Palmer’s New Coconut Oil Bodycare Range Review

I’ve used Palmer’s products since…forever. I have so many fond childhood memories and to be honest with you my nostalgia is always accompanied by the sweet and distinctive reminiscent smell of Palmer’s original body lotion, so, when I was offered the chance to give their new Coconut Oil body care range a try, I couldn’t refuse.

Now, I must admit, I’m not entirely new to this range as I’ve been using the coconut hair care range for a few months and I actually can’t fault it. It’s so hard to find hair care products that leave my dreadlocks feeling squeaky clean, and smelling great without having some sort of weird residue, so do try the range out if you come across it – but anyway that’s a review, for another time.

Coconut Oil works wonder for skin (and hair), so Palmer’s is definitely on to something with this range, but it’s also infused with one of my favourite oils – Mono Oil – great for hydrating, as well as Almond Oil – which is known for it’s soothing properties, perfect for treating any skin type especially as we are subject to this ridiculous weather.

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Before using this range, I’d been committing a multitude of sins by using Vaseline everywhere – not a good look when you want to look well moisturised but end up looking like a grease ball. So, when I introduced Palmer’s new range into my routine, I was impressed to say the least.

The first product I tried was the Coconut Oil Body Cream. The whole range smells divine but I found that this pot of thick creamy goodness had the most intense scent – so much so, that would often go without wearing any perfume.

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I found the coconut oil body cream super moisturising and luxuriously creamy, however, I did notice that I really had to massage in the cream otherwise it left a grey cast on my skin.

As a result I moved on to the body oil. I normally hate using oil but the packaging really drew me to use it, I could just imagine spraying the oil on and looking like I’d just stepped off a beach… and to be honest, I did (without the tan). The oil gave me such a nice dewy glow, without feeling or looking oily. The coconut scent is very subtle too so using this wasn’t overwhelming at all. Once I sort out my next getaway this will definitely be packed too!

 

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On days where I felt I needed a bit more moisture, I added a ‘top coat’ of moisture using Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion. This was actually my favourite product in the range because of the formula and consistency. It’s a great in-between to the other two products in the body care range. The smell is amazing, and because of it’s light consistency it was easy to work with, especially when getting ready in a rush before work, which is a plus,

Overall I loved using this range, and I’m not at all surprised considering how much I loved using the hair care range. I loved the formula, especially as I felt I could work with the amount of moisture I could apply to my skin without looking or feeling ridiculously shiny or oily. Palmer’s have impressed me again!

Will you be trying Palmer’s New Coconut Oil Bodycare range? If so, let me know your thoughts! 

 

*this post contains PR samples however all views and opinions are my own.

Primark False Nails: Achieve the perfect at-home manicure

Hey dolls,

I’m just going to shimmy past the fact that I haven’t posted in ages and tell you how much I’m loving Primark’s false nails.

I never really go into Primark, but, after a failed attempt to swipe up their infamous Chip mug #chipgate – if you managed to get one – I hate you, I found myself looking around and ended up in their beauty section.

As of recent I’ve been having a little bit of a style crisis. I find myself liking things but second guessing if I could ‘pull it off’, but when I found their false nails I thought – efff it!

The funny thing is I’m not a fan of fake nails but, after looking through Primark’s vast array of options I just couldn’t help myself.

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After whittling my choices down to two sets of falsies (it was a hard decision especially as each pack was only £2!) I ended up with a chromatic pair which I’m currently wearing and a pretty gold metallic pair which I love.

To be completely honest I never really have much faith in anything Primark, as even if I find an amazing product, I find their quality just isn’t as great as it could be, but of course it’s expected considering how affordable everything is.

Since the end of last year I stopped treating myself to getting shellac so, in a bid to pamper myself, I took my time and prepped my nails as well as the falsies and applied them and they’ve lasted a whole 4 days without any retouches – which I’m sure we can all agree is amazing for any do it yourself false nails and especially as they’re from Primark!

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But, let me tell you how I’ve managed to make them last so long.

  1. Prep nails. Take off any nail varnish and remove any oil from the nail beds by using nail varnish remover. Wipe clean and don’t wash hands.
  2. Cut, file & buff. I think this is the most important step. Cut your nails down short, file them into a nice shape then, with the extra rough side of your nail file, buff all over the nail bed. This will leave some debris on the nail bed but leave it on as this debris will help the nail stick with the glue.
  3. Assign false nails to each finger. I found that there wasn’t a great deal of sizes in Primark’s packet. They were either too big or too small, which meant I had to spend a bit more time filing the larger nail options down to fit on my nail bed.
  4. Glue time! Let me tell you that this glue is actually really strong, I thought I may have to buy stronger name brand glue, but Primark’s has sufficed. I made sure to cover my whole nail bed with glue as well as on the backside of the nail I had assigned to each of my nails, paying particular attention to the edges so that they stuck down properly.
  5. Once each nail is was stuck down, I held down with pressure for about 30 seconds and moved on to the next.

