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Real Techniques Miracle mini eraser sponges

One thing that is really getting me down recently is my dark circles. They never go, no matter how much sleep I get or how much I drink, and on top of that I find them almost impossible to cover. I have got a corrector that I use under my concealer to try and counteract the darkness, but it's a pot one and I think it might be too dry for me to use around the delicate eye area. I apply both and those dark circles just shine right through making me look so tired and just generally pretty awful. 

I do really want to try a liquid corrector and have my eye on the Urban Decay one, but nearly £20 for one product is really not something I can afford right now. I currently use the Real Techniques setting brush to blend out my under eye concealer but did wonder if using this I might be shifting the concealer away from the area rather than setting it down in place. So I wanted to get my hands on some of those little mini blending sponges you can use to under the eye to see if that helped at all. I liked the look of the beautyblender ones, but again they're not a cheap product, so I picked up the Real Techniques version which cost around £5 for two sponges.

Real Techniques Miracle mini eraser sponges
Real Techniques Miracle mini eraser sponges

I am a little confused as to what Sam & Nic Chapman (the founders of Real Techniques) intend these little sponges to be used for. I primarily associate sponges like these with the blending of base products but they're called 'eraser' sponges and the back of the pack talks about using them to help sweep away make-up mishaps and pick up makeup. 

These are just like any other make-up sponges of this type. You wet them, squeeze out the excess and then use a bouncing motion to blend out a product. The small shape of these sponges means you can get them in to the contours of the eye much easier than their larger counterparts. 

I have enjoyed using this sponge, using a bouncing rather than sweeping motion feels kinder to the delicate skin under the eye, but I haven't noticed a huge difference in terms of covering my dark circles. There is an improvement in coverage, but it's not a large improvement.


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Cheshire Wax Company handmade scented soy wax melts

Something I really wanted to do when I moved into my own place was to start burning candles and using scented wax melts regularly, and I really haven't! I've been in my house for eight months now and I think I've burned a candle about three times and used a wax melt once. I have no idea why, I have enough of the things lying around, so I need to change this. 

I was recently contacted by Cheshire Wax Company through Instagram and asked if I'd like to try out a few of their handmade scented soy wax melts. I took a look at the scents available on their website and decided I definitely needed to try a few out. So I was sent Cola bottles*, Bubblegum Pop!*, Strawberry & Mango Smoothie*, Sweat Candied Apple* and Coconut & Lime Slice*.

Cheshire Wax Company handmade scented soy wax melts
Cheshire Wax Company handmade scented soy wax melts

These particular wax melts are not perfectly made but have quite a rustic feel to them. They come in little squares, each in their own little cellophane packet featuring the Cheshire Wax Company logo and the scent of the melt. 

Coconut & Lime Slice 'A rich, creamy coconut fragrance enlivened by fresh lime and verbena'.

I obviously went for this one because it would smell like a Pina Colada and it does indeed smell like a Pina Colada cocktail.

Bubblegum Pop! 'Lots of citrus top notes, middle notes of strawberries, peach and mandarin oranges, resting on base notes of vanilla with a hint of wintergreen'.

I thought this one might smell like the bubblegum I used to like as a teenager (Hubba Bubba?) and it kind of does, very fruity with a creamy base.

Cola Bottles 'This melt is a zesty and refreshing homage to fizzy cola bottle sweets'.

I went for this one out of nostalgia as my brothers favourite sweets were always fizzy cola bottles and it does smell just like them.

Strawberry & Mango 'A luscious fruity floral fragrance, opening with a cocktail of succulent strawberries, rich cassis, mango nectar, crisp red apple, raspberry and invigorating citrus fruits. The floral heart blends precious notes of rose, jasmine, muguet and freesia, all resting on a woody, musky base finished with a trail of amber, sandalwood and dry fruits'.

I went for this one because I'm a fan of anything mango scented, but it is a little difficult to smell through the packaging. With so much packed into it I would have thought it would have quite a scent to it but at the moment I can only really detect light strawberry and mango.

