The Bodyshop Rainforest Haircare | Review

Rainforest Nutrition

It’s not often that I write about haircare, so I figured I would share my favourite shampoo and conditioners of the moment. Don’t you hate it when you start using a shampoo and your hair really agrees with it, but then the place you buy it from no longer sells it? Well that happened to me with my previous shampoo so I went back to using these beauties. I think I have tried every shampoo and conditioner in the Rainforest range from the Bodyshop, but these two are my favourite.

My hair isn’t exactly what you would class as dry, so I was a bit dubious about trying the rainforest moisture range, but boy was I wrong. This stuff leaves my hair seriously soft and shiny. This is aimed at dry and damaged hair, but if you have fine hair like me, it is worth a shot. All of the rainforest range is free from nasties such as parabens, silicones, sulphates and colourants so you can rest assured when lathering up your hair. I love the ethos of Bodyshop products and that they use fair trade ingredients in this shampoo and conditioner. The scent of these is quite sweet, you can definitely detect the honey in there. I find that I need only a small amount of shampoo, but quite a large blob of conditioner, but maybe that is just me. This leaves my hair soft, shiny and generally looking and smelling great for hours after shampooing. Big thumbs up from me and I would recommend to anyone. Best part is that it is only £4.50 for a 250ml bottle.

Rainforest Colour

Next up is an essential for those who like to colour their hair. I have been colouring my hair with permanent dyes for the past 2 years, ever since I decided to dye my locks red. My hair is now back to dark brown, which has faded a lot in the sun and I have horrid black roots coming through. It’s weird that my roots are darker than my natural hair ever was isn’t it? Anyway I digress. I find that washing my hair everyday, blow drying and straightening can leave it looking a bit horrible. Combining this with the colour and it can look a bit scarecrowish and the colour fade doesn’t help. Let me introduce you to the solution, the Rainforest Radiance collection. I alternate between this and the Mositure range and sometimes use one from each as I have them both in my shower at the moment. It’s good to mix and match. These smell a bit more fruity, maybe due to the bilberry they contain? I don’t really know what a bilberry smells like, but I assume thats what the scent is? Again this leaves my hair looking shiny and feeling soft, but what I love most is that it brings out the multi dimensional tones in my hair and almost makes my hair looks highlighted. I love it. I find this really does prolong my colour, more so than just using a normal shampoo and would definitely recommend it if you find fade a big problem.

I’ve had shampoos irritate me in the past, John Freida I am looking at you and find these to be gentle enough for everyday use. I am so happy I have found these two and really hope that the Bodyshop don’t discontinue these any time soon.

You can find the shampoo and conditioners from the Bodyshop, instore and online.

What’s your perfect shampoo? Do you shop in the Bodyshop and love it as much as I do?

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free | Review

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

I debated about writing this post for a while, but decided why not? This primer is so expensive and I’m not sure I could justify purchasing it again, but figured maybe someone out there with a lot more money than me would purchase it, so here goes!

This stuff is pricey and retails at £29 for a 50ml tube from House of Fraser and the like. I’m not sure how big my tube is, as it doesn’t actually say but I am guessing it is 30ml and it came as part of a set. The packaging  of this is none too special, just a simple tube which feels sturdy enough and can be thrown into your bag without the worry of the cap coming loose.

The watery texture of the primer

The watery texture of the primer

The one thing to note about this primer is just how watery it actually is. The first time I used it, it came flooding out of the tube like a river – no jokes. You can kind of see how watery it is in the photo above. It doesn’t really help that the dispensing nozzle is literally just a hole, so be warned!

In terms of on the skin, this applies really nicely and feels really soft and silky. It doesn’t clog up my pores like some others have a tendency to do and if you are looking for something to fill in imperfections, you probably want one of the pore-cloggers. The primer is white in colour, but is translucent on the skin, meaning it will be suitable for all skin tones. I don’t use this primer everyday, only when I feel like I want my makeup to stay in place and look flawless all day. I find that when using this primer, makeup glides onto the skin more easily and I can get a good 10 hours of foundation wear (normally I get 5ish). My recommendation would be to apply this straight after moisturiser and wait 5 minutes to absorb before applying  any makeup – this is especially true of powder, since it can ball up.

