Sample Empties

Hi There,

Over the last couple of months I’ve been trying to use up all my beauty samples (I’ve not even made a dent in them) as well as my beauty product cupboard (Same). I have quite a lot of empties so I will do them in batches. The first are the samples that I have used up, here they are:

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Dior – Crème Multi-Perfection

Dior claim that after using this straight away you should see that wrinkles are diminished and skin is tightened. Unfortunately I didn’t. I didn’t feel this had any effect on my skin at all. All the other effects should be seen after 4weeks. As this sample only gives roughly a week worth of product at best, you would need to buy the full size product and at £127.00 this is never going to happen. If I can’t see any effect after a week there is no incentive for me to spend so much money on a product. So this was a no go for me.

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REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel (3ml)

I actually liked using this product, as it is a gel formulation I found it quite cooling on the eye and it left my eye area feeling refreshed. I am a huge fan of REN skincare, their products always seem to deliver on what they claim. This product was no different. I would definitely consider repurchasing this product.

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Olay Regenerist 3-point treatment Cream Fragrance Free (7ml)

I have tried this before and I think it’s a fantastic drug store product. It leaves the skin with a super smooth texture, and my fine lines appear reduced! My sister swears by this cream and I can see why. The formula is nice and rich but absorbs quickly into the skin. This product also contains amino-peptides, which help cell communication, which in turn boosts the skin cells ability to repair itself. So this is a fantastic, affordable product. Available from Boots & Superdrug priced £29.99.

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Noxidoxi Enhancing Serum Base (25ml)

Noxidoxi is a relatively new French brand, I received this serum in a monthly Glossy Box and I really enjoyed using it. This serum base forms a moisturizing layer over the skin of the face, protecting it from daily pollution and Nicotine (take note smokers). I found that it absorbed really quickly into my skin and left my skin feeling silky smooth. The only thing that put me off was when I squeezed it out of the tube it looked a pit like puss which freaked me out a little. Apart from that it was a fantastic product. It carries a €39.90 price tag which is pretty reasonable for a serum. I would certainly recommend this serum.

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L’Occitane Vanilla Bouquet Hand Cream (30ml)

Oh I do love me some hand cream! Some may even call it an obsession! So I like to think of myself of a connoisseur of hand cream and this was amazing. I got this free with a monthly magazine (I can’t remember which) and I am in love. Some vanilla products can be sickly and can give you a headache but this doesn’t do that. It smells delicious and the formula is a really thick cream (containing 20% Shea Butter) but absorbs nicely into the hands. I also love the metallic tube it comes in as it allows you to roll it up and get every last drop out which trust me, you will want to do. This size hand cream usually costs £8.00 and I will most definitely be repurchasing!

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Dior Dream Skin Global Age-Defying Skincare

Uh-oh, another Dior product and another disappointment! Again this didn’t seem to do anything to my skin. So I will not be repurchasing this product. Sorry Dior!

So those are some of the products I have been trying out this last two months.

Some are new favourites and some are ..well…not.

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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August Favourites!

This month I have had quite a lot of Non-Beauty Favourites that I have been loving.

If you follow my blog on a regular basis you will know that I love Books & reading.

I would go as far as saying I prefer reading a book to watching TV, so this brings me onto my first to favourites this month which are both Book based websites.

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I love using kindle it’s a great way to take large amounts of books away with you but my true love are paperbacks.

Normally when I finish reading one I will give it to a friend or take it to a charity shop but now I’ve fallen in love with www.readitswapit.co.uk.

This is a website where you swap your unwanted books with other users. All it costs is the shipping cost for you to send your swapped book to another member.

It’s a fantastic and environmentally sound way to get new books and get rid of any unwanted reads.

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My second website & App is http://www.goodreads.com which is a website where you can track all the books you have read and get great book recommendations.

They also have a reading challenge where you can enter how many books you want to read in 2015 & it tracks your progress to let you know if you are on schedule to meet your goal or not. I entered that I wanted to read 40 books in 2015! I am currently ahead of schedule, which is good to know. The app is available for free from the app store.

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Following on in the book theme, another august favourite has been the Author Jonathan Aycliffe. I only recently heard of him but I have been enjoying his books throughout August – A great author for anyone interested in Ghost story/ Supernatural books.

I only have two beauty favourites this month. The first was the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette that was released this month I’ve already blogged about it, so I wont repeat myself but this is a fantastically versatile palette with something for everyone.

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My second Beauty Favourite is the Almond & Milk Hand Cream by Burt’s Bees. This is quite a thick greasy formulae s it wont be to everyone’s liking but I apply it first thing in the morning. I don’t tend to reapply throughout the day because it is so greasy but it leaves my hands feeling really soft and smells so good!!!

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My final favourite is another App. Ever since I was a child I have always found the noise of a vacuum cleaner really relaxing, same with a hairdryer or fan. This is because these sounds are white noise and mimic the sound of the womb.

