Insta Natural Retinol Skincare Products Review!*

30 October 2015

Hello!

I feel like over the past couple of months I've been bombarded with Insta Natural products for me to try and although I'm not complaining because they really are a great company who make great products - I do feel slightly overwhelmed!

The latest product to be sent my way was the Advanced Action Retinol Moisturiser and the Age-Defying 2.5% Retinol Serum. Both of these retail around the £20 mark which I have always said it slightly too much for me to pay but since I've always had good results from Insta Natural, maybe I should splash the cash every once in a while!

Anyway, on to the review!

instanatural moisturiser and serum
instanatural moisturiser and serum
instanatural moisturiser and serum
instanatural moisturiser and serum
instanatural moisturiser and serum

When I first opened the products I noticed that the moisturiser had leaked a little on it's travels over to me but after mopping it up, it was good as new. Other than that I was really excited to start testing them out. I don't think there was a specific time to use these products but I used them in my night-time skin routine just before I went to bed.

Since the moisturiser was already open, I thought I would give that a go first. At the time of trialling these, my skin was mega dry and was in desperate need for some TLC and I honestly think this moisturiser worked perfectly for this. I noticed after a few nights that my skin was feeling softer and those nasty dry patches were a thing of the past!

Moving onto the serum! I've never used a skincare product that came with a dropper applicator before - it takes me back to my old high school science classes! Although I was a little scared of using this as I thought it would make my already oily face even oiler, I did however grow to love it. The one thing that I really loved about this serum was the strong and zangy scent of orange. It felt really refreshing and cooling on my skin. If you're not keen on fruity smells then I don't think this would be the product for you. 

Unfortunately the results from the serum didn't come as quickly as the moisturiser. After a couple of days I noticed a few differences with the moisturiser but I didn't see anything change from the serum until a good couple of weeks after. All in all though my face now feels a lot firmer and brighter, especially under my eye area due to these products. Any traces of lines around my eyes have completely faded and I feel like I'm a teenager again!

Overall I'm quite pleased with these products and I'll definitly continue to use them over the upcoming Autumn/Winter months when the weather gets harsher!

 *I was sent this to trial but my opinions are honest and my own.
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Pinterest Autumn DIY Ideas!

29 October 2015

Hello!

I LOVE Autumn! I never really thought I had a favourite month but when I see all the beautifully coloured leaves on the trees and all over the ground, I can't help but feel excited and like a little kid again!

To get myself more in the mood for Autumn (if that's at all possible) I thought I would look out for some DIY ideas on my favourite website ever right now, Pinterest. I did write a similar post this time last year but I thought I would give a more updated version!

All of these DIYS are super easy to make and I have added them all on my Pinterest page incase you want to check any of them out!

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All these pictures were from Pinterest. I do not own any of them, I just wanted to make a post of my favourite ideas :)

Life | Break-ups Suck!

28 October 2015

Hello!

We've all been there at some point in our life, it's just happens. It's sort of like a right of passage into becoming a woman.

Well I've been going through a break-up my self recently and although I know it happens all the time and that "I'm still young and I'll find someone else", this break-up has really took it's toll on me. It's been a few months since it happened and even after all that time, I still wouldn't say that I'm 100% okay. 

But I know that it will take time before I'm fine and ready to even begin thinking about a new relationship so being to enter a stage where I'm getting "okay" with the situation. Does that make sense?

In an attempt to speed that process up I did a little bit of googling on ways to help get over a break-up and since I found that a few had helped me, I thought I would share them with you guys! Just in case like!

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1. Let it all out.
(I could have made a terrible Frozen quote but I held it in!) 
I found that venting out a lot of my frustration about my knobhead ex really helped me and made me feel a lot more calmer. Whether it's just screaming into a pillow, punching that pillow or even a good long cry, let it all go. Don't hold in your emotions!

2. Treat Yo' Self
I am a firm believer that there is always a reason to treat yourself and a break-up is pretty high up on that list. Whether it's that pair of shoes you've been eyeing for the past couple of weeks or just simply that new chocolate bar that you keep seeing advertised - Treat yourself! You are so worth it!

3. Listen to happy music only
We all have that one song that we classed as our song, I know I did. DELETE THEM ALL. No girl wants to be listening to her music on shuffle then have a mini break down because our romantic slow song came on. Just get rid of them! Popsugar has even helped us girls out and created a Best Breakup Song Playlist to help us get over our exes!

