April Favourites

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Bonjour my lovelies,

Seeing as April has come and gone, I think a monthly favourites is in order. At the start of April, I vowed that I would flip my next to nonexistent skincare routine on its head and be a little braver in trying new things, and I did.

Enough ramble Relly, lets go…

Skincare

Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned here are a tad pricey, sorry. I actually got the majority of these in a free gift set. I can’t find the offer online but it was the Holly Fulton for Elizabeth Arden exclusive to Boots.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Eye Cream: After trying countless drugstore brightening creams for my dark under eye circles and nothing really making a difference, I decided to give this a go. I use it morning and night, and it works a dream. My panda eyes look a lot brighter and less bug- eyed. The creamy consistency absorbs nicely into the skin and keeps my eyes feeling hydrated all day. A tad pricey at £26 but you only have to use a tiny bit, so 15g will last months.

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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum: This is just a cream serum that claims to ‘give skin a healthy looking glow and renews skin’s clarity and texture.’ After using it just one night before bed, it quickly made its way to my evening routine. My skin feels hydrated, smooth and has a healthy glow to it. Trust me, the only glow I’m used to seeing on my skin is oil. Unlike a lot of other skin serums I’ve tried, this doesn’t break me out at all and it does its job.

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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser: I just use this to exfoliate once a week and its kicked my trusty Garnier 3 in 1 in the butt. It’s a really creamy face wash but has very gentle particles in it. It’s not harsh on the skin by any means, its makes my skin feel moisturized, hydrated and best of all it doesn’t aggravate any pesky zits.

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum: These came in form of little capsules, and they claim to ‘reinforce your skins natural ceramides and help skin repair itself.’ At first touch, these feel super oily, making me a little apprehensive at first, but I wouldn’t be a very good blogger if I didnt give things a go right 😉 and thank god I did. I use one of these a week before bed, and in the morning my skin looks radiant and the dry patches around my nose etc are healed.

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The last 3 products I mentioned were part of the free gift set, so I only have sample sizes, but they have worked wonders so I will be purchasing the full sizers at some point. Click here for the full size products if you’re interested.

Superdrug Tea Tree Daily Cleaner and Toner: I won’t lie, this was primarily an impulse buy, we all have them right ;). My skin has cleared up soooo much after using this nightly. It leaves my skin all tingly and fresh directly after use, and has managed to keep any looming breakouts at bay. For £2.99 this stuff is a bloody bargain.

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: I finally ditched make up wipes, in favour of jumping on the cleaning water hype. This removes all my makeup, including stubborn Mascara whilst gently cleansing my skin. I just pop some on a cotton pad, soak my eyes for a couple of seconds then rub in circular motions across the face. It feels gentle, refreshing doesn’t break me out and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and oily. For only £3.99 for quite a big bottle, this is definitely a purchase worth pennies.

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Makeup

Urban Decay Naked Palette: I’m sure you’re all aware by now; I’m a sucker for a Naked Palette. This month I’ve tried to wean myself off Naked 2 and 3, and show my latest palette the love. I’ve been loving wearing the mid chocolate brown colour Buck through the crease with a smidge of Darkhorse, a darker brown shade with specks of gold glitter on the outer V, with Naked, the brown toned nude shade all over the lid. 12 shades of great colour pay off, consistency and lasting power, the Naked Palettes are top notch; which I’d say justifies its seemingly high price at £37.

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MAC 224 Brush: I finally did gave in, I got my very first MAC brush oh yeahhhhh! This is a tapered, dome shaped blending brush, which makes the application of eyeshadow to the crease easy peasy. The bristles are made from very soft fibres so it controls the amount of product it picks up and is gentle on the delicate eye area. The only downside is the price, at £25 for one single brush, it just makes me think, woooow I could buy a set of Real Techniques brushes for less than that.

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Oral B Braun Electric Toothbrush: This was a birthday present of my gorgeous significant other. I was still living in the stone ages with my little manual toothbrush scratching my poor gums raw. This has made my oral hygiene routine a breeze, its powerful and the head rotates, leaving my teeth looking and feeling clean and shiny, all I have to do is stand there being lazy. After 2 minutes, the brush gives you a sign to indicate that your recommended brushing time is up. It has around 20 minutes battery life, so you only need to charge it once a week. These are around £30 I think and £10 for a pack of heads which I believe last up to 6 months.

Hope you all enjoyed April, leave me a comment telling me what products have made your April awesome. Until next week, don’t forget to like/ follow/ comment and enjoy yet another Bank Holiday weekend. I’ll see you soon 🙂

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Monday Blues Mini Haul

Happy Monday you lovely bunch,

Its Monday again (sad face). I have come to the conclusion that after Friday, the next 2 days slip down some invisible black hole. Monday rolls around way to quick (curse you Monday.) This morning I got a hard slap with the Monday Blues, and the only way to rectify this was much needed/wanted retail therapy. I thought I’d do a random mini haul.
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At the start of this month, after taking tips from a fellow blogger Little Bit Soph, I swore I would curb my Boots bingeing, and only venture in there when I needed something. Guess what…I failed 😦 !

Anywhooooz, let’s get started…

First up I got the new Colgate Max White One Optic toothpaste. I’ve always wanted a brilliant white smile, but buying a kit and running the risk of having more sensitive teeth doesn’t seem worth it to me. I saw this for £2.20 on an introductory offer, so I decided to give it a shot. It claims to ‘form an invisible sheen on your teeth, which reflect blue lights to make your teeth appear whiter.’

Alongside the toothpaste, I picked up the Colgate Max White One mouthwash £1.99. This claims to work with the toothpaste and contains stain defence technology amongst all the usual stuff you’d expect on a mouthwash.
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Only time will tell if the Max White One range is worth it or a gimmick, so I will keep you posted.

Next up I got the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal eyeliner in 005 Nude. I love these beauties, they are super creamy and the only drugstore eyeliners that don’t give me panda eyes after an hour. I don’t wear much make up during the week, so I thought this would be perfect for my bottom waterline. Nude colours make your eyes appear brighter and bigger, and for £3.99, no complaints here. Win, win.
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I’m not wearing tons of make up, my eyes are just naturally this bright – wink wink…ILLUSIONS!

Last up I got the Imperial Leather Foamburst body wash £3.99. I can’t praise this stuff enough. Just one small pump is more than enough for the whole body – it foams up like craaazy so it lasts for ages. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturised, and it smells…oh so good. I got the sweet vanilla and cherry blossom scent, but there are around 5 different scents to choose from.
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Have any of you guys tried the above, what do you think?

That’s my lot for today, don’t forget to Like/ Comment and Follow

Thanks for stopping by
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Burr-illiant – Tanya Burr Lipgloss

‘Frenemies’ is the only word that could be used to define the relationship between me and lipgloss. My hair sticks to it, and my dry, lizard lips make it a clumpy mess.

Now, because I have zero self control when it comes to make up, when my favourite YouTuber, Tanya Burr announced her Lips and Nails range – all my previous reservations on lipgloss were straight out of the window, time for ol’ Relly over here to get her merry jig on.

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Since my nails are still in recovery, I decided a lipgloss was the way forward. I trawled the swatches on Katies Beauty Blog, and as I’m all about the nude lip, I opted for ‘Just Peachy’ – a perfect nude, peach shade.

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Oooooh boy, this colour has Relly written all over it…

The texture of this lipgloss is super creamy, pigmented and best of all, not sticky. The first thing that hits you about this product is the scent; it reminds me of strawberry laces. Darn scrumptious. It comes with a doe foot applicator, but the shape hugs the lips, thus giving even coverage. Given that the colour pay off is great, applying a smaller amount will achieve a sheer finish, however it is buildable to achieve that uber pigmented and oh so chic look. It has a nice shine too it and the texture isn’t too sticky – so no hair magnet yeeey.
This lipgloss claims to be ‘super moisturising,’ and If you’ve read my previous blogs, you’ll know my lips are insanely dry and love a good peel. This lipgloss actually keeps them feeling moisturised without drying them out even further. It lasts on my lips for around 4 hours, unless of course I’m stuffing my face with food.

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Tanya’s lipgloss range has 12 shades altogether, 5 shimmer and 7 cream, and there’s definitely a colour for everyone. From ‘Vampire Kiss’ for those all about the bold lip to ‘Heart Skipped a Beat’ for those pretty in pink ladies. As a personal touch, all products across the Lips and Nails line were personally named by Tanya. The lipgloss retail at £6.99 and the nail polish £5.99. The entire Lips and Nails range are available from Feel Unique and Superdrug.

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I will definitely be splashing on more some more lipgloss, next I want ‘Afternoon Tea’ or ‘Champagne Toast.’ As soon as my nails are out of acrylic abuse rehab, I’ll be treating them to a lick of polish – although I don’t know which colour. Decisions, decisions -recommendations anyone?
Have you guys tried Tanya Burr Lips and Nails yet? What do you think?
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Until next week,
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