Tuesday, 18 October 2011

... Prizes!! A World full of Prettiness Autumn Giveaway...

The lovely Kate from A World Full of  Prettiness is having an extremely generous Autumn Giveaway to celebrate 1000 followers on YouTube - Well Done!!

Here are the prizes on offer:

Yum :)

To enter just go to A World Full of Prettiness and follow the clear and concise instructions.

Good luck!!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Beauty: A'kin Rosehip oil

So a couple of days ago I wrote a review for the A'kin Cellular Radiance Serum which I bought in a set with A'kin Rosehip Oil, so today I feel it's only fair to review that too.

image courtesy of qvcuk.com

The oil comes in exactly the same packaging as the serum ( which is also an oil - confused yet?!!? ) and is the same 30ml size which, I believe, is the only size you can get.
It is the same colour; dark amber, and has the same smell; tea leaves, so if you are ok with one you will probably like the other one too.

Is there a difference in performance that justifies the difference in price? I am actually not sure, I use the pair as instructed: this one in the morning (1 drop for my face, 2-3 drops for my neck and decolletage) and the other at night so I don't know whether or not one is better because I haven't tried them separately.

However, if the price is really as issue I would definitely suggest giving the "standard" oil a try because it helps keep m skin hydrated all day long without causing my oily skin to overproduce further.

I will update this review once I have tried the rosehip oil on it's own. In the meantime, you can purchase it from qvcuk.com like I did or mypure.co.uk

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

...Beauty: ANOTHER Double Wear update!

So I have already done two posts on this foundation but get ready for another :D

I was going through my stash of unused samples last week and came across my teeny bottle of Double Wear in "Ecru" so. on a whim, I gave it another go, not even bothering to put on a primer, and I loved it!

It stayed on all day, just "maturing" from a matte finish in the morning into a nice, healthy glow in the evening. It didn't oxidize at all.

So maybe that's what I was doing wrong before, maybe primer and Double Wear are uneasy bedfellows...

Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Randomness: Weird Tuesday

Yesterday was strange.

 I am not the only one who thought so. Why? So many studies s**t all over the Full Moon having any effect on human behaviour, but some things can, apparently, not be proven using a test tube or a petri dish.

It was grey, gloomy weather here in Wales and, at first, I thought that was the problem, but negativity needs more than rain as sustenance so precipitation as an explanation simply didn't cut it. People were quieter than usual, less forthcoming, less friendly.

The chill went further than bone deep, the gloom hovered inside as well as out.

I was feeling sad beforehand, someone was leaving, possibly for good, and I would miss them.

Yesterday, it felt like the world knew my thoughts.


.... Beauty: A'kin Cellular Radiance serum review......

As much as I adore Josie Maran Argan oil, I cannot purchase it here in the UK (Why Josie, why????) so I needed to find an alternative because, without it, my skin just isn't happy.

Enter the first contender, A'kin Cellular Radiance Serum.

image courtesy of qvcuk.com

I bought this product as part of a duo set from QVC, it contained this and the A'kin Rosehip oil at a very decent price compared to other websites I checked. 

As you can see, the serum, which is actually an oil, comes in a 30ml size dropper bottle which is nice for dispensing just a couple of drops. The oil looks and smells pretty much the same as the standard Rosehip oil which is a sort of dark amber colour and smells a little bit like tea leaves. 
I like that about it, I have tried cheaper oils that have no colour or smell and they haven't done anything for my skin so, for me, these "imperfections" are proof of the quality of the A'kin products.

I use it the way I used the Argan oil but only in the evening:  2-3 drops on my face, 2-3 drops for my neck and decolletage. I emulsify it in my palms first and then gently massage and press it into my skin, including around my eyes and on my eyelashes.

I would totally recommend this serum as it healed my skin during a reaction to another product. The first couple of times I used it my face looked amazingly glowy when I woke up but that hasn't really happened since, which is a shame, but I still love it for the way it keeps me spot free.

You can buy it A'kin from qvcuk.com like I did or from mypure.co.uk.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

..... Reading: A Song of Ice and Fire (or Game of Thrones) .....

If there is one reason for my laissez faire blogging habits it is these books. Every spare second has been taken up with completing the story so far.

I can't really give an in depth review without giving something away for the uninitiated, the plot is so full of twists and turns, but I can say that, once you get past the initial shocks, the story sucks you in completely.