Wa-lah! There you have it.

I’m really really pleased with the quality of these nails, as I have bought more expensive packets of false nails before and always been been a victim of one suddenly popping off in public or looking down at my hand to find a two missing #NotaGoodLook.

Have any of you tried Primark’s falsies? Or anything from their ever-growing beauty range? What did you think?

Also let me know if you try my way of applying falsies at home x

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Treat Your Skin – Konjac Sponge Review

During the festive period I really let any kind of skin/beauty regime I had going, slip – the last thing on my mind was making sure I cleansed my face, especially after a few proseccos with the fam.

And while I was neglecting my skin, it was plotting against me in THE worst way – spots, enlarged pores, rough patches – just ewwwww

Luckily for me, I was kindly contacted by the Konjac Sponge Company to o a review on one of their bestselling cloth sponges over the festive period, and I’m glad I accepted, because the Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Angel Cloth Sponge has worked wonders on my skin.

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I don’t know if any of you have heard of Konjac before, but I hadn’t, which is why I immediately researched the brand to see if it would be something I would really use on my skin.

Learning that Konjac is a plant in Asia, free from chemicals and originally used for a plethora of things like medicine, food, dieting and as a beauty product, I knew it would be something I could comfortably incorporate into my daily routine. I was honestly excited to try their sponge for myself.

I was especially happy when I was given the chance to review the Bamboo and Charcoal sponge as Charcoal based products just works for my skin – if I know a product has charcoal in it, I’m more inclined to purchase.

Plus, after reading the qualities of the sponge and what it could potentially offer my skin, I was sold.

Here’s a preview of what it offers:
Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, our Bamboo Charcoal contains activated carbon and minerals which have been used for centuries to absorb toxins, remove excess oils and fight hard to reach bacteria.

This is exactly the product my skin was yearning for.

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The sponge came packaged in the shape of an angel, which was quite cute as the product boasts being able to exfoliate and refine skin, leaving it as if it has been as if it has been kissed by an angel.

After removing it from packaging it felt really hard plasticy feel to it, as if it could snap in half, however, once wet with warm water, it became very soft and took on a weird texture, I’m guessing this due to it being a plant based beauty product.

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Wetting it with just warm water on the first day my skin felt so so smooth, and after continued use, I learned that it could take off a full days makeup completely on its own. At this point I was seeing good results, however, I noticed that after using the sponge my skin would be noticeably oily, although the one large pore that really annoys me had minimised  (does anyone else have that one pore that just looks like a massive pit?)

However, over the last two weeks I’ve been using the sponge with Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser for combination skin and my skin has been the best it’s been for a long time. My pores have minimised, I’ve not broken out *touch wood* and my skin has felt as smooth a baby’s bottom.

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Plus, as Konjac is pH neutral which leaves skin perfectly balanced, I feel that with the help of the cleanser I’ve found the perfect combination.

All in all, I’ve loved using the sponge day to day. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and will last at least another couple of months (they say to change once you see the cloth looking tired)

So, thanks Konjac – you’ve definitely gained a customer in me – Thank You!

Have you used a Konjac Sponge, what do you love about it?

 

Blogmas: How to pick the perfect Secret Santa Gift + Ideas

Christmas is just round the corner and I literally have not even started tackling my Christmas gift list 😩

However, my Christmas gift list isn’t actually that big. I have a very big family who all come together on Christmas day, but a few years ago we all decided that instead of everyone buying everyone a Christmas gift, we’d do a big Secret Santa.

Secrets don’t really work in my family, but somehow, we kinda all keep our secret santa nominee to ourselves lol (I say secret because i always manage to get it out my brother and sister 😆)

Now, I know this isn’t a new concept to many, as people usually take part in work place secret santa and even among friend groups, but, what I really used to hate was the price cap. Even now I don’t think £10-£15 is a high enough price to buy a decent Christmas gift, however, if you use your imagination, you can find some really good things.

There are a few things to consider;

The Person. This may sound obvious but you really need to think about the person you’ve got. What I love about secret santa is that it makes you have to find out a bit more information about the person you’re buying for. Gone are the day when a gift voucher or box of chocolates are acceptable 😯

What do they do for a living. Once you’ve got your secret santa, it’s time to think about something that they like. I immediately think of what they do for a living, however it’s worth considering if they love their job or just do it ‘because’. Do they work in an office? Perhaps get them a desk tidy or some fancy stationary they’ll be proud to use. Do they hate their job? Get something that’ll cheer them up everyday.