4. Friends & Family Time
There's nothing better than spending some quality time having a laugh with your friends and family. Make plans to see that friend you've not seen in months or go out for a family meal. These people love you and will do anything to see you smile again and you might just find that you've gone a few hours without thinking about your ex! Bonus!

5. Do Something For YOU!
The one thing that I loved to do when I first became single was driving. Even if I didn't have place in mind, it was nice to get out there and clear your mind. Some people would go for a walk or a run but driving for me is when I get my time to think!

6. No Contact
Normally a hard one but if it's really over, just avoid them. Don't put yourself through any extra stress and block his number and his profile on every social media account. That also means no cyber-stalking days after to see if he's as heartbroken as you!

7. Cleanse!
Get rid of all those reminders around you. That means photos on your phone, gifts he gave you and even any clothes ect that he might have left over at yours. Get rid! On the plus side, there might be some things you can sell on eBay - might as well get some money back from this break-up!

8. Don't Rush Things!
Don't feel like you have to rush into another relationship just because you feel lonely. Going back to number 4 but choose to go out with friends and family instead. Obviously there's no harm in a little flirting with the opposite sex, you're not a hermit after all, but just focus on time on yourself!

9. Love Yourself
The most important part of any breakup is to love yourself. No matter what happened whilst you were together or how your relationship ended or, that doesn't make you a bad person.  

Life | Re-decorating My Bedroom Ideas!

27 October 2015

Hello!

Since it's been a few months since moving home, I finally made the decision to re-decorate my bedroom. Having to move back home sucks especially when you move back into the room where all your teenage years were spent. You're an adult now and I think your room should show that.

Since I have no idea what or how to decorate my room like, I went to one of my favourite places on the internet, Pinterest for ideas.  

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bedroom ideas
bedroom ideas
bedroom ideas
bedroom ideas
bedroom ideas

These are just a few ideas of what I was thinking/planning. What do you think? You can check out a few more pictures that I pinned as well on my Pinterest page here!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review!

26 October 2015

Hello!

I have to admit that I never really got into the whole Micellar water craze and I was still a little behind the time as I much prefer to use my facial wipes to take off my make-up. How wrong I was. Over the past couple of weeks though, I've had a really bad breakout on my face of acne and dry patches so I've had a bit of a re-think about my skincare routine!

My new favourite shopping website for toiletries is The Online Pound Store and whilst I was flicking through a few weeks ago I saw they had the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water mini 125ml bottles for of course just one pound! Since everyone keeps raving about micellar water, I thought this would be a good chance to try it out without having to waste too much money if I didn't like it!

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micellar water
micellar water

I have to admit that I was pretty excited when my package arrived and although I ordered a few more goodies, I was more eager to start using the micellar water.

Since starting using the micellar water, I've now ditched using the facial wipes as my lone skincare product and instead use it first just to help take the majority of my foundation off. After that I thoroughly go over my face with the micellar water to completely rid my face off make-up. I end with a spritz of my toner and finish with my handy matte moisturiser! After using this routine for several days I noticed my skin was clearing up lovely!

I definitely recommend trying out the micellar water craze if you haven't already - I can't believe that I've only just tried it! If you fancy giving this a go too, you can check it out on The Online Pound Store website or for the full 400ml size in Superdrug and Boots.

Schwarzkopf Rockin' It Dry Shampoo Review

23 October 2015

Hello!

Dry shampoo has been my saviour for so many years - I honestly don't know how I could live without it. Since first discovering the blessing that is dry shampoo, I'd like to think that I've tried most of the high street versions out there.

One version that I haven't tried before was from the Schwarzkopf got2be range. I've heard lots of other bloggers really loving it but everytime I wanted to try it, I got put off and played it safe with my favourite Batiste.

A couple of weeks ago I came across The Online Pound Store and amazingly enough, I saw the Rockin' it Dry Shampoo for of course just one pound, for a full size can! Bargain!

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dry shampoo
dry shampoo

Although the whole point of dry shampoo is to obviously clean your hair and hide the fact that you haven't washed your hair, the most important aspect of buying a dry shampoo for me is the smell. I cannot stand some brands where the fragrance smells too sweet and sickly and I have to sit there all day at work smelling it. Urgh! There is honestly nothing worse! The fragrance for Rockin' It is actually really pleasant and although it's quite floral, it's not overpowering and in your face. Definite plus!

