You Think You Know Me

Let us rewind this story to late December 1999. We're on the brink of the new Millennium; everybody's getting excited about the prospects of it becoming the year 2000, the nervousness about the Millennium bug and the pending impact it will have on life's technology and more importantly will things really be any different in the noughties.

For me unfortunately the answer is yes things would be very different heading in to the year 2000. On the 29th December 1999 I'm my 12-year old younger self, dancing away to my Steps Tour VHS that I received for Christmas whilst being babysat by my uncle. My mum had gone out over to my grandma and granddad's and looking back on it I could not recall why and I guess I didn't really see any cause for concern as I spent most of my days there so it really was the norm for my mum to be there plus my grandma had serve disabilities and was unable to walk so my mum provided a lot of support to my granddad. 

 My mum returned late that evening and told me my granddad had died of a heart attack. To say I was in disbelief would be an understatement. My initial reaction was that my mum was lying to me and I couldn't understand how this could be true. Throughout my short 12 years my granddad and me had become very close he felt like a farther figure to me and we spent almost everyday together, going on seaside holidays and supermarket shopping every week on a Thursday. 

The reason why I'm telling you this is because after all these years I genuinely believe the loss of my granddad was the trigger for my OCD, my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. For those of you who don't know what OCD is I have included a definition below to briefly summarise it: - 

"Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief. Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. A person's level of OCD can be anywhere from mild to severe, but if severe and left untreated, it can destroy a person's capability to function at work, at school or even to lead a comfortable existence in the home."

The main symptoms of OCD and the four main patterns of OCD are obsession, anxiety, compulsion and temporary relief once the ritual is completed. After a lot of research in to this disorder it would seem that the causes can be varied and although there is a lot of speculation in to what can trigger OCD there doesn't seem to be any final firm confirmation on the cause. For more further information you can visit OCD UK.  

Relatively soon after my granddad did I started to get terrible thoughts about other close family members passing away. The thought of this would usually lead me in to what I can only describe as blind panic, I'd become overly anxious, worried and scared for my loved ones lives. I think in reality I knew there was nothing I could really do in real life to prevent anything from happening but I felt as though if I didn't complete these rituals I'd set myself I'd almost encourage the bad and not the good that I wanted for the people most close to me. 

The obsessions I'd conjured in my mind really varied in the early stages of my OCD and where my worst years of my life with this mental illness. Needless to say it doesn't matter what age you are when you develop a mental illness but it certainly didn't help that I'd just started my teenage years and had absolutely no idea how to control my thoughts, although this might sound odd it felt to me like I had another person living inside my brain filling me with bad thoughts. 

The rituals I created inside my mind to rid me of these horrible thoughts had no real reason to them. They are just things I created in my mind to complete to make me feel better about the whole situation and rid me of any bad thoughts for that moment in time, some of the rituals I created included: - 

1. Touching objects numerous amounts of times, the number of times would usually be 8 or 12 as reaching this number would satisfy my anxious requirements
2. I had issues with using my right hand for example if I touched something with my right hand I'd then have to touch it with my left as I felt as thought I was wiping away evil thoughts, this was the same for my right foot I always have to have my left foot leave the last step at the bottom of the staircase or leave a room on a left foot
3. In my mind when these bad thoughts entered my had I had to repeatedly tell myself that nothing bad would happen to my family over and over again until I felt at ease, usually this would result in me becoming increasingly upset and breaking down in frustration

Slightly off topic but until this day I still worry myself crazy about electrical appliances and my home, I'm constantly thinking to myself is everything turned off, are the windows shut at home is my car door locked but this is something I've learnt to deal with and I'll talk more about this in my 2nd installment.

Next month I'll talk about how I combated my mental illness and made my life livable again. I genuinely hope this insight in to OCD has helped some people, even if it just means you've discovered what OCD actually is and how it can impact on peoples lives. I used to be afraid to talk out about my mental illness but now although I'm still nervous at what others will think or say about me I've realised if they truly care about me and my happiness and health they'll stand by me and support me now matter what in life. I cannot stress enough though how important it is to talk to somebody if you are suffering from a mental illness, although they won't be able to cure you having somebody there to listen and help you along the way to recovery will be better than facing it on your own.

