Monday, 23 September 2013

Autumn 2013 wishlist!

I am so excited for autumn!  It's my second favourite season, closely behind Winter, and I absolutely love it. The thick jumpers, chunky boots, dark nails and lips, sunset tones and scented candles really make me happy. I love Summer too but I am not a big fan of hot weather (haha I'm strange) and I just adore the weather in Winter and Autumn. I love sitting around the bonfire, eating toffee apples and snuggling up in a blanket. I like it when the weather is cold because the house feels so cosy with the heating and log burner on. And firework and bonfire night are my favourite nights...eveeerrr!

 These are a few items I have my eyes on for the autumn season- if I could get all these things I definitely would! I am so in love with the wedges and the parka coat. I think the wedges would look so amazing with the fox jumper, the orange nail polish and the cream cardigan! I am definitely going to be purchasing that fox onesie, it looks so cosy and I could imagine sipping a caramel hot chocolate in front of the fire whilst wearing this gorgeous print. (In case you can't tell, I have a massive love of foxes when it comes to fashion) I want all of it! I'm so excited :D What is your favourite item?

What are your favourite things about Autumn/fall?

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Balance me pure skin face wash review | Handpicked Beauty

Hey everyone,

Recently I have been using a new cleanser, and I am absolutely crazily in love with it! It's the Balance me pure skin face wash for normal to combination skin, which retails for £11 (50 ml version). There are other sizes for a higher price, but I actually think it is great value for money as you only need a tiny amount to cleanse your entire face.

I actually got this in Cosmopolitan magaizne a few months ago because I saw this in it and I really wanted to try it! I didn't even read the magazine, but  it was only a few pounds and as this cleanser is worth £11 I thought it was a bargain, regardless of whether I read the magazine or not (my mum did in the end). I've been using it for a few months because I wanted to make sure I really tested it and loved it before I reviewed it, and I definitely, absolutely do!

The first thing I love about this product is the naturalness. The ingredients used are sulphate and petroleum free and full of natural goodness and essential oils, such as ylang ylang. It's also packed with antioxidants. It doesn't strip away your natural moisture levels and just keeps the skin balanced and healthy. I have combination skin and this cleared up my breakouts after only a few uses. I also think this would be great if you have dry skin too, as I personally think it would work for all skin types. I get quite dry skin sometimes and this keeps everything balanced-not too dry, not too oily.

The packaging is really cute and easy to use. You just squeeze the tube to get the product out, and it's really functional as not too much comes out. A downside is that you can't see how much product you have left, which I find quite annoying.

I tend to use a tiny drop, and I run a bit of warm water over it to form a lather. I then just massage it over my entire face, starting with the eyes and then moving onto my cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. It doesn't sting at all, and I love the way the eyemakeup just melts away! At first I thought it would sting my eyes but it honestly doesn't affect them at all. I thoroughly massage it in to every nook and cranny of my face for about 2 minutes to make sure absolutely all the makeup is off, and then rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel. It's so quick and easy to use, so is perfect for when you have lots of makeup on but can't be bothered to spend ages scrubbing it off. It feels so smooth and luxurious! I follow up with an exfoliator, the Simple toner and the Simple Kind to skin hyrdrating light moisturiser.

As I only use a tiny amount, I think this will last me a really long time. Like I said, I've been using it since July and the tube still seems quite full.

It has a really calming scent so I loveeee using it before bed. It says it has a frankincense, ylang ylang and grapefruit scent but I can't really smell the individual scents, to me it just smells really calming and luxurious. It's quite strong so not everyone will like it but after you've washed it off the smell goes completely so it's not a huge deal in my opinion.

Overall, this product ticks every box of for me: scent, packaging and how well it works. I would give it a 10/10 and I will definitely be repurchasing it, as it has become a holy grail cleanser for me. I haven't wanted to use any of my other cleansers for ages now, including my Liz Earle Hot cloth cleanser.

Have you tried any of the Balance me products? After this, I am incredibly eager to try some more of their products!

Lots of love,

Monday, 2 September 2013

What's in my school bag?

So as I am unfortunately going back to school on wednesday I thought it would be fun to show what I take in my school bag on a day to day basis! I haven't included school books because obviously I haven't got them yet.

For some super super annoying reason Blogger won't let me link my video here, so I will just leave the web address! Would mean so much if you guys watched it <3

Super cute plasters I take to school
Notebook,vaseline and gum! :D

My 'emergency bag'; blotting tissues, bobbles, handcream etc :D

I really hope  you like the video! I'm sorry the quality is bad, I really don't know why that is, but hopefully I should be getting a new camera soon! Has anyone got any suggestions to good cameras I could get? Thanks so much for watching :) And please leave nay requests below :) xxx

Lots of love,