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How To Pamper Yourself on a Budget

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you a few tips and tricks on How To Pamper Yourself on a Budget. As a 16-year-old who comes from a typical working class family, treating myself can sometimes appear expensive, but after hunting high and low, I’ve found products that work and still manage to relax and pamper me. Like everyone else in the world, I love a good ol’ pamper from time to time, so finding really affordable alternatives is something I’ve found to be really worthwhile! So this is how I achieve the perfect pamper night!

The first thing I like to do is have a bath, and a cheeky read while I’m doing so! I love me a bubble bath, so there are a whole range of brands, scents and prices to look at when considering this. One of my friends actually bought me this massive Radox Bubble Bath for Christmas, and I know that these are very inexpensive and come in a variety of scents. I know this one says it’s for men, but she bought it because I always have a bad back and it’s a muscle soother – other options are available though! I’ve been using this around once a week since Christmas and it’s not even half used yet; a little bit goes a long way, and it also makes you smell very nice afterwards! On special occasions, I will also buy myself a bath bomb just to switch things up a bit, but these tend to cost more than the bubble bath itself, and last for more baths! This is available in Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets.

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I know this isn’t going to interest some people, but the type of body wash I use really does affect my overall experience! At the moment I’m using the Imperial Leather (fancy already!) Marshmallow body wash and it smells divine! I mentioned this in my Favourites last week, but it is beautiful and really does make you smell amazing! I know some people like to co-ordinate their scents but I really don’t mind (though I reckon with these two brands it is possible to do so!). Although it says ‘marshmallow’, it’s not overly sweet and does contain some floral notes, making it the perfect feminine fragrance! This kind of old-fashioned sweet range contains a few different scents, because I have the Foam Banana one in my cupboard waiting to be used, as well! This is also available from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets.

If I’m going to fully treat myself, I will go onto use a body scrub as I do get quite dry and irritated skin. The one that myself and my family have been loving has been the Wilkinson’s Fruit range, particularly the Passion Fruit and Watermelon one and the Orange and Pomello one. Although I haven’t started the Orange and Pomello one yet, it is ready and waiting! As it’s early spring, I don’t do a full scrub, only my legs as they do get really itchy due to dry skin and it helps calm that. Again, both scents smell amazing and lasts a long time! There are so many fragrances in this collection, there will definitely be one for everyone and it’s so ridiculously cheap – yet it still works! As this is a massive range in Wilkinson’s, there are also the matching body butters and/or lotions to go with it (find the Passion Fruit and Watermelon one HERE), but I prefer to use the body butter as it feels richer, isn’t as greasy and leaves you smelling gorgeous! I seriously cannot rate these enough!

A final thing I will do to treat myself is wash my hair (I know how to have a wild night in!). I wash my hair twice a week, and recently we received all of my grandmother’s old toiletries so I’m using a lot of Aussie (from Boots and Superdrug) products as the moment. These are slightly more expensive but they do work really well and make your hair appear stunning once it’s dried. The shampoo I use is from Head & Shoulder’s (also from Boots and Superdrug), though, because I have such bad dry skin everywhere! This is also an inexpensive brand, though these two together really do work well. I then use this Schwarzkopf Heat Defence Spray from B&M (somewhere I highly recommend for cheap hair products) to protect my hair whilst blow-drying it, and some Frizz Resistance serum that is very quickly running out! This is also from B&M, and both of these together help styling my hair become much easier whilst still doing so safely. These won’t take you to the moon and back, but they certainly do the job, which is all I need at this stage! Drying my hair is so much easier since cutting it, as well!

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 Earlier I said that I like to read in the bath, and these methods are probably really obvious, but I thought I’d still point them out to you. At the moment I’m reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, which my aunt lent to me, so you can always borrow books from people, such as friends and family. Something that I did a lot as a child was borrowed books from either my village or school library, and this also means you don’t clutter up your house/room with old books you will probably never read again! However, if you do like to do that (like myself) I suggest buying second-hand books from charity shops (I bought To Kill a Mockingbird in the summer for 99p!) or on Ebay, because everything is so much more affordable if you just open your eyes and look. Some books may not look visually appealing, but it’s still the same words inside, so it’s no fuss to me where I get them from.

