February Books List

Thursday, 28 February 2013

(1)  The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
A beautifully simple and short book that tells the story of a relationship through dictionary definitions.  The unconventional manner of how its written perhaps lends itself to the story not flowing in any order, so instead, each definition is like a glimpse of the relationship.  Some of the definitions are a little cliched, but the majority will strike a cord with anyone who has ever experienced the rollercoaster of emotions that are associated with the pleasures and pains of being in love.  [5/5]

(2)  A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
This book is just amazing!  It crams in so much on everything from space to evolution to our current existence and everything in between.  Completely accessible and never dull, Bryson really has a gift for explaining complex science terms in ways that anyone can understand them.  I wish Bryson had been my science teacher at school!  [5/5]

(3)  Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick   
Powerful and highly emotive, this is a glimpse into how people are forced to live their lives in North Korea.  Demick tells the personal stories of several people who have managed to escape in a way that is easy to relate to (in terms of things like falling in love, being young, wanting to get a good job and education etc) but at the same time, completely alien because of how the dictatorship runs everything (famine, no freedom, mass censorship etc).  Despite the overall grim subject matter of a nation of oppressed people, Demick's writing style makes it accessible with the use of short chapters and simply fascinating true life tales.  It's a real eye opener to how hopeless some parts of the world are when they are ruled under such vicious dictatorships, yet I can only hope that for the people of North Korea, that rule ends soon.   [5/5]

(4)  Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
I must have had this book on my shelves since I was about 17, though I'm glad I read it at this age, rather than as a teenager.  I enjoyed it a lot; the characters and war missions that they undergo are completely surreal and crazy.  At the same time it's frighteningly clever and quite frankly some of the best satire I've ever read.  The way that Heller manages to illustrate the madness of war so plainly, yet in a humorous context, is a work of genius in itself.  If you've ever been cynical/critical of people going to war and love satire, then you must read this contemporary classic if you haven't already.  [4/5]

(5)  The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Maze Runner was so much fun to read and definitely one of the best books to have come out of the whole YA sci-fi/dystopia boom.  Our main character is a boy called Thomas who gets randomly thrown into the 'Glade', a prison like place that seems completely surrounded by high stone walls.  He has no recollection of how he got there or why he's there, and everything he comes to know has been told to him by the other boys in the Glade.  The story reminded me a bit of the TV show LOST because you're just plunged into this strange place with Thomas and end up feeling as confused and terrified as he is.  Thanks to Jayne for recommending this :) [4/5]


What have you been reading this month?

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February Empties / Products I've Used Up

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Ready for another Empties post?  Let's get stuck in then!  Here are the products that I managed to finish up recently:-

DGJ Organics King Of Colour Glossy Brunettes Shampoo & Conditioner* - (review)
Natural haircare can be so hit or miss, but these worked so well for me that I'm actually sad to see them used up!  Repurchase?  Definitely will after the spending ban.

I Love... Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie 
A product I am happy to see go into the recycling bin is this one because it's been lingering around in my bathroom forever.   The scent is very artificial and it's rubbish for exfoliating with.  Repurchase?  No.

Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner - (review)
I thought this was OK, especially when my scalp was getting super dry due to the cold weather, but it seemed to stop working as well as it initially did as I reached the end of the bottle.  Repurchase?  Probably not.

L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Shower Gel
Used this up in my travel bag, and I wasn't that keen on the scent as it's way too heavy and flowery for my liking.  Nice foamy formula though.  Repurchase?  No. 


LUSH Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask - (review)
I have to admit that I didn't use all of this pot up because it started to smell really off last week, despite it still being within the best of date.  It was an OK mask, but I prefer other LUSH masks a lot more.  Repurchase?  No. 

Laidbare DIY Cleanser & Toner* - (review)
Love, love, love this stuff!  I've been raving about it since I first tried it out and I still think it's a fantastic natural budget beauty buy.  Repurchase?  Already using another one that was in my stash!

Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing Nose Pore Strips
These didn't do anything for me, so I'll be sticking with the Montagne Jeunesse ones in the future.  Repurchase?  No.

