e.l.f haul

e.l.f or eyes lips face is a brand that I have turned to time and time again since their UK launch in 2007. e.l.f’s ethos is to allow makeup lovers to experiment without sacrificing their budget. There are a lot of hits and a few misses within their range, but on the whole I find that e.l.f really delivers high quality, low cost products.

I hadn’t picked up anything from them for a little while and they’d recently added a few new products to their range, so I had a little bit of a splurge and made this video to show you what I bought.

Have you tried anything by e.l.f? What are your favourites?

The Buddha Beauty Company Spiced Apple Candle

As mentioned in my 2012 Favourites video, last year was the year that I really discovered my love of candles. I had always liked them, but the purchase of a Neom Candle made that like develop into a bit of an obsession. Now you’ll find a candle adorning practically every surface of my home.

I’ve never really been a fan of those artificially sweet scented candles (you know the ones that I mean), instead preferring something a little more natural. I also prefer my candles to be soy or vegetable based, as candles made from paraffin wax don’t tend to burn quite as cleanly and can throw out quite a bit of soot. Apparently, they’re also not that great for your health.

I had been looking for something a little more wintery than my much loved Neom Sumptuous candle for a while, when I stumbled upon The Buddha Beauty Company whilst perusing the stalls of the Manchester Christmas Markets. They have a number of beautifully scented candles within their range and the Spiced Apple candle fitted the bill. It has a sophisticated crisp apple scent with a hint of spice, making it perfect for this time of year.

These candles are made with 100% soy wax and come in glass 30cl containers. They burn cleanly (no soot stained walls here) and have an average burn time of 60-65 hours. The Buddha Beauty Company candles are priced at £15 and can be bought directly from their website.

Favourite Products of 2012

Slightly belated but here it is, my favourite products of 2012. I tried out A LOT of new things in 2012, some things I loved, some I did not. The items that are mentioned within the video were the cream of the crop.

Just to be super helpful, here’s a little rundown of everything mentioned with reviews where applicable: 

Diptyque Philosykos Perfume Oil Roll-on

Diptyque has long been a brand that I had admired from afar thanks to their rather lovely, but expensive candles. Whilst in Space NK recently, I was browsing the shelves and intended to purchase one of their candles, until I caught a whiff of the Philosykos perfume.

Fig is a scent that I am really rather a fan of; most of the candles burning around my apartment are fig and the shower gel that I love (Korres) is also fig, so falling for a fig scented perfume seemed like a natural step.

For me, Diptyque’s offering is a little more grown up (in a good way) than a lot of other figgy scented perfumes that I have sampled in the past. 

Diptyque use the whole fig tree in the production of this scent including the leaves and bark, rather than just the fruit. There’s also some white cedar in there for good measure. 

The oil within the roll-on is highly concentrated, therefore a little goes a long way and the scent lasts for hours after application. At £32.00 for 7.5ml, this certainly isn’t cheap, but is great for throwing in one’s handbag due to the small compact size. It would also make a beautiful gift for someone who really likes their perfumes.

Whilst I’m not sure that I would purchase the roll-on again, I would certainly think about purchasing the larger size bottle, where you get a little more product for your money.

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter

Described by Soap & Glory as a shower gel and moisturiser in one, this little gem has been the only shower gel that I have been reaching for lately. It’s designed to be used for when you just don’t have time to moisturise and as I’m someone that loves my bed, anything that means that I can have an extra 5 minutes in the mornings is a winner in my eyes.

This body wash is made up of 25% moisture oils and butters including sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia nut oil and cocoa & shea butters and it smells rather lovely to boot.

Scented with pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla, the fragrance is slightly different and a little more grown up than Soap & Glory’s usual offerings, which I personally love. The wash has a lovely thick consistency which leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. It also makes shaving a breeze. 

Soap & Glory products can be purchased from Boots. Whipped Clean Shower Butter retails at £8.00 for 250ml.

This Works Perfect Skin Super Moisture

Perfect Skin Super Moisture is a rich antioxidant cream that acts as a serum and a moisturiser in one. Once the colder weather hit, I felt that my skin needed something a little richer and more hydrating as my regular moisturiser just wasn’t cutting the mustard.

The moisturiser contains Vitamin C, UK sourced Blackcurrant Seed Oils, Walnut, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and sugar based active. This Works say that this penetrates deep into the skin to create an effective skin barrier, preventing loss of moisture and increasing flexibility and suppleness.

For those that like their moisturiser to contain SPF, this might be one to give a miss, however the lack of SPF does mean that it can be used both morning and evening. The moisturiser would be best suited to those that have dry to normal/ combination skin tones as I think that it would be a little rich for those with oiler skin types.

Personally, I have really quite enjoyed using this lately. I have normal skin that is slightly dehydrated and found that it provided just the right amount of moisturisation, without being too heavy, leaving my skin feeling soft and hydrated all day. It also provides a great base for makeup. I particularly like the pump and soft tube, as it dispenses just the right amount and makes this product very travel friendly.  

Perfect Skin Super Moisture retails at £22.50 for 30ml and can be bought directly from the This Works website.

Happy New Year!

Hello! For those that celebrate Christmas, I hope that you had a wonderful time and a Happy New Year to you all.

Christmas Day for me this year was spent with my husband’s side of the family and we had a rather lovely, if slightly manic day. I didn’t end up taking quite as many photographs as I had intended to but hey ho. Below is a photograph of all the presents that we had lined up, waiting to be given out to the family. Check out Samuel’s fancy wrapping.

I don’t want to overload you with photos, but I couldn’t not share these two. Here I am with Fudge, sadly she isn’t mine, but instead belongs to Samuel’s rather lovely cousin Becky (who actually happens to have her own blog here). The second photo is of Samuel’s Grandad and I, sitting down to Christmas lunch. There were 14 of us altogether, plus three dogs!

The week in between Christmas and New Year was actually pretty quiet thanks to the lovely weather that we have been experiencing lately, but it was nice to take time out and relax. New Year’s Eve itself was also quite a quiet affair, but as the clock drew closer to midnight, we decided to walk to the town hall where they were putting on a rather spectacular fireworks display. We were stood off to the side of the display so getting any decent photographs was pretty tricky, but I quite liked this particular one.

Over the last few days, I’ve seen quite a few posts on other blogs about resolutions for 2013. Resolutions are something that I don’t usually make, mostly because people tend to give up on them pretty quickly, so for 2013, I’m not making any faddy resolutions (although I would like to get a bit fitter) but I will be setting myself a few goals. For the moment, I’m going to keep quiet about them and see what happens. So for now, here’s to a happy and healthy new year.