Before getting into the shower/bath, I will use my beloved Garnier Micellar Water (available from Boots and Superdrug) to remove my makeup.  I then use the Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel (available from Boots and Superdrug) whilst in the shower, because then I can ensure it’s all off without getting my clothes or newly-washed hair wet! After drying my hair, I will proceed with using the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser (available from Boots and Superdrug) all over my face and down my neck. I don’t know if this is normal but I also use it on my eyebrows to ensure they’re not being damaged by the amount of product I put on it! After brushing my teeth, I will apply a generous amount of lip balm to get those beautiful, soft lips no one’s going to kiss and some hand cream, because your face, neck and hands are the things to age first (I’m 16 but I’m still panicking about this!). I tend to receive lip balms and hand creams in gift sets for Christmas, though you can always go to somewhere like Primark and get some really cheap (i.e. £1/£2 depending which brand you get), because they all do the same thing at the end of the day. If I’m in the mood for a full pamper, though, I will also use a face mask, usually the ones from Superdrug that come in a little packet and last a couple of nights. I these are so affordable yet do help boost teenage/young skin, particularly for what they are. They won’t make miracles, but they will give your skin a little something extra! I don’t know their real names, sorry!

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Finally, I love to light some candles. Whether they’re scented or not, they’re super therapeutic and really do the trick! I like to buy tealights in bulk because it becomes much more affordable (you can buy around 30 for £1 in IKEA), and I’m always lighting them. They’re also affordable and are in so many scents and colours. For larger candles, you can buy one’s in jars for £1 in places like Tesco or other supermarkets, which also smells gorgeous. I will also treat myself to a Yankee Candle every so often, but for day-to-day, they really aren’t as cost-effective.

And there we have it! That was a lot longer than I expected, but I had so much to say! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing about budget buys so let me know what other topics to cover in that area! Also, let me know if you’ve tried any of these products mentioned or what you are now going to try for yourselves!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

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Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel Review

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

Today I will be chatting you through my thoughts and findings whilst using the Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. I feel like I haven’t done enough reviews recently, so I’m going to head back onto that bandwagon! I’ve been using this since around the end of November/beginning of December time, and I like to take a little bit longer when reviewing skincare products to gather everything I need because it does take a while for your skin to adjust to it, as well as the product. Anyway, I will now, after all this time, get on with reviewing it for you!

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As always, first things first (I’m the realest): the packaging. This is in a slightly different packaging to what I’d previously experienced with Simple as it’s plastic but it’s that type of waterproof plastic that doesn’t mould or get damaged by water. I find this useful because I do tend to use, and hence keep, this product in the bath/shower, so I know nothing nasty can happen to the product inside. Like all the other Simple skincare products, it displays all of the information on the front and back of the packaging in an easy-to-read manner. I don’t read this as religiously as I would the first few products I bought from this brand because I have formed a trust with it (as if it’s a person!) and I know that they all roughly say the same thing: it contains no nasties and is perfect for every skin type, including sensitive. But, of course, it’s there if you want it. It’s also got a *click* shut-lid, the *click* of it assuring me it’s closed. This makes it perfect for travelling, even if it is slightly larger than what I’d be willing to carry when doing so (150ml). It is quite a flexible plastic, though, so I’m sure it would be relatively adjustable. I have found, also, that the *click* is much less *click-y* the more I’ve used it and the more water that has got into it. It could just be me, but bear that in my mind for travelling, as well. The product also squeezes out very easily and there is none wasted (that I have found, anyway!).

This is a colourless product, assuring me that there are no artificial additives and so Simple’s keeping to their word (not that I ever doubted them!). It doesn’t smell the most appetizing and is very chemical-y, but this isn’t something I overly care about. It’s not a very strong smell and doesn’t last once the product is wiped off the skin like others might.

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I, personally, love this product. The instructions guide you to lather this in-between your hands/fingers before applying onto damp skin and removing straight after, and it does exactly as it says. It lathers to form a frothy, white texture and can be used on any areas of the face. I use hardly any at all, but that is dependent on the amount of area you plan on covering. It also feels really nice and cooling on the face and successfully removes any traces of dirt or makeup left from the day. I will only use this twice a week, though, because it can dry out my skin and I don’t really need to – twice a week is enough to fully cleanse the skin for my personal use and application of makeup. When I use it for this amount of time, it also balances out any oiliness without completely drying out your skin, but I think this is dependent on each individual and their skin type. This may have been the placebo effect, but after use I do find that it calms the redness in my cheeks slightly, proving it’s accessibility for those with sensitive skin. There isn’t much more I can say other than it does what it says and I really enjoy using it!