Essential Care Mineral Concealer in Fair* - (review)
Liked this a lot, was great to use under the eyes and around the nose especially.  Repurchase?  Might do, but at the moment I have loads of concealers to use up.

Witch Pressed Powder - (review)
This is brilliant stuff for keeping your t-zone shine free and so cheap too.  Last ages as well!  Repurchase?  Yes, after the spending ban.  


Have you used up any products this month?  
Feel free to link to your empties posts below!

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Review: The London Oil Company - Morning Glory, Sleepy Head, Coffee Bum Bum & Sweet Cheeks

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


It's always a thrill when something new and exciting arrives in the post, and I was over the moon to open up this lovely package from The London Oil Company*, a new independent brand based in London's famous Primrose Hill area.  All of the oils are made in small batches, freshly prepared to order and contain just the oil blends with absolutely no chemical nasties or preservatives added.

Vivien, the founder, contacted me in advance to ask if I'd like to try out any of her new products and very kindly sent me this box featuring four of her all natural oils to experiment with.  Upon opening the box, I was hit with a wonderful array of scents, so it's safe to say that I couldn't wait to try them all out!

Morning Glory Body Oil (10ml, 50ml & 100ml sizes, £3-£12, link)
Morning Glory is one of those products that you just have to use after your morning shower if you struggle to wake up first thing.  It has a base blend of Sweet Almond Oil, Cherry Kernel Oil, Unrefined Organic Avocado Oil with added Rosemary, Lemongrass and Coffee essential oils for an uplifting and invigorating scent.  I absolutely love the smell of this and end up sniffing my arms throughout the day because it's so good!  As a body oil, it's incredibly hydrating, but doesn't feel too greasy afterwards.  I found that as long as you applied it on slightly damp skin, it soaks in much quicker.

Sleepy Head Body Oil (10ml, 50ml, 100ml sizes, £3-£10, link)
For those before bed baths and showers, The London Oil Company has Sleepy Head, a potent blend of Lavender and Patchouli essentials oils in a Sweet Almond Oil base to send you off to sleep.  This is so relaxing to use and one I'd recommend to anyone who has trouble getting to sleep.  They also do a bath oil version which sounds even more relaxing

Coffee Bum Bum Body Oil (10ml, 50ml, 100ml sizes, £3-£16, link)
This cheekily named body oil is specially designed to improve the appearance of cellulite, whilst smoothing and firming the area too.  To do this, it uses Coffee and Patchouli essential oils to help eliminate toxins, and it's best to apply this to damp skin in circular movements for the best results.  I can't comment on the cellulite abilities just yet, but I can say it leaves my bum and thighs feeling very smooth!

Sweet Cheeks Face Oil (10ml, 30ml, 60ml sizes, £4-£22, link)
I love to use face oils during the winter months, and Sweet Cheeks really comes into its own when used on those early cold mornings.  This one is packed with a nourishing blend of mostly organic oils such as Unrefined Avocado, Rosehip and Sea Buckthorn, the latter of which gives the face a warm, sunkissed glow which is great for perking up dull complexions.  You only need to use one or two drops so a bottle of this will last absolutely ages, and it sinks into the skin quickly too.

 I have a feeling I'll be putting in an order when the spending ban is over!

Summary:  I really enjoyed trying out of all these oils and if I had to pick just one favourite, I'd say it's Morning Glory for that gorgeous scent alone!  I think it's great all of the oils come in handy 10ml try me sample sizes as well.  My only slight criticism would be that I would have liked the oils to come with a dropper/stopper applicator (Coffee Bum Bum has one but the others don't) as it can be difficult dispensing them, but other than that, it's been a pleasure sampling them!



Have you tried anything from The London Oil Company?

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Spending Ban Update #7

Monday, 25 February 2013


Last week went by so quickly, in fact, all of these weeks feel like they're flying by!

So week 7 has been OK for me.  I've been really busy with work and Uni stuff so it's been another case of having virtually no time to browse the shops, which is a very good thing for someone like me who is on a spending ban! 

