Armani Diamonds Rose

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Armani Diamonds Rose Eau De Toilette

I have no perfume left. My last and most treasured bottle (one of two of my favourite scents)—White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor—was thrown away at the airport because I packed over the limit of liquids allowed in a carry-on . Every girl has their go-to bottle and at the time, White Diamonds was mine. I had barely used it up. I was so disappointed.

A month later, I decided that it was time to get another perfume to use as my go-to scent. I chose Armani Diamonds Rose online without knowing what it smelt like. When I got to The Perfume Shop, I loved it. I’m not fussy with scents, but this seemed perfect for spring and summer. It’s fragrance is light and not overpowering at all.

Its top notes are: Blackcurrant, Raspberry and Bergamot. Its heart notes are: Lily of the Valley, Bulgarian Rose and Freesia Accord, and its base notes are: Patchouli, Ambret Seeds Accord and Woody Amber Accord.

This perfume was released in 2013, but I had never considered it until now. And I am loving it!

Mich x

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Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water review

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I had always wanted to try this product, especially after seeing it advertised on TV. It intrigued me. What was micellar water? But I could never bring myself to buy it because I am a creature of habit. My Simple makeup wipes were working perfectly for me and I was happy.

Until I ran out and had forgotten to top up. And I needed to remove my full face of makeup. And all that my mother-in-law had was this bottle, having bought it but never used it.

I was actually surprised at how well it took a patch of foundation off my face with one swipe. The description of it is accurate. Every time that I have used it, I have never needed to rub hard at my face to remove my makeup – I just use gentle swiping motions and gradually everything comes off, as if it really is attracting all the dirt and just lifting it away. My face feels cleansed and refreshed afterwards as though I have rinsed it with water. No perfume and no irritations. Perfect.

I still am surprised at how well it works for me. It usually takes me a while to find a product that is actually suitable for my skin, which is why I stick to what I like. Well, I am glad that I now like micellar cleansing water.

Garnier’s micellar water is definitely my new favourite thing and I will be restocking after this one has finished. It’s only a 125ml bottle, but it’s lasting me quite a while.

Mich x

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*This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Ted Baker travel size body spray review

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This cute bottle of body spray by Ted Baker is travel size and part of a cute gift set from this post from last week. I decided to review it, incase any one of you are considering a gift set as a present for your friends or loved ones this season.

I wasn’t aware that Ted Baker even manufactured fragrances, so it was a nice surprise. As previously mentioned, I couldn’t use the body souffle, body wash or bubble bath that came within the set, so the body spray excited me the most.

It has a wonderful, refreshing, sweet scent, the kind that you could sniff all day. It reminds me of new blooms in spring, despite the fact that it is getting to winter and the season of fresh flowers is still a way off. But that’s what makes it special – a reminder of things to come.

Because it is a body spray, it isn’t long-lasting, so I often need to spray myself more than once a day. I’m sure that if this was a perfume instead, the scent would last longer.

The fact that it is travel size makes it ideal to carry in your bag throughout the day, or to take with you on holiday.

Overall, I love this little gem and it’s my November favourite so far, so I thank my manager for the sweet gift.

I’ve linked some Ted Baker gift sets below. Christmas is almost here and some present ideas can’t hurt. Will you be getting your loved ones a Ted Baker gift set this year?

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Ted Baker Eau de Toilette Gift Set For Her
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Ted Women’s Sticking Filler Christmas gift set 
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Ted Baker Sugar Sweet Beauty Bag
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Ted Baker Mia Fragrance and Gift Set

Mich x

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This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Rimmel Black Cherries nail polish review

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Temperatures have dropped, the knits have come out and so have darker colours—blacks, navy’s, burgundy’s and plums.

I love Autumn, not because of the cold (although I do tend to thank God for the reduction in heat), but the fashion. Everyone is updating their wardrobes and trying to protect themselves against the ever-changing weather.

I haven’t given my nails some colour in a while, and I had that craving to pamper myself, so I headed to Superdrug on my lunch break for a treat. I found Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Black Cherries nail polish. I also picked up their Nail Base & Top Nail Nurse (I couldn’t find the exact one online, so I linked something similar) because I can no longer do my nails without some sort of protection. And this has proven to be quite favourable. In fact, it’s recommended.

When I took the picture above, I’d had Black Cherries on my nails for two days. That, for me, is a big deal because my nail polishes never usually last me longer than a day. I know, that is ridiculous. It is also the reason why I hadn’t done my nails for a while, because I was tired of doing it and having to redo it so quickly.

But I know that the Nail Nurse definitely has something to do with the length of time that my nail polish is lasting. Today is the third day and it’s still intact.

The Black Cherries 60 seconds nail polish is definitely quick-drying, which is a pro for me, because time is also an issue when it comes to doing my nails. I love the colour. It is darker than what I was looking for, so I will probably go back for a lighter burgundy-type shade, but it is growing on me.