Sweat Candied Apple (just Candied Apple online) 'A sumptuous accord of sweat caramel, apple and pear. Top notes of crisp apple, pineapple, orange, peach and coconut. Sweat caramel, creamy vanilla, and hints of jasmine lie at the heart, with base notes of sweat musk'.   

After the disappointment of the Glazed Apple festive fragrance not making a return to The Body Shop this year I thought this might be a replacement. This is a similar scent of sweat, fruity apples.

Cheshire Wax Company handmade scented soy wax melts
Cheshire Wax Company handmade scented soy wax melts

So far I have only tried one as if I gave them all a try you could be waiting a very long time for this review to come around! It's recommended to cut the melt into quarters and to start by just using one quarter, adding more if required, but I did go for half and it did fit in the existing burner I have. Some are shallower than other so you might need to start with just a quarter. Soy wax has a lower melting point than petroleum-based paraffin wax and I found it started to melt very quickly and was soon all melted. I went for Cola Bottles and it wasn't long at all before I could detect the scent in the air. I left the room once and when I came back the room was filled with the fizzy/sugary scent of cola bottles. I'm not sure that the scent went much further, my housemate didn't comment on it, but I do have my door almost closed anyway (for one because my mirror that hooks on stops it closing) as I'm not sure my male housemate will appreciate my candles/melts!

I have enjoyed using the one I have used so far and am looking forward to giving the others a try. As well as burners to burn your soy wax melts in Cheshire Wax Company also sell candles, with the melts costing £2.99 each, burners £14.49 and candles £12.49 to £13.99. You also get free delivery on orders over £15. You can find all of these over on their website (here). 

Have you tried anything from Cheshire Wax Company? 

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Birchbox x Papier February 2017 - Express Yourself

The first Birchbox of the year was a little bit of a disappointment for me so I was hoping for better things when the February box arrived on my doorstep. For some reason it's always a good sign to me when I like the box design, so when I spotted this months box on Instagram I was definitely hoping for good things.

Birchbox x Papier February 2017 - Express Yourself
Birchbox x Papier February 2017 - Express Yourself

This months box features a collaboration with British stationery brand Papier, I brand I personally haven't heard of before. Taking a look at their website (here) they appear to be a British version of Rifle Paper Co with similar floral patterns, amongst other designs. There are two box designs this month, one that is apprently based on their Palm Leaves notebook design in white and green and an alternative colour scheme of dark blue/purple and pink/red. It's also another drawer this month.

Birchbox x Papier February 2017 - Express Yourself
Birchbox x Papier February 2017 - Express Yourself

The first product I spotted when I pulled out the drawer was a black box containing a SHOW Premier Dry shampoo. SHOW beauty is a brand founded by Tamara Eccleston, model, socialite and daughter of former F1 boss Bernie Eccleston. Although I'm aware of the brand I haven't personally tried any products before. Dry shampoo is something I'm really trying to embrace and I have actually just used one up (I'm talking a sample size though) so I don't mind getting a new one that might be my holy grail.

Birchbox x Papier February 2017 - Express Yourself
Birchbox x Papier February 2017 - Express Yourself

Thanks to January's sneak peak I was aware that this month's box would include a full size (you can't really get samples sizes can you) Spectrum Collections Marbleous Tulip eye contour brush. Spectrum are pretty well known right now for their rose gold/mermaid/marble design brushes, so I think this will be a very popular item this month. I only have one Spectrum brush in my collection (a large fan brush) so I'm very happy to add another one and am pleased it's a type of brush I don't already own. I do see Spectrum as a reasonably expensive brand but actually this is just £5.99, which I think is a pretty good price, especially for such an attractive looking brush.

To accompany this I believe all subscribers will also receive a POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life eye shadow trio in Champagne Mocha. This is three shades from one of POP's 10 shade palettes. Birchbox have popped a little note in this months box to say that these can be a little fragile so if yours do arrive broken, don't panic, you can get them replaced. I haven't actually tried these out on my eyes yet but have tried them on my hand and they feel smooth and soft and appear to have at least reasonable colour payoff. The shades in the trio have been chosen so you have an all over lid shade, crease shade (to use with the Spectrum brush) and outer corner shade for a complete eye look.