In my 2nd installment I'll talk more about how I beat OCD (sort of) and my life after a mental illness. Thank you for reading, this was incredibly hard to write and even more difficult to hit that publish button but if it brings more awareness to OCD and helps one person then it will be worth it.

These Boots are made for

When you live in England boots usually become a staple piece of footwear in your wardrobe. They're suitable and on trend with either your skinny jeans and scarf throughout the winter time or teamed with tights and a pretty floral dress in the summer. It's hard to go wrong with boots and I find they tend to be the fail safe footwear option. 

Throughout my twenties I've become obsessed with buying boots to add to my shoes collection whether they be Chelsea boots to knee high boots. Boots always seem to be the perfect accessory to any outfit ad are perfect to either dress up for a night on the town or dress down for a casual shopping trip in the city. 

After browsing the Jones Bootmaker website for some boot purchasing inspiration I decided on these three as my top choices.

The Oriole Ankle Boots in Navy Nubuck £99 are perfect to run errands in around town with the sturdy wearable 6cm heel. They will add style to any casual outfit of casual jeans with the perforated detail towards the back of the boot and the gold effect zip on the outside. The shade Grey Nubuck is also available here.

You can now get your hands on these Nanette Ankle Boots for the steal price of £55 originally £110. This classic leather black boot would be the perfect simple staple to wear along side many outfits from skirts to leggings to dresses. With the subtle gold detailing on the buckle these 7.5cm boots will help elongate your legs adding that extra bit of length which is ideal for me being on the shorter side at 5ft 2".

These fabulous Olia Ankle Boots £120 have to be my favourite without a doubt. These are your fun and flirty party boots that would look great with a flowery playsuit on an evening out or a boohoo style dress for the festival season. With the super soft leather finish and fringe detailing the Olia boots will be on-trend all year round. They are also available in the colour Tan Suede here as well as black featured above.

Jones Bootmaker not only stock their signature trade mark named shoes and boots but also a range of other different brands including Ted Baker and Timberland. For ladies there are a great range of sizes available from 2 to 9 with half sizes in between. Jones Bootmaker also offer a free Super Saver delivery on all orders over £50 or alternatively you can have your items delivered to one of the 5,800 CollectPlus stores for £2.99.

What boots will you be rocking this year throughout 2016?

**This is a sponsored post all views are my own in collaboration with Jones Bootmaker, all photos above are also taken from the Jones Bootmaker website and are not my own. 


♡ Nail Polish Lovers ♡

Over the last few weeks or so I've been trying to grow my nails to a more healthy length. For years I have bitten my nails with the odd occasional time when I've managed to grow them and I doubt this time will be no different. Sometimes I like to treat myself to the odd set of acrylic nails for special events but to cut down on the cost of wanting nice nails I thought I'd try growing them for a change and test out my will power. At the moment I'm doing well and I wanted to share with you what nail polishes I've been applying to my nails whilst they're looking healthy and have more length to them. I think this is probably the first ever post I've done on nail polishes and it isn't because I'm not a fan of painting my nails in fact I have a vast collection of different shades to choose it's just that I never have any nails to apply it on to.

To help my nails grow and to avoid biting them I always start off by apply the Avon Experts 24k Gold Strength £5.00. This polish is enriched with real gold providing your nails with that natural healthy look, sometimes I feel just by adding a nail treatment you are less likely to bite your nails as once they are polished you don't want to bite them and have crumbs of product in your mouth.

Definitely without a doubt my most luxurious nail polish has to be the Azature Champagne $10.00. The Azature polishes are the only ones in the world to be infused with real black diamond, this Champagne shade is perfect for the festive season although I do like to break it out every now and again if I'm going on a night out as a treat. Not something I'd usually pick up but I received it in a Selfridges beauty box a while back and instantly fell in love with it. Of course being in the shade Champagne it is super sparkly with a glitter overload just how I like it, but surprisingly hard wearing and doesn't chip easily unlike many other glitter polishes I've tried out in the past. Believe it or not Azature is the proud owner of the most expensive nail polish ever at a whopping price of $250,000 you could be the lucky owner of the 267 carat black diamond nail polish, just imagine chipping that.

