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Monday, 15 December 2014

If 2014 has been the year of a brand for me, it has absolutely been Jurlique. I've heard relatively little of the brand before I tried out a little sample of their Calendula moisturiser, and the obsession took off from there. I've now got toners, cleansers, oils and serums that have extremely firm places in my routine, so I was thrilled to receive their Hand Picked Rose Essential Set* as part of their #12daysofglow campaign.

The Rose Hand Cream is probably one of the most coveted items from Jurlique, I know personally I've lusted after this little set for too long. It comes in the classic, minimalist packaging that I love from the brand, and even comes in a little cracker style box which really gives it a Christmas feel. The product itself is gorgeous; I absolutely love the scent of roses, and it's a nice, light cream which sinks in quickly and doesn't leave behind any greasy feeling. You definitely don't need a lot either, and it leaves my hands feeling really soft and hydrated most of the day. The Rose Love Balm is also included in the set which is great for any really dry patches, I can personally see myself getting a lot of use out of these on my cuticles. It's a good one for the handbag, you can just pop it in and use it on any dry areas throughout the day. At £35 for the set it's a great price too, as usually the hand cream along in this size is £33!

Jurlique have a fantastic range of Christmas presents that I know would make a fantastic gift for anyone; lets face it, who wouldn't like to see that underneath their tree. Have you got any of the sets on your Christmas list?

Thursday, 4 December 2014

To say I've had a mixed relationship with La Roche Posay is a bit of an understatement. When I first head of the Effaclar Duo a couple of years or so ago now, I convinced myself it was the answer to all of my skincare prayers and when it broke me out, it was the disappointment of the year. That said, I've tried a few others from different ranges which I absolutely loved, mostly the Biomedic Pigment Control and Effaclar Lotion which sorted out my scarring like nobodies business. So when the opportunity came across the test out a new Effaclar Three Step Anti Blemish Set*, I couldn't say no.

I was a little wary of trying the Effaclar Duo again but I did know it had been slightly reformulated since the last version I used, and I'm pleased to announce, no breakouts! Of course, I still get the odd one or two hormonal spot, but overall my skin is still looking clearer and scarring has been reduced a lot. I actually absolutely love using this product, it's a nice gel texture and even applying just feels lovely on the skin. I found the Clarifying Toner quite similar to the Effaclar Lotion I'd used previously, although it does feel a little less harsh, which I think my skin appreciates. It means it took a little longer to see results, but my skin seemed to be quite thankful for it.

The cleanser was a lovely one too, and one I was especially looking forward to trying as I hadn't used a LRP cleanser before. It does foam slightly but isn't too harsh on the skin and leaves it feeling really fresh, clean and balanced. The set of course works wonderfully together, but I have introduced a few other products too and my skin is looking a lot brighter; if the odd spot or two does appear, it doesn't stick around for too long and the scarring is seriously reduced too. These three definitely have a firm spot on my skincare routine from now on.

Have you tried anything from La Roche Posay?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

H&M Home is just one of those stores I can't resist; I probably check it for new stock every few days, and I'm willing to overlook it's normally pretty awful delivery service in favour of it's beautiful, on trend homewares. I've had my eye on a few pieces for a while now and decided to treat myself to some items.

I love the designs of most of their bedding, but pretty much every time I go to buy, doubles are always sold out! So I settled on a couple of new cushion covers and a new throw for the sofa. I'm going a lot more monochrome for the house I'm (hopefully!) moving into shortly, and I decided on a simple throw with a couple of patterned cushions. I got the Textured Blanket (£24.99) which I actually had a discount code for, making it about £18 instead. I thought the Dotted Cushion Cover (£6.99) was a little pricey, but it is a nice big one, and it matches the Striped Cushion Cover (£3.99) pretty well.

I've spoken of my love for all things copper quite a bit recently, so I finally picked up a couple little things for around the home. Of course, it had to tie in with my love of candles so I bought the Metal Candle Holder (£2.99) and the Metal Tealight Holder (£1.50) which are both cosying up my house like nobodies business in the evenings. I went for the whole hog too and got a couple of the little pillar candles. I spotted a couple of the Mini Vases (£1.50) which are cute for dotting a couple of flowers around the house too, they'd be perfect for little spray carnations.

What do you think of my buys? Have you bought anything from H&M Home recently?

Friday, 7 November 2014

Even though this whole 'buying a house' thing seems to be taking forever, the one positive I'm taking from it is that I can really brainstorm and use the time to work out exactly how I'd like each room to be and start to put more money aside for any renovation or decorating work that may need to be done. Getting older you'd think that the bedroom would be less important, but to me it's still my sanctuary, and somewhere I can come and relax with a face mask and a few blogs to read (usually if I've been booted out of the living room by boys playing Xbox) so it's really important it's somewhere comfortable and cosy.

Already having rented unfurnished properties for a few years now, I already have the majority of the furniture items I need, there's just a couple of pieces that need updating, so most of what I'm going for is furnishings. I'm obsessed with copper accents at the moment, and this copper lampshade (£14.99) from Dunelm is an absolute bargain, definitely one of the cheapest I've seen on the market. I'd add a few other little extras to tie it all together, and as always H&M Home is just killing it. The little metal candle holders (£2.99) are so cute, and I love how snuggly and soft the moss knit blanket (£34.99) looks too.

I'd love a rug that's large enough for just a bit to go under the bed and for it to be seen at the end and sides, and the IKEA RYSSBY (£55) has a really lovely monochrome, geometric design. IKEA are amazing for cushions too, although I don't understand how some can be £4 and others £15! I'm also pretty set on getting the IKEA BRUSALI (£140) wardrobe (I swear this post isn't sponsored by IKEA!). In the house I'm currently renting there's fitted wardrobes, so at first I was browsing Urban Wardrdrobes fitted wardrobe range, but unfortunately I just don't think there's enough room in the bedroom. I used to be so against fitted wardrobes, but they're so handy for organizing clothes, bags and accessories well. I've been browsing Society6 recently too which have such a gorgeous selection of prints, I'd love to get a couple big ones to add to the white walls.