I keep thinking there's only four products in the box because the next product pretty much fills up the whole of the bottom of the drawer and keeps blending into my white desk! This is a Keeome Hydration mask, which is a Birchbox exclusive and a Korean product. I'm a little cautious about sheet masks as although I've only tried two one did leave me with a slight red mark (obviously in the shape of the mask!) for a couple of days. But I will go carefully and hopefully I'll enjoy using it.

Birchbox x Papier February 2017 - Express Yourself

The final product in this months box is a Beaver Professional Daily Moisture conditioning spray. This isn't a brand I've come across before and reading the back of the bottle it appears the brand isn't from an English speaking country as it doesn't read well and so has apparently been translated. It appears to be a Polish brand. I am a little disappointed this doesn't appear to offer any kind of heat protection, as I prefer my conditioning products to include that if possible, but I can use a separate heat protection product.

I haven't tried this at all yet but it has quite a nice smell to it and it appears very liquid, almost like water, so this hopefully shouldn't be too heavy for anybody that has fine hair or hair that doesn't need heavy conditioning. I'm looking forward to trying this out.

So this month's box is a hit for me. I like that there are two make-up products that work together, it makes it feel like you're getting really good value from the box, and although there are two make-up products and two hair products I don't mine as they're different enough to feel like separate products.

Birchbox is £10 a month + £2.99 (per month) P&P and you can currently get a free full size Smith & Cult lip lacquer when you subscribe and use the code CULT. You can sign up to Birchbox here.

What do you think of this month's box?

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Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Compact Duo

It's not something I really want to admit but I did judge Timeless Beauty quite harshly when I first came across the brand. There's no doubt that Joan Collins (founder of the brand) is a very glamorous lady, but Joan is in her 80s and so is old enough to be my great grandmother, so I thought the brand might not be for me. 

However before Christmas I was offered the opportunity to try a product from the Timeless Beauty range and that Charlotte Tilbury esq packaging and curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give it a try.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Compact Duo

This is probably something I really should have blogged about before Christmas as 'the perfect thing to pop in your party clutch' but I was just too disorganised and didn't get round to it. I actually blogged very little in the run up to Christmas. 

The Timeless Beauty Compact Duo* features a face powder and lipstick together in an unusual compact. The packaging is definitely along the lines of Charlotte Tilbruy, gold and glamorous looking, and the compact itself has an art deco type design on the top. You'll find Joan's name on the front of the compact where you open it and also around the middle of the lipstick. You can see the lipstick through the top of the compact as it peeps up through a rectangular gap, but you can't remove the lipstick from the compact through this. 

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Compact Duo
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Compact Duo

The compact has a strong magnetic closure that opens to reveal the lipstick, a face powder with puff and a mirror. Once the lid is open you can then pop out the lipstick that is gripped by the plastic slot it sits in. The powder is long and thin in shape, running alongside the lipstick and the mirror is just above this in the lid, the same shape as the powder but just slightly wider. You get a little rectangular puff with a small strap to pop your fingers in with Joan Collins printed across the strap. 

The compact is probably smaller than carrying a separate lipstick and powder with you, but possibly not by much to be honest as I would consider the compact reasonably large. There's also a little bit of weight to it, so whether or not you might want to take this out with you will depend on the bag you're using and how much you're planning to take with you.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Compact Duo
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Compact Duo

Unfortunately the lipstick shade I received is really not a good shade for me at all as it's a darkish brown that is quite harsh against my pale skin. If I was a bit edgier it might be something I could pull off, but it's not something I'm comfortable wearing. It's not something I've worn for any length of time but I can say it applies beautifully. It applies smoothly and effortlessly with no drag at all and one swipe is all that's needed. Although I haven't worn it for long it was very comfortable for the time I did wear it and the finish has a sheen to it; it's definitely not a matte but not glossy either. The name of this shade is Sabina.