I love the results of this, but I’m on the fence. It seems a lot of money for something that isn’t actually necessary.  It doesn’t irritate my skin and helps control the oil I sometimes get on my nose, so it really is a bit of a hero. Maybe once I finish the tube, I will realise I can’t live without it and rush out to buy another, who knows. All I do know is that it gives me an airbrush look and like Carrie Bradshaw, I feel fabulous.

Have you ever tried anything from Laura Mercier? Would you fork out this much on a primer?

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International Box Swap Item 1 | EOS Lip Balms

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It’s been an absolute age since I blogged and I’ve really missed it. I was working loads of hours and just couldn’t face it. Some nights I didn’t get home until after midnight and would be back in at 8 the next morning, so finding time was difficult. I also had a little spell of feeling unwell, so figured a break would do me good. Anyway, it’s our compulsory 2 week holiday now, so I am going to enjoy blogging, nail painting and maybe a bit of cycling if my bike gets fixed today. I should probably get out of my pyjamas and take it to the bike store, but blogging is way more fun! I’m starting off with a short post today, so I can get back into things.

What better way to start off than with one of my box swap items from Brittany from the beauty deputy! If you want to see my full box swap, you can find the post here. I still haven’t finished all the food she sent me yet. I was super excited when I opened the box and discovered not 1, but 2 EOS lip balms. These aren’t the cheapest lip balms in the UK and I had always wanted to try them, but the price and the fact I could only find them online put me off. I’ve been using both of these everyday since I got them and they are a firm favourite in my stash. I must say that the passionfruit is definitely my favourite of the two.

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Out of the packet

The packaging of these is really odd, but eye catching. The balm comes housed in a small plastic ball in a colour relevant to the scent or flavour. The plastic is that matte rubberised stuff, which is my only complaint as it does collect dirt, dust and loose makeup in your bag. You can wipe it pretty easily though, so no biggie. I absolutely hated the blister pack these came in – it initially looked pretty, but I broke a nail getting them out of the really tight packaging. It did look pretty though didn’t it? The way they had designed the packaging to look like the lip balms were flowers. Very cute.

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The ball shape initially scared me, but it works well

Packaging aside, lets talk lip balms. These are fantastic. The smell is not too powerful – personally the passion fruit is my favourite of the two and the taste isn’t strong either. Once applied to the lips, these don’t leave you feeling greasy and nor do they dry my lips out. I find that these pack a good hit of moisture for around 3-4 hours and the design makes them super quick and easy to apply.

Told you it would be a quick one today 🙂 I just want to say a massive thank you once again to Brittany for sending me these and you should look out for more posts with mybox swap items in the coming weeks.

I really want some more EOS in my life, so what flavours can you recommend? Has anyone tried Balmi as they look similar?

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UK Box Swap with Cats for Life

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It’s been a while since I blogged hasn’t it? So this post is a good way to ease me back into it. I know your probably sick of me saying I am busy at work, but it’s true! Topped with an untimely visit to A and E, a horrible cold and the landlord deciding to replaster the house we stay in, I’ve been pretty busy. I move department again in a few weeks time, so looks like the 12, 14 or even 16 hour days could be a thing of the past for me. I really love my current department and although this past 2 weeks have been insanely busy I will be really sad to leave. I’ve enjoyed getting stuck into different things. The replastering of our house came at the totally wrong time and there is just stuff everywhere. It’s horrible. It’s even a struggle to sit down at my computer and write this post.

Anyway, I arranged this box swap with the lovely Jordannah back in the new year and we had originally planned to do the swap in March/April time around Easter. We ended up delaying it as Jordannah was on holiday for a few weeks and before I knew it, it was June! I actually got my box a few weeks before Jordannah, even though I posted her box before she posted mine. Her boyfriend ended up forgetting to take the box with him, so poor Jordannah had to wait over 3 weeks to get it from him! I felt pretty bad for her, but eventually she got her box, so we agreed we would show you all what we got!

I was so excited when I opened the box by the sheer amount of things she had managed to cram into our budget. I felt like my box was a little lacking in comparison. I couldn’t wait to rip off the cute orange and red tissue paper and see what was in store. And boy I was not disappointed! Jordannah also included a really cute little cat postcard – we both love cats. I thought the yellow cards that were stuck onto each of the little bundles explaining why she included things was a great idea.

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Skincare

Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream

‘I had too many of these Vichy Serums lying around so thought you would love one!’