Back on to something more budget friendly we have the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Collection in shades 319 Blueberry and 420 Green Berry both £3.99. Barry M is my favourite brands for nail polishes and my most collected, 9 times out of 10 I'll always revert back to Barry M polishes. They have a great range of shades and are always bringing out new products so it's hard to get bored of the brand. In particular I enjoy using the Gelly Hi Shine range, they leave a glossy finish and are very easy to apply. To get an opaque finish on the nails I have to apply at least twice but once covered with a top coat the polish can last perfectly for up to 10 days.
Shade Blueberry
Shade Green Berry

Although you could wear these polishes alone I think they really shine as a funky top coat on your base colour, they are the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection $3.99 I have the shades 200 Rain Forest Canopy and 201 Speckled Pink. I have tried these out on plain nails before and they just didn't work and looked really tacky but on top of a base colour they look really fun and add a quirky edge to your nails. I often like to team the Barry M Green Berry with Rain Forest Canopy for more of an adventurous look so for instance if I was going to London for the weekend I might go for this look on my nails.
Shade 200 Rain Forest Canopy 
Shade 201 Speckled Pink

As I type this I'm painting my nails in the Azature Champagne polish, I just couldn't resist and maybe not as I type this I mean my multitasking skills aren't that brilliant. Please leave a comment below if you have any tips on nail growth and any products you use whether they have helped you grow your nails or polishes you rate and would recommend for me to try out.

My Mascara Collection

Here I am again today with part 2 of my beauty collection and today we are talking mascaras, you can see my foundation collection post here if you want to catch up. 
Some of these mascaras I have to admit are reasonably old in fact I don't actually know how old so I do need to look through some of these and throw some out, expect some to feature in my empties post this month, but for now I'll keep them included in this post then you can see my past and present mascara collection. 

First we'll start off with my mini sample sized mascaras, I like to keep these readily available on my dressing table for whenever I travel. That way they are easy to pick up and just throw inside my makeup bag and I'm set to go.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara £19.50, MAC False Lashes Extreme Black £19.00, Benefit They're Real Mascara shade black £19.50, Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara £17.50, Benefit They're Real Tinted Eyelash Primer shade mink-brown £18.50 all prices are based on full sized products

Here I have three Primark mascaras from the P.S Love range (from top to bottom) Volumising Ultra Black Mascara and two of the Volumising Mascaras one in the shade black and then the other I thought I'd be a tad more adventurous with and went for a dark purple shade.

In the above photo I have my drugstore brought mascaras, these include Rimmel Sexy Curves which I don't think is available anymore one for the bin me thinks, Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara £10.00, Rimmel Volume Flash Scandaleyes shade extreme black £6.99, L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes shade extra black mascara £9.99, Maybelline Rocket Volum £7.99, Maybelline Lash Sensational £7.99 and another mascara that I don't think is any longer available in the drugstore is Maybelline Colossal Volum Express color Shock in the shade electric teal/ turquoise electric.

Here I have a standard SEVENTEEN mascara that I got in a Christmas set, two high end YSL mascaras one is the Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara - Effet Faux Cils £25.00 and the other is the standard Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara £25.00 both of these are in the shade black. CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara by Lashblast shade very black $10.74 and in a small sample size Urban Decay Perversion Mascara £17.50 full size. 

Out of all of these mascaras I own my favourites are the Maybelline Lash Sensational, the Primark P.S Love Volumising Ultra Black mascara and the Perversion by Urban Decay these are my most reached for mascaras on a daily basis.

Disney Tsum Tsum Collection

I have to admit when I first discovered Tsums I thought they seemed stupid and I told my mum I wanted one purely for joke purposes. My mum started off my collection with the Tigger Tsum, the Tigger Tsum then proudly took pride of place next to my bed on my bedside draws and since this first Tsum addition I became obsessed with these cute Disney characters.  