The dry shampoo side of it and whether it actually sorted my greasy hair out worked out quite good as well! As well as covering my roots when they were greasy, I normally gave my hair a quick spray in morning just to give a slight root boost and I was really surprised to see how well it had worked. Even after a few hours my fringe still stayed "dry". Can't really ask for more!

Obviously for a pound I'm hardly going to moan but I think after using the can for a few weeks I think I'll be sticking to me favourite Batiste. I would still recommend this if you've not tried it before as it is an amazing dry shampoo!

Life | Taking Time Out For Yourself ♥

21 October 2015

Hello!

Blogging has taken a bit of a back seat for me lately - I just cannot get my head straight long enough to think of decent post ideas. Let a lone actually writing them. Blame annoying ex boyfriends!

The last time I felt like this I went for a walk and I found that it really helped me calm down and that it gave me the time think about all the things that had been bringing me down. To try and do the same this time, I planned another walk but this time a little closer to home. Luckily for me I live right next to a nature reserve so after finishing work one day, I changed into my workout clothes and headed out with my camera and iPod!

I did take a few pictures along the way and since they were all so pretty I thought I would show you a select few. Although I would love to learn photography, I unfortunately am not a pro so I think I did alright!

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NSPA Limited Summer Edition: Strawberries and Cream Shower & Bath Gel Review!

Hello!

The last time I brought myself a new shower gel it was the Marshmallow Hearts bottle from Treacle Dream and I have to admit that I'm really loving the whole candy and kind of sickly sweet fragrances. It's nice to mix it up a bit!

One of my new favourite websites is The Online Pound Store and while I was last putting an order in, I noticed that they had a 500ml bottle of the NSPA Strawberries and Cream shower gel. How yummy does that sound?!

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nspa shower gel

As you can imagine, the shower gel smells exactly like strawberries and cream and although I shouldn't admit this, I was pretty tempted to eat it! It's amazing how dead on it smelt. YUM!

The formula is also nice and thick and lathers up quite a bit so not much is needed. A 500ml bottle would easily last me months!

I know that Asda do stock the NSPA range but you can also pick this special limited edition up The Online Pound Store for just £1!

Winner of My Love Yourself Giveaway!

20 October 2015

Hello!

Two weeks ago I hosted my first every giveaway and now I can finally announce the winner!

Congrats Emma Jones! 

I'd also like to say a massive thank you to everyone who entered - I honestly didn't expect people to! I will definitely host another giveaway soon so please keep your eye out for that!

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Paint The Town Red: Vaseline Limited Edition Review!

19 October 2015

Hello!

I always feel a little reminiscent when it comes to Vaseline as I can always remember it being one of the first lip balms that I ever brought when I was a teenager. You always thought you was so cool when you pulled out that bad boy, especially when all your friends would ask to borrow some. A little unhygienic when you think about it but hey! I survived.

Over the years Vaseline have released different versions of their miracle pots and I think like many other girls out there, I've ran to the shops to get my hands on one. Unforunately the last time I did this with the Limited Edition Pink Bubbly version and I absolutely hated it! The scent actually made me feel slightly nauseous so I was a little put off buying anymore.

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vaseline paint the town
vaseline paint the town
vaseline paint the town
vaseline paint the town
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Excuse my flare up of bad skin, back to those horrible teenage years! 

I think once you've tried one pot of Vaseline, you've pretty much tried them all. I mean is the only thing they change the scent and packaging? Or am I just really uneducated?

Since it's advertised as a red lip tint, I was honestly expecting this to be slightly more tinted but it's actually quite a nice pinky red shade which can be nicely built up if you want with more applications.

The best part about this pot honestly has to be the smell. It takes me back to my high school days when everyone was obsessed with those bags of kali (sherbet powder for you posh people!). It's like applying candy onto your lips!

Overall I think I'm quite impressed with this Limited Edition pot and it's now become a bit of a staple in my handbag, I cannot leave the house without it! I can see it will definitely get a lot of use in these upcoming colder months!

If after reading this and think that this post cannot get any better, then think again! Probably the best part about my Vaseline pot was the price - one pound! I recently picked it up from The Online Pound Store and you can check it out here along with many other branded beauty products!


Please enter my giveaway for a chance to win a pot of this Vaseline in a goodie bag!
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