Thanks 🙂 Jordannah! I had seen Vichy on so many blogs as it seems a staple product in those monthly subscription boxes but had never tried anything myself. This little 3ml tube will be fabulous for taking on holiday as it won’t eat into my liquid allowance too much. I’ve put this away in my drawer of holiday sachets, so hopefully it wont be there too long before I get to use it!

Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Masque

‘And who can say no to a chocolate face mask?!’

I love Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks. I actually have a tube of the chocolate and orange face mask, which I love and I imagine this one will be pretty similar. Mmm chocolatey.

Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

‘And to a bit of simple. Everyone needs some in their life!’

I knew I would forget to photograph something in the bundle. Sorry. Simple is not a brand I am hugely familiar with – I’ve tried a couple of things and I know it is super affordable and gentle on the skin. This wash is soap free and unscented. I’m going to let my other half try this one out too as he has really sensitive skin. This didn’t dry out my skin, or leave it feeling tight.

Garnier Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion

‘Hehe, this is the item I had to break into the box, to put in! I love this moisturiser, it’s by far the best drugstore one I’ve found.’

I am so glad that Jordannah delayed sending the box to put this in! Love it so much. I think it is probably the highlight of the box for me. It smells delicious, kinda citrusy and it so light on the skin. After using this my skin feels amazing and soft and not at all greasy. Applying makeup after this is a dream. I am in love. Thank you so much!

Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads

‘I really love Halo as a brand and these make-up wipes are really good.’

I haven’t tried these out yet as I generally only use make-up wipes when I am feeling lazy. The packet is so compact that these would be good for a weekend away when you want to keep stuff to a minimum.

Hair and random stuff

Hair and random stuff

Hair and Miscellaneous

Beauty So Clean Wipes

‘I also put in some Beauty So Clean wipes to clean beauty items like lipgloss and lipstick.’

What a brilliant idea these wipes are and I will definitely make full use of these. More often than not I am cleaning up palettes and lipgloss, so this will be a much more hygienic than a tissue.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

‘For hair I love Batiste. Its a life saver.’

This can is so cute and compact and would be perfect for a festival. I don’t use dry shampoo as a shampoo, I tend to use it more for backcombing. Once my current can is finished, I will be giving this a try.

Tresemme Hair Shot

‘I also got a little hair conditioner shot for a little pick me up.’

I could really do with this right now, my hair is an absolute mess! Thanks for including this Jordannah, you must have read my mind. Once the replastering is done in my house, I will be having a pamper session, so will whip this out then.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Hydrate

‘For lips I’ve put in my all time fav baby lips – I’m already on my second.’

I’m surprised Jordannah has managed to go through one of these already! I haven’t tried this Baby lips before, but I have the Mint one which I love the smell of, but don’t find too moisturising. Hopefully since this one is actually targeted to moisturise the lips that it will far better.

Makeup goodness

Makeup goodness

Cosmetics

Collection Cream Puff in Cotton Candy

‘These collection Lip Puffs are great too! I chose a pretty standard colour just in case!’

They are actually amazing. The colour is perfect for me and compliments my skin really well. I love the idea of these, they dry to a matte finish but apply like a gloss. I managed to get around 2-3 hours wear from this and it did transfer a little when eating and drinking. One thing I noticed was that it required good lip preparation before so that my lips didn’t look flakey and liney.

Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba

Ah good old natural collection. I used to love natural collection when I was in school as everything was so affordable. I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented this blusher is and how smoothly it applies. This colour is really natural looking, so perfect for those no makeup days.

Collection Bronze Glow in Terracota

‘ I got you my all time favourite blush and bronzer so you can try out some contouring.’ 

I am a bad beauty blogger. I don’t contour. I wear blusher and sometimes bronzer and I guess you could say I sculpt my cheeks a little, but I never contour the jawline, hairline or nose. Lets give it a bash with this matte bronzer shall we?

Seventeen Phwoar Paint

‘I bought you my fav concealer of the moment, it says its for under eyes but works great on blemishes too.’

I’ve seen this on a few blogs and have been intrigued. I am the queen of dark circles, so really need something heavy. I haven’t actually tried this under eyes yet as I am worried it will crease, so need to wait for a day when I am not leaving the house but it is fabby on spots. So creamy and the colour is an okay match for my skin.

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner in Black

‘I really love the collection liquid eyeliner – it’s so easy to do a cat eye with.’