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Finally, price and accessibility. This is a very well-known brand in the UK, so the Facial Wash Gel is available in Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets. It retails for £3.45 in Boots and £3.29 in Superdrug (I don’t know why there’s a difference, but Superdrug’s currently got an offer on meaning it’s £2.19 at the moment), which is very affordable in consideration of it being a second cleanser and what it promises. I do love Simple, though, so I don’t think this was a surprise to anyone! This is a brand headed towards my kind of age group (teenagers) which would explain the price point and accessibility, but I’m not complaining!

Would I recommend it to you? Of course I would! I think it is amazing for what it is and I don’t think I could really imagine any other necessary qualities I could add to it if it was from a higher brand. I think for someone of my age, it really does help to introduce significant stages of skincare from a very early point so brings it to our attention much more. Also, it’s cheap and very easy to get hold of, so this will be a brand I continue to use and test out for years to come, I think!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – let me know what other products you would like to see reviewed on this blog and I will get to that for you! If you have this Facial Wash Gel, let me know what you think of it or whether I have now convinced you to get one for yourself!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx

December Favourites 2016

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my December Favourites for last month. I haven’t got too many to share with you this time around but I’m sure my January Favourites will be full of the products I received for Christmas! This is basically the documentation of what happens at the end of the year when it’s been 10 months since my birthday and I’m just holding out for Christmas! Anyway, I have one of nearly every subject so I will now press on for you.

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The first thing I have been loving has been the Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. I didn’t use a face wash at all before purchasing this just because I didn’t see the need; I would take my makeup off with a micellar water then rinse with warm water whilst in the bath/shower. However, since adding this to my little skincare routine I have seriously noticed the difference! I don’t have particularly problem skin but it does feel so much smoother and just generally more clean after I’ve used this. I have combination skin and this definitely decreases the amount of oil build up I have in my T-zone, but can still continue to dry out the less oily regions of my face. This is fine because I do apply a moisturiser straight after I get out the shower but it does mean I only use this 2-3 times a week in fear of ruining my skin (which my friend did the other day through over-exfoliating; it was so hard not the laugh!)! Basically, I have been loving this for ensuring all my makeup is off seeing as I wear it nearly everyday! Also, everyone knows how much I love this brand by now! And, as it’s Simple, you can be assured it contains no nasties and is suited to sensitive skin as well as the other’s mentioned above. This is available from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets.

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The second thing I have been loving has been this Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner in Glitz, also available from Boots and Superdrug. Before this and a little contour kit my friend bought me for Christmas (he has an absolute angel!), I hadn’t really experienced Collection in all it’s glory, but was dying to do so! That’s why when I received this I tried applying it during my school day with everyone looking at me as if I was a mentalist! This is basically a liquid eyeliner (despite saying it’s gel, trust me, it’s liquid!) made entirely of silver glitter, which has been perfect for this party season. Little plug, I actually included it in this HERE blog post! I am so in love with how this just brightens up a look and makes you immediately look 10 times better! I’m just worried about it drying up, but I’m sure I won’t let it with the amount of glitter I use!

Onto a fashion favourite, I have been living in these boots! These were super cheap on Wish and are basically an affordable version of Timberland’s, which wasn’t actually on my mind when buying them! Since *accidentally* introducing my Mum to the Wish app, it now only takes a couple of glasses of prosecco to convince her I definitely need that top or those boots! I like foreign, knock-off goods and there is no shame whatsoever! Fake it ’till you make it, that’s all I can say! These are plain black (couldn’t expect any less from me, really!) with matching black laces and some gorgeous white faux fur in them which have been keeping my tootsies warm all month! They go with everything and I know they were available in a variety of colours for such a good price! They also have a small platform-type heel which I love being all the way down here! Maybe one day I will be able to afford a pair of real Timberland’s but, for now, these boots are keeping me sufficiently warm and content!