Interests: If you want to get something non-work related. Think about their interests and hobbies. Do they go to the gym? Are they a beauty fanatic? Are they fashion conscious? Do they love to cook/bake? Be pro-active in finding something they’ll actually use.

Are they crazy about Christmas? I think we all know at least one person who’s crazy about Christmas, i’m talking about the type to have their Christmas tree up in October! This is the easiest person to buy for in my opinion. Personalisation in 2016 is a key trend, so something like personalised baubles, stockings, a Christmas jumper… the lists really do go on.

For the person you don’t know at all. Once in a blue moon we’ll get appointed someone who we don’t know all that well. This is your chance to go full-on detective and do some digging!

I recently took part in a secret santa at my new work place I didn’t know anything about what the person liked. So being nosy, I found out that she recently moved into a new place. Perfecto! I bought her a few pieces she could use in her new home.

If you’ve got a Secret Santa coming up or you’re struggling to find a nice gift, consider my tips and take a look at my gift ideas…

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Blogmas Giveaway! (Now Closed)

‘Tis the season to be jolly…

Hey y’all,

Can you believe it’s the first of December?!

I know, neither can I!

So much has happened this year. I’ve grown, I’ve travelled, and I finally started this blog… and actually been consistent, although I’m still getting used to the fact that people actually read, comment and interact with me over this ‘space’ as well as my other social media. It’s seriously mind boggling.

Nevertheless, to say thank you and to celebrate Christmas (eeek! 24 days and counting) I wanted to do a giveaway strictly for all of you who read my blog – new and old, and what better way to do it than on the first day of #blogmas?

Disclaimer: I will be doing #blogmas this year, however, I will not be posting everyday

If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Nails Inc nail varnishes and that I love keeping my hands fully moisturised, and with this sudden turn of bitterly cold weather it is very necessary to keep our hands looking glam.

Plus, with it being Christmas, it’s the perfect time to welcome all things glitter, which is why I’ll be giving one of my lucky readers the chance to win; 1x Nails Inc Christmas Nail Cane Set + 2 Kiehl’s hand creams in Coriander (this smells surprisingly lush) and Lavender.

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To be in a chance of winning this Christmassy bundle, all you have to do is;

  • Subscribe to this blog
  • Comment on a post of your choice (choose a new one if you’re a regular)
  • Follow me on Twitter & retweet my pinned post
Competition ends 12pm Monday 12th December. Open to UK residents only. Winner will be chosen at random on monday

Best of luck guys and stay tuned for the rest of blogmas x

 

5 ways to treat yourself when trying to save

This month I have been a bit more spendy than usual, but sometimes in life it’s necessary (although, not that necessary) to have those ‘f*ck it’ slash ‘yolo’ moments.

But like so many people my age, setting long term goals along with trying to get life in order and simply turning my hand at adulating, certain things more-rightly take precedent over buying the latest pair of heels, cult beauty buys and even the occasional date night – no matter how ‘cheap’ it is.

And while I use my blog as an outlet to share places I love visit in and around London, eateries, clubs and pubs I’ve discovered as well the occasional new makeup find, the reality is, I just can’t spend a frivolously as I used to, especially if I’d like to own my house in the near future.

However, every now and then a little treat can’t hurt, and here’s how I like to give myself a lil’ pick me up…

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  1. Call me a Starbucks w*nker but I love me some coffee on the go. Chai Latte, Vanilla Latte, Flat White… don’t get me started – anything but Cafe Nero 😷 and I’m good. I don’t know what it is about a hot coffee in a paper cup to go, but it makes me feel sassy. And if it can pick me up at only £3 a pop – why the hell not. £3 here and there can add up though, so drink aware lol!
  2. Candles are a beautiful thing, and I haven’t bought one in ages, but I am a sucker for a lovely smelling Yankee Candle. Plus, Now that it’s winter and I’ve been reading loads of favourite posts which include a homely scented candles, I’ve reverted back to my faves; Baby Powder and Snowflake  Cookie. The Yankee Candle Jars are quite pricey at £18 but they do last forever. Think of it as a short term investment 😉
  3. Curled up with a chunky magazine in one hand and a warm cup of tea in the other is how I would love to spend any evening of the week, especially, now that it’s getting colder. I have to admit, I’m not one to often buy a magazine, but I do have my faves like Porter and Glamour. They are great inexpensive treats that I often only buy when there’s a freebie, meaning I get two treats for the price of one!
  4. Treating myself at times can be as simple as buying a chocolate🍫😋. Although, it’s very counter productive when I’m trying to lose weight. Nonetheless, I’m sure I’m not the only one who switches up there favourite chocolate snack. At the moment I’m feeling Lindt. What tickles your fancy?
  5. Getting nails done really should be considered as standard self-care 😂. I often go for shellac (£20) which lasts me about a month. It’s affordable and gives me that feel good factor without breaking the bank. Am I the only one who feels like they have their sh*t together when they come out of the salon 💅

Treating yourself doesn’t always have to break the bank, it could be as simple as buying a bouquet of flowers, or a new app, if that’s up your street.

