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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Review: Barry M's 'Red Black'

I thought, to coincide with Halloween, I would wear a polish that was a little more spooky and dark than some of my others, and I thought that this one was probably perfect - with the exception of black of course. As I'm pretty diabolical at nail art, I have stuck to just one colour!


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This polish is a gorgeous dark, dark burgundy colour, and one of my favourite polishes. A perfect colour for A/W I find, and even better for Halloween!
I've had this polish for about 2 years, and it's one I forget about for a while, and then rediscover and absolutely love!

Are any of you doing anything for Halloween? I know many people would have celebrated over the weekend however haha. I shall not be doing anything but having a quiet night in with my boyfriend and giving trick or treaters the odd sweet!
x

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Five benefits of using a skin moisturiser

There are many benefits of using a skin moisturiser, making it an important part of your daily skincare routine. As there are literally hundreds of moisturisers to choose from, finding one that works well for you can be a difficult task and it’s essential that you apply a moisturiser which is specifically designed for your skin type 
Once you ‘ve found a moisturiser that suits your skin type, you will start reaping the benefits of using it. If you’re unsure of what these benefits are, take a look at the following top five benefits of regularly moisturising your skin: 

Keeps your skin soft and smooth 
A moisturiser can make your skin soft and smooth. This is achieved by literally ‘plumping’ out the skin, making it appear smoother. In removing the dead skin cells, moisturisers make the skin feel much softer to touch too 

Acts as a barrier 
Skin moisturisers act as a barrier between our skin and the molecules in the air. In doing this they prevent water from leaving the skin and help to maintain its natural moisture by not allowing water to evaporate 

Protects our skin from the sun 
It’s well-established within the world of medicine and skincare that the sun is one of the most damaging influences on our skin. To counteract this, most modern skin moisturisers have sunscreen incorporated within them to help protect our skin from harmful UV rays.  
Johnson’s Face Care range, for example, are bursting with hydrating ingredients as well as sunscreen. It’s recommended that you apply a moisturiser which contains a sunscreen of at least SPF15 to ensure your skin is adequately protected at all times 

Improves skin tone 
Modern moisturisers, such as those in the Johnson’s Beauty range, include a range of vitamins and minerals that are found naturally in the skin and therefore work in harmony with it. In providing the skin with additional vitamins and minerals, moisturisers improve your skin tone, making it appear more radiant and healthy. 

Diminishes fine line and wrinkles 
Because they plump out the skin, moisturisers are proficient in diminishing fine line and wrinkles. It’s imperative that you apply a skin moisturiser that is tailored to your skin type to optimise its ability to reduce these unwanted marks.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Review: Avon's lipstick in 'Pout'

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I ended up with this lipstick entirely by accident a few months ago. My mum bought it for herself, but completely got the colour wrong - she was looking for a dark pinky-brown, which this is not. When looking through her lipsticks, I saw this and she let me have it. Which is fantastic, as it is currently my most worn lipstick. A gorgeous pinky nude, this colour is perfect for when you want to wear lipstick, but you don't want it to be too 'in your face.' I think this is quite similar to the MUA Juicy lipstick I posted about a few months back, but the Avon lipstick is pinker in comparison.
I've never really had a look at Avon lipsticks, not being able to look at the colour until it's arrived is definitely a downside for me, so I never made the effort to see if I liked any of the colours. However, since getting my hands on this and loving it, I think I will make more of an effort to look on the website and see if there are any more I like!

Have you ever perused/bought Avon for lipsticks? Or in fact for any of their products? What did you think?

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Weekend Wishlist

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1/2/3. I probably need no more tee shirts - especially as Winter rears her chilly head, but all three are gorgeous, I especially love the design on the third.
4. It's an owl jumper! I am in desperate need of more jumpers, as I live in what I imagine is the coldest house IN THE WORLD* so this is perfect.
5. I need a new hat to keep my ears warm, and burgundy is a pretty great colour, boom.
6. I have one pair of brogues at the moment, they are brown, and I love them. So I have decided one pair is not enough, and now I need a new black pair too!

* Not really, I live in England, so it can't be THAT cold, but we don't reaaaally understand the heating in the house and, well, it's pretty bloody cold.

I'm very sorry for being very MIA lately, but I did warn you! I've settled back into Uni life (living in a house is SO much better than Halls) and I'm hoping to get back into the blogging routine now! 

Friday, 12 October 2012

Halloween reads for a chilling night in

As the days get shorter and the nights colder, the idea of sinking into the
settee with a steaming cuppa and a good book gets better and better. The
bare branches and dark skies are the perfect backdrop for gothic novels full of
decaying castles, locked doors and things that go bump in the night.

Uncle Silas (1864) is about a naive teen terrified and suspicious of her sinister
governess, Madame de la Rougierre. When Maud is sent to live with her
shady and estranged uncle Silas, she thinks she’s seen the last of Cruella
de Ville’s chilling doppelgänger, but her ordeal has just begun. Written by J.
Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas is a gripping classic that’ll have you guessing
from start to finish.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
(1886) is the classic Victorian novella about a man who stumbles upon a
potion that transforms him into his evil alter-ego, the violent and murderous Mr
Hyde. The foggy cobbled side streets populated by Stevenson’s characters
are just two years away from becoming Jack the Ripper’s territory and every
page oozes with that spooky Halloween atmosphere that makes your toes
curl.

Not many people know that the famous Hitchcock movie Psycho is based
on a 1959 novel by Robert Bloch. There’s nothing supernatural about this
pulpy slasher, but it’s the perfect read for horror fans, crammed with split
personalities, hidden bodies, stuffed birds and a bucketful of blood.

The Woman in Black (1989) was committed to the big screen this year in a
film adaptation starring Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe. As a young lawyer
works on cataloging the estate of a recently deceased client, he is haunted
by the apparition of a gaunt spectre in a lonely manner house. Who is the
woman in black? Genuinely chilling, you’ll be sleeping with the lights on by the
time you reach the last page.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Review: Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Cream & Toner

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I picked this up a little while ago when Boots Botanics was offering a 1/3 off all of their range, not really knowing if I'd like it. I've never really used Boots Botanics, but the new packaging looked good so I gave it a go. I'm glad I did!
The cleansing cream is a lovely soft cream, gentle enough not to irritate my sensitive skin, but stubborn enough to remove all my eye make-up, fantastic!
The toner removes all the remains the cleansing cream hasn't been able to grab, but I do find I have to use moisturiser right after otherwise my skin is very tight and dry, although I find this with all toners I use, not just this one specifically. I wouldn't say there's much of a smell to it, it smells quite fresh, but that's about it.

It states that it 'brightens skin'. I have to say, I've not seen a massive difference in the brightness of my skin, but I don't use it every day so I may not be the best judge. I tend to only wear a full face of make-up once or twice a week, so that's when I use the cleanser/toner. Generally, the only make-up I wear is mascara, so I just use a wipe to remove that. Perhaps, if I were use the cleanser/toner every day, I would notice a difference.

They are not amazing products, they're not magic and they don't do handstands, but they are decent, good for the price, and I'd probably repurchase them again.

This is a scheduled post, I'm currently just getting back into the swing of things at Uni, I'm probably really pissed right now, or hungover. Maybe both. If you want me, I'm still on twitter - my personal twitter @katylouiseg is probably better than my blog twitter @sirensandbells for the time being. Back soon!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Review: The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream

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Although hand cream is not something I really blog about, it is a necessity in my life - especially around this time of year when it starts to get a bit colder. I get really bad dry skin on my hand, painfully so at times, so from this time of the year until about March, I moisturise my hands constantly, after I've washed my hands and whenever I feel they're not so soft.
I don't usually stay loyal to a particular hand cream, there's about 5 that I like and I know works, so I rotate them.
However, I recently discovered this, and have fallen in love with it.
This hand cream really does smell like almonds - anyone that has used anything from this range will know the smell - and it's quite a thin cream that melts in your skin without hassle. You don't need to use loads to make it work, and because of the tub it's in, it's easy to squeeze every last drop out and still be tidy enough to pop in your handbag without worrying it'll leak everywhere!
I used to love the almond hand scrub that Body Shop did, but it seems to have been discontinued as I can't find it anywhere! :(  
I shall definitely be repurchasing this when the tub runs out!
Have you used this? What did you think? x

This is a scheduled post, I'm currently just getting back into the swing of things at Uni, I'm probably really pissed right now, or hungover. Maybe both. If you want me, I'm still on twitter  - my personal twitter @katylouiseg is probably better than my blog twitter @sirensandbells for the time being. Back soon!

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