Finally, I have been loving the song Humans by Rag’n’Bone Man. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m not keen on ‘new’ music, as such, but good ballads, flawless vocals or powerful lyrics really do float my boat. I’m also really into heavy beats at the moment, which this song is kind of run by. I wish I had some kind of educated background knowledge for you, but I don’t, I just really enjoy the song! It has some deep jazz-y undertones within the singers voice which is obviously a massive tick for me! If you have somehow escaped hearing this song, go have a little listen to it HERE. It isn’t particularly romantic but it hits some kind of emotional note which I thought had been eradicated out of me!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I’m sorry if it has ended quite quickly, my little Shih Tzu has decided to just fall asleep on my lap at this very moment in time! Let me know what you think of any of the products mentioned above if you have tried them or the things you have currently been loving!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

Best Beauty/Skincare of 2016

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

Long time, no see! Well, now that Christmas is over and we are all still *slightly* recovering from New Year, I thought I would share with you my favourite beauty/skincare bits throughout the year of 2016. Just as a little heads up, the next few blog posts will revolve around last year so if that’s not your thing, stick around because I still have some new content I am so excited to share with you in a week or so! Each year, I try to find new products or new techniques of doing things and I think 2016 was quite successful on that front, and this meant I was allowed to learn and develop as a budding makeup artist. Anyway, without any further ado, let’s get onto the actual blog post!

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The first thing I’ve been loving has been cream concealers. I’m someone who doesn’t like to stray too far from their usual foundation/skin routine in fear of walking out of my house the exact shade of clementine I did not want to be. However, I have found a cream concealer which works wonders with my foundation, problem areas and skin tone! The particular one that has caught my eye has been the Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer in Ivory, available from Boots and Superdrug. I just find them so easy to blend and they can be used for literally anything, anywhere on the face! A lot of brands are now producing these and they come in such a wide range of shades there is almost definitely one for highlighting, contouring or just general concealing. I also find these much more skin-like as they can appear slightly dewy and they don’t appear as harsh on the skin as liquid concealers can sometimes do.

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The second thing has been gel eyeliner. Before this, I used a black eye shadow to draw on my eyeliner but investing in one of these has been a life saver! I wear eyeliner every single day so I wouldn’t mind buying one of these knowing I will get my full worth out of it, as they can dry up pretty quickly. The one I use is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Gel Eyeliner in Black, also available from Boots and Superdrug. I find gel liners so much easier to use than liquid eyeliners (which I had my first experience with last night; it wasn’t as horrific as I anticipated) and they last all day on any formula of eye shadow, as well as being pigmented af! This one has become quite clumpy but I have been using it non-stop since August, so I don’t think I can complain too much. I’m looking at the Bobbi Brown one when I run out of this Rimmel one as I do think, despite the expense, I would get my full worth out of it – if you have tried it, please let me know what you think of it!

The next thing I have been loving has been the array of Sleek highlighters there are. Before this year, I wasn’t too fussed with highlighters; it looked nice but it wasn’t something I would always look forward to applying. Since becoming addicted to drag queens, however, it has been vital to my existence on earth! After watching a few of my all-time favourite YouTuber’s rave about the Sleek Solstice palette, I knew I had to have it for myself! Their palette’s are so affordable yet pigmented and the variety of colours actually entices me instead of scares me, which is a surprise to all of us! They are so shimmery and definitely not for the faint-hearted, but by the time I’ve walked down the high street everyone is blinded so there’s no one left to complain! This palette was only £10 which is £2.50 per highlighter you receive in it, which I find amazing for such a high quality product! I am so in love with them and have been perfect for this party season. This palette is available from Boots and Superdrug, as well.

In the Summer I very happily discovered Bomb Cosmetic’s soaps. I’d previously tried their bath bombs and wasn’t overly impressed but their soaps have created a completely different response from me! I received them as a gift from my Dad and Aunt when they went on holiday together and I have been so happy with the little selection they bought me! I don’t know their names but they bought me three and I’m on my final one so I’ve had a fair range to try! They smell so nice and do leave a subtle scent on the skin as well as being fairly affordable in comparison to other bath/body brands, such as Lush. It lathers really nicely and doesn’t dry out the skin, which some bar soaps can do. When I use these, I don’t feel as if I then have to moisturise because my skin feels so nice and hydrated! I know it sounds really sad including a bar of soap in a Favourites but I do genuinely love them and highly recommend them to anyone who wants a change from the usual bar soaps! I think nearly all, or at least most, of their products are vegan so all good things happening here!