The name comes from the Japanese verb tsumu meaning "to stack", the toys are designed to stack upon one another to create a pyramid shaped towel. 
Source plus additional information on Tsum Tsum creation

My collection so far, as you can see I've focused on Toy Story, Frozen and The Nightmare Before Christmas with a few cult classics thrown in for good measure like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and my very first Tsum Tigger.

Sadly there don't seem to be that many available on the Disney Store however I do have my eye on the recently released Star Wars collection so watch this space. If you're looking for somewhere to by Tsums I can also recommend Asda especially the bigger stores tend to have a good range including Tsum Squishy sets which I have now started collecting and also Clinton's cards have probably the largest range of Tsums on the high street available to buy. If you are look for more obscure characters though it might be worth looking on Ebay or Amazon to hunt them down. 

I'm really loving my collection of Tsum Tsum toys at the moment and I hope to buy more to add in the near future. The mini Tsums are reasonably priced at £3, medium £10 and the large £20, I tend to keep to the small mini ones as I find they are less space consuming and you tend to find a lot more variety in the small range. I do have one large Olaf Tsum that Paul brought me for my birthday, Olaf is of course one of my favourite Disney characters so it was only fitting that I had the large Tsum of him. 

Please let me know if you have any collections in the comments below, I'd love to hear about them. I'm considering starting Disney Pin Trading, I have a few pins already in my collection but these are just ones I picked up when I've either visited DLP or WDW because I liked them. I can't decide on if I want to start up a collection or not, the main reason I wanted to do it was so I could communicate with other Pin Traders so I'll need to look in to that first and see what type of community is out there or whether it is more of a you have to be at a Disney Park type of thing.

3...2...1...YouTube Action

After much hesitation I recently invested in a new camera, the Canon G7 X. I'd been considering buying a new camera for a while but just couldn't build up the courage to dip in to my money to make the purchase. My mum encouraged me to buy it as on a whole I don't really treat myself that often. The majority of the makeup I do own is high street and to be honest these days I rarely have enough disposable income to buy beauty products ever week so I tend to save my money and only spend it on the products I really like and can see myself using, so purely not just for review purposes. 

The whole reason why I brought this camera is because I want to start making YouTube videos, yes I've said this before in the past but I didn't feel comfortable with the techy pieces I have to start film, I have tried once before on my laptop but it looked terrible so I knocked it on the head. As well as filming YouTube videos I also want to use this camera to take better pictures, not only just for my blog page but also for me and my life so I can treasure my memories and include all my snaps in my Project Life album.

Over the past week I've been doing some thinking and I'm looking for any ideas my readers can give me for videos to film for my YouTube channel. At the moment I'm just working on the basics on my channel, just setting it up behind the scenes, but as of the beginning of March I'm looking to launch it with my first video. I would love it if some of my readers could share what they would like to see on my channel as at the moment I'm finding it really difficult to think of inspiring things to film. I'm looking to do a Disney Collection video of all my Disney merchandise for one of my first videos, but what else would you like to see? Do you enjoy watching vlogs, at the moment I wouldn't feel comfortable doing daily vlogs but potentially in the future, but how about weekly vlogs, would this be something you would be interested in watching

Please leave me a comment below about what you would like to see on my new YouTube channel.

The Disney Tag

If you read my blog regularly you'll know I'm a massive Disney fan. So today to celebrate my love of all things Disney for Valentines Day I thought I would do the Disney Tag, I spotted this tag on Carolin's blog at Mummy Alarm and thought it would be fun for me to complete because I'm Disney obsessed so this is perfectly fitting for me.

1. Favourite Disney Film 
Okay great I'm already stuck on the first question as I can't decide on just one favourite Disney film, I have a few favourites, Frozen, Monsters Inc, Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King. I just can't be more specific than those 5 films, maybe if they could combine them all in to one then that would be my ultimate Disney film experience. 

2. Favourite Disney Characters
I don't actually have a favourite main character as I love a sidekick, if I had to decide on one it would probably have to be Olaf as I love his cuteness and he is super adorable, plus I own so much Olaf Disney merchandise he has to be my favourite.

3. Favourite Disney Princess
Along with thousands of others it is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. As this is my favourite Disney princess film it was always going to be Belle, she is intelligent and doesn't just fall for the first handsome young man she sees, yes I'm talking about you Gaston! But Belle gets to know the Beast for whom he really is and a true love story is born. 

4. Favourite Disney Song
It either has to be Can You Feel The Love Tonight by Elton John from the Lion King or You've Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman from Toy Story 

5. Which Disney Character would be your best friend?
Without a doubt it would have to be Mike Wazowski, he's a loyal kinda guy and you know he'd always be there for you through the good and the bad times just like he is for Sully. Plus he's hilarious and green my favourite colour.

6. Who would be your Disney pet?
Rex from Toy Story, he's a nervous t-rex dinosaur. Others would probably be scared of him at first so he could protect me but once my friends got to know him they'd realise he's a friendly guy who just wants to defeat the evil Zurg.

7. Have you ever been to Disneyland? 
Yes I have been to Disneyland Paris twice and Disney World three times so far in my life. I absolutely love Disney World and cannot wait to return, it has become more exciting for me now going and discovering Disney with other people both friends and family as I get more excited for them to see and experience it. 

8. Who is your Disney alter ego? 
I'd like to think I was a mixture of all of my favourite Disney characters rolled in to one and that's why I love them as they all hold a little bit of my personality within their characters. So I would be a mixture of Olaf, Rex and Mike Wazowski all rolled in to one to create me, I've also just realised these are all male characters but never mind. 

9. Who is your favourite Disney villain?
For pure entertainment factor it would have to be Gaston but for pure evilness it has to be Scar I mean he killed his brother and sent his nephew away forever thinking he in fact sent his father to his death. 

10. Which Disney film would you star in, if you could?
Toy Story so I could be a real life toy than comes to life...
I'm not entirely sure what type of toy I'd be but I've often looked at my toys and figures and thought do they come to life when I leave the room? More than likely not but I still wonder.

11. How old were you when you watched your first Disney film?
I couldn't say but what I do remember is my grandma and granddad had a copy of Pinocchio on VHS that I used to watch repeatedly. I'd say I was probably around 5- 6 years old when I had my first Disney film experience. 

12. What do you love about Disney?
I'd have to say the characters and the bonds you form with them. You tend to see a lot of similarities in them in comparison with yourself I tend to find. I love the magic of the stories and although at points it can be all doom and gloom it always turns out fine in the end. I think Disney films can really give you a happy boost so if you're ever feeling down just pop one on and enjoy and it will certainly uplift your mood.

13. Who is your favourite Disney couple?
Belle and the Beast as a couple for their ultimate love story but for friendship it has to be Mike and Sully, they have a strong partnership and the best friendship anyone could ever ask for. They are always there for each other and after originally hating each other at the beginning of university they became the bestest of friends.

Happy Birthday Cosmetics Beauty Rainbow Giveaway Time CLOSED

Today is a very special day for me and one I've been waiting for with excited anticipation for a while. On February 8th 2014 Cosmetics Beauty Rainbow was born, it was created out of my love for watching YouTubers and reading through beauty bloggers posts combined with me being ill from work with more time on my hands than you could shake a stick at. Never in a million years did I think that the creation I made two years ago whilst being bedridden with pneumonia would still be a big part of my life that it is today. 
Not only is this a celebration of my blogs 2 year birthday but also a thumbs up and a massive thank you to everybody who follows me, reads my posts and leaves me wonderful comments. I finally managed to reach over 300 follows via Bloglovin' in January something that had been haunting me for so long and felt almost unachievable, but along the way to securing my 300 followers I found a better more efficient way of communicating my blog to others and really feel like I'm starting to connect better with fellow bloggers and make more of an effort to appreciate their work. 
I'm also well on my way to 1k yes 1,000 followers on Twitter, that sounds incredible and it is! Again I've been trying my best to join in more with group chats and talk to the people I follow on a more regular basis, even if it's just to say "hi". I've been scheduling my tweets to encourage people to check out my posts and in return I've been browsing a lot of other bloggers work and sharing that love. 

