Friction Free Shaving 

Hello lovely people, 

I haven’t posted on here for so long! I’m so sorry for my lack of activity over the last few months. With Christmas, New Year and various different things, I just kept forgetting to post which is sad because I really enjoyed updated my blog so I promise I’ll try and be better and update more often. All that being said… I thought I’d continue my blog by posting a new review. 

I’ve been searching around for a new razor for months and struggling to find one I could afford on a tight budget. I’m aware that razors might not seem “that expensive” to a lot of people, but to me, they are. The handles aren’t expensive but buying new blades can be with some refill packs, of 3/4 cartridges, costing £13-£15 ! If I could get away with it, I’d just buy a packet of those travel razors that have 1/2 blades, but because I have extremely sensitive skin and eczema, that’s not an option for me. Because of my skin, I need at least 4 blades in a razor and I can’t use blades that come with those moisturising strips attached to them, like the Olay ones, so that makes me already slim choices, even slimmer. 

I was on Facebook a few months ago and came across Friction Free Shaving, a monthly subscription service for razors – what an amazing idea! You pay £5-£7 a month and each month, you get a delivery of a razor and 4 blades. I currently pay £7 a month for the Samantha razor, which has 5 blades in each razor head. Originally, I thought I’d “give it a go” and see what happens – I wasn’t losing lots of money if I didn’t like the blades and took the chance. I’m now on my second month and absolutely love my new razor! For such a small price, I thought the razor and the heads would be plastic and really flimsy, but they aren’t. The handle feels pretty heavy and so do the blade heads. It feels so refreshing being able to change the razor head ever week and means I get a soft, cut-free, easy shave every single time which is amazing. The packaging is also really neat and small and can be posted through your letterbox, which is great if you’re not going to be in(I hate it when I miss a delivery and have to trail all the way to the post office to pick something up!).

I’ll attach some photos I took of the razor and the packaging and I would whole heartedly recommend trying Fricion Free Shaving. It’s fabulous value for money and great quality too! Thank you for reading my post and let me know if you try out FFS. 

Love, Emily x


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Bourjois: rouge edition velvet “don’t pink of it!”

Hello lovely people, 

I hope you’re all having a lovely week and have lots of amazing plans for the weekend. This weekend is the weekend Callum and I finally go to London! We’re away for 4 nights/5 days and you’d think we were going for a 14 day meditation cruise judging by the amount I’ve packed! 

Anyway… whilst popping into Superdrug for the soul reason of picking up some hand sanitizer (a product that should cost about 80p and I came out with a total of £16.84… oops), I picked up the Bourjois: rouge velvet edition liquid lipstick in the shade “don’t pink of it!” And thoughts I’d do a first impressions post. 

The shade is pink – no surprises judging by the name! When I first applied it, I wasn’t sure as it’s a lot pinker than I’d usually go for, but after having it on for a while, I think I like it! Application was easy, but a lot of product was on the brush so there was no need to get more product from the bottle. It felt really soft and velvety and the feeling stayed whilst the lipstick dried. It doesn’t stain like a lot of other liquid lipsticks do – it does stay on but is easier to wipe of and transfers easily so this defiantly isn’t a staining liquid lipstick – but for the price of £8.99 (or two for £12 at the moment), I’m not complaining and it certainly is a good lipstick. 


And that’s it! A little first impressions blog post before my big London adventure! Have a lovely rest of the week and lovely weekend and thank you for reading!

Love, Emily x

Garnier mostiure+matte

Hello lovely people,

Another week over at work and almost another weekend over and I haven’t updated or posted for over a week, oops!

I hope you’ve had an amazing week and weekend – I’m on a two week countdown until I go away to London for 5 days with my boyfriend, Callum and I really cannot wait. Anywaaaaay, last week I was complaining to my mum about shiny/oily skin and whilst she was having a clean out she found an unused bottle/tube of Garnier moisture+matte daily moisturiser (which was/is sometimes called “moisture matte shine be gone”). She gave me it to have a go with and I must say, I really like it! It’s infused with green tea and smells so fresh – a bit like cucumber. I use it on a morning before I apply make-up, but use my usual vitamin E mosturiser on an evening. 