  I went to a friends' birthday do last night which was just what I needed to let my hair down after that busy week.  I had a lot of fun, but I was definitely feeling a bit worse for wear this morning after all those free cocktails, oops!

For those who asked about Henry, he's recovering well.  He had a mid-week check up and the wound is healing quickly, so I'm glad nothing went wrong with that.

I think I'm going to schedule a few more 'Currently Using' posts over the next few weeks, as I've been going through my product stashes again and working out how much I still have left of certain things.
The simple answer to that?  I have a lot!  

When this 100 day ban is over, I'll have hopefully depleted the stashes somewhat to make room for some shiny new things, but for the time being, they're a brilliant motivator for me to stick to the ban and not buy anything else.

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It's Fairtrade Fortnight! 25 February - 10 March 2013

 
Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual event run by the The Fairtrade Foundation to promote the importance of buying fairtrade produce and highlight the benefits of trading ethically and sustainably.  It began here in the UK back in 1997 and has since spread to several countries across the world who now all participate in spreading the word on a global level. 

Buying Fairtrade products means that you are are helping to provide better working conditions for the producers (many of which operate on a small scale and are family / co-op run in some of the world's most impoverished areas), local sustainability, fair prices and terms of trade for the farmers involved.  Many Fairtrade projects also have higher levels of commitment to conserving the environment and work with national conservation organisations which has a positive impact on wildlife and improving levels of biodiversity.

We Were Raised By Wolves is proud to be taking part in Fairtrade Fortnight and will be running a series of dedicated features, so keep an eye out for those!

For more information on how you can get involved, what you can do to help and details of Fairtrade Fortnight events taking place near you, please visit Fairtrade.org.uk


Will you be joining in with Fairtrade Fortnight this year?

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Weekend Pampering: The 15 Minute Miracle

Sunday, 24 February 2013


As much as I love to indulge in long, relaxing, pampering sessions that involve bath oils and scented candles, sometimes time is just not on my side.  For those occasions when you need to get ready in lightening speed but still want to fit in some beauty maintenance, I turn to these products for a 15 Minute Miracle pamper

In the shower, I'll shampoo my hair, squeeze out as much of the water as possible and apply a small amount of Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Masque through my lengths and ends.  Although this works best when you can wrap your hair up in a turban and leave it on for half an hour, it does give glossy results in less than 10 minutes too.

Whilst the masque is getting to work mending my usually heat damaged hair, I'll slather myself in LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner.  This is a beautiful formula that has argan oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, almond oil etc in it to seriously hydrate the skin and leaves it so soft afterwards.  It's a must when you're getting ready in a hurry because you don't need to apply any body lotion afterwards and the lovely scent means that I don't have to use shower gel either, genius!  Just slap it on and wash it off.   

Once I'm all rinsed, towelled off and bungled into my fluffy dressing gown, it's time to do a mini facial with Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask* which gets to work in just 2 minutes.  It's the Queen of all quick fixes for dull, tired skin and instantly brightens up your complexion.  And you're all done!


Do you have a 15 Minute Miracle routine for getting ready quickly?

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Currently Using: Nail Products for a DIY Manicure

Saturday, 23 February 2013


Lazy Saturdays in my house usually mean two things; tackling a mountain of chores that I've let stack up over the week, and then treating myself to a bit of a DIY manicure.  These are the nail products that I currently like to use:-

Boots Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover & Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover (review)
First things first, I remove any existing nail polish and use either Boots' own brand acetone free version or Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover which is also acetone free.  

Gwdihw Nail Wizard Balm* (review)
Next, I'll apply a tiny bit of this nail balm to the cuticles and leave them for 10 mins or so to soften them up, then I'll wash my hands.  This makes it a lot easier to do the next step if needed.

Leighton Denny Remove & Rectify Cuticle Remover  (review)
Usually once a week, I'll treat my cuticles to a little of this twin action remover and conditioner.  It's a lot gentler than some of the more rapid removers on the market because of the conditioning element it has, but it still does a good job.  I then simply use an orange stick to make everything look neater.