To celebrate these blogging milestones in my life I wanted to do a giveaway to my followers. The products I've chosen to giveaway are in fact all favourites of mine and the majority of them have probably made an appearance in my previous blog posts. Here' s what you can win: - 

- Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick shade 01
- Ted Baker London Body Wash 50ml
- Soap & Glory Heel Genius 50ml
- Batiste Dry Shampoo Cherry scent 50ml
- Maybelline Color Drama shade 510 Red Essential 
- Rimmel Oh My Gloss! shade 160 Stay My Rose
- Collection Lasting Perfection shade Cool Medium 2
- Maybelline Lash Sensation Intense Black

Terms & Conditions

** For UK winners only

** The winner must be able to provide a valid UK address

**The closing date is Wednesday 9th March 2016

** Enter through the Rafflecopter link

**Please be aware that unfortunately if you entering under a company name your entry will not count

**You must be following me via Bloglovin' and this will be mandatory on the Rafflecopter entry link as I would like the prize to go to a reader of my page 

Please leave me a comment and let me know if you enter my giveaway. 
Good Luck!!

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette Review

Possibly without a doubt the nicest packaging Sleek products have ever been donned in is the new Highlighter Palette Solstice at the beautiful price of just £9.99. Sleek describes this highlighting palette as a versatile one suitable for all skin types that can be applied to the cheekbones, the cupids bow, inner corners of the eyes, bridge of the nose and across the brow bone. On first appearances you'd be forgiven for thinking this was in fact a high end beauty product with the rose gold compact packaging including the quad of mixed highlighters with mini powder brush, mirror and a satisfying magnetising closing seal.

Since becoming an avid highlighter fan looking to build up my collection this palette is perfect for me. In particular I've been enjoying using the 2 baked powders Hemisphere and Equinox which seems to be a dupe for the Becca Champagne Pop, what do we think? Both of the baked highlighters I feel give me just the right amount of glow to the features on my face I want to accentuate more like my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and my cupids bow. The shade Subsolar is one I have preferred to apply to the inner corners of my eyes as I don't use a lot of eyeliner products I feel it's important to apply something extra to make them pop especially when I might have spent a lot of time on my eye makeup say for example for a night out, just to mention I do intend on trying my best to get the winged eyeliner look working for me this year I don't care how hard I have to practice. 
The cream highlighter I know I won't get that much use out of but I think it would be perfect for an eyeshadow cream base.

Shades from bottom to top: -
Hemisphere baked powder highlighter / Equinox baked powder highlighter / Subsolar silky shimmer powder / Ecliptic cream formula highlighter
Shades are just from one swatch so if you wanted to build on the pigmentation of the product you could by applying more however as I mentioned above you only really need to apply the tiniest amount of product to your brush to get a fantastic highlight. 

What do you think of this highlighting quad, is it a dupe for the Becca Champagne Pop and would you purchase it? I think Sleek have upped their game with this beauty, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Ole Henriksen Review

Ole Henriksen may or may not be a brand that you are familiar with but I'm totally in love with it! Now I must admit I have no recollection of when I heard about the existence of this brand, possibly through a YouTubers video, a beauty unboxing or maybe I was just doing one of my "add to cart" procrastination sessions, we've all been there browsing online with all good intentions of buying the goods then closing down the window before we actually do and the thought that we might actually purchase these items is slightly more exciting than making an online wishlist that we'll surely forget about a month down the line. 

Any who a while ago me and my mum went to the new Grand Central Station John Lewis in Birmingham and when I spotted these minis in a fabulous Ole Henriksen gift box I just knew I had to have them in my life. I was so excited to have all of this mini goodness in my life that I picked up the gift box and headed off to the checkout. My mum being the amazing mum she is then offered to buy it me as a Christmas gift, yes I'm a lucky one I know, she did say I could take it home but being a Christmas gift I let her take it home to wrap for me.

Inside the set you get a total of 5 miniature items including the Ultimate Lift Eye Gel for evenings 28g £36.00, Sheer Transformation 50g £47.00, Truth Serum Collagen Booster 30ml £47.00, Pure Truth Melting Cleanser 118ml £24.00 and Ultimate Eye Lifting Creme for mornings 15ml £32.00
Unlike mine all of the links above are for the full sized products but John Lewis do have a Ole Henriksen The Magnificent 7 Skincare Gift Set available including all of the above plus 2 additional items for £29.00 as a cheaper alternative to try out the brand rather than spending a fortune.

Sheer Transformation: - this is an oil-free cream suitable for all skin types/ anti-ageing combined with vitamin C complex, licorice root and pea extract. This cream is suitable to use both in the A.M and P.M and I find it to be incredibly moisturising with a soft texture that sinks in to the skin perfectly. This is the perfect product if you're looking for something to balance out your skin tone or fade any freckles, sun damage or age spots. After using the Sheer Transformation cream since the end of December I can certainly see a difference in my skin tone, it has definitely become more unified or more balanced with the amount of freckles I have becoming reduced as well as redness. 

A great option for a makeup remover is the Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, this helps lift of any makeup you've been wearing throughout the day whilst cleansing the skin to leave you feel fresh faced. I love using this cleansing gel that turns in to a hydrating milk and with cold water added in to the mix it just leaves you feeling so clean and fabulous, please tell me you know this feeling I'm describing as it has to be the best in the world especially when you're feeling less than glamours at the end of the working day. Although this does remind me of the Truth Serum because of the similarity in colours the ingredients/ scent is totally different as it includes of course Vitamin C, Rose Hip and Virgin Cherry.

My two favourite products in this set are the Ultimate Eye Lift Gel and Creme. The creme is primarily to be used in the morning and then the gel is for the evenings and they both have an incredible cucumber scent to them which is to die for it's so yummy I could just sit and smell it all the time. The creme is a lot like the Truth Serum something to use if you're conscious of winkles and you feel you need a little extra aid to battle these around the eye area. Both of these products instantly once applied hydrate my eyes and cool them which is wonderful in the morning when I need to feel more awake and at night when my eyes can sometimes become irritated. Since adding these products to my routine my eyes have become a lot firmer and lifted on my eye bags plus I think they have gone some way to minimising my dark circles.

Before I apply my Sheer Transformation cream I like to treat my face to a little uplift from the Truth Serum Collagen Booster. First of all I have to admit I have a craving just to use this for the beautiful scent of orange and grapefruit, it has to be the most amazingly smelling skincare product I have ever used. A suitable product to reduce wrinkles and for me unfortunately this is becoming something I need to consider now in my skincare routine as I'm fast approaching 30. The Truth Serum with its moisture binding ingredients keeps your skin feeling beautifully nourished and protected all throughout the day.

Are there any Ole Henriksen products in your skincare routine or would you consider using this brand in the future?

December & January Empties #4

What with being busy with the change in the New Year I'm finally just getting round to showing you my empties for December and January combined. I've decided due to the large amounts of empty items featured in this post I'll just add the link underneath the photos to each of the products so if you would like to purchase them you can do so rather than go in to massive detail about each one thus creating a super long post.

Some of my stand out favourites are the L'occitane 5 Essential Oils Shampoo & Conditioner which I reviewed in January here, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer which I have since repurchased almost immediately after running out and the Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream purely for the gorgeous coconutty scent. 

A disappointing product for me was the Schwarkopf got2b Guardian Angel heat protecting spray which I did originally like but gradually went off it, as a lot like the other products in the Schwarzkopf range it added additional oils to my hair and along with that and the harsh water in my region was not a great combination, leaving my hair overly greasy.

How do you feel about this new revision of my empties post do you prefer it our would you like a run down of each product(s) when normal empties is restored, back to monthly?