The moisturiser feels really light and refreshing when applied and soaks into my skin quickly. It also leaves my skin feeling soft all day and my make-up applies smoothly on top of it. In the moisture + ranges there is also moisture+protectmoisture+nourishmoisture+radiance and moisture+soft so there’s a version for all skin types, which I think is great and I’ll definatly be sure to give the others a go in the future.  

The moisture+ range claim to offer tailoired moisturiser for specific skin types for 24 hours and an amazing bonus is they’re really affordable! The moisture+ matte moisturiser is currently on offer at Boots for only £2.79!

There we are, a little review of yet another skin care product of mine. Thank you for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Have a fab week, everyone! 

Love, Emily x

Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick and general update

Hello lovely people, 

After a fabulous 6 weeks off, I went back to work on Monday and that’s why I haven’t updated my blog for a while! I haven’t had a chance to buy anything (much) new or had the chance to do a blog post until now! I hope you’re having a lovely week and this is just a little update on me and a little review on a new make-up product I bought (well, got a sample of!). 

After buying all new skin care products last week, can I just say my skin looks the best it’s ever looked in my life. It’s so soft and I have very few dark spots or imperfections and I’ve had no break outs – which is just amazing. One of the new products I bought was the Superdrug naturally radiant eye cream which I instantly fell in love with as it totally brightens up my whole eye area and I still love it for that buuuuuut unfortunately it’s not really shifting my dark circles or the fine lines I have under my eye so I’m on the hunt, still, for an eye cream that can do that job – any suggestions would be amazing, please and thank you. 

Last week I ordered some samples from feelunique which finally came yesterday and one of the samples was The Balm meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick in the shade “committed”. I was expecting to get some in a little packet but got a miniature lipstick which is so cute! I really like the colour as well and it’s super creamy and smells just like After Eights – it’s always a bonus when things smell of chocolate. After trying the sample and wearing it at work, I think I’ll defiantly be purchasing a full sized one in the near future. As I say, I love the colour and it stayed on for ages and smells amazing. 

So there we are – just a little updated and review as I haven’t done anything in ages. If anyone could recommend an eye cream that battles dark circles and fine lines, I’d be really grateful! Have an amazing rest of the week and weekend and thank you for reading. 

Love, Emily x

New make-up brushes, finally! 

Hello lovely people, 

I’ve been on the hunt for new make-up brushes for ages now. I’ve asked family and friends, looked online and rummaged around shops, feeling and testing different brands to find some I really like. I haven’t bought new make-up brushes for over a year and my current (old) ones are falling apart and just aren’t good quality anymore – so I was in good need of a whole new set of brushes. 

Most people had been recommending Real Techniques brushes but to buy a whole set was going to be quite pricey. I’m going to London next month with Callum and I’m trying to save like mad so came to the decision not to splurge on pricey brushes until I come back. That being said, I was on eBay and came across the Savisto 32 piece professional make-up brush set for £12.99 with free delivery. Now, I wasn’t expecting miracles for £12.99 for 32 brushes (that’s about 40p a brush!)but the idea is they’ll be a quick fix until I can afford “proper” brushes. 

I’ve just received the brushes today and I’m pleasantly suprised to say the least! They came in a black box with the brand logo on the front and the brushes themselves were in a black rollout faux leather bag, all individual wrapped in a plastic protector cover thing. When I opened the box and starter unwrapping the brushes, they didn’t smell nice at all. Like really cheap leather and chemicals – further investigation revealed it was the faux leather pouch (unsurprisingly with the smell) that was the culprit. I unwrapped each brush and had a bit of a play around with them – they appear to be solid with some weight to them and the brissles are really soft and haven’t fallen out when I’ve felt them with my hand. So far, I’m pretty impressed with my bargain brushes but only time will tell if they’re actually a bargain or if the price was just too good to be true. 