How do you treat yourself? 

Sephora Haul + Morphe 350 Palette

It’s been ages since I’ve done a makeup haul, but it’s with good reason, this one’s pretty special!

I had the opportunity to go to Sephora (eek!) while I was away in Dubai, and boy was I like a little girl in a candy store!

Although, I hauled these items a while ago, I’ve had them in my collection, used them, and have fallen deeply in love with all of them. So take a peep at what I got…

So, when I first entered the world renowned Sephoraaaa, I literally grabbed a basket and started putting everything that I’ve seen my fave YouTubers use, but as soon as I hit the counter to pay and I saw 850 dirhams, and knew some of my ‘must-have items’ needed to be back on the shelf.

It was a very tough choice, but this is what I came out with…

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After much deliberation, I ended up with these products 😍.

The Makeup Eraser. I had never heard of the makeup eraser before, but I was sucked in lol. Sometimes I am terrible at taking off makeup at the end of a long day, so this sounded like an amazing product. The makeup eraser is a really clever creation, it has two sides, one that’s rough (exfoliator) and one that’s smooth. Once drenched in water and rubbed on to the face it immediately takes off all the makeup, and it’s instantly shown on the back of the cloth. It can be used and washed up to 1000 times, and I’ve loved using it when I’m feeling a tad lazy. So products, no mess and simple to use! Can makeup removal get any easier?

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick. There was a short-lived trend with metallic lipstick and I really loved that it could take a makeup look from desk to dinner. The new Vice collection by Urban Decay has so many metallic options that I’m surprised I only left with one, but I ended up choosing Cruel – it has a beautiful combination of rose and gold tones along with a delicate sparkle, which can be built upon.

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Huda Beauty Lip Contour. Ever since getting into beauty through instagram, Huda beauty has been a major influence, plus she’s so beautiful! When her matte liquid lipsticks and lip contours released on Cult Beauty I had all the colours in my basket, but didn’t commit just incase they didm’t suit me 🙈. But when I tried them in Sephora they were all amazing, I’m actually upset I didn’t get the lipstick – my sister did though 😜. I picked the colour Famous – ‘cos that’s what we’re all tryna be right?  The colour is a beautiful wine colour with deep pink and brown undertones, it’s very pigmented and the coverage is immense. The texture of the pencil applies smoothly leaving the lips feeling moisturised, which is rare for a matte pencil. Here’s what it looks like…

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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. Yet again, I’ve been lusting after this eyeliner since… forever! Since losing my Benefit They’re Real Liner, I really wanted to try this cult product. I remember watching Kat Von D on TV and her makeup always looked bang on point, especially her winged liner. And no wonder, this eyeliner is so precise and jet black, plus the formula lasts all day. The pen itself is super thin, but what I love is that you can move the brush in different ways to create a thin and thick lines fluidly and with ease – something that’s so hard to achieve with other eyeliners.

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Sephora Waterproof Eye Pencil. I think the blue eyeliner trend is wayyy gone, but I couldn’t help myself getting a royal blue (29 – My Boyfriend’s Jeans) The colour is flawless and super pigmented. The crayon itself applies really well and has a luxurious velvety feel which is surprising as it’s only Sephora brand! I would definitely recommend Sephora branded products as they seem to be high quality. Have you tried any?

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As I got a little spendy in Sephora, I told myself that I’d calm down with makeup buys, but a few weeks ago, I was sitting at my desk at work, scrolling through Instagram, minding my own business when I came across Beauty Bays post.

They had just restocked the Morphe 350 palette. I literally gasped out loud, and hopped onto the beauty bay website to purchase. Ever since seeing a beauty look done with this palette on xoxoshanta_ Instagram (check her out, her makeup is dope) I knew I needed to have it in my life, but it was sold out everywhere. I signed up to waiting lists on every beauty website and regularly checked, so when beauty bay had them back in stock, I needed to get my hands on it – and to be completely honest getting 35 different eyeshadows for £19 is an absolute bargain!

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Isn’t she beautiful? Also wearing shades from this palette on my lids.

My first Morphe purchase couldn’t be any perfect lol. It’s just so beaut – the colour that enticed me to get it is the orange eyeshadow, as it’s my fave colour and I hadn’t seen anything similar anywhere else, but playing around with the different colours I’ve fallen in love with it even more. Here are a few of my faves swatched…

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Have you hauled from Sephora before, what did you get? Also, have you been lucky enough to get your hands on the Morphe 350 palette, what are your thoughts?

See you on my next post x