Mont Bleu Glass nail file 
To shape the nails, I use a glass nail file.  Since I've switched to using just glass, I've noticed an improvement in the strength of my nails, especially around the edges where they tended to be very weak in the past.  Would highly recommend getting one and they apparently last for years too! 

OPI Nail Envy & Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
For a base coat, I mainly use OPI's Nail Envy which helps to strengthen the nails and provides a smooth base.  To add a glossy finish, I'll then just apply a coat of goold old Seche Vite.  Done!


What nail products do you use for a DIY manicure?

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Review & Photos: I&K Clip In Fringe/Bangs in Darkest Brown

Thursday, 21 February 2013

 I&K Clip In Fringe/Bangs in Darkest Brown* (£25.99, link)

Humans are funny creatures in that they always want what they don't naturally have.  Hair is a classic example of this - how many times have you heard women who have naturally straight hair say that they want beachy waves or flowing curls?  Or the ones who have naturally curly hair, say that they want poker straight locks?  

Me, I've always had major fringe (or 'bangs') envy.  But only recently, and probably due to the current trend of fringes looking cool on everyone, especially people like Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepson, Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung.  Whilst I admire other people's fringes, I know the pain of growing one out from my childhood years, which is why I may never brave the hairdressers' and ask for one to be cut in. 

But that doesn't mean I can't cheat with a faux one!  Step in I&K Clip In Fringe/Bangs, your easy, stress-free antidote to all of your fringe cravings.  This fringe piece is made from silky soft 100% human hair and has a clever triangle back shape with three clips for a natural looking finish.  The clips fit in very securely and feel comfortable on, which is obviously what you want when you're putting in any kind of hair extensions.  Want to see what it looks like on?  


First attempt at fitting it went pretty well.  The clips are SO easy to put in, and this is coming from someone who has minimal experience with hair extensions.  The fringe looks kinda realistic, but there's so much hair with it, that it just looks a little too poofy at the sides.  So...


...now that's more like it!  After some smoothing and rearranging, I managed to get it looking a lot more realistic.  The longer length bangs at the sides frame the face well, but there's an obvious problem that you can see here.  I picked out the fringe in the Darkest Brown shade, which on screen, looked identical to my current, natural hair colour.  However, as you can see, the fringe is actually a little lighter so do bear this in mind when it comes to ordering.

Despite the colour match being not right for me, I thought the quality of the fringe was excellent and the clips were remarkably easy to fit and felt very secure.  Plus, I can always try to dye it to match my hair colour properly at some point if I fancied wearing it out.

Available from Hairtrade


What do you think?  
Have you ever experimented with clip-in fringe/bangs?

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My Favourite Makeup Primers

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


For a very long time, I never used any primers.  They always sounded far too high maintenance for a lazy girl like me!  But as my interest in make-up grew, it seemed inevitable that I would eventually pick one up and now I really appreciate all of the benefits of using them.  Here are my current favourites:-

Murad Skin Perfecting Primer for Blemish & Shine Control* (review)
This is my absolute holy grail primer and one that I constantly recommend to anyone who has an oily t-zone and blemish prone skin.  It leaves my face shine-free all day, has Salicylic Acid in it to prevent breakouts and it prolongs the wear time of my make-up.  It's also tinted, so will cover minor blemishes or marks, without the need for extra concealer.  Win-win!

bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer (review)
Despite it being silicone based, I haven't had any problems with this primer at all.  I always enjoy that silky feel it gives the skin and it makes the smoothest base for foundation.  It helps to keep my foundation put for 8-9 hours so I often use this in the week before I go to work.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (review)
I've been using UDPP for years and its become a make-up staple for me.  I usually always apply this before putting on any eyeshadow because it stops any creasing or fading on my oily lids.  I also like how it intensifies some eyeshadow colours too and really makes them 'pop'!

Benefit The POREfessional  
I have a love/hate thing with this primer, but thought I'd include it because it really does reduce the size of my pores so its worth it for that factor alone.  Sadly, it also breaks me out if I use it too often, so if I keep it for special occasions only, we get along just fine.



