hydrating face masks to combat any dryness and dehydration over the last few months, but there's a new one that has now taken centre stage in my skincare routine.

How To: Getting the most out of your Hair Masks & Treatments

Sunday, 14 April 2013

If you like to keep your hair in tip top condition and/or you're just plagued with problematic hair like I am, then this post is for you.  Here are my top five pieces of advice for getting the most out of your hair masks and treatments.

Tried & Tested: Skinetica Anti-Blemish Treatment

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Skinetica Anti-Blemish Treatment* (100ml, £9.99, link)

Faces can be funny things.   Sometimes you can go for weeks using a particular skincare product that you think is the bees knees and then, poof, for some reason it stops working.  Have you ever experienced that?  Needless to say, my review of Skinetica is going to be an 'on the fence' one for now.

5 Mini Reviews: L'Occitane, NEOM, Rimmel, Korres & Aromatherapy Associates

Friday, 12 April 2013

I set aside these samples a while ago and have only just gotten around to finishing them all up.  It's safe to say that my samples stash is in a much more manageable state these days.  I can finally close my Wonder Woman Tin properly!

Currently Loving: Yes! Nurse Protect Your Lovely Hands Cream

Thursday, 11 April 2013

 Yes! Nurse Protect Your Lovely Hands Cream* (50ml, £5.50, link)

I've always been a sucker for cute packaging, beautifully simplistic typography and clever, but practical product design.  Let's face it, who doesn't appreciate all those aesthetics?  So you can imagine my sheer, squee-worthy delight when I received this tube of hand cream from Yes! Nurse recently.  And that was just about the cardboard box that it came in!

Review: He-Shi Luxury Gift Set - Quick & Easy Express Liquid Tan & Exfoliating Body Wash

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

 He-Shi Luxury Gift Set* (£25.50, link)

I've tried out many fake tan brands over the years, but this is my first foray with He-Shi, who have launched a brand new Luxury Gift Set this month.  The set comprises of two of He-Shi's bestselling items; their Exfoliating Body Wash and the Express Liquid Tan.  These two full size products come with a Tanning Mitt and include a free purple faux crocodile print bag.  So what are the products like?

Spending Ban Updates #12 & 13

Monday, 8 April 2013

I forgot to do a spending ban update for Week 12 so I'll give it a quick mention here.  It was another good week where I didn't spend anything - told you it would be quick!

Week 13 however....well it's always those pesky magazine freebies isn't it?  They never fail to lure me into opening up my purse and alas, I spent £4 at the weekend to pick up a copy of this month's Red magazine.  The freebie is fab though; a very generous 50ml tube of Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Rose Face Mask.  I'll post a separate review of it soon, but having used it last night, all I can say is that it's more than worth the £4 I shelled out.

Thankfully, that was the only naughty spend I indulged in over the past two weeks.  The 100 day spending ban is coming to an end for me on the 17th so I only have another 9 days to go!

The 100 Day Spending Ban & My Rules / Updates 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
/ 9 / 10 / 11

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10 Films List

Sunday, 7 April 2013

(1)  Delicacy (2011)
I love to watch French films, and absolutely adore Audrey Tautou.  Delicacy is one of those films that will make you cry, as she plays a widow coming to terms with the loss of her fiance.  But it'll also make you laugh as she discovers a new, and very unlikely, man to love.  

Outdoors Beauty: My Essentials for Camping & Festival Trips

Friday, 5 April 2013

As part of my last uni module for this year, I'm undertaking a mini camping trip later today near the beautiful Lake District which involves an overnight stay.  And as the weather is slowly (but surely), starting to brighten up, I thought I'd do a quick post on the 'outdoor beauty essentials' I'm taking with me.  All of these would be perfect to pack for any camping and upcoming festival trips that you may have, so I hope it's helpful!

Budget Beauty: Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer Pen in Natural

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer Pen in Natural / 2 (£4.99, link)

It seems like there are a million and one highstreet/drugstore versions of the much loved Touche Eclat by YSL on the market, and with good reason.  A brightening concealer is an essential, everyday make-up item for me, and they can work all sorts of wonderful magic tricks on the face if used correctly.  I've tried out a lot in the past, but a new one I'm playing with at the moment is Collection's Illuminating Touch Concealer Pen

Giveaway: Win a Cupcake Organic Face Cream of your choice! (CLOSED!)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Cupcake Organic are kindly offering a lucky reader of We Were Raised By Wolves the chance to win one of their lovely face creams!  The winner will be able to choose whichever face cream they'd like (four are currently available which you can read more about here) to suit their skintype.

To enter, just a leave a comment below with your name, how you follow We Were Raised By Wolves, a contact email address or your twitter handle, and state which face cream you want to win.

Giveaway is open internationally and ends 17th April 2013.  One winner will then be drawn via random.org - good luck!

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March Favourites

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Here are my March beauty favourites.  I've been using all of these constantly throughout the month so they are all well deserving of my coveted favourites title!

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