The powder looks quite a lot darker than it's showing here in my pictures but despite that it appears to be translucent as I don't notice any addition colour on my skin. I generally prefer to apply powder with a brush but the puff included does the job of transferring some powder to the skin. When it comes to topping up on the go if you do suffer with oiliness I'd always recommend using a blotting sheet first to absorb the oil before then using powder to reset your base. I wouldn't want any oil transferring over to the puff and then in to the compact. 

Although I'm not sure it's a product I will be using I'm glad I got to try it and can appreciate that they are nice products. If the lipstick was in a shade that suited me this is definitely something I would have added to my collection.

Have you tried any products from Timeless Beauty?

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Ways to support other bloggers (that also benefit you)

One of my favourite things to do is to support other bloggers; it's just a nice thing to do. But as altruistic as it can be it can also help benefit you as well.

Ways to support other bloggers (that also benefit you)

Comment on blog posts

I've always liked commenting on other bloggers posts because they've taken the time to produce the post and it's nice to give them something back for their effort. Whenever I do leave a comment I always leave my blog link so the post author or other bloggers can take a look at my blog if they want to. I don't check my stats very often but when I do I often see that people have clicked through from other people's blogs through to mine. On a couple of occasions I have also later been contacted by a PR who has seen one of my comments on another blog and has contacted me to offer to send something for me to try.

If you do comment on posts though please make sure your comment is genuine and only leave one discrete link to your blog. It makes me angry when I see comments of 'Great post!' followed by a link to every single platform they're on. It's rude and selfish and I would personally delete a comment like this on my own blog. 

Comment on Instagram images

As if all the following/unfollowing isn't bad enough Instagram themselves have made plenty of changes that have made it almost impossible to try and grow if you don't already have a substantial following. Until I decided to work hard on my Instagram last year I tended to scroll through my feed forgetting to even double tap let alone comment on images. I'm now a big time liker and commenter and I really enjoy doing it. I regrammed an image from one of my favourite accounts a few days ago saying they should have many more followers then they have and the blogger was over the moon. As well as supporting other people, and now ensuring that you actually see their images in your feed, commenting on images means your profile is out there and it's much more likely people are going to see it, click on it to have a look and hopefully follow. As well as improving my images I know that commenting on other images played a huge part in the growth I managed to achieve on Instagram last year. 

RT other people's blog links or share them yourself

I obviously follow a lot of bloggers on Twitter and so when scrolling through my feed I see a lot of links to blog posts and other social accounts. Here and there I like to retweet them, especially if it's a tweet from one of my favourite bloggers or I particularly like an image attached to the tweet. Also if I've read a post that I've really enjoyed or that I think is important I might tweet a link to it myself.

Although it never seems to do me a lot of good I know from other bloggers that for them a key factor for growing on Twitter is having an active account that tweets regularly. Retweeting other peoples links etc helps keep your account active, getting it noticed, and as it's just generally a nice thing to do people will follow you because they can see you're a kind and supportive blogger.

Re-home your unwanted PR samples

If you're a blogger that receives a lot of PR samples, especially 'surprise' ones you didn't know where being sent to you, then it's likely that you'll regularly build up a collection of products that are not suitable for you (maybe the incorrect shade), that you don't get on with or that you just won't use because you have far too many products. If this is you then why not offer to pass on these products to others. Although you can't really charge for them because you received them for free people are usually happy to cover P&P costs so you aren't out of pocket. If you receive enough samples you probably already have a load of packaging you could recycle to send products on to others. For you this means you're freeing up space and knowing you're not wasting products and for others they are getting nearly new products they want for cheaper that they can then also then blog about if they want to.

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Ready for recycling #1 - Part 2

So I'm back with the second part of my empties post; this time focusing on skincare and body products.