Do you use primers?

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Worth The Hype: Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer review

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

 Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer* (9g, £37, link)

I've lost count of the amount of times that this concealer has been recommended to me, so when the opportunity arose to finally try out this cult product for myself, I jumped at it.  Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer is described as 'not your typical concealer', which sums it up perfectly.  

This multi-tasking, unconventional concealer comes packaged in a luxe glass bottle with a pump that dispenses the right amount of product every time.  It promises to camouflage imperfections, dark circles and brighten the eye area, whilst also protecting it with a broad spectrum mineral-based, non-chemical SPF 35.  So does it live up to the hype?

Well, mostly, yes!  I found the formula to be beautifully lightweight and non-greasy which I wasn't expecting at all when I first applied it because it's thicker than most liquid foundations I've tried.  Somehow, it just manages to blend seamlessly into the under eye area for an easy and natural, 'I'm not wearing any make-up' look.  It also lasted on me all day without creasing (a big positive for me as I have quite a few lines under my eyes) and didn't dry out or go cakey either.  Very impressive!


Perhaps the only minor downside for me was that I found this more useful as a corrector for my dark circles, rather than a complete concealer.  This is probably because my dark circles are quite severe, so if yours aren't, I imagine this would be perfect for most people as an all-in-one product.  If they are, then I'd recommend applying just a small amount of your usual concealer over the top to completely cover them up.  It would also be good if this came in a few other shades for those with very fair and darker skintones, but overall, I'd say it lives up to the hype!


Have you tried Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer?

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Currently Using: The Body Lotions Stash

Sunday, 17 February 2013


If you utter the words 'body lotion' to the average person, you may hear some major grumbles as a response or simply a strange look which says 'What's that?'.  In my many chats with fellow beauty bloggers, I usually find out that applying body lotion is one of the most boring beauty-related chores, or something that people just don't do.  I, on the other hand, love body lotions.  This is probably due to the fact that I have very dry skin, so moisturising it on a daily basis is second nature to me.  On top of that, I just enjoy the pampering ritual of applying it after a shower or bath.

So to share my love of body lotions, I thought I'd do a post about the ones I'm using at the moment.  At present, I have these eight open, which is frankly ridiculous and one of the many, many reasons why I'm partaking in the 100 Day Spending Ban!  My justification is that they all serve different purposes (or something like that...):-

The Everyday Ones
For everyday, I mainly rotate between using Laidbare Butter Me Up*, Essyta Body Moisturising Lotion for Dry Skin* and Skin Blossom Organic Bloom Orange Flower Moisturising Body Lotion.  All three of these sink into the skin quickly which is an absolute must when I'm running late in the mornings, and they keep my skin hydrated and happy throughout the day.

The Eczema Calming Ones
Every now and again I get plagued by eczema flare ups, so to soothe and calm everything down, I always reach for either Steamcream, Lavera All Round Cream or LUSH's Dream Cream.  These really help and I've repurchased them several times now.   

The Luxury / Pampering Ones
When I fancy a bit of pampering, I turn to either L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate or Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Body Lotion*.  Both always leave me with silky soft skin that smells gorgeous!

Are you a body lotions fan?

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Review: LUSH Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

Saturday, 16 February 2013

LUSH Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask (75g, £5.95)

I've tried out nearly all of the Fresh Face Masks from LUSH that are suitable for my skin type, but there's been one that I've always avoided.  Yes, if you're already familiar with LUSH masks, you may well know what I'm taking about; it's the 'smelly garlic one', Cosmetic Warrior.  Now I have no problems with garlic in cooking, but the idea of slathering something that contains garlic all over my face?  Not too appealing.  Nevertheless, I decided it was time for Cosmetic Warrior and I to meet each other.  I picked one up recently as freebie when I traded in five black LUSH pots, and I've used it about three or four times since.