If you have caught Game of Thrones on HBO but haven't read the books behind the TV show I would definitely recommend checking them out.

Scarlett xx

Friday, 7 October 2011

.... Beauty: 7 day trial of L'Occitane Divine Cream (courtesy of BeautyBecca) - Day 1

So six days ago I received a lovely email from BeautyBecca telling me that I had had won her giveaway of a week's worth of L'Occitane Divine Cream and, as someone who is a little obsessed with all things beauty and (ever so) slightly addicted to QVC, I was more than a little excited to get a change to try this super luxe Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible "Miracle Cream" champion which I had been lemming since seeing the demo a couple of weeks ago.

Here is what I won:

and here is what I think so far:
First of all, I think I will be able to get at least 14 days out of these as I only use an SPF day cream. Second of all, even the sample sachets are puuuurty....... *sigh*

Anyway, I tried the cream for the first time last night and so far I really like it. The cream is thick but I didn't find it greasy and I didn't need much for my whole face and decollete. I found it quite hydrating, even on my cheeks which have a tendency to become dehydrated. The smell is quite subtle and a little bit "herby", it smells like a L'Occitane product.

This morning I was very impressed by how my skin looked. Usually in the morning I look tired and greasy, not so this fine morning - my skin looked surprisingly even and was not greasy at all!!!

Obviously I will be continuing the trial until I run out so I will post updates as it goes along but, so far, I am definitely impressed and I can't wait to see if the the results get even better.

Thanks for reading,
Scarlett xx

...... Food: Super simple breakfast recipe - Banana and walnut mash up........

It's almost embarrassingly simple but sometimes it's easy to overlook the obvious and this one only occurred to me when I ran out of porridge one morning.

The instructions are in the title, simply mash one banana in with some crushed walnuts.

Tasty. Filling. No dairy.


Thursday, 6 October 2011

..... Beauty: Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel review


I was sent this product (as part of a promotion on Facebook) in a trial size when it was first released but didn't really have the chance to review it until now so you may have already seen a bajillion reviews but I am adding my 2 cents just the same.
Here goes.

The product comes out of the tube as a translucent orange gel-cream which also smells like (slightly chemical) oranges.

When you rub it on your skin it transforms into an oil which you massage in like a normal cleanser.

To remove it, you add water so that it turns milky and easily rinses away. In theory...

I found that, for some bizarre reason, it just will not rinse off! I have now tried it for two weeks and not once has this milky miracle transpired! I've seen it demonstrated on QVC so I know it can be done but, for me, this cleanser simply doesn't live up to the price tag of £19.40 for 125ml.

An extra gripe is that you can't use it around your eyes so you would definitely need a separate product to remove eye make up.

There are supposed to be some exfoliating benefits to this cleanser but I haven't noticed any, possibly due to the greasy residue that I get left with every time I use it.

Sadly, I cannot recommend this product. Elemis makes some good stuff but this one was just not right for my oily, sensitive skin.

Scarlett xx

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

...... Beauty: Gliss Shea Cashmere Shampoo and conditioner review

Well, that no 'poo days are officially over. I followed the advice in Curly Girl to the letter and ended up with a tangled crows nest of hair on top of a sore scalp so last week I went to Savers and picked up the silicone loaded bargain that is Gliss Shea Cashmere.


    These babies cost a bargainous £1 each and after the first wash my hair felt silky soft and my scalp went back to normal. I still have that frizzy halo but these products make no claims to fix that and I have used much pricer products *ahem* Sebastian Laminates *ahem* that made the frizz worse and my hair feel like straw.

    Would I recommend these products? So far, it's a resounding yes :)

    You can buy these where I did: Savers, or at Superdrug where they are £1.99 but sometimes buy one get one free if you want to collect points ;)

    Scarlett xx

    ....entertainment: 30 Rock Rules!!

    Ugh. I haven't  quite gotten the hang of this regular blogging malarkey yet but, you know what they say, practice makes perfect, so at some point the habit will stick I'm sure.....

    Anyway, one of my many recent distractions has been (finally) cottoning on to this hilarious television show.

    I love it, I totally get the hype and Alec Baldwin is my new hero. Nice job Tina Fey :)

    If you haven't seen it already( there may still be some of you left!!) do check it out, it may be just the thing to brighten up those impending Winter nights.