Thursday, 19 September 2013

Apologies and things

I know, I know, I've been nowhere to be seen for a fortnight.
Between a new job and getting ready for the new uni year etc it's been manic, but I will be back in no time!
I have a few posts lined up, I just need to get them written and they'll be here for your viewing pleasure, so bear with me a little , thanking you kindly :)

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Favourite Things - skin, hands and hair!

I thought I'd let you know about some of the beauty products that have impressed me/saved my life recently! I love watching monthly favourite videos on YouTube, I always see so many incredible products, and while my bank balance may not thank me for it, my skin and make up collection often do! So, let's just dive right in, from left to right...

1, Boots Natural Collection Vanilla Body Spray - £2
So, we're starting cheap but oh so cheerful! I have a small obsession with absolutely anything vanilla scented/flavoured, I really am just a sucker for sweet girly scents and this body spray is about as sweet as it gets! I tend to spray this on myself just after I get out the bath/shower, after moisturiser but before perfume and I just love it. But, confession time, I spray this on everything. I spritz my clothes with it, my room, my bed, my whole world just sings vanilla right now and it cheers me up!

2, TRESemme Salon Sleek straightening spray - £4.99
So, let's talk heat protection. I, and I think many others will be with me, am rubbish when it comes to protecting my hair. I don't know why, it's a quick and simple step that for no particular reason I always skip and I really really shouldn't. I tend to use a fair amount of heat on my hair, and it is so important to use a heat protection to keep it in good condition! This one is similar to the  oh so hyped original tresemme heat protection (you know the one, with the red top) but with he addition of Argan oil I feel it really helps keep my hair extra smooth and frizz free as well as protecting it from whatever torture I choose to put it through that day. Affordable and fantastic product, if you have difficult to tame, frizz prone hair like me give it a go!

3, Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore and Shine Daily Wash - £2.99 & 
    Garnier Pure 3-in-1 wash scrub and mask- £3.99
So not too long a go my skin started to hate me. I moved house, there was stress of results and job hunting and unpacking and all the rest of it and each day I'd wake up, look in the mirror to face increasing levels of horror. Something needed to be done. On a very small budget I braved the supermarket and spent an age staring at the shelves and finally decided on these two products. My skin type is combination to oily. I do get some dry patches but my T-Zone is most definitely oily, especially in the summer months, and I also have pesky large pores (my life's mission seems to be to try and make them less visible!) I picked up these two products on a whim, and in combination with trusty tea tree oil has surprisingly worked absolute wonders. I wash my face (after all make up has been removed) with the neutrogena and then apply the garnier as a mask, leave it on for a few minuted and then wash it off using circular motions to double it up as the scrub and no kidding, I can see an improvement in my skin pretty much straight away. They don't feel too harsh on my skin, my pores have shrunk somewhat but more importantly my skin just looks a lot clearer and less oily.

4, Burts Bees Almond and Milk Beeswax Hand Cream - £9.99

Hi, my name's Emily, and I'm addicted to this hand cream. I love a good hand cream, but I generally have one major issue. I'll apply one, rub it all in, and the good ones sink in pretty quick. But then in what feels like no time my hands feel as dry as they did before. But this little beauty, my hands thank me for it on a daily basis. Yes, it's a little more pricey than some, but it is so, so worth it. I use this every night before bed, you don't need to apply much but when it's sunk in your hands feel so soft. Cons, as gorgeous as the glass packaging is, it's not really portable, this really is a bedside table hand cream. Plus, if you apply too much it can take a while to sink in but for me, the pros outweigh the cons by far!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I have another coming up with some make up products I've been loving recently so keep an eye out for that and let me know if there are any posts you'd like to see! :)

Friday, 30 August 2013

Car Boot Things!

Ahhh, the common car boot. Early Sunday mornings, a pocket full of change and the promise of bargains galore!
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a car boot is basically a bit like ebay, but in real life, and in a field. People gather together early on a Sunday morning to buy and sell second hand bits and bobs on the cheap. Often, depending on the weather, car boots can be pretty big affairs and I myself love having a wander, a gander and a good ol’ rummage!
I’ve found all sorts of things at car boots, but I thought I’d show you a few of the finds I’ve picked up over the last few weeks. Don’t expect much rhyme or reason in this mini little haul, simply things that have caught my eye and/or that I just couldn’t leave behind. 

The Biscuit Tin - £2
Now, you know that the chocolate obsession has reached new levels when you find yourself purchasing chocolate biscuit memorabilia! But fear not, there are no biscuits going in this little tin, but instead, bracelets! I enjoy finding different ways of storing things and this round vintage tin is literally the perfect size to stack bracelets in and I love it! It looks pretty and eclectic sat on my dressing table and I know that it’s pretty unique, which is a bonus!

The Cameo - £1
I absolutely adore cameo jewellery so when I saw this necklace for just £1 there was no way I could not offer it a new home! I love the different shades of pink in this one and when I got it home I realised that I have the exact same cameo on broach form. This happy coincidence made my day, now, I’m no jewellery expert, so I really couldn’t tell you the true value or age of either the necklace or the broach, maybe I’ll take them along to a jewellers one day but for now, I’m just enjoying them!

The Books – between 50p and £1 each!
Books, books, books! I love books, I own far, far too many (as recently discovered when we moved house) but for some reason I just can’t stop buying them! Car boot’s  (along with charity shops) are the perfect places to indulge my book addiction. Cheaper than chips and with hundreds on offer, I always come home with one or two (or three or four) new titles to add to my collection at a fraction of the price that it would cost me full price. 

The Typewriter - £5
Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the beauty shall we? I have been after a lovely old typewriter for a good while. Don’t ask me why. It’s just one of those things. I love the sound of the keys, I love the sound of the bell, I love the unmistakeable text it creates and there’s a part of me that thinks I could typewrite a novel, wrap it in brown paper and string and hand deliver it to the publishers. I know, please don’t judge me; I was born into the wrong time! This is the Imperial Safari typewriter, it’s fully functioning but in need of a new ribbon, and for a fiver, I was happy!