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February Favourites: My Top Three

February 29, 2012
As my Dad reminded me when I spoke to him the other night, I have been a bad blogger recently and have been slacking with my posts. So here's a nice post with my three favourite products this month to hopefully ease me back in to regular posting!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Purse Spray - Chris got me this for Christmas and its proved ever so handy! I love the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume and have always had a bottle in my collection. The Eau So Fresh variation is just as lovely and such a perfect fragrance for spring. I love how tiny the bottle of the purse spray is as is so ideal for taking away or putting in my handbag for a night out- I have been keeping it in my handbag most of the time so I can apply it whenever I feel like a spritz!

♥ Mizani Renew Strength Fortifying Shampoo - I received this in my goody bag when I attended the L'Oreal Professional event last year and am so glad I did as it wouldn't have been a brand I would have usually tried. I like to vary my shampoos so always have a few ready to use in the bathroom- and this is the one I've been most excited to use recently. There is no mention of its volumizing properties on the bottle but I've found that's been the best thing about this shampoo- my hair always has so much volume after using this and I definitely will be buying again.

L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes - I got this a while ago and while I liked it and thought it was a good mascara, it was one of my favourites. I've started to use it again recently and I'm not sure what has happened but it's making my lashes look amazing! I'm wondering whether it's because the formula has dried out slightly which is giving the mascara extra oomph. I have been using it every day and was asked at the weekend what mascara I was wearing- always a good sign!

Monday Summary 003

February 13, 2012
My sister Jess, bowling at the weekend 

Here are my 5 good things at the moment:

1) Pretending to be a student again. On Friday my brother and I took the train to Norwich to visit my sister who goes to Uni there. It was great pretending to be a student again. Had a great night out on Friday and loved the student priced drinks and then we went bowling on Saturday night after a day of chilling and film watching.

2) Norwich. It's such a lovely city- I really like it. Not too big and not too small with lots of nice restaurants and shops.

3) Mean Girls. We watched this film at the weekend and I tweeted that it was a film I can watch over and over- it seems that you all agree! My twitter is @cherrydelights if you fancy following me.

4) Getting lighter in the evenings. Only ever so slightly but I am clutching onto it not being so dark at half 4! Bring on lovely spring time.

5) Bowling. As I mentioned we went bowling at the weekend with Jess (my sister) and her housemates. I actually did OK and even got a strike- whoop! I think my practising on the Wii has translated onto the real game. I really like bowling- is something different to do in the evening!

Smashbox Girls on Film Collection

February 11, 2012

I have heard lots about Smashbox- mostly their Photo Finish products and HD powder. I was sent a couple of products from their Girls on Film Collection to look at so of course I will share with you!

Smashbox Blush Rush in Silhouette

'Get a gorgeous rush of colour with this ultra-luxurious, long-wearing blush. With an innovative swivel mirror component for touch ups-on-the-go, Blush Rush will get you front-cover photo ready in an instant'

This is such a gorgeous wearable colour. It's one of those blush colours that gives definition and colour to create a really natural but classic look. I also adore the mirror in the packaging. Other Blush Rush products cost £18.50 from Debenhams however this collection is yet to be released over here (as far as I know).

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Overexposed

'A picture-perfect pout is just a swipe away with our beloved, award-winnng formula for soft, smooth lips. Choose from two new universally flattering shades of pink'

This is a lip gloss which you can't really go wrong with. It has a slight tint of pink which would suit anyone and gives a lovely finish- glossy but not gloopy. Saying that, I don't think I would pay £13 for it as it is nothing extra special.

Are you a fan of Smashbox? What are their stand-out products?

I love...

February 09, 2012

'I love...' are a really cute brand that I have recently been introduced to. They launched in 2008 and they have a range of lovely bath and body goodies in all sorts of delicious flavours such as mango & papaya and strawberries & milkshake. They also do more cosmetic products like lip balms and face masks and have some really really cute gift sets for Valentine's Day.

Their blackcurrant flavour is a new addition to the range and I was sent the bubble bath & shower cream- I adore the fruity smell and love that it's a big fat bottle! I was also sent the bath & shower cream in Coconut & Cream so I can imagine I'm on holiday as I soak. They also do the hand lotion in this flavour although I wasn't overly impressed with this as it was a bit greasy.