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Another brand I have been obsessing over this year has been Simple, in particular their moisturisers. Simple is a well-known brand to me and others in my age group so this would be the obvious skincare brand to head towards; it’s affordable, good quality and keeps my skin looking as it should (maybe even slows down ageing??). I also have a fair few existential thoughts on a daily basis so anything that will noticeably slow down my physical ageing is a good shout for me! I own two of their moisturisers, one to use in the morning before doing my makeup and one I apply at night which is a bit thicker to keep me hydrated. This has successfully helped combat my dry skin but hasn’t made my skin overly oily. If you are of a similar age to me (14-18) I highly recommend these moisturisers because it’s an easy way to start introducing skincare into your daily routine which you will thank yourself for in the future!

Onto a bit more beauty, I have been loving copper eye shadows this year. If you have been reading my blog for a while now, this will come as no surprise to you by now! I have blue eyes so the orange undertones in copper/bronze eye shadows really bring that out and I actually quite like my eyes, so I’m going to accentuate them a little bit more if possible! All the copper eye shadows I own are shimmery, as well, which is always a bonus! I think they’re quite on trend right now as well and can be used to dress up a look or a day-to-day wash of colour. I have got a couple of EOTD’s I will be uploading this month/next month that include copper so stay tuned for them!

My penultimate beauty trend has to be bold eyebrows. I like to take inspiration from a variety of people when it comes to my individual style so people such as Tanya Burr, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe have really inspired me with this one. Also, I don’t have the time, patience or products to do the whole gradient thing you see on Instagram! I do apply less product at the front of my brows but other than that I’m not too specific. I feel like making them quite bold and fairly sharp helps frame my naturally round face and making them quite thick looks much more natural. I just love how it dresses the face a little bit more than little lines which are supposedly ‘eyebrows’.

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My final beauty trend has to be powder contour products. I like to use the Maybelline Master Sculpt in Light/Medium for this, available from Boots and Superdrug. I love using these as you really do have full control on how much you apply, how blended it becomes and the drama it creates! If you apply this onto a section of your skin that has previously been set with powder, it is going to be so much easier to blend and so look much more neutral. I also use this to bronze around my forehead and I do genuinely love it as I don’t look too stone-baked but I look sufficiently more tanned! And if it becomes too harsh, I just use my usual setting powder to tame it a little bit more!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – it feels so good to be back typing and being completely anti-sociable once again! Let me know what you’re Best Of 2016 products have been or what you think of the little selection I have spoken to you about! I hope you have all had an amazing Christmas and New Year!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx

October Favourites 2016

Good Evening Munchkins!

To commemorate it being the end of another month (in 2 months time it’ll be 2017 – what is life?!), I thought I would share with you my October Favourites. All throughout October I wrote a different Halloween makeup tutorial for you so don’t forget to go back and check any that you may have missed! As much fun as I had, I think that both you and I are now sick to the teeth of makeup tutorials so back to the usual blog posts we go! Personally I think it’s helped my writing a little bit more and it is making me keen for some more makeup tutorials in the future, but let’s keep them a bit calmer this time round! Anyway, I’m going to stop chatting so we can get on with this months Favourites.

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My first Favourite of October has got to be this Hide The Blemish Concealer from Rimmel in the shade Ivory. This is the whitest concealer I have ever seen and it’s taken me a while to get round to actually using it, but now I have I think it’s going to become a staple in my makeup collection! I also use a super white foundation yet this still helps me to highlight under my eyes and any other parts of my face that look a bit dull without it looking crazy! I never thought I’d find a colour like this to match my skin so well! This is a cream product so it lasts a fairly long time, it’s super pigmented so covers any redness and, of course, the much hated under eye circles and it’s also super affordable as it’s Rimmel! This does come in a variety of colours so there will be one for you! This concealer is available from Boots and Superdrug.

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My second Favourite of last month is the W7 Neon Nights Palette. This will come as no surprise to those of you who have read any of my Halloween blog posts – I think it near enough featured in all of them! Obviously this is the ultimate Halloween palette and I wouldn’t be expected to wear lime green all year round, but for what it is it’s amazing! I’ve used it on myself as well as other people for Halloween and the longevity of these eye shadows are amazing as well as their blending power and pigmentation. Some colours are less pigmented than others but if that’s the case I just swap my brush for a finger and it goes on perfectly! This contains nearly every colour of the rainbow, I should think, with a mixture of 12 matte and shimmer shades (though the shimmer isn’t that chunky) and one pure glitter colour that looks amazing when packed on as a dramatic highlight. This is also super affordable! This is available from Ebay.