Ready for recycling #1 - Part 2
Ready for recycling #1 - Part 2

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) £15.50 If you've followed my blog for a while then you may be aware that I'm a big fan of La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo (+). I've been on the contraceptive pill for many years to control the acne I used to get on my chin (and also on my back) and although I don't consistently suffer any more I do experience outbreaks due to stress and hormones and this is amazing at dealing with them and the resulting scaring. The only reason I haven't replaced this yet is because I'm currently using up a similar product from Avene that I trialled.
Repurchase? Yes definitely.

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid £14.99 This is actually far from empty but is a couple of years old now and as sun protection deteriorates over time I'm aware it is possibly no longer offering the protection it should any more. So I thought it was time to get rid. I have to admit I do only wear sun protection on my face during the summer as I find it an annoying extra step in my skincare/makeup routine, otherwise I'd have probably used this up. As the weather improves I will be looking to purchase a new facial sun protection, either this one or another one, so if you have any recommendations that are easily absorbed/non-sticky etc please let me know.
Repurchase? Possibly.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair eye* £40 full size (post) This is the bronze tub where you can't really see what it is. This was part of a GWP (Gift With Purchase) I received as a sample to review containing sample sizes of several Estee Lauder products. This is a lovely product that applies really smoothly on the eye area and leaves skin feeling gorgeous. A product I would definitely buy if I was considerably richer!
Repurchase? No.

Embryolisse Radiant eye cream* £20.50 (post) A product I have only recently posted about so I won't say much here as you can check my post if you wish. I enjoyed using this but as I mentioned I was shocked by how quickly you can get through this product.
Repurchase? No.

Ready for recycling #1 - Part 2

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating toner pads £24 I was lucky enough to win a competition that Pixi ran on Instagram and this was one of several Pixi products I received as part of the prize. I'd previously received Glow Tonic to review and it's a product I love just like many others. Glow Tonic To-Go is a newer product that features a pot of 60 Glow Tonic soaked pads that are easier to transport around than a bottle of Glow Tonic and a pack of cotton pads. £24 does sound like quite a lot of money but it's only 40p per pad and even if you do use Glow Tonic twice a day I think you could cut a pad in half and use half in the morning half in the evening. I don't tend to use it every day as my skin is quite sensitive and daily can end up irritating it. But I use it every-other-day or so and I love it.
Repurchase? I'd probably repurchase a bottle of Glow Tonic as I don't travel that much any more. 

Ready for recycling #1 - Part 2

Garnier Minerals Invisible Anti-perspirant (post) Another product I've posted about reasonably recently. Anti-perspirant isn't particularly an exciting product but is very necessary and this is my current favourite. 
Repurchase? I already have and mum also popped one in my most recent 'care package' when I went home over Christmas!

Original Source Lime & Coconut milk Moisturising shower milk £2.30 but always on offer! I'm not particularly bothered what shower gel I use and tend to pick up whatever is on offer. But more recently I am swaying more towards shower creams and milks because of my dry skin. Original Source are known for their amazing scents, so when I spotted one of their newer shower milks on offer for I think £1 (as it is at the moment in Boots) I grabbed it to try. This gets me clean leaving my skin soft and smells like Pina Colada's, so it's a winner.
Repurchase? Yes, possibly even if it's not on offer!

Avéne Cleansing foam* £12.50 (post) When I was offered this to try I did have to think carefully before agreeing to accept it as a foaming cleansing previously pretty much destroyed my skin. But I trust Avene, their hydrating serum is my favourite, and I was assured it was suitable for sensitive skin. I didn't use it in the winter when the weather was harsh, because my skin doesn't need any help to become unmanageable dry, but when the weather is better it's great as a light morning cleanse or evening second cleanse. I've not had any problem with it.
Repurchase? Possibly. 

bareMinerals Mineralixirs facial cleansing oil £21 I'm trying to remember where this came from and I'm not entirely sure but I believe it was part of a prize from Debenhams, something to do with their beauty club awards and a picture I posted on Instagram. I sat on this for a while though until I'd used up other cleansing oils I already had on the go. I can't remember much about this now but I did enjoy using it, although I think it struggled sometimes with mascara and liquid liner. 
Repurchase? Probably not as there are others I like just as much/more for cheaper.