Recently I’ve had trouble switching off at bed time and relaxing enough to fall asleep so I downloaded an app called ‘White Noise’ and you can set it on a timer so that once you fall asleep it turns itself off. These kinds of apps are usually targeted at Babies but they really work and I really recommend them for anyone struggling to sleep.

That concludes my favourites for August. What are your favourites? Let me know.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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June Favourites

Hi There,

I know we are nearly Mid-July but I really wanted to let you guys know what I was loving throughout June so here are my June favourites:

Beauty Favourites:

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Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation with Comfort serum

 This for me is by far the best drugstore foundation available. It offers full coverage, doesn’t feel heavy on the skin & has great staying power.

This may be a little controversial but I prefer this foundation to Estée Lauders Doublewear. It doesn’t separate throughout the day and covers all my imperfections.

I even wore it during June’s heat wave & it didn’t melt away. The best thing for me is that it is available in Bodycare for only £4.99! Fantastic foundation for fantastic value!

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Elemis Wild Lavender Hand Lotion – 195ml

 This is part of the Sp@home range by Elemis. The line offers spa quality products that you can indulge yourself with in the comfort of your own home. I received this as part of a hand care duo (with the matching hand wash) as a Christmas present. As anyone who is regular at my blog will know, I am a little obsessed with hand cream (and Elemis).

I keep this on my desk in my office to use throughout the work day as I find the scent really relaxing and it’s a nice daily indulgence. This hand lotion is available at Debenhams.com or your nearest Elemis stockist priced £18.00.

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MAC Burgundy times nine Eyeshadow Palette

 In June MAC released their Eyes on MAC collection. This collection comprised of four miniature Eyeshadow palettes, each containing 9 small MAC eye shadows.

The colours are not limited edition, they are just popular MAC eye shadows but in a sample size. I personally found this great for trying out colours before committing to the full size pans. I bought the Burgundy palette, as I have green eyes and the shades really compliment my eye colour. The palette was made up of a mixture of Mattes and shimmers. My favourite colour was ‘Antique’ (I have since purchased the full sized pan). I love this palette so much that I also bought the Purple times nine set too. These palettes are also available in Navy times nine and Amber times nine from www.maccosmetics.co.uk priced at £30.00 each.

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Beauty Formulas Instant Cooling Mist 150ml

 As I have mentioned June was an extremely warm month in the UK. As our homes very rarely come with air conditioning it was stifling! As a natural red head I do not cope well with the heat, but this spray really helped me. I used it mostly at night when the bedroom was overly humid. This spray is basically water in an aerosol can, but as it sprays it is cooled so it delivers a nice cold mist. It’s great for spraying on restless legs and on the face. For an extra cold blast I kept mine in the fridge. This spray is available from Poundland for £1.00 per can (Bargain!).

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Issey Miyake Summer Eau de Toilette 100ml

I first came across this perfume about ten years ago and I have loved it ever since! As the name suggests this fragrance is released every spring/summer time and each year it has a different bottle design. The bottle is always the famous Issey Miyake cone design but the decoration varies. This is a very light, fresh scent and is perfect for anyone who loves, fruity floral fragrances (say that ten times while drunk). The notes are as follows:

Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit & Lyche

Heart Notes: Passionfruit & Guava

Base Notes: Vanilla infusion & exotic wood

This perfume is only available in the 100ml size and is available from Boots.com priced £39.50 for 100ml.

Now onto my Non-Beauty Favourites…

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Music – Throughout June I really got into country music which I have never really listened to before. Thanks to spotify I have made myself a great country playlist but I found myself repeatedly listening to one album and that was “The First Time” by Kelsea Ballerini. Kelsea is a relatively new artist, who has toured with Taylor Swift, and you can definitely see the Taylor influence in her Music. Songs to check out are “Love me like you mean it’ and ‘Yeah Boy’.

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TV – RuPauls Drag Race

I adore this show. This is the second time that I’ve binge–watched all the seasons (there are 7 seasons). Think Americas Next Top Model but with drag queens – it’s fabulous!

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Movie – This was a hard one as there were a few great Horror releases this month but I have to go for Jurassic World. Fast paced action, combined with great special effects made this a great movie. I challenge you to watch this film and not want a pet Raptor by the end of it!

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Item – This has to be my new Stainless steel Starbucks cold cup. I first saw these in America but I totally forgot to pick one up so when I saw them in the UK I had to have one! It is a large double walled cup with a stainless steel straw that keeps drinks ultra cold for hours, which was a must in the hot weather. Available from your nearest Starbucks or at www.starbucks.co.uk priced £14.95.

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Event: This has to be my birthday. I turned 33 this year so I wanted to do something low key and girly, so I opted for afternoon tea at the Vincent Hotel Restaurant in Southport.  The sandwiches were delicious and the cakes were out of this world! Afternoon Tea at the Vincent Hotel costs £12.95 per person or £20.95 per person with Champagne.

Visit www.thevincenthotel.com for details.

So that was everything that has floated my boat throughout June. Let me know what your June favourite were in the comments.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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