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My next Favourite may come as a surprise to long time readers, but it’s the Maybelline Master Sculpt Compact in Light/Medium. If you are one of those long time readers and you remember me talking about it before (firstly, 30 points for you!), you will know I wasn’t so keen on the contour shade. Well, I have finally cracked it! Yes, this can look slightly orange still but I have suddenly formed a knack for it and I’m so happy I have! I do still use a light hand because you can always add more, but taking it off is a little trickier, and it can look stunning. I love using this quite messily around the forehead as it gives a really bronzed look and slight gradient when blended which I love. I still have ‘orange contour’ days but on the whole, I’m really happy with it! I’ve also always loved the highlight for the inner corner/brow bone. This is available from Boots and Superdrug.

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Onto skincare, my next Favourite comes from Johnson’s (yes, the baby brand) and it’s their Gentle Exfoliating Wash for all skin types, which I never thought I’d say! I’m a bit fussy when it comes to skincare because I still have quite young skin and I know that using some products can prematurely age it and I also tend to not have the time or willingness to do so! However, with this, my view has been changed greatly! Since I’m now wearing a lot more makeup on a day-to-day basis, I thought it would probably be more beneficial than harmful to branch into the world of skincare and this was one of the first things I found (literally in my bath – how crazy is that!). I only use this a couple of times a week so I’m not stripping my face of the ‘good’ oils and I tend to do it when I wash my hair so if any does get in my hair, it’s really easy to get out and I don’t have to cry about it! It also means I almost look forward to using it because I know by this point in the week, my skin probably needs it! I don’t use loads because I have quite a small head but I use enough to get right in there! This has some little exfoliating beads in there that are really nice and gentle on the skin and, as someone with combination skin, it works so nicely into it! I would highly recommend this for beginners in skincare and I’m guessing it’s pretty affordable considering it’s Johnson’s. This is available from Superdrug and most supermarkets.

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Moving quite swiftly onto random Favourites, I have been absolutely loving To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I’m pretty sure I’m the last person ever to read this, and I haven’t even finished it yet, but I’m absolutely in love with it! I only bought this because I’ve always had it on my reading list and just so happened to find it in a charity shop for 99p (hence the tattered-ness, please excuse that!). I was not turning down that offer! Anyway, if you have been living under a rock, To Kill a Mockingbird follow the story in the eyes of a 7 (I think that’s right, she ages a couple of years in the book so I’m sure she’s 7 at some point!) year old girl called Scout Finch, who’s father is a lawyer and just so happens to be defending a black man who has allegedly raped a young white girl. There are other aspects to this story but this is what it’s most known for and just remember that this is set in the 1930’s so the divide between black and white was more than emphasized. I’ve just been reading the part about the court case and, honestly, I didn’t want to put it down. I highly recommend you read this at some point in your lives! It’s not as difficult as I think it’s made out to be but it does take a while to get into (but just stick with it, because it is so worth it!). This is available from WHSmith, Waterstones, most supermarkets and most other book shops.

My final Favourite of last month (I’ve had quite a few, actually!) has got to be Halloween. Oh me oh my, have I been in the festive spirit this year! Normally I’m not too fussed when it comes to Halloween but there’s just something in me this year that loves it! It’s probably the combination of Halloween and finally being able to accept it’s the candles-and-cosy-days time of year. And of course my Halloween blog posts all throughout the month of October had to play a role in it! I’ve just really enjoyed the whole vibe of Halloween this year and so I hope you have too! I actually read something this morning that was saying how excited the signs were for Halloween and mine (Aquarius) said 99% – and I can’t deny it one bit!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post –  I have loved writing it! It’s a really nice change to not write ‘now blend it and blend it and blend it’! Let me know what you’re Favourites were of last month and how you spent your Halloween! Also, don’t forget to tell me what you would like to see next!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

Night Time Routine 2016

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I thought I would talk you through my current Night Time Routine along with the products I use in order to share with you what I do to help my skin in a bit more detail. I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m really excited to show you everything! All the products and steps I include may seem a lot but I’m going to show you the maximum I could use in an evening; I don’t do all of this every single day religiously, but I’ll explain individual details as we go through!

Bath Time!

