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Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Makeup, Random | 0 comments

My Little Box – June 2015

My Little Box – June 2015

Sorry this review of June’s My Little Box is a bit late, but I have an admission… I was so disappointed with the contents of this one that immediately after I’d opened it and seen what was inside I just put the lid back on and left it under my dressing table and didn’t open it again for a couple of weeks. Sadly the last couple of boxes have been disappointing for me, ever since The April ‘My Little Dreambox’ simply blew me away (I reviewed it here). The theme of June’s box was ‘My Little French Riviera Box’, I’m thinking that the boxes that have themes based on a location have been the ones that I haven’t enjoyed as much (last month’s box theme was Provence). If you’ve never heard of My Little Box it’s a quirky monthly beauty box that offers something a bit different, including their own range of make-up ‘My Little Beauty’, a proper readable mini magazine in each box, plus exciting little non-beauty extras – past examples...

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Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

Docteur Renaud – Carrot Scrub Detox

Docteur Renaud – Carrot Scrub Detox

Docteur Renaud is a French natural cosmetology brand founded in 1947, it is now part of the Nuxe Group. The products all contain active ingredients taken from fruits, vegetables and flowers – some of which include raspberries, apricots, coconut and carrots. This New Year I’ve been concentrating on my skincare and the product that I have been trying out is Carrot Detox Scrub*, a paraben-free exfoliating cream that harnesses the power of fresh carrot cells which help to revive the radiance of the complexion. Other ingredients include white clay, jojoba beads and bamboo powder. Anything with ‘detox’ in its name has to be good for New Year, right? I have been using Carrot Scrub Detox once a week. I had imagined the product would be orange in colour given that one of the main ingredients is carrot, but it’s actually white with tiny orange exfoliating grains in it and it has a pleasant sweet vegetable-y scent. It’s quite creamy and soft but the grains do feel quite abrasive on the...

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 2 comments

EBay Budget Nail Art Supplies

EBay Budget Nail Art Supplies

I love finding bargains on EBay, there’s just about everything you can think of on there (and a lot more besides), and it always shocks me at how many items you can pick up for just 99p including postage! So I decided to show my readers some of the nail art inspired bargains I’ve bought from EBay over the past few months. You may recognise these French Nail Tip Stickers as the ones that I used in my Neon Chevron French Mani Tutorial last Summer. They’re basically sheets of little sticker strips that you peel off and stick onto the nail just below the tip, then you paint your white tip (or whatever colour you fancy) and remove the sticker and… hey presto, you get a lovely neat straight line on your nail tip. The stickers pictured above include straight edges, plus chevrons and hearts, and you get 10 sheets. You don’t need to just use white polish for your nail tips, you could use brights like I’ve done with...

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Skincare | 1 comment

L’Occitane – Immortelle Divine Lotion

L’Occitane – Immortelle Divine Lotion

Today’s review is of a rather unique product – Immortelle Divine Lotion from French skincare experts L’Occitane. The aim of the lotion is to prepare skin in order for it to receive benefits from other daily skincare products – the Divine Lotion should be applied to the face before your usual moisturiser or serum and it will help the skin to absorb these other products and benefit from their nutrients. I’m pretty sure I’ve never come across a product with benefits like this before! With 3 patents, Immortelle Divine Lotion helps accelerate cellular renewal, firms and smoothes the skin, and aids it in retaining its elasticity. I have been applying the lotion to my face both morning and evening, in place of toner in between cleansing and moisturising. You can either apply it with a cotton wool pad and wipe it all over the face or with your fingers. The white cloudy lotion is extremely thin and runny, and is absorbed straight into a cotton wool pad so I...

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 2 comments

Neon Chevron French Mani Tutorial

Neon Chevron French Mani Tutorial

I love a classic French manicure but in the Summer it’s great to funk it up a little bit and create something zingy. I was recently sent these W7 Nail Polishes in Orange Sorbet* and Lemon Sorbet* and I thought they’d create a great alternative French manicure. Here is my simple step-by-step tutorial to creating this bright Neon Chevron French Mani. Here is the kit that you will need: 2 bright co-ordinating nail polishes – I used W7 Nail Polishes in Orange Sorbet and Lemon Sorbet French Nail Tip Guide stickers in a chevron shape A clear top coat nail polish – I use Chanel Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer Tweezers First, paint all of your nails with two coats of one of the nail polishes and allow the nails to dry thoroughly. I used Orange Sorbet as my main colour. Once the polish on your nails is completely dry carefully stick a French Nail Tip Guide over the tip of each nail. I place them on gently at first...

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Skincare | 6 comments

Bioderma – Sebium Masque

Bioderma – Sebium Masque

I had read some great reviews of Sebium Masque* from Bioderma, so when I was offered the opportunity to review it I jumped at the chance. Sebium Masque is a ‘sebo-regulating purifying mask’ for combination and oily skin, in other words it aims to control the amount of sebum and oil that your skin produces which in turn helps to reduce breakouts. It is paraben free and hypoallergenic, and I really like the packaging as I feel that it looks quite clinical as many French skincare brands do. The mask is white and creamy with a strange powdery texture. It has a lovely refreshing cucumber scent and it’s really pleasant to use. You do need to apply quite a thick layer of the mask to your skin (it is a bit tricky to apply it thickly and evenly given its powdery texture) and then it dries although not too hard. To remove it you can either rinse it away with warm water or you can buff the dried mask with your...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 0 comments

Purple French Mani

Purple French Mani

I’ve not posted many nail art designs recently, so I wanted to share this Purple French Manicure look I created for New Year’s Eve. Both of the polishes are from Seche, the lilac one is ‘Not Easily  Swept Away’ and the dark purple, almost black, shade is ‘Empress’. I simply painted the lilac Not Easily Swept Away shade all over each nail and followed with another coat, then left it to dry for a few minutes. After the paler Seche colour had dried I carefully painted the tips of my nails using the dark Empress shade. I find it easiest to paint nail tips freehand, I place my fingertip on a flat surface then I gently place the nail polish brush at one side of my nail tip and rotate the nail tip rather than moving the brush. If one or two of the tips are a bit messy I just go over them again once they are dry. You can also get little stickers that make it easier...

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Random | 1 comment

Voluspa – French Bourbon Vanille & Branche Vermeil Candles

Voluspa – French Bourbon Vanille & Branche Vermeil Candles

I do seem to have been writing quite a few candle reviews recently, but it is the perfect time of year for them. I love to close the blinds when it gets dark, and light a scented candle – a fragrance can really help to relax you, or to transport you back to a different time and place. A couple of weeks ago I was VERY lucky enough to receive these Voluspa candles*. Voluspa is a luxury US candle brand – fueled by a love for art, fragrance and elegant illumination, Troy and Traci Arntsen created their first scented candle in their kitchen in 1999, and the brand took off from there. I love their traditional style of logo and the ornate tins and packaging. All of Voluxpa’s luxury candles are made from a coconut wax blend which burns slowly and cleanly with no soot or smoke. Both of these candles are from Voluspa’s Seasons collection. French Bourbon Vanille 3 Wick Tin Candle – this is the larger of...

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