So that's it for my empties for a while. Although I have noticed I already have two, make that three products that will probably be used up by the time you read this post....

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Ready for recycling #1 - Part 1

I realised I haven't done an empties post for a while now (September was the last one) and I appear to have used up quite a bit so I thought it was time to do another. I don't know whether moving into my own home has changed how I use products in some way but I appear to be using up more than I did at home. 

As there's quite a lot I have decided to split it into two posts as I don't want you to get too bored! So this one will focus on make-up, hand creams and hair and the next post will be on skincare and body. I've also gone for a slight change of name for this type of post just because I fancied a bit of a change as it's a new year. 

Ready for recycling #1
Ready for recycling #1

The Body Shop Spiced Apple & Frosted Berries hand creams £4 each (post) As you may know The Body Shop's little hand creams are probably my favourite and every year I make sure I pick up at least a couple of their festive scents. This year I was really disappointed to see that Glazed Apple hadn't returned, but had been replaced with Spiced Apple. So I picked up one Spiced Apple and one Frosted Berries. I wanted to like Spiced Apple as much as glazed, especially as it smells like apple pie (thanks to the spice - cinnamon) but once applied I found it changed to a floral type scent I really didn't like.
Repurchase? The Body Shop hand creams, yes. Frosted Berries, yes (if it returns), Spiced Apple, no.

Soap & Glory Hand Food with Sugar Crush scent £2.50 I am a fan of Hand Food and picked this up as a freebie courtesy of 02 Priority (if you're on 02 made sure you download and check this app regularly, a free Cafe Nero every Tuesday, yes please!). I've only used the standard Hand Food previously but personally think this is even better as they've added the sweet and fruity (lime and vanilla) Sugar Crush scent to it. 
Repurchase? Yes.

Ready for recycling #1

Benefit They're Real mascara £19.50 They're Real is probably my favourite mascara and my boyfriend is aware of this, so he bought me this for my birthday last year (June). I think there is a little bit still left in this but towards the end of the year I thought it was probably time to get rid as the shelf life of a mascara is three to six months. I do really enjoy using this but it really is quite expensive for a mascara so its not something I usually buy for myself.
Repurchase? No.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer £7.99 (post) I've recently posted about this product and how at first I really didn't like it and put it away in a drawer. However when I did decide to give it a second chance I loved it. I find this really good for covering and brightening redness and scaring and although I would say it's very good for dark circles as well, like most products it does struggle with mine. 
Repurchase? I already have!

NARS Radiant Creamy concealer £22.50 (post) I do really like this product and find it quite similar to the Bourjois concealer I've just mentioned above, but it's over £20, £22.50 to be precise, and that's quite expensive and not something I can really afford. If I was a lot better off I might consider it, but to be honest I might as well go for the Bourjois one and treat myself to something else as well with the £15 difference.
Repurchase? No.

theBalm How 'bout them apples cheek & lip stain* £29.50 for the full palette The only theBalm products I've tried are these little samples you get from subscription boxes, with this one coming from Birchbox. This is a sample of one shade from a palette of six. I'm not really a fan of the packaging design or the topless cowboys that feature inside, but I did really like using this as a cheek stain. There is a little bit left in there but it's looking a little worse for wear so it's time to get rid.
Repurchase? It's something I would consider in the future.

Ready for recycling #1

Shea Moisture Fruit Infused Coconut Water Weightless shampoo* £9.99 Shampoo is something I find really difficult to review because unless it completely blows me away with how amazing it is I just don't know what to say 'Er, yes, this shampoo, cleans my hair'. In fact it's easier for me to be negative because it actually gives me something to talk about! So I'm not sure what else to say about this one apart from that I liked it and there isn't anything bad to talk about.
Repurchase? Probably not as it's a little pricey for a 'not blowing me away' shampoo. 