The best thing about 'I love...' is the price of the products. A 500ml bottle of the bubble bath & shower cream is a bargainous £2.05! I will definitely be stocking up on their products. You can find them in Superdrug, Morrisons and The Co-Operative. 

I have also seen 'I love...' featured in Pixiwoo's 'Products of the month video' which is a great recommendation for their products!

Monday Summary 002

February 06, 2012
Dinner tonight- yum!

My 5 good things:

1) Making a really delicious dinner with Chris. The recipe can be found here and it's really simple to make and such a good winter warmer. It's basically pesto (the recipe uses green but we used red, hence the colour), crème fraiche, cherry tomatoes and chicken. We had it with lots of creamy mash- mmm.

2) Cambridge. This weekend was spent in Cambridge with all of my Uni friends- most of our Uni reunions are in Leeds but this time we visited my friend Soph in Cambridge. It was such a great weekend and we enjoyed an amazing curry on the Saturday night.

3) The Uni girls. We literally spent all weekend chatting- the TV was not on once! I love that we make the effort to keep seeing each other and whenever we do, nothing has ever changed.

4) Snow! In case you missed it (haha) it snowed on Saturday night. We got caught in the blizzard on the way home and it was hugely entertaining as we clung onto each other and fell off the curb as we couldn't see where it was. The walk in the snow the next morning was less dramatic but lovely.

5) Lana Del Rey. Loving Born to Die!

What are your 5 good things this week? Let me know if you do this too!

Review: Benefit POREfessional

February 02, 2012

Benefit POREfessional


£23.50 - Benefit website
I received this at the Benefit/Diet Coke event

What does it claim to do?

"Quickly minimise the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put. Contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals." - Benefit

What do I think?

This is another Benefit product that I've heard a lot of good things about, so was extremely happy to see it in my goody box at the event a few weeks ago. It wouldn't have been a product I would have purchased myself as I don't really have large pores, however I'm glad I've tried it as it works well as a primer.

You only need a small amount of this and the product is a light brown colour (however it doesn't transfer colour to your skin if that makes sense). It's very simple to apply- just pat it onto moisturised skin before applying your make-up. My first thought was that it really reminded me of the L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer (a really old review here!) as it feels so velvety on your skin. It leaves your skin feeling so silky and soft which is a lovely base for make-up.

In terms of results, it does seem to make my make-up last longer and look nicer- although I can't pinpoint how exactly! I guess that's what a primer is meant to do really. I've not been totally amazed by it but can't criticize it at all so yeah- just generally a good product!

Would I re-purchase?

I don't think so as it's not a stand out product for me. If you want a similar product that's cheaper I'd recommend the L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer.

Carmine January Box

February 01, 2012

A week or so ago I was treated to the January Carmine box (thanks Carmine!) to review. I received their November box last year and so was keen to see what they had instore for me this time.

Onto the goodies...

Korres Wild Rose 24-hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream - 'This organic, wild rose face cream will not only brighten and repair your complexion, it will also pump up the hydration for a full 24-hours!'

Eldora False Eyelashes - 'Whether you're going for a bit of extra length or a subtle touch of sparkle, Eldora false eyelashes are the perfect way to turn up the glam.'

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil- 'No time for a New Year facial? Not to worry, this 100% natural face oil will dramatically renew your skin and make you literally glow.'

Westlab Himalayan Pink Salt- 'Straight from the Himalayan mountain range, this natural, mineral-rich treasure will transform a 30-minute soak in the bath into a detox that's equivalent to a 3-day fast!'

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick- 'Take it from us- this chubby stick of soft, creamy colour does double-duty as a liner and a shadow to create the perfect smoky-eye that will never go out of style.'  

So far I have only tried the Westlab bath salts as I love a good bath. I wasn't overly impressed as the salt took a while to dissolve and I didn't find it made a big difference to the whole bath experience. In terms of the other products I love Korres and so have high hopes for their moisturiser and am very excited to wear the false lashes. If you have this Carmine box- what are the stand out products?