The only negatives so far have been the smell when unwrapping and there isn’t a leaflet or piece of paper of any kind telling me what each brush is! Some of the brushes are obviously easy to figure out, but others aren’t so I had to look on the Savisto website (they do kitchen appliances and everything!) to find out what each brush is and found a set of pictures explaining each brush. The brush set is £16.99 on the website.  (There’s a random picture of the rollup case the brushes came in because the collage didn’t work with only three pictures.)

And there we have it! My new budget make-up brushes which I will keep you updated on as I use them. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and thank you for reading. 

Love, Emily x

New skincare routine 

Hello lovely people, 

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend – I know I have! My boyfriend got a new job (woo!) and to celebrate he bought himself three new budgies, which I’ve been helping to settle in and we also had a trip to Gretna gateway where I had a good spend and treated myself to a few new products that I already absolutely love! 

Before we went to Gretna, I’d been up town on the hunt for some new skincare products. I haven’t been very good at taking care of my skin over the last couple months and it’s starting to show. I’ve had a lot of spot breakouts and lots of very dry skin, especially around my eyes. I made the decision earlier on in the month that as soon as payday came I would get some new products to tackle my not very nice skin. I’ve had my eyes on the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser for ages now and was planning on buying myself some. However, for me, it’s quite pricey and I couldn’t decide if I wanted to splurge and give it a go or not. That being said, when rummaging around in Superdrug, I came across there own version, Superdrug naturally radiant hot cloth cleanser, which was only £5.99 (and on buy-one-get-one-free at the time). They only had one in store so I grabbed it along with the Superdrug naturally radiant brightening eye cream to tackle my dry, tired eyes. 

Strangely enough, I was visiting my grandma at the weekend and was talking about my new products and she had a travel bottle of the Liz Earle version she gave me to try to see if I like – so now I have the Liz Earle version and the Superdrug version! I’ve tried both and so far, I must say, I’m leaning towards the Superdrug version. The Superdrug cleanser itself feels much smoother and a nicer consistency and the fact it’s less than half the price of the Liz Earle cleanser does make a big difference to me. When you buy the Superdrug cleanser, it comes in a box with a muslin cloth. They are both fabulous products and are very similar, it just so happens, I prefer the Superdrug version. The thing I don’t like, about both, is the smell. They both smell really clinical, in my opinion. My skin does feel amazing and so clean after I use either cleanser, though. 


Now, I only bought the Superdrug naturally radiant brightening eye cream because it was BOGOF and they didn’t have another hot cloth cleanser, but oh my word, this eye cream has worked absolute wonders on my eyes already. As soon as I apply it to my under eyes, where I have really bad dry patches of skin, I notice a different straight away. My eyes look brighter and I can see the dark circles almost totally disappear! I love it and will definitely keep using it. The bottle isn’t very big, but a little tiny dot goes a long way and is more than enough. The only thing the eye cream doesn’t seem to be shifting for me, at the moment, is the very fine lines I have under my eyes. 


I’m a sucker for the BodyShop so the rest of my new skin care products came from there. When I went into the BodyShop, I was originally looking at buying some products from the aloe vera range, but a lovely shop assistant recommended the vitamin E range as it helps to cool and hydrate skin, which is what she thought my skin needed. The three products I bought from the vitamin E range were: The vitamin E moisture creamvitamin E hydrating toner and vitamin E moisture serum. My favourite of the three so far is definitely the moisture serum. It is amazing – as soon as I apply it, my skin feels instantly softer and the serum itself feels really light and silky. I’ve been applying all these new products, morning and evening, since Saturday and already they have made a huge difference to my skin. As soon as I apply them, my skin feels cool, clean and so soft. It also makes a real difference to how my make-up sits on my face. I love it all so far and will be sure to keep you updated on how it works on my skin! 