Cosmetic Warrior is a face mask for those with troublesome spot-prone skin and it uses its key ingredients of fresh garlic and tea tree oil as a natural antiseptic to clear any blemishes up.  In addition, it has fresh white grapes in it to cool and deep clean the skin, whilst fresh eggs tighten, and honey softens and moisturises, so its ideal if you find most anti-blemish masks to be too drying.  

I thought CW was a good mask for a weekly blemish-clearing, but I don't think it's as effective or as fast-acting as either Cupcake or Catastrophe Cosmetic are IMO.  On a side note, it's not nearly as smelly as I imagined it would be thanks to the strong scent of the tea tree oil in it, but it's still pretty whiffy!


Have you tried this?
Do you have a favourite face mask from LUSH?

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P.S The winner of the Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Lipgloss is Juicy Satsuma, congrats!

I Have Your Heart - An Animation by Crabapple, Boekinder & Batt

Thursday, 14 February 2013



I thought I'd post something a little different to celebrate Valentine's Day this year.  It's a short and quirky animation by one of my favourite illustrators, Molly Crabapple, who has collaborated with animator Jim Batt to create this piece called 'I Have Your Heart'.  The song is by Kim
 Boekbinder and it's crazy addictive!  I find myself humming it constantly, honestly people must think I'm mad.  Anyway, enjoy, and have a lovely Valentine's Day!   

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Review: Inika Creme Colour for Cheeks & Lips in Rosehip & Creme Eyeshadow in Champagne

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

 Inika Creme Colour for Cheeks & Lips in Rosehip* (2g, £22, link) & Creme Eyeshadow in Champagne* (7ml, £18, link)

It's always exciting when an eye catching press release for a brand new product drops into your inbox, but even more so when it's for an organic and natural brand like Inika.  New organic make-up just don't come about as often as you'd expect, so I couldn't wait to try out two of Inika's latest offerings from their recently released Creme Colour range. 

In simple black matte packaging with their trademark gold insignia name, Inika's Creme Colour for Cheek & Lips is a brilliant little compact to have in your handbag.  The shade I have here is called Rosehip, a bright red with orange undertones.  

I was a little worried about how bright this would be on the cheeks, but despite how wonderfully pigmented it is (and it really is, you only need the smallest amount!), it's very easy to blend and sheer out for a pretty natural flush.  If you prefer a bolder blush look, then the creamy, light, non-greasy formula is easily buildable too.  This lasted on me for around 8 hours which was very impressive!

On the lips, I was again amazed by how pigmented it was, and it delivers a beautiful nearly matte finish that didn't feel drying at all.  It lasted around 2-3 hours before I needed to reapply, and I'd suggest using a lip brush to apply this because it is so pigmented.      


Inika's Creme Eyeshadow comes in a dinky little bottle with a slim nozzle tip so you don't waste any product when you squeeze it out.  Champagne is light pink neutral shade with lots of gold shimmer that works well at brightening up the eyes, especially when blended into the inner corner.  The cream formula is very light and sheer, plus it takes a while to dry fully (best leave it 2-3 minutes).

Sadly, this creased almost straight away on my oily lids, and with a primer underneath, it only lasted for an extra hour or so before creasing again, so personally I'd just use this as an inner corner highlight.  Alternatively, if you like very shimmery face highlighters, then this shade could work well for that.


Summary: Whilst the Creme Eyeshadow wasn't that great for me personally, I do really love the Creme Colour for Cheeks & Lips.  Slight downside is that I wish you got more product for your money because it is tiny, but then again, it's also very pigmented too, so it would last a good while before you hit pan.  There's currently only four shades in the Creme Colour range (two for eyes, two for cheeks & lips), so hopefully Inika will add some more Cheeks & Lips ones soon!


The new Creme Colour range from Inika is out now and available online.
Inika products are organic, natural, vegan and halal certified.


What do you think of the new Inika Creme Colour products?

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Spending Ban Update #5

Monday, 11 February 2013


So after my wonderful 'freebie' week last time, week 5 of the 100 day spending ban has been relatively boring in comparison.  