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Detangling leave-in conditioner* £17 full size I really shouldn't leave it too long before doing empties posts, or should at least make some notes, as I can't actually remember exactly what I thought about this one! Although like shampoos I often find it hard to review heat protection spray type products, which this is as well, because unless I hear my hair frazzling while I use heat I don't really know if it's doing anything. For the price though let's say this isn't one I'll be purchasing. 
Repurchase? No.

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Thoughts I have while clothes shopping


Walking in the store

Oh my god it's about 100° in here, it's 2° outside. I can feel sweat running off me already?

Why is the shop assistant watching me? Have I accidentally shoplifted something? I can't have I've just walked in! She thinks I'm not good enough/too old/not rich enough to shop here.

Browsing

Will you please get out of my bloody way, I'm sure you're doing this on purpose!

Ooh that's nice *checks price tag* OMFG. Can I get away without paying my rent this month?

That's a 10?! I don't think I can get one thigh in that. Surely they mean age 10?

You'd have to pay me to wear that. I must be getting old.

Why are there different types of clothing on the same rail and why is the one I want to look at right at the back??

Why is every single thing I like not in stock in my size?

Why do I not like a single thing in here? I must be getting old.

In the changing room

There's no assistant. Do I wait? Do I go in?

Nooo the curtain doesn't close properly. Someone might see me *experiences horror*

There's a hanger in here, are they going to think I've nicked something.

I wonder if they employed someone specially to create lighting that makes me look like Jabber the Hut.

These jeans aren't going past my knees let alone my hips.

Shit, I'm stuck!

Shit, I think I've ripped it!

Have I just got deodorant/make-up on that top? I'm the person I complain about!

How long have I been in here now? Are they going to start wondering what I'm doing!

Do I really look like that?! Someone pass me a doughnut. 

I've come in with six things, I can't hand them all back!. Which one shall I pretend I'm going to buy?

There's still no assistant. Do I put these on the rail or will they think I've nicked stuff? Shall I go and casually hang them all back where I found them?

Paying 

Do I really need this let alone want it?

The assistant still thinks I'm not good enough to shop in here.

Crap! 'Yes I'll need to buy a bag please'.

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Brand focus - Kiehl's

Kiehl's is a brand that of course I had heard of, but until quite recently I hadn't tried any of their products. I haven't tried many of their products as of yet, but as I do have four products to talk about here I thought I'd make this a brand focus post. I have two further products that I haven't tried yet, the Ultra Facial Moisturizer and Rare Earth Pore Minimizing lotion, so I may follow up with a post on those two in the future. While I'm mentioning it can anybody tell me what sort of product the pore minimizer actually is? Is it one of those that's an extra step kind of thing but not specifically a serum, moisturiser etc?

Brand focus - Kiehl's
Brand focus - Kiehl's

I'll start off with the product I bought myself, although I did buy this using the £500 House of Fraser gift card I won as part as the BAFTA competition back in 2015. I occasionally have a problem with the skin on my eye lids drying out completely and then flaking off, it's far from attractive. This once occurred as a result of a reaction to a product, but sometimes they just dry out all on their own. I'm never quite sure what to use on them when it happens because of the skin on your eye lids being so thin and so close to my eyes. On one occasion I was attending an event at Selfridges in Birmingham courtesy of the lovely Rose (the Selfridges beauty personal shopper) and when I told a Kiehl's representative I was currently suffering with flaky eye lid and unsure what to use she suggested the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with avocado

This is enriched with avocado oil to gently moisturise the delicate eye area and most importantly the formula doesn't migrate into the eye, so it's perfectly safe to use actually on your eye lids if needed. The lady gently tapped a small amount onto my eye lids and even just with that one application they felt much better afterwards. 

I had this on my wish list for a while after that event and as I said when I decided to place a beauty order on my House of Fraser gift card I decided it was time to purchase this. This starts off as a reasonably rich cream but as you apply it you feel it break down and become almost water like. This is great for if my skin is really dry, but when my skin is more normal I do find this too rich for me. When I used it regularly I found I was starting to get little spots under my eyes, so I think my skin was a little overwhelmed by it. 

This one is quite expensive at £20 for 14ml and £33.50 for 28ml. As an eye cream I would say it does last well, but it does also only last 6 months before you are supposed to dispose of it, so a bit of swings and roundabouts there. Let's ignore the fact I've already had mine far longer than I should have...

Brand focus - Kiehl's

Next up I have the MTV Staying Alive Ultra Facial Cream*. This is a limited edition version of their Ultra Facial Cream and for each one sold Kiehl's donate £10 to the MTV Staying Alive foundation, which supports three projects around the world that help to empower young women. Kiehl's did send me this product, but by posting a picture of it on Instagram Kiehl's donated £10 on my behalf, as if I had bought the product. This is from 2016, but this was the second year Kiehl's had joined forces with a celebrity to front the product/campaign and design the lid of the limited edition pot. 2016 was with British singer/songwriter Laura Mvula and 2015 was with I believe Tiny Tempah. 

The cream itself is designed to be lightweight and easily absorbed but does contain ingredients with scientific sounding names designed to protect skin from harsh weather conditions. This can be used in the morning but it's one I prefer to use at night and one that I would probably also use in winter rather than the summer. Although I haven't tried the Ultra Facial Moisturizer yet I believe that one might be the lighter (and for me summer) version of the cream. The Ultra Facial Cream has surprised me as although my skin does have problems absorbing any product sometimes let alone excess product this is one where I can apply a little too much and I usually find that there is minimal product left on my skin, if any. It's a pretty amazing product!

Although this particular one is still on the website it is showing as sold out and as it's limited edition I doubt it will return until this years new limited edition is released. However you can buy the standard Ultra Facial Cream for £24 for 50ml and £43.50 for 125ml. 

Brand focus - Kiehl's
Brand focus - Kiehl's

The next two products were sent to me as part of an 'Introduction to Kiehl's' sample along with the two products I've yet to try. Starting with the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1*, I noticed there's a recent bad review of this on the Kiehl's website, but I believe that might be because the reviewer has misunderstood what this product is for. It's not a day-to-day product for slightly dry lips or for prepping them for lipstick application. The main ingredient is petrolatum, or petroleum jelly (like vaseline), so its a barrier to keep the elements away from chapped or cracked lips to help them heal. It's the sort of product I use on my nose when I've got a cold and my nose is raw from wiping/blowing and any other cream just stings and doesn't do much. In winter my lips can become really dry and difficult to deal with, but they haven't this year. I have suffered with some dryness around my lip line and this has been good for that. This is £9.50 for 15ml.

Finally, probably my favourite product is the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate*. I received a sample of their Midnight Recovery Concentrate and was excited to use it, but then discovered it does have lavender in so I couldn't try it. Instead I turned my lusting to the Daily Reviving Concentrate (after double checking the ingredients) so I was over the moon when I received it to try. 

I do use oils at night, although I tend to prefer serums as they're easier for my skin to absorb, but I'd never considered using one in the morning in case my skin didn't absorb it well and I spent the daily oily. That really isn't a problem with this product. This is designed to strengthen skins defences against daily aggressors to keep it radiant looking all day. It contains ginger root, sunflower and tamanu oils to help skin feel fresh and looking energised. It may look yellow but it's only actually the bottle that is tinted, the oil itself is pretty much completely clear. I'm not a fan of yellow as a colour but there's something about the yellow bottle that really attracts me to using the product, it's kind of sunny and inviting!

One of the best things about this is the scent, which to me is almost chocolate orange like. It may be an oil but it's light and easily absorbed and perfect for using in the morning. It leaves my dry skin feeling hydrated and looking good. I love it! This one is £37 for 30ml and £49 for 50ml. All of these products (apart from the MTV Staying Alive Ultra Facial Cream) can be found on the Kiehl's website.

Are you a Kiehl's fan? What products would you recommend?

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