I hope you have had a lovely weekend and enjoy this post about my new skin care products – I’ll be sure to keep you updated on them! Thank you for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. 

Love, Emily x

P.s, here’s some pictures of Callum’s new budgies! (The green one is Aura, blue is Iris and the white one is Apollo – their named after Greek Gods/Goddesses)

 

My first feelunique.com order!

Hello lovely people,

On Monday I placed my first ever feelunique order and it was delivered this morning. I’ve never ordered from them before and I was impressed with how long it took to be delivered and my order was packaged really well.

I ordered three products and also receive 2 free samples. I ordered The Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter by TheBalm, NYX studio finishing powered in translucent and NYX sculpt and highlight face duo in taupe/Ivory. The two free samples I got with my order were Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower and Herborist silky all day moisturising facial toner.

Within a few hours of my order coming, I have already tried them all and thought I’d do a post about my first impressions of these products with some picture to match. 

The first thing I tried was the Herborist facial toner which felt absolutely wonderful on my skin. It felt so soft and my skin still feels soft now after applying my make-up. The consistently was a bit thicker than my usual toner, but it’s defiantly a product I’ll consider using in the future. I also had a little spritz of the Jimmy Choo illicit flower which has a floral and fruity scent. 

I first heard about the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter on a YouTube video by Mia Redworth, one of my favourite instagramers/youtubers/bloggers. She was doing a tutorial on her daily make-up look where she used and talked about this product which just looked absolutely beautiful on her skin and I thought instantly “I’ve got to try this!”. After looking around online, I found it and it was quite pricey for me (I don’t tend to spend too much on make-up) with it retailing at about £17.50-£19. However, I found it on feelunque for £14.85 (it was and still is 15% off) and decided to get it. The packaging is gorgeous and I absolutely love it. It’s a picture of a retro pin-up girl posing for a police line-up picture. When you open the case up there is a mirror inside. The colour is quite golden/peachy and it isn’t “glittery” like a lot of highlighters are. I’ve swatched it on my hand alone and also next to my usual highlighter(Golden Lights vivid highlighter by Make-up Revolution) to compare the two. I really like the colour and the highlighter feels soft to touch and I can’t wait to try it on my face!


The next product to test was the NYX studio photo finishing powder in translucent. The powder is very translucent – it’s practically white. There’s a sieve like lid on top of the powder so you can pour some out into the lid without making too much of a mess. I couldn’t swatch the powder as it was so pale and melted into my skin as soon as I tried to put some on my hand to test it. The powder is very fine and, as I say, melted into my skin. 


The final product to test was the NYX sculpt and highlight face duo in taupe/Ivory. I’ve wanted to buy this product for a while now but could never find it in the right shade for my skin. It’s very creamy and blended out nicely when I tried it on my hand. I’m not too keen on the applicator – it’s like a lipgloss brush on both sides and I just feel it’s a bit thin. What I like most about the product is the set of three pictures on the side with a basic idea of where to apply the highlighter and the contour. 

And there we go! My first impressions of my first feelunique order. I will defiantly be ordering from them again as they have so many different brands and products available and I love the little samples that come with your order. They have a sale on at the moment so I’d recommend having a look! They also have a samples section where you can try out samples in 3 different ways – you can choose 5 samples and pay £3.95 delivery/handling (but you can claim the £3.95 back on your next order), you can get a “try me” sample where you buy a product that comes with a smaller “try me” sample so you can try the sample version and if you don’t like it, you send back the full sized, unopened version for a full refund and the last option is you spend £30 or more and you can pick 2 free samples at the checkout (which is the option I chose). Thank you for reading my post, it’s a long one but I hope it’s been helpful! Any feedback would be fabulous and thank you again! 

Love, Emily x