Overall, I’m very happy with my purchases and I will definitely be wearing Black Cherries throughout these colder months.

What are you all wearing on your nails?

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Mich x

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The Body Shop’s Purifying Glow Mask review

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I received this free sample of The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask (retailed at £15.00 for 75ml and £20.00 for 100ml), which I couldn’t wait to try out. I think that samples are a God-send. There’s no commitment; if you don’t like it, you don’t have to buy it. It’s a waste of money to buy a product in its entirety, only to realise that you don’t like it.

Anyway, I love face masks. Although I’m not so clued up about them in general, I love anything that has health benefits for the skin, as most of you know my recent troubles with eczema. I was happy that I received this particular face mask because I feel as though my skin needs purification.

The purifying glow mask is 100% vegan and infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. It claims to extract impurities from the skin and refine the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow.

Read on to see what I thought of it.

I firstly made sure my face was washed and clean, as this is how you should always start a facial.

However, I didn’t expect what happened next. First of all, I didn’t anticipate the bamboo charcoal fragments to be as thick as they were. I thought they would have been blended in. The mask felt exfoliating because of all the bits in it, but I just wasn’t expecting ‘chunks’ (the best way I can express it, although they weren’t as big as chunks per se).

Secondly, it burned. I’m not sure if that is because my skin is extra dry and I’m currently taking a lot of medication to get rid of the effects of severe eczema. It didn’t mention what skin type it worked best for. But I’m sure it shouldn’t have burned right? I couldn’t even leave it on for the recommended 5-10 mins. I had to rinse it off with cold water after two minutes. Sob. Yet, I must admit that my face appeared brighter afterwards, which was the only pro.

Lastly, the scent of the mask was wonderful, if not a little overwhelming.

There were a lot of unexpected surprises with this product, and to be honest, I’m a little disappointed. I wouldn’t buy it, so I’m glad I had the chance to try it beforehand. But maybe it just didn’t work for me.

Has anyone ever used this and loved it? Let me know, and have a great weekend! 🙂

Mich x

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This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

 

Sleek twist up eye pencil review

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Sleek twist up eye pencil

My eyeliner had run out and I needed a new one. It was an emergency!

***Note to self: Stock up on eyeliners, so that you’re not frantic when the only one you have runs out.***

I wanted to get my favourite—Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Micro Liner, but I hadn’t time to schedule a trip to Superdrug or Boots. So, on a recent trip to Paks to buy some hair products for my new do, I thought I’d scan the make up section to see if Rimmel’s eyeliner was there.

It wasn’t, but Sleek’s twist up eye pencil was. No harm in giving it a try. It was cheaper than Rimmel, so why not?

I didn’t bargain on how much I would love it. The consistency is thick and creamy that it just glides straight onto my eyelid with no fuss at all. And it is very visible, not like an ordinary pencil eyeliner. It’s almost like a creamy crayon.

I won’t say I’ve found my new favourite, because I still love how fine the Scandaleyes Micro Liner is, perfect for when I’m going for the discreet look. But the twist up has definitely been added to my eyeliner list. You’ve always got to have a variety of the same product to use for different occasions, if that makes sense.

Sleek’s twist up eye pencil retails at £2.50.

I know that it isn’t new, but have you ever tried it?

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Mich x

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Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes review

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I recently had a dilemma with my skin, where my body randomly broke out in eczema. You might have noticed in a few of my previous pictures. It was a nightmare! It took a good few months for me to get to the root of it—an allergic reaction to cow’s milk.

Although I visited the GP and dermatologist on more than one occasion, it wasn’t them who figured it out; it was in fact a friend who has suffered from eczema before. I was so angry—and still am—at the people who were supposed to help me, but failed me instead. They didn’t even refer me for an allergy test!

Anyway, I cut milk out of my diet completely, including any foods that are made with milk, and the eczema cleared up on its own. I’m not lactose intolerant (that’s when there is not enough lactase in the body to break down the lactose, thus producing effects like strange bowel movements and vomiting), I’m allergic to the protein in cow’s milk, which causes reactions such as rashes for example.

Sorry, I’m rambling, but after that whole dilemma, I have become extremely careful of what I use on my body, as well as put in it. My body was very dry during that time and would flake. Yuck! So I have been extra disciplined with it. I still love beauty care, so I sought out some new wipes.

I was pleased to see that Simple brought out a new super soft range of cleansing facial wipes. My skin is also sensitive, so I don’t want to be rubbing make-up off with anything harsh. But I’ve used Simple’s previous facial wipes and these new ones are definitely an improvement.

I love Simple because their range don’t include smelly fragrances and are kind to sensitive skin. These wipes also claim to remove waterproof mascara, which they do successfully.

Good on Simple for looking out for the sensitive skin types.

Which facial wipes do you use?

Mich x

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