Review: Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

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I’ve only just realised that I’ve never reviewed this little beauty for you! I hauled it, and it’s appeared in a couple of skincare posts, but I’ve not told you just how I feel it about it. While it’s not the one and only love of my life, the Express Hydration Primer is the sort of friend you’d call after a breakup, or turn up at their door at any hour for a pillow fight and girly movie… Slightly creepy anthropomorphism aside, this little gel moisturiser is a wonderful addition to anyone’s skincare regime – it’s comforting, light, and super easy to use. Continue reading

The Starting Off Project, Week 5: Blush!

It’s week 5 of Steph’s Starting Off Project! Go here for my take on skincare, concealer, and foundation (I didn’t take part last week, because I don’t own any bronzer!) This week, we’re talking blushes!

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An Amazing Hay-on-Wye Book Haul!

This weekend, I spent a lovely few days with my Mum in the little Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye. If you’re as much of a book-lover as we are, that name should be ringing some bells for you straight away: Hay-on-Wye is otherwise known as the Town of Books. Yep, it’s a town filled with second-hand and antique bookshops. Basically my dream town.

We stayed in the most beautiful B&B I’ve ever seen, The Bear. We’d actually stayed there the year before, and fell in love with the gorgeous building and the lovely owners, David and Andrew (not to mention the amazing breakfast!). The Bear is a gorgeous old labyrinthine building, with lots of little nooks and crannies, but decorated beautifully, with an amazing mix of the old and the modern:

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Mum and I stayed in the twin room, which is much bigger than this photo makes it look – it is beautiful, with a gorgeous en-suite, and the most comfortable beds! Also, look at those gorgeous tapestry blankets…

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Anyway, once we managed to tear ourselves away from our stunning little base, we went off on a weekend-long rampage of the bookshops, and I thought I’d show you my finds!  Continue reading

Review: Boots Natural Collection Wild Strawberry Body Cream

I picked up this cream completely on impulse in Boots the other day – I’ve always liked the Natural Collection fruit products, and even though the Wild Strawberry doesn’t exactly smell like strawberries, it’s still a gorgeous scent. I’m not going to lie, though, what made me pick this cream up is how it looked. Take a look at these pretty swirly layers!

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There are two different consistencies to this cream – a red gel and a white cream. It doesn’t stay in its neat swirls for long, and in fact it works better when you mix the two together. Not as pretty, but still pretty cool:

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This is a reasonably thick moisturiser, and I find it sinks in quite quickly, although the dual texture does mean that it takes quite a bit of rubbing in to work both textures into the skin. The smell lingers softly on your skin – not enough to interfere with perfume, just enough to catch a scent of it occasionally.

P1020756Overall, this is a really lovely moisturiser for the price (£3.50). It ticks all my boxes – under £5, good smell, nice to apply, and pretty on the shelf! I’d definitely recommend these swirly creams to anyone looking for a nice light body moisturiser – I think I’ll be checking out the Mango and Papaya next!

Do you like the look of this dual-texture cream?

Asha x

September Empties!

Yes, I’m way early, but the empties box was overflowing, and that always means it’s time for a post! Tons of use-ups in September – I didn’t finish any products in August, and I think they must all have been hanging on for this month!

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Nails of the Day: Jessica Nails Gorgeous Garter Belt

It’s been a while since I’ve considered my nails in good enough condition to paint, but they’re finally just getting long enough that I can bear to see them coloured! With all the grey light at the moment, I was feeling ready for a pop of colour, but still lusting after the darkened jewel tones that autumn seems to call for, and I knew I had the perfect thing: Jessica Nails Gorgeous Garter Belt, a deep, rich peony pink. It’s much more sophisticated than the terrible name would suggest.

Anyway, enough talking, on with the pictures!

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Tiny Body Shop Haul!

I went on a very short impromptu shopping trip today to make use of a fantastic voucher I saw on the VoucherCode website – a completely free 30ml hand cream! I’d hope anyone who’s read even one post on this blog would know that I can’t resist either the Body Shop or rose scents, so I was straight down there to get hold of Wild Rose cream for myself!

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You’ve probably also seen all over the internet that the new Body Shop range, Honeymania, was released earlier this week, so I had to get some of that loveliness.

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I’ve tried this several times in store and loved it, but hand cream generally isn’t top of my to-buy list, so I’ve never actually purchased it before. I’m very glad I got some with this offer, though, as it’s absolutely beautiful! It smells of real roses, rather than that slightly musky rose scent that many products have – this is like sticking your face in a big blousey rose, and it’s wonderful. It’s not as thick as I would normally like, but that’s forgiven because it sinks in so quickly and well. L’Occitane, you might have a rival!

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And of course, how could I leave without trying out something from Honeymania? Honey is my third favourite scent for beauty products (after rose and peach), and this new range doesn’t disappoint. A gorgeous honey smell and the usual high standard of Body Shop products means that I’m definitely going to be picking more from this range up if I ever see it in the sale or feel particularly flush… For now, though, I contented myself with the lip balm (although I already have slightly too many Body Shop lipbalms). I can see this being a total staple this autumn – it’s a great texture, and smells incredible.

Are you going to be taking advantage of the hand cream offer? There’s four different creams to choose from (Rose, Absinthe, Hemp and Almond) so even if rose doesn’t float your boat, you could still find something great. And what do you think of the Honeymania range? I really want the body butter and bath melt!

Asha x

LookFantastic Autumn Favourites and Wishlist

So, you may or may not know that I was recently chosen to be Blogger of the Week on the LookFantastic blog, which is more than a little bit exciting! I wrote a post of my favourite high end beauty bits that in an ideal world, would be my autumn staples.

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Look, I even got to make a cool banner with my new accolade!

All these products are available on LookFantastic (usually at a very good price), and the links should take you to the product pages there, rather than the brand’s website. Should just mention – this isn’t a sponsored post, I just wanted to share what I wrote with you! Continue reading