When I saw this I turned away and groaned. I am so useless at liquid eyeliner as my hands are so shaky, so I thought I would just make a mess. I wasn’t wrong. So much mess. Anyway, Brittany from the Beauty deputy had a cool technique to use tape to mark off your area for a flick. I’m gonna get some masking tape and try this out. In terms of formula, I don’t really have any other eyeliners of the liquid variety to compare to, but it seems quite wet, drying to a semi matte finish. I will report back if I successfully manage a flick.

Alima Eyeshadow

‘I also put in a little loose eyeshadow I had but never used. I know you love eyeshadow more than me!’

Awh this was very sweet to get this included. The colour of this is hard to describe, a kinda grey-brown shimmer. I’m going to review this soon as I had never heard of the brand.

Notebook, pens and brush roll

Notebook, pens and brush roll

Food and Non-Beauty Stuff

Brush Roll, Notebook and Gel Pens

Cute notebook

Cute notebook

Couldn't resist a close up of the pens

Couldn’t resist a close up of the pens

Brush roll

Brush roll

Ah how cute is the brush roll?And she hand made it! I was scared to use it incase it gets dirty, but its washing machine safe! Once my house is back in order, this will take pride of place on my dresser. The notebook with the stitched on dolls was a cute addition too. And the swirly gel pens took me back to my childhood.

Food :)

Food 🙂

Haribo, Mikado, Eton Mess Chocolate and Necklace

I already ate most of the strawberry haribo as I opened them at work and shared them with people. The mikado were amazing –  never tried them before. I’m ashamed to say that me and the BF ate the whole box in one sitting. #Piggies

Has anyone else ever down a box swap? Big thanks to Jordannah for agreeing to do this swap with me:)

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Breaking Up After 5 Years | Philosophy Purity Cleanser

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Philosophy Purity Clenaser

The other day in the shower I realised I had never reviewed this cleanser! I’ve been using this cleanser for around 5 years and now my relationship has come to an end. I always have 2 or 3 cleansers on the go as I like to alternate between them and I just feel like this cleanser no longer suits my needs. I know for many this is a bit of a marmite product – some bloggers rave about it and others just darn right dislike it.

The consistency of this is quite thin, meaning you can either foam it up in your hands and apply with your fingers, put it on a face cloth or use it with a cotton pad. I have used this in the shower with my hands and with a face cloth in the sink at night. I much prefer this as a morning cleanser in the shower as I don’t find that it removes stubborn makeup as easily as some other cleansers. The bottle is very typical of Philosophy with a quote about purity and if I am honest I find the larger bottles very difficult to squeeze due to the thick plastic. I actually wrote to philosophy about this a few years ago, but they never replied. Clearly they don’t value customer opinion too much!

The smell of this is a bit strange and hard to describe. It isn’t unpleasant or highly scented, but it does smell of something. This does foam up well and it does a good job of cleaning the skin, but as mentioned above some stubborn makeup like Benefit They’re Real can cause problems. I usually have to cleanse 2 or 3 times if I am using this after wearing that mascara, which is a bit inconvenient. I suppose you are wondering why I used this for so long? Well it is extremely gentle and has never caused me any problems with skin irritation or drying me out. It does a great job at removing everyday makeup and generally leaves my skin feeling clean. I’ve decided not to repurchase this for 2 reasons. 1 is the price, this stuff is not cheap and for the price I expect a little bit more. It’ false economy to buy and expensive cleanser that can’t remove my makeup. 2. I am no longer cleansing twice a day. I have switched to cleansing only at night and for this I want something moisturising, that will remove all my makeup. Cue Emma Hardie Moringa balm. In the mornings I am now using a very gentle face wash or a gentle exfoliator, so I really don’t have much of a  need for this.

I’m really quite sad that this is my last bottle and will maybe pick some of the mini bottles up at Christmas, but I just feel I have moved on and grown up from this cleanser. As they say, ‘Philosophy Purity – it’s not you, it’s me.’ My needs have just outgrown this. I wear mascara every day now and I’m concious that not removing it properly could be bad for my eyes. Overall I really loved this and would recommend if you want a gentle cleanser – it’s great for removing foundation, blush etc, just not stubborn eye make-up.

You can purchase a mini 90ml bottle from Boots for £8 if you fancy trying it out.

What’s your go to cleanser? Do you use more than one like me? I would love to know if anyone has tried this what they thought?

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