Friday, 29 August 2014

Review | The Body Shop - Body Sorbets

Following on from my last post which featured my latest Body Shop Haul, I thought I would tell you all about the Body Sorbets that made it into my basket. I picked up the Strawberry and Mango 'flavours' thinking that they were shower gels (obviously I didn't read the description clearly!) and when they arrived I remember thinking had I been sent the wrong thing. I looked it up again online and realised that I had just been a bit of an idiot! I wasn't disappointed though as my normal Spray & Go Vaseline moisturiser was just about to run out.

Obviously the first thing you do when you get a new flavoured product is give it a good sniff! (Or is that just me?!) Let me tell you though, I could sit for hours smelling these! They are amazing! They really have got the scents right but the great thing about them is that they're aren't too overpowering. I don't think anyone would want to smell like a giant strawberry all day!

The next thing I noticed about the product was the texture, I was expecting it to be quite runny but it was actually really thick. When you dispense it from the bottom, it comes out in a thick blob but this actually makes it really easy to apply. I can't stand products that are so runny that you have to chase to stop them dribbling everywhere! I used it on my legs after shaving and got a great coverage from just one walnut sized blob. My legs also felt amazingly smooth that day and the day after too.

There are five scents to choose from, Strawberry, Mango, Moringa, Pink Grapefruit and Satsuma and they cost £8 each. The Body Shop are always doing some sort of discount online though so I'm sure you would be able to find a money off code.

Have you tried these?
What do you think?


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Body Shop Haul

Last payday I decided to treat myself to a little Body Shop haul. I had seen a code online to get 35% off any items and already had planned to repurchase the Instablur Primer which I had previously reviewed here. Naturally a few other items "fell" into my basket, (you can blame Gh0stparties and Lily Melrose for their reviews for these!) as I had heard good things about them and wanted to give them a try for myself.

Firstly, was my repurchase, the Instablur Primer. I've heard mixed reviews on this but personally, I really like it. At £14 it's quite expensive for a high street primer but with the discount it only cost £9.10. My other tube is just about to run out so the code came at a really good time!

After reading Gh0stparties review on the Chamomile cleanser I knew I had to pick one up. At £10 (£6.50 with discount) it's a really great price. I'm yet to try this as I am waiting for my current cleanser to run out (not long to go!) but after reading some great reviews on it, I can't wait to try it!

The other two products in my order were the new body sorbets. For some reason in my head I thought these were shower gels and it was only until I received them in my order that I saw they were moisturisers. I definitely wasn't disappointed though, they smell amazing! I got the strawberry and mango ones and I used the strawberry one for the first time last weekend. I won't go into too much detail about them as I am going to be doing a separate post on them but you need to get these! They normally retail at £8 each but with the discount came to £5.20 each.

Finally I received a free gift with my order which was the Almond Hand & Nail Cream, with the Autumn/Winter months approaching I was going to be buying one of these soon anyway so I was very happy when I saw that one was coming free with my order.

In total, my order came to £26 and had free delivery because the original amount before discount came to more than £25 (the threshold spend for free delivery). The order arrived two days later, which was amazing. I will definitely be placing another online Body Shop order soon!

Have you tried any of these products before?


Monday, 25 August 2014

Clinique Chubby Sticks with Glamour Magazine

As I have been absent from blogging for a few weeks, I never got round to to sharing my thoughts on the Clinique chubby sticks that were free with last months Glamour Magazine. There were several freebies to collect but the ones I was most interested in were the Chubby Sticks. There were two different ones to collect, Watermelon and Super Strawberry. The latter of which was quite difficult to track down, where ever I tried seemed to have the Watermelon one or no free gift at all as people had stolen them (seriously, who does that?!). Eventually my husband managed to find one at his work, he even rang me up to ask me if it was the right one!

The magazine cost £2 so I really didn't think twice about picking up two copies considering the full sizes chubby sticks are £16. I think the sample sizes work out to be about £9 each so I still saved myself £14 by getting both, and I gave the other magazine to my sister to read so she was happy too!

I think that lip crayons have become my favourite lip product, I love how they're not sticky, they are easy to apply and the colour pay off is quite good. The only issue I have with these Clinique crayons are that they are quite drying. I've been using my Nivea moisturising lip balm before hand to stop my lips from drying out too much.

Obviously these being a sample size, they are slightly smaller than the full sized chubby sticks but I love how these are really handy for shoving in your handbag on a night out. I don't even need a mirror to apply them.

My favourite colour out of the two is the Strawberry and I am tempted to purchase the full size product when I have worked my way through this.

Did you manage to pick up any of the Clinique freebies last month? 
If so, which one/s?


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Weekly Round Up | 027

Wow, it's been a long time since I did a Weekly Round Up post! I hope you've all had a lovely week and that those of you in the UK are looking forward to a nice relaxing bank holiday Monday tomorrow.