To begin my night time routine, I will have a bath. If possible, I have a bath everyday because I find they relax me and on those slightly chillier days, they warm me up a lot and also get me in the mood to go to sleep (though I tend not to need help with that!). I also find these a great getaway from work or family, as much as I love them! Sometimes I’ll have a bubble bath but I actually haven’t got any bath bombs or anything in so at the moment, I’m slightly lacking in that area.

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I know this is going to sound random, but I actually really want to talk to you about the soap I use. This is the Go Mango Soap from Bomb Cosmetics (sorry for how disgusting it looks – I’ve been using it for just over a month!) and my Dad bought it for me when he went on holiday as well as a couple of other soaps and honestly, he could not have chosen better! This is a simple, orange bar soap but it looks so pretty with the opaque and sheerer bits of soap and it smells really fresh so doesn’t overpower my body when I use it. It lathers really nicely, doesn’t dry out my skin (as bar soaps can sometimes do) and even works for shaving! I highly recommend these soaps!

Hair

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On a Wednesday and a Sunday, I will wash my hair. I know a lot of you will say that that’s not enough or it’s too much, but that’s how it best fits into my schedule and my hair hasn’t fallen out yet, so can’t be doing too much damage! In terms of shampoo, I will use anything lying around because I don’t really mind when it’s just cleaning my hair – conditioner is where my attentions at! I use the Tresemme Luxurious Moisture conditioner (available from Boots and Superdrug) and it makes my hair so soft and nourished and has done for years. I naturally have very thick, curly hair so it also helps to tame that and make it easier to maintain.

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When it comes to drying my hair, I like to use the No More Frizz Sleek and Shine Serum (from B&M) to tame fly away’s before I even begin. I apply one/one and a half pumps onto my roots then take it down quite roughly through the mid-lengths and ends. I then just dry it normally with a hairdryer but to make it quite fluffy I brush underneath the hair and place the hairdryer on top (if that makes any sense). I know a lot of people won’t want fluffy hair but I just really like it and I know it suits me and my hair type. Sometimes I will leave some of the lower bits of my hair a little bit damp so that in the night they dry curly because, again, I like how this looks and it’s a little bit of variety to just plain straight. I will also use a barrel brush when drying my hair, if that’s any use to you.

Body

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Particularly in this past month or so, moisturising my body has been a key one (mainly because I burnt myself a lot and wanted to maintain that tan for as long as possible!). To do this I use the Orange & Pomelo Body Butter from Wilkinson’s; I love the Fruits collection from Wilkinson’s, it’s so underrated and my entire family uses this range. I do only tend to use this on specific areas but I do want to try and get into full body moisturising again because I need to keep this youthful skin for as long as possible! I just love this body butter; I can feel it moisturising and nourishing my skin and it smells so good! In fact, all the scents smell so good!

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During times when I might be wearing a lot of makeup (which I am at the moment now I’m back at school), I will try and make an effort to moisturise my face before I go to bed because my biggest fear is ruining my face (as narcissistic as it sounds – I am sorry!). For a proper full-on moisturise, I will use the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser (available from Boots and Superdrug, read my review HERE) and apply that before I get into bed so it can sink in during the night ready for the next morning of skin self-destruction.

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After I’ve brushed my teeth, I will then apply a lip balm because even if I go one night without applying it, my lips are all cracked and dry by the morning and it’s not ideal when you wear lip colours as much as me! I do go through lip balms fairly quickly but this ones lasted me nearly a year so it’s pretty good going! I don’t tend to have much preference between pot or stick, just as long as it works! It also smells like a coconut so I’m very happy about that. I think I received this for Christmas a couple of years ago and it’s still going strong!

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Finally, before eventually crawling into bed I will use a hand cream. This has also become a slight obsession of mine since I received this massive bottle of it for Christmas last year. This one smells of peaches and it actually moisturises really well! I don’t need to use a full pump because my hands are so tiny so it is going to last me a long while yet! I really like the pump feature on it because it makes it easy no matter how tired I am! I will then clamber my way into bed and sleep as all the best 15-year-olds do, these days!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I have loved writing it so let me know what other (if any) routines you would like to see of mine. As I say, I don’t do all these steps all the time (though I probably should) so don’t feel like you’re doing too much or too little. This is purely relaxation tips, hence why I have included how I take off my makeup or anything, just in case your wondering. Don’t forget to let me know what your routine is or what your essentials are during the night time!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

 

Lush VS. Bomb Cosmetics

Good Evening Munchkins!

