Beauty Review: Nair Shower Power Creams

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A quite beauty review for you today! I was kindly sent the new Nair Shower Power range recently so thought I’d compile my thoughts for you….

 

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I personally really like these creams (because I’m too lazy to shave and too wussy to wax) – they hardly take any time at all, and are totally pain free. However, the Veet ones smell AWFUL! I think they’ve recently released some scented ones (which I haven’t tried yet) but I was really pleasantly surprised by these Nair ones. Neither smell at all odd – just clean and soapy – result!

 

The Argan Oil cream is really moisturising, and has a lovely fresh soap scent, while the Brazilian Spa Clay is beautifully rich and creamy. If you try hard you can still smell the ‘hair removal’ scent, but it’s seriously reduced compared to what I’ve seen before. Very impressed!

 

 

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The claim with these is that you put them on for a couple of minutes before you shower, then leave them on for 3 mins during your shower before you wash them off. Definitely better than the 10 mins of sitting in a freezing cold bathroom that I was used to before!

 

Both of them did what they said on the tin, and without any of the downsides previously associated with hair removal creams. I will definitely be buying these once they run out, and would recommend them highly!

 

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Both are £6.99 in Boots and are a huge 200ml, which I think will last for aaaaaages.

What do you think? Have you tried either of these? Or had any good or bad experiences?

Guest feature – Tartan Coat mega bargain!

 This week I discovered a lovely email from one of my wonderful readers – Beckie, who is a fellow charity shop lover. She’s sent in this picture of her amazing tartan coat that was just £2 from Age UK in Neston, and a 90p dress! Definitely think she could teach me a thing or two or about bargain hunting. Perhaps a trip to Neston is in order?
Oversized tartan coat – £2 – Age UK, Neston
Bright blue skirt – £3 – eBay
White blouse – birthday gift – Top Shop
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Flower print bodycon – 90p – charity shop, Neston
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Would love to see some more bargain outfits from you lovely readers. Send in a snap and a list of where it’s from and what it cost and I’ll share with the thrifting world!!

A blush pink wedding (Lover.ly collaboration)

I had a charming email from Lover.ly this week asking me if I’d compile a wedding inspiration board for them! They asked me to be inspired by one of the gorgeous wedding dresses they offer. Of course I’m a total wedding fanatic so was glad to do a theme centred around this unbelievable blush pink Vera Wang wedding dress. I’m really loving the blush theme right now for brides (as seen on Kaley Cuoco and Reese Witherspoon to name just a few) and thought this dress was really individual, but wouldn’t look dated in thirty years time. I love the combinations of flowing fabric but fitted bodice as it makes it graceful but still structured. Perfection!
Thought I’d go super girly for this theme – a baby’s breath headdress, bow hair style, diamonds (natch), and Tiffany coloured bridesmaids.
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The Lover.ly site is designed to help brides plan their big day, with a collection of inspiring images, details, dresses, and plenty of ‘real life weddings’ for you to steal ideas from! You can also save the images into collections for later. Super handy, and beautifully curated.
Of course my day (when it eventually comes!) will be all thrifted and second hand, but I’ll be stealing all my ideas and inspiration from sites like this before I hit the charity shops/carboots. Gotta get the vision from somewhere!
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What do you think – fit for a princess or too sugary sweet? I personally think you can never have too much pink and glitter!

Vlog – Charity Shop Haul!

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Guess what – I’m hooked!

 

I’ve done a second YouTube video for you guys showing all the stuff I bought on my recent charity shop adventure. Hopefully you like it, and please do subscribe, like, and send me a bunch of comments/feedback! It takes forever to edit, record, upload etc, but I’m really enjoying it and am so psyched that I’ve already had 100 views on my first vlog!

 

 

 

 

My first ever vlog! Charity shopping and some top tips…

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      BIG NEWS I’ve done my first ever vlog! This is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages but was too shy/busy but I’ve finally made the time and taken the leap. Pretty please watch it, like … Continue reading

Best Creme de la Mer Dupes!

I love Creme de la Mer products and having worked there got addicted to basically all of them. However, sadly I can’t afford to sustain this fan-dom, and as a thrifting blogger I thought I’d better see if I could find some bargain alternatives. I’ve been trying out loads of different things over the past couple of years and of course nothing is quite as good (you get what you pay for really) but they make pretty amazing dupes.

 

Here’s the results…

 

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The Toner

 

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I never used to use toner and didn’t entirely see the point of it, but since I’ve started using it between cleansing and moisturising my skin has improved hugely. It’s amazing how much grime (sorry for the over share!) comes off onto the cotton pad even after you’ve cleansed. Getting that last little bit seems to stop all my spots appearing. Amazing!

 

The thing I love about this toner is that’s really thin and watery – I just put a drop onto a cotton pad and sweep it over my whole face. Most toners I looked at were oily or creamy but these ones leave no residue at all. This No7 ‘Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner’ is identical to the Creme de la Mer toner as far as I can tell. Definitely a winner!

 

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Creme de la Mer ‘The Tonic’ - £65

No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner - £8 (and always on offer!)

 

 

The Cleansing Fluid

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I was never sure about oil cleaners until I tried this Creme one – I figured it’d be really oily and terrible for my oily skin. However, once I tried it I finally believed all the hype. It balances my skin really well, makes it supple and clear instead of tight and dry. You hardly need any each time so they last forever. I just use one pump of either of smooth it onto dry skin. You let it sink in a bit so it gets all the mascara off and then wash it off with a damp cloth. I find these are the only cleansers that get everything off so I’m not stuck with panda eyes in the morning.

 

The Creme de la Mer ‘The Cleansing Oil’ has the added benefit of being awesomely glittery iridescent in the bottle, but the L’Oreal version smells incredible – super fruity!

 

 

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Creme de la Mer ‘The Oil Cleanser’ - £65

L’Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil – £7.99

 

 

 

The Refining Facial

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I tend to be a bit rubbish about forgetting to exfoliate or use face masks, but whenever I do I really notice the differences. The beauty of the Creme de la Mer Refining Facial is that you can rub it on damp skin as an exfoliator or paste it onto dry skin and leave it for a few minutes as a face mask. It’s super thick and chalky and the exfoliant is diamond powder (too cool!!!). I’ve never seen another exfoliator like it – they’re normally too liquid or the beads are massive and oily and don’t do anything. This one is exactly the right balance between too rough on my sensitive skin, or full of pointless ‘beads’.

 

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Creme de la Mer ‘The Refining Facial’ – £65

Soap & Glory ‘The Fab Pore Facial Peel’ – £6.67 (but £13.34 per 100ml – the same as the Creme product)

The Concealer

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When it comes to concealer I can’t see any point messing around with something that doesn’t cover up 100% of the redness or bags. When I tried this Creme de la Mer concealer I was an immediate convert – it gives flawless coverage that lasts all day and isn’t cakey or shiny. It’s a cream in the packet and then on your skin it looks powdery and perfect – exactly like you perfect skin! I’ve never found anything quite as good but bought this Look Beauty concealer pallet on a whim when it was reduced in Superdrug – and was so happy I took a risk. The formulation is really really similar to the Creme version and you get two shades so you can mix and contour too. It’s not quite as long lasting and flawless, but it’s pretty darned close!

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Creme de la Mer ‘The Concealer’ in Medium – £48 for 3.5g

Look Beauty Conceal It concealer pallet – £8 (I got it half price!)

Would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve got any other great dupes, or if you’ve tried any of these products?

 

 

OOTD – Sheer, embellished, capes, mini bags, and monochrome – trend overload!

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Good evening lovely thrifters,   Today’s outfits is a full smorgasbord of bargain trends for you. I’ve combined monochrome (head to toe black and white) with a sheer AND embellished top, a mini bag, and of course a cape/poncho. I don’t … Continue reading

Mixing monochrome with neon – OOTD

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I wasn’t planning on posting the OOTD but I got so many compliments today I thought I’d better share! Sorry the photography is a bit sketchy, it was getting dark by the time I got home from work. But…. excuses aside – hope you like the outfit!

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I was going to wear all monochrome today, but then at the last minute I threw on my favourite neon necklace to give an extra bit of energy and fun. So glad I did!

 

Houndstooth peplum top: £2.49 – eBay

Neon necklace – £1 – Primark sale

‘Trouser look’ leggings – Gap sale

Black and brown boots – £5 – eBay

 

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I know it’s still acting like summer weather, but I have missed all my winter boots so brought out my first pair today.

 

What do you think? Is monochrome a trend you’re on board with? It’s really flattering but sometimes a bit more colour can be great to cheer you up in Winter…. would love your thoughts in the comment boxes below!