On Monday evening I was lucky enough to go and see the first day of Lee Evans new tour, Monsters at The Bournemouth International Centre. I booked the tickets about a year ago for Bradley's birthday and it finally came around. We saw his last tour which was a few years ago at Wembley Arena and I didn't hesitate in buying tickets again for this tour. It seemed strange seeing him in a smaller venue as we were in one of the back rows at Wembley, but we were 8 rows from the front on Monday. I'm obviously not going to spoil any of the jokes, but he was really funny. There were a few laugh out loud moments but my face ached at the end from smiling and giggling so much! Before the show, we popped into Bournemouth for a drink and I managed to snap the beautiful carousel which is by the pier. It's strange that I don't often appreciate the area I live in as I'm there all the time but it looked so pretty in the sunshine!

I was working the late shift at work again this week so nothing really happened until this weekend where I met up with one of my sisters to get our eyebrows and nails done at our local salon. We popped into town for a bit of shopping after and I saw some amazing pants in Topshop! They have lots of Disney ones including Toy Story, Bambi and Jungle Book. I was very tempted to get a few pairs! I also spotted a huge Yankee Candle sale in my local Clintons but wasn't really tempted by any of the scents. I'm really loving Summer Scoop at the moment but it wasn't in the sale. I'm definitely going to have to get a large jar of it before the summer is out!

I'm looking forward to next week as I am going to a friends wedding and I have some time off to catch up on blogging, sleeping and Gossip Girl!

What have you been up to this week?


Monday, 18 August 2014

Old Wives Tail | SOS Organic Anti Hair Loss Oil Treatment

Old Wives Tail is a small haircare company selling handmade organic hair care products. They recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying one of their hair oil treatments. My hair has been suffering a little recently due to more frequent hair colouring (to cover the greys!) and the fact that we have a new air conditioning system at work which seems to be making it quite dry.

The product I was sent to review was the SOS Organic Anti Hair Loss Oil Treatment*, whilst I currently don't suffer with hair loss (although the amount of hair I find on my hairbrush/floor/plug hole would tell you otherwise) I think it's important to have a healthy scalp and thick locks. I know there will be a time in the not too distant future where I will be cursing the fact that I don't have as much hair as I used to!

The oil is made from high quality, natural, chemical free, environmentally friendly ingredients and none of the products sold at Old Wives Tail are tested on animals (they even donate 10% of their profits to charities that help protect animals from being tested on - a big thumbs up from me).

I tried this at the weekend as the instructions said to leave the oil on for one hour before rinsing and shampooing although you can leave the treatment on overnight if you wrap your hair in a towel. I knew I was never going to be able to leave myself enough time before work to get the full benefit, so last Saturday morning I got myself a cup of coffee, a magazine and worked the oil through my hair from root to tip. I then spent the next hour relaxing and let the oil work its magic. After the hour was up, I jumped in the shower and completed my normal hair care routine. Once I had blow dried my hair, I couldn't believe how soft my hair felt and I couldn't stop touching it! After almost daily use of heat styling tools it was so refreshing for my hair to be soft and silky smooth again.

I've decided to use the rest of the treatment on a weekly basis, not only to give some life back to my locks but also to grab a little bit of me time - win, win!

You can buy the Old Wives Tail SOS Organic Anti Hair Loss Oil Treatment (£13.99/100ml) as well as other products from the range at the Old Wives Tail website. They offer free worldwide delivery!

Have you tried any hair oils before?


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Why, hello there....remember me?

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I've been wondering how to start this post for a few weeks now. Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank-you to all my loyal readers who have stuck by my blog even though I haven't posted in over a month! What I thought would be a little week break turned into a few more weeks and I can't believe that the last time I posted was the 7th of July! That being said, I really have enjoyed taking a few weeks off and it has really made me think about blogging, why I am doing it and how I can progress in the future.

So over the last few weeks quite a lot has happened. Impatience is a Virtue turned two years old on the 4th August! It only feels like five minutes ago I was thanking all my followers last year and I am so proud of how my blog has grown and developed during this time. I honestly couldn't even imagine that there would almost be 1000 of you following my little beauty and life rambles! Thank-you everyone for reading and supporting me over the last two years!

I've been working hard on my portfolio at work and am really pleased to announce that I am now the second person in the country to be awarded the Mary Macdonald Bursary from the IBMS. I even got an article written about me on their website, which you can read here if you're interested!

I've been really restrained with my spending recently which has led to the lack of beauty hauls/product reviews etc, we are trying to save for our trip to Disneyworld which I mentioned in this post but so far things have gotten in the way, our car needing repairs and unexpected bills arriving (a little like that scene in Up when Carl & Ellie keep raiding their penny jar to pay for things - Disney fans, you know what I mean!).

I'm going to take things slow for the next few weeks and not pressure myself into posting but I have really missed you guys and your lovely comments!

Speak to you soon!