I spent most of last week commuting to Liverpool for a training course which should have tempted me into buying lots of naughty things like takeways hot chocolates and magazines.  But truth be told, I was so appalled by the prices that it just put me off!  Plus, I had so many books with me to catch up on, that I didn't feel the need to pick up any mags or newspapers to read on the journey.

Beauty wise, there have been a few things I've been lusting after, but I've just been adding them to my virtual wishlist instead of going out and buying them.  There isn't anything that I can really justify purchasing at the moment so I'm hoping it will stay that way until the end of the ban!  

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Review: Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Volume Lip Gloss in Rose + Giveaway!

  Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Volume Lip Gloss in Rose* (10ml, £13.90, link)

Yves Rocher are one of those brands that I've seen around on blogs many times, but I'd never properly looked into them.  I was surprised to discover that they're one of the leading cosmetics brands in France and they seem to be like a French version of The Body Shop, selling a range of make-up as well as body, hair and skincare products.

I received one of their Sexy Pulp Lip Glosses in a Betrousse box a while ago, but pushed it to the back of one of my make-up drawers because the shade looked far too bright for me.  Feeling a bit daring this morning, I unwrapped it and was pleased to find out that it's actually really wearable!


Rose is a pretty pink that retains some of the brightness that you see in the tube, but tranfers it on the lips to an everyday, work-friendly sheer shade with a micro-pear shimmer.  The formula is wonderfully non-sticky, delivers lots of shine, lasts longer than most sheer lip glosses I've tried, and has a very subtle fruity flavour.  The angled doe-foot applicator fits well with the curves of your lips for easy application.  I didn't see any noticeable difference in it 'plumping' my lips, but I can say that the shine certainly makes them look juicy and there's no weird tingling sensation either.  All in all, a lovely sheer lip gloss!



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NOTD: Technic - Bonanza

Sunday, 10 February 2013


Despite having a quiet weekend in, I opted to paint my nails with this glittery loveliness from the budget beauty brand Technic.  You don't need an excuse to wear glitter polish do you?  Of course not!  Anyway, this one's called Bonanza which basically consists of a light blue glitter in an almost black but not, base.  It takes around four coats to get it reasonably opaque, but if that's too much fuss, you can always just use it as a top coat over any dark shade for the same effect.  Not bad for £1!

What are you wearing on your nails today?

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10 Films List


 (1)  Looper (2012)
Really cool sci-fi based around time travelling and assassins called 'loopers'.  You can't wrong with a film that has both Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in it either!


 (2)  House at the End of the Street (2012)
Horror thriller with a brilliant twist at the end and loads of suspense.  Starring Jennifer Lawrence of Hunger Games fame.


(3)  Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
  Cute Studio Ghibli anime about a young witch who moves to a new city and sets up a delivery service for the locals.


(4)  Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
Another Studio Ghibli anime, centered around a fantasy adventure and the quest to find a magical floating city.


(5)  Rockstar (2001)
Mark Wahlberg plays an aspiring rock star in a cover band who manages to get everything he wants, but at what cost to his relationship?  Stars Jennifer Aniston as his long-suffering girlfriend.  Thanks to Fernada for recommending this :)


 (6)  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Comedy drama with Steve Carell and Kiera Knightley as they figure out how to spend their last days before a giant asteroid hits Earth.


(7)  Definitely, Maybe (2008)
 Rom-com chick flick starring Ryan Reynolds, a 38yr old father who retells his young daughter the story of he met her mother.


(8)  Ted (2012)
Hilarious comedy with a talking pot-smoking, drinking teddy bear and an immature young man played by Mark Wahlberg.  So funny!


(9)  Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
 The first film from Park-Chan Wook's cult Vengeance Trilogy and for some reason, I watched this after seeing Lady Vengeance and Oldboy (they're all separate films, just linked with the theme of vengeance).  This one was cool, but I enjoyed the other two more.   


(10)  Total Recall (2012)
Being such a sci-fi fan, I had to see this remake of the 90s dystopia classic with Colin Farrell in it.  I don't think it's as good as the original (these things rarely are though!), but it's still well worth watching at least once.

What was the last film that you watched?  
Any recommendations? 

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