Monday, 10 September 2012

August Favourites



Bumble & Bumble Texture Hair (Un) Dressing Creme
I normally hate my hair the day its washed. If I didn't add a plethora of hair oils to the ends & smooth it round with my Babyliss Big Hair styler I would probably resemble Worzel Gummidge. But once I've made the ends look good again the roots can become greasy and flat. I used to use volumising powders or dry shampoo to sort out my roots but I was never satisfied with how they made my hair feel. I've been using this product in my hair recently and it adds the perfect amount of volume and texture without overloading it or making it look greasy again. Its great for creating messier hair styles and gives your hair that unwashed look without making you look dirty. It also works really well as a base before backcombing. I just rub a small blob between my hands, tip my head upside down and pull it through my hair concentrating at the roots. I then blow dry my hair upside down and finish off with the Big Hair styler. My hair is left looking balanced with volumised roots & well nourished ends.

Essie Lilacism
Like everyone else I've completely fallen in love with the Essie diffusion line at Boots. The great colour choice, fast drying formula & wider brush make these polishes well worth the £7.99 price tag. One shade that I keep going back to is Lilacism. This pretty purple shade is just irresistible to me and since I've bought it all my other nail polishes have been totally neglected. I can't wait to get my hands on the new Model's Own Mirrorball collection and add some purple glitter to a Lilacism base.

Treacle Moon Her Mango Thoughts Body Butter*
I try not to buy too many body butters or lotions because I always forget to moisturise. Its so much easier to just whack on some of my Lush Ro's Argan body conditioner whilst showering. But I was given this in one of the goodie bags from the Leeds blogger meetup and I can't stop using it. Thats really weird for me because I normally just can't be bothered but the gorgeous mango scent makes me want to slap it on every day. It does a decent job of keeping my skin hydrated but the smell is the real selling point. I think it only costs about 4 quid for big tub. They also do a mango shower gel so I'll definitely be trying that out next.

Yankee Candle Red Velvet
I'm such a Yankee Candle addict! My dream is to have a whole shelf dedicated to them. They last for ages and they come in some incredible scents. I'm a sucker for sweet smells and the Strawberry Buttercream one is my all time fave. I'm always looking in department stores fantasising about which one to buy next (yes my life is that sad!) and I recently spotted a new candle called Red Velvet. Now I love cupcakes, especially red velvet ones so I did a little jump for joy when I saw it. It smells quite similar to the Vanilla Cupcake candle but with more of a chocolatey/brown sugary scent. Its such a delicious smell and when this one runs out I think I'll be getting the large one to replace it.

Boux Avenue White Chiffon Room Spray
If you've ever purchased any of the gorgeous lingerie they sell at Boux Avenue you probably will have noticed the divine smelling white rose petals scattered in your shopping bag. That smell is Boux Avenue's signature scent White Chiffon. Its a light, fresh scent with gentle notes of lily, jasmine and elderflower. I'm completely obsessed with it, having coveted it for months. I spray it around my room every night and its really relaxing before bed. I also bought some of the White Chiffon beads to keep in my clothes drawers. The room spray only cost £10 and is one of the best smelling products I've ever bought. Boux Avenue also sell bubble bath, hand cream, candles, reed diffusers and much more all with the White Chiffon scent. If I had my way I'd buy it all!



Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains
I just can't resist trying out new lip products and these Revlon Balm Stains are the only thing thats caught my eye recently. I love their Lip Butters so I knew I had to get my hands on some of these. I absolutely detest traditional lip stains. You know those felt tip ones? They always bleed, make your lips look like they belong to a 90 year old smoker and taste revolting. So the balm formula seemed to be a good alternative for long lasting lip colour. I actually really like these. They keep your lips moisturised, are easy to apply and last pretty well. I like that you can apply them like a normal lipstick or smudge them a bit so its more like a stain. The only thing that I find disappointing with this product is the shade range. Honey and Rendezvouz were the only colours I liked the look of as the others just seemed a bit gaudy to me. Hopefully Revlon will bring some more of the US shades over here.



Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts
I love a good indie disco. My friends and I were always going to Frog, Club NME or White Heat back in the day. One of the bands I fell in love with at the time was Les Incomp├ętents. Their song How It All Went Wrong was always a high point of our nights out. Sadly they disbanded back in 2006 and the golden age of indie disco soon died with them (in my opinion anyway!). Then one of the singers Fred MacPherson started another band called Ox. Eagle. Lion. Man and I was also obsessed with them. I saw them live countless times and it was a sad day when they went on hiatus. Then Fred started another band, one you might have actually heard of, called Spector. Again I absolutely love their music, showing that everything Fred touches is gold. They recently released their debut album Enjoy It While It Lasts and its really brilliant. I pre-ordered a copy from Play.com where they had signed loads of albums. I'm totally jealous of Olivia who actually went to one of the signings but I guess this is better than nothing haha. This is the best album I've bought all year & if you haven't heard of Spector already go watch some of their videos on YouTube because they are amazing. Catch them live soon before they start selling out arenas!

16 comments:

  1. Just popped the Red Velvet Yankee Candle on my wishlist! I'm currently using a plethora of vanilla cinnamon candles that I picked up at TK Maxx for super cheap, but erm, Red Velvet and a candle in one sounds like a dream! xxxx

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  2. Ooh, gonna have to give the Red Velvet candle a sniff! My favourite one is Black Cherry, mmm. xx

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    1. mmm yes black cherry is so good too! i burn that one all the time :) xx

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  3. Love the look of the Bumble & Bumble Dressing Creme - It sounds just like what I need for my hair!! Xx.

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  4. I really need the Bumble and Bumble texture cream in my life! It sounds like the perfect hair product.

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  5. Red velvet scent?! I love the sound of it! There's an actual yankee candle shop in Liverpool, it's amazing (but overwhelming haha)

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  6. Body butters are so disgustingly over-priced sometimes, will make a mental note to suss that Mango one out! x

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  7. I love the smell of Yankee candles but have never bought them cos of the price tag, I might have to get one soon though! x
    Sirens and Bells

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  8. I love the smell of the Red Velvet Yankee Candle, so yummy!


    - Keyta x

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  9. Ah am going to try the un dressing cream. My hair is huge and so to tame it I straighten, it's just too sooth and tidy for my liking! Without straightening I would resemble a frizzy triangle.
    X

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  10. Ah am going to try the un dressing cream. My hair is huge and so to tame it I straighten, it's just too sooth and tidy for my liking! Without straightening I would resemble a frizzy triangle.
    X

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  11. God I need that Yankee candle and Lilacism really is so pretty xo

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  12. I've been spying the Red Velvet Yankee Candle since I heard about it coming out, but I can't find it anywhere on the high street to buy. Where did you buy yours from? =)

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    1. I got mine from a Peter Jones China shop in Huddersfield. I haven't seen it anywhere else other than the proper Yankee Candle stores xx

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  13. Hi! I don't normally buy candles because the ones I've bought don't seem to have long lasting scent... Does the Yankee candles really make your room smell like red velvet?

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    1. yes! i only ever buy yankee candles because they're brilliant at filling the room with a strong scent. i'd recommend them over every other candle brand for the price & quality :) xx

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