As many of you may know, I do love myself a bath; a bubble bath to be exact. Even in these hotter months (!), there is nothing I enjoy more than just relaxing in a warm bath with hopefully some kind of bath bomb floating around in it. As some of you may know, also, I am a keen fan of Lush and Bomb Cosmetics, two retailers of bath bombs and other products for use in the bath (could not have butchered that more!). Anyway, with this in mind I thought I would write this blog post for you now to help you make up your minds about which one to buy from for any of of your needs because despite them sounding pretty similar, they’re actually not. So yeah, on we go!

Vegan/Vegetarianism

Lush is famously known for being a Vegan brand and all of their products are Vegan or at least Vegetarian. I am a Pescetarian (someone who eats fish but not any other meats) so this does reassure me a bit but I don’t think it would particularly change my opinion or anything if it wasn’t. I do, however, agree with not testing on animals so, as I said, it’s just a little bit of reassurance. I’m just contradicting myself now, sorry.

Bomb Cosmetics (on their website) claim that all of their products are natural but not necessarily Vegan/Vegetarian. As I say, this doesn’t really affect my choices but it may do with some of you Munchkins out there, which I completely respect. Even if it hasn’t got these factors, it is natural so any concern to the actual ingredients can be investigated from here.

Bath Bombs

Again, Lush is famously known for their bath bombs. Many a blogger/YouTuber uses them and notifies us when they have found a new one, accompanied by some stunning pictures or videos. From experience, I can confirm that all of their bath bombs are this magical in real life; they are almost an explosion of colour and scent in the bath and they really do create their own little show. There is a variety offered to you from Lush, all of which have different benefits, scents, colours and all in all, offer an amazing bath.

Bomb Cosmetics offer an even bigger range of bath bombs to you, however they are not as exciting as the ones from Lush. Obviously, you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover and it’s not all about the appearance, but I think we can all admit that a colourful bath is really amazing. The ones from Bomb Cosmetics are much more subtle and once used up do leave the bath a little bit cloudy but other than that, not much has changed. A few may have something in the centre (like some from Lush, also) but other than that, these are much more subtle and I suppose relaxing in terms of appearance.

Skincare Maintenance

Lush’s bath bombs aren’t specifically designed (unlike their other products) to help your skin. I think, depending on each one, they are much more to relax you or energize you or just generally for your mood more than your skin. I’m fine with this but I don’t tend to relax in baths for fear of drowning, so I suppose I don’t bathe in the full advantages of it. I just like colour, to be entirely honest with you! I’m sure some of them do have some skincare benefits but I think the colour and excitement of it does distract me from this.

Bomb Cosmetics, on the other hand, do supply some benefits which I can notice. I think their products must contain oils or something like that because my skin can feel slightly greasy yet moisturised after a bath using one of their bath bombs. I like this feeling because it makes me think I’m doing something good for my skin and I don’t always remember to moisturise every day so it makes me feel as if I’ve done my bit. I think they do help relax just as much as the Lush bath bombs, also.

Price and Availability

In terms of pricing, I think Bomb Cosmetics are generally cheaper. Lush isn’t exactly over-priced, but there is a noticeable difference. In saying this, the bath bombs do offer very different things so I guess it’s what you prefer paying more/less for. Lush is a high street shop so I think most cities/places have one and it’s also worldwide so there is one near everyone, I guess it’s fair to say. My local one is a 15-20 minute drive away, but I do look forward to my shopping there so I think it’s worth it! Lush also has a website, which you can find HERE. I’ve only found one little place that sells Bomb Cosmetics products and it’s like a little card shop in a shopping centre near me, but it’s only a small variety. I think you would be better off with the website (see HERE) but if you don’t use cards or can’t order online, this could become an issue. I don’t know/think there are many shops around so you may need to search a little bit for that one.

Which do I prefer? I love both of these brands for their different qualities but I do have a soft spot for Lush. I think I’ll write an entirely different blog post about Lush as a whole because shopping there is an experience, not just a shop you pop into. Every aspect of Lush is enjoyable and if you haven’t tried it yet, I would highly recommend it!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love VS. blog posts so if you have anything you specifically want to see me write about, please don’t hesitate to leave it in the comments below. I hope I have educated you a little bit more so that you can decide which ones you want to use in the future (